Apple iPhone 3GS shortcuts

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We know you love your iPhone 3GS. But aside from impressing your friends with the applications you've downloaded, you can also wow them with nifty tricks on how to use the smartphone better.

Below is a list of shortcuts compiled by Apple for the iPhone 3GS. If there are others that we've missed, let us know in the Talkback below.

Basic controls

Reorganise your home page Tap and hold any application icon until they start to "dance". You can then move the icons or delete the apps.
Go to the top Tap the time display in Safari, Messages and Contacts.
Switch between screens Switch between screens by swiping across left or right. Or tap once near the corner, to the left or right of the row of dots which indicates the screen you are on.
Cut, copy and paste text Tap on the letters to activate the magnifying glass, then choose Select to bring up the Cut, Copy and Paste options. Drag the blue sliders to highlight the text.
Take a screen shot Press and hold the Sleep button while tapping the Home button. The picture will be added to the camera roll.
Force quit applications Press and hold the Power button until the slide to power off screen appears, then press and hold the Home button for about six seconds until the application quits.
Undo an action Shake the phone.
Make calls from Safari and Notes Press and hold the number for a couple of seconds.


End a sentence and start a new one Double-tap the space bar to add a period and a space.
Add words to the dictionary Type the word when composing a message and it'll be saved.
Enter domain names quickly Press and hold down the ".com" button and options such as ".org", ".edu" and "" will appear.
Enter accented letters Press and hold down individual letters.
Enter punctuation quickly Press and hold down "@123" button and slide to the required punctuation, then release it.
Quick delete Delete emails, SMSes or podcasts in List view by swiping your finger across the right side.
Fix Caps lock With Caps Lock Enable on (Settings > General > Keyboard), double-tap Caps Lock to fix it on or off. If it's off, click and hold Caps Lock then slide over to a letter to capitalise it
Make calls from Safari and Notes Press and hold the number for a couple of seconds.


Wake up your iPod Press the Home button to wake the screen then double-click the same button to bring up a set of mini-iPod controls and the last music you were listening.
Customise iPod controls In the iPod application, go to More > Edit. Drag and drop shortcuts into the four slots at the base.
Listen to just the audio in a video Press the Power button while the video is playing. This will turn off the screen and the video. Press the Home button twice then click play.
Zoom out in Maps Put two fingers on the screen to zoom out when viewing maps.
Save images in Safari and Mail Touch and hold an image in Safari or Mail and you'll be prompted to save the image. The picture will be stored in Saved Photos library.
Select camera focus point Tap anywhere on the screen.
Use the camera's macro mode The camera automatically goes into macro mode when subject is very close to the lens.
Rename a voice memo Tap ">" button to open the Info page. Tap Custom and type in a new name.
Edit a voice memo Tap ">" button to open the Info page. Select Trim Memo and then drag the endpoints of the scroll bar to cut the sound.

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BO55 posted a comment   

shut up stewie, it was very helpful


stewie posted a comment   

this page tells you things most people already know


Marcus posted a reply   

All of the basic stuff was covered and some things you don't read about, so it's well written stewie.

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