When you use it primarily to snap selfies and crush candy all day, it's easy to forget just how powerful the iPhone in your pocket really is. It's stocked with myriad features you probably didn't even know were there, like the one that's creepily stalking you. Here are six randomly useful functions you should be taking advantage of.
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We're all used to the soothing if not robotic canter of that disembodied female voice turning down marriage proposals and cracking jokes, but as they say, change is good. You can give your sassy AI a brand-new identity, making it either male or female with an Australian, American, or British accent. To test-drive the options go to the Siri menu under General settings.
Create customized vibration alerts
If the standard "bzzz bzzz" staccato doesn't cut it for you, you can create your very own vibration alert for everything from phone calls to tweets by tapping the screen like a DJ's drum pad. To give it a whirl, tap into the Sounds menu, select the alert you'd like to change, click Vibration, and scroll down to Create New Vibration. And much like you can set distinct ringtones for specific contacts, you can create custom vibrations for them too.
Provide life-saving intel for first responders
Like a digital medical ID bracelet, the latest iPhone iOS versions include the ability to input a variety of important medical info (blood type, medical conditions, allergies, emergency contact, organ donor status, etc.) via the Health app. Any first responder can see all of it by clicking the lock screen's "Emergency" section and tapping the Medical ID button.
Use it to hang things like an adult
Eyeballing your wall hangings so they look level is fine if you're still living in a college dorm room, but your big-boy pad requires a little more care and attention. Thankfully, there's a built-in level on your phone. Just open the Compass app and swipe right.
See what planes are flying overhead
Siri's baked-in smarts will give you a digest of all the planes flying above anytime you ask, complete with airline and flight-number details, aircraft type, altitude, angle from your exact position, and even a "sky map."
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Joe McGauley is a senior writer for Thrillist. Don't make him fix your crooked framed photos.