With the iPhone 6S offering a bigger display and more features, users will surely be surprised on how much this phone can do. Apple delivers a lot of new iOS 9 features that will surely change the way you can use your iPhone 6S.

So if you don’t want to spend the day reading the phone’s manual, you can check out the list below to learn some great iPhone 6S tips and tricks and get the most out of your new phone.

Set a Live Photo as Lockscreen

Live photos are great because you can set them as your background and set them off to all who dare to touch your phone. When you’re taking a photo, make sure the yellow “Live” icon appears.

Then open Camera Roll, view the Live Photo, and then tap the Share icon. At the bottom row, swipe left until you see the option Use as wallpaper, then tap it.

Quickly Switch to Another App

This trick can be a little challenging to get right, but once you get to master it, you’re golden. On the left side of the screen, press down firmly to enter Multi-tasking Mode. You will then see a stack of your most recently used apps. Simply swipe right to scroll through them, then tap on the one you’d like to switch to.

Text a Response in Lightning Speed

If you need to send some very common responses like “OK,” “Thanks!,” or Talk later?,” you can do this super quickly. While you’re on Messages, press down on a text thread then swipe up to see a list of pre-written replies like the ones mentioned. That’s it!

Turn the Keyboard into a Trackpad

This feature can be so much easier than the magnifying glass cursor. Press down on the keyboard to move the cursor around. Here’s a BONUS hint — tap again once to highlight a word, twice to highlight a line, and thrice to select all.

Preview a Link without Opening a New Tab

You can do while you’re on Safari, Mail, or Messages — just press down on any link to preview it. In Safari, you can also press down, and then swipe up to copy the URL or add it to your reading list.

Preview Recently Taken Photos While Taking New Ones

To try out this cool tip, open the Camera app, then press down on the photo thumbnail at the bottom left. Now peek and scroll through your Camera Roll. Lift your finger to return to the Camera app.

Accept or Decline Invites in Calendar

If you want to make a quick accept or decline response to a Calendar invite on your iPhone 6S, press down on any event then swipe up to respond with Accept, Maybe, or Decline.

Tweak 3D Touch Sensitivity

One of the biggest changes on how you interact with your iPhone is the 3D Touch feature. It enables the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus to sense the amount of pressure you’re applying to the screen and display information, options, and more depending on how hard and for how long you press.

If you’re having a hard time to get the hang of this feature, you can adjust the feature’s sensitivity by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > 3D Touch. There is a adjustable slider that you can move from Light,Medium, up to Firm.

AE/AF Lock

When you’re using the camera, you can tap and hold anywhere on the screen to lock the exposure and focus at that point — which works not only for still pictures, but for videos as well. It stops the camera refocusing and changing brightness levels in a video just because your framing has changed. You can also make use of the AE/AF lock for panoramas, to set the focus and exposure for the main part of the screen, which is usually in the middle. Normally the camera locks the focus and exposure where you start the panning movement, right at the edge of the scene.

Choose Your Preferred Video Quality

The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are Apple’s first smartphones that can shoot video in 4K, however, keeping a significant amount of 4K video clips on your smartphone will definitely eat up a huge amount of storage space. So if you don’t have the urge to jump into 4K just yet, you can easily adjust the video settings.

To do this, open up Settings, then tap Photos and Camera, and then Record Video. Here you will be offered with a list of video formats and frame rates. You can drop down to 720p at 30 fps, although the 1080p HD at 30 fps offers the best compromise between awesome-looking footage and optimizing your iPhone storage space for apps, games, and other functions.

Manage Wi-Fi Assist

Wi-Fi Assist is one of the newest features in iOS 9 that switches to your cellular data connection if it’s stronger than the Wi-Fi network that you’re currently connected to. Although this may come in useful where your LTE 4G data connection is faster and stronger than any Wi-Fi networks you’re connected to, the feature is enabled by default, which means you could be eating into your valuable data allowance.

To turn it off, open up Settings, then go to Mobile Data, and then tap the slider next to Wi-Fi Assist.


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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 4:43:15 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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