iPhone SE: Every Owner Should Know These 5 Tricks

iPhone with home button is back. But how was that again with pressing and tapping? And how can you make the most of the iPhone SE’s comparatively weak battery? We have five tips for iPhone SE owners that will make everyday life easier.

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1. The power of the home button

You can look at it either way: the iPhone SE is way ahead of other smartphones with the retro home button, or behind. Whichever way you look at the return of the haptic button on a 2020 iPhone, it offers some useful features that aren’t immediately obvious when setting up the iPhone SE.

Set click resistance

For example, the home button click resistance on the iPhone SE can still be changed after setup. There are three strengths to choose from, which determine the strength of the taptic engine signals: You pressed the button.

  1. Go to settings
  2. Select “General”.
  3. Select “Start Button”.
  4. Choose from three haptic touch powers

Unlock iPhone SE quickly

With the introduction of the non-mechanical home button, there was a lot of discussion about how to unlock iPhone. Because the fingerprint sensor reads the characteristics of your fingertips so quickly that a quick tap of the home button is enough to unlock your device. However, sometimes you just want to turn on the iPhone SE screen in the locked state, for example, to check the time or messages, without unlocking the iPhone SE directly.

There is a useful setting to unlock iPhone SE faster or just by pressing the button:

  1. Go to settings
  2. Go to “Accessibility”.
  3. Go to “Start Button”.
  4. At the bottom, toggle the “Put your finger to open” switch
  5. Green means: Use Touch ID without pressure
  6. Gray means: Touch ID only works when you press the home button

Activate one-hand operation

The home button has a feature that allows owners to bring the screen view closer to the thumb. This is handy if you only have one hand free and want to enter a URL in the browser, for example. iPhone SE owners simply tap the home button twice (don’t press, this opens the App Switcher).

  1. Go to settings
  2. Go to “Accessibility”.
  3. Go to “Run”.
  4. Set “One Hand Mode” to green
iPhone SE tips for owners

Many hidden features are possible with the home button on the iPhone SE. / © NextPit

2. Better text scrolling with 3D Touch

Arguably the most underrated 3D Touch feature is text scrolling with the space bar on Apple’s virtual keyboard. This “trick” is worth its weight in gold, especially on the comparatively small iPhone SE! Because many iPhone owners are still trying to use their fingers to move the cursor to the correct position in text links or messages on WhatsApp and company. This is stressful in the long run, and Apple introduced a feature for this a long time ago. Available for the first time under Force Touch on the entire screen, the space bar can now be used as cursor assist under 3D Touch for all iPhone models. Is that how it works:

  1. Hold down the space bar on a URL or typed text
  2. The keyboard appears blurry
  3. Move your finger left or right, up or down to move the cursor to the desired location

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3. Change text size on iPhone

I have already set up two iPhone SE in my circle of friends. The choice of text size varied and, on the small screen, people with vision problems clearly benefit from the larger fonts. By default, everything on the iPhone is pretty small. iPhone users switching from a larger model to the iPhone SE can also benefit from the enlarged font. And so you change the font size on the iPhone SE:

  1. Go to settings
  2. Go to “Display and brightness”.
  3. Select “Text Size”.
  4. Use the slider to set one of seven possible levels

Thanks to Haptic Touch, the home button has click resistance; but it is less prone to damage. / © NextPit

4. Improve iPhone SE battery performance

The battery of the iPhone SE is one of the shortcomings. In all tests, the little iPhone with the old iPhone 8 battery runs out of breath comparatively quickly. If you want to get the most out of the built-in battery, you should pay attention to the consumption of the installed apps. Battery usage provides information on which app consumes the most power in daily use. This is how you can find out which app needs how much battery:

  1. Go to settings
  2. Go to “Battery”.
  3. View battery usage by app as a percentage or usage time

Here you’ll find games or apps that drain your battery the most, and information about how often they’re used compared to others. To save battery life on the iPhone SE, it is worth making the following settings:

  1. Do not permanently set the screen brightness to very bright
  2. Set up auto screen lock: Settings -> Display & Brightness -> Auto Lock
  3. Activate battery saving mode: Settings -> Battery -> Activate battery saving mode

5. Adjust the portrait effect of photos.

With portrait mode, the iPhone SE is ahead of its optical twin, the iPhone 8. Because the software blurs the background when you have people in front of the lens. This effect can be changed before creating an image. This is how you do it:

  1. Open photo app
  2. Switch to portrait mode
  3. Press the little “f” in the top right corner
  4. A scale appears to adjust the depth effect.

Advice: The strength of the bokeh effect can also be changed later for each portrait under “Edit” and the lowercase “f”.