iPhone Tips: 5x iOS 17 Features You’ve Never Heard Of!

iOS 17 contains a lot of functions. That’s why in this week’s iPhone tips: 5x iOS 17 features you’ve never heard of!

iOS 17 features you’ve never heard of

Of course, we can’t completely guarantee that you’ve never heard of these iOS 17 features. But we’ve picked 5 iPhone tips that are less known. In any case, they are all extremely useful. Try them all out right away!

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1. Ping my Watch

We start this week’s iPhone tips with a handy feature for anyone who often forgets where they put their Apple Watch. Since iOS 17 you have the ‘Ping my Watch’ function at your disposal. This is how it works:

  • Open the Settings app;
  • Tap ‘Control Center’;
  • Tap the plus sign for ‘Ping my Watch’.

Now open the Control Center (swipe down from the top right, on an iPhone with touch ID swipe up from the bottom), tap the Apple Watch icon and your Apple Watch will play a sound.

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2. Lock Private Mode in Safari

With number 2 of these iPhone tips you can really keep private mode in Safari all to yourself. You do this by locking the mode so that Safari uses Face ID to grant access. Setup goes like this:

  • Open the Settings app;
  • Scroll down a bit and tap ‘Safari’;
  • Scroll down again and enable ‘Require Face ID to unlock private mode’.

Now open Safari and switch to private mode. You should now see Face ID being used to grant you access. If it does not work immediately, close Safari first. When you try again, you will need to visit another website first.

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3. Crop photos by zooming in

Number 3 of this week’s iPhone tips is for anyone who crops photos often. This has become a lot easier since iOS 17. You actually just have to zoom in. It goes like this:

  • Open the Photos app and choose a photo you want to crop;
  • Zoom in as far as you want with two fingers;
  • Tap ‘Crop’ at the top right;
  • To change the aspect ratio of the crop, press and hold ‘Crop’;
  • Make any adjustments if necessary, then tap Done.
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4. Save camera settings

The fourth of these iPhone tips is useful if you often take photos with the same settings. Since iOS 17, you can save the last used settings for camera mode, filter, exposure, depth and Live Photos. This way you don’t have to choose them again the next time you open the camera. You enable the function as follows:

  • Open the Settings app;
  • Scroll down a bit and tap ‘Camera’;
  • Tap ‘Save settings’;
  • Enable the ‘Creative controls’ option.

5. Use the Spirit Level while taking photographs

Nothing is more annoying than photos with a crooked horizon. You can of course edit them afterwards, but prevention is better than ‘cure’. Since iOS 17, you can simply turn on the Spirit Level and it will help you keep your iPhone perfectly straight while taking a photo. To enable it:

  • Open the Settings app;
  • Scroll down a bit and tap ‘Camera’;
  • Under ‘COMPOSITION’, enable ‘Level’.

Now open the camera. You will now see a white bar in the middle of the image. When you hold your iPhone perfectly straight, the white bar turns yellow. At that moment you take a perfectly straight photo.

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