iOS 11 Tips

Your guide to un­der­stand­ing the top new fea­tures of Ap­ple’s latest op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

iPhone Life Magazine - - Contents - BY RHEANNE TAY LOR

T hanks to iOS 11, your iPhone and iPad just got a lot more pow­er­ful. With each new re­lease, Ap­ple fo­cuses on im­prov­ing old fea­tures as well as de­liv­er­ing new ones. So whether you're look­ing to kick­start your pro­duc­tiv­ity by scan­ning doc­u­ments in the Notes app or to train your­self to be a safer driver with Do Not Dis­turb While Driv­ing, this guide is your go-to source for all that and more.

Cus­tom­ize Con­trol Cen­ter

With iOS 11, you can fi­nally cus­tom­ize Con­trol Cen­ter on your iPhone. This al­lows you to re­move func­tions that you might never use and re­place them with some­thing bet­ter (like Low Power Mode or Screen Record­ing!). To cus­tom­ize Con­trol Cen­ter, go to Set­tings > Con­trol Cen­ter > Cus­tom­ize Con­trols. To re­move a con­trol, tap the red cir­cle next to the fea­ture you want to re­move. Un­der More Con­trols, tap the green cir­cle to add a fea­ture to your Con­trol Cen­ter. Un­der In­clude, tap and hold the three hor­i­zon­tal lines to the right of each fea­ture to re­ar­range the or­der in which they show up in your Con­trol Cen­ter.

Turn on Do Not Dis­turb While Driv­ing

A new fea­ture Ap­ple de­signed for dis­tracted driv­ers blocks no­ti­fi­ca­tions when you're on the road. To en­able this fea­ture, go to Set­tings > Do Not Dis­turb and tap Ac­ti­vate un­der the Do Not Dis­turb While Driv­ing head­ing. From here, you can select Au­to­mat­i­cally, When Con­nected to Car Blue­tooth, and Man­u­ally. To en­sure safer driv­ing, select Au­to­mat­i­cally. From the pre­vi­ous page, you can also set up Auto-Re­ply to send a de­fault text to peo­ple who try to reach you while you're in tran­sit, let­ting them know you'll get back to them.

Au­to­mat­i­cally An­swer Calls

With the latest up­date, you can now al­low your phone to au­to­mat­i­cally an­swer calls after three rings. If you're the type of per­son who's al­ways near their phone but some­times takes too long to an­swer, or if you find the swipeto-an­swer mo­tion an­noy­ing or dif­fi­cult to do, then you can turn on this set­ting. To do this, go to Set­tings > General > Ac­ces­si­bil­ity. Then scroll down to Call Au­dio Rout­ing. Tap Auto-An­swer Calls, and tog­gle it on. You can choose the du­ra­tion of time your iPhone will ring be­fore it au­to­mat­i­cally an­swers the call.

En­ter Punc­tu­a­tion on iPad

Typ­ing us­ing the iPad's on-screen key­board can be a chal­lenge, but Ap­ple has added a punc­tu­a­tion tool with iOS 11 that eases the process. In­stead of hav­ing to switch to a whole new key­board to add punc­tu­a­tion, you can now en­ter a key's sec­ondary en­try by sim­ply press­ing the key, swip­ing down, and re­leas­ing to en­ter the punc­tu­a­tion mark as­so­ci­ated with that key. This makes life a lot eas­ier when typ­ing on your iPad! Give it a try!

Scan Doc­u­ments with Notes

A great new func­tion­al­ity of the Notes app is the abil­ity to eas­ily scan doc­u­ments. To use the scan­ner, open a note, tap the plus icon along the bot­tom of the screen, and tap Scan Doc­u­ments. The cam­era viewfinder will ap­pear. Tap the three-cir­cle icon for the fol­low­ing op­tions: Grayscale, Black & White, Photo. Choose Black & White if you're scan­ning text-only doc­u­ments, like re­ceipts. If you need more light, tap the flash icon to en­able flash or to set it to Off or Auto. The fea­ture will au­to­mat­i­cally straighten the doc­u­ment into a rec­tan­gle for you. Tap Keep Scan when you're happy with your re­sult.

Use Siri to Trans­late Lan­guages

A new trans­la­tion fea­ture al­lows you to ask Siri to trans­late English to sev­eral lan­guages in­clud­ing Man­darin, French, Ger­man, Ital­ian, and Span­ish. If you ask Siri for a trans­la­tion for a sen­tence, Siri will speak the trans­la­tion aloud as well as show it on your screen. You'll also see a Play but­ton that lets you tap to re­peat the trans­la­tion. If you're not hear­ing the trans­la­tion aloud, check to see if you have the Silent switch turned on.

Use Fly­over to Ex­plore Cities

Ap­ple's Fly­over fea­ture—which uses 3D satel­lite imaging to let you ex­plore cities with your iOS de­vice—has just got­ten a lot cooler. Thanks to ARKit, you can now con­trol your point of view us­ing the po­si­tion­ing of your screen. To use this fea­ture, en­ter in a des­ti­na­tion in Ap­ple Maps, such as New York City, and tap the Fly­over op­tion to the left of Di­rec­tions. From here, swivel and tilt your iPhone screen to view your sur­round­ings from ev­ery an­gle and di­rec­tion.

Free up & Op­ti­mize Stor­age

With iOS 11, you can save space on your de­vice by op­ti­miz­ing your stor­age. To do this, go to Set­tings > General > iPhone Stor­age. At the top of the page, you'll see a full break­down of what's tak­ing up all your space. Be­low that, you'll find op­ti­miza­tion choices, in­clud­ing the op­tion to delete old text threads and mes­sage at­tach­ments. You can also off­load apps, a new op­tion that al­lows you to re­move stor­age-heavy apps but keep any per­sonal data (like game scores) in­tact. En­able Off­load Un­used Apps to au­to­mat­i­cally delete apps you haven't opened in a while, or scroll down and tap on apps from the list be­low to off­load apps man­u­ally.

Use the QR Code Reader

QR codes are bar codes for smart­phones that you can use to trans­mit data. Now with iOS 11, your iPhone's na­tive Cam­era app can read QR codes in or­der to launch apps, visit web­sites, or join WiFi net­works. To test this fea­ture out, launch your Cam­era app and point your cam­era at the QR code above. A no­ti­fi­ca­tion ban­ner should pop up at the top of your screen ask­ing if you'd like to visit iPhoneLife.com. Tap on the ban­ner to trig­ger the ac­tion.

Get Help with Emer­gency SOS

Emer­gency SOS lets you call an emer­gency ser­vice by press­ing the Sleep/Wake but­ton five times. This fea­ture re­veals your lo­ca­tion to your lo­cal emer­gency ser­vice. After speak­ing to an emer­gency dis­patcher, you'll have the op­tion to no­tify the emer­gency con­tact you've spec­i­fied via your Med­i­cal ID card in the Health app that you've used Emer­gency SOS. For a lim­ited time, your emer­gency con­tact will be no­ti­fied of changes to your lo­ca­tion.

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