The iPhone 11 lineup is here, and while the Pro models seem very tempting, the iPhone 11 is a great iPhone model that brings a lot of features at a significantly smaller price. Here are a few tips and tricks that will help every iPhone 11 user get the most from their device.

Learn new gestures

Those who upgraded to the iPhone 11 from an older iPhone with a Home button will need to familiarize themselves with a few gestures in order to use their new device fairly easily. Here are a few gestures:

  • Home screen. Swiping up from the Home bar when using an app leads to the Home screen. This gesture also unlocks the device.
  • Notification Center. This is accessed with a simple swipe down from the notch on top of the display.
  • Control Center. This is accessed by swiping down from the top-right side of the display, to the right of the notch.
  • Hey Siri. Apple’s voice assistant can be accessed by tapping and holding on the Side button, or by simply saying “Hey Siri.”
  • Force apps to quit. Swiping an app card up on the App Switcher will force that app to quit.

Enable Dark Mode

Dark Mode flips the color scheme, resulting in white text floating over a dark background. This can be turned on by opening the Control Center, tapping and holding on the Brightness bar, then switching Dark Mode on when the toggle for it appears.

Use Ultra Wide Camera

The iPhone 11 adds an Ultra Wide Camera at the back for those wide shots. Simply tap on the 0.5x button when using the camera app to use the new sensor.

Take a Slofie

Apple introduces “slofies” with the new iPhone 11 lineup. It’s basically a slow-motion video using the front camera. Users can do this by using the front camera, swiping over to the Slo-mo option, then recording a slow-motion video.

Use Night Mode

Apple finally added a Night Mode on the iPhone 11 lineup, allowing users to take dramatic stills during nighttime or in dim lighting conditions. This feature automatically turns on when the Camera app detects low-light situations.

Get a Home Button

While the iPhone 11 can’t have a physical Home button, it can have a virtual Home button in the form of AssistiveTouch.  This can be turned on by going to Settings, followed by General, then to Accessibility and then AssistiveTouch.

Get Fast Charging

Apple sends an 18W charger with the new iPhone 11 Pro, but doesn’t send one with the iPhone 11. Those who buy an iPhone 11 will need to spend a bit more to get fast charging.

Those who own a 12W charger for the iPad can use it to charge the iPhone 11 faster, iPhoneHacks noted. Otherwise, users will need to purchase Apple’s 29W USB adapter and USB-C to Lightning connector; or get a cheaper option like Anker’s 30W USB-C Wall charger.

Apple Senior Director of Product Marketing Kaiann Drance speaks onstage about the iPhone 11's cameras during a product launch event at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Chinese consumers prefer the iPhone 11 because of its aggressive pricing. (Apple Senior Director of Product Marketing Kaiann Drance speaks onstage about the iPhone 11's cameras during a product launch event at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California) Photo: AFP / Josh Edelson