Apple’s new iPhone 15 is out
and is available for purchase via online and offline retailers. It comes with a number of significant upgrades like a USB Type-C port, Dynamic Island, and a 48MP camera setup. It is undoubtedly the biggest upgrade vanilla iPhone has received in a very long time.
If you are planning to or have already bought the iPhone 15, here are the best iPhone 15 tips and tricks you should know. These tricks will improve your user experience a lot and help you make the most of your new iPhone.
Dynamic Island is what Apple introduced with iPhone 14 Pro models last year. It is now available on all four models including non-Pro iPhone 15 models. It replaces the notch we have seen in iPhones since the iPhone X launch.
It is pill-shaped on top of the display and behaves dynamics based on the supported app. Apps can use it to show important information even when you have minimized the app or are using some other app. Some of the apps that support Dynamic Island are Apple Music, YouTube Music, Spotify, Uber, Alarm, Stopwatch, Timer, Screen Recorder, incoming call alert, ongoing call duration, low battery alert, and more.
Auto-delete Verification Codes
Verification codes help us authenticate our identity while logging into apps and websites. However, you may end up with a lot of verification code messages over time. In order to help you get rid of them, Apple lets you delete verification codes automatically but it does not work by default.
You need to visit Settings > Password > Password Options > Clean Up Automatically and turn on the toggle. This will auto-delete verification codes but only those which you have used with autofill functionality.
Keep Safari Private Browsing Protected with Face ID
Private Browsing is Safari’s name for incognito mode. This mode lets you browse the web without storing your browsing history. However, if you forget to close private mode tabs and someone else gets hold of your iPhone, they will be able to check what you were browsing privately.
You can now keep your private browsing sessions protected with Face ID. Visit Settings > Safari > Require Face ID to Unlock Private Browsing. Turn on the toggle and that’s it.
Enable Level Setting in the Camera App
If you are someone who cares about your photos’ composition and framing, you may have noticed that your photos are tilted many times. Apple has added a new Level setting that will fix the tilting issue for you. You need to visit Camera settings and turn on the Level toggle under the Composition section.
Now, you will see a broken line in the center of the camera viewfinder whenever your shot is tilted. It will be a straight Yellow line when it is leveled perfectly.
True Tone and Night Shift
True Tone is a display setting that automatically adapts your iPhone’s display as per your surrounding lighting conditions. It is meant to deliver a consistent color appearance regardless of the environment. As for Night Shift, it makes the display color tone warmer to help you with usage during the night or whenever it is dark around you. Visit Settings > Display & Brightness to adjust them as per your preference.
Apple has finally added support for adding multiple timers. You can do this by opening the Clock app and starting a timer as you do normally. Once it is underway, you can tap the + icon in the top corner to begin another timer. You can repeat this process to set multiple timers and even label each of them to differentiate among them.
Shoot 2x Zoom Photos
The iPhone 15 comes with an upgraded camera setup featuring a new 48MP camera sensor. Apple uses it like a cropped sensor to help users click photos that simulate 2x telephoto zoom. The best part is despite it being a cropped shot, the end result will not leave you disappointed. All you need to do is to tap the “2x” option in the camera app while clicking photos.
Widgets have been part of iOS for a while but with iOS 17, Apple has introduced interactive widgets. It means instead of using widgets only for checking information, you can now interact with them too. For example, a to-do list widget can be used to mark completed items instead of just checking what’s on the list.
It also helps with user experience improvement where you do not have to launch the app for doing certain tasks. However, you will need to find apps that offer interactive widgets.
80% Charging Limit
Apple has added a new Charging Optimization setting to the iPhone 15 series. It now lets users limit charging to 80% on iPhone 15. It means once this option is enabled, your iPhone will not get charged beyond 80%. This is an important feature for users who prefer to keep their devices’ batteries charged up to 80%.
This can be enabled by visiting Settings > Battery > Battery Health & Charging > Charging Optimization > 80% Limit.
Check Battery Cycle Count
Another nifty addition to the iPhone 15 series is the ability to check battery cycle count. This is a feature popular among laptop users but is now available on your iPhone too. Simply visit Settings > General > About and scroll down to the Battery section. It will show you the battery manufacturing date, first usage date, and cycle count.
Apple says, “You complete one charge cycle when you’ve used (discharged) an amount that represents 100% of your battery’s capacity — but not necessarily all from one charge. For instance, you might use 75% of your battery’s capacity one day, then recharge it fully overnight. If you use 25% the next day, you will have discharged a total of 100%, and the two days will add up to one charge cycle. It could take several days to complete a cycle.”
Standby Mode lets you transform your iPhone into a beautiful smart display when it is charging and placed on its side. It can be used to show information like widgets, photo frames, or different clock styles.
Enable this from Settings > StandBy and turn on the toggle for StandBy. You can further choose whether it should show notifications. You can also choose to hide the notification preview until you tap on it.
Switch Between 5G and 4G LTE
The iPhone 15 supports 5G connectivity but you are unlikely to receive a reliable 5G network all the time. And if you have kept your iPhone looking for a 5G network all the time, it can end up draining the battery much faster. This is why you should consider switching to 4G LTE when there is no 5G network or the connection is not consistent.
This can be done from Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options > Voice & Data settings.
Scheduled Summary of Notifications
Apple lets you choose how you want to receive your notifications. Visit Settings > Notifications > Scheduled Summary to create a schedule or multiple schedules. Apple will group all your notifications and show them together at your chosen time. This way, you will have just one notification instead of receiving one for each app every time there is one.
Change Siri Speaking Rate and Volume
If you are a regular Siri user, this is a tip you would definitely appreciate. It is now possible to adjust Siri’s speaking rate and volume as per one’s need or preference. The speaking rate can be adjusted by visiting General > Accessibility > Siri. You will see a new speaking rate section with a slider that you can use to set the desired rate. It is set to 100% by default.
If you want Siri to be a little louder or quieter, you only need to trigger Siri and say, “Speak louder” or “Speak quieter”.
With iOS 17, you can now create a Contact Poster which is essentially a digital calling card. Your poster will be visible to other iPhone users whenever you call them as long as you are in their contact list too. A contact poster can be customized with images, colors, and text. You can also use an Animoji to represent yourself.
Open the Contacts app on your iPhone and tap on your name at the top of the contacts list. Tap Contacts Photos & Poster and Edit to create your contact poster. You can also create contact posters for others who are in your contact list through their respective contacts.
Cropping photos on iPhone’s Photos app requires multiple steps where you first have to enter the photo editing mode. But there is a shortcut that will let you access the crop tool with just one tap. All you need to do is to open a photo and zoom in until it covers the whole display. You will see the crop option in the top right corner.
Create Stickers From Photos
iMessage supports sharing stickers where you can create custom stickers using photos. The best part is that it is a very easy process to do. Open a photo with a subject in the foreground. Tap on hold on the subject and it starts glowing and then tap the Add Sticker option. You can choose to add effects to the custom sticker if you want to.