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October 26, 2018

iPhone Xs and Xs Max Tips and Tricks


After the success of the iPhone X last year, Apple is back with three brand new handsets: the iPhone Xs, Xs Max and the iPhone XR. All three devices are jam-packed with amazing cutting-edge features, and we're here to reveal our top tips and tricks so you can get the most out of your new Apple tech.


Set up FaceID

Face ID first made its debut on the iPhone X, enabling users to unlock their device simply by looking at the screen. Using the phone's TrueDepth selfie camera, over 30,000 infrared dots are used to scan your face, creating a secure 3D facial map, and this feature has been carried over to the new iPhone Xs, Xs Max and XR.


However, you can now allow access for a second face to your iPhone - fantastic if you frequently need to share your device with someone you trust, like your partner.


You'll be prompted to set up Face ID when you boot up your new phone, but if you skipped this step all you need to do is head to Settings > Face ID & Passcode > Set Up Face ID and then follow the on-screen instructions.


To add a second face to Face ID, you simply need to:

  1. Open Settings > Face ID & Passcode
  2. Scroll down to Set Up an Alternative Appearance
  3. Tap 'Get Started'
  4. Begin scanning your face, and follow the instructions

Master Gestures

There are tonnes of handy gestures to learn on the new iPhone trio. Here's a quick rundown of some of the most useful:


Open app switcher: Swipe up from the home bar at a 45-degree angle and hold.


Close running apps: To force quit apps running in the background, access app switcher then swipe up to close an app.


Search with Spotlight: Swipe down from the centre of the home screen.


Return to home screen: When in an app, swipe up from the bottom to return to the home screen.


Launch Siri: Simply say 'Hey Siri', or press and hold down the side button. Easy!


Take a screenshot

If this is your first iPhone in a while, you might be thinking… how on earth do I take a screenshot without a home button? Don't panic, it's easy. Just press the Side button and Volume Up button at the same time.

Split View on the iPhone Xs Max

The iPhone Xs Max boasts the biggest display to ever be used on an iPhone, measuring an impressive 6.5 inches. To help you make the most of it, make sure you don't overlook Apple's Split View feature. 

Simply open a compatible app or website, turn the phone sideways so it enters landscape mode and you'll see an expanded view of whatever you were looking at. It works great on most news websites, or in the Mail app.


iOS 12 Tips

Create a Memoji

With Apple's advanced facial recognition technology built into all three new iPhones, Xs, Xs Max and XR owners will all be able to have fun with one of the major iOS 12 updates: Memoji.

Memoji is very similar to Animoji. The only difference? Instead of sending an animated clip of yourself as a unicorn, dinosaur or lion, you can create an emoji version of yourself!

To get started, you simply need to enter the Messages app, tap the camera icon and then press the star icon. From here, tap Animoji and then press Memoji. Your Memoji will automatically be created, but you'll be able to make your own adjustments to your Memoji's skin tone, features, hair colour, and add any accessories too!


How to use the Measure app

Thanks to Apple's amazing Measure app, you'll never need a tape measure again. With AR built in, iPhone Xs, Xs Max and XR users can all use this brand-new feature to quickly calculate how long something is.

For now, the Measure app only works on straight lines. It relies on the rear camera, and Apple's innovate augmented reality technology. To measure something, simply launch the Measure app and then move the white dot that will appear on screen to your starting point.

Press the + button to set your starting point and then move the white dot once more to your end point. Press the + button again and you'll be presented with a final measurement.


Check your phone usage with Screen Time

Want to be more conscious of how much time you're spending on your new iPhone? Check out Screen Time. 

Just head to Settings > Screen Time to view all the stats. You can set daily app limits and schedule Downtime where you won't be able to access a certain group of apps (such as Social Networking or Games) for a set amount of time.

Plus, parents will find a bunch of features to help them monitor their children's iPhones too.


iPhone Xs and Xs Max camera tips

There's one major difference between the iPhone XR and the Xs duo: the camera. Both are fantastic, but you'll find a dual-lens 12MP camera on the Xs and Xs Max, and only a single-lens 12MP camera on the XR. All three share the same amazing 7MP True Depth Camera however.

There's loads of stuff to explore when it comes to the new iPhone trio's cameras, but here's two top tips that all three handsets can offer.

How to use Depth Control

Brand-new for 2018 is Depth Control. It is an extension of Portrait Mode and enables users to adjust the depth of field on a photo after they’ve pressed the shutter button.

 To access Depth Control, take a photo in Portrait Mode and press Edit. You'll then see an aperture slider at the bottom. Slide it to the right to increase the background blur, or to the left to reduce it.

Enable or disable Smart HDR

Smart HDR is also new. An upgraded version of Auto HDR, it'll perfect the shadows, highlights and colour of your images. You'll hardly have to do a thing, just double check that HDR is enabled by visiting Settings > Camera and turning Smart HDR on.


That's it! All the tips and tricks you could ever need to make the most out of your new iPhone XR, iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max. And don't forget, here at Insurance2Go we offer low-cost iPhone insurance to help you protect your device all day, every day. Just get in touch for a quote!