iOS 17 5 Hidden Features and Settings Not to Miss

iOS 17 5 Hidden Features and Settings Not to Miss

Unleashing the Hidden Gems: 5 Awesome Hidden Features in iOS 17

Are you ready to unlock the full potential of your iPhone? With the release of the iOS 17 public beta, Apple has introduced a range of exciting new features that go beyond the highlight reel. In this article, we will take a deep dive into five hidden features currently available in the iOS 17 public beta, giving you a glimpse into the true power of your iPhone.

But before we proceed, if your iPhone isn’t compatible with iOS 17, fret not! We’ve compiled a list of the best iPhone models of 2023, as well as a review of the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max, which might pique your interest.

Automatically delete verification codes sent to you via text or email

We’ve all experienced the hassle of receiving countless verification codes through text messages or email when signing in to applications that use two-factor authentication (2FA). In iOS 17, Apple has addressed this annoyance with a simple yet game-changing feature.

By navigating to Settings > Passwords > Password Options, you can enable the Clean Up Automatically feature. This setting automatically deletes verification codes in the Messages and Mail applications after they have been used with the autofill feature that appears at the top of your keyboard. Say goodbye to cluttered inboxes and text message threads filled with obsolete codes!

verification codes

Use Apple Maps offline to navigate

Did you know that you can now use Apple Maps offline? Finally, no more dependency on internet connectivity when you find yourself in remote areas or locations with poor signal strength. In iOS 17, you can download offline maps to ensure you can always find your way, regardless of your connection status.

To download an offline map, open the Maps app and tap your profile photo in the top right corner of the navigation window. From there, go into Offline Maps. You may see suggested maps to download based on your frequently visited areas, along with the corresponding download size. Alternatively, you can manually search for a city, adjust the map as needed, and download it to your iPhone.

offline maps

Crop your photos using the zoom feature in Photos

Cropping photos just got easier with iOS 17. Previously, you had to go through multiple steps to crop a screenshot or picture in the Photos app. However, Apple has streamlined the process in the latest update.

When viewing a photo, zoom in on the area you want to crop. Once zoomed in, a convenient Crop button will appear in the top-right corner of the screen. This button takes you directly into edit mode, allowing you to adjust the crop further or simply hit Done to finalize the crop. Act quickly though, as the crop button is only visible for a few seconds after zooming in.

crop feature

Use Crossfade for smoother transitions in the Music app

Playing music has never been more seamless with iOS 17’s Crossfade feature in Apple Music. Picture yourself in charge of the playlist at a friend’s party or during a road trip. Now you can provide your audience with uninterrupted enjoyment by enabling the crossfade effect.

To access this feature, head to the Settings app and navigate to Music. Toggle on the Crossfade option and choose your desired duration for the crossfade effect. You can select anywhere from one second to 12 seconds, allowing for a smooth transition between songs. For example, if you set it to five seconds, the next song will begin to play subtly in the background five seconds before the current song ends.

crossfade effect

Interact with certain widgets on your home screen

Widgets on your home screen are no longer just for visual appeal. Apple has brought interactive widgets to the iPhone, providing you with control and convenience right at your fingertips.

To add an interactive widget to your home screen, press and hold on an empty space until you enter edit mode. Next, tap the plus sign in the top right corner and browse through the list of available widgets. Among the interactive widgets currently available are Podcast, Home, Notes, and Music.

For instance, with the Music widget, you can play or pause music directly from your home screen. Similarly, the Home widget allows you to control connected devices like smart light bulbs or thermostats. Experience a new level of functionality and efficiency with these interactive widgets on iOS 17.

interactive widgets

Now that you know about these hidden features in iOS 17, it’s time to make the most out of your iPhone experience. Embrace the power of automatic code cleanup, navigate offline with Apple Maps, effortlessly crop your photos, enjoy smoother transitions in the Music app, and interact with widgets directly on your home screen. iOS 17 is shaping up to be an update that truly enhances the usability and vibrancy of your iPhone.

For more information on Apple’s upcoming mobile operating system, be sure to check out our hands-on look at iOS 17, as well as insights into what you should know about Apple’s Vision Pro headset.