If you have an iPhone or iPad with iOS 11, you’re most likely not aware of the hidden iOS features that I’ll explain in this article and will help you improve your device’s usage exponentially. Apple increasingly optimizes the operating system of its portable devices by releasing updates very frequently and adding useful features to meet the needs of users in their daily activities and the purpose of this article is to bring to the knowledge of all these “hidden-features” of our beloved devices.

Now arrived at version 11, the operating system of iPhone and iPad is among the most advanced and performing of all time: Apple is constantly looking for new ways to make its devices stronger from the point of view of security, fast and stable even in older devices and with many features already included in iOS in order to allow its users to have everything they need without having to resort to third-party applications.

Taking inspiration from the guides, I decided to publish the following article to show you 7 hidden features of iOS 11 that will improve the way you use iPad and iPhone.

iOS 11

Turn off the iPhone without the lock button

It may happen that the power button / lock the iPhone stops working at any moment due to some hardware problems or wear, in this case a voice present in the settings of iOS allows us to get around this problem.

To turn off an iPhone or iPad from the menu, open the Settings and go to General: scroll the list to the end and tap on Turn off; to complete the operation, drag the slider to the right as usual. Obviously, the only valid solution to re-ignite an iPhone or iPad with a damaged lock button is by connecting to a cable power source.

QR Code without third-party apps

QR codes are increasingly used in any field and sector, but how many times did you have to scan a QR code and not have a scanner already installed in your phone? This problem is completely resolved: iOS 11 includes the QR code reader directly in the Camera app: so to scan a code of this type, open the Camera app and scan the QR code; a notification will show you the contents of the code.

Use the virtual keyboard with one hand on the iPhone

Already available only in iPads with iOS 10 in a slightly different form, the one-handed virtual keyboard is a convenient feature that allows us to compress the iOS keyboard on the right or left side of the device screen so you can write with one hand while still maintaining a good grip.

To use this function just touch the symbol of the globe that appears at the bottom left on the virtual keyboard of iOS and select the icon that shows a keyboard with the arrow on the right or left side: iOS will activate the keyboard to a hand on iPhone at instant and you can restore the standard format by touching the white arrow that will appear at the side of the keyboard.

Adjust the brightness of the flashlight

How many times did you want to have more or less light from the iPhone flashlight? From the Control Center of iOS 11 you can also manage this setting in a comfortable and fast way.

All you have to do to adjust the intensity of the LED is to make a stronger and more firm pressure on the torch icon and then adjust the power by tapping one of the five available levels. This feature is available in devices equipped with a display with 3D Touch.

Move words into a text with a drag & drop

Its usefulness depends on the personal habits we have while writing texts on iDevice, thanks to this hidden function of iOS 11 we can move terms in a text simply by touching and dragging it. Also in this case are the functionality of 3D Touch to enable us to activate this function so when you want to move a word in a text, touch any word in a strong and decisive way and drag it to the desired point.

WiFi password sharing

If a friend reaches you at home to get a coffee and wants to connect to your WiFi network you can allow access and then “pass” the network key directly from an iPhone, Mac or iPad to another without dictating the password as you would have done usually, the procedure to follow is as follows:

  • Make sure your iPhone is connected to the WiFi network
  • From the device of your friend or family member, search for the wireless network and select it to connect
  • When iOS asks to type in the network key, bring the device closer to your iPhone
  • On your iPhone confirms the request to pass the network key from one device to another

This way you will no longer have to waste time dictating long network keys. The function is valid only between devices that have iOS 11 or MacOS High Sierra (or later versions).

Turn off automatic connection to a wireless network

If you’ve set up your iPhone for a WiFi network that does not have an internet connection but uses only for certain activities on a local network, it may be inconvenient to manually unplug the connection because the device automatically connects to this network whenever he finds it nearby. To turn off automatic connection to a Wi-Fi network, open the iOS 11 settings and select WiFi: now tap the “i” that appears to the left of the network causing this problem and turn off the automatic log-in toggle.

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