iPhone Easter Eggs and secret features

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By Peter Cruickshank 25 Apr 2018
iPhone hidden features

You might think Easter eggs are made of chocolate and wrapped in foil, or nicely painted and rolled down a hill if the weather's nice. Easter eggs can also refer to a hidden joke or message, or secret features you may not even know existed.

Hunting for Easter eggs in games and on your phone or computer can be just as fun as hunting for chocolate eggs in the park or your garden, so we've found some of the best hidden treats on iOS for you to discover.

Apple have Easter eggs tucked away in all kinds of places, across nearly their entire range of products from Macbooks to the Apple Watch. These hidden gems work on newer versions of iOS, but might not appear on older iPhones or iPads.

Talk to Siri

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While most of us use Siri to book calendar appointments or answer our Google searches, there are a few fun things you can say to Siri to get a witty response. We've picked our favourites below, but there are plenty more out there for you to find for yourself.

 
 
 
 
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Fans of Lego Batman will enjoy this hidden feature. Instead of saying "Hey, Siri" to wake up your virtual assistant, try "Hey, 'Puter". You'll get a variety of different responses, all tied into the Lego Batman movie.

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Your iPhone knows an impressive amount of information about you, including where you parked your car. This information is generated from things like which Bluetooth devices you're connected to, where your most common locations are and changes in your travel speed.

If you've ever forgotten where you parked your car and don't fancy wandering around for hours looking for it, try asking Siri where to go.

3.

Ask Siri to take you home and your phone will show directions to your address. If you haven't saved your address yet, you'll be asked to set it the first time you ask Siri to take you there.

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If you're reading an email, browsing a website or simply staring at a map, try telling Siri "Remind me about this". Siri will make a note of whatever is on your screen, save it, then remind you of it later. This is a really handy tool when you're looking for a great guide on the internet, or remembering to reply to that important message.

Set custom vibrations

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Have you ever wished you knew who was calling you without having to take your iPhone from your pocket? Setting a unique vibration pattern for different contacts will make things much easier, and can be done in just a few steps.

 
 
 
 
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Firstly, find the contact you'd like to set a custom vibration for, either from the Phone or the Contacts app. Press the Edit button in the top-right corner to continue.

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Now that you're editing the contact details, find and tap the Ringtone option.

3.

On the next page, you can choose a custom ringtone for your contact. Tap Vibration to personalise the vibration pattern. 

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On this final page, you can pick from a selection of unique vibration patterns. Scroll down and tap on Create New Vibration to make your own from scratch.

Go to bed on time

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A lesser-known feature added in iOS 10, Apple's Bedtime reminds you to go to bed at just the right time to get enough sleep. You'll have to customise it first, adding some details like your prefered sleep length and wake-up time. Find out how by following the steps below.

 
 
 
 
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Open the Clock app, then tap the Bedtime tab at the bottom. Press Get started to continue.

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As this is the first time you're using Bedtime, you need to set your preferred wake-up time. Scroll through the numbers to set your alarm.

3.

After you've chosen your wake-up time, you must decide which days your alarm will go off. By default, the alarm will sound every day so tap on a day to deselect it. The alarm will only go off on days that are lit in yellow.

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If you know how many hours sleep you need to feel rested, now's the time to set it. On average, most people get between 7-8 hours a night.

 
 
 
 
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On this next page you can choose when to get your sleep reminder. You can pick any 15 minute interval up to an hour, although if you set the reminder too early you might miss it.

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The final decision to make is which alarm melody you'd like to wake up to. Scroll through the list and tap on the one that sounds the best to you.

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The Bedtime feature will keep track of your sleep patterns. You can monitor these patterns to get into a more natural sleep routine.

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On the final page, you'll see a dashboard of your Bedtime settings. This is where you can make any future changes to your sleep reminders. Press the Home button to quit the app.

There you have it, some of our favourite iPhone features that tend to slip under the radar. There are plenty more hidden iPhone Easter eggs to discover, so why not share your favourites with us on Twitter or Facebook?

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