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iPhone 6s tips and tricks: 10 hacks for your new iPhone

Alphr logo Alphr 12-11-2015 Curtis Moldrich

Simply put, the iPhone 6s is the best smartphone Apple has ever made. Featuring the svelte chassis of the iPhone 6 and adding innovative features like 3D Touch, the iPhone 6s represents a step up from the old model. But are you getting the most out of it? 

Thanks to the introduction of iOS 9 and 3D Touch, the Apple iPhone 6s is more intuitive than ever - but scratch the surface and there’s even more to tweak and customise. Here are ten things you might not know about your iPhone 6s.

1. Make your wallpaper a Live Photo

As well 3D Touch, the iPhone 6s also comes with Live Photos, a new function that records a snippet of video before and after you take a picture. Better yet, the iPhone 6s also lets you set them as your wallpaper. To make your Wallpaper a Live Photo, simply find the one you want, tap the share icon and then select ‘Set as wallpaper’. Now, a firm press of your iPhone 6’s lock screen will bring it to life.

2. Shoot in 4K

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The iPhone 6s is capable of shooting 4K video, but doesn’t enable them by default. If you want to record clips in 4K, you’ll need to go to Settings, and then scroll down to Photo and Videos. Under the Camera heading, select Record Video, and make sure 4K at 30fps is ticked. If you run out of space or decide 4K videos aren’t necessary, just return to the menu and select a different setting.

3. Take a super-fast selfie

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Like it or not, in 2015 selfies appear to be a part of popular culture - and in response Apple has made it quicker and easier to take your own with the iPhone 6s. It’s not immediately obvious how to do it, and that’s because it’s all done via the handset’s 3D Touch functionality. To take a quick selfie without leaving your home screen, just firmly push the Camera icon, and you’ll presented with a set of options. Click selfie and the phone will immediately switch to the front-facing camera.

4. Tweak 3D Touch settings

3D touch is without doubt one of the standout features on the iPhone 6s, using it should become almost second nature to 6s owners. However, if you’re finding it too easy or too hard to activate it, you’re in luck. Navigating to settings, accessibility and then 3D touch sensitivity will allow you to change how hard you need to the screen before your iPhone registers a 3D Touch.

5. Call people from iMessage

Once you’ve got 3D touch to your liking, it provides a host of quick shortcuts and features. One way 3D Touch makes life easier is in iMessage. If you decide you want to call a contact rather than them, simply push hard on their contact pictures, and you’ll be presented with options to call, text and phone them.

6. Hey Siri

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Siri is one of the most powerful tools in the iPhone’s arsenal, and the 6s lets you use it without even touching the Home button. You can make Siri handsfree when you first set up your phone, but to enable it at anytime, dive into Settings, General and Siri - and then select Hey Siri. After saying your name three times, Siri will be activated every time you say Hey Siri. and the best bit? It’ll only respond to you. 

7. Save your battery with Low Power Mode

By cutting down on syncing processes, more luxurious functions and OS animations, iOS 9’s Low Power Mode can squeeze extra juice out your iPhone 6s. To enable it, head over to settings, scroll down to battery and make sure Low Power Mode is enabled. If you’re still worried about your battery life it’s also worth selecting Battery Percentage, so you can see exactly how much battery life you’ve got left.

8. Peek and push

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Ever wanted to check something, and then quickly return to what you were looking at before? With the iPhone 6 you have to open messages and pictures completely, but the iPhone 6s changes all that, and allows you to “peek” at content without fully opening it. A firm press of the screen will often allow you to see more of a message, email or pictures  - and reducing the pressure will close it again.

9. Turn your keyboard into a trackpad

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Highlighting text is pretty tricky when using the iPhone 6, but thanks to 3D Touch, it’s easy on the iPhone 6s. A hard press on the phone’s keyboard will turn it into something like a trackpad, and from there using the phone’s touch screen is just like using a MacBook Pro.

10. Kill Live Photos

Live Photos are one of the iPhone 6s most interesting features, but they do take more space than a usual photo. If you’ve opted for a tiny 16GB iPhone 6s, or you’re just getting tight on storage, you can disable Live Photos just by tapping the circular icon at the top of the camera screen.

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