Here are a couple of tips and tricks to keep you productive while using your Apple device.
If you use an Apple device, chances are you already are familiar with some of the features that iOS brings. But more than just the interface and app support, iOS has brought in some of the best productivity features that make it almost as good as any computer.
Check out a list of these useful tips and tricks for iOS that should help make you more productive with your daily tasks:
Protect your hearing just in time for World Hearing Day – Did you know that your iPhone, iPod touch, and Apple Watch can monitor your audio exposure levels through the Health app? The Noise app on the Apple Watch can also measure ambient sound levels in your environment to identify if the sound level could affect your hearing. When the sound gets too loud, your Apple Watch can alert you with a tap.
Create a personal hotspot for your devices – The iPhone 12 supports 5G, where you can also create a personal hotspot to share connections to your other Wi-Fi-only devices. Just set up the Personal Hotspot setting with your own password and you’re good to go. If you have Family Sharing set up, all users in your household will be able to connect automatically without entering the password.
Take advantage of keystrokes and text shortcuts – Did you know that you can create various text shortcuts that can help you save time in typing long sentences? Inside the Keyboard menu inside Settings, you can add text shortcuts and long phrases that you frequently type. For example, you can create the text shortcut ‘dde’ and it will automatically type out ‘Did the dogs eat?’.
Check your privacy – One of the new features of iOS 14 includes a status indicator to know if your microphone or camera is in use. If the indicator on the status bar is green, that means an app has accessed the camera. If the indicator is orange, then an app has accessed the microphone.
Create your own Memoji – Express yourself in a million different ways by creating your own Memoji. Updated options now include face coverings, hair, and headwear styles. You can even set a Memoji as your own profile pic on video calls. You can access your Memoji by opening the Messages app, then Compose and tap the Memoji button below that has a yellow frame.
Take advantage of different camera modes – While iOS makes it simpler for you to take photos, you can also take advantage of the different camera modes that will make your images even better.
Portrait mode lets you take a subject and blur a background (aka bokeh effect) and if you have an iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max, you can take advantage of Night mode Portrait using the LiDAR Scanner on the Wide camera.
Square lets you take images that are perfect for social media apps while Pano can take landscape images that are normally not seen on the standard photo mode.
There’s also Slo-mo for making those precious moments last longer as well as Time-lapse that now supports Night mode on the entire iPhone 12 lineup when used with a tripod. If you want to know more about capturing Time-Lapse on your iPhone, check out @eletrico on TikTok.
Declutter and organize your smartphone – Maintaining your Apple devices should be a regular task, so make sure to do these simple spring cleaning tips to keep your device in tip-top shape:
Make sure to review your App Store purchases and subscriptions, and cancel the ones that you don’t use anymore. You can also check some App subscriptions if you can share them with your Family Sharing group.
Check your storage space and see if you still have enough room. Browse through the Settings menu and see some recommendations on how you can free up space on your device.
iOS 14 introduces the App Library, where you can hide apps that you don’t want on your home screen. It automatically categorizes apps so it’s easy to find.
Make sure you regularly create backups of your device just in case something happens. You can either create a local backup on your Mac or PC, but it’s easier using iCloud.
As always, make sure that your device is always up-to-date to ensure you have the latest security patches and bug fixes so keep your device running smoothly.