9 great iPhone pranks to fool your friends

BY Osas Obaizamomwan

Published 15 Aug 2015

Everyone is a fan of a good prank. Well, that usually holds true until a prank gets pulled on them. But when it comes to someone’s iPhone, these pranks can be pulled off quickly and are very harmless, which saves the pranked and the prankster from any unwanted headaches if you catch my drift. Check out 9 of the best iPhone pranks you can pull on friends and family.

9 great iPhone pranks to fool your friends

Prank 1: Auto-correct Treachery

This is probably one of the most well-known iPhone pranks out there. If you ever have one of your friends unlocked iPhones, using auto-correct is a very slick prank premise. Go to Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Add Shortcut. For users on iOS 9 beta, you may see Text Replacement instead of “Add Shortcut.”

Enter a common word like “Okay” or “Thanks” in the Shortcut section and enter in a funny word in the Phrase section.

text replacement - iPhone

Prank 2: Never-ending Typing

Text messaging is my preferred method of communication. It just makes things easier, plus I can use emojis. But there is nothing more annoying than texting with a friend and constantly waiting for him or her to finish typing. You know what I am talking about; waiting for this darn symbol to finally go away:

Well now you can punish friends and family with the typing GIF, so everyone will think you are still typing when in fact they are just staring at a looping GIF. It’s hilarious and best used right after a declaration of important news. “I just went to the hospital and the doctor gave me some pretty tough news.” “[INSERT GIF],” and watch the panicking ensue.

Prank 3: Accessibility Lockout

Guided Access locks a user into one application. This is usually used so that children can use one app without messing around with anything else on the device. To enable this function on your victims phone go to, Settings -> Accessibility -> Learning -> and enable Guided Access. Then add Guided Access via the Accessibility Shortcut. Open an app like Stocks, Weather, or Game Center and triple-click the home button. You will create a Passcode and Start Guided Access. In order to leave the application, they will need to know your secret passcode.

Guided Access - Prank

Prank 4: Frozen iPhone

When your phone freezes there is very little that you can do about it and it can be extremely annoying. But tricking someone into thinking that their iPhone is frozen is pretty funny. For this prank you’ll need to have at least a minute or so to complete.

  1. Take a screenshot (home + sleep/wake button) of their homepage.
  2. Next, move all the items from that homepage to another page or folder so that the page is free of all apps. Tap and hold any app until they begin to jiggle to move apps around.
  3. Apply the wallpaper of the screenshot you just took
  4. Enjoy the hilarity

Fake Home Screen

When they pick up their iPhone to open an app, they will be confused as to why it’s not working, not knowing that they are tapping on a picture and not the actual application.

Prank 5: Siri Name Calling

Tap and hold the home button or say, “Hey Siri” if the device is plugged in to access Siri. Command Siri to call the user of the phone any type of funny name you can think of. I had a friend that forced Siri to call him “Creator of Greatness,” so this prank is definitely made for people like him.


Siri - Name Change

If Siri is enabled at the lock screen, you can really create all sorts of havoc. Schedule reminders, set random alarms, or send text messages without even knowing your victims passcode. Pranks like this are a good reason to disable access to Siri from the lock screen. Go to Settings -> Touch ID & Passcode and uncheck Siri in the “Allow Access When Locked” section.

Prank 6: Contact Switch

The classic contact switch prank. Go to Contacts and change the name of an important contact. Family members and significant others are the best targets. With your number swapped with your victim’s girlfriend’s you can very quickly make someone’s life very miserable.

Prank 7: Wake me up

Open the Clock app and tap on the alarm tab. Create an alarm for a very inconvenient time, let’s say 4:00 AM and choose the worst sound possible and DISABLE snooze. I’d suggest the standard Alarm which is located in the Classic section of Sounds. Make the alarm repeating if you’re really an ass. In their confusion of being woken up in the middle of the night, they probably won’t remember to delete the alarm you have created.

Prank - Alarm

Prank 8: Cracked Screen

Find a nice resolution image of a broken screen using Google search. Then head to Settings -> Wallpaper and replace their wallpaper with that of a broken screen. While they will eventually realize that their screen isn’t broken, the reactions are truly priceless.

Broken Screen - iPhone

Prank 9: Invert Colors

Go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility and turn on the Invert Colors toggle. If you have another Accessibility feature enabled you may want to uncheck that option. Then, triple-click the home button to invert the colors on the device.

Invert Colors - iPhone

What is your favorite prank? Let us know in the comment section.