As discussed in last week’s weekly #TravelSkills chat (which I co-host), no single device can do more to simplify your travels than a smartphone. And most of us aren’t familiar with all that our smartphones are capable of. Well, last week, Popular Science updated a list of “hidden tricks you didn’t know your iPhone could do.” You may be familiar with some of them, and you may need to doublecheck that your software is up-to-date, but in any case if you have and/or travel with an iPhone it’s worth reading. Here are a few of the featured iPhone tricks excerpted from the story:
Check that a surface is level
“You might not have realized that the built-in iOS measurement app has leveling capabilities. Even if you did, you might not have picked up on some of the things it can do. To find it, open Measure and tap Level on the right. You can use the level with your phone laid flat or perched on its side in either portrait or landscape mode. If you want to measure the difference between two surfaces or are dealing with a set surface that’s not perfectly horizontal or vertical, tap the screen to set the angle to zero. Then move your phone—the red area will show you how much the two angles vary. Use it to make sure your pictures are hanging correctly and your DIY is up to scratch. An iPhone may not be as precise as a dedicated bubble level, but it’s still handy.”
Receive notifications via camera flash
“Those of you who prefer a visual phone alert to an audible one will like this: You can get your iPhone’s flash to blink several times whenever you receive a notification. To get the feature working, go into Settings and tap Accessibility. Then, enter Audio/Visual and switch the LED Flash for Alerts toggle switch to ‘on.’ If you’d prefer to not be disturbed at all when the phone is in silent mode, you can tell the flash not to light up then.”
Have your own iPhone tricks?
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