Maximize Your iPhone 5s Usage: Tips and Things You Should Know

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The iPhone 5s is user-friendly. However, it has features different from the other iPhones that only a few people know about.

We have here some of those features you should know about your iPhone 5s.?

  • Use the Burst Mode

Motion is not an enemy to the iPhone?s camera. Capture multiple shots for as long as you hold the button using burst mode. It will snap 10 photos per second.


  • Double Tap and Define a Word

You can see the definition of a word by double-tapping it. The options menu will show. Tap Define and you will see the meaning of the word. This works with apps like Safari and Mail.

  • ??Record Slow-Mo Videos


Flick right to left on the screen of the video part of the camera app until you hit the slow motion mode. This is the best way to capture fast action. It records footage at 120fps in 720p resolution.

  • Tell Siri About Your Relationships

When you command Siri to do something, it stores down some information that might be helpful in the future. To make Siri extra useful (more useful than it already is), tell Siri about your relationships. Say ?Bryan is my husband? or ?Anne is my sister? to Siri so that the next time you say ?Call my husband? or ?Text my sister,? Siri will know who you mean.

  • Teach Siri How to Pronounce a Name

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Humans are not the only beings on earth who commit mistakes. Virtual assistants, like Siri, do, too.

There are those few times when Siri mispronounces a name. Instead of just laughing about it (which is our first reaction to it, proven and tested), simply say ?That?s not how you pronounce that? to Siri. Siri will ask you then for the correct pronunciation of the name and will say back to you three different ways for it to say the name. Choose the one you like.

  • Use the LED flash For Notifications

One thing that separates an iPhone from an Android phone, among other things, is a notification light.

The iPhone 5S has no front LED light, but you can use the camera LED as a notification tool. To switch this on, go to?Settings > General > Accessibility, then scroll down to the Hearing header, under which you?ll find an ?LED flash for alerts? mode slider.? This will make your camera LED flash when you get a new text message, email, etc.

  • Merge Left and Right Audio

Go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on Mono Audio to balance your hearing capacity and accommodate hearing loss on either side. This will play left- and right-channel audio in both ears.

  • Use Universal Search

Universal search (aka Spotlight) is a very useful but little-used feature of the iPhone 5S. Just drag downwards on a home screen to bring up the search bar. However, do not drag on the very top of the screen because that will bring up the notification bar. Type in a word into the universal search bar and the iPhone will search through your apps, emails, contacts, calendar entries and your media library to look for it.


  • Enable emoji characters

Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Add New Keyboard and select Emoji. With this setting, you can access all sorts of smileys, animals and shapes, from the emoji-enabled keyboard. When you type, just tap the globe button and choose the emoji you want to use.

  • Turn On the Do Not Disturb Mode

Turning on the Do Not Disturb function will silence sounds from incoming calls and notifications. But here?s a very useful feature: you can allow calls from your favorites, specific contacts, or contact groups. You can also enable Do Not Disturb manually or schedule a recurring time.

  • Use the Touch ID with Things Other Than Your Fingers


The Touch ID sensor is a capacitive scanner and can recognize just about any suitable surface. You can use all sorts of body parts (and even a dog?s nose) with the sensor ? you just have to teach the phone how. Go to?Settings > General > Touch ID & Passcode > Touch ID. Up to five different things can be recognized by the Touch ID panel.

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