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14 hidden iPhone and iPad tricks: Screenshots, trackpad, and a document scanner

Whether you have an iPhone SE or an iPad Pro, Apple's iOS 13 is full of lesser-known features like improved screenshots and a new volume indicator that make the iPhone and iPad infinitely appealing.

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iOS 13 brings a lot of new features to your iPhone.

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You have to applaud Apple and the fact that the company is doing its best to keep most of its iPhone and iPad lineup updated with the latest operating system. Take iOS and iPadOS 13.5 as an example. It spans from the iPhone 6S to the brand-new iPhone SE, or the iPad Air 2 to the 2020 iPad Pro. That's six years worth of updates. 

During that time, Apple continuously added new features with each update, including the launch of iOS and iPadOS 13.4 adding trackpad support to the iPad. One favorite new feature brings us iCloud folder sharing, a Dropbox-like experience for Apple storage on your iPhone, iPad and Mac. 

From the first celebrated features in iOS 13 to the new crop, we also like to call attention to the lesser-known gems, from a new type of voice search to a much-needed volume control and a new Audio Sharing feature for AirPods owners. You can find out about them all below.

Also check out more common tools such as dedicated dark modea new-look Maps app and a gesture-based keyboard. If you're still holding off on installing the update, now's a good time to make the jump. Just make sure you get your phone or tablet ready first. 

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iOS 13 will help prolong your iPhone's battery life. 

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Optimized battery charging

Routinely charging your iPhone's ($899 at Amazon) battery to full, and keeping it there for extended amounts of time, can damage your battery over time. A new option in iOS 13 is intended to help prolong your battery's life by learning your charging habits and preventing the battery from immediately charging to 100%.

If you normally charge overnight while you sleep, Optimized Battery Charging will keep your iPhone's battery at 80% for most of the night, finishing off the last 20% of charge right before your alarm goes off. 

To use the new features, go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health and turn it on.

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The new scroll bar is a small, but useful, improvement. 

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Use the new Scroll Bar

When you're scrolling a webpage in Safari, a new Scroll Bar shows up on the right side of the screen. Only instead of just being a handy way to see where you're at on a page, you can now use it to scroll faster. Try it out by starting to scroll on a page, then long-press on the scroll bar and drag it up or down. The faster you drag, the faster Safari will scroll. 

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Scan documents with ease in the Files app. 

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Scan documents in the Files app

The revamped Files app now lets you scan documents and save them directly to your device or cloud storage with little effort. Open the Files app, select the Browse tab, tap on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner, then Scan Documents. Hold your device over the document you want to scan, and it should automatically capture the page. You can scan multiple pages into one PDF file and then save to iCloud, or import it into another app once you're done. 

iMessage search actually works now

Searching for past messages in the iMessage app has always been horrible. It simply hasn't worked. That's changed. You can now search for a single word or phrase, and results are almost instantly displayed.

It's pretty cool. To try it, open the Messages app, swipe down to reveal the search field and type. Neat, right?

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You can now use your voice to search Apple's own apps. 

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Search your iPhone with your voice

Anywhere you find a search bar in Apple's own apps, you'll notice there's now a microphone on the far-right side. Tap on the new icon to enter your search query by voice, instead of having to type it out. 

Apps like Settings, Mail, Messages and the Today View are just a few examples of where you can find the new voice search option. 

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Apple continues its privacy push with new features in iOS 13. 

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Share photos with or without location information

You can now strip location information from a photo when you share it directly from the Photos app. The new option means you can leave the photo geotagged and you can view where it was captured, but when you share it across social media, email or messages, you can strip that information and keep any location information private.

Select a photo (or photos) you want to share in the Photos app then tap on Options at the top of the screen and turn off Location under the section labeled Include.

iCloud photo sharing

When you're sharing a large number of photos or a long video, Apple will automatically upload everything to iCloud and create a sharable link for you to send. It's a handy feature if you're trying to curb your data usage, but it can also be annoying if you just want to send the files. You don't have to do anything other than select some photos and videos to send via Messages, but if you'd rather not use iCloud, we have a guide that explains how to switch to sending the old school way

The new volume indicator is close to hidden... and that's a good thing. 

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New volume indicator

Another long-overdue feature iOS users have been begging Apple to change is the volume indicator. You know, the pop-up that takes over the screen whenever you adjust the volume when watching YouTube or Netflix?

The indicator in iOS 13 is much smaller and slides in from the side of your screen. As you adjust the volume, it shrinks down to just a small line, all but hiding as you find the right volume level. Thanks, Apple.

The "hidden" part here is that when that white bar shows up on your screen, you can use your finger to drag the volume up and down instead of having to use the physical volume buttons on the side of your iPhone or iPad. 

iMessage and FaceTime gain Dual SIM support

Business users and international travelers will appreciate the addition of iMessage and FaceTime support for the second number when two SIM cards are being used. 

Apple added Dual SIM support with the launch of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max ($1,100 at Boost Mobile) and iPhone XR ($749 at Amazon). The feature comes in handy for those who don't want to carry separate personal and work phones, or for those who often travel internationally and need a data plan that's less expensive than roaming fees. 

Prior to iOS 13, users could only use one phone number for iMessage and FaceTime.

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How often do you delete apps from your iOS device? 

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Delete apps from the update screen

Managing old apps you have installed on your iPhone or iPad ($263 at Back Market) is never a priority, or at least it isn't for me. I know I've watched in the App Store as an app is updated, knowing full well I'll never launch that app again. But because the app isn't easy to find on my home screen, I don't bother finding it and uninstalling it.

After installing iOS 13 or iPadOS, the next time you see an app you no longer need in the Updates list, swipe to the left across the listing and then tap Delete.

It seemed like it would never happen, but with iOS 13 you can a mouse to control your iPad or iPhone.

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Use a trackpad to control your iPad

It's true: As of iPadOS 13.4, you can use a mouse or trackpad to navigate your phone or tablet. Apple added support with the latest update, and it's a much-improved experience over the somewhat hidden mouse support we previously saw. 

Pair a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad with your iPad in the Bluetooth settings, just like you would a pair of wireless headphones, and then you'll see the new pointer show up on your iPad's screen. Customize how it works in Settings > General > Mouse/Trackpad.

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Finally, you can decide if you want to run through your wireless data plan when downloading apps from the App Store. 

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Remove app size limitations on cellular data

Apple has finally given us the option to remove App Store download limits. Meaning you can, if you want, download a game that's over a gigabyte in size on your cellular data plan. 

Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store > App Downloads to get rid of the limit or have the App Store ask you if you want to download any apps over 200MB.

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You no longer have to worry about how to manage a file you download using Safari on iOS 13. 

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Safari has a download manager now

You can now download files when using Safari on an iPhone and iPad. The Download manager icon won't show up unless you have an active (or recently active) download. Your download is automatically saved to a Downloads folder in your iCloud Drive account, which you can access in the Files app.

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Take full-length screenshots on iOS 13. 

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Long screenshots of websites

If you've ever had to take multiple screenshots of a webpage in order to capture the text of an article, you'll be happy to know that iOS 13's screenshot tool has a new trick. Open Safari and take one screenshot of any website and immediately tap on the thumbnail preview. Above the screenshot will be two options: Screen and Full Page

The feature works in Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Mail, or Apple Maps.

Selecting Full Page will turn the entirety of the webpage you're viewing into a PDF file that you can then crop, annotate and save to the Files app.

Don't forget that Apple's FaceTime supports group calls of up to 32 people. That's enough to get all your friends and family members together. If you're just getting started with iOS 13 or iPadOS 13, we have plenty of guides and walkthroughs for the core features. And in the unfortunate event that you break your phone, don't panic -- you can still get it fixed even though retail stores are currently closed