In this article we are highlighting the best iOS 9 tips and tricks for your iPhone, iPad & iPod. iOS 9 comes packed with a whole bunch of new features that will help you save battery life, multitask, create nested folders, draw on your email attachments and much more.
Best iOS 9 Tips & Tricks
Listed below you will find the best iOS 9 tips and tricks that you can try on your iPhone, iPad & iPod including an unusual tip to create nested folders and other helpful tips to get the most out of iOS 9 operating system.
1. Nested Folders
Users of iOS 9 can create nested folders through a glitch in the software. Creating nested folders frees up space on your home screen by allowing you to place multiple apps inside one master folder.
The method to create nested folders takes a bit of trying, but once achieved it has the potential to free up a lot of space on your home screen.
You can learn more about this by reading How to Create Nested Folders in iOS 9.
2. Organize Notifications by App
Organizing notifications allows you to group your notifications by each individual app. By organizing notifications you no longer need to read through an entire list of notifications to find the notification you are looking.
For example if you are looking for new messages from Facebook Messenger you no longer have to look through all your notifications to find Messenger. Simply look for the heading Messenger and underneath the heading you will find all your new notifications from Messenger.
To organize notifications by each individual app simply follow the steps listed below.
- Open Settings.
- Tap on Notifications.
- Locate “Group By App” and toggle it on using the slider.
3. Use Quick Actions
Quick Actions uses the 3D touch technology present in iPhone 6S and 6S Plus to allow users to take shortcuts. For example users can hold on the Camera app to pop open a list asking you whether you want to take a selfie, record a video or take a photo.
Users can then choose selfie and the Camera application will open up the front camera to allow you to take a selfie.
4. Turn on Low Power Mode
One of the best new features of iOS 9 is Low Power Mode as it increases your iPhone’s battery life by up to 3 hours.
This feature automatically sends you a notification when your iPhone’s battery life reaches below 20%, but enabling this feature earlier can help you increase your iPhone’s battery life by a whole lot more.
Read How to Turn on Low Power Mode in iOS 9 to learn more about this feature and how to activate this on your iOS 9 device.
5. Hold & Swipe on a Photo
In iOS 9 users can easily select multiple photos by tapping on the first picture they want to select and swiping over other photo thumbnails all the way to the last picture they want to select.
Previously iOS 8 users had to individually select each picture whereas now they just grab onto the first picture and swipe until they reach the last picture they want to select.
So next time you need to select pictures use this quick method to select photos, instead of selecting each image individually.
6. Hide Pictures
In iOS 9 you can hide specific pictures that you do not want other to see on your phone. Simply, follow the steps below to hide pictures in iOS 9.
- Select the images you wish to hide.
- Tap on the share icon.
- From the options select Hide.
- Confirm that you want to hide the selected pictures by tapping on hide.
Once hidden, the pictures can only be seen from the Albums view and can also be un-hidden from there.
7. Use Keyboard as Trackpad
This neat trick allows you to convert your iPad, iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus’s keyboard into a trackpad to move the cursor in a text document around easier. Unfortunately, this trick does not work on older iPhone devices and users of iPhone 6 and below are still stuck with having to use the magnifying glass to move the cursor around.
In order to use your keyboard as a trackpad, simply tap and hold 2 fingers on the keyboard until the keys grey out.
Once your keyboard has turned into a trackpad you can move your fingers around and the cursor will move around allowing you to select text from documents quickly.
As soon as you let your fingers go from the keyboard it will return back to normal by displaying the normal keys.
8. Build Your Reading List with Siri
Siri is a lot smarter in iOS 9 and can do a lot for you, as compared to Siri of iOS 8. For example, you can now ask Siri to remind you to read an article by simply saying “Remind me to read this” while you are browsing through articles on the web.
Siri understands what you mean by “this” and will remind you to read the article whenever you set the reminder for. By using this, you can practically create your reading list for the day, week or month.
9. Make iOS 9 Faster
Many users who own older devices like the iPhone 5 or older iPad models have been reporting that their device has been running slow after updating to iOS 9. This is because iOS 9 has been designed to run the fastest and smoothest on the newer iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
We have written an entire article with tips to help you Make iOS 9 Faster in case your device has become slower after updating to iOS 9.
10. Use Peek & Pop
Users who own an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus can use the device’s 3D touch technology to peek and then pop open apps or links.
For example if someone has sent you a link on Messenger then you can first lightly tap on the link to peek and see where the link is leading you to, without exiting the current application that you are using. You can then press on the link a bit harder to pop it open.
11. Save Notes
When browsing an app like Safari it is more than likely that you will come across something worthy of taking a note. With iOS 9 simply tap on the share icon and then tap on notes to save a note of the web page you are looking at, so that you can come back and refer to it later.
All of this is done without ever having to exit the application you are using.
12. Add Web pages to iBooks collection
Next time you come across a web page that you really like you can add it to your iBooks collection. The web page will be converted to a PDF and will be added to your collection.
Here is how to add Web pages to your bookshelf.
- In Safari click on the Share icon
- From the list of options click on “Save PDF to iBooks”
13. Multitasking on the iPad using Split View
Users who own an iPad Air 2, iPad Pro or iPad Mini 4 can go even further by using a feature called Split View. Split View allows you to open 2 apps side by side and interact with both of them at the same time.
You can use this multi-tasking feature to write a note while reading a web page on Safari. Here is how you can enable split View on your iOS 9 device.
- Open any application and swipe inwards from the right hand side.
- From the Sidebar select another app that you want to open.
- Now pull in further to open the apps up in a 50/50 view
14. Multitasking on the iPad using Slide Over
Users running iOS 9 on their iPad 2 or above are in luck as they can multitask on their iPad. Here is how to multitask on the iPad.
- Open up any application and then swipe inwards from the right hand side of your screen to open up a sidebar.
- From the sidebar pick any other app to open up in that space.
Once the 2 steps above have been followed users can keep 2 applications open at the same time.
15. Draw & Scribble on Your Email
You can now draw, scribble and add a hand written signature to their email attachment. Here is how to draw on your Email attachment.
- Tap and hold on your Email attachment until a menu pops up.
- From the menu locate the option “Markup and Reply” in the second row and tap on it.
Once you click on “Markup and Reply” you will be able to pick a color in which you want to draw in, pick a font in which you want to write in and add a hand drawn signature all without having to ever leave the Mail app.
When you are done drawing or writing on your Email attachment click on Done located on the top right hand corner of your device.
16. Call on Siri from Anywhere
If you own an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus then you are able to use another neat trick to call on Siri from anywhere. Simply say “Hey Siri” and Siri will pop up to help you.
Those who own an iPhone 6 or below are unfortunately not able to use this feature and can only call on Siri from anywhere when their device is plugged in and charging. Here is how to Call on Siri from anywhere.
- Open up Settings and tap on General
- Tap on Siri
- Locate Hey Siri and toggle it on using the slider.
- Complete the setup process to make sure Siri recognizes your voice and only responds to your voice.
17. Do Math without Opening the Calculator App
This trick will allow you to do simple math calculations and conversions on your Apple device without having to open the Calculator app.
- Swipe down from anywhere on your home screen to open up the Smart Search Field
- In the smart search enter a math calculation like 40 x 30 and you will be given the answer
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