There's usually a solution hidden in Apple's mobile operating system if you want to cut down on the amount of time you spend on your phone. You will be more efficient in the long run if you use 12 quickiOS tips.

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This article assumes you're using an ‌iPhone‌ running iOS 16, but some of these tips will work on iPad and earlier versions of Apple's mobile OS.

1. Quick-Switch From Numbers to Letters

When you need to type a number or symbol on an onscreen keyboard, it's a good idea to switch it quickly.

If you want to use the number/symbol keyboard instead of the "123" key, hold down the "123" key and slide your finger over to the key you want. You don't need to perform three separate taps to switch back and forth between the number and symbol, thanks to this single action.

2. Remove Last Number in Calculations

If you type the wrong number into the calculator, you have to start over again. If you need to remove several numbers, you can simply use a finger on the number display to remove the last one.

3. Assign a Back Tap Function

When you double-tap or triple-tap your phone, you can assign an action to be triggered. It can be used to launch an app, invoke Control Center, turn Rotation Lock on/off, or even bring up the camera.

To assign an action to a double-tap or triple-tap, go to Settings -> Accessibility, then under "Physical and Motor," tap Touch. Scroll down and tap Back Tap, tap Double Tap or Triple Tap to set an action to trigger, then select the action from the list that you want to trigger.

4. Drag the Volume

If you want to control the onscreen volume bar with your finger, instead of pressing the volume buttons multiple times, you should.

It's a quicker way to increase or decrease the volume, and it also gives you more control, like a long press of the volume bar.

5. Use the Hidden Trackpad

There is a hidden trackpad on the virtual keyboard. Simply long press the space bar and the keyboard will blank out and become a trackpad, which will allow you to quickly move the mouse through the text you've written.

Maybe you know this tip. Did you know that you can use the trackpad to select text?

6. Turn Off In-App Ratings & Review Prompts

If you download a lot of apps, you'll be familiar with the "rate this app" prompt that takes you out of your flow.

Fortunately you can easily turn them off. Go to Settings -> App Store and toggle off the switch next to In-App Ratings & Reviews.

7. Long Press Back Buttons

You don't have to use the Back button multiple times to get back to the top menu in settings. You can get a popover of previous screens by long pressing it.

8. QuickTake Video

You can record videos on the iPhone 11 and later models. Press and hold the shutter button to record a video in the camera app.

The shutter button can be slid to the far right to record video. A target padlock icon will appear when the shutter stretches under your finger. The shutter button can be found on the padlock as long as you shoot video. The shutter can be tapped to take a photo. You can record video when you're ready to stop.

9. Set a Timer Faster

If your phone has a Home button, you can long press the Timer button if you want to set a timer quickly. You can set a timer duration by hitting the Start button.

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Note that each tile in the slider increases the timer duration in the following steps: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, and 45 minutes, and 1 or 2 hours. If you need a longer or more specific duration, just ask Siri to set the timer.

10. Create a Speed Dial Button

If you make a lot of calls to the same people, why not have a speed dial button on your home screen?

Open the Shortcuts app and press the + button in the top-right corner. Tap Add Action, then select one of the suggested contacts from the Call row. Next, tap the Share button at the bottom and select Add to Home Screen from the actions menu. Give your shortcut a name, and tap the icon to choose a photo of your contact if you have one, then tap Add to place it on your ‌Home Screen‌.

11. Copy and Paste Photo Edits

If you have multiple photos that you want to modify in the same way, or if you've made changes to one photo that you want to duplicate in other photos, use the new copy and paste edits tools in iOS 16.

You can make changes to an image in the Photos app. The ellipsis icon is in the upper right corner of the interface.

From there, tap Copy Edits in the dropdown menu to copy everything that you did to the image to the clipboard. Then open up another photo or select multiple photos in your library, tap on the ellipsis icon again, and then tap Paste Edits to get the exact same adjustments.

12. Scroll to the Top With a Tap

One of the best and easiest to forget tips is this. The status bar at the top of the display is where you can shoot back up to.

If the Dynamic Island isn't being used, tapping it will do the same thing. Do you have a favorite time-saving tip that isn't here? We want to know in the comments.