31 iPhone 7 tips, tricks, and features to supercharge your phone

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Making the most of texting, memories, and lyrics

Use the Notes app as a document scanner

The Notes app can function as a document scanner. Start a new note and tap the Plus sign located above the keyboard. Select Scan Documents and point the camera at the document you want to scan. The Notes app will find it for you and automatically take a picture. Choose to save when you’re finished.

Send invisible messages in iMessages

Apple added new ways for people to message one another, aside from using mere words. One particular addition was the ability to hide a message so it won’t be revealed until the recipient taps or rubs on it. To use these hidden messages, first, type what you want to say, or attach an image or video, then press down on the blue up arrow to bring up your effects. You want the one that says Invisible Ink. Tap it to add the effect, which will look like static or sparkles.

Text music or images with iMessage apps

Another addition to iMessage comes in the form of apps made specifically for it. In iMessage, you can access these apps by tapping on the gray arrow on the left, then tap the icon that looks like drawing tools forming a triangle. Depending on how many apps you have installed, you will have multiple tabs you can swipe through to send different things, from GIFs to music from your library to Shazam tags. You can browse and download new iMessage apps on the App Store, which can be easily reached by tapping the group of four smaller boxes in the bottom-left corner and then tapping the option labeled Store.

Use iOS keyboard as a trackpad

This will be incredibly useful if you’re looking to edit a typo while typing. In any app that uses the keyboard, press down on the keyboard and it will become blank. Without lifting your finger, move it around the touchscreen to freely move your cursor. When over a word, press down to highlight it, or press it twice to highlight an entire selection.

Edit memory movies

To show you all the good times you’ve recently experienced, iOS makes Memories out of your photos and videos. Think of them as a sort of slideshow designed to remind you of what you’ve been through. You can edit these by going to Photos > Memories, tapping the video at the top, and tapping it again to start playing the video. While the video is playing, you can tap it to bring up user controls.

View lyrics in Music app

Listening to music is one thing, but it never hurts to know what the words actually are. If you’re an Apple Music subscriber, you can display lyrics on your favorite songs. While in the Music app, tap the Now Playing section at the bottom to bring up the full song. Afterward, tap the three dotted lines in the bottom-right corner to bring up another menu, and near the bottom should be an option for Lyrics. Tap that so you can sing along with what you’re listening to. Sadly, this won’t work with every song you own, or every song available on Apple Music. If the Lyrics option isn’t there, it’s because Apple has yet to add them.

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