Some handy 3D Touch Tricks for your iPhone 6S & iPhone 6S Plus

Many iPhone 6S and 6S Plus users with a 3D Touch display use the feature sporadically, if at all, often because they don’t know what actions are available with the activation of the push and pop function. While 3D Touch may seem a little gizmo at times, there are some legitimately useful cases for 3D Touch where it has the potential to enhance productivity for iPhone users, and so with this in mind we’re going to show you some of the best uses of the feature.

Obviously this requires a 3D Touch equipped iPhone. The 3D Touch feature must be enabled, and for many users, accessing the ability can be improved upon by adjusting the sensitivity of their screen touch pressure.

Quickly Adjust Battery Settings

Since prolonging battery life remains of primary importance to many iPhone users, the ability to quickly turn on and off Low Power Mode is essential. From the unlocked iPhone screen, 3D Touch press on the “Settings” icon and select “Battery”, from here users can flip the switch for “Low Power Mode” to the ON (or OFF) position as usual, or access other battery settings and details.

3D Touch settings

Scan a Message Without Sending a Read Receipt

Since iOS Messages app has yet to provide us with contact specific Read Receipts, one option to scan a message without sending one is to 3d touch the message to preview it, which will not send a “Read” indicator to the sender. This is really useful if you use the Read Receipts feature but don’t necessarily want to engage in a conversation with someone.

A read receipt in Messages for iOS

Use the iPhone Screen as a Scale

Thanks to a simple web app, you can turn the iPhone into a scale that is able to weigh things in grams. Seriously! This isn’t particularly useful for most people, unless you spend a lot of time in the kitchen or uh, elsewhere, but it’s a neat demonstration of what the 3D Touch display can do, and how sensitive the display truly is.

iPhone 3D Touch scale

Preview one app without leaving another

Peek and Pop might not seem like a huge benefit when you’re working within one app, but when we start working between multiple apps you’ll see the added convenience.

Take directions, for instance. If somebody sends you an address in an email, for instance, you can tap it to jump to Maps and see directions. But if you do a harder press on that address, a handy map preview will appear without whisking you out of the Mail app. You can then swipe up, press harder still to go to Maps, or release to go back. (Making it easy to go back to the app you were in previously is a bit of an Apple theme at the moment, of course. iOS 9 added back buttons all over the place.)

The same principle applies with clickable web links (although only in Apple apps at the moment, as far as I can tell – it will be useful to do this with Twitter links but that’s not possible right now). If you deep-press a URL in an email, say, a preview of the web page loads and then appears, and you can see what’s there before (or instead of) opening it in full Safari.

There are similar preview options for lots of the Apple apps, and we imagine there will be similar features in non-Apple apps too fairly soon. Try force-pressing links and see what you can find.