There are a few iPhone tips and tricks that we don’t use very often, but when we need them can be super useful. Because the use case is rare, I know I’ve forgotten them in the past. I thought I’d give you a refresher:
Hold Home to Quit the Current App
When you close an app on iOS it remains in memory until another app bigger than it forces the OS to kill it.
Sometimes you want to close it because it’s frozen or crashed. You could exit the app, double click the home button, hold down on the icons in the tray, and then click the red ‘x’ above the app you want to click.
However, as of iOS 3 you can ‘force quit’ an application in iPhone OS 3.0 by pressing and holding the sleep/wake button until the slide to power off screen appears. Then pressing and holding the home button until the application quits.
If you’re on iPhone OS 1 or 2, it’s just a case of holding the home button for about five seconds. Process exterminated!
Getting used to this trick is difficult. Once you’re used to it it will save you a ton of time.
Instead of simply tapping Shift and then tapping your letter when you want the capital format, do this: tap Shift, drag your finger to the letter you want to capitalize, and release.
The best use case is for punctuation: you tap the keyboard switcher key and drag your finger to the punctuation you’d like to insert. Great way to save time.
Safari Doesn’t Need www. or .com
Have you ever tried to search in the address bar accidentally? If you tried one word it visited a site for you.
When you want to visit a dot com domain, just type the name of the site without http://www. and .com. It will take you there.
Scroll Inside Frames and Text Areas With Two Fingers
This is a pretty interesting one. You know you can pinch to zoom in and out of videos on a webpage, but did you know you can scroll just a frame within a page?
I use this with the WordPress admin page on my iPad all the time.
If you scroll with one finger the whole page will move. If you use two fingers you can move around only in the frame.
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