iPhone Xs Tips and Camera Tricks

by Rob Duke | Jun 06, 2019

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The iPhone Xs is an incredible smartphone, but it does have a bit of a steep learning curve. Fear not dear reader; we've pulled together some nifty tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your device.

General tips

Learn the gestures

For those who’ve switched from a standard phone to an iPhone Xs, the swipes and gestures can take some getting used to. In case you’re not fully up to speed yet, here’s a full list of all the key manoeuvres you need to know. You can bookmark that page and refer back to it until you get the hang of things. Sorted!

Add a home button

For the change averse among you, there’s no shame in reverting back to a good old fashioned home button.

• 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

Make your battery last longer

Keep finding yourself running out of juice between charges? We feel you. Fortunately, you can squeeze more precious percentages out of your phone with Low Power mode.

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

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

low power mode setting slider on iphone x

Make the keyboard easier to use

The iPhone Xs has a big ol’ screen, so for those of us with diminutive digits, using the phone one-handed can be a bit of a challenge. Fortunately, there's a ‘reachability’ feature which compresses the keyboard and moves it to your preferred 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

Fast-open the camera

It’s easy to miss a friend’s dramatic rump-over-pectoral moment when you’re fumbling with Face ID.

From the lock screen, you can save yourself precious seconds by swiping left across the middle of the screen to fast-open the camera

If your phone’s already open, swipe down from the top right edge to open the control centre and tap the camera icon. Easy as that.


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Use the flash

With most smartphones, the flash leaves photos looking washed-out and stark. The iPhone Xs however, utilises ‘Slow-sync Quad-LED True Tone technology’ which should make ghoulish snaps 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, you can make you and your friends look double-peng using auto-enhancement. This 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 Xs got you looking nice my G.

Try Portrait mode

Portrait mode is a feature only available on the most recent iPhones. This creates a subtle background blur around in photos, which makes you look even more mysterious and interesting. Bonus!

• 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 don’t float your boat, there are some decent alternatives. Check out these free/low-cost apps before you take the plunge on more expensive options.



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