Top Useful iPhone SE Tips and Tricks


If you’ve been tempted to buy an iPhone SE and you’d like to unlock your new phone’s potential, then you’re in the right place. Behold, our menu of tasty, bite-sized tips designed to help you get more from your smartphone. After all, they do say big things often come in small packages — and it doesn’t get much smaller than the SE. 

Use Siri Hands-free

You can activate Siri on your iPhone SE without even touching the phone. Take a look in Settings > General > Siri and toggle Allow ‘Hey Siri’ on. You’ll need to say, ‘Hey Siri’ three times, so your iPhone knows what you sound like. Now, it will listen for your commands, and you can say, ‘Hey Siri’ at any time to get some help.

Save Battery Life

If you take a look in Settings > Battery, you’ll find a Low Power Mode. It extends your battery life, but it will disable some background syncing, animations, and the ‘Hey Siri’ feature.

Live Photos

The iPhone SE boasts an excellent 12-megapixel camera and support for Apple’s Live Photos feature, which debuted on the iPhone 6S. You can tap and hold on a photo to bring it to life with Live Photos. It basically captures a short video, with a second or two on either side of your shot.

Use Night Shift

There’s a fair bit of evidence that blue light can keep us awake at night, and so Apple has included the Night Shift feature on the iPhone SE. It reduces the amount of blue light your display gives off, thus reducing the impact of blue light on your natural drowsiness. Turn it on in Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift and set a schedule or allow your iPhone to work it out by selecting Sunset to Sunrise.

Wi-Fi Calling

With Wi-Fi calling, your iPhone SE can detect when you have no cellular signal and allow you to make a call over Wi-Fi instead. It’s not supported by every carrier, but try going to Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calling and toggle Wi-Fi Calling on This Phone to on, if you want to check. You should see “Wi-Fi” after your carrier name in the status bar if it’s available.

Secure Notes

Did you know that you can lock your notes with a password or your fingerprint to make them accessible only to you? Go to Settings > Notes > Password to add a password, with a hint in case you forget it, or toggle on Use Touch ID. To actually lock an individual note, open it up and tap the Share icon, and then hit Lock Note. You’ll see a lock icon on all your protected notes.

Hide Photos

You can hide photos from Moments, Collections, and Years. Select the photo you want to hide and then tap Share > Hide. You can tap, hold, and drag to select multiple photos. They will still be visible in the Album and All Photos view, though.

Get the Desktop Site

It can be annoying to get stuck with the mobile version of a website sometimes. If you want to request the desktop version, like you would see on your laptop or desktop, all you have to do is tap and hold on the refresh icon and select Request Desktop Site in Safari.

Quickly Delete Typing

If you make a mistake while typing and want to delete everything you just entered, you don’t have to do it one letter at a time. You can shake your iPhone SE. When the Undo Typing pop-up window appears, just tap Undo.

Free up Space

It’s easy to run out of space on your iPhone SE, particularly if you’ve opted for the 16GB model. Take a look in Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage to find out which apps are using the most space. Check out our iPhone storage guide for more ideas on freeing space.

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