New in OS X: Get MacRumors Push Notifications on your Mac

Resubscribe Now Close

Helpful Tips, Tricks, and How Tos for New iPhone Owners

Did you get a new iPhone XR, XS, or XS Max for the holidays? If so, take some time to look through this article, which is filled with helpful tips, tricks, and guides for the iPhone XR, XS, XS Max, and earlier iPhone models.

Whether you're new to iPhone or have gotten an upgrade to an existing model, there's likely to be something in here for you. There are hundreds of features and hidden tricks available on the iPhone, so it can be easy to forget the full range of what the iPhone can do.

Below, we've rounded up our most useful iPhone-related how tos and tutorials.

Tips for Beginners

Must-Read Security Tutorials

Useful iOS Features

Hidden Tricks

Advanced Features

iPhone Accessories

Selling Your Old iPhone

If you're planning to sell or give away your old iPhone now that you have a new model, make sure to check out our detailed guide on how to cleanly erase your old devices to get rid of all your data.


Over on our YouTube channel, we've shared quite a few videos filled with useful tips and tricks related to the iPhone, all of which are well worth watching to get acquainted with features you might not know about or might have forgotten.

More Info

Know a super useful iPhone tip that other MacRumors readers might not be aware of? Make sure to share it in the comments below.

For more info on Apple's latest iPhones, and the iOS 12 operating system, make sure to check out our detailed roundups: iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and iOS 12.

Related Roundups: iPhone XS, iPhone XR

Top Rated Comments

(View all)

11 months ago

How do you copy a photo from a Mac to an iPhone? I am running High Sierra.

I use AirDrop.

1) Enable AirDrop on both your iPhone and Mac.

2) Control-click your photo's icon in the Mac's finder and then select Share -> AirDrop. That will bring up a menu where you can select your iPhone. Make that selection and the photo will then be sent to your iPhone's Photos library.

As an aside, some macOS apps, such as Preview for example, will let you AirDrop a displayed photo from within the app using the Sharing icon in the app's menu bar.
Rating: 2 Votes
11 months ago
Lol at the number of “tips.”

More like an encyclopedia.
Rating: 2 Votes
11 months ago
If it were me the tips would start off…

Tip #1 - Get AppleCare before taking it out of the box
Tip #2 - Get full insurance coverage before taking it out of the box
Tip #3 - Get a protective cover before taking it out of the box
Tip #4 - Put the cover on the phone as the first thing you do (you will drop it - it only a matter of when)
Rating: 1 Votes
11 months ago

How do you copy a photo from a Mac to an iPhone? I am running High Sierra.

- Consider updating to Mojave. There is no reason not to, as long as your hardware is capable of it.
- If your photo is on the iMac-desktop it is also in the "Desktop"-folder on your iPhone (look into the "Files-App"!)
- You can use AirDrop to push files to another device in your vicinity over the air (no need to be both your devices, it also works with friend's Apple devices nearby, even with strangers).
- Do NOT store photos outside the "Photos-App" i.e. somewhere in the filesystem. Virtually all programs (on macOS) and Apps (on iOS) that are capable of manipulating photos and are also capable to open and save them straight out/into the Photos-App - no need for silly Windows-like file-pushing throughout the filesystem. The Photos-App takes care that all devices are synchronized.
- iTunes is JUST for music anymore. Do NOT force/expect it to do things it isn't intended for (anymore).
Rating: 1 Votes

[ Read All Comments ]