The first videos about Apple's mobile operating system iOS 8 are now online and can be watched on udemy. Each and every video shows you one or even more features of iOS 8. With the help of the videos a beginner can learn step by step how to really get the most out of Apple's operating system. And even those who have used iOS 8 for years will also be able to make numerous new discoveries, as Apple constantly updates its operating systems with new features.
You may think that your iPhone or your iPad are mostly communication devices or gadgets used for surfing the internet. However, they are so much more. Over the last couple of years Apple has added a multitude of helpful new features - so many that it is nearly impossible for one person to know them all. If you watch our collection of more than 100 videos about iOS 8 features and our tips and tricks, you can delve into this diverse collection of features, discovering one feature any time at your own pace. If you find a feature you like and want to use, our 20-180 second-long interactive, animated videos provide you with replayable instructions while you try out the feature yourself on our own device.
No video is longer than three minutes – perfect for when you have a little spare time on your hands in which you can learn a new trick about your iPhone or iPad – in this way studying is broken down into manageable time frames, can be squeezed in around your busy time schedule and can actually be a lot of fun.
Each video is professionally produced and all dialogues spoken by an excellent and professional speaker. The knowledge stems from our wealth of experice as editiorial staff for different magazines and websites that all revolve around different Apple devices, including the iOS 8 operating system. Both, beginners and experts, will benefit from the content.
The tips are sorted into several categories: Basics, Handling, Everyday, Camera & Fotos, Messages, Mail Homescreen, Settings, Safari, Telephone, Siri and Apple's Earpods. With the exception of the category Basics, the videos in each and every category can help beginners and experts in their daily life when using and getting the most out of their iOS-8-device.
You can expect new videos about iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite in the near future. We are also currently working on a whole new set of videos about the upcoming operation system iOS 9.
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In the past you had to scroll and search to get to the most recently used contacts. In iOS8 these contacts can be accessed in the overview mode. To start the overview mode simply double-press the home button and you will see all the apps currently open. If you look above the opened apps, you will see all the contacts you recently interacted with. If an image was associated with a person in your contacts, it will be displayed here too. A single tap on one of the contacts will show several ways of getting in touch with them. A great way to find a contact in no time at all!
If you want to send a photo of yourself through iMessage, you can do so now with a single swipe. All you have to do is open the messages app and start an iMessage conversation. Press and hold the camera icon and now you can see yourself on the screen as well as a small menu. If you swipe up toward the camera icon and take the finger off the screen, the camera takes a picture and sends it out. Of course, you can also cancel the action by swiping back to the center and lifting the finger off the screen.
If you use the messages app a lot, you will soon have quite an image collection there. Up to now, you had to save each image individually. For longer conversations this can be time-consuming and so now in iOS8 you can save multiple images at once. Simply open a message, tap on “Details” and you will be shown all the images belonging to this conversation. Press and hold any of the images for about 2 seconds. Select “more” in the menu. And now select all images you want to save. Then tap on “Save images” and the images are stored in your photos app.
Do you feel like the icons and text on your iOS device are a little small at times? You can use the integrated magnifying glass. To activate the magnifying glass, go to “Settings", “General” , go to “Accessibility” and select “Zoom”. To activate the zoom just move the switch to the right and your magnifier is active. You can now move the magnifying glass by touching it at the bottom and sliding it up or down. To move it sideways you can also touch it at the bottom and swipe your finger left or right. If you are done with the magnifying glass, simply tap the screen twice with three fingers. Do the same thing again and it reappears.
In iOS8 you can now start talking to Siri just by calling it. However, this only works if your iOS device is connected to a power source. Go to Settings, select “General”, move down to "Siri" and slide the "Allow Hey, Siri" switch over to the right. Now, all you have to do is say “Hey Siri”.
Up to now there hasn't been any usable overview of iPhone power consumption. Apple changed this in iOS8. If you go to settings, “General” and “Usage” you will find a menu item called “Battery usage”. At the top of the screen you can now see the power consumption of all apps since you last charged your device. Down below is a statistical overview of the last 24 hours or the last 7 days. This way you can easily make out power-hungry apps and deactivate them.
A function that's already available for many digital cameras is now also included in iOS8 – exposure adjustment. You can do this easily in the camera app. Point your camera at something you want to photograph. Tap the screen once to set the focus point. Now you will see a yellow square with a sun symbol next to it. This is the exposure function. Try sliding your finger up or down on the screen and you will see the yellow sun symbol moving as well. You will also see that dark areas in your image get brighter or bright areas get darker. In this way you can set the perfect exposure for your pictures.
Creative people will love the new time-lapse mode. First you start the camera app. Normally, the app will launch in the regular photo mode. To activate the time-lapse mode simply swipe from left to right on your iPhone (or Down on your iPad) until you see the word “time-lapse” on the bottom of the screen. If you now press the red recording button, the app will start recording a time-lapse video. This works best when you shoot moving objects and the camera is in a fixed position. Just play around with it and be creative.
If you deleted an e-mail by accident, you can restore it immediately, simply by shaking your iPhone/iPad. Shaking brings up a dialog on the screen asking if you want to undo the delete action. Tapping on “undo” will restore your e-mail and place it back in the inbox. This will also work multiple times and with multiple messages.
iOS 8 now integrates QuickType, a system that predicts what you want to type and suggests words to you, so you have to type less. Open a conversation and start typing. Now all you have to do is tap on one of the suggested words and it gets inserted into the message. In this way you can create complete sentences almost without typing at all. This works in all apps using the keyboard, including messaging apps like WhatsApp or Facebook. And the best part is, your keyboard keeps learning. The more you use QuickType, the better it gets at predicting words.
Have you ever wanted to start typing a message on your iPhone or iPad and finish it on your Mac with a larger screen and a proper keyboard? iOS 8 and Yosemite let you do exactly that. Let me show you how it works. First you go to “settings”, then you select “general” and then go to “Handoff and App Suggestions”. Slide the “Handoff” switch over to the on position. Now your Mac may suggest, for example, that it might be easier to finish an action on it that you started somewhere else. However, this only works if both devices are signed in to the same iCloud account and if both devices are in close proximity to each other.
You can share a lot of things with your iOS device – photos, videos, contacts and much more. But sometimes the app you use the most for sharing can be located all the way in the back of the apps list. In iOS 8 you can now rearrange the sequence of these apps. If you, for example, want to share a photo, you can select in and then tap the share button. You find a list all Apps, you might use to share. And now it's just like rearranging icons on your home screen. Tap and hold an app and slide it where you want it. For example, you can drag the Twitter Icon in the first position. Now Twitter is the first app in my list and the new setting is stored automatically.
Have you ever accidentally opened the control center from an app. Annoying isn't it? You can deactivate this function. Go to settings, select “control center” and slide the “access within apps” switch over to the left. That's it. If I now open any app and swipe up from the bottom, nothing happens and my screen stays clean.
You can control basic audio functions even without opening the music app, simply by using the control center. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the control center and you will see a volume slider, the play button and buttons for jumping back to the previous song or forward to the next. So if you want to stop playing music for a moment to order a coffee, you can do so simply and quickly from the control center.
Of course, you can play audio on your iOS device through the loudspeakers or headphones. But you can also play it through AirPlay speakers. For that to work your device needs to be logged in to the same wifi network that your AirPlay devices are logged in to. To activate AirPlay playback, launch the control center by swiping up from the bottom. If you now tap on AirPlay, you will be shown a list of available audio outputs: headphones or Bluetooth devices and all AirPlay devices. Simply choose the speakers you want your audio to be played on and tap on it.
The calendar app gives you plenty of viewing and navigation options.
First, there is the year view, which gives you and overview of the whole year on your screen. By swiping up or down you can navigate to the past or to the future. Tapping on a specific month opens the month view. Any days containing calendar events are marked by a gray dot. As in the year view you can swipe up or down to get to previous or future months. Tapping on a specific day will bring up the day view. If you want to go to previous or future days, just swipe left or right. You are probably thinking, “That's all great, but how can I get a weekly overview?” Well, turn your device by 90 degrees and there it is, the week view. Swiping sideways lets you scroll through the days, swiping up or down lets you navigate through the time of day.
If you turn your device back into the upright position, the calendar goes back into day view. And if you click on the red arrow in the upper left corner, you get back to month view and year view.
There is one more calender view: the event list. You can open this list view by clicking on the magnifier icon in the corner of the calender app. Just type the name of the event, that you are looking for and up comes a list of all or your current calendar events. Swiping up or down lets you navigate through the list.
You can take a picture of anything on your screen – a so called a screenshot. It works anywhere and in any app. First you launch an app, like the weather app, as an example. All you have to do is press and hold the home button and then quickly press the standby or power button on top of your device. As you can see the screen will flicker to indicate that a screenshot was taken. The image is stored in the photos app. By the way, you can also press and hold the power button and then press the home button.
Sometimes it's interesting to go back and check at what time someone sent you a text message. In iOS 8 you can do this with a single swipe. Open the messages app and the message you are interested in. If you now swipe across the screen from right to left, you will see a time stamp appearing behind each message. When you take your finger off the screen, the timestamp disappears.
You have probably wondered why sometimes parts of incoming text messages are blue and underlined. Well, it turns out that your IOS device is quite clever and assumes that you might want to do something with these things. For example, you might want to visit a website in your browser, save a friend's phone number in your contacts or create a calendar event from a dinner invitation. Open the conversation and tap on the text, that is marked in blue. Your device now asks you if you want to copy the text, display the appointment in the calendar or create a calendar event. Tap on “create event”. The day and time of day are already set and you can now add a title and a location for the event. Then tap on “done” and the event is saved.
You have already learned how to activate the zoom function. Two taps with three fingers. Here is how you can customize the zoom. To open the zoom menu all you have to do is tap the screen three times with three fingers. Here we have several settings options. We can activate or deactivate the zoom function. We can set the zoom to full screen, which zooms everything on the screen rather than zooming everything inside the frame. Or we can adjust the size of the zoom frame. To do this, tap on "Resize". Now the display shows a zoom frame with 8 control points at the edges. You can move these points around to change the size of the frame to your liking.Once you've found a size you like, just tap outside the frame once and the zoom is set.
To improve the visibility of your screen, iOS 8 lets you choose from a number of filters. To see these filters we first have to open the zoom menu by tapping the screen three times with three fingers. Now tap on “choose filter”. The standard setting is “none”. You might try “inverted”. Close the menu with a single tap next to the magnifying glass - and now all the colors inside the magnifying glass are inverted. There are some other filters you can try as well. Just play around with them and see if you find something you like.
The zoom function is quite a nifty tool. It even offers you a little control pad to move the magnifying glass around. To activate the controller tap the screen three times with three fingers. This will bring up the zoom menu. Now select “show controller” by tapping on it. Close the menu and now you see that little control pad there. You can touch it, move it around and drop it somewhere it doesn't get in the way. If you now tap the screen twice with three fingers, the zoom window or magnifying glass will open. Before you had to move the magnifier around with your fingers. Now you can use the control pad!
The iOS 8 zoom function lets me adjust the maximum zooming level. First go to “settings”, then to “general” and then to “accessibility”. Now select “zoom”. At the bottom is a slider for “maximum zoom level”. You can slide it to the left or right to set the maximum zoom level.
iOS 8 added several new accessibility features. One of them is particularly useful for colorblind people – the grayscale mode. To activate it go to “settings”, “general”, “accessibility” and slide the “grayscale” switch over to the right. There you go.
Trying to replay a certain part of a song can be cumbersome, particularly when you have big fingers. Thankfully, Apple has a special place in their heart for the big-fingered and made it possible to change the scrubbing speed. First, open a song and press play. If you now touch and hold at the play position and move your finger up or down, you can see the scrubbing rate change to 50%, 25% or “fine”. Once you've set the scrubbing speed, you can move my finger to the left or right to move to the exact part of the song you want to play. By the way, this also works for videos.
When you enter an internet address into Safari browser, your device can help you with the top level domain, meaning the extension at the end: .com .net and so forth. First open Safari, go to the address bar and type in the name of a website, like Wikipedia. If you now touch and hold the dot next to the space bar, a little window opens and in there is a selection of top level domains. Swipe your finger over to “.org” and it gets inserted into the address window. Now tap on “open” and the Wikipedia website opens up.
iOS offers auto-correction for text. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. You might find it annoying, so if you want to correct your messages yourself, you can do so by deactivating auto-correction. All you have to do is go into “settings”, scroll down to “general” and then down to “keyboard”. There it says “auto-correction”. Slide the auto-correction switch over to the left and it's off. There you go, no more unexpected nonsense in your messages.
Let's say you want to visit a friend and need directions to his or her location. You can mark a location in the maps app and quickly navigate to it. Open the maps app and find the place you want to go. Now take one finger and touch and hold the screen at that destination. A pin will be dropped on the map and next to it a little window will appear with the name of the location and a small car symbol. If you touch the car symbol with your finger, the maps app will start giving you driving directions to that destination.
Sometimes you want to let someone know a certain location - to meet them there for example. Just open maps and touch and hold the map at a location of your choice. The app will drop a pin on the map at that location. Now there is the share icon - the little square-symbol with an arrow coming out of it. Go ahead and touch it. Now you only have to decide how you want to share the location: message or mail for example. Select your medium and the recipient and you can send him your location immediately.
There are many things you can search for on your iOS device: music, apps, restaurants, sights and so much more. What could be better than having one search function for all of it? Well, that's exactly was spotlight is for. To open spotlight, just touch the center of your screen and swipe down. Do you see the search window at the top? You can type in "Pizza" for example. Look at all that. Pizza places around and even a Wikipedia entry about pizza. You could also search for an Artist - like Lady Gaga. You will be shown Entries from iTunes, Wikipedia and so on. The possibilities of spotlight are endless. It searches online, on iTunes, in the app store, your local movie theater and other places in your neighborhood. Just try it out and let spotlight make your life easier.
Just like you can share a book or a CD with someone in your family, you can now also share apps you bought, or songs or iBooks – if your family members also use iOS devices like iPhones or iPads. So you only have to buy something once and then you can share it with your whole family. To activate family sharing first go into “settings”. From there go to iCloud and click on “set up family sharing”. For that to work you have to be signed in with an Apple-ID. Click on “Get started”. From this point forward your iOS device guides you through all the steps of setting up family sharing. As the head of the family and the organizer of family sharing you get to extend the share group up to 6 family members. Simply add their Apple IDs and start sharing your purchases from the app store, iTunes, iBooks and so forth. It's important that you create a payment type for app purchases. That way all purchases from your family members can be billed to your account.
Cloud storage services like Dropbox are becoming more popular. The good news is that Apple now also offers its own online storage solution. It's called iCloud Drive. Even third-party apps can access iCloud Drive and synchronize content between various devices. To activate iCloud Drive first go to “settings”. From there go to “iCloud” and down to iCloud Drive, then slide the "iCloud Drive" switch over to the right and the feature is activated. Here you can also see which apps use iCloud Drive and you can prevent them from getting access by using the switches next to the apps' names.
Regular backups of your data are very important. Otherwise you might be losing valuable photos or documents. But do you actually need a new backup? And when was the last time you did one? Luckily, iOS 8 has all the answers in the “settings” menu. Let's open that up. Now go to “iCloud” and “backup”. You can activate automatic backups, and you could also do a manual backup right now. But, if you look down below you see the time of the last backup.If this was not long ago, your data is secure.
The Shazam app has been around for a while to help finding out the name of a song that is playing around you. And now this song recognition feature is also integrated into Siri. All you have to do is press and hold the home button to summon Siri and ask her:„Siri, whaT's the name of this song?“ Now you have to hold the microphone close to the speakers. Siri should recognize the song and show you the song title and even the correct cover.
If you use Siri a lot, you have probably wondered why sometimes the text takes a long time to appear on the screen. In iOS 8 this happens a lot quicker. Ask Siri to write a note, for example. Press and hold the home button and say: "SIRI, CREATE A NEW NOTE." Then tell Siri your text. For example: "Siri, comma, I am testing whether you are able to take dictation without making mistakes, period." You will realize that your text appears on screen in near real time. This makes it a lot easier to check whether Siri understands everything you say.
iOS 8 now lets you insert photos in your notes. To do that, simply create a new note. When you are ready to insert the photo, touch and hold the screen at the location you want the photo to appear. A little menu will pop up. Tap on “insert photo”. Your photo gallery will open and you can select an image of your choice. I'll take this cat here. Now tap on “choose” and the photo gets inserted into your note.
Many of you will probably like the new QuickType predictive typing feature. After all, it saves you a lot of typing. Others may not like it so much and may even be annoyed by it. If you fall into the second category, you can deactivate QuickType simply by flipping a switch. To deactivate it, open the keyboard in any app and go to the little smiley/globe symbol down at the bottom of the Keyboard. Hold it for about two seconds. Now you see a switch called “Predictive”. Slide it over to the left and QuickType is deactivated. No more predictions. You are in full control of your typing again.
With iOS 8 can see the calendars of multiple other iOS users and all of these users can see calendar events and create them. First, you have to allow iCloud to access your calendars. Go to “settings”, scroll down to “iCloud” and slide the “calendar” switch to the right. Now the calendar is ready for iCloud access. Now you open your calendar app and tap on “calendars”. This will display all available calendars. Tap on “edit”. Now go to the iCloud section and tap on “add” to create a new calendar. Enter a name and a color for your new calender, then tap on “done”. That's it. Now, all you have to do is select the calendar from the list by tapping on it and now you can share it with other people. Tap on “share” and “add”. Type the e-mail address of an recipient - this should be the e-mail address the other person uses as his or her Apple ID. Now press “add” - this sends out your calender invitation. The other person will now find a little red one on the calendar app. That's your invitation. Open the app and tap on “inbox” in the lower right corner, here you can see incoming calender invitations. Just press "Join Calender" and the calender is shared.
If you are often in noise environments and also wouldn't notice the vibration of your phone, there is another way for your phone to get your attention by using its integrated LED flash. It will then send out a short flash in case of new messages or calls. To activate this function, go to “settings”, scroll down to “general”, tap on “accessibility” and then go to “LED flash for alerts” and slide the switch to the right. Now, your phone will send out a short flash burst if it wants to alert you of something. Just make sure that you put your phone down with the back facing up, because that's where the flash LED is located.
A function we all know from our digital cameras is the timer. iOS 8 also offers a timer for its native camera app. Now, look at the top of your screen and you will see a little timer symbol. If you tap on it, a little menu will open and give you a selection of three timer modes: “off”, “3s” and “10s. Tap on “3 seconds”, as an example, focus on your subject and press the shutter button. Now, there is a countdown from 3 seconds, the picture gets taken and sent to the photo gallery. For group shots it's a good idea to find a fixed position for your device and go with 10 seconds on the timer. Try it out for yourself and have fun!
Sometimes, you want to take pictures quickly, but still use filters and effects to make your shots look more interesting. In iOS 8 you can have both by using effect presets. First you focus on your subject. Then you tap on this little symbol with the three circles in the lower right corner. And now you get a preview of what your picture would look like with all of the available presets. Mono, chrome, fade. There is something for everyone. Choose “process”, for example. And as you can see, the image is now rendered with a blue tinge. As an indication that one of the presets is activated, the symbol with the three circles is now in color. Now, all you have to do is take the picture.
iOS 8 offers you practical and high-quality image editing tools. Brightness adjustment, for example. Open a picture in your Photos app. and then tap on “edit”. Click on this little turning knob symbol on the bottom here. A little menu will open and you will get a choice of “light”, “color” and “b&w”. We want to adjust the light, so that's what we click on. Now you see an adjustment slider with a red line in the middle. Touch it with your finger and slide it. As you can see, this changes the brightness of the image. If you don't like the adjustment you made or want to cancel the editing process, all you have to do is press "Cancel". If you like it and want to save it, you tap on Done.
In the same way you can use the photos app to adjust the brightness of an image, you can also use it to change its color. Open an image again and then tap on “edit”. Press the adjustment knob symbol. A little menu opens, and this time select “color”. You can now move the to either desaturate the image or boost its colors. If you change your mind about editing, just press the cross symbol or if you're done editing, save the image by tapping on "Done".
Isn't it funny how a lot of pictures look so much better in black and white? Well, you might be glad to hear that iOS 8 has a dedicated function that lets you turn an image from color into b/w. Open an image and tap on “edit”. And then it's that little adjustment knob again, where you select "b&w". And by moving the slider you can adjust the b/w contrast until I get the perfect setting. Apply the changes by tapping on "Done".
Sometimes when you take pictures you will tilt the horizon line a little. This can be annoying but is no longer a problem in iOS 8. You go to your photos app, select a photo and press “edit”. Then you tap on the cropping symbol. It's that little square with the overlapping lines on the bottom here. With this tool you can crop your image, but you can also straighten it. If you touch the circular scale below the image and move it around, you can see how the horizon line changes. Since your iOS device is very smart it sometimes straightens photos with a tilted horizon line automatically. Tap on the little blue “x” to undo your changes. Now, you should see the word “auto” appearing below/next to your image. If you tap on “auto”, the automatic straightening function will be activated. To save your changes, tap on "Done".
If you changed your mind about the changes you just made to your image and just want the original picture back, you can do so quickly and easily. Go to the photos app and open the image you want to restore. Click on “edit”. There is the word "Revert" in red color. If you tap it you get a message saying that going back to the original image will delete all changes you made so far. Confirm it and everything goes back to the way it was.
Do you have favorite photos you like to look at again and again. Now you can mark them as favorites and store them in a separate gallery, so you will find them more quickly next time around. All you have to do is go to the photos app. Open one of your favorite photos and tap on the little heart symbol. This marks the image as a favorite. And you can now find it in the “Favorites” gallery. If you want to unmark the image as a favorite, just tap on the heart again and you are done.
You may have certain photos you don't want to appear in your regular photo gallery, but keep them on your device nonetheless. iOS has made this possible by letting you hide individual pictures. To do that, go to your photos app and select an image you want to hide. Now tap and hold your finger on the image until a little menu appears. Go to “hide”. Now Tap on “Hide Photo” and the image is no longer visible in “moments”, “collections” or “years”, but still stored on your device. If you change your mind later and want to put the image back into the regular gallery, you just have to go back to photos. Tap on “Albums” and then go to the “Hidden” folder. Then you tap and hold the image again until that little menu pops up. Select “unhide” and now the picture will show up again in your regular gallery.
You can get back deleted photos very easily. Go to “photos”. Then to “albums”. And there is a folder there called “recently deleted”. Now, all you have to do is select your photo and tap on “recover”.Confirm it and your photo is restored. By the way, you can also recover all deleted images in this folder. Tap on “select” and "Recover All".
A lot of people wonder about iMessage. What is it exactly and what's the difference between iMessage and regular text messages? Well, instead of using normal SMS text messages, iMessage lets you send text, photos or videos through the internet from your normal messages app. iMessage is faster and less expensive, or even free. The only downside is that the person you send the message to also has to use an iOS device, like an iPhone or iPad and iMessage has to be activated on his or her device. And here is how you activate iMessage on your iPhone or iPad. First we go into settings and then down to “messages”. Right up on top it says “iMessage”. Slide the switch behind it to the right and iMessage is activated. Now open the messages app and start a new conversation by tapping on the empty sheet symbol. Add your iMessage-Contacts here. If the name of the recipient is displayed in blue instead of green and in the text field it says “iMessage" you are now ready to send an iMessage. You'll find all the things you can do with iMessage in the following videos.
Whether you want to meet a friend for a beer or let him know where you are, you can easily send your current location with iMessage. All you have to do is tap on the messages app. Start a conversation, select “details”. And tap on “send my current location”. That's it. You may get a pop-up message asking you to allow the message app to access your location data. If you want to do that simply tap on “allow”.
You can also send a video through iMessage and it's really simple. You just start a conversation, tap and hold the camera icon and now you swipe to the right toward the little recording button. The recording starts and keeps going until you let go of the button. Don't worry, the video doesn't get sent out immediately. You can play it back and check it by tapping on the play button. Then you can send it out by pressing the arrow or cancel by pressing the “x”. This way you can show your friends what's going on around you.
Sometimes, you just want to say something to someone verbally, rather than typing it. And iMessage makes that possible, too. Once you've started a conversation you can tap and hold the little microphone symbol. Your device starts recording immediately and now you can just tell the other person, well, anything. If you swipe up toward the arrow, your audio message gets sent out. If you swipe toward the “x”, the recording stops and gets deleted.
iMessage also lets you do group chats. Simply go to “messages” and click on the small button for new messages here. A new window opens and you can start your message. To select a recipient, click on the blue plus symbol in the address field. Select a first contact by tapping on it and add additional contacts by tapping on their names. If the names of the contacts are displayed in blue, you can start your group chat. Type a message in the “iMessage” field and click on “send”. If you don't want to be bothered by certain chats, you can deactivate notification for a group chat by going to “details” and sliding the “do not disturb” switch over to the right. This mutes all notifications for this particular conversation.
Are you looking for a specific image from a conversation you had. This can be a pain, particularly if it was a long conversation. But now you can view all attachments – meaning photos, audio-messages and videos – of a conversation without scrolling through the entire message thread. To do this, open the conversation you want to see. Tap on “details”. On the bottom you will find all attachments and you can open any of them simply by tapping on them.
Over time, a lot of messages build up on your device and take up storage. That's why iOS 8 now gives you the option to delete old messages automatically within certain intervals. First, go to settings and scroll down to “messages”. Then scroll to “message history” and tap on “keep messages”. Here you have 3 options: 30 days, 1 year or forever. This way you can easily free up some storage.
Have you ever gotten an audio or video message from a friend only to see it disappear from the message thread within a very short time? There is a reason for that. First, you go to settings. Scroll down to “messages”. Now Scroll down to “audio messages” and “expire”. Here you can set the time after which audio messages will expire and be deleted from your conversation thread. Your options are “2 minutes” or “1 year”. Go one step back and do the setting for video messages as well. You might want to look at multimedia messages at a later date and this setting gives you the option to do just that.
Text message or iMessage conversations can be quite time-consuming if you have to open the app every time you want to respond to a message. iOS 8 provides a shortcut by letting us respond to push notifications right when they pop up on screen. Simply grab an incoming push notification at the bottom and swipe down. A text window opens and you can type your response. Press “send” and you're already done. By the way, this feature will also be implemented for other messenger apps like Facebook or WhatsApp.
Some of iOS 8's limitations seem somewhat, shall we say, arbitrary. For example, if you want to attach multiple photos to an e-mail, iOS will only let you add 5 images before hiding the Mail-button that would allow to add a sixth. However, there is a trick you can use to circumvent this problem. First you open the photos app and choose at least 6 images. Now, of course, you want to mail these pictures, so tap on the share button. As you can see, the mail icon doesn't even appear here. But, we can copy the photos. So, tap on "Copy". Now, open the mail app and tap on the text field in your mail. A little menu pops up, here you select “paste”. And now all photos appear in your e-mail. This way we can bend Apple's rules a little. Cause, after all, who likes being bossed around, right?
Have you had this experience? You want to quickly respond to an e-mail and while you are typing away, you realize that you need some text from another e-mail. That used to be a major hassle. With iOS 8 it's easy. First, you create a new message. Then you tap and hold the subject line and pull it down. Now you can navigate freely inside the mail app to find the text snippet you need. Now you select the text, tap on copy, tap on the subject line of our new message on the bottom. The new message opens and you paste the text right in there.
iOS 8 offers a number of new gestures for the mail app. They are only marginally different from those in iOS 7, but they include more features. Open the mail app. For example, if you want to delete an e-mail now, all you have to do is touch and hold the message with your finger and swipe it all the way to the left. And that deletes your e-mail. This gesture is very similar to the one used to bring up the mail menu, which is explained in the next tip.
Now, let's get to the mail menu that allows you to do a lot of things with a single tap, like forwarding messages, replying to them and so on. Let's say you want to flag a message, so you can find it more easily later on. Just tap and hold the message with your finger and now swipe it to the left, just a little bit. As you can see, there are now three buttons to choose from. If you tap on the “flag” button, the message gets flagged with an orange dot and will also be shown in a folder named “flagged” - where you can easily find it when you need it.
Thanks to the new gestures in iOS 8, marking a mail as read or unread is now very simple. All you need to do is swipe a message to the right. The blue dot signifies that the mail is now marked as unread. It's important to know that there are two versions of this gesture. There is the one we just did: swiping all the way from left to right. That marks the message immediately. In the second version you start swiping right from the center of the screen - not all the way over the mail. Doing this gives you the option to confirm the action, instead of doing it right away. And you can reverse the marking process at any time, simply by repeating the gestures.
If you get a lot of e-mail, you are probably familiar with this problem. You are waiting for a specific reply, but it's difficult to spot in the flood of other new messages. Now in iOS 8, you can get notified if a person responds to an e-mail thread you are interested in. To set this up, open the e-mail in question. Now, tap on the little blue flag. A menu pops up and you select “Notify me”. Confirm and now your iOS device will notify you automatically, once it receives the reply you are waiting for.
If every time you wanted to take a photo, you had to get through the lock screen, launch the camera app, focus the camera and hit the shutter button - well you would miss most if not all of the special moments happening around you. But there is a quicker way! If you look at the bottom of your lock screen, you will see a small camera symbol. Go ahead and tap it, hold your finger on the screen and then swipe up. Your camera is ready to go.
The camera flash also makes an excellent flashlight in case things get a little dark around you. And the quickest way to start seeing again is this: On your lock screen or home screen, swipe up to launch the control center. Find the flashlight symbol, tap on it and the light will come on. If you don't need it anymore, another tap on the symbol turns the light off again.
If your friends are like mine, they have nicknames. And if you want to use those nicknames in your contacts list, there is an easy way to do it. Go into contacts and open a contact page. Now tap on “edit” and scroll all the way down to the bottom where it says “add field”. Tap on “add field”, select “nickname” and now you can enter a nickname of your choice. Next time you look for a friend's contact information, you can just put his or her nickname in the search window and get right where you want to go.
The nickname thing has another benefit. You don't have to memorize complicated e-mail addresses. However, you do have to tell your iOS device that it should use nicknames and indeed prefer them. And here is how you do that: Open settings, scroll down to “mail, contacts, calendars” and scroll down to “short name”. Click on “short name”, scroll down to “prefer nicknames” and slide the switch over to the right. Now, if I want to send your "nicknamed" buddy an e-mail, just launch the mail app, go to the address field and put in his nickname. And now the app inserts the correct e-mail address. If you saved an e-mail address for a specific contact, this will also work in other apps like “messages” and so on.
Apple delivers iOS devices with a standard home screen layout. As you download additional apps later on your home screen might get a little cluttered. Luckily, there is a way to bring order into all that chaos and rearrange your apps in any way you want. To do that you can tap and hold any one of your apps. The wiggling is to let you know that you can start moving things around. Let's say you want your calendar app to be in the top left corner of the screen and your settings app in the top right. All you have to do is tap and hold down the app of your choice and drag it to its new position. As you do this the other apps will move out of the way. Now, you can do the same thing with the other apps. To finish rearranging apps and stop the funny wiggle, just press your home button. And that's it. Welcome to your new home screen!
I've got another tip for those of you who like things to be clean and orderly on your home screen. iOS lets you create folders for apps. This way you can group apps that fall into the same category, like games for example. Grouping apps in folders works the same way as rearranging apps on your screen. You just touch and hold any app on your screen, wait for the wiggle, and now you drag an app onto another one that you want to be in the same group. iOS will automatically create a folder and place both apps into it. Now, you can also add a name to the folder. If you want, you can drag more apps into the folder and when you're finished you simply press the home button. Done! You got rid of the clutter and you have more space for new apps.
Not all the apps you get from the app store are keepers and so you might want to get rid of the not so great ones at some point. You probably remember how to rearrange apps. Well, deleting them is very similar. Tap and hold any of your apps and wait for the wiggling to start. Now you go to the app you want to delete and click on the little “x” in the upper left corner. Your device will ask you if you are sure about deleting it and if you confirm, the app disappears from your home screen and gets uninstalled from your device. As you can see, not all of the apps have a little “x” in the upper left corner. This is because you can only delete apps that you have installed yourself. Native, pre-installed apps cannot be deleted at all, which is a little strange, but hey. However, you can create a folder for those you don't want and just put them in there.
With all the apps on your iOS device it's easy to lose track of things every now and then. Thankfully, Apple offers a feature that gives you a list of all the apps currently installed on your device. First, you have to launch spotlight search by swiping down from the center of your screen – like this. Then you go to the search window on top and insert a single dot. And now you get a list of all apps currently installed on your device.
If you have ever typed longer messages or other text on your iOS device, you will know that correcting your text after the fact can be a real pain. Particularly when it comes to placing the cursor exactly where you need it, or when you want to delete entire words. But there is a dedicated positioning feature. Simply open any kind of Message or Note. All you have to do is tap and hold the general area in the text you want to navigate to. As you keep holding your finger on the screen a little magnifying glass will appear. And now you can drag the magnifying glass around in the text, anywhere you want. This way, you can correct anything you've typed. By the way, this feature works anywhere you can enter text: text messages, e-mails, chats and so on.
The “find my iPhone” function is very useful, as it can help you find a lost iOS device relatively easily. However, in the past this feature would work only if the internal battery had power. After that all bets were off. With a nifty little trick iOS 8 can at least retain the device's last location before it ran out of power. If you go to “settings” and “iCloud” and then go to “find my iPhone”. You will see a switch there called “send last location”. If you activate this function your device will send its last location to the Apple server just before the battery runs dry. This increases your chances to find your device after losing it – even if the battery is dead.
Using location data all the time by various apps can significantly shorten your device's battery life. In iOS 8 you now get to determine which app gets permission to use your location and under which conditions. To set this up you first go into settings, then to “privacy” and to “location services”. If you now tap on one of the apps in the list, you will be shown a number of options.
In case of “Safari”, for example, you can select “never” or “while using the app”. The options vary from one app to the next, but you do have more detailed control over how and when your device uses your location. And by extension that gives you more control over battery usage.
The “Find my iPhone” feature is a great way of protecting yourself against thieves as well as your own absentmindedness. “Find my iPhone” allows you to find your iPhone/iPad from another Apple device or any other computer and to lock it or erase its data content. Also, activating this function prevents another person from resetting the unlocking code or reactivating the phone. And that makes your device relatively useless to thieves. Activating this function is very simple. First, go to “settings”. Scroll down to “iCloud”. Go to “Find my iPhone” and slide the switch over to the right. Now confirm by pressing “okay”. That's it. “Find my iPhone” is activated and makes it easier to find in case you misplaced it or it got stolen.
What do you do if you can't find your iPhone/iPad? Well, you could use a pc, go to www.icloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID. If you have another Apple device, like an iPad, iMac or someone else's iPhone, you can download the “Find my iPhone” app to that device and open it there. First, you sign in with your Apple ID. Then the system will try to locate your iPhone and show you its location on a map. Of course, this only works if the device is turned on and online. If the app shows you a location for your device, that's a good sign. Now, tap on the green icon and you will get a menu with a number of different options. If the location on the map is close to your current location, for example, you can try tapping on “play sound”. If you can hear something, the device might just be hidden under a newspaper or under the sofa. That would be the best-case scenario, of course. If you recognize the location on the map, you may have just left your phone at work or at a friend's house. If you don't recognize the location at all and you can't explain how the device may have gotten there, tap on “lost mode”. This will allow you to lock your device with a passcode. Tracking will be activated and you can send a message to your phone that will be displayed on the screen, which would give the finder a way to contact you. The lost-mode also prevents anyone from registering the phone under a different Apple ID. If none of these options work, you can tap on “erase iPhone”. This will erase all of your personal data from the phone. If you should get the phone back later, you can restore your personal data through iTunes or iCloud backup.
Another way of protecting your iPhone data from unauthorized access, if it gets lost for example, is to have its data erased automatically after ten incorrect passcode entries. Of course, this only works if you've actually set up a passcode. Let's go to “settings”, “general” and on to “touch ID and passcode” Now, scroll down to “erase data”. Slide the switch to the right. And now your data will be deleted after 10 incorrect attempts to enter a passcode. I sure hope you made a backup.
Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Vimeo: since iOS7 the iPhone and other iOS devices have been offering the integration of social networks. This makes it possible to send status updates to social networks from apps like your camera, photos, maps or Safari. And to spare you the hassle of putting in your password every time you want to send a status message, you can now create profiles for each of your social networking apps. You set them up once and then you're good to go. To do that, go into “settings” and scroll all the way down to the section dealing with social networks. Here you can enter your access information for each of the networks you want to use. Tap on Facebook, for example. Enter you user name and password. Tap on sign in. And now you can use your Facebook from anywhere on your device.
Many websites record personal data when you visit them. Understandably, not everyone wants that to happen. If you want to keep your personal data personal, you can use Safari's “do not track” feature. This requests the website operator to refrain from storing personal data from visitors. Let's go into “settings”. Scroll down to “Safari”. Go to the “privacy and security” section and slide the “do not track” switch to the right. From now on, supporting websites will no longer store any of your private information. The only problem is that not all website operators do this, since they don't have an official obligation to honor the “do not track” request. However, a lot of the major website operators have decided to side with the users on this and so this IOS feature is still a good way of retaining some privacy.
One of the many helpful features in iOS 8 is the automatic update function for apps. This saves you from having to confirm every single update when it becomes available. Instead the update happens in the background without your intervention. To set up auto-update, go into “settings”. Scroll down to “iTunes & App store”. Go to the “automatic downloads” sections and slide the “updates” switch to the right. Now all apps will be updated in the background. I should tell you that there are a couple of downsides to this. First of all, each update process will drain some of your battery power. Secondly, updating also uses data. That means if you are not connected to a Wifi network, the updates will happen through your cell connection. There are ways of keeping tabs on this, though, and I will explain how you do that in the next two videos.
Some apps like Facebook, Twitter or Whatsapp use data. Of course, you knew this already. But do you know how much data they use? There is a way to find out and there is also a way to prevent an app from using data in the first place. Open “settings”and go to “cellular”. The switch on top is called “cellular data”. If you slide it to the off position, data are no longer transmitted through the cellular connection and apps are limited to using wifi networks. If you scroll down even more you will get to a list of apps showing you whether they access cellular data and how much data they have transmitted through the cellular network in the past. Now you can determine for each app whether it's allowed to use your cellular connection or not. By the way, if you want to deactivate background updates of your apps through the cell network, just slide the “App store” switch to the off position and start saving data immediately.
If you want control which app updates itself in the background and save battery power in the process you can do exactly that in the following way: Open “settings”, Scroll down to “general” and tap on “background app refresh”. Here you can determine for each app whether it should update in the background or not. This can help you save on battery power and cellular data usage.
If you have trouble reading the text on your iPhone or iPad screen, I have a tip that might bring you some cheer. It turns out you can adjust the text size. First, launch “settings”. Then go to "General", "Accessibility" and “Larger Text”. If you now move the slider to the right, things should become a lot clearer for you. This comes in handy if you ever misplace your reading glasses.
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