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How To Use These Popular Features on the iPhone and iPad

Sometimes certain features are so hard to find on the iPhone and iPad. So if you’re looking for these features and struggling to locate them, I might be able to help! Here are a few of the more common features that people look for on the iPhone and iPad and where you can find them.

Where do I find Location Services

Location Services allow apps and services to determine your current location. Apps such as Maps can provide directions to a destination, and Weather can give you the current local condition. To be accurate, they need to determine your precise location. 

To find Location Services navigate to Settings > Privacy > now tap on Location Services at the top to enable or disable it.

You may want to take a look at all the apps using Location Services and determine if you need to have them enabled. You can go through each app and turn off Location Services or decide precisely how you want to use it. 

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Where do I Monitor Battery Life

Apple has made it easy to monitor and manage your battery life. Go to Settings > Battery

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Here you will see your battery level and activity over the last 24 hours and up to the previous 10 days. You can also see which of your apps is burning battery life.

To improve your battery usage, you might receive a notification to Enable Auto-Brightness or Adjust Display Brightness on your device. 

If you want to extend your battery life, turn on Low Power Mode (Only found on the iPhone). This will reduce the power consumption once your battery drops below 80% and will affect these features:

  • Email fetch
  • Background app refresh
  • Automatic downloads
  • Some visual effects
  • Auto-Lock (defaults to 30 seconds)
  • iCloud Photos (temporarily paused)
  • 5G (except for video streaming)


The battery icon in the status bar will be yellow. After you charge your iPhone to 80% or more Low Power Mode automatically turns off. The battery icon will remain yellow.

Tap on Battery Health as well. Here you’ll find the Maximum Capacity of your iPhone. As the capacity drops, so does the health of your battery. It’s a good indicator of when you might need a new phone.

Turn on Optimized Battery Charging. This reduces battery aging and helps with the overall health of the battery.

Where Are My Downloads

Suppose you download items to your iPad or iPhone but are having difficulty finding this feature. Open  the Files App> Browse > and choose iCloud Drive. You will find your Downloads Folder here.

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Where Are My Deleted Photos

Have you ever deleted a photo by mistake? You have 30 days to restore a deleted image. You’ll find this feature in the Photos App. Open Photos > Select Album > and scroll to the bottom, under Utilities, you’ll see Recently Deleted.

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Where Is My Clipboard

When you copy something on your iPhone or iPad, whether it’s a text, an image, part of an email, it’s placed on your clipboard. The clipboard lets you then paste it to another location on your device. With the Universal Clipboard, you can even paste it to another device.

The clipboard feature on your iPhone and iPad is not a physical app, screen, or item that you can see. It’s part of the internal workings of the device.

Clipboard features
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Where Can I Find My Phone Number

It’s hard enough to remember other people’s phone numbers, but if you recently changed your number, it may take you some time before you can rattle it off.

Navigate to Settings > Select Phone. Right in the middle of the page will be your Phone number. Another way to locate it is to open Settings > Tap on your Apple ID and select Name, Phone Numbers, Email. You’ll find your phone number under Reachable At.

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Where to Find The Dark Mode 

Why would I want to use Dark Mode? Dark Mode is an amazing feature for using your device in low-light areas. It takes away that blazing brightness for a soothing appearance.

To enable Dark Mode, open Settings > select Display and Brightness. Under Appearance, choose Dark. You can toggle on Automatic and then select options to schedule based on the time of day. I usually go with Sunset to Sunrise, and then I don’t have to worry about it. You may want to be in Dark Mode all the time.

I also toggle on Night Shift from Sunset to Sunrise. You are allowing the screen to be warmer in color, giving you a better night’s sleep. 

 I adjust the color temperature up as far as it will go on warm.

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Where Can I Find Screen Recording 

Screenshots are great for snapping a still image of your device screen. But Screen Recordings let you capture a video of your screen that you can use to see your actions on your device—showing a step-by-step process to family or friends.

To capture a Screen Recording, open Control Center by swiping down from your screen’s top right corner. Maybe you don’t see the screen recording icon. Navigate to Settings > Control Center.  Tap on the green plus icon next to Screen Recording, and it will now appear in your Control Center. You can even long press on the Screen Recording icon to turn on the microphone to add speech to your video.

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When you need to find a simple setting or special features on your iPhone or iPad, it can be frustrating. Hopefully, this list will help. If there’s something you need help in finding, let me know in the comments section.

There is an in-depth walk through video on my YouTube channel Tips For iOS.


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