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iPhone Xs has many stunning features.
Will them lure you to buy iPhone Xs?

Author: Abby Poole | Updated on Dec 26, 2019

On September 12, 2018, Apple eventually unveiled the most-expected iPhone Xs and iPhone XR with a plethora of surprises, for instance, the larger OLED Super Retina display, more powerful A12 Bionic processor, expanded internal memory up to 512GB, 4GB RAM, dual SIM cards standby for China mainland, etc. Of course, it doesn't come perfectly. The higher price is still daunting for certain customers. They can't make their final decision. If you're also in that club, you're suggested to have an overall review (specs, features, price...) on the new iPhone Xs/Xs Max/XR first and then decide to buy it or not. For those loyal iPhone fans, you probably just need the guide on how to upgrade to iPhone Xs Max/Xs/XR with simplest solution. No matter what you need, they're all covered here! Scroll down to the part you need.

Most Exciting Features on iPhone Xs/Xs Max/XR

In 2017, iPhone sales reach 227 million units, roughly 7% sales increase compared with 2016. The Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone X/8/8 Plus didn't give a great boost on iPhone sales as Apple expected. Consumers interest remains relatively weak on the partly revamped iPhone X/8/Plus. To regain consumers interest and propel iPhone sales, Apple implements its ambitious plan for iPhone Xs Max/Xs/XR, with some groundbreaking features added. What are the top innovative features of iPhone Xs/Xs Max and iPhone XR? Before we dig more deeply into the great tips and tricks iPhone fans should know, let's have a recap of iPhone Xs/Xs Max features below.

Display & Design
Both iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max sport with an OLED Super Retina display that removes the top and bottom bezels and integrates with the front-facing camera. In this way, the new iPhone usable area of display is expanded to 102.5 cm² for iPhone Xs Max and 84 cm² for iPhone Xs. On top of this 5.8-inch iPhone Xs model, there are another two models, 6.1-inch iPhone XR and 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max with rounded corner design, LCD/OLED Retina display featured. Comparing iPhone Xs with iPhone 8, you will find new iPhone has bigger screen and higher resolution, up to 2436×1125 pixels, 458ppi.
  • Display & Design
  • 3D Facial Scanning
  • Qi Wireless Charging
  • Enhanced Water/Dust Resistant
  • TrueDepth Camera System
  • Dual SIM Cards Standby
  • Next-gen A12 Bionic Chip
Face ID Facial Recognition
Among high-profile iPhone Xs tips and tricks, 3D facial recognition tech is especially attractive. Now Apple keeps the Touch ID on iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus while it ditches away Touch ID fingerprint recognition tech on iPhone Xs. Instead, it adopts facial scanning tech (Face ID) to unlock your iPhone Xs in "millionths of a second" even in an all black space. To recognize your face, iPhone Xs packs up to 8 modules like front camera, infrared camera, flood illuminator, etc. to fetch your facial features immediately.
  • Display & Design
  • 3D Facial Scanning
  • Qi Wireless Charging
  • Enhanced Water/Dust Resistant
  • TrueDepth Camera System
  • Dual SIM Cards Standby
  • Next-gen A12 Bionic Chip
Qi Wireless Charging
In this iPhone Xs tips and tricks article, one of the most amazing iPhone feature is the Wi-Fi wireless charging, for it's a breakthrough technology and none of other smartphones sports such feature. Though it still can't extend iPhone Xs battery life, it's very fast to charge your iPhone Xs/Xs Max/XR from 0% to 100%. Of course, wireless charging works with the established Qi ecosystem, two new wireless charging mats called AirPower needed.
  • Display & Design
  • 3D Facial Scanning
  • Qi Wireless Charging
  • Enhanced Water/Dust Resistant
  • TrueDepth Camera System
  • Dual SIM Cards Standby
  • Next-gen A12 Bionic Chip
Enhanced Water/Dust Resistant
Both iPhone X and iPhone 8/Plus feature IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins). Certain improvements of water/dust resistant happen on 2018 iPhone Xs Max/Xs/XR with IP68 (maximum depth of 2 meters up to 30 minutes) under IEC standard 60529.
  • Display & Design
  • 3D Facial Scanning
  • Qi Wireless Charging
  • Enhanced Water/Dust Resistant
  • TrueDepth Camera System
  • Dual SIM Cards Standby
  • Next-gen A12 Bionic Chip
TrueDepth Camera System
iPhone Xs is tipped to have a vertical dual camera setup. Compared with iPhone 7 Plus dual-lens camera, iPhone Xs's dual-lens camera has two differences: locating orientation and improved ability. Honestly, the iPhone Xs back side looks very weird and ugly. Actually, the vertical design of iPhone Xs TrueDepth dual-lens camera is mainly used to support AR (Augmented Reality) capability. As for the improved camera ability on iPhone Xs/Xs Max and iPhone XR, it supports users to record 4K video at 24/30/60 FPS and 1080p video at 240 FPS.
  • Display & Design
  • 3D Facial Scanning
  • Qi Wireless Charging
  • Enhanced Water/Dust Resistant
  • TrueDepth Camera System
  • Dual SIM Cards Standby
  • Next-gen A12 Bionic Chip
Dual SIM Cards Standby
Is ther any attractive point for iPhone Xs/Xs Max? Dual SIM cards standby would be definitely at the top of the list. Getting closer to Android-style feature, Apple adds the Android's feature - Dual SIM to iPhone Xs/Xs Max. Yet, the dual-SIM version is only available for China mainland.
  • Display & Design
  • 3D Facial Scanning
  • Qi Wireless Charging
  • Enhanced Water/Dust Resistant
  • TrueDepth Camera System
  • Dual SIM Cards Standby
  • Next-gen A12 Bionic Chip
Next-gen A12 Bionic Chip with Neural Engine
iPhone Xs/Xs Max hidden secrets that Apple doesn't tell you is the high-power Hexa-core 2.49GHz A12 bionic chip with 2x Vortex that is 15% faster and 4x Tempest that is 50% faster than the Hexa-core 2.39GHz A11 Bionic chip in iPhone X/8/Plus. And the Apple GPU in A12 bionic chip is also improved from 3-core graphics to 4-core graphics, getting 50% stronger in performance. This is a really effective solution to dramatically speed up iPhone Xs/Max.
  • Display & Design
  • 3D Facial Scanning
  • Qi Wireless Charging
  • Enhanced Water/Dust Resistant
  • TrueDepth Camera System
  • Dual SIM Cards Standby
  • Next-gen A12 Bionic Chip

Top Pros and Cons of iPhone Xs/Max

iPhone Xs features we review above have already shown some advantages of iPhone Xs. But they are not the whole story. There are still some other iPhone Xs pros and cons you might be interested in. And after you acquaint yourself with the main strengths and demerits of iPhone XR/Xs/Max, you can judge if the premium iPhone Xs Max is worth $1499, the high price. Well, nonsense aside, let's back on track to see the main advantages and disadvantages of iPhone Xs/Max.

● Edge-to-edge OLED Super Retina display
● Remote Qi wireless charging
● High-end six-core 2.49GHz A12 Bionic chip processor
● Dual SIM cards supported for China mainland
● Face ID takes the place of Touch ID
● Expanded iPhone storage options up to 512GB and 4GB RAM
● Improved camera features Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting
● iPhone Xs Max/Xs have even shorter battery life than iPhone X.
● High price tag, from $749 to $1499 for iPhone XR/Xs/Xs Max
● Annoying iOS 12 bugs & problems
● Supply chain problems
● Only 3 colors: silver, space gray and gold
● Ugly vertical design for dual-lens camera
● No support for 32-bit Apps on iPhone Xs Max/Xs/XR

Top Tips & Tricks: Take Full Advantages of iPhone Xs

Looking at the iPhone Xs/Max/XR, you might think the change from iPhone X to iPhone Xs is not much. But that's definitely not the case. There's an even larger usable area for 5.8-inch iPhone Xs, a new body for iPhone Xs from aluminum to all-glass, much faster performance on iPhone Xs. And Apple's updates to iOS inspires even more new amazing features to the Apple 2018 iPhone Xs. Well, iOS 12 and OLED iPhone Xs new features are wealthy, but not all of them can be known and skillfully used. In response to this issue, here we list our round of top 44 best tips and tricks your never told you about the iPhone Xs, with a wish to help you get as many as iPhone Xs hidden features and make the utmost of 2024 iPhone Xs/Xs Max and iPhone XR.

How to Use iPhone Xs without Home Button

iPhone Xs drives you into a delimma. You do like iPhone Xs advantages and new features, but as for the home buttonless design, you can't instantly accept this. That's because it changes the way you usually do things via home button. Actually, you can also do those things on no home-button iPhone Xs with the below iPhone Xs tricks and hacks:
Swipe up from the bottom to unlock iPhone Xs.

Swipe up from the bottom and pause a moment to switch apps in multitasking.
Slide down from left ear to open Cover Sheet and right ear to launch Control Center.

How to Secure Your Face ID

iPhone Xs users reflect this iPhone Xs problem on forums that after they fall asleep, their iPhone Xs can still be unlocked once it gets closer to his or her face. What's more, their iPhone Xs would be activated when they just pick up iPhone Xs to watch their alarm clock. Now your iPhone Xs problems can be fixed via these settings:

Access to "Settings" > tap "Face ID & Passcode" > turn on "Require Attention for Face ID", which will require users to look directly at the front-facing camera to unlock your iPhone Xs. More secure after you fall asleep.

Toggle "Attention Aware Features" to dim the display or lower alerts volume.

How to Take Screenshot on iPhone Xs

You take screenshot usually in a manner that use both your iPhone 7/6s/6 home button and power button. Well, this doesn't work on iPhone Xs, for no home button is available on iPhone Xs. How to take screenshot on iPhone Xs? Below tips for iPhone Xs give you the answer.

Press the Side button (power button) and Volume Up button at the same time to finish iPhone Xs screenshot taking.

How to Force Quit Apps on iPhone Xs

To force quit apps on iPhone Xs, the process is quite simple. But it might still cost you a lot of time if you don't try the right way. So to save your precious time and efforts, follow the below iPhone tips to force quit apps.

Swipe up from the bottom and pause a moment to activate App Switcher.
Press and hold on any app. Followed by a tap on a red "no entry" sign and then the iPhone Xs app will force close.

How to Adjust Click Speed of Side Button for Apple Pay

You need these tricks if you can't make good control on your side button click speed to activate your Apple Pay. How to adjust? Read on:

Navigate to "Settings" on iPhone Xs and then click "Accessibility" under "General" option.

Scroll down to "Side Button" > choose click speed you need from "Default, slow and slowest".

Come back to lock screen to double click Side buttons to turn on Apple Pay.

Tips for iPhone Xs: Make an SOS on iPhone Xs

Not familiar with how to make an SOS on iPhone Xs? You should follow the below iPhone Xs tricks to learn it, cuz it's different from the way you used to do.

Press and hold the Side button or volume button for 6 seconds to call emergency services.
Or go to Settings > Emergency SOS > turn on Auto Call > toggle Countdown Sound on or off (depend on your specific situation). Then quickly press Side button 5 times to activate emergency services.

Customize 3D Animated "Animoji"

Artificial Intelligence is everywhere. The upcoming iPhone Xs adopts AI voice recognition (Siri) and image recognition technology. The latter one is iPhone Xs camera 3D sensing ability. iPhone Xs camera can detect your facial expression and create a 3D animated "Animoji". This Animoji is exclusive to iPhone Xs.

Animoji currently includes robots, pigs, cats, chickens, dogs, fox, rabit, panda, etc and it can be customized using movement of eyebrows, chin, eyes, jaw, nose, lips, and mouth.

How to Record Animoji Longer than 10 Seconds

Usually, the adorable Animoji is limited to 10 seconds at a time. Thankfully, with the built-in iOS 12 onscreen recording feature, you're allowed to record Animoji video without time limitation. 4 steps to make it done!

1. Open a conversation in the Messages app.
2. Tap the iMessage App button and followed by a click to Animoji App option.

3. Drag and drop the Animoji to display for larger size.
4. Swipe up Control Center and tap Record button to start recording Animoji without time restriction. Tap Red button to end the Animoji video recording.

ARKit Makes iPhone Xs in Real Life

One impressive iPhone Xs/Max new feature you should know is the AR capability. Apple introduces ARkit for iPhone Xs/X users to create augmented reality experience by combing the digital objects with the info in the real world. So, if you wanna maximize your enjoyment of AR feature on iPhone like make AR video, you'd better upgrade iPhone 6 to iPhone Xs and set up your new iPhone Xs first, for it runs Apple A12/11/10 processors. You can have a sneak peek on iPhone augmented reality demo on YouTube. Plenty of fun!

Prioritize App Downloads on iPhone Xs/Max

This is a helpful iPhone Xs tip you don't wanna miss. Most iPhone users are bothered when they bulk download several apps on iPhone but can't decide which one to download first on their own. With iPhone Xs/Max/XR in hand, it's just easy peasy to fix this iPhone Xs problem.

1. Keep pressing 3D Touch ID to activate the option.

2. Tap "Prioritize Download" from the pop-up window.

Here are also "Pause Download" and "Cancel Download" available.

Smarter Siri: Real-time Translation on iPhone Xs

One of the most intriguing iPhone Xs Max/Xs new features might be smarter Siri. The voice assistant gets a major update on iOS 12, to be specific:

Siri is improved to gain contextual forecasting ability in iOS 12 and deep integration with iMessage, similar to the formerly released Google Assistant.

Siri's advantages also lie in real-time translation, including English, French, German, etc. And in the near future, it will introduce more languages.

Some users also use Siri in iOS 12 as the remote controller for Apple TV.

Record iPhone Xs Screen, No 3rd Party App

Forget the old days! Now follow this iPhone Xs trick to record iPhone Xs screen without any 3rd party apps. Here we go:

Launch "Settings" on iPhone Xs > click "Control Center".

Find "Screen Recording" > tap on the green "+" button on the left of Screen Recording to add it to Control Center.

Open "Control Center" on iPhone Xs desktop > tap "Recording" icon to record iPhone Xs Max/Xs/XR screen activity.

Set up Two-factor Authentication on iPhone Xs

You have Apple ID to safeguard your iPhone. But that's not secure enough. What if others know your username and Apple ID? Two-factor authentication is a more secure way to prevent hackers from stealing your iPhone Xs data.

1. Head to "Settings" and then tap your name at the top

2. Access to "Password & Security"; tap "Two-Factor Authentication".

3. Enter your trusted phone number (SMS-enabled phone number).

4. Go to Apple ID settings page and begin to set up two-factor authentication.

How to Manage Passwords on iPhone Xs?

When you compare iOS 12 with iOS 11, you will understand why iOS 12 is on fire. Cuz it does better in almost everything, security on iPhone XR/Xs included.

A new "Lock" feature will greet your keyboard when you enter password on FB, twitter, iPhone Xs movie apps, etc. Don't underestimate this tiny "Lock" icon. Actually, it's Apple's built-in password manager, which can save your important passwords on your iPhone XR/Xs/Max, protected by a fingerprint or a passcode.

How to Customize Your Control Center

Things are different in iOS 12. Now, you can customize your control center at your willing. And you might need this iPhone update tips to do so on iPhone Xs/Max, iPhone XR, for you don't have this experience before.

Access to Settings > click "Control Center" > tap "Customize Controls".

Add or delete items (Plane Mode, AirDrop, AirPlay, Brightness, Bluetooth, etc.) or rearrange the order where they show up.

Get 3D Touch on Control Center

If you upgrade to iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max from old iPhone 6/Plus/5s/6s/Plus and give your old iPhone to your family or friend to use, then you can share this useful iOS 12 trick for them. Of course, you iPhone Xs users can also enjoy this feature: activate 3D Touch on Control Center.

Long-press the app icon on Control Center and 3D Touch is alive on your iOS 12 iPhone, e.g, long-press Camera to come "Take Photo", "Take Selfie" features.

iPhone Xs Tips for Safety: Do Not Disturb While Driving

Since the self-driving car hasn't enter our ordinary people's life, so we still need more safety driving protections. Fortunately, Apple makes this to new iPhone with "Do Not Disturb While Driving" feature. Follow the below iPhone Xs tips and tricks to activate it:

Add "Do Not Disturb while Driving" on your Control Center.

Enable auto-reply message. Or change the message text if you want.

Go to "Settings" to select "Manually" activate DND While Driving.

Send Android Friends Your Live Photo

Things are getting better. Your Android friends failed to view Live Photos you send from iPhone before, now they can enjoy them. How? Calm down to read the below iOS 12 iPhone Xs Max/Xs hidden tips:

Launch your iPhone camera to shoot a live photo.

Add some cool effects like Loop or Bounce to your live photo (new features).

Send Live photos to Android friends via MMS as MP4 file.

Note: It's not a free service to send MMS messages. So hold on your wallet.

Type on iPhone Xs Keyboard One-handed

Before reading the iPhone Xs secret tricks Apple doesn't tell you, congrats yourself first for your wise decision on 5.8-inch iPhone Xs. With a bigger OLED screen, you can easily type on iPhone Xs keyboard, only one hand.

When you press and hold globe or emoji on iPhone Xs, there are three new icons on iPhone Xs keyboard: Left, normal and Right. Normal one is no difference. But the other two have only 3/4 of its normal size and are placed on the left or right of the screen. Your thumb can reach to the letters much much easier.

Use New Files App on iPhone Xs/Max/XR

No one would give this iPhone Xs/Max new feature a negative comment. Cuz it's just brilliant and thoughtful. With this new iOS 12 app, you can access to all your documents, Word, text, files, PDFs, etc. from your local iPhone Xs/Max, iCloud Drive, Dropbox and any other third party file storage services.

Besides, you can also manage, edit and share files to others on your iPhone Xs.

1. Use Browse to easily navigate between files stored on iCloud and iPhone Xs.

2. Click Delete to delete unwanted files; Favorites & tags are available, too.

Peer-to-peer Payments via Apple Pay

Do you still use Venmo or Square Cash to pay online? Now Apple Pay, with hundreds of banks supported, is peeking over the horizon. And you can directly make peer-to-peer payments via Apple Pay on your iOS 12 based iPhone XR, iPhone Xs/Xs Max without any third party apps download.

What's better, Apple Pay is now also supported by iMessage on iOS 12 iPhone, which means you can directly send cash or hand out lucky electronic red packet via iMessage on iPhone Xs Max/Xs/XR.

Use iOS 12 New Features to Free Up iPhone Xs Space

The below iPhone tips & tricks mainly benefit from the iOS 12 new features, which will give you more personal recommendations to easier free up space on iPhone Xs. Update to iOS 12 to free up space if you own an iPhone X/8/7/6s.

1. Enable "iCloud Photo Library" on iPhone Storage from "Settings".

2. Empty "Recently Deleted" album under Recommendations.

3. Enable "Offload Unused Apps" under "iTunes & App Store".

4. Turn on "Auto Delete Old Conversions" to delete old content after a year.

How to Hide Sensitive Messages on Lock Screen

When you're surrounded with a group of colleagues or strangers in the elevator, you're unwilling to let your messages be seen by them. To protect your privacy, here comes the simple hidden tips & tricks for iPhone Xs owners to fix this issue.

Open Settings > Click Notifications.

Scroll down to find Messages and tap it.

Turn off Show Previews.

Back to your iPhone Xs, the message content won't be displayed on the lock screen next time.

How to Turn off Replay with Message

The default settings of iPhone 8 include Replay with Message on lock screen feature, which enables you to fast & straight replay others. Yet, if you worry that pranksters and miscreants access to it, you can disable this feature via the below steps.

Launch Settings on your iPhone XR/iPhone Xs/Max home screen.

Scroll down to choose "Touch ID & Passcode" > Enter your passcode.

Switch off Reply with Message under Allow Access When Locked.

Teach and Correct Siri's Pronunciation

Have you ever been amused by Siri's funny pronunciation when she pronounces tricky name Anandaswarup, Luh-Fay? If so, you need this iPhone Xs tip for Siri:

Actually, don't blame Siri. She is just like we human being. We can't actually pronounce the tricky name or words well. Of course, if you can, please just correct Siri pronunciation by simply saying "That's not how you pronounce XXX". It'll ask you to pronounce it correctly and register it.

Create Shortcuts for Cute iPhone 8 Emojis

A study from match site shows men and women that use Emojis have more sex than those who don't. Believe it or not, people do love emojis. Or why Apple constantly adds so many cute yet funny emojis each iOS update? If you wanna create shortcuts for iPhone Xs Emojis, here are some iPhone Xs tips for you:

Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Add New Keyboard > Emoji.

Followed by a visit to General > Keyboard > Add New Shortcut; select an Emoji in "Phrase" and type "XXX" (like OLO) in Shortcut.

Useful iPhone Xs Tricks to Create Amazing Panorama

Wanna take amazing iPhone Xs panorama photos to share on Snapchat, or Facebook? Here are some useful iPhone Xs tricks for panorama taking:

Activate the panorama mode in the Camera app on your iPhone Xs.

Follow the arrow in the camera app to ensure your photo is line up right.

Let a friend to shoot panorama from where you stand and move faster than iPhone Xs in the opposite direction if you wanna duble yourself in the image.

Take iPhone Xs panorama when driving (you take picture and a friend drives).

Amusing & Useful Apps for iPhone Xs/XR

To make better use of iPhone Xs/XR, you need some iPhone Xs apps to help you view the news, watch movies, play games, share photos to social platform, etc. Here are some enjoyable useful apps you can consider to download on iPhone 8.

Tiny Planet Photos - Make your iPhone Xs panorama images into a tiny planet.

Netflix - must-have apps to watch Game of Thrones HBO series, movies, etc.

Facebook - keep up with friends, share updates and stay connected .

LinkedIn - app to find job, people, companies, etc. Good for your career.

Use "High Efficiency" HEIF/HEVC on iPhone Xs Max

If you shoot a picture or video using HEIF and HEVC, your iPhone Xs/Xs Max storage will be saved at least 50%. How to set up iPhone Xs/Max to use them? First, update to iOS 12 on iPhone. Then do as follows:

1. Head to Settings on iPhone Xs/Xs or iPhone XR.

2. Click "Camera" and access to "Formats".

3. Choose "High Efficiency" under Camera Capture.

4. Shoot a picture to check the file format and file size.

Repair iPhone Xs Screen, Battery on Your Own

If you need to do some fixes to your iPhone Xs, like repair cracked screen, battery swaps, fix your front camera, etc., here the iPhone Fix Kits is aimed to help you fix issues by yourself, saving a large amount of money, including:

1. Replacements: iPhone Xs battery problem fixed, display assembly, power/volume button, speaker, Lightning Connector assembly, etc.

2. Up to 18 user guides to walk you through; or go to Q&A section.

3. iPhone Xs tips: you'd better go to Apple Support if the problem is tough.

Turn Off Backup Encryption in iTunes without Password

Can't remember iTunes encrypted backup password? iPhone Xs tricks are here:

1. Delete any Mail Exchange accounts on your iPhone Xs/Xs Max/XR.

2. Clear up all the old encrypted backups from iTunes.

3. Use iPhone manager to delete the file /private/var/Keychains/Keychain-2.db.

4. Restart iPhone Xs and connect it to your PC, then open iTunes.

5. Uncheck the box next to Encrypt iPhone backup.

6. If password asked, enter the passcode currently set on your new iPhone.

This is also one of iPhone Xs tips and tricks some iPhone owners may not know.

Force a Restart on Non-home Button iPhone Xs

Unlike iPhone 8/Plus, Apple iPhone Xs lacks physical home button. Consequently, the way to force a restart or a hard reset is unlike the previous. To force a restart on new iPhone Xs, the below hidden iPhone Xs tricks and shortcuts can help you:

Simultaneously press on the power button on the right side of iPhone Xs and the volume down button on the left side.

Don't loosen up until iPhone Xs restarts and the Apple logo appears.

It's a pretty simple iPhone Xs tip to master once you know where to press.

FaceTime Audio as Default Calling on iPhone Xs

This is a rather interesting iPhone Xs tip trick. The latest iOS 12 makes FaceTime audio the default calling method for iPhone Xs users. For most iPhone Xs users, they will feel happy about this change, for the FaceTime Audio is whopping crisp and produces even better audio than your standard cell connection. Of course, it also has a downside. It takes up your data, though just insignificant. Another option you can also choose: turn off the FaceTime Audio default setting if your iPhone Xs/Xs Max is tight on space.

Solve iPhone Xs No Service Problem

The common iPhone Xs problem of no service does bother a large number of users. After you enable and disable Airplane mode on iPhone Xs, the case is peeking over the horizon. To fix this, try the below iPhone Xs tips and tricks:

1. Shut down your iOS 12 iPhone XR or iPhone Xs Max/Xs.

2. Pull out your SIM card and then insert SIM to iPhone Xs.

3. Restart your iPhone Xs to have a test.

4. If you are in hard luck, resort to Apple support or local Apple store for help.

iPhone Shortcuts to Speed Up iPhone Xs/Max

The 6-core A12's speed in iPhone Xs already dwarves the rest of rivals. But it's not always the case. Your iPhone Xs will slow down after a few months or years. To speed up iPhone Xs again, our top iPhone Xs tips and tricks will show you how to get the most from iPhone Xs and make it faster even before.

Close all apps running on background;

Delete unwanted photos, videos, music, etc. from iPhone XR/Xs/Max;

Update iOS to latest version and restart iPhone occasionally.

Turn on Your Desired Dark Mode

Another iPhone trick is mainly about you much-desired new feature - Dark Mode. Follow iPhone X stips and tricks on how to activate dark mode in Safari on iPhone Xs, as well as iPhone XR/Xs Max.

Go to Settings, find Display and Brightness and turn on Dark Mode.

That's done and then you can use Dark Mode on night to lower brightness.

Of course, this Dark Mode is not exclusive for iPhone Xs, but also available for iPhone X/8/7/SE, etc. as long as you update to iOS 10 or later.

How to Save Storage on iPhone Xs

Another essential tip iPhone Xs users shall know is about how to free up space on iPhone Xs quickly. This is a hidden tip Apple never tells you:

Go to Settings to check how much space storage left.

Access to iTunes Store to rent a HD movie (remember the HD movie size should be larger than your left space capacity).

Click Rent, then you'll be told the storage is insufficient "Cannot Download".

Press OK. Later go back to Settings and you will find the space memory is released. iPhone Xs has the ability to auto clean up cookies, caches, etc.

iPhone Xs Tricks to Clean iPhone Camera Dust

Our top tricks for iPhone Xs/Xs Max also includes the camera. Bear in mind that you are not alone if you happen to find your iPhone Xs camera being filled with dust or dirt. To make dust out of iPhone Xs camera, try these:

Use a microfiber cloth to clean camera lens if it's not very serious.

Clean camera dust by yourself, please learn some experience from videos on cnet or cultofmac first and do it carefully.

The best solution is to take your iPhone XR/Xs Max/Xs to an Apple Retail Store or Authorized Service Provider for professional help.

Most Common iPhone Xs Tips and Tricks: Raise to Wake

Not merely you, but almost any iPhone user encounters this case. You press iPhone Xs Touch ID just to check the time, but the result is that you unlock your iPhone Xs (iPhone Xs Max). How to solve this iPhone Xs update problem?

Raise to Wake is the solution you need. Head to Settings > click Display and Brightness > scroll down to Raise to Wake and turn on Raise to Wake. Next time, you can check the time the moment you hold up iPhone Xs, needless to press Touch ID.

How to Lock Camera Lens for Dual-lens Camera

iPhone Xs Dual-lens camera has both pros and cons. It delivers a 60% faster performance, wide color capture and 50% more light when you shoot a photo and record a video. Yet, it might switch from one lens to another now and then.

To address this issue, go to Settings > Photos & Camera > Record Video and turn on the Lock Camera Lens option. This iPhone Xs leaked tip will help you get to grips with your 10th anniversary iPhone Xs camera. It will shrink the likelihood of two lenses switching from 100% to 0% when recording on iPhone Xs.

Use Volume Button to Take a Photo on iPhone Xs

Sometimes, it's inconvenient for you to press the shutter button when you're posing and has no selfie stick to render help. In such case, use volume button:

1. Open your camera app on iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max.

2. Adjust the pointing and focus on the scene you wanna take as usual.

3. Press the volume up button on the left side of your iPhone Xs to activate the camera shutter and take a picture.

Take Burst Mode Photos on iPhone Easy Peasy

Apple doesn't tell you how to use Burst Mode on iPhone Xs. Follow below iPhone Xs tricks and hacks to take and select burst mode photos if you have no idea:

1. Run camera app > Aim at the scene > Hold down shutter or volume button.

2. Click the burst mode stack > Tap "Select" > Click the blue checkmark.

3. Tap "Done"; Choose "Keep Everything&" or "Keep Only [Number] Favorites". Now your selected photos are saved on your iPhone Xs.

Zoomed to Fill iPhone Xs Screen on YouTube App

Your OLED Multi-Touch display of iPhone Xs can't be wasted. You can actually make the most of your 5.8-inch 2436 x 1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi display to have a better video viewing experience on YouTube App.

Under full-screen landscape mode, juse use pinch-to-zoom gesture to zoom in with "Zoomed to fill" flag at the top and zoom out to "Original" mode. Flexibly take advantage of your 5.8-inch big screen on iPhone Xs.

Have Trouble in Certain Colors Recognition?

You need this iPhone Xs trick: enable "Color Filters". Below comes the tutorial:

Head to "Settings" on your iPhone Xs Max, or iPhone Xs/XR.

Choose "General" and then tap "Accessibility".

Display Accomodations is your next target.

Switch the button Color Filters to On.

Choose from various options, e.g, Grayscale, a Red/Green filter, Blue, etc.

Upgrade to iPhone Xs/Max/XR? Backup Old iPhone Files First

After reading the aforementioned iPhone Xs tips and tricks, iPhone Xs new features and iPhone Xs pros, you may develop a strong desire to upgrade to iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max/XR? If so, you need to prepare cashes for new iPhone, as well as old iPhone files backup. Honestly, we can't render you help in iPhone Xs payment. Yet, we can save your money in old iPhone file backup. Here the high-end iPhone file backup tool can help you backup iPhone file data to computer without any cost and space limitations. And after you get iPhone XR/Xs/Xs Max in hand, you can even apply this iPhone transfer software to transfer files from PC to iPhone at No.1 fast speed.

√ 1 Step to backup iPhone (6/5s/SE/6s/7/8) files before upgrading to iPhone Xs/Max.

√ Transfer videos, music, photos, ringtones, eBooks to iPhone Xs/Max, and vice versa.

√  Manage/add/delete iPhone files. Sync iTunes purchases between PC and iPhone Xs.

√ Unlock protection from iTunes purchases; convert M4V to MP4, M4B/M4P to MP3, etc.

Photo Backup

Music Manager

Video Transfer

Flash Drive

Can iPhone Xs Win Hands Down in 2024 Top Smartphone Comparison

Apple exerts almost all efforts to perfect iPhone Xs/Max/XR to consolidate its market share since last year the Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone X didn't boom in sales. Coincidently, this year, Samsung also makes an impressive showing via Galaxy S9/S9 edge and Galaxy Note 9 to regain its past good corporate image and market. Besides flagship iPhone Xs vs Samsung Galaxy S9, there are also other up-rising stars, like Sony Xperia XZ 2 Premium, Huawei P20 Pro, LG G7, etc. In 2018 fierce competition, which smartphone will be the gold winner? Check the following 2018 smartphone comparison of iPhone Xs vs iPhone X/8/Plus vs Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy Note 9 to reach your conclusion.

Parameter iPhone Xs/Xs Max iPhone X Samsung Galaxy Note9 Samsung Galaxy S9+ iPhone 8/8 Plus

3 colors available for 5.8-inch iPhone Xs and 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max: silver, gold and space gray, featured with OLED Super Retina display and all-glass body. iPhone Xs/Xs Max sports with stronger A12 processor, IP68 water/dust resistant, larger memory 512GB, etc.

2 colors for 5.8-inch iPhone X: silver and space gray, featured with a Super Retina display and all-glass body. iPhone X supports AR, Face ID recognition, Qi wireless charging, Animoji feature, etc.

Available in metallic copper, lavender purple, ocean blue and midnight black, Galaxy Note9 features a Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 processor, a 6.4" Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 3D touch supported, 6/8 GB RAM and Android 8.1 (Oreo).

Available in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple, Burgundy Red, Sunrise Gold, Galaxy S9+ sports with a Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 processor, a 6.2" Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 6 GB RAM and Android 8.0.

3 colors are available for 4.7-inch iPhone 8 and 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus: silver, space gray and gold. Highlight features of iPhone 8/Plus include A11 Bionic chip, Qi wireless charging, Augmented Reality, etc.

Launch September 12, 2018 September 12, 2017 August, 2018 February, 2018 September 12, 2017
Display 5.8-inch/6.5-inch OLED Super Retina display
(2436 x 1125 - 458 ppi)
5.8-inch OLED Super Retina display
(2436 x 1125 - 458 ppi)
6.4-inch touchscreen, 1440 x 2960 pixels, (~516 ppi density) 6.2 inches, 1440 x 2960 pixels (~529 ppi density), Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen LCD HD Retina display
4.7-inch iPhone 8 (1334 x 750 at 326 ppi)
5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus (1920 x 1080 at 401 ppi)
Chip Six-core 2.49GHz A12 Bionic chip Six-core 2.39GHz A11 Bionic chip Exynos 9810 Octa - EMEA Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 - USA/LATAM, China Exynos 9810 Octa - EMEA Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 - USA/LATAM, China Six-core A11 Bionic chip
OS iOS 12 iOS 11 Android 8.1 (Oreo) Android 8.0 (Oreo) iOS 11
Assistant Smarter Siri Siri Bixby Bixby Siri
Memory 64GB, 256 GB, 512GB 64GB, 256GB 512 GB, 8 GB RAM
128 GB, 6 GB RAM
128 GB, 6 GB RAM 64GB, 256 GB, 3GB RAM
Camera Dual-lens camera
Front Camera: 7MP
Rear Camera: 12MP
Dual-lens camera
Front Camera: 7MP
Rear Camera: 12MP
Dual-lens camera
Front Camera: 8MP
Rear Camera: 12MP
Dual-lens camera
Front Camera: 8MP
Rear Dual-Camera: 12MP
iPhone 8 Plus Rear Camera: Dual 12 MP.
iPhone 8 Rear Camera: 12 MP
Battery 2658 mAh battery for iPhone Xs
3174 mAh battery for iPhone Xs Max
2716 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Ion 1960 mAh battery (7.45 Wh)

iPhone Update Tips, Preparation and Installation

From the comparison tablet, we can see clearly iPhone Xs advantages over iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note 9/S9, and other smartphones, be it the second-to-none remote wireless charging, 5.8-inch OLED Super Retina display, advanced A12 Bionic chip, Face ID recognition tech, or the powerful iOS 12. No wonder scads of users hold off their purchases until the release of iPhone Xs/Xs Max, iPhone XR and intend to upgrade to iPhone Xs/Max/XR from old iPhone or Android. Other than simply providing the iPhone Xs release date, price, features, pros and comparison, we share the great iPhone 8 tips and tricks to help you get to grips with iPhone update, covering the tutorial to backup old iPhone files, tips to set up iPhone and tricks to update to iPhone for your reference.

Backup iPhone Music Photos Videos without Space & Quantity Limits

iTunes disallows you to backup iPhone files to computer. And iCloud puts limits on backup space, purely 5GB for free. No matter the iPhone files quantity or backup space, both are strictly limited. How to backup files from old iPhone to iPhone Xs without limits? Here comes the useful tips and tricks for iPhone Xs users. We have MacX MediaTrans that enables you to transfer files, manage iPhone data, create/add/delete files on iPhone just a click away.

Activate and Set up iPhone Xs

Have your iPhone photos, videos and other date backed up on iTunes or iCloud? Let's move to next step in iPhone Xs review - to set up iPhone Xs or iPhone XR, activate it and transfer data to iPhone Xs Max or iPhone Xs.

Play Android Videos on iPhone Xs after Video Transfer

Find videos unplayable after iPhone Xs/Max/XR upgrade especially from android phones? Cannot play AVI, WMV, MKV or MTS on your iPhone Xs? Wanna upload iPhone Xs videos to YouTube? No worry! We have MacX Video Converter Pro that's ready for iPhone XR/Xs/Xs Max.

  • Step 1: Turn on iPhone Xs & select language.
  • Step 2: Choose a Wi-Fi network.
  • Step 3: Set up Touch ID.
  • Step 4: Transfer data to iPhone Xs via iTunes/iCloud

Step 1. Plug in your iPhone to connect to this iPhone transfer via USB.

Step 2. Click Phone, Music, etc from main interface as per your needs.

Step 3. Select the files needed to backup to computer.

Step 4. Hit Export to start transferring iPhone data to computer.

Step 5. Sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 6. Set up Hey Siri now or later.

Step 7. Choose how to view your iPhone Xs: Standard or Zoomed.

Step 8. Tap Get Started to begin using iPhone Xs/Max.

Step 1. Click Add Files to load the video.

Step 2. Go to Apple Device -> iPhone Xs.

Step 3. Click Browse to save the video.

Step 4. Hit RUN button to start converting video to iPhone Xs.

Frequently Asked Questions about iPhone Xs

I need to backup my iPhone 6 files to iTunes before updating to iPhone Xs, but iTunes doesn't recognize my iPhone?

The odds of encountering iTunes not recognizing iPhone issue is very high, for iTunes is vulnerable to crash even for a minor error during procedure. To solve this trouble, you can update iTunes or iOS to the latest version or restart your iPhone or computer, or follow the iTunes tips to get started.

Help! I wanna transfer my itunes purchased movies to my Android tablet for watching. Anyone would tell me how to do this?

Irrespective of iTunes M3P audio file or M4V movie, both of them are copyright protected by iTunes FairPlay DRM. If you need to play iTunes purchases on Android, you need an iTunes DVD ripping software to help you. Besides, you're able to transfer iTunes files to Android only if it converts iTunes files formats.

What are the recommended free movie apps for my new iPhone Xs to watch HD movies thereon?

We don't mention free movie apps for iPhone Xs. Since you have this demand, we'd be glad to render our help to you. Popcorntime and Moviebox are the primary options for you, free for you to stream movie on iPhone 8. Besides, Crackle, Popcornflix and Yidio also have a great run.


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