iOS9 Tips and Tricks

by Brandon Ackroyd - , Last Updated on November 9, 2015, How To Guides

Updated to the new iOS9 on your Apple device? Or maybe you’re lucky enough to have got your hands on one of the new iPhone 6S models. The new operating system update has some pretty nifty new features, as well as some cool hidden tricks up its sleeve. If you want to make the most of your device then we’ve got all you need to know with the best iOS9 tips and tricks. Keep reading and you’ll be a power user in no time!

Better Notes

Have problems remembering things? Need to scrawl down that logo idea before you forget? Then Notes has the tricks you’re looking for. Notes is probably one of the iPhone’s most used in built apps, and it’s always been handy for jotting the odd important thing down. But now Notes is better than ever, and is capable of handling much more as well. Simply open the app and you’ll be presented with a list of options that allow you to use Notes to make checklists (or shopping lists), import pics from your camera, or even to draw with your finger on the screen. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that Note is just for well, notes, any more!

Low Power Mode

Hate running out of juice? The iPhone has desperately needed a low power mode since its inception, and its finally got one with iOS9. If you drop below 20% battery your phone will automatically switch to low power mode and use less battery power to stretch out those few remaining percentage points even further. However, if you know that you’re going to be away from a power source for a while you can switch on low power mode manually by heading into the battery option under the settings menu.

Side Switch

Changing the function of the side switch used to be a feature on older iPads, but it’s now back and available to iPhone users with iOS9. Head into the settings menu, hit general, then find “use side switch to” and you can change the function to either locking screen rotation or muting your phone. The mute function is especially useful, since it let’s you silence your phone with the touch of a button whenever necessary (and of course to unmute it with a second press).

Maps and Transport

Apple Maps have never had the best reputation, and frankly, most of us just went ahead and installed Google Maps as soon as it became possible. But with iOS9 Maps are bigger and better than ever. Most notably there’s now a public transport function, simply switch the map you’re looking at to transport mode and you’ll be able to see all public transport connections. You can also get directions, and the app will even tell you which door of the station to enter or leave by, just to make things easier.

Faster Digital Payments

With the launch of Apple Pay, iPhone users can now use their digital wallets to pay for goods in an ever growing list of shops across the country. But who wants to mess around with opening up their phone and then opening an app and then verifying a purchase, all when you’re just trying to get your hands on a quick cup of coffee? No worries, there’s a short cut here. Simply tap the fingerprint ID button twice quickly and you’ll be taken straight to the Apple Pay verification screen to complete your purchase. Much easier and a whole lot faster.

Get Better Security

Digital security is becoming more and more important, especially with so many of us now using the above mentioned Apple Pay. Fortunately, with iOS9 you now have heightened security in the form of a six number passcode. Far safer than the traditional four number codes, all you need to do is head into settings and then security to enable and set up a 6 figure number to unlock your phone. Remembering those six numbers is another matter though…

Mail and Attachments

Apple’s mail programme has been a little behind Google’s for a while, but it’s finally caught up. You can now attach any kind of file to an email. However, the best trick here is that you no longer need to download attachments that you receive to your phone before moving them elsewhere. Simply press and hold on the attachment that you get and wait for a menu to appear. You can then transfer the file directly to your Cloud account without needing to jam up memory on your mobile.

Solve WiFi Frustrations

This is a particularly nice little trick, and one that’s a big frustration saver. With iOS9 weak WiFi signals are now ignored. So if a WiFi signal is much slower than your normal 3G or 4G signal your phone simply won’t connect to it, letting you use faster cellular data by default. If you’re worried about using up all your data plan you can turn this function off. Go to the settings menu, choose cellular, then toggle off “WiFi Assist.”

Easier Settings

As mobile phone functionality has grown, so has the long list of options under the settings menu. And with each of those settings options having another long list of options under it it can be tough to find exactly what you’re looking for. But with iOS9 this is no problem. Just open up the settings menu and hit the magnifying glass option in the top corner and you can search all the settings options for what you need.

Read (or Print) Later

Ever start reading an article online and suddenly find that you don’t have time to finish it? Or maybe you want to finish reading it on your train ride home (where you don’t have a data connection). No problem. From inside Safari hit the square button with the arrow inside it and then hit “save as PDF.” The page will then be saved as a PDF file in your iBooks app and you can read it whenever you want. As a bonus, this makes printing webpages cleaner and easier too!

The bottom line here is that iOS9 is better, faster, and easier to use than ever before. Don’t be afraid to try new things, these little tricks will save you plenty of time, and a lot of stress too!