27 Things You Didn't Know Your Iphone Could Do


Even though we use our iPhones all day every day, there are still a handful of features that are relatively unknown. 

Some of these features are buried in the Settings menu while others are hidden in plain sight. 

Plus, there are a few things Siri can do for you that you may not know about. 

(Note: Most of these features are available in iOS 8 and higher, while some are available in iOS 9 and higher.)

Respond to texts without unlocking your phone

You can respond to texts directly from your lock screen by pulling down on the notification drawer and swiping over to the left on the text notification. You'll see a "Reply" option, and tapping it will let you type a response without having to unlock your iPhone. 

Respond to texts while you're in an app

If you're in an app, you can swipe down from the top and access the notification drawer to answer a text the same way you would on the lock screen. 

See which apps drain the most battery

Want to know why your iPhone battery is draining faster than usual? Head over to Settings > Battery. This will tell you which apps are occupying the most battery power.  

View every photo someone has texted you, and vice versa

There's an easy way to view every photo and video you've sent someone. Just open the messaging thread in the "Messages" app and press the "Details" button in the upper right corner. 

Send audio and video messages that self-destruct


You can send audio snippets and video messages that expire after two minutes. If you head toSettings>Messages and scroll to the bottom, you'll notice a section for audio and video messages. You can choose to let them expire after two minutes or never. 

Share your current location with a friend


If you don't feel like explaining where you are, you can simply send your location to another person via text message. Just tap the "Details" button in the upper right corner of your message thread and select "Send My Location."

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