Slide to unlock: 27 nifty tricks you never knew your iPhone could do

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AirDrop images

Situation: You’ve got a ton of images from a wedding weekend or a gathering that you want to send to someone for his personal consumption. The easiest way to go about sending photos directly (if the other person owns an iThing) without consuming a ton of data and wasting a lot of time uploading and downloading them after is AirDrop.

Solution: Select the photos in question in your Camera Roll, then the little share icon at the bottom left. Make sure you’ve turned AirDrop on in your settings and the option should pop right up. Tap that and then your friend’s device which should show up if you’re on the same network to seamlessly deposit the photos in his own Camera Roll. No fuss, no muss. Just make sure you have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on.

Activate parental controls

Situation: You’ve got a kid who wants to play with your new iPhone, but you don’t really want him accidentally deleting all your photos. You make him promise to only play Candy Crush and not touch the rest of your stuff. Of course, he doesn’t listen and you lose half of your contacts and he chalks up an enormous App Store bill downloading random games too.

Kindness doesn’t have to end so badly, you can turn on restricted access before giving a kid free reign over your phone.

Solution: Under Accessibility is where you will find Guided Access. Turn it on and you can even tweak it so that a sound plays and the remaining time is voiced out. When in the app you want to allow Guided Access to, just triple-click the Home button to bring up the option.

You’ll be prompted to draw circles around the options you want off limits to the kid (like the danger zone that is the option to buy add-ons for a game) . When you tap on options, you can further disable functions like the volume button and the keyboard, as well as set a time limit for Guided Access if need be.

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