iPhone XS, XR MAX tips and tricks

There’s a lot to learn when you start using Apple’s iPhone X, XS, Max and XR. The lack of a home button, for one, completely changes the way you interact with the phones. Here are some of the best tips and tricks we came up with for getting used to the new interface.


Fast app switching

Swipe to the left or right on the bottom of the display, going over the top of the hint bar to quickly move between apps

Force close apps

Force close an app in multitasking view by swiping up on any of the app cards — or multiple cards if you’re in a hurry — to close apps.

Reachability still exists

It still exists but is a little tricky to trigger. If you’re having a hard time, select Settings > General > Accessibility and make sure Reachability is enabled.

Now, whenever you want to lower the screen to make something at the top easier to access, just swipe down on the bottom of the display.



The True Depth camera on the iPhone XS and iPhone XR is used for Face ID, but Apple also uses it to see when you’re paying attention to the phone. With that information, the iPhone will do things like silence an incoming call or alarm if you’re looking at the phone.

You can turn this feature on or off in Settings > Face ID & Passcode > Attention Aware Features.


Hidden notification details

The iPhone XS and iPhone XR both hide notification details on the lock screen until Face ID identifies your face, after which the content of each notification fills in.

If you’d rather have all notification details displayed on the lock screen, go to Settings > Notifications > Show Previews and choose Always.



Double the portrait mode


Apple added the blurry-background photo effect to the front-facing camera starting with the iPhone X.

You can use it and the new portrait mode lighting effects by opening the camera app and selecting portrait from the shooting modes with the front-facing camera active.


Adjust portrait mode blur

With an iPhone XS or iPhone XR running iOS 12.1, you can adjust the amount of blur in a Portrait Mode photo before or after you press the shutter button.

To adjust before taking the photo, tap on the f button at the top of the camera app, and then adjust the slider until you’re happy with the overall look.

Adjusting after you take a photo is just as quick: View the photo in the photos app, selectEdit and then select Depth. Again, adjust the blur until you’re happy.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

1 × 2 =