5 Tips to Take Command of Your iPhone

Last month, Apple launched an replace to its working system, iOS 14.5, which supplies customers extra management of their private information. But should you’re wanting to achieve extra management over the iPhone itself, you even have choices. Want to put your favourite apps inside simple attain, tag mates in Messages or set your most well-liked browser to open hyperlinks? You can do all that and extra.

Here are just a few fast ideas for enhancing the iPhone expertise. Next week’s Tech Tip column will spherical up just a few useful hints for the Android devoted.

1. Customize Your Control Center

The Control Center — that helpful panel of often-used settings summoned with a finger swipe — first appeared again in 2013 and acquired extra helpful when Apple started to let customers add their most well-liked buttons just a few years later. If you haven’t tinkered together with your Control Center to add the options and features you employ probably the most, simply open the Settings icon on the house display, scroll down to Control Center and provides it a faucet.

As proven within the Settings display on the left, you possibly can select the apps you need to see while you open the iPhone’s Control Center.Credit…Apple

From the listing on the subsequent display, select the icons for the apps and settings you need to dwell in your Control Center. While instruments just like the Flashlight are sometimes there by default, you possibly can take away these you by no means use and add icons for apps you need, just like the Magnifier, the QR Code scanner and even the Shazam music recognition characteristic. To rearrange the order of the icons on the display, drag them up and down the listing earlier than you shut the Settings app.

2. Assign a Back Tap Action

Wouldn’t it’s nice should you had one more manner to work together together with your machine together with display swipes and voice instructions? If you might have no less than an iPhone eight working iOS 14 or later, you need to use the Back Tap characteristic to have your iPhone carry out a particular motion while you give it fast faucets on the again.

The Back Tap controls are on the backside of the Accessibility/Touch settings display, left. Once you allow the characteristic, you possibly can select an motion for the iPhone to take while you faucet the again of the machine.Credit…Apple

To set it up, open the Settings, choose Accessibility after which Touch, and scroll down to Back Tap. Once you choose Back Tap, choose both Double or Triple Tap and select an motion on the subsequent display, like opening the Spotlight search app or the Control Center or working a Shortcut you’ve arrange with Apple’s Shortcuts app. You can assign two separate duties to the Double Tap and Triple Tap features — and Back Tap ought to work even when your iPhone is in a case.

three. Choose Your Mail and Browser Apps

Tired of the iPhone at all times opening the Safari browser as an alternative of your favored DuckDuckGo while you faucet a hyperlink, or firing up Apple’s Mail program as an alternative of the Gmail app when you choose an electronic mail deal with out of your Contacts listing? If your iPhone is working iOS 14 or later, you possibly can select the apps you need as your default applications.

To assign a brand new default app, go to the setting display of the app you need to use, faucet “Default Mail (or Browser) App” and ensure your choice on the subsequent display.Credit…Apple

To make it occur, inform Siri to “open the settings for Gmail” or whichever app you really need to use. You may faucet open the Settings icon on the house display, scroll to the title of the app and choose it to get to its settings. Tap the Default Browser App or Default Mail App line and on the subsequent display, and choose your most well-liked program.

four. Direct Your Response in Messages

Want to reply to a particular publish in a Messages chat or get somebody’s consideration in a gaggle dialog, simply as you possibly can on some social media platforms? You can do each.

Press and maintain a message in a dialog and choose Reply from the menu to reply to that publish. As proven on the correct, you can too point out somebody in a dialog to ship her or him a notification.Credit…Apple

To reply to a sure message in both a one-on-one or group chat the place everyone seems to be utilizing the Messages app, press your finger on that message till a menu seems. Select Reply, enter your response and faucet the blue Send arrow. To tag somebody in a dialog so she or he will get a notification, put the @ image in entrance of the title or simply kind the title and choose it when it pops up onscreen out of your Contacts.

5. Get the Siri You Want

Apple’s Siri voice assistant, celebrating a decade on the iPhone this October, has been dropping floor in data and usefulness to Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant lately. To enhance Siri’s powers, Apple added extra abilities in iOS 14. And with iOS 14.5, it now features a extra various set of voices.

In the iOS 14.5 replace, Apple added a extra various set of artificial voices for Siri to use. Elsewhere within the settings, you possibly can select to show your conversations as captions.Credit…Apple

To change how and when Siri sounds, open the Settings icon on the house display, choose Siri & Search and make your alternatives. You may choose to show your conversations on the display by tapping Siri Responses and turning on “Always Show Siri Captions” and “Always Show Speech” to be sure to see the final phrase, too.