Five strangers iPhone functions that appear to be magic tricks

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Some of these features are mind-boggling, making you question how on earth Apple’s software engineers managed to roll out such astonishing feats. Others require some programming on your part, but once you get the features set up, onlookers will be stunned and suspect David Blaine’s protégé is in their midst.

No, Siri won’t respond to “Abracadabra,” but, believe it or not, if you say, “Accio, Safari,” it will start the Apple browser. There are more interesting, magical-like things your iOS device can do besides telling it to open apps with Harry Potter spells. To make you feel like a wand-wielding Hogwarts student, I actually have four more obscure iPhone tricks.


  • Special thanks to YouTuber Ians Tech for showing his followers this spectacular iOS feature. You can actually transfer a photo from one iOS device to another by simply using the pinch gesture. “Sometimes, it doesn’t want to do it!” Ians Tech remarked. That’s because there’s a special technique to copying and pasting content – please don’t grasp at the display all willy nilly. Before you start this trick, make sure Handoff is turned on for both devices. Go to Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff. Also, don’t forget to turn on Bluetooth! And finally, both devices should be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

  • 1. Shout out commands to Siri using ‘Harry Potter’ spells. Why waste your breath shouting, “Hey Siri, turn on ‘Do Not Disturb’” when you can demand peace by stating “Hey Siri, Silencio!”? You may attract annoyed glances as you nerdily invoke Siri’s help with Harry Potter-themed commands, but who cares? They’re probably Slytherins, anyway. Or worse, muggles. Hey Siri, Lumos Maxima – turns on your phone’s flashlight and increases your display’s brightness to the max If you’re lazy like me, so much so that even unlocking your device via passcode becomes a chore, you can invoke Siri to do it for you. Oddly enough, uses lipstick for this trick, but maybe there’s a method to his madness? It’s worth noting that this feature is best for users who are lax with security. 1. For this trick, let’s follow His password is 2, 5, 2, 5, 2, 5. He makes note of where his fingers fall on the passcode keypad by marking smudges on the display with lipstick. Follow the same procedure for your passcode (but ugh, we suggest using stickers instead).

Go to the Photos app and copy a picture by pinching your fingers closed with three fingers. On the other iOS device, you can paste the picture by pinching your fingers open with three fingers. Voila! Your picture from the first device will seem to magically appear on the second one. This technique can also be used with iPad and Mac devices. For example, you can transfer a photo from your iPhone 13 to your M2 MacBook Air with this feature.


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