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

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Zoom in on things

Situation: The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are both a step up in size, but you might still find yourself squinting at the screen from time to time. Why not pinch out to zoom, you ask? Because while you can do that on photos and certain apps like Safari, you can’t do that on third party apps. It’s also great when you want to show your grandparents something on your phone.

Solution: Go to Settings, Accessibility, then Zoom to turn the feature on. You can pre-set your Zoom feature functions like the Zoom Region (full screen or an adjustable window) and the Maximum Zoom Level (how big you want things to appear).

Just double tap on the screen with three fingers to call the magnifier up. Shift it around, resize it, or tap on it for more options. You can use it in third party apps, the locked screen, wherever fine print shows up and whenever your eyesight fails you. Pretty handy, huh? It’s also really good for noticing details on app icons you might have never realised existed before.

Surf the web on the down low

Situation: If you don’t want anyone to find out what you’re looking at on the internet, you can browse in private mode. We know what you’re thinking, but it could be that you’re over at your girlfriend’s and using her iPhone to look for a gift for her, or you simply never want the fact that you read celebrity gossip to get out.

Solution: Tap on Safari, then the Tabs icon at the bottom right and it’ll bring up a new toolbar at the bottom. Tap on Private, and all the sites you visit using this incognito version of Safari (shown by the stealthy grey colouring of the window) will not show up in your search history or the Autofill bar for that matter. After all, no one needs to know you thrive on the latest news of Hollywood pairings.

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