iPhone X Tips and Camera Tricks

by Rob Duke | Aug 06, 2018
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The iPhone X is one helluva smartphone, but there’s a bit of a learning curve when you first get your hands on it.

Fear not though - we've pulled together some nifty tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your device. Tidy!

General tips

Add a home button

One of the first things you’ll notice about the iPhone X is that it doesn’t have a traditional Home button. Bit of a pain.

But wait! There’s a way to create a virtual Home button that works like a traditional one. Hallelujah!

• Go to Settings > General > Accessibility
• Go down to AssistiveTouch and turn the slider on, then choose the following settings:

Single-Tap: Home
Double-Tap: Multitasking
Long Press: Siri
3D Touch: Control Center

• Hold down on the button and move it to the bottom of your screen.

iphone x virtual home button

Learn the key gestures

Apple made a bold move towards gesture-based controls with the iPhone X. Many people found the written instructions difficult to understand though, so if you’re struggling, this easy-to-follow video will help. 

Make your battery last longer

Sure, the iPhone X has decent battery life, but if you switch on Low Power mode, you can squeeze even more juice out of your daily charge. 

• Go to Settings > Battery
• Switch Low Power Mode on

Power-saving will now kick in whenever you go below 80% charge. Sorted.

low power mode setting slider on iphone x

Use the keyboard with one hand

The iPhone X has a big screen, so only people with dramatically proportioned thumbs can hold it and type with one hand.

For those of us with average-sized digits, Apple included a ‘reachability’ feature which compresses the keyboard and moves it to either side of the screen. Handy!

• Open your keyboard
• Hold your finger on the emoji (or globe) icon
• Select either the left or right sided keyboard icon to match the hand you type with

To return to the full-width keyboard, simply follow the same instructions and select the middle keyboard icon. 

iPhone X reachability keyboard

Camera tips

The iPhone X takes great photos straight out of the box - but there are still tricks you need to know to get the best snaps in any situation.

Focus the camera

Sometimes your camera will randomly blur key parts of a picture. Frustrating when people are asking ‘have you taken it?’ through gritted teeth.

To avoid strained cheeks and a stand-up row with your Auntie Jill, tap the part of the screen you want the camera to remain focused on. A yellow box will pop up when it’s active.

iphone x camera focus

Adjust the brightness

After you’ve selected the area of focus, you can swipe up gently to increase the brightness, and swipe down to decrease it. This should allow you to get a decent snap even in different light settings. Easy when you know how. 

iphone x camera brightness slider

… or let your iPhone do it automatically

To let your device do the hard work, press and hold on the area you want to focus on until the phrase ‘AE/AF Lock' appears on the screen. This’ll automatically adjust focus and exposure and keep the settings until you tap off. 

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Use the flash

With other smartphones, the flash (camera, not superhero) can leave photos looking washed-out and stark. The iPhone X however, utilises ‘Slow-sync Quad-LED True Tone technology’.

In plain English - it works really well. Theoretically, ghoul-conjuring on nights out should be a thing of the past.

• Go into your camera app
Click the lightning bolt and select ‘on’
• Boom

Johnny Bravo taking a selfie with flash on

Auto-enhance it!

Once you’ve taken the photo, there are things you can do to make you and your friends look extra-peng. One of those is auto-enhancement, which tweaks the colour and saturation of the image to give a warm, natural glow.

• Go to your Photos app
• Tap the photo you want to edit
• Tap Edit
• Tap the magic wand

Et voila! iPhone X got you looking NICE my G.

Try Portrait mode

Portrait mode is a feature only available on newer Apple devices. This creates a subtle ‘bokeh’ style background blur around you in photos. Proper fancy, like. 

• Go into your camera app
• Swipe along until you find Portrait Mode
• Follow the instructions on-screen

Also, if you want more customisation options for portrait-style images, download the free ‘Focos’ app through iTunes.

Image editor apps

If the standard editing tools aren’t doing it you, there are some decent alternatives. Check out these free/low-cost apps before you take the plunge on more expensive options.

Darkroom
Polarr
Snapseed
Prisma

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