As Apple always keeps its competitiveness intact, every release of its newest software version boasts a slew of features and functionality. It’s newest one, the iOS 11, which came out around September of last year, works with iPhone 5S and higher, iPad mini 2 and up, and the 6th-gen iPod Touch. Older versions of these devices will have difficulty to run on the new mobile OS due to its shift to 64-bit apps.

So before you dive in to its hidden tips and tricks, go ahead and check if the update is available to your device of choice. It will only take about 30 minutes or less depending on the model version of your device. Once you’re done, feel free to learn more about different stuffs you can do in iOS 11.

Auto-Delete Apps You Don’t Need

To automatically delete any apps that you don’t use, head to Settings > General > iPhone Storage > Offload Unused Apps. Doing this will automatically delete any apps but it won’t kill the data associated with the apps, so you can always download it again later. However, once you enable it, you can’t turn it off in this same location. Apple,for some reason, appears to have put the disable option for this under Settings > iTunes & App Store—scroll down and you can see the toggle.

Mark Up Your Screenshots

 

Taking a screenshot has always been relatively easy in iOS, just hold the power button and Home button at the same time. (On iPhone X, you’ll do it by holding the power button on the side and clicking Volume Up on the other side.) It used to just throw the screenshot into Photos, but now, it puts a thumbnail on the screen. Click the thumbnail and you’re taken into the new editing screen, where you can crop, add arrows/lines/shapes, put in text, sign it, magnify a section, highlight, write on it, type on it (and change the font), select sections, undo/redo your actions, or use the lasso tool to grab your annotations and move them (even scribbles and highlights). When you click Done, save the screenshot to Photos, or just delete it, if it was for fun. (This is in addition to the tools you get in Photos for cropping, rotating, filtering, and adjusting color and contrast.)

Insert Your Art Into Mail

 

In the iOS Mail app, you have the option to insert your own drawings. Hold down your finger in a message until you get the usual pop-up menu for pasting content or inserting a photo/video/attachment. At the end of the list is Insert Drawing. The tools you get are the same as you get for annotating screenshots and PDFs—a marker, a highlighter, a pencil, eraser, a lasso for moving your annotations, and a color switcher (white, black, blue, green, yellow, or red). The + icon has some other options for inserting shapes and text in a drawing, even your signature.

Use New Photo Formats to Save Space

Photos and videos take up a lot space. On iPhone 7 and up (any device with an A9 chip or better), iOS 11 comes with new formats called HEIF (High Efficiency Image Format) and HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), which can compress media about twice as much and still be easily shareable with the outside world. Yes, that’s a 50 percent space saver. To set up the new formats, go to Settings > Camera > Formats > High Efficiency. To stick with JPG file for images and H.264 for videos, tap Most Compatible.

Automatically Answer Your Calls

 

This one is for those who really like to talk on the phone, even to telemarketers. Go into Settings > General > Accessibility > Call Audio Routing > Auto-Answer Calls and actually tell your phone to answer every call received. Set the time in seconds before the phone answers.

Built-in QR Code Scanner

Users of iOS devices have to download often poorly-made third-party apps in order to read any QR codes, such as those used in membership programs at lunch spots. Apple’s own Camera app will now feature its own QR-code scanner.

No More Automatically Joining Spotty Wi-Fi Networks

If you live in a densely populated area, you’re likely tired of your iPhone’s attempts to join Wi-Fi networks every time it smells the faintest scent of connectivity. A new Auto Join setting, which stops your phone from automatically hopping onto networks with lesser signal quality, should put a stop to that.

Easier Wi-Fi Access

 

iOS 11 also makes it easier to grant network access to your fellow iOS users without fumbling with passwords. When someone tries to join your network from a phone or tablet running iOS 11, you’ll get a notification on your device asking you if you want to let them on the Wi-Fi network. Agree, and your encrypted network password will automatically fill in on your friend’s phone, letting them easily hop on your Wi-Fi.

Write Emails in Your Own Handwriting

In iOS 11, Mail adds that capability. Just long-press on the screen to summon up the copy/paste pop-up window; scroll through all the options until you reach Insert Drawing. Tapping that option takes you to a blank page where you can use a virtual pencil, pen or marker to write out a message. When you’re done, you can insert it directly into the body of an email.

Pencil Powers

 

iPad Pro owners who use the Apple Pencil will become more efficient. In iOS 11, tapping on the locked tablet’s screen with the stylus automatically opens the Notes app.

Take a Live Photo in FaceTime

 

If there’s a moment in one of your FaceTime conversations you’d like to capture forever, just tap that shutter button in the lower left corner of the video messaging app. You’ll be able to take a Live Photo from the Mac or iPhone camera of the person on the other end of the line that’s saved to your Photos library. (Worried that someone will snap a photo of you without your knowledge? Everyone on the FaceTime call gets a notification the photo was taken.)

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 6:31:44 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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