1. Recharge your battery faster by switching to Airplane mode
Switching to Airplane mode turns off battery-draining wireless and cellular access, allowing your phone to recharge up to twice as fast.
2. Extend your battery’s charge by switching to Airplane mode
Switching to Airplane mode turns off battery-draining wireless and cellular access and allows your battery’s charge to last longer.
3. Solve Personal Hotspot and cellular problems by toggling Airplane mode
Switching Airplane on and off can solve many connection difficulties.
4. Set an alphanumeric passcode
Add an extra layer of protection to your iPhone with an alphanumeric passcode. To activate it, go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock. Turn off Simple Passcode and you will be prompted to enter your alphanumeric password.
5. Use your headphone cable switch to take photos
You can trigger a snapshot using the volume up or down buttons on your headphone cable switch.
6. Filter Groups That Can Reach You
The ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature allows you to silence calls, alerts and notifications when the iPhone is locked. However, when there are important calls that you can’t afford to miss, make sure you create a group for them to select here.
7. Activate Text-To-Speech
From your iOS device, go to the Settings page, select General > Accessibility.
Then tap on Speak Selection. Slide the option to ON and make an adjustment to the Speaking Rate if necessary.
Now open any website, touch and hold the text area until an option appears.
Adjust the highlighted area to highlight the text you want your iOS to read out and tap on the Speak button
It’s not just for websites, it also works on all your iOS documents.
8. How to get quick access to contacts
Apple has added a new feature to the multi-tasking screen, which can be accessed by double clicking the home button. The row of circular icons along the top are the people you recently called or messaged, and tapping one will bring up a series of options: Call mobile, Call home, Message or FaceTime, for example, depending on which options apply.
9. How to use interactive notifications
If you see a notification while you’re using an app (it could be an incoming email or a text message), you can respond by dragging your finger down over it. You’ll then get options depending on the type of notification – this could be a text field to allow you to enter a reply to a text message, or Decline/Accept buttons for Calendar meetings.
10. Monitoring battery usage
Battery life has long been one of the biggest complaints among iPhone users, but Apple now lets you see which of your apps are using up the most battery on your device.!
Go to Settings > General > Usage and then tap Battery Usage. You’ll now see which apps are using up the most battery, and Apple will offer up some suggestions to help you save battery life (here it suggests enabling auto-lock).
11. How to minimise an email
Another handy email feature introduced with iOS 8 is the ability to hide/minimise your New Message window. If you’ve started writing an email but want to check something from a separate email, you can do so by dragging down from the top of the window. Tap the New Message bar at the bottom of the app to get that Message back and continue writing it.
12. How to request the desktop site in Safari
Mobile sites are generally ideal for browsing the web on your iPhone, but if you’ve come across one that’s less than impressive and you’re finding it difficult to navigate, you can tap on the URL bar and swipe downwards to reveal the ‘Request Desktop Site’ option.
13. Get more out of Spotlight search in iOS 8
From any of your home screens, swipe downwards from anywhere on the screen except the top (which will summon the Notification Centre). Now start typing your search query, and iOS 8 will suggest options from your on- board apps, undownloaded apps from the App Store (together with a version number and rating, but not a price, oddly – tap the result to see more details), locations nearby, emails and Wikipedia entries, among other new features. If you want to see more of the results, click the bottom-right keyboard key to send the keyboard away and free up more screen space.
14. Where to find your photos
Photos are stored in a different place in iOS 8. Previously every photo taken with your device was found in the Camera Roll. That folder no longer exists. This change caused some users of iOS 8 to think that all their photos had been deleted during the installation, but they are still there, you can find them in Collections. At the bottom of the screen tap Photos and view your photos by Years, Collections, or Moments. You will see all your photos, taken on all of your devices, mixed up together in this view.! Replacing the Camera Roll album is the new Recently Added album that includes the past 30 days worth of images.
15. Search for and find images
Apple has added a smart search feature to Photos. Tap on the magnifying glass icon and the search field will prompt you with categories of images taken Nearby, Favourites, Home and in a location you have recently visited. For example, type the name of a location where you took photos and you should see the images you took at that location. These search criteria remain in recent searches.
16. Straightening up an image
Do you have a photo that needs straightening up? This is often the case when you photograph the horizon and the image looks slanted. iOS 8 makes this edit easy. Tap the Crop icon and you will see a new dial below the image. Turn this dial until the lines that it draws over your image appear to be in line with the horizon.!
17. Discover the new iOS 8 Tips app
Apple’s dedicated Tips app debuted in iOS 8 and will be updated periodically to add new information – straight from the horse’s mouth, as it were. Look for the yellow lightbulb icon, which iOS will have dropped in the first available slot on your screen, open the app, and scroll through the available tips.
18. Teach Siri how to pronounce words
Whenever Siri mispronounces something, just tell her, ‘That’s not how you pronounce [BLANK]’ and she’ll offer you alternatives. You can then select the best one.
19. Take a photo with the volume buttons
Sometimes it’s hard to snap a picture by touching the capture button—if you’re wearing gloves, say—in which case, you can take the shoot by pressing either the volume up or the volume down button. Problem solved!
￼20. Take multiple photo bursts all at once
If you hold down the capture button, your phone will take a series of rapid shots, or bursts, in quick succession. This is especially useful if you’re photographing a moving subject. Later you can scan through all the bursts and pick your favourite ones.
21. Reveal timestamps on text messages
Drag the text bubble to the left and you’ll see a timestamp for every text message. Among other things, this will show you just how much time you waste texting.!
22. Start a new sentence just by double-tapping the spacebar
Whenever you’re typing and you need to start a new sentence, just double-tap the spacebar and it will automatically add a period and a space for you.!
23. Quickly access your email drafts
This is one that very few people know about. Next time you’re using your Mail app, hold down the Compose icon in the lower right corner of your screen, and it’ll quickly jump to a list of your drafts.
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