👉 Don’t have or want 5G coverage? Turn it off
Apple’s four iPhone 12 models are the first from the company to ship with support for 5G, a mostly faster and more reliable cellular connection. However, as carriers continue to roll out their 5G networks, some iPhone 12 owners will have to wait for 5G access.
Apple has a Smart Data feature that’s specific to the iPhone 12 that will automatically switch between 4G LTE and 5G networks. Without you having to know or do a thing, based on how you’re using the iPhone 12.
To turn off 5G on your iPhone 12, forcing it to always use 4G LTE even if you have 5G coverage, open the Settings app then go to Cellular > Cellular Data Options > Voice & Data and tap LTE.
📷 You might want to turn off this camera feature
Every iPhone 12 model received modest camera updates, one of which is the ability to record HDR or high dynamic range, video with Dolby Vision. All that jargon means your videos will be brighter with more accurate colors and improved contrast. Sounds awesome, right? It is.
Right now, that means when you upload a video to Facebook or Instagram, the colorful video you see on your iPhone 12 will look overly bright and lose some of its magic. Developers will need to update their app(s) in order to accept HDR video, but even then, the person viewing the video will need a capable device to see the HDR difference. For Apple devices, that includes the iPhone 8 or newer, the 2020 iPad Air, second-gen iPad Pro and some Macs.
So, what can you do? Well, you have a few options:
- You can turn off HDR video by going to Settings > Camera > Record video and turn the switch next to HDR Video to the Off position. Going forward, all videos will be captured in standard dynamic range, and you won’t have any issues sharing or editing it.
- Leave HDR Video turned on, but when you want to share the video with, say, Facebook, use the Photos app instead of going into the Facebook app and uploading it there. By using the Photos app, your iPhone will automatically convert the video to SDR and upload it. When you send the video to another iPhone user, Apple will detect if their iPhone, iPad or Mac is compatible with HDR Dolby Vision. If it’s not, Apple will convert the video automatically.
- If you leave HDR Video on and need to edit your video, you can use Apple’s iMovie app or the Photos app that’s built into your iPhone. You can even use iMovie to export the video as SDR if needed.
❌ Turn on Do Not Disturb
When turned on, Do Not Disturb silences all alerts on your iPhone, either using a set schedule or on demand. Your notifications will still be waiting for you when you wake up in the morning. But by turning on DND, your phone won’t make so much as a beep or a ping about Facebook updates and work emails.
If you’re worried about someone needing to get hold of you in case of an emergency, you can tell DND to make your phone ring when you get repeat calls from the same number. You can also decide if you want to always allow calls from contacts you’ve added to your favorites.
🔋 Disable auto brightness for longer battery life
Your iPhone’s screen brightness level can have a big impact on battery life. By default, iOS will automatically adjust the display’s brightness based on how much light the ambient sensor detects. But if you want to take complete control, you can disable auto brightness. Meaning whatever you set the brightness level to is what it will stay at until you adjust it again.
Open Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size and at the bottom of the page, you’ll find a switch to turn off Auto-Brightness.
Now, whenever you want to adjust your screen, you can do so by opening Control Center with a swipe up from the bottom of the screen on a device with a home button. Or a swipe down from the top-right corner on newer iPhones.
☝️ Control Center puts everything a tap and swipe away
Control Center is a convenient spot to quickly change songs, turn on airplane mode, connect to Wi-Fi or start a timer. But there’s so much more to it than that. You can quickly turn your flashlight on, check on a timer or start recording your screen with a quick swipe and tap.
Customize which apps and features are available in Control Center by opening Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls. Remove an option with a tap on the red minus button or add an option by selecting the green addition button. Drag features up or down using the three-line icon on the right side of the screen.
As a reminder, if you have an iPhone with a home button, like the new iPhone SE, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center. If you have an iPhone with Face ID, like an iPhone X, XS or 11, you’ll need to swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen where the battery icon is.
With your settings tweaked and your iPhone running better than ever, familiarize yourself with the best iOS 14 has to offer.
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