iPhone and iPad, Tips & Tricks

I like to figure out the fastest way to do things in my iphone so I have compiled these shortcuts which should work on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, but there may be slight differences across devices.

Typing & Working with Text

Type a period at the end of a sentenceDouble-tap the Spacebar
Turn on Caps LockDouble-tap the Shift key. The key turns blue to show its locked.
Open Magnifier (Loop)Tap and Hold on text.
Type special character (like é or ñ)Hold down a letter on the keyboard. A popup will appear with various versions of the character. Slide your finger to one.
Undo TypingShake the iPhone or iPod Touch.

Safari (Web Browsing)

Quickly get address bar back, or quickly scroll to top of pageTap the Status bar at the top of the screen.
Zoom In/OutDouble-tap or Pinch Open/Close the screen.
Save imagesTap and Hold an image until some buttons appear. Tap Save Image. The image can be found in the Camera Roll.
Scrolling webpagesUse one finger to scroll the entire webpage. Use two fingers to scroll a frame on a webpage.


Delete MessageDelete Message
Swipe Across a Message, then Tap Delete.
(Works in some other apps, not just Mail.)

Phone Controls & Calling

Stop an incoming call from ringing.Press the Sleep/Wake button.
Send an incoming call directly to voice mail.Press the Sleep/Wake button twice.

Music Controls

Quickly access pause, volume, skip buttons, etc while in other apps, including the lock screenDouble-click the Home button.
Swipe to the left (drag finger from left to right) to see the iPod controls and a Screen Orientation Lock.

Taking Screenshots

Take ScreenshotPress and release the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons at the same time. The screenshot is added to the Photo app’s Camera Roll.

Force Quit, Reset, Etc.

Force Quit an appHold the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears, then hold the Home button until the app quits.
Reset/Reboot.Hold the Sleep/Wake and the Home buttons at the same time for 10 or more seconds, until you see the Apple logo.


Quickly scroll to the top (of a webpage, mail message, etc.)Tap the status bar at the top of the screen.
Open Spotlight page (to do a global search)Swipe to reveal the page (to the left of the 1st home screen) or press the Home button while on the 1st home screen.
Start Voice ControlPress and hold the Home button for a few seconds and Voice Control will appear. Then speak commands such as Call John Doe Mobile and it will make call for you.