For the price tag of an iPhone, you should probably want to know every little feature and tip you possibly can to get the most out of it. If all you’re doing is making phone calls and using a handful of apps, you’re probably not getting your money’s worth.
While the iPhone could be regarded as a minicomputer, the following set of tips and features focus on the phone part of the iPhone — from silencing unknown callers and spammers to increasing the font size of your Contacts list.
Silencing Unknown Callers
Typically I only answer phone calls from people already on my Contacts list. I’ve even set up special ringtones for close friends and family callers just so I can ignore other calls. But I also discovered a way to silence unknown callers even more. Since all incoming phone numbers can be assigned a unique ringtone, I downloaded a Silent ringtone to my iPhone. That’s right I paid $1.29 for silence (you probably can create a silent noise file using an audio recorder app).
To locate silent ringtones, open the iTunes app on your iPhone, tap on More in the menu bar, and select Tones. From there do a search for “silent ringtones.”
I assign the silent ringtone to spammer callers. They are typically people who call but do not leave a message. Those numbers get added to an Unknown Callers group in my Contacts list. All the numbers on that list automatically get the silent ringtone. I currently have about seven phone numbers added to that group, and when I receive a call from one of those numbers my iPhone plays silence, which means I don’t get distracted by unknown callers. The calls get registered as Missed calls.
Oh, and by the way, if you want to know who an unknown phone number possibly belongs to, or it it’s a spammer, just select the number and copy it. Then open Safari on your iPhone and paste it in the search box. Typically the number will pop up linking you to complaints by other people who have received severals calls from that same number.
Face Dialer Apps
You probably know that you can add any contact in your Contacts list to Favorites in the Phone app. But I have always found accessing Favorites, 1 to 2 taps too many. That’s why I use FaceDialer ($1.99) to create a few speed dial icons on my iPhone’s homescreen.
FaceDialer also allows you to create speed dial icons for texting, emailing and FaceTiming individual contacts. A similar app called QuickContact (free) puts all your created speed dial icons inside of one app. And because they are icons, they are easier and faster to identify.
Increasing Font Size
Speaking of the Contacts list, if you find the font size for that list to be a little too small for your eyesight, you can enlarge the font size by opening the Settings app > General > Accessibility > Large Text. From there you can increase the size to up to 56 points, but 24 or 32 should be sufficient. The size change will also apply to emails and calendar events.
Turn Off Caller ID
It may be a little embarrassing if you don’t know this, but I will share it anyway. You may have occasions when you don’t want your phone number to show up on someone else’s phone when you make a call. So to turn off your caller ID, simply open the Settings app, scroll down and tap on Phone, and then select Show My Caller ID. From there you can temporarily disable it.
Do Not Disturb
If you occasionally get annoying phone calls or text messages in the middle of the night, you can use the Do Not Disturb feature to silence incoming calls and alerts when your phone is locked. You will still receive the calls and messages, but you just won’t hear the alerts.
Again, open the Settings app and tap on Notifications, and then tap on the Do Not Disturb button. From there you can schedule a time to silence notifications. Notice also you can set up to allow calls from selected contacts, such as family members, to not be silenced.
Well that’s it for this round of iPhone tips. Let us know what you think of these, and share some of your own. For other iPhone related tips, check out our directory here.