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Top 10 hidden iOS 11.4 shortcuts and tricks for the iPhone

I'm continually amazed by how many hidden features I uncover in iOS the more I use it. Here are 10 of what I consider to be the best and most useful iOS 11 shortcuts and tricks.
By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Contributing Writer
Find out what's burning your battery
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Find out what's burning your battery

Finding your battery draining faster than usual? Chances are there's an app that's gone rogue and running in the background.

First, go to Settings > Battery and look at the Battery Usage list. Tap anywhere on the list to change it from showing percentages to also showing you a breakdown of how much screen time and background time the running apps are taking.

Remember that while some apps -- the Music app for example -- are designed to work in the background, most apps are not and could be the cause of the problem.

If you notice an app with unexplained high background usage, then you may have solved your problem. Go into Settings > General > Background App Refresh and turn off background refresh for that specific app.

Also look to see if you have No Cell Coverage on the list. If this is responsible for high battery usage, then you've found your problem -- being out of cell coverage or in an area with poor coverage. If this figure is high, try putting the iPhone into Airplane Mode when cell coverage is poor (you can still turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth independently) to see if that helps.

Reset your dictionary suggestions
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Reset your dictionary suggestions

Are you getting odd words suggested to you when you type? Maybe you've been typing foreign words, or maybe you've allowed a mistake to creep in.

Unfortunately, Apple doesn't give you a way to edit the dictionary, so the only way to fx this is to reset the dictionary completely.

To do this go Settings > General > Reset and choose Reset Keyboard Dictionary.

Turn the iOS keyboard into a trackpad
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Turn the iOS keyboard into a trackpad

Stop apps harassing you for feedback
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Stop apps harassing you for feedback

I know that feedback is important to app developers, but sometimes it gets a bit overwhelming. This is probably one of the things in apps that annoys me the most.

Fortunately, Apple now offers users a way to put an end to it. Unfortunately, the setting is buried and unless you know where to look for it, you'll probably never come across it

Here's how to access it:

Settings > iTunes & App Store and then toggle In-App Ratings & Reviews to off.

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