By Andrea Romano
January 06, 2019
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Now you can truly make your brand new iPhone totally unique.

According to TIME, the new generations of iPhone are not just beautiful to look at, but they also have some seriously customizable functions to enhance your smartphone experience.

Depending on your preferences and lifestyle, having a phone that’s optimized for how you use it can be an incredibly useful tool. If you have an iOS device, TIME rounded up some excellent tricks for making it totally yours.

Firstly, phones with the latest iOS update have a new control center screen, which can be accessed by swiping down on their home screens. But you’re not stuck with the same old controls if you don’t want them. In the Settings App, you can pick and choose which controls you want at a swipe’s notice by selecting "Control Center," then "Customize Controls." There, you can decide which options you’d like to include on your quick control center, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, media players, flashlight, timer and accessibility shortcuts.

Furthermore, you can choose to opt-out of Apple’s default apps like Mail and Safari by using a third-party app like Opener, according to TIME. Or, you can use an app like Copied to save things to a useful clipboard rather than typing all your important info in Notes.

One of the best and newest features that Apple has also introduced is the Shortcuts app, where you can take care of your daily, repeated tasks more efficiently. Sending commonly used texts or automatically sharing what you’ve just saved to your Camera Roll is now easier than ever.

Plus, if you’re having trouble reading your screen, or just want to protect your eyes from blue light, you can access your Settings app, then select "General," then "Accessibility," then "Display Accommodations" to manually adjust the brightness of your screen, or choose the new "Reduce White Point" option to keep your eyes healthy even if you’re on your phone all the time.

Use these tricks and tips to help you make 2019 even easier and more efficient than the year before.