The iPhone XR has finally landed in our shores following the September event. This year, Apple decided to push the release of the XR to 26th October as it had to deal with supply issues. In reality, this is not something new when it comes to Apple devices as the iPhone X release was delayed to November 2017.
However, the iPhone XR is a different story as it mainly targets emerging markets. According to tech experts, the XR will be a giant hit this year thanks to its lower price tag and under-the-hood improvements. Apple claims that the iPhone XR will hit more retail stores by the end of the year.
In the section below, we made a list of the best tips and tricks for the XR, so you can find out if the device is worth the upgrade this year. For some background, the iPhone XR price may attract a lot of buyers this year as it costs $749 for the basic model with 64GB of internal storage.
Like the XS and XS Max, the iPhone XR does not feature physical buttons. It instead comes with a handful of gestures for better navigation and multitasking. If you have never used an iPhone X, it will take some time getting used to them. We are here to help you out with some tips and tricks to master your XR’s gestures.
Unlock your phone XR: The XR comes with Face ID, a new security system that made its debut along with the iPhone X last year. As the name suggests, Face ID lets users unlock their device with a simple glance. However, Face ID was exclusive to the X in 2017, but Apple has managed to integrate it into the XR. To use Face ID, simply pick up your phone and look at it.
Back to your home screen: If you want to quickly go back to your home screen, simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen. This gesture has been part of the iPhone X for more than a year and works within apps.
Take a screenshot: The ability to take a screenshot has been out there for years. With iPhone XR, simply press the home button and volume up at the same time. Your screenshot will be saved to your iPhone’s Camera Roll.
Trigger Siri: Siri is getting better and smarter over time. There is a quick way to launch Apple’s personal assistant on the XR. Simply press and hold the wake/sleep button on the XR and Siri menu should show up.
Memoji is one of the biggest additions to iOS 12, allowing you to create Animoji characters that look like you. The best part is that Memoji now works in the Photos app and FaceTime chats. The feature was widely received at launch, with praise directed at its collection of fun characters.
To create Memoji, open up the Messages app from your home screen, then select a conversation and tap on Memoji Messages from the App Bar. Now scroll to the right and tap on the + button. From here, you can customize your Memoji to look like you using a full set of editing tools. Specifically, you can change skin tone, hairstyle, or head shape.
To use Memoji in a FaceTime call, simply start a FaceTime call, then hit the star icon in the bottom corner and choose a Memoji you wish to use. Besides, you can memoji your selfies and send it over the Messages app. To do this, open the Messages app, then start a message and hit the Camera icon. After that, hit the start button, then choose Animoji and select your Memoji.
Screen Time is an exciting feature that allows you to monitor how you are spending your time on your iOS device. The feature is Apple’s latest attempt to fight against smartphone addiction. To access Screen Time, go to Settings, and then select Screen Time. Once you are in, you should see a graphic showing how much time you have spent on your iPhone.
The coolest part is that you can set a schedule for time away from your device’s screen using Downtime. To do this, open Settings > Screen Time > Downtime and turn on the switch. From here, select your preferred options.
Besides, you can set a time limit for your iPhone apps. To do this, open Settings, then go to Screen Time and select Time Limits. From here, select Add Limit and select an app you wish to enable Time Limits for. Once the time is up, you will receive a notification and the app’s icon will appear dimmed on the home screen.
True Tone display
Like the XS and XS Max, the iPhone XR comes with True Tone display, allowing for better picture quality and more details. With the XR, you can choose the display settings to fit your needs. To do this, trigger the Settings app, then select Display & Brightness and tap Display Zoom. From here, select your option (Zoomed or Standard).
To turn on True Tone display on your XR, launch the Settings app, then select Display & Brightness and turn on the switch for True Tone. Once enabled, True Tone automatically adjusts your display’s color to match with the lighting around you.
Face ID was once exclusive to the iPhone X. However, this year, it makes its way into all iPhone models. As the name implies, Face ID lets users unlock their iPhone with a glance. The best part is that you can add another face to Face ID. To do this, launch the Settings app, then select Face ID & Passcode and enter your passcode. After that, tap on “Set Up an Alternative Appearance” and hit Get Started.
These are the best tips and tricks that help you get the most out of the iPhone XR. If you have got any questions, let us know in the comments below.