Tips – iOS 8

Below is a list of iOS 8 tips related to taking better photos, saving battery life, typing faster and many other techniques. 

 

Tip
Description
Add Contact Relationships
Relationships in Contacts makes finding people and using Siri easier.
AirDrop Settings Open Quickly
AirDrop settings can be opened quickly in the Control Center from a locked and unlocked screen.
Airplane Mode Battery Life
Save battery life by turning on Airplane Mode which turns off Cellular (voice and data), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and Location services at the same time.
Airplane Mode Set Quickly
Airplane mode can be turned on or off quickly in the Control Center from a locked and unlocked screen.
Airplay Settings Open Quickly
Airplay settings can be opened quickly in the Control Center from a locked and unlocked screen.
Apps with Ads Battery Life
Apps (often free ones) with ads drain your battery and use your cellular minutes because each ad is downloaded from the web.
Auto-Brightness On
Auto-Brightness automatically adjusts the screen brightness for the current lighting conditions.
Auto Enhance a Photo in Photos
The magic wand tool can be applied to automatically enhance the quality of a photo in Photos.
Auto Lock Battery Life To save battery life, set a shorter lock time which results in less time when the screen is activate when it is not needed.
Battery Percentage Indicator On
If not already on, turn on percentage indicator to monitor the battery.
Bluetooth Mode Set Quickly
Bluetooth mode can be turned on or off quickly in the Control Center from a locked and unlocked screen in the Control Center.
Bluetooth Battery Life
To save battery life, turn off Bluetooth if you are not using it to connect to an external device like a keyboard.
Calculator Open Quickly
The Calculator app can be opened quickly in the Control Center from a locked and unlocked screen.
Camera ExposureSetting the camera exposure (amount of light) can result in better photos.
Camera FocusSetting the camera focus for your photo's subject can result in better photos.
Camera GridUsing camera grid lines makes composing photos using the Rule of Thirds easier.
Camera Open Quickly
The Camera can be opened quickly in the Control Center from a locked and unlocked screen.
Camera Volume UpSometimes it is easier and produces a better composed picture to use the volume up button, instead of the on-screen shutter icon to take a photo or start a video recording.
Cellular Service Battery Life
To save battery life, turn off cellular connections when using only a Wi-Fi connection because the device looks for a cellular connections even if you do not need one.
Clock Open Quickly
The Clock app can be opened quickly in the Control Center from a locked and unlocked screen.
Close Each App
Closing each open app can be done quickly.
Color Adjusting a Photo in Photos
Various color adjustments including saturation, contrast, and cast can be applied to change the look of a photo in Photos.
Crop a Photo in Photos
The crop tool can be used to decrease the size a photo in Photos.
Data Push Battery LifeTo save battery life, turn off automatically pushing data (Email, Contacts, Calendars) from outside sources like iCloud, Exchange, and Google.
Degrees Symbol
Typing a degrees symbol is easy, if you know how.
Delete Contact Relationships
Relationships in Contacts can be deleted.
Dim Screen
Save battery life by setting the brightness to the lowest acceptable level.
Do Not Disturb Mode Set Quickly
Do Not Disturb mode can be turned on or off quickly in the Control Center from a locked and unlocked screen in the Control Center.
Do Not Disturb
Save battery life by turning on Do Not Disturb setting while your iOS device is locked to silence calls, alerts, and notifications (half moon icon will appear in the status bar).
Drain Battery Completely Battery Life
When having battery life trouble or on a monthly basis completely draining and recharging the battery may improve battery life.
Emoji KeyboardThe Emoji keyboard gives users the ability to add images and emoticons to text in word processing, e-mail, or text messages.
Equalizer Battery Life
To save battery life, turn off the equalizer. Turning of the Equalizer will effect the quality of the music.
Tag Favorite Photos
Organize your photos into a Favorites album inside Photos.
Filter Photos
Apply a filter to your photos inside Photos.
Flashlight Open Quickly
The Flashlight can be turned on and off quickly in the Control Center from a locked and unlocked screen.
Grayscale Mode
Change your screen from colored to grayscale.
Heat Avoid Extreme Battery LifeTo save battery life, avoid using or leaving your device in a location (car, storage area, beach) which produces extreme heat.
Siri: Enable "Hey Siri"
Siri can be opened by simply saying “Hey Siri”.
Hide Photos
Hide a photo currently in the Photos section of Photos.
iMessage Audio Message
Quickly send an audio message to someone else via iMessage.
iMessage Enable

iMessage has numerous special features, but must be enabled to work.
Delete Photos and Videos Immediately and Permanently
Deleted photos and videos are not immediately deleted because they reside in the Recently Deleted album for 30 days before they are permanently deleted from Photos.
iOS Version NumberQuickly find the exact version of iOS currently running on your device.
Keyboard ShortcutsCreate shortcuts that save time when typing your most commonly used words or phrases.
Light Adjusting a Photo in Photos
Various lighting adjustments including exposure, highlights, shadows, brightness, and contrast, and black point can be applied to change the look of a photo in Photos.
Location Services Battery Life
To save battery life, turn Location Service off unless you need it for your camera or other apps.
Lock Screen Manually Battery Life
To save battery life, do not wait for Auto-Lock to start, manually lock your screen immediately.
Mark All Messages as Read
Change the status of all unread messages to read.
Monitor Battery Using Apps
Determine which apps are using most of your battery life.
Orientation Lock Mode Set Quickly
Orientation Lock mode can be turned on or off quickly in the Control Center from a locked and unlocked screen in the Control Center.
Period End Sentence
Adding a period at the end of sentence can be done quickly.
Personal Hotspot Setup
If your data plan supports tethering, you can setup wi-fi access for non-cellular iOS devices and Macintosh computers running Yosemite by tethering (connecting) them to your cellular device.
Push Notifications Battery LifeTo save battery life, turn off push notifications (messages, sound alerts, and badges) from specific apps.
Recently Closed Tabs
Recently closed tabs in Safari can be opened.
Recover Deleted PhotosDeleted photos can be recovered from the Deleted Album for 30 days.
Revert Filtered Photos
Revert a filtered photo to it’s original state.
Rotate a Photo in Photos
Adjust how straight a photo is by using the rotation tool.
Load Safari Desktop Version
Instead of the mobile version, a desktop version of Safari can be forced to load.
Screen Brightness Adjust Quickly
The brightness of the device’s screen can be adjusted quickly in the Control Center from a locked and unlocked screen.
Screen Shot
Take a photo of what is on your device’s screen.
Self-Timer Camera Mode
Prevent camera shake and delay the shot long enough to get yourself in the photo by using the self-timer feature in the camera.
Shake To UndoMany apps have a built in feature that allows for undoing the most recent action by shaking the device.
Siri: Create Calendar Event
Siri can quickly a new event in your Calendar.
Siri: Change Calendar Event
Siri can quickly a change an event in your Calendar.
Siri: Check Email Messages
Siri can quickly check email.
Siri Command: Define Contact Relationships
Siri can define relations to you based on people in Contacts.
Siri: Delete Calendar Event
Siri can quickly a delete an event in your Calendar.
Siri: Make FaceTime Call
Siri can be used to quickly make a FaceTime call.
Siri: Hear New Text Messages

Siri can quickly read out loud new text messages.
Siri Command: Open an App
Siri can open an app on your device by saying the name of the app.
Siri: Make Phone Call
Siri can be used to quickly make a phone call.
Siri: Check Recent Phone Calls
Siri can show a list of the recent phone calls you have made and received.
Siri: Redial Last Phone Number
Siri can redial the last phone call you made.
Siri: Reply to Text Messages

Siri can quickly reply to text messages.
Siri: Return Phone Call
Siri can be used to quickly return a missed phone call.
Siri Command: Search Contacts
Siri can display specific information about people in your Contacts.
Siri: Send Email Messages
Siri can quickly send email.
Siri: Show Daily Calendar
Siri can quickly show your Calendar for a specific day.
Siri: Speak Notifications
Siri can quickly read out loud the subject of your notifications.
Siri Command: Send Text Messages (SMS)
Siri can send text messages (SMS) to people in your Contacts without having to open the Messages app first.
Siri: Check Voice MailSiri can check your voice mail.
Split KeyboardSplitting the keyboard enables typing with two thumbs easier on an iPad. Not available on the iPhone or iPod touch.
Time-lapse Camera Mode
The Time-lapse mode in the camera captures a series of photos over a long period of time and creates a sped up video from them.
Volume of Media Adjust Quickly
The media volume level of the device can be adjusted quickly in the Control Center from a locked and unlocked screen.
Wi-Fi Battery Life
To save battery life, turn off Wi-Fi when you are using only a 3G or 4G connection because the device looks for a Wi-Fi connection even if you do not need one.
Wi-Fi Mode Set Quickly
Wi-Fi mode can be turned on or off quickly in the Control Center from a locked and unlocked screen.