3D Touch is a cool new feature that changes how apps react to your touch depending on how hard you press. It uses pressure-sensitive hardware on the iPhone 6s and other Apple devices.
This is a great way to access shortcuts and in-depth options for many apps without having to launch them from the Home screen. It also lets you peek at content and preview website links in Safari and many other apps.
Enable 3D Touch
3D Touch, or Force Touch and Haptic Touch, is a feature that allows you to activate different functions based on the pressure placed on your iPhone’s screen. It works with many of the apps that come standard on iOS and can be turned on or off from Settings.
One of the most useful functions is Quick Actions, which lets you perform actions quickly. For example, if you press firmly on the Messages app, it’ll open your most recent text messages (or other content that supports Quick Actions).
Another useful feature is Peek & Pop, which allows you to peek at photos and website links in many apps. For instance, if you do a firm press on the Messages photo icon, it’ll display an enlarged view of the picture. You can also press firmly on the flashlight icon to control the brightness level or the timer to set a timer from preset times.
You can also launch the Multitasker by doing a firm press on the left edge of the screen. The multitasker will then appear, where you can swipe right to switch from the current app to a preview of all the other apps on your device.
In order to use Quick Actions and Peek & Pop, you need to enable them in your Settings menu. To do this, go to Settings > General and access the 3D Touch tab.
Once you’ve enabled them, you can customize the sensitivity to adjust how sensitive the screen is. You can choose from three levels: Light, Medium, and Firm.
It’s important to note that a high sensitivity will require more forceful presses to activate Quick Actions and Peek & Pop. So be sure to experiment and try firm presses in different places until you find a combination that suits your needs.
If you still can’t enable 3D Touch, you might have a software problem. In that case, Tenorshare ReiBoot can help solve the issue. It’s a free software that can restore your iPhone to its working condition by fixing the 3D Touch bug and other issues.
Set the Sensitivity
When you’re using an iPhone 6 with 3D touch, it’s important to know how to set the sensitivity of this feature. Depending on how much pressure you put on the screen, it can trigger menus, previews and actions that otherwise wouldn’t be available to you.
Fortunately, Apple makes it easy to adjust the sensitivity of this feature. Using the settings menu, you can toggle the feature on or off, and adjust the sensitivity to your liking.
To change the sensitivity of 3D Touch, navigate to the Settings menu on your phone, which is located as a gray gear icon on your iPhone home screen or in your app library. From here, scroll down to find the third group of settings and tap on Accessibility.
You can then adjust the sensitivity to Light, Medium or Firm. Each setting adjusts the amount of pressure required to activate 3D Touch.
For example, lightly tapping an image of flowers brings up the image in “peek” mode, while a more firm press opens it full-screen. The sensitivity of this feature isn’t the same for every person, so you may need to experiment and see how it works best for you.
Another setting that’s helpful for adjusting the sensitivity of 3D Touch is the Hold Duration. This option controls how long it takes to reveal menus, previews and other features when you tap and hold an app icon or link on the screen.
If you frequently accidentally open menus instead of opening apps and links, try selecting the Firm setting – this requires more pressure to activate the 3D Touch feature. You can also try the Light setting, if you like it but don’t want to require too much pressure to use it.
The same settings menu also includes a “3D Touch Sensitivity Test” button. Tapping this button allows you to immediately test out the sensitivity of your new settings and find one that’s right for you.
Turn on Peek & Pop
Peek & Pop is a new feature that allows you to preview webpages, messages, email and text without actually opening them. The function is a great way to check what’s going on in an app before you commit to launching it fully.
Apple’s latest iPhones feature a pressure-sensitive touchscreen that can differentiate between taps, light pressure (Peek) and heavy pressure (Pop). Peek provides additional options, while Pop opens content into full-screen display.
For example, while browsing photos in the Photos app, you can press gently on a photo to open up a larger view of it. Then, you can either swipe to dismiss the view or press more firmly to see it again.
Using 3D Touch, you can also activate Peek & Pop with notifications from the Lock screen or Notification Center. For example, when you receive a message with a photo, press gently on the notification to see it, then firmly to activate the Peek function and take a closer look at it.
You can use Peek & Pop with apps as well, such as Messages, Mail and Safari. With a firm press on a photo in Messages, you can see a bigger version of it and take a closer look at the image (and receive haptic feedback with one light vibration).
There are a few things to remember when trying out Peek & Pop with your iPhone 6. For starters, make sure to not press too hard or too soft.
With Peek & Pop on your iPhone 6, you can easily preview websites, messages, emails and text without leaving the current screen. It’s a useful function that takes some getting used to but can be very helpful when you need to check something before committing to open it.
Turn off Screen Edit Mode
If you want to change the color or brightness of your iPhone screen without having to use a third party app, you can do this in Settings. But you’ll need to be able to see the screens in question because iOS will automatically adjust them for you based on ambient light levels.
You can also add or remove widgets to your Home Screen and even edit the icons on those. All of those changes will show up on your phone in the context of a jiggle mode.
This isn’t quite as intuitive as it sounds, though, and you may have to take your time when using this feature. But it can be a useful way to get the most out of your display.
For example, you can put your favourite apps into a folder on the Home Screen and then enter jiggle mode to rearrange them. This can be particularly helpful if you want to order your apps based on their use, category or even the colors they display.