Hidden built-in iPhone apps you didn't know existed

Hidden built-in iPhone apps you didn’t know existed

Apple users are reminded of several little-known applications that come pre-installed on iPhones.

The apps are somewhat tucked away but can be beneficial to users.

Here are three apps or features built into iPhones that Apple users may not know about:

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Code scanner

One handy app hidden in iPhones is Code Scanner.

This app can only be found by searching and does not appear on your iPhone’s home screen.

To find it, swipe down from the top of the screen and look for the app in the top bar.

The Code Scanner application should then appear in the Applications tab.

The main function of the app is to scan QR codes and it works well.

By holding your phone over the QR code, the app will instantly scan the code and redirect you to the appropriate web page.

If you think it’s an app you’ll use often, you can also add it to your Control Center so you don’t have to search for it every time.

Note that this feature will only work if you are using iOS 14 or later.

That’s because the standard iPhone camera app has a built-in QR code scanner.

Apple users are reminded of several little-known applications that come pre-installed on iPhones. Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

But the code scanner has a few key features that the camera doesn’t.

The code scanner will open the Safari app in a specific app browser, not your regular Safari app.

This means that you will not lose access after closing the page.

This way you also don’t load your Safari history and tabs.

Signal test

Another useful feature is called Signal Test.

This tool helps users find the best possible mobile signal.

To find the hidden app, you need to open the iPhone call option first.

From there, dial *3001#12345#* and press the call button.

From there, a special dashboard should appear along with some technical information about the phone.

The relevant information is LTE RSRP, which stands for Reference Signal Received Power.

This will reveal your exact signal strength.

The closer the number is to zero, the better.

A neat trick makes it much easier to find where you should stand to get the best signal for phone calls.

Magnifying glass

The iPhone also has a hidden camera app with a built-in magnifier.

The app is pretty handy and can be found in a few different ways.

It’s called Lupa and it provides decent zoom so you can read small text on your device.

You can also use this feature to examine small objects.

Searching for Magnifier in the top search box should reveal the app.

You can also place it somewhere on your home screen for future reference.

You can also open Magnifier using the side button by adding a shortcut

Simply go to Settings and then type Accessibility and go to Accessibility Shortcuts.

Then activate the Magnifier for the “Triple Click The Side Button” setting.

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