Guide to wonderful tricks that will help you in using your new iPhone X more efficiently

Guide to iPhone X

iPhone X is the new smartphone has great features with 5.8 inch retina screen display is priced at USD999 (at the time of writing). This cell phone has no home button but has a status bar split on either side of The Notch, is will take time to set your hands on this new smartphone different outlook. Here is the guide to wonderful tricks that will help you in using your new iPhone X more efficiently and take off to work and play slots easily on this cell phone of your choice.

You want to see the battery percentage

Guide to see the battery percentage in iPhone X

While playing slot games or animated games most of your battery is drained out. Surely you wish to check how much energy more your iPhone has to keep going your last spin on the reel or to hit the jackpot. But there is no setting to show the battery percentage in the status bar of this phone.  Now that it’s split into the left and right side of the notch, there just isn’t room.

So the quickest way to show your remaining battery percentage is to look at Control Center. Just swipe down from the upper-right side of the notch.  Hopefully, a future iOS update will allow you to tap on the status bar to show battery percentage, Do Not Disturb status, and other useful info.

Showing the app switcher in seconds

iPhone X- App Switcher

A quick up-and-over motion brings up the app switcher in a split second. Officially, one brings up the app switcher by dragging up from the bottom of the screen and pausing for a second, until all the app cards show up. But you can speed this up a bit. For new users you don’t always have to wait for all the cards to show up just a brief pause will do it.

You might find the easiest way to open  those app cards into view is to quickly swipe up and over to the side in either direction, sort of like an upside-down “L” shape. You can do this very quickly and it makes the app cards pop right up.

You don’t have to swipe up very far, either. Really, any upward swipe will work as long as your finger remains on the screen when it stops its upward momentum. Experiment a little bit and you’ll find that you can get the app switcher to show up very quickly.

Close apps easily

iPhone X- How to close apps

As in previous iPhones, you force-close apps by bring up the app switcher, finding the app you want to close, then swiping upward on its app card but doing this on the iPhone X, it will simply return you to the home screen without closing the app.

You need to bring up the app switcher as said above, then press and hold anywhere on the stack of app cards. Then you can swipe up on an app to close it, or you can tap the little red circle close button in the upper left of each card.

Let iPhone X Face ID recognize you in every way

iPhone X- Face ID

Face ID is pretty fast, but can be a little slower than Touch ID in some circumstances, like unlocking your phone after taking it out of your pocket or bag. You can speed this up a little, though, with the right settings and habits.

First enable “Raise to wake”.  You’ll find the toggle in Settings > Display & Brightness. This will prevent you from having to tap on the screen to wake it up before swiping to unlock, unless you’re unlocking your phone while it rests on a desk or in a dock.

Now get used to swiping up on the screen before you have it facing you. If you swipe upward before Face ID can see your face, the phone will simply wait for Face ID to authenticate and then pop right to your home screen. So swiping up on your phone while you raise it to look at the screen will get animation going, and you’ll be at your home screen as soon as your face gets in view.

In Settings > Face ID & Passcode, you’ll find a toggle called “Require Attention for Face ID.” If you disable this, Face ID can authenticate you even if your eyes aren’t looking right at the phone. This is a bit less secure, but it can speed things up a bit, and may be helpful if you find that your sunglasses don’t work with Face ID very well.

Improving Face ID accuracy

iPhone X- Face ID

It’s commonly seen many a times Face ID will not recognize you because either you’re holding your phone at a funny angle, or you’ve done something to significantly change the way your face looks. But with time Face ID will continually learn what you look like and improve its accuracy, but only if you let it.

When Face ID doesn’t recognize you, the phone will prompt you for your passcode. It’s tempting to press Cancel and try again, but you shouldn’t. Just enter your passcode. This will tell your iPhone “yes, you were the person it was trying to identify” and it will take that failed attempt as new data to incorporate into its biometric model of your face.  Over time, this will help Face ID recognize you more accurately, more often.

Be expert on  Animoji

iPhone X- Guide to Animoji

Animoji are limited to only ten seconds, but if you want to record something longer, use the screen recording capability and then edit out all the iPhone interface in the editing app of your choice. Be sure to Force-touch the recording button in Control Center and enable microphone recording, otherwise nobody will hear you.

You can use Animoji as a sticker in iMessages, too. Just bring up the Animoji interface as usual, but instead of recording, make the face you want to use for your sticker and then drag the Animoji character right up into your conversation.

Turn on Reachability

iPhone X- Reachability

The extra-tall display on the iPhone X makes it even harder to reach up to the top with your thumb as now that Control Center is there, you may have to do it more often. The easiest solution is to enable Reachability, which shifts the entire screen downward so you can easily reach the top. You’ll find the toggle in Settings > General > Accessibility.

Swipe back and forth between apps

If you want to quickly switch between open apps, just swipe left or right on the little Home indicator at the bottom of the screen. No need to swipe up first at all. You can swipe back and forth through all your open apps this way, making it much more useful than the old “double tap the Home button to switch to the last app you used” command.

What if the phone doesn’t  have a home button you can add a virtual one

iPhone X- Assistive Touch

If you just gotta have your Home button back, you can create a virtual one using Assistive Touch.

Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch. Once you’re in this deep settings sub-menu you’ll have to toggle AssistiveTouch on and select Customize Top Level Menu. You’ll notice it is set to 6 icons by default, so press the minus sign until it’s down to one.

Tap on that one icon probably a star that says “custom”and set it to “Home.” Back in the AssistiveTouch menu, you may want to lower the Idle Opacity setting, so your virtual home button will be easier to see through if it blocks an important part of the screen.  Just drag your virtual home button to the center of the bottom of your phone, or really anywhere else you’d like it to go.

Wanna charge faster that too is possible

The 5W adapter that comes in the box with your iPhone X is slow and you want to charge much faster. Apple sells a 29W USB-C adapter and USB-C Lightning cable that will fast-charge your iPhone X using USB Power Delivery. This will be expensive for many as $49 for the charger and $25 for the cable.

Instead, buy the 12W USB power adapter which costs  only $19, and it gives you most of the benefit when charging your iPhone. It way faster than the included adapter, and the expensive USB-C adapter only charges you up 10-15 minutes faster.

You can force a hard restart in case it sits quiet

iPhone X- Force restart

On iPhone X becoming totally unresponsive, you can try forcing a hard restart. Quickly press and release Volume Up, then Volume Down, then press and hold the Side button. Remember, do not hold down either of the volume buttons, but do hold the Side button. After holding it for about 10-15 seconds, you’ll see the Apple logo, and you can let go.

You can fix photo and video incompatibility

iPhone X- Videos and photos

By default, the iPhone X stores photos using a new image format called HEIF (High-Efficiency Image Format). When you use the Share a photo on social media or send it in an email, your phone will convert them to the more compatible JPG file format, but this isn’t always bulletproof.

If you find some situation where your images are incompatible with whatever app you’re using, you can force your phone to save new images in the JPG format.

Head to Settings > Camera > Formats and switch from “High Efficiency” to “Most Compatible.”  This won’t convert any existing images, but new images will be saved in JPG so they’ll work with everything.

With video, the situation is similar: the iPhone X will save in HEVC (High-Efficiency Video Codec) instead of H.264. Changing that camera setting forces your phone to use the older format.

The new formats are about half the size of the old formats, so your new photos and videos will take up a lot more space, but at least you’ll have solved your incompatibility problem. Because of the huge space savings with HEIF/HEVC, its advised that you don’t change this setting until you actually run into an image incompatibility problem.

You can turn off auto-brightness

Auto-brightness used to be a toggle in the Display & Brightness settings menu, but it appears to have been removed in iOS 11. In fact, it’s still there, it’s just much harder to find. You’ll have to go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations to find the toggle switch.

Auto-brightness on iPhone takes the brightness level you set and tries to maintain the same “apparent” brightness in making the screen brighter if you’re in bright daylight or dimmer if you’re in a dark indoor room. For most users, having auto-brightness enabled should improve battery life, but those who set their brightness very low and keep it there might be better off with it disabled.

With these above learning guide to your iPhone you can cater to most of your phone features easily and take full use of your cell phone like a pro.