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iOS 15 hidden features and iPhone tricks you didn’t know you needed


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Your iPhone is full of hidden features, and iOS 15 has some. 


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Apple typically does a great job of showcasing its most popular features whenever it drops a new iOS update. With iOS 15, the tech giant talked up its Do Not Disturb replacement, as well as improvements and additions to FaceTime and Maps — but there are hidden features that it either didn’t talk much about, or really even mention.

And sometimes, it’s these hidden features that really enhance your experience more than some of the bigger and popular updates.

In this guide, we’ll be going through several lesser-known features on iOS 15: including how to use your camera to live-scan text, move the address bar in Safari back to where it used to be and drag-and-drop photos and other files between apps.

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Use your iPhone’s camera to scan any text

Have you ever wished you could point your iPhone’s camera at a sign or piece of paper and have it automatically identify and then copy the text into an email or a document? With iOS 15, it’s possible and incredibly cool. 

To use the iPhone’s new “scan text” tool, long-press inside a text field as if you’re going to use the copy-and-paste prompt. Only, you’ll now see a Scan Text button. You may also see a button that uses just the scan icon, which looks like a piece of paper with brackets around it. 

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Apple added a text scanner to the iPhone, no matter what app you’re using. 


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Tap the button, which will replace your keyboard with your iPhone camera’s viewfinder. Point your camera at whatever you want to scan, and then follow the prompts on the screen. For instance, if you’re moving the camera too fast, you’ll see a “Slow Down” message flash on the screen. 

As you’re lining up the camera and text just right, you’ll see a live preview of the text your iPhone is identifying and ready to place in your document. Tap the Insert button when you’re ready. 

This is a neat and easy way to quickly scan an email address off a business card, a phone number on a sign or, as you can see in the screenshots above, scan the back of a book and insert it as one giant block of text. 

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You don’t have to live with the address bar on the bottom of the screen in Safari. 


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Move Safari’s address bar back to the top of your screen

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