The
Smartphone
Secret Menu

Most users never change their phone's default settings and thus fail to maximize their phone's potential. This interactive infographic provides tips on how to customize your settings so that you can get the most out of your phone in terms of bettery life, storage, security, and more. After discovering these hidden gems, you'll feel more confident in the security, durability, and capability of your phone.

I have an:

iPhone

Samsung

I have an:

iPhone

Samsung

I want to know how to:

iPhone

Samsung

Remove a Built-In App from my Home Screen

Touch and hold the app lightly until it jiggles. If the app doesn’t jiggle, make sure that you’re not pressing too hard.

Remove a Built-In App from my Home Screen

Tap X on the upper left corner, then tap Delete.

Remove a Built-In App from my Home Screen

Press the Home button to finish.

Side note: In the latest iOS - you can enable Auto App Removal by clicking on Settings > General > iPhone Storage. It will automatically delete lesser used apps when low on storage. All data and settings are saved so nothing is lost and the app will return when storage is freed up.

Create a Longer Passcode

The short, 4-digit pin may worry some users — especially those with sensitive and private data stored on their iPhones. While iOS updates have allowed users to increase the passcode to six digits, you could create a passphrase instead.

What is a passphrase? While passcodes only use numbers 0–9, a passphrase includes numbers, letters, symbols and case-sensitivity that would make your iPhone a lot harder to break into. Although, it will take a little longer to unlock your iPhone when you want to use it.

Create a Longer Passcode

Open the Settings app and go to General > Touch ID & Passcode > Change Passcode.

Create a Longer Passcode

Tap Passcode Options.

Create a Longer Passcode

Select Custom Alphanumeric Code.

Create a Longer Passcode

You will then be prompted to create a more complex passphrase comprised of numbers, letters, and symbols.

Use Restrictions, also known as Parental Controls, to Block or Limit Specific Apps and Features

Tap Settings > General > Restrictions

Use Restrictions, also known as Parental Controls, to Block or Limit Specific Apps and Features

Tap Enable Restrictions.

Use Restrictions, also known as Parental Controls, to Block or Limit Specific Apps and Features

Create a Restrictions passcode.

You need your Restrictions passcode to change your settings or turn off Restrictions.

Use Restrictions, also known as Parental Controls, to Block or Limit Specific Apps and Features

Toggle the features that you want to allow.

A green bar indicates that an app or feature is allowed.


A gray bar indicates that an app or feature is restricted.

Use Power Saving Hacks

Turn off Raise to Wake

If you have one of the more recent iPhone models, you also have Raise to Wake turned on by default with the latest. This feature automatically turns on the screen of your iPhone when you pick it up, which can drain your battery.

  1. Tap Settings > Display & Brightness.
  2. Toggle Raise to Wake off.

Turn off Background App Refresh

Background App Refresh continually updates your apps even when you’re not using them. This is intended to save you loading time when opening apps, as the latest information should be refreshed and ready. But allowing all your open apps to refresh in the background is a surefire way to drain your battery.

  1. Tap Settings > General > Background App Refresh.
  2. Either toggle the switch at the top to turn off all apps, or choose individual apps that you want to turn off.

Upgrade your iPhone to the latest iOS version

Software updates typically include bug fixes, which may help fix battery-related issues.

  1. When you’re connected to Wi-Fi, tap Settings > General > Software Update.
  2. Tap Download and Install.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the update.

Identify Battery Hogs

Battery Usage identifies what percentage of your battery was consumed by each app over the last 24 hours or 7 days.

The apps that should be a concern are the ones that have used a high percentage even though you haven’t been using them very much.

  1. Tap Settings > Battery.
  2. Scroll down to Battery Usage.
  3. Select either Last 24 Hours or Last 7 Days.

Mirror my Device on my Apple TV

Ensure that your iPhone and Apple TV are on the same Wi-Fi network.

Verify that AirPlay is enabled on your Apple TV.

Mirror my Device on my Apple TV

Swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen to open the Control Center.

Tap AirPlay.

Mirror my Device on my Apple TV

Select Apple TV and toggle Mirroring on.

Mirror my Device on my Apple TV

The Apple TV will display a password for you to input on the iPhone.

Disable or Uninstall Bloatware

You can either Uninstall or Disable preinstalled apps. Disabling an app doesn’t remove it from your device, but it removes the app icon and prevents it from running in the background.

Press and hold the app icon until a pop-up appears.

Tap Disable or Uninstall.

Disable or Uninstall Bloatware

Confirm.

Enable Smart Lock

Entering a code every time you pick up the phone can be a pain. Smart Lock offers a number of options to automatically unlock your phone in a certain location (like home), when connected to a trusted device (like a smartwatch or Bluetooth), or through Voice recognition.

Go to Apps > Settings.

Tap Search, then search for and select Smart Lock.

Enable Smart Lock

Enter your lock screen credentials.

Enable Smart Lock

Selection the Smart Lock option you want to use.

Use Screen Pinning

If you hand your phone to someone, you can lock the device to stay on the selected app.

First, turn on Pin Windows:

1. Go to Apps > Settings > Lock screen and security > Other security settings.

Use Screen Pinning

Scroll to and tap Pin windows.

Use Screen Pinning

Toggle the Pin windows slider on.

Use Screen Pinning

To pin an app to the screen:

Open the app.

Press the Recents key.

Tap the Pin icon in the bottom-right corner.

Use Screen Pinning

Press Start.

Use Power Saving Mode

Power Saving Mode is a great way to conserve battery.

Go to Apps > Settings > Device Maintenance.

Use Power Saving Mode

Tap Battery.

Use Power Saving Mode

Turn Power saving mode on.

Use Power Saving Mode

Tap Power saving mode and select when you want to start.

Use Screen Mirroring
This feature allows you to wirelessly mirror your device’s screen on a Samsung Smart TV.

On your TV remote, go to Menu > Network > Screen Mirroring.

On your phone, go to Apps > Settings > Connections > Screen Mirroring.

Select your Smart TV from the Available devices list.

To disconnect, touch End Connection.