Top Hidden iPhone Features That May Just Change Your Life

There are few things quite as satisfying as discovering a small change to your routine that makes all the difference. The iPhone is full of hidden tricks that give you that feeling of satisfaction, that once you learn, seem obvious. If you haven’t heard of the hidden feature, your mind will be blown. Most iPhone tips and tricks we usually learn by accident or from a friend. But our latest iPhone Life Insider collection includes a full set of amazing hidden features you’re going to want to learn. Keep in mind, however, that your iPhone Life Insider membership will get you a lot more than this collection. For example, if you enjoy our daily tips, sign up for Insider to get a daily video tip; we’ll go over the other features below. From the Hidden Features collection, I’ll feature a couple of my favorite tricks and how-to videos that go along with them. Check out these hidden iPhone tips and tricks that will blow your mind.

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iPhone Life Insider is our premium membership dedicated to making you a master of your iOS devices. From iPhone and iPad to Apple Watch and Apple TV, we cover it all with huge beautiful video collections and in-depth video guides that walk you through everything you want to know step by step. We like to share a few in these posts so you can get an idea of how easy to follow they are before you step inside. We are always adding more to our well of information for Insiders and consistently working as a team to offer you more and more value.

From our Hidden Features collection, I’ve chosen two of my personal favorite video tips.

How to Delete Digits in the Calculator App

You know when you're entering a long number in your iPhone's Calculator app and you mistype a digit or two? You don't actually have to hit clear and start over when all you wanted was to delete one number. While there isn’t a backspace button visible, this hidden trick will do the same thing: To delete digits in the calculator app, simply open the Calculator app (you can also swipe up and open Control Center for quick access) and type in a number. To delete individual digits, swipe over the numbers (left or right, it doesn't matter which direction). Each swipe will delete another digit until you reach zero.

Shake to Undo in Mail & Messages

When Autocorrect fails you or a message arrives that renders the lengthy epistle you just typed irrelevant, you can easily delete entire messages or emails. Or you can recover typing you accidentally deleted or an email your misfiled. To delete what you've typed, just give your iPhone a gentle shake and the Undo Typing menu will pop up. Select Undo. If you want to recover typing you just deleted, give your phone another shake and the Redo Typing menu will pop up.

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Millions of us use our iOS devices every day, but how many people can say they’ve mastered their devices? A dear friend of mine was shocked by my Bluetooth radio automatically playing my music when I started the car. Now, he has a pair of Bluetooth headphones that you’ll see him wearing constantly. Once we’re equipped with information, it’s amazing to see the expanded abilities of the devices we use every day. That’s the goal of iPhone Life Insider. We don’t want to give you a big, clunky how-to manual. No one is going to get through that. Instead, we offer bite-sized pieces of daily information and full meals in the form of collections and in-depth guides. Need more help? Ask an Editor is your personal chef. Here’s a quick summary of what you’ll get instant access to when you sign up:

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Conner Carey's writing can be found at She is currently writing a book, creating lots of content, and writing poetry via @conpoet on Instagram. She lives in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi as they slow-travel around the country.