Easy iPhone tricks REVEALED – including secret ‘Dark Mode’ and a Screen Curtain to stop snoopers


APPLE has packed your iPhone with loads of great hidden features mode that you probably didn’t know existed. They’re tucked away in settings designed to make the iPhone more accessible for everyone – and there are some real gems, which we’ll reveal below.

In Settings > General > Accessibility, you’ll find a whole host of settings that tweak how the phones work.

They’re intended to help people who need support using an iPhone, like blind people, users with low vision, and deaf phone owners.

In fact, even complicated iPhone and iPad apps like Swift Playgrounds – a game that teaches you to code – can now be played by users who are completely blind.

But many of the features tucked away in Accessibility are generally useful for all iPhone owners, so we’ve rounded up the best.

Using a glaringly bright phone in the dark is horrible – that’s why so many apps now have Dark Mode, switching apps to a black theme that’s easier on the eyes.

Many apps don’t offer Dark Mode however, but Accessibility offers a handy trick for bright white apps.

By turning Invert Colours on, you can turn a page with black text on a white background into white text on a black background.

To turn it on, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Invert Colours, and turn Smart Invert on.

Once that’s done, you can toggle it on or off by tapping the Home button three times – or the Power button three times, if you don’t have a Home button.

One of the most useful Accessibility features is VoiceOver, which reads aloud things you tap on.

But you can also get VoiceOver to read out everything on a page, effectively turning whatever you’re looking at into an audiobook.

So if you’ve got a really long article you want to read open, you could use VoiceOver to listen to it instead.

To do this, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver, and turn it on.

Then to get VoiceOver to read everything on the page, do a double-finger swipe down.

Another great iPhone feature is called Screen Curtain, and it works using VoiceOver.

Let’s say you want to check your bank balance on public transport, but you don’t want anyone to see.

You can turn Screen Curtain on and it’ll keep your phone awake and touch-sensitive – but turn the display off.

Then you can tap on the screen to scroll through items on the page, and listen to your bank balance read aloud.

Then simply turn Screen Curtain back off, and use your phone as normal.

To do this, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver, and turn it on.

Then to toggle Screen Curtain on or off, simple triple tap with three fingers.

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