iOS 11 and its five best secret features


Apple has begun rolling out iOS 11, the next version of its mobile operating system starting today. On the face of it, iOS 11 is not a significant update that changes how we have been using our iPhone and iPad. However, when we look inside, there are a lot of handy things that encourage you to upgrade this year.

If you are planning to update to the final build of iOS 11 on your iPhone and iPad, we have created a list of the best secret iOS 11 features, so you can make the most of Apple’s latest version of mobile operating system.

Before we get started, keep in mind that iOS 11 is officially available for iPhone and iPad owners worldwide. However, we have heard several issues users are facing with iOS 11 like UI problems or 3D Touch not working. We expect Apple to fix the issues in future releases.

  1. Customizable Control Center

With iOS 11, Apple has completely revamped Control Center, making it more customizable and visually appealing. You now can add more shortcuts and toggles to iOS 11 Control Center like Low Power Mode, Guided Access, Alarm and even more.

To add toggles to Control Center in iOS 11, you simply need to head to Settings > Control Center > Customizable Controls. Once you are in, hit the green Plus button to the left of the toggles you wish to add to Control Center.

  1. Screen recording (without Mac)

In iOS 11, Apple finally allows users to record their iPhone or iPad’s screen without the need for a Mac. To record your device’s screen, you simply trigger Control Center and hit the Screen Recording toggle to turn it on. Once you do that, you will see the status bar at the top of the screen. If you want to stop screen recording, tap on that status bar and hit Stop from the pop-up menu.

  1. One-handed keyboard

Apple iPhone is getting bigger and bigger in terms of screen size, thus offering more space for watching movies and playing some games. However, this makes one-hand typing look like a struggle. Apple is fully aware of that and the company officially announced one-handed keyboard mode in iOS 11.

In fact, one-handed keyboard mode is not something new, as it has been available on Android for ages. This year, Apple has decided to make it an integral part of iOS. To enable one-handed keyboard mode on your iPhone, launch the Messages app and head to any messaging thread. After that, tap and hold on the Globe icon and select one-handed keyboard mode from the pop-up menu.

  1. Dark mode

iPhone and iPad users have been dying for an official dark mode for years. iOS 11 includes a dark mode feature called Smart Invert. In fact, Smart Invert is not a dark mode, as it only reserves the colors of the display, with the rest of the content remaining the same. The result is white text and black background. To enable Smart Invert in iOS 11, make sure you check out our steps below.

Step one: First off, head to the Settings app and then tap on General. After that, tap on Accessibility and hit Display Accommodations

Step two: Once you are done, tap on Invert Colors and turn on the switch for Smart Invert.

  1. Automatically answer calls on your iPhone

In iOS 11, Apple includes a handy settings in Accessibility, known as Auto-Answer Calls. As the name implies, the new features allows iPhone owners to automatically answer calls after a set time. This is a great feature, especially when your hands are now too busy to pick out the phone from the pocket.

Step one: Launch the Settings app from your home screen and then tap on General

Step two: Next up, hit Accessibility and tap on Call Audio Routing to proceed

Step three: At the bottom, you simply need to tap on Auto-Answer Calls and turn on the switch.

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