iOS 10 is filled with practical improvements that most of us would use – if we knew about them. Some things are obvious, but others are little hidden gems that most of need to be told about. One of our favourites is the Night Shift mode which turns your screen red by filtering out the blue light that stops melatonin production for a better night’s sleep. But there are lots more!
Here are our other top tips and tricks for iOS 10.
Allow Selected Contacts to Bypass Do Not Disturb
The VIP system for allowing selected contacts to still call you has been improved dramatically in iOS 10. Now you can pick out contacts that can make your phone ring individually.
Go into Contacts, select a contact, click Edit, and then you can set the ringtone and text tone to Emergency Bypass On.
Where is my car?
You can now use Apple Maps to find where you parked your car. You can use the little car icon on the map, or you can search for Parked car.
Send Smaller Photos in iMessage
If you don’t have a very good signal, or if you aren’t on an unlimited data plan – you may want to send smaller photos. Go to Settings > Messages and enable Low Quality Image Mode.
Time for Bed
This is a rather weird feature, but one some people really like. If you are the type of person that needs a certain number of hours of sleep each night, you can now have your phone remind you when to go to bed. The feature is in the Clock app – just tap Bedtime.
Prioritise App Installations
If you are recovering your iPhone or installing multiple apps, you can control which are installed first by doing a long press on any app waiting to be downloaded on the home screen and tapping the Prioritise Download option.
Note this requires a device with 3D Touch.
Better iMessage Read Receipts
Now you can set your read receipt preferences by clicking on the "I" icon found at the top-right of iMessage window, then turn read receipts on or off.
This setting syncs across all your devices.
Find Your Apple Watch
Find My iPhone has saved the day for many people on more than one occasion. Now you can Find your Apple watch with the same app.
Unlock Your Phone the Old Way
Apple's tweaked the way you unlock you iPhone with the Touch ID sensor, but if this new feature annoys you, then you can revert to the way it worked in iOS 9.
Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Home Button and enable Rest Finger to Open.
Delete the Apple Apps
Apple's own apps used to be a fixed feature, and the best you could do was hide them from view. But now you can delete apps such as Main, Stocks, and Weather just like you would delete any other app (and if you change your mind, they're in the App Store).
Get to the Camera – Pronto!
The icon might be gone, but you can still get to the camera from the lock screen. All you need to do is swipe left.
Search Your Photos
From Memories in the Photos app you can search for photos containing particular objects. This is quite spookily accurate. I typed “tree” in and it brought up every photo I had with a tree (or bush) in it.
The Messages app now highlights words that you can turn into emojis. It is quite funny but if overused it can make a message almost impossible to understand. For example if you call your partner “honey” and turn it into the honey emoji – it could easily be misconstrued for a beer keg. Hmmm.
Mail automatically floats unsubscribe links from mailing list emails to the top, so you can find them easily. Yay!
Save on Storage Space
If you are low on space you can get iOS 10 to remove music you have not listened to in a while by going to Settings > Music > Optimise Storage and enabling Optimise Storage.
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