Maybe you work in loud environments, maybe you have music playing when you’re at home, or maybe you have a bunch of howler monkeys as pets. There are plenty of reasons why you might not hear your phone ding or vibrate when you get a notification.
Instead, turn on flash notifications for a brief jolt of light that tells you there’s something you need to check. Go to “Settings,” through “Accessibility” and “Audio/Visual” and find the “LED Flash for Alerts.” Even in hectic, noisy environments, you’ll know if something needs your attention.
Customize Your Vibration
Hopefully, by now you're aware that your smartphone pulses with a little vibration when you get a message. Each phone has its own vibration variation, but you can usually switch it up, and you can even make your own unique pattern if you'd like to march to the beat of your own drum!
Go to ringtone, then vibration, and select “Create New Vibration” at the bottom. From there, you can tap the screen to make your own original vibration. You can even do a different pattern for each of your contacts!
More Protection From Prying Eye
If your phone is the kind of thing that lots of people use, you're going to want to keep your personal information safe. You might want to set up a guest mode for when other people are using it. The guest mode has only the preinstalled apps, and no one can use anything else without putting in whatever kind of password you have set up.
To get this going, open up the system settings, tap “advanced,” and then go to “Multiple users.” From there, turn the guest mode on and you're ready to go!
Share Wi-Fi Info Quickly
Everyone has a Wi-Fi network of their own these days, but they all come with passwords, and those passwords can get long and complicated sometimes. Android phones come with a feature that lets you share credentials with friends via a QR code.
Anyone who scans it will be able to automatically connect to your network, bypassing long passwords entirely. Open settings, go to Network, and then Wi-Fi. Tap the network name, and then hit share. You'll get a QR Code to share with your friends right away!
Make a Quick Reply
If you're doing something on your phone like using an app or watching a video and someone sends you a text, iPhones have a nifty feature that lets you respond without interrupting your use. When you get the notification, swipe down on it. This will allow you to write a response on the same page as the video.
As soon as you hit send, the pop-up box will disappear and you can get back to watching your video. Apple isn't one to force you to stop your fun!