These menus have been described as being hidden because they require you to perform certain gestures that are not necessarily easy to guess. But once you know where it is, it can be very useful.
Here’s a quick overview to help you move forward:
Get to the top of the screen without dropping your phone
Maybe you have a large device, or a small hand. Either way, you can quickly access the icons on top of the phone without stretching your fingers, using the Reachability option.
This lowers the screen, so you don’t have to fumble with your hands. Accessibility is disabled, so you need to do these steps to turn it on:
Open Settings and then click on Accessibility and choose Touch, then toggle the Accessibility option On. Now that the playback is active, use it by swiping down on the bottom edge of the screen.
Use the control center
You might not know that if you own a recent iPhone, you can swipe down from the upper-right corner of your screen to open Control Center, which gives you controls and quick access to common functions.
You can use it to turn on the flashlight, recognize a song using Spotify, control smart lights, turn on or off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, operate a calculator, and more. But you have to prepare it so that it has the appropriate elements in it.
To manage what appears in Control Center, do the following:
Open Settings and then tap Control Center, scroll down and tap the green button next to any options you want to see when you swipe from the top right of the screen.
You can place small apps called widgets on your home screen, but there is also a whole hidden section dedicated to tools.
This is found to the left of your home screen, so you can access it by swiping left across the screen.
And you can customize it with any application that contains tools. For example, you can place your gallery and an icon that shows battery life on your phone, AirPods, or Apple Watch, and it can be used to quickly look at other app news stories, and more.
There are two ways to get the tools on this screen. And for Apple’s included tools, and a few specially designed apps, do the following:
Swipe right across your home screen until you see the toolbar with the search bar at the top, then scroll down and hit the elliptical “Edit” button at the bottom.
Press the + button on the top left, then choose the app or widget you want to add, tap Add Widget. If you don’t see the widget you want to add, you may need to take an additional step.
In this case: After clicking “Edit”, scroll down to the bottom of the screen again and select “Personalize” there, you will see tools for other applications that you have installed on your iPhone. Hit the green + button to add it.
Search everything at once
You can search through apps, the web, maps, dictionary, files, and more, all using the iPhone’s general search menu.
You can show this by swiping down from the center of the home screen. You’ll also see Siri suggestions for more popular actions.
(Reminder: Swiping from the top center will show notifications and swiping from the top right will show Control Center)
Quickly switch between applications
You can quickly change or close apps by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and then tap until you feel a gentle vibration. Swipe right to move between applications. Tap an app to switch to it, or swipe up to close it.
There are a few extra tricks, and you can switch between apps by swiping left or right across the bottom of the screen. Open an application and swipe right across the bottom. You will be taken to the last application you opened. Swipe left to go back, or keep scrolling right to switch between apps.
You can also return to the last screen in an application, such as the previous web page, by swiping from the edge of the screen.
The best way to experience this is to open a website, go to another site, and then swipe across the screen. You will be back where you started. If you swipe left from the right side of your phone, you will go ahead again.