Let’s talk about a few iPhone productivity tips that you can use immediately.  They’re easy to learn and very useful…let’s get to it!

Location-based Reminders

The iPhone’s location services are really powerful. The iPhone knows where you are so it can help you with directions, local weather and locating things like nearby stores, restaurants and gas stations.  The iPhone is also excellent at reminding you about things; typically, we set the phone to remind us at a specific time and date.  You can combine the Location and Reminder functions so that your iPhone can prompt you when you leave or arrive at a specific location.  For example, you can be reminded to call someone when you leave a location or to do something when you arrive at a place like buying flowers at the grocery store.

reminderIn order for this to work, Reminders has to be turned on in the iCloud settings.  Go to Settings > iCloud > Reminders and make sure it is set to on.  Then create a new Reminder and edit it…tap “At a Location”.  Your current location will be shown and you can keep that or tap it and enter a new address:  you can select an address from your Contacts or add one manually.  Your iPhone will give you the choice of selecting “When I Leave” or “When I Arrive”; pick the one that’s appropriate for your Reminder and tap the Done button.   Now, your iPhone will alert you when the location criteria you set is met.  I often set reminders for me to take something with me when I leave my office so I don’t forget when I go home.

LED Flash for Alerts

As part of the iPhone accessibility features, the iPhone’s camera LED flash can be used to alert you to incoming calls, messages, and other alerts. When you enable this feature, when a call comes in, the LED near your camera will flash repeatedly, even when the iPhone is on silent mode.  Here’s how to set it up:  go to Settings > General > Accessibility and tap to turn on “LED Flash for Alerts”.  This is a great tip for the hearing-impaired as well as for those who often keep their iPhone muted.

Screen Zoom

Another iPhone accessibility feature I use all the time is Zoom. The iPhone lets us pinch and zoom photos and websites but some applications don’t support pinch and zoom; that’s where this tip comes in.  Go to Settings > General > Accessibility and scroll all the way to the bottom.  You will see a function called “Triple click”. Tap “Triple-click Home” and select Zoom.  Now, when you are on any iPhone screen, you can triple click the home button and your screen will zoom in. Use three fingers to move around the screen if you want to change the area of focus. To return your iPhone screen to the standard Zoom level, triple click the home button again. This function is very helpful; I use it most often when the print is really tiny and I need to zoom in in order to read it.

So there you have it:  three quick easy tips to make you more productive with your iPhone.

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