It's been a while since the release of IOS 10 but has it really changed how you go about doing day-to-day tasks on your iPhone? Lots of us like to just do what we know and are comfortable with. These top 10 IOS 10 tips can help you to enhance your iPhone's capability and may enlighten you with some helpful shortcuts when using your iPhone.
Tip 1: Invisible Ink
We all know that iMessage received some upgrades in IOS 10, but how often do you use these new features and have you heard of Invisible Ink? It basically lets you type in a normal text message, but hides the content with a visual effect. To see it, you must tap on the text.
It’s worth noting that the message remains hidden on your phone and the other person’s phone too. In addition, after you tap to unhide it, the message will become hidden again after a few seconds. This is useful for when your sending messages that you wouldn't want anyone else to see on either your phone or the recipients phone such is passwords, financial details and health info.
Tip 2: Search Photos
The Photo app got some updates in iOS 10; you can now find photos by person, place or thing. If you go into Albums, you’ll see two new options: People and Places.
It’s just much easier to find a picture when you can search by a face or by location. In addition, you can also tap on the search icon and search by other categories such as: trees, and person searches on anything else that might be in a picture like trees, food, cars, etc.
Tip 3: Revert Home Button
One of the biggest immediate changes in iOS 10 was the removal of Slide to Unlock. Even more so than that, was the fact that you now have to press the home button rather than just rest your finger on it to unlock the phone. For those who preferred the old method of just resting you finger on the home button, Apple included an option to for this.
Go to: Settings – General – Accessibility – Home Button and then enable the Rest Finger to Open option.
Tip 4: Using More Emojis
With ever more emoji's in IOS 10 it can be difficult to find the right one as you may be required to scroll through hundreds. With iOS 10, the software will try to figure out which emoji is the best to use for the text.
All you have to do is write out your message and then tap on the smiley face icon (emoji icon) that is located on the bottom of the keyboard. You’ll see certain words highlighted in orange and if you tap on those words, you’ll get suggested emoji. If you tap on the emoji, it’ll replace the word.
Tip: 5 3D Touch Apps
3D Touch has been around since the last iPhone, but it's not typically used a whole lot. Apple made it a bit more useful in iOS 10 by allowing apps to display information from the app along with the shortcuts.
As of right now, this feature is mostly only useful for the default Apple apps, but it is slowly gaining traction in other apps. You can also use it on the bottom row of icons in the Control Center.
Basically, any app that has a widget that you can add to the home screen can eventually show that information when you hard press on the app icon. This doesn’t happen by default, though, so you have to wait until the developer updates the app.
Tip 6: Raise to Wake
Before iOS 10, the screen would only light up if you got a notification on the lock screen, but with Raise to Wake enabled, you can just pick up the phone and the screen will come on for about 1 to 2 seconds. This is great for quickly seeing any notifications you missed or for unlocking your phone without having to press the Home or power buttons. This feature should be enabled by default, but if not, go to Settings – Display & Brightness and turn on Raise to Wake.
Tip 7: Markup Photos
You can now add markup to your photos directly from the Photos app. Previously, you could only do this using the Mail app. Tap on the photo you in question, then tap on the small icon with three horizontal lines with circles on them (to the left of the Trash icon) and then tap on the circle with the three dots. The feature is quite hidden meaning lots of people don't know about it, but it's certainly a fun tool to use on your photos.
Tip 8: Universal Clipboard
This is another one of those small features that prove to be useful. This tip is only for people who have multiple Apple devices, including an Apple computer. In addition, you have to be running iOS 10 and macOS Sierra for this to work.
Basically, the universal clipboard lets you copy something on one of your Apple devices and paste it on another. Also, some content works over LTE, but heavier content requires you to have Bluetooth or WiFi enabled on all the devices. Plus, all the devices have to use the same iCloud account.
Tip 9: Start Using HomeKit
iOS 10 finally includes a Home app that you can use to control any HomeKit enabled devices you have. If you have been holding off on the whole smart home thing so far, now might be a good time to look into trying HomeKit. Having all your 'Smart' kit displayed in a very easy-to-use dashboard on your iPhone is an ever more incentive to turn your home systems 'smart'.
If you’re already heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem, the Home app and associated HomeKit devices are a great fit. Once you add devices to the app, you can also control them using Siri and from the Control Panel tabs.
Tip 10: Collaborate on Notes