The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max take Apple’s flagship smartphone to the next level. Featuring perhaps the best smartphone camera on the market, the latest iPhone also boasts a very fast B13 A13 chip and excellent battery life.
Three devices are easily among the most flexible and user-friendly smartphones available today. However, if you are new to an iPhone, or if you are upgrading from an older model, you might need help learning the straps and making the best use of your new device. Luckily, this article discusses and explains the most useful tips and tricks that you can use with the iPhone 11 and its siblings.
How to use Dark Mode
First introduced with iOS 13, Dark Mode reverses the color scheme of your iPhone 11 and the applications you use. Instead of looking white, the background and window of your iPhone will appear black or dark gray, which is much easier on the eyes. This can also save the battery life of your iPhone.
By default, Dark Mode turns on automatically around sunset. However, if you want to use it during the day, you can activate it earlier. Simply open Settings> Display & Brightness. Next, tap Dark, which will activate the Dark Mode and change the dark Settings screen.
How to set up Face ID
Like the two previous iPhone generations, the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max can all be opened using Face ID. You will be asked to set a Face ID the first time you boot your phone, but you can also set it by going to Settings.
To set up Face ID, make sure you are in a well-lit room and don’t wear anything on your face that you don’t normally wear (eg sunglasses or hats). Then, go to Settings> Face ID & Passcode. You will be asked to enter your passcode. After entering it, tap Set Face ID and then Start. You then have to do two scans, which involve moving your head slowly in a circle while the iPhone 11 encodes your face.
Once set, Face ID allows you to unlock iPhone 11 just by tapping the touch screen and viewing it. You can reset Face ID at any time by going to Settings> Face ID and Passcode> Reset Face ID.
You can also adjust the Face ID attention settings in Face ID & Passcode. By sliding Attention Required for Face ID is turned off, you will be able to unlock your iPhone without seeing it directly. This is generally not recommended, but if you need it for accessibility reasons, this is worth doing.
Additionally, if you occasionally share your smartphone with other household members, you can add an alternative display for Face ID. Simply open Settings> Face ID and Passcode> Set and Alternative Display.
How to use an ultra wide lens
The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max all come with a second ultra wide camera lens (Pro and Pro Max also have a third Telephoto lens). This allows you to take a broader picture, which combines more scenes that you want to take.
To switch to ultra wide lenses and take advantage of these extra lenses, open the Camera application. When in Photo mode, tap the 0.5 button (directly above the Shutter) to switch to the Ultra Wide camera.
And if you have an iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max, you can also tap 2 buttons to switch to the Telephoto camera, which allows you to take close-up photos of your subject.
How to use Night Mode
After the iPhone XS introduces Portrait Mode and Depth Control, one of the most famous innovations of the iPhone 11 Camera is Night Mode, which helps you take better photos under low light.
Night Mode is enabled by default on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. When taking photos at night, your iPhone will automatically detect the lack of light. A small icon (looks like a moon) will appear near the top of the Camera screen. Tap to activate Night Mode.
The icon will turn yellow when Night Mode is active. Also, note that the icon displays a number indicating how long the exposure will last. You can adjust this by tapping the icon.
How to use QuickTake to take a video
The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max present one small but very convenient feature: The ability to record videos without having to select Video in the Camera menu. This may seem like a small innovation, but we have lost count of the number of times we take photos of someone or something, only to decide that the video will be better. Having to tap on Video can lose your important seconds, at whatever point you want to film it might have been lost.
To take advantage of QuickTake, just hold down the Shutter button while in the Photo mode to start filming. Release to end filming.
How to take a Slofie
Bored with basic selfies? Why not take slofie? New with iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, you can record your own slow motion videos, you should tend to be like that.
To use this new feature, open Camera. Tap SLO-MO, then tap the camera switch icon to use the front camera. Finally, tap the Record button.
How to shoot 4K video at 60fps
With previous iPhones, you must open Settings to change video resolution. However, with iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, you can change video resolution when using Camera.
Just launch Camera and tap Video. Next, when in Video mode, tap the resolution icon (at the top of the screen) to switch between 4K and Full HD, and tap the frame rate icon to switch between 60fps, 30fps and 24fps.
Take control of the cursor
Typing longer messages and texts on a smartphone is often a painful experience. However, with your iPhone 11, you can easily move the cursor from one section of text to another, allowing you to quickly edit and correct errors.
With iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, there are two ways to do this. First, just hold the space bar. This turns your keyboard into a trackpad, allowing you to move the cursor wherever you like.
However, you can also tap and hold the cursor itself. That’s right: Hold and drag it to the desired position.
Learning the new gesture controls
If you upgrade from an older iPhone, or from Android, you might not be familiar with the Home button. Luckily, the swipe gesture that has replaced the Home button is very easy and intuitive to use.
Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to see all the applications that you are currently open. You can switch between open applications after swiping up.
Next, swipe down from the top right corner of the touch screen to open the Control Center, where you can change various basic settings (eg Brightness) and open certain applications.
Swipe down from the top or left corner of the touch screen to open the Notification Center, where you can see the latest notifications.
You can also wake the iPhone quickly by tapping it or just picking it up. Both of these movements must be activated by default. However, you can activate Tap to Build by going to Settings> Accessibility> Touch> Tap to Build. You can activate Raise to Wake by going to Settings> Display & Brightness> Raise to Wake.
One very convenient but less publicized gesture allows you to scroll back and forth in applications and websites, without having to tap on the arrow keys. Simply swipe from left to right on the touch screen, or from right to left (if you want to advance).
How to automatically close Safari tabs
It’s too easy to open dozens of tabs in Safari and forget about them, something that can slow down the performance of your iPhone. Fortunately, the new iPhone introduces a simple and ingenious way to automatically close the Safari tab after a previously selected time period.
To take advantage of this, go to Settings> Safari> Close Tab. After Closing Tabs, tap After One Day if you want to close all Safari tabs automatically after one day. Or, tap After One Week or After One Month.
How to use Swipe Type
If you’ve just moved to iPhone from Android, you might realize that an Android smartphone allows you to type by swiping from one letter on the touch screen to another. Previously, the iPhone didn’t let you do this. However, iOS 13 introduces typing slides, so now you can type swipe on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
To swipe type, just tap and hold the first letter of the word you want to type, then start swiping to another letter of the word. After you spell the word, release the touch screen. Etc.
Using Apple Pay
Apple Pay allows you to pay for goods at stores that participate with your iPhone. To set it up and start using it, you need to add a card.
To do this, go to Settings> Apple Wallet & Payment> Add Card. You must then scan your card to add it.
After adding a card, you can start using Apple Pay to buy items by double-clicking the Side button. Apple Pay works with Face ID, so make sure you see your iPhone when trying to make payments.
Expand your screenshot
Taking screenshots has long been a basic requirement of the iPhone. However, with iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, you can also take extended screenshots from the Safari web page, similar to scrolling screenshots that you can take on an Android smartphone.
To take extended screenshots, first open Safari and take normal screenshots. This can be done by pressing the Volume Up and Power buttons together. Next, tap on the screenshot (which will appear in the lower left corner of the screen).
Here, I will see two tabs near the top of the screen. One will say Screen and the other will say Full Page. Tap Full Page. You will see a longer shot of the webpage, as well as a column on the right side that allows you to crop (e.g., Extend or shorten) extended screenshots. After cutting, you can tap Done and then Save PDF to File.
Remove and reset applications
Removing apps is a bit different from the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. With iOS 13, you have to go through a slightly more involved process.
First, tap and hold the application you want to delete. This brings up a pop-up menu. Tap Remove Application to delete the application.
Or, you can rearrange the layout of the Home screen by tapping Edit Home Screen. Tapping on this allows you to drag the application to a different location.