The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are absolutely loaded with the latest tech and impressive features to justify the substantial price tag. Once you’ve read our iPhone XS setup guide you’ll be itching to dive into your new device and unlock all it has to offer.
Depending on what model iPhone you’ve upgraded the features and changes may seem minimal. Don’t let your thousand-dollar investment go to waste — below GoWireless details the top iPhone XS tricks to dazzle your friends and transform your iPhone into a powerful tool. Try these iPhone XS tips to familiarize yourself with Apple’s brand new smartphone.
Opening Apple Pay so you can pay in the app store is easy — just press the Side button twice. That’s it!
The gesture for launching Control Center has changed with the iPhone XS. To access the Control Center swipe down from the top-left corner of your display.
This basic command has changed, as the Side button is now used to activate Siri. In order to power off your iPhone XS press and hold both the Side button and either Volume Up or Volume Down. After a few seconds, the slider will appear to power off your phone.
Swipe down from the notch to quickly view your Notification Center.
If something is amiss or your iPhone XS is running slow, run a hard reset without wiping any of your data. Press Volume Up, Volume Down, and then the Side button quickly, holding the combination of buttons down until the Apple logo appears.
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As you are scrolling down a webpage, social media feed, or document you may want to quickly navigate back to the top to start again or grab a piece of information. To quick-scroll back to the top of a page just tap the notch at the top-center of your display.
Portrait Mode looks astounding on the iPhone XS and XS Max. The bokeh effect has improved markedly, and now you can edit the background blur of a photo shot in Portrait Mode after it was taken. Tap on Photos, scroll to a photo taken in Portrait Mode and select Edit. Use the slider to edit the background blur and depth effects from f/1.4 to f/16 aperture.
Sure, 1080p looks awesome. But you now have an iPhone XS with a top-of-the-line camera. Why not switch to 4K video? The default setting when you start using your iPhone XS will still be for the camera to shoot videos in 1080p. To change this head to Settings → Camera → Record Video and select one of the three 4K options. Each one varies in frames per second, with a higher fps appearing smoother and taking up more space on your phone.
The iPhone XS True Depth camera has the ability to tell when you are actively looking at your smartphone. This feature is used by Apple to intuitively silence incoming calls and alarms if you’re already looking at your phone screen. Determine if this setting helps or annoys you, and then toggle it on or off by heading to Settings → Face ID & Passcode → Attention Awareness Features.
The iPhone XS Max is technically part of the Plus series, which means you can utilize landscape mode to view multiple columns within apps. Rotate your iPhone XS Max to landscape mode when using apps like Calendar or Notes to switch to a two-column view for enhanced functionality. For example, in Notes, you can see your entire list of notes on the left while reading the content of a note on the right.
With Face ID the iPhone XS will naturally hide the details of your notifications on the lock screen until your face has been identified. Depending on your usage and lifestyle, however, you may prefer the convenience of quickly viewing notifications. To display notification details on the lock screen before your face is identified head to Settings → Notifications → Show Previews and then select Always.
Ever since smartphones elongated their screens accessibility for the top portion of the screen has been limited. If you have smaller hands or just want to make certain actions easier head to Settings → General → Accessibility and enable Reachability. Now when you need to reach the top of the display swipe down from the bottom of the screen.
With iOS 12 on the iPhone XS you can add a shortcut to your Control Center to scan a QR code directly from your camera. Navigate to Settings → Control Center → Customize Controls and then tap the green button next to Scan QR Code to add this shortcut to your Control Center.
These iPhone XS tips and tricks are just the tip of the iceberg — read other GoWireless smartphone tips and tricks to learn about your smartphone’s secret menu and how to unlock the potential of your fancy camera. Compare all of latest Apple smartphones with our buying guide or visit your local GoWireless location to make the leap to the latest generation with the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR.