The iPhone X is a beautiful and amazing phone. No other iPhone has such a clear and vivid screen and one of the best mobile phone cameras in the world. With no Home Button, a notch at the top of the screen, and a split notification bar, the iPhone X takes some time getting used to. Keep reading this post to learn some helpful tips and cool tricks for the iPhone X that will make using the phone a blast.
Home Button Gestures
The Home Button has been replaced – it’s no longer on the iPhone X. So, what can you do to check your phone or take a screenshot?
- Take a screenshot: To take a screenshot on the iPhone X, press the side button and the volume up button together.
- Wake the screen: In order to wake the screen, instead of pressing a button, just tap anywhere on the screen. The phone will light up and show you any missed notifications.
- Switch between apps: Confused about how to jump between apps? Instead of double pressing the original Home Button, simply swipe up from the home screen and pause – you can then see the apps that are open.
- Force quit an app: To force quit an app, follow step three and then press and hold the app you want to close. A red sign will appear; press it and the app will close.
- Restart the phone: What if your iPhone X gets stuck or is frozen? It’s a bit confusing to force restart your phone, but hopefully, you don’t need to do it very often. First, press and release the Volume Up button. Second, press and release the Volume Down button. Third, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo.
Face ID Tips & Tricks
Face ID is a cool new feature in the iPhone X that is so fun to use! You no longer have to use Touch ID to unlock your phone. The iPhone X can scan your face and unlock it easily and quickly.
- Turn off Face ID: Don’t like Face ID? You can turn it off. Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode > Turn off “Require Attention for Face ID”.
- Limit Face ID features: You can control what features and apps need Face ID. Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode > and now you can toggle features on/off (like Apple Pay, App Store, etc.).
- Accurate Face ID: Train Face ID to recognize you faster. Because Face ID isn’t 100% reliable when the iPhone X is fresh out of the box, you can train it to more accurate. Each time Face ID fails to recognize you and unlock the phone the first time, instead of trying again, enter your passcode. This causes Face ID to train itself and better recognize you the next time.
One of the things that we love is the new privacy settings in iPhone X: the notifications on your screen won’t show any preview until you unlock it with your face so nobody can sneak into your private messages! For further privacy, you can also choose to hide the notification preview even in the banner preview during unlocked mode: go on Settings > Notification > Select the App > Options > Show Previews > Never.
- Portrait Mode: Take better selfies with Portrait Mode. Thanks to an excellent front-facing camera, you can take pro-level selfies with the iPhone X. Go to your camera app, swipe right to Portrait Mode and then press the camera icon with an arrow in it.
- 4K video recording: Record 4K videos! 4K video at 60 FPS is not set by default on the phone. You can turn this on by going to Settings > Camera > Record Video > and then change from the 1080p default setting to 4K.
- Control focus and exposure: Adjust focus and exposure before taking the picture. To adjust focus, press anywhere on the screen where you want the camera to focus. If the camera is showing that the picture is dark or too bright, press the screen and slide up or down with your finger. This will adjust the exposure so you can take the perfect picture.
- Remote camera release: Did you know that your bundled wired earphones can be used as a remote release to take a picture? When having the camera app open, press the volume buttons on the earphone mic area to take a photo without any shaking. And no need to take off your gloves in the winter!
BONUS: Add a Virtual Home Button
If you can’t live without the Home Button, you can add a virtual one that has multiple functions you can take advantage of. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch. Once you’re here, toggle AssistiveTouch on and select Customize Top Level Menu. iOS selects six icons by default, so remove all of them except just one.
Tap on the star icon that says “custom” and set it to “Home.” Return to the AssistiveTouch menu and reduce the opacity of this new icon to a comfortable level. Now you have a Home Button on your new iPhone X!