Most iPhones are on iOS 10 or on the newer iOS 10.2.1 update that includes new features that we will show you how to use.
Apple delivered iOS 10 to the iPhone and iPad as a free update in September 2016 and iOS 10.2.1 in early 2017. Whether you’ve used iOS 10 for months or you just installed it, there is a lot to learn.
Once you get past the basics there are amazing hidden iOS 10 features and essential iOS 10 tips and tricks that can help you become an iPhone pro in minutes.
Open the iPhone Camera from the Lock Screen
To open the iPhone camera from the lock screen you need to swipe in from the right edge of the screen. On iOS 9 you had to swipe up from the bottom right corner, but that will now only open the Control Center. If you do open the Control Center, you can 3D Touch the camera icon to jump into the camera mode you want.
Delete Stock Apple Apps
iOS 10 lets you delete stock Apple apps. this frees up a very small amount of room and it also allows you to remove them from your Home Screen without stashing them in a folder. You can always re-install them from the App Store. Hold down on any app icon and then when they start to wiggle, tap the X on the stock iPhone apps you want to delete.
Use New iOS 10.2 Emoji
If you update to iOS 10.2 or iOS 10.2.1, you can now use a lot of new iPhone emoji. These include the following new emoji;
- Clown Emoji
- Mother Christmas
- Rolling on the Floor Laughing
- Lying Face
- Drooling Emoji
- Nauseated Face
- Sneezing Face
- Man in a Tux emoji
- Pregnant woman
- Face Palm
- Cal Me Hand
- Fingers Crossed Emoji
- Fox Face
- Whisky Emoji
- First Place Medal
- Goal Net
In addition, you will see many new iPhone emoji options for genders and professions.
Stay Logged Into TV Apps
The iOS 10.2 update includes a new TV app. In addition to offering a single place to see the TV shows and movies that you are currently watching it solves a major issue.
You can sign in to your TV provider here and then it will keep you signed into the individual apps that networks and premium providers use.
To get started, go to Settings -> TV -> and sign into your provider. You will then see options to connect accounts to the TV app.
Keep Track Of Your Movies and TV Shows
Another great thing you can do in iOS 10.2 and higher is open the TV app to see where you are in the shows and movies you are watching. This shows on your iPhone, iPad and on the new Apple TV as well.
Just open the app to see what’s next and see what else you can watch.
Quick Access to Apple Music Controls
Once you update to iOS 10.2 or higher you can quickly adjust your Apple Music playback settings.
Swipe up from the bottom in the Apple Music app and you can see the options to contol Shuffle, Repear and Up Next.
Use Split View in Safari on iPad
When you are browsing a webpage in Safari on the iPad you can now open up two pages next to each other. Press and hold on a link and then choose Open in Split view to launch two webpages next to each other. You can use each page independently. It’s awesome for comparison shopping.
See Your Notifications Fast
When you pick up your iPhone, you can now see all your notifications without pushing a button. Raise to Wake is on by default, but you can turn it on in Settings -> Display& Brightness -> Raise to Wake if it isn’t already working. This allows you to quickly see your new notifications without pushing the home button or power button.
Use a Bedtime Alarm for Better Sleep
You can use the new iOS 10 Bedtime alarm to go to bed at the same time every night, and hopefully get up at the same time too. This new feature reminds you when it is time to go to bed and then wakes you up with an array of soothing morning tones. Here’s more on how to use the iOS 10 Bedtime alarm and why you should.
Find Your Parked Car
With iOS 10 your iPhone knows when you get out of a car that has been driving and then marks the spot in Apple Maps. You’ll see a notification on your screen showing where your parked car is at.
How to Change Flashlight Brightness
The iPhone flashlight on iOS 10 now supports 3D touch so that you can choose the brightness. Open the Control Center and then 3D Touch on the flashlight icon to choose the intensity of the light. It’s very handy for times when you just need a little light to find your Lightning cable and you don’t want to light up the bedroom.
How to Read Only Unread Email in iOS 10
Do you use the Mail app to read your email? if so this is an amazing iOS 10 tip that will save you loads of time when you are trying to catch up on email.
At the bottom of the Mail app screen, tap on the circle with three lines in it. This lets you filter your Inbox. By default this will show you only unread messages. You can also tap in the center to change the filter if you need to see Flagged or if you want to only see messaged that are to you, cc’d to you, with attachments or only from a VIP.
How to Find Related Photos Fast
When you are looking at a photo in iOS 10 slide up to see related photos in the form of Moments and slide up more to Show Photos from this day. You can also Tap on Details to see this information and if saved the location of the photo.
How to Go Back to Touch to Unlock
If you don’t like the new press to unlock option in iOS 10, you can go back to the way it was in iOS 9. This will take you back to rest to unlock and will unlock your iPhone as soon as you put your finger on the home button. Go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Rest Finger to Open -> On. Here’s more on this change.