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iPhone and iOS tips

Discover your iPhone's hidden superpowers

Closing Safari browser windows

New to iOS 10 is a very handy feature if, like me, you have dozens if not hundreds of browser windows open.

Simply press and hold “Done” at the bottom of your screen and up pops the “Close xxx tabs” option and one click and you’re done.

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Closing Safari browser windows
Adjustable Flashlight

Retina burn be gone as you can now press and hold the Flashlight button and have the option of 3 settings – Low, Medium, and Bright.

Good to preserve a little battery life if you need it on for a while.

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Adjustable Flashlight
Saving battery life

If like me, you love sharing photos from events, you’ve probably run into the low battery warning but there’s still hours to go!

One small tip to help save your battery is to switch to Low Quality Image Mode (Settings > Messages) so all those photos you’re sharing will still look good but eat a lot less juice in the uploading process.

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Saving battery life
Spotlight Search

Get what you need quicker

Spotlight is a quick and easy way to access apps instead of scrolling through your app drawer.

To open Spotlight search, just swipe down from anywhere on the Home screen (such as the middle) then type in what you’re looking for.

You'll notice as you type, apps will immediately start populating under the search bar.

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Spotlight Search
Find a word in a webpage

Find a word in a webpage

Searching for a word or phrase on a web page? In Safari, type in the word in the search bar on the top right and tap Search.

In the results page, scroll all the way down and you will see how many words were found on the web page.

Tap on the searched word/phrase and you will go back to the web page, with the searched word/phrase highlighted in yellow.

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Find a word in a webpage
iPhone battery killers

Find out what's killing your battery

Ever wonder why your phone is chewing through battery even when it's just sitting in your pocket? Now you can. 
 
Go Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage and you'll see a list of all the active apps and what percentage of battery power they are using.
 
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iPhone battery killers
iPhone favourites

While on the home screen in iOS8, you can double tap the home button. Like usual, this will display your active apps, allowing you to scroll through and pick up where you left off.
 
However now there's an added bonus. Your phone will display the most recent contacts you've spoken to. Swipe from left to right in this area, and you'll also see your "Favourites".
 
To make people favourites: Click on the phone app, then Favourites (bottom left corner), then the + symbol in the right top corner. This will bring up your contact list and you can now select who will become your favourite contacts.
 
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iPhone favourites
Selective email alerts

Ensure you don't miss out

The new Notify Me feature in iOS 8 allows you to set alerts on any particular email thread. It's quite common for people to switch off email notifications. This way, you can be confident you won't miss out on anything important. 
 
To enable thread notifications, swipe left from the message list > More > Notify Me.
 
You'll now notice when receiving or sending email, an icon in the shape of a bell in the subject field. Click on the bell to choose whether or not your phone will alert you to this email thread.
 
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Selective email alerts
Delete mass email on iOS 9

In the latest version of the software for Apple devices, there is now a quicker means to get rid of all deleted email for each account.

Go to the Inbox for each account on your mobile.
Click on Edit in the top right corner of your inbox.
Click on Trash All button in the lower right corner.
You’ll be asked to confirm the delete.
All done.

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Delete mass email on iOS 9
Easier Text

Increase the font

If you’re having trouble reading text on your iPhone or iPad, just go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Larger Text to increase the default font size on your device.

You can also set the font to bold by going Settings > General > Accessibility and enabling the Bold Text slider.

Note: For bold text to take affect you will need to restart your device.

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Easier Text
Find my iPhone

Where did I leave my phone?

Find My iPhone has been around for a while now. With it you can track down where your device is, have it play a sound if it's under the couch somewhere or wipe all your data as a last resort. 
 
To use the feature go to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone and turn it on.
 
Now, in the same area you can set "Last Location" to On. Here you'll even find an option to send its last location before the battery dies.
 
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Find my iPhone
Go Back

Save time, swipe back

To go to the previous page in the following areas, simply swipe left to right from the edge of the screen: Mail, Messaging, Music Player, Safari, Settings.

This feature also works with some third party apps such as Instagram.

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Go Back
Background App Refresh

Background App Refresh

We all know apps use battery. But some apps are far more important than others. You may find it more important to have regular emails come through over Facebook updates or vice versa. The great news is you can personalise your device to devote the amount of data to whatever apps you like.
 
Go to Setting > General > Background App Refresh and you'll find a list of your apps. From there you can disable and enable which apps automatically refresh and update.
 
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Background App Refresh
iOS Web speed vs data saving icon

Apple’s web browser in iOS 8.4, Safari, will preload the first result when you search, which makes things fast if you want that result but could also use data unnecessarily if you don’t.

You can turn this off by going Settings > Safari > Preload Top Hit and set to off.

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iOS Web speed vs data saving icon
Headset

Extra headset controls

Here's some tips on how to do more with your headset, for music playback, using the camera, and managing calls.

Calling:

- Answer call - tap centre button once (tap again to end call)
- Ignore call - long-press centre button (you'll hear two beeps indicating the caller has been sent to voice mail)
- Switch between calls - tap centre button (long press to end that call)

Music:

- Play / Pause - Tap centre button
- Next song - Tap centre button
- Previous song - Tap centre button three times
- Fast forward - Tap centre button twice (long-press on the second tap)
- Rewind - Tap centre button three times (long-press on the third tap)

Camera:

- In camera mode tap the volume-up button to take photos

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Headset
Leveler

No need to search the shed for your bubble level.

There's a built in levelling tool in your iPhone. It uses the gyroscope to ensure perfect accuracy whether horizontally or vertically.

To access:

Launch the compass, then swipe left to reveal the leveler.

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Leveler
Burst Mode

Burst Mode

It's frustrating having the perfect photo opportunity but failing to get the perfect photo. However Burst Mode makes it easy by continuously taking snaps until you choose to stop. Once finished, you can choose the perfect shot and delete the rest.

To access: While in camera mode, simply hold down the volume up button. You'll see the snaps being produced in the preview pane at the bottom left of the screen.

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Burst Mode
Apps stuck?

Apps stuck?

This tip can help older iPhones run more smoothly and quickly.

Open up the App Store app on your iphone

Tap on any of the bottom buttons (Featured, Top Charts, Explore, Search or Updates) 10 times

Your iPhone screen will flash white for a few seconds, then go back to the App Store.

This clears out the App Store’s cache, getting rid of frozen updates and temporary files.

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Apps stuck?
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