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Here are 9 of the coolest iPhone tips and tricks you probably never knew existed.

Did you know your iPhone can become a magnifying glass?

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The clever folks at Apple have made their iPhones so intuitive that most people learn how to use them as they go along. However, that learn-as-you-go approach means there are countless tricks and features you’ve probably overlooked.


For the past eight years, TV tech guru Rich DeMuro has been helping early-risers in the Los Angeles area learn about all of the latest gadgets and gizmos on the “KTLA Morning Morning News.”

Now, he’s sharing his knowledge with the rest of the world through his new book “101 Handy Tech Tips for the iPhone.” DeMuro wrote the book to help people get more use out of their phones and to be more productive. It’s also a fun way to amaze your friends at parties: “Did you know your iPhone can do THIS?”

DeMuro sat down with GOOD to discuss his intimate knowledge of the iPhone and to share some of his most popular tips.

GOOD: What’s the best iPhone feature most people don’t know about?

Rich DeMuro: Two tips that have really resonated with folks are the ability to turn your iPhone into a magnifying glass (which we get into detail down below) and how to close out all tabs at once on Safari. To close out all of your tabs, just tap and hold on the two little overlapping boxes in the lower right-hand corner of the app. You’ll get a little menu to close all open tabs.

GOOD: You’ve answered thousands of iPhone questions over the past decade. Which one do you get most often?

RD: The number one iPhone question I’m asked is “Should I upgrade?” But after that, there’s a lot of confusion about how iCloud works. I get a lot of people emailing me when they lose or damage their phone and lose everything because it wasn’t properly backed up. They ask me if there’s any way to get items back and nine times out of 10, there isn’t.

I always recommend going into Settings > Apple ID > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups, then tap the name of your phone and confirm that the Last Backup was completed. If it’s wasn’t yesterday or the day before, there’s an issue that needs to be resolved to keep your photos, messages, and everything else safe and sound.

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GOOD: Is your book a subtle way of telling Apple, “Look guys, you can do a lot better job at showing people how to use your product”?

RD: Not at all. It’s a way of helping folks get the most out of the $1,000 they spent on this amazing, feature-filled device. But the iPhone doesn’t come with a manual, and most people never take the time to learn about all of the under-the-hood features that aren’t apparent at first glance.

Something as simple as a search bar in Settings and Messages is actually hidden unless you pull down on the screen. Many people discover this by accident. You can’t see a timestamp on individual text messages unless you pull on the screen right to left. Apple built in a ton of useful features but they wanted to make the phone as simple as possible to use on the surface level.

GOOD: What will the iPhone of the future be like?

RD: It will predict what we want to do before we even know we want to do it. Like bring up directions to our next appointment or composing entire replies to texts. The iPhone will go into the proper mode for what we’re about to do, whether it’s waking up, working, hitting the gym or trying to get some downtime at night without any distractions.

There will be less programming and tapping and more voice control with an assistant who can truly understand what we want to accomplish in a back-and-forth manner. Also, I want to see a screen that’s holographic, see-through or projected into physical space.

Most importantly, we will have one unified device that serves as the basis for our phone, tablet, and computer. Who wants to set up three different devices anyway?

Here are 9 of DeMuro’s “Handy Tech Tips for the iPhone”

Set up Downtime so you can focus
The Downtime app limits the functionality of your phone for a specific time period. That way you can set aside some distraction-free time each day. To set up Downtime go to Settings > Screen Time > Downtime.

Turn iPhone into a virtual measuring tape
The Measure app is pre-installed when you download iOS 12. It uses augmented reality to figure out the length and dimensions of objects. Open the app, when you see a circle with a little dot in the middle of your screen, you are ready to measure.

Make your notifications more private
Notifications can show up on your iPhone at any time which can lead to some uncomfortable situations if someone sees them. To make your notifications more secure, go to Settings > Notifications > Show Previews and switch to “When Unlocked” or “Never.”

See the secret location data your phone is collecting
Your phone isn’t spying on you, but it does keep track of the places you visit most often. To see what your iPhone knows about where you’ve been, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services (scroll all the way to the bottom) > Significant Locations.

Turn your iPhone into a magnifying glass
Having trouble reading the menu from your favorite restaurant on your phone? There is a magnification function built into your phone that allows you to zoom in on the screen. To activate it, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > and look for the option labeled “Magnifier.” Tap it so you can see the toggle to turn it on. Open up a new window, rapidly triple click the side button, and your phone will immediately spring into Magnifier mode.

Tap the time to return to the top
Ever scroll so far down a page you dread trying to get back to the top? Just tap the time in the upper-left hand corner of the screen.

Have your phone says who’s calling out loud
Ever been busy and your phone rang from across the room and you weren’t sure if you should pick it up? You can make your phone announce who’s calling out loud so you always know if you need to answer. To turn on this feature, go to Settings > Phone. Look for the feature labeled “Announce Calls.”

Uncover the secret redial button
Trying to win tickets from a radio station and you need to redial the same number multiple times? Open the Phone app. Then, hit the keypad option as if you were going to dial a phone number. Now, before you enter any digits, tap the Green Phone Button. It will automatically redial the last number you dialed.

Delete a number from your recent call list
Sometimes we call people we shouldn’t. Sometimes we realize it’s best to cover up the fact we did it. To do so, open the Phone app and tap the section down below titled “Recents.” Find the offending entry in the list and swipe from right to left. This will bring up a Delete button. Give it a tap and it’s like the call never happened.

To get all of Rich DeMuro’s tips, you can find yourself a copy on Amazon.

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On April 20, 1889 at the Braunau am Inn, in Upper Austria Salzburger located at Vorstadt 15, Alois and Klara Hitler brought a son into the world. They named him Adolph.

Little did they know he would grow up to be one of the greatest forces of evil the world has ever known.

The Hitlers moved out of the Braunau am Inn when Adolph was three, but the three-story butter-colored building still stands. It has been the subject of controversy for seven decades.

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The building was a meeting place for Nazi loyalists in the 1930s and '40s. After World War II, the building has become an informal pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis and veterans to glorify the murderous dictator.

The building was a thorn in the side to local government and residents to say the least.

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For years it was owned by Gerlinde Pommer, a descendant of the original owners. The Austrian government made numerous attempts to purchase it from her, but to no avail. The building has served many purposes, a school, a library, and a makeshift museum.

In 1989, a stone from the building was inscribed with:

"For Peace, Freedom

and Democracy.

Never Again Fascism.

Millions of Dead Remind [us]."

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For three decades it was home to an organization that offered support and integration assistance for disabled people. But in 2011, the organization vacated the property because Pommer refused to bring it up to code.

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In 2017, the fight between the government and Pommer ended with it seizing the property. Authorities said it would get a "thorough architectural remodeling is necessary to permanently prevent the recognition and the symbolism of the building."

Now, the government intends to turn it into a police station which will surely deter any neo-Nazis from hanging around the building.

Austria has strict anti-Nazi laws that aim to prohibit any potential Nazi revival. The laws state that anyone who denies, belittles, condones or tries to justify the Nazi genocide or other Nazi crimes against humanity shall be punished with imprisonment for one year up to ten years.

In Austria the anti-Nazi laws are so strict one can go to prison for making the Nazi hand salute or saying "Heil Hitler."

"The future use of the house by the police should send an unmistakable signal that the role of this building as a memorial to the Nazis has been permanently revoked," Austria's IInterior Minister, Wolfgang Peschorn said in a statement.

The house is set to be redesigned following an international architectural competition.

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But for years, the company has faced boycotts for supporting anti-LGBT charities, including the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home.

The Salvation Army faced criticism after a leader in the organization implied that gay people "deserve to die" and the company also came under fire after refusing to offer same-sex couples health insurance. But the organization swears it's evolving on such issues.

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God instituted marriage between one man and one woman as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman.

The Paul Anderson Youth Home teaches boys that homosexuality is wrong and that same-sex marriage is "rage against Jesus Christ and His values."

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In 2012, Chick-fil-A's CEO, Dan Cathy, made anti same-sex marriage comments on a radio broadcast:

I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, "We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage". I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.

But the chicken giant has now decided to change it's says its charitable donation strategy because it's bad for business...Not because being homophobic is wrong.

The company recently lost several bids to provide concessions in U.S. airports. A pop-up shop in England was told it would not be renewed after eight days following LGBTQ protests.

Chick-fil-A also has plans to expand to Boston, Massachusetts where its mayor, Thomas Menino, pledged to ban the restaurant from the city.

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"There's no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are," Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos told Bisnow. "There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message."

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Instead, the Chick-fil-A Foundation plans to give $9 million to organizations that support education and fight homelessness. Which is commendable regardless of the company's troubled past.

"If Chick-Fil-A is serious about their pledge to stop holding hands with divisive anti-LGBTQ activists, then further transparency is needed regarding their deep ties to organizations like Focus on the Family, which exist purely to harm LGBTQ people and families," Drew Anderson, GLAAD's director of campaigns and rapid response, said in a statement.

Chick-fil-A's decision to back down from contributing to anti-LGBT charities shows the power that people have to fight back against companies by hitting them where it really hurts — the pocket book.

The question remains: If you previously avoided Chick-fil-A because it supported anti-LGBT organizations, is it now OK to eat there? Especially when Popeye's chicken sandwich is so good people will kill for it?

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