At first glance, you’ll have trouble discerning the difference between iOS 8 and iOS 9, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find buried treasure. No need for a shovel or a map, though, because we’ve got all the iOS 9 tips and tricks you need for mobile mastery right here. Learn how the interface has changed, uncover the new features, and get more from your iOS 9 device.
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- Search, Siri, Battery, iCloud Drive, and Split screen
- Picture-in-picture, Text select, Notes, Proactive, and Wallet
- Photos, High quality audio, Public transit, News, and Security
How to search
Just swipe right on the home screen, and you’ll get the new search screen. There are Siri suggestions in here based on your previous activity, so it might show contacts, apps, or news stories that it thinks you’ll be interested in. Apple has also added more natural language support into the search function, so you can phrase questions as you normally would. There’s the ability to search within apps, though that will require some work on the part of app developers, so it may be a while before it returns a lot of results.
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If you go into Settings, you’ll also find that Apple added a search bar at the top, specifically for finding that elusive toggle without having to dig into the menus.
How to make your battery last longer
If you head into Settings > Battery, you’ll find a toggle option called Low Power Mode. It’s ideal if you’re running low on juice and you want your iPhone to survive until you can make it to an outlet. In order to prolong the battery, this mode shuts down background app updates, cuts animations, switches off “Hey Siri,” and reduces syncing.
How to launch Siri hands-free
If you have a new iPhone 6S or 6S Plus, you can now say, “Hey Siri,” anywhere, at any time, and Siri will respond. In iOS 8 this was only possible when your iPhone was plugged in and charging, which is unfortunately still the case for the iPhone 6 and below. Go to Settings > General > Siri and toggle Hey Siri on. You’ll do a quick spot of training to ensure that Siri only responds to your voice, and then you’re good to go.
How to use the iCloud Drive app
Apple has lagged behind Google and Microsoft when it comes to offering easy-to-use cloud storage, but the new iCloud Drive app is another step in the right direction. Go to Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive, and you can toggle Show on Home Screen to get a shortcut to your iCloud Drive on the home screen. Open it up, and you can tap and hold on any file to get a pop-up menu that offers you the chance to delete, rename, share, move, or see detailed information. You can also delete or move multiple files or folders by tapping the Select link at the top right of the iCloud Drive app and then choosing everything you want to move or delete.
How to use split screen
If you have an iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, or an iPad Pro, then you can enjoy split screen multitasking. This feature has been rumored for a long time, but iOS 9 finally makes it a reality. Swipe in from the right of your screen, and you’ll see a multitasking side bar where you can pick another app to run alongside whatever you have open. You can also drag it over further to split the screen 50-50 if you want to use apps side by side.
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