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5 iPhone tricks that you need to know

1) How To Force Restart Your iPhone XR & XS

The lack of a home button means that many of past iPhone’s functions have been remapped to other hardware or software controls on the iPhone XR & XS.

The ability to force restart the iPhone XR & XS is among those.

To force restart your iPhone XR & XS now you need to press and quickly release the Volume Up button, press and quickly release the Volume Down button, and then press and hold the Side button.

2) How To Trigger SOS on iPhone XR & XS

SOS is a mode on the iPhone that allows you to quickly call emergency services.

To trigger SOS hold the Side button and either Volume button for six seconds.

Alternately you can press the Side button five times in succession to trigger SOS.

3) Control What Apps Face ID Unlocks

Face ID replaces the way you unlock your iPhone.

Now you simply look at the device instead of placing your finger on the now-gone Home button.

But Face ID can also be used to make purchases in the App Store and in apps, authenticate Apple Pay payments, and autofill forms in Safari.

However, you don’t need to allow Face ID to do all of these things if you don’t want.

You can toggle each Face ID feature on or off by going to Settings > Face ID & Passcode.

4) Bring Back The Home Button on iPhone XR & XS

Okay, you can’t obviously really bring back the physical Home button, but there is a way you can kinda of replicate it using software in iOS.

To do this go to General > Accessibility > Assistive Touch and toggle it on.

You’ll now see a virtual Home button on your screen that you can customize to activate shortcuts.

5) How To Force Quit Apps on iPhone XR & XS

With no Home button it might seem like you can’t force quit apps anymore–but you can.

To do so on the iPhone XR & XS you need to bring up the app switcher. Do this by swiping up and holding on the home bar from the bottom of any screen.

Once the apps appear, swipe to the one you want to force quit and then simply swipe up on the app to force quit it.

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