When the first iPhone came out in 2007, everyone was excited because of the apps and games. As time went by, it not only became a hub for games, but also apps for health, finance, and so much more. But the iPhone has outgrown this. And each new model comes with so much power and functionalities that you may not even know about.

What are these? Some things you did not know your iPhone could do are:

  • Set different ringtones for different people
  • Scan documents, not take the photo
  • Record your screen
  • Use the keyboard as a touchpad

Let us take a look at each one.

Set different ringtones for different people

If you want to know who is calling you without looking at your phone, you can set up a ringtone for each person. Not only that, you can also set the kind of vibration for specific people. This way, you still know who is calling even if you are on silent mode.

To do this, tap the phone icon. Next, go to Contacts, and then choose the person whose ringtone you want to personalize. Tap Edit and select the ringtone. You can also choose the vibration from here. In addition to this, you can also assign a photo for incoming calls. All you need to do is to go to that contact and tap Assign Photo.

Scan documents, not take the photo

Sometimes, you may need to scan documents to digitize them. Taking a photo will not make a cut, as photos will not make the document readable sometimes. A scan is better because the phone knows that it is scanning, not taking a photograph.

To do this, you have to tap on Notes, and then tap on the plus icon at the bottom of the screen. This should present your with options. Tap on Scan Documents. After launching this, you have the option to scan your document in full color, gray scale, or black and white.

Record your screen

Now, a lot of people want to record their games so they can stream it on YouTube. Did you know that you do not need an app to get this done on iPhone?

iPhone has a built-in screen recorder, and all you need to do is to activate it in the new iOS update. To activate it, go to Settings, then go to Control Center, and then tap on Customize Controls. Now, tap the screen record icon, which is a white dot, and it will start recording.

You can also record audio if you want. Just choose to activate it in the settings control panel. If you want to stop the recording, you can tap the blue banner on the screen, and tap on the stop recording icon. All your videos will automatically get saved in the Photos or Videos app.

Use the keyboard as a touchpad

Sometimes, it is easier to navigate a webpage with a mouse rather than a tap, especially so if you are trying to copy a block of text. It is also useful if you are typing an email and you noticed some errors that you want to edit.

You can convert your keypad into a trackpad with a few simple steps. Press down on your text keyboard, and wait until the keys disappear. Once they are gone, you can use this space as a trackpad. The cursor is going to move and you can easily position it where you want to do the edit.

You can also highlight the text if you press harder on the space. If you release the pressure, the text will get de-selected.


There you go. There are many things you did not know your iPhone could do, but these are by far the most useful. Now, you can go to you iPhone and do these tricks. Show it off to your friends and amaze them with your new tech skills!