16 Essential iPhone Keyboard, Text, and Other Shortcuts

The iPhone is successful because it’s easy to use. But there are still plenty of advanced tips and tricks you can use with your iPhone as well. Many of the tasks you use your iPhone for every day are much easier using cool shortcuts in iOS.

These iPhone shortcuts cover everything from typing on the keyboard to browsing Safari. You’re bound to find one or two hidden iPhone tricks below you haven’t heard of before; let’s take a look.

1. Emergency SOS Shortcut

Emergency SOS option on iPhone

Perhaps the most important iPhone trick to learn is the Emergency SOS shortcut. If you find yourself in need of emergency services, press and hold the Side button on your iPhone along with either Volume button for a few seconds to activate the SOS shortcut. Head to Settings > Emergency SOS to turn on a shortcut that lets you click Side quickly five times to do the same.

Once activated, an alarm sounds and your iPhone gives you three seconds to cancel it before calling emergency services. When you end the call, it gives you another 10 seconds to cancel before notifying your emergency contacts. And after that, it displays your iPhone medical ID for anyone who may need it.

2. Taking a Screenshot

If your iPhone has a Home button, take a screenshot by pressing the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons at the same time. Without a Home button (on the iPhone X and later), press the Side and Volume Up buttons at the same time instead.

A preview of your screenshot appears in the bottom-left corner. Tap it to view the screenshot in full size. This also gives quick access to editing tools in case you want to crop or annotate your screenshot before saving it.

The preview doesn’t show up in subsequent screenshots. So you can take a series of screenshots without worrying about the preview appearing in the final images.


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