iOS 8 has plenty of great new features to its credit such as widget notifications and Guided Access which offers more parental controls than before. But one of the coolest things is that there are plenty of tiny enhancements, that don’t really get highlighted on the front page, which actually makes your iOS device super intuitive and smart. If you’ve just upgraded your device or have picked up an iPhone 6, we’ve put together a list of 17 cool iOS 8 tips to help you work that device like a pro. Check it out and if you’ve discovered a tip that should make it to this list, please let us know in the comments.
iOS 8 Tips to Master Your iPhone
Manage your Email with Swipes
You can swipe a message to the right to mark it, and swipe it to the left for other options. Swiping to the far left will delete it.
Reach your Favorite Contacts
Double-click the Home button to tap a favorite or recent contact to call or message
See When a Message Was Sent
You can check the time a message was sent by dragging the message bubble to the left.
Get Notified of Email Replies
If you’re eager to view a response to an email you sent, you can hit the Flag button on the message and tap Notify me to get an instant nudge when you receive a reply.
Keep Text Notifications Shhhhhh
You can mute notifications for a conversation by tapping Details, then Do Not Disturb. This one’s handy to know when you’re having a group discussion.
To quickly respond to a notification
Slide a notification up to dismiss it, pull it down to reveal further actions you take, such as to reply instantly from the notification.
Send an Audio Message
In Messages touch and hold the microphone icon to record a message and then swipe up to send the recording. If you wish to delete it just swipe to the left.
You can buy an app once and share it with the rest of your family, even if they have their own Apple accounts. You can setup Family Sharing in Settings->iCloud.
Typing Internet Addresses
Typing internet addresses just got better as touching and holding the period button on the keyboard will reveal .com, .net and other internet prefixes.
Let People Know Where You Are
You can let people you are messaging know exactly where you are by tapping Details and then tapping Share my Location.
Sharing with AirDrop
Wherever you find apps with support for AirDrop, you can share stuff including photos, videos, and documents to people who are nearby. Just tap the Airdrop icon and then tap the person you want to share it with and bam! its done.
Save Photos from Messages
You can now save photos sent via messages. You’ll need to tap Details in the message, touch and hold a photo and then tap More. Now you will be able to select the desired photos. Next tap Save images.
Ask Siri What’s Playing
If you’re listening to a song on the radio, in a café, or anywhere else but can’t put a name to the song, just ask Siri “what song is this?” and voila! you know.
What’s Screening at a Theatre Near You?
Siri doesn’t just tell you what song is playing around you, it can even tell you which movie is screening at a theatre near you. You can even watch trailers, read reviews, and buy tickets (for some theatres at least.)
Time Your Selfies
You can now use the Shutter timer and set the number of seconds to time your shots so you can jump into the photo frame.
Put Your Favorite Photos Together in One Album
You can tap the heart icon to favorite the pictures you love the most, and they’ll find a place in your favorites album automatically.
Ad Free Reading Experience
You can remove all distractions when reading on Safari. Just tap the 4 horizontal lines icon to view just the text and images from the site (if it supports it.)
Here’s another slideshare I put together with some additional IOS tips and tricks.