Newest Methods for Simplifying Your Life with Your Phone

    How to Use the New ‘Check In’ Feature on iOS 17

    I recently discovered a nifty little trick to find my iPhone when I misplace it. By simply saying, “Siri, where are you?” I can locate my phone within seconds. As a fun twist, I have set my Siri voice to the charming Australian Man accent. It’s like having a helpful companion with an outback flair. Though Siri doesn’t always respond immediately, just like my human husband, it eventually answers from between the couch cushions where it had spent the night.

    But this is just one of the many hidden smartphone superpowers that most people are unaware of. In this article, I’ll share a few more secrets that can change the way you use your iPhone. And don’t worry, if you’re an Android user, many of these features have equivalents or can be accessed through additional apps.

    Before we delve into these groundbreaking features, make sure your iPhone is running iOS 17 or later. Although the “Automatic Updates” toggle is helpful, it’s always wise to double-check and manually update if necessary. To update your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

    Now, let’s explore some of the incredible smartphone superpowers that can simplify your life.

    1. Try on Clothes with Augmented Reality
    Gone are the days of cramped dressing rooms. Now, you can virtually try on clothes using your smartphone. Walmart and Google Search offer options to visualize how clothes from various brands, such as H&M, Loft, and Anthropologie, would look on different body sizes and skin tones.

    If you want to take it a step further, try the free app called “Aiuta.” This app allows you to connect with your photo album or take real-time photos and explore different brands, trends, influencers, styles, and vibes. It’s like having your own personal stylist at your fingertips.

    2. Organize Photos with People & Pets
    If you’ve ever struggled to find specific photos among your massive collection, Apple’s People & Pets feature will revolutionize your photo organization. Let’s say you’re looking for pictures of your beloved pet, Juni. Instead of scrolling through thousands of random photos, follow these simple steps:

    – Open a photo of Juni in the Photos app.
    – Tap the Info button and select the face of your pet with a question mark.
    – Tap “Name This Pet” or “Name This Person” and enter their name.
    – Now, all photos of Juni will show up when you search for her.

    This feature currently supports dogs and cats, but other pets may be included in future updates. Android users can enjoy similar functionality through Google Photos.

    3. Decode Symbols with Visual Look Up
    iOS 17 introduces a brilliant feature called Visual Look Up, which allows you to decode laundry care symbols and car engine symbols using your iPhone. It’s incredibly handy for those confusing moments when you encounter unfamiliar symbols. Here’s how you can use it:

    – To decode laundry care symbols on an iPhone, simply take a photo of the laundry label.
    – Wait a few seconds for the “i” symbol or washing machine icon to appear at the bottom of your screen.
    – Tap the symbol and select “Look Up Laundry Care” to access more information and care instructions.

    Android users can achieve similar results by using the Google Lens Camera app or downloading third-party apps like aiWardrobe Easy Care Labels.

    4. Stay Connected with Check In
    The Check In feature on iPhones is a game-changer, especially during holiday travel or when you want to let someone know you’ve arrived safely. This feature allows you to share your progress with a chosen person, giving them peace of mind.

    To initiate a Check In:

    – Open the Messages app and select the person you want to share your progress with.
    – Tap the plus-icon, then “More” followed by “Check In.”
    – Customize your preferences for sharing, such as specifying your destination or setting a timer.
    – Remember, Check In is not meant for tracking someone else. Its purpose is to keep loved ones informed about your whereabouts and well-being.

    Android users can achieve a similar effect by using the Safety app and activating emergency sharing with selected contacts.

    These are just a few examples of the incredible features available on your smartphone that you may not be aware of. From virtual clothing try-ons to organizing your photos and even decoding symbols, your smartphone holds a multitude of hidden powers. Whether you’re an iPhone or Android user, these tricks can help simplify your daily life. So go ahead and explore these features, and who knows, you might discover even more secret superpowers that can wow your friends.


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