iOS 15 hidden features: 6 tricks you didn’t know your iPhone could do

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Your iPhone is full of hidden features, and iOS 15 has some. 

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includes a bunch of new features for and , including an upgraded , , iMessage tweaks and a revamped Safari experience. (Here are all .) The software is widely , with support for iPhone models as far back as the iPhone 6S through this year’s

My favorite part about the new software is all of the hidden features that Apple didn’t trumpet, though. For example, the new Live Text tool isn’t only available when you’re dealing with photos — you can use it to scan documents or text into any text field. Below is the start of my running list of the best hidden features in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. 

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Get real-time precipitation alerts from the iPhone’s weather app

When , I immediately hoped that the official iPhone weather app would gain the real-time rain and snow alerts I had come to rely on to keep me dry. Those alerts are making their debut in iOS 15, often arriving a few minutes before Dark Sky’s alerts — which is A-OK with me. 

Once you’re running iOS 15, you can turn on the new precipitation alerts by opening the Weather app, then tapping the three-line icon in the bottom right corner of the screen. Next, tap the circle icon with the three dots in the top right corner of the screen followed by Notifications

Slide the switch next to My Location to the On position and then tap Done. If you have more cities added to the Weather app, you can turn on alerts for each one. 

The next time rain or snow is getting close to you, your iPhone will alert you a few minutes before it’s going to start. You’ll also receive another alert when the rain is almost finished.