1. Emergency Health ID
Powered by Apple's new HealthKit, Emergency Health ID offers everyone access to basic information and potentially life-saving health information via your iPhone's lock screen. To set it up, open the Health app, tap Medical ID in the bottom right and add as much or as little information as you feel comfortable. If you now tap the emergency button at the bottom left of your lock screen, you will also find the option to view your medical information and emergency contact numbers.
2. Automatically delete messages
If you have been using your iPhone for a long time, you have built up a substantial archive of text messages. This can take up a lot of unnecessary space (do you really need those texts and photos from two years ago?). With iOS 8, you can now automatically delete these old messages after 30 days or a year, potentially freeing up gigabytes of storage. Tap Settings> Messages and scroll down to Message History before selecting how long you want to keep your old messages.
3. Snapchat-like photos & videos & # 39; s
You can now directly send self-destructing videos, audio clips, and photos to your contacts via iMessage, not like Snapchat. To send a photo, go to your message window and tap and hold the camera icon on the left. A small round window appears so that you can quickly take a photo. A warning: once the photo or video has been taken, it will be sent immediately. There is no confirmation or editing screen, so make sure you do not test it while you are on the toilet.
4. Swipe notifications individually
If you swipe down at the top of your screen, your phone's notification center is displayed. Here you will be kept informed of various reports and app-related information. If you have many apps and receive many messages, this section can get messy and messy. In the past you could only delete these notifications at once or not at all. However, by swiping to the left, you can now delete each message individually.
5. Exposure control
It's no secret that Apple's iSight camera has always lacked advanced features, especially when compared to those of Nokia or Samsung. Fortunately, Apple seems to like to change this with the introduction of exposure control. While taking a photo, tap where you want to focus the screen (or press and hold to lock the focus) and a small sun icon will appear. Drag it up or down to manually adjust the exposure levels during the flight.
6. Hiding Images from Photostream
If you have some ugly or embarrassing photos in your Photostream that you want to keep, but prefer other people not to see them, you are lucky. Find the offensive image, tap, hold, and select Hide from the menu that appears. The image will now be quarantined in an album called Hidden, which you can open by opening your Photos & # 39; s app and selecting Albums in the lower right corner. To restore the image where you found it, go to the hidden album, touch and hold your image, and select Remember.
7. Wipe Quick Type
iOS 8 saw the introduction of Quick Type, which intelligently suggests words that you want to use before using them for fast typing. However, it takes up a lot of space and some people don't find it particularly useful. Removal is a piece of cake: tap anywhere on the suggested words and swipe down. Only a small gray bar remains; swipe the bar up to bring the suggestions back.
8. Apps for battery bat
If you notice that your battery is low, but you don't know why, this tip might be a solution. Go to Settings> General> Usage> Battery Usage. You see an overview of all apps that you have used and how much battery power they have used up, giving you a better idea of which apps you may want to close or remove regularly.
9. Quick reply to messages by swiping down on notification banners
Every time you receive an SMS or iMessage, you can swipe down on the notification banner, which opens a small message window. Type your answer and press send. This feature is especially useful for those who do not like the faff to leave an app to send a reply before they re-enter the app they were in before they received a message.
10. Recover Recently Deleted Photos
By default, iOS 8 now saves all your deleted photos in an album with the name Recently Deleted. They stay in this album for 30 days before they are eventually deleted forever. Go to Photos & # 39; s> Albums to find the folder. It may surprise you how many old photos are there. If you don't like the 30-day buffer zone, I'm afraid you can't currently disable this feature. Your best bet is to open the album, tap Select in the upper right corner, and then tap Delete All in the lower right corner.
11. Request desktop / mobile sites
When you use your phone to browse through a website, a little code will often recognize this and send you to the mobile version of the site by default. This is not always preferred, especially if you have the large iPhone 6 Plus or if the mobile version is not very good. Safari now has a new feature that allows you to quickly choose between the mobile or desktop version of a website. To use it, tap and drag just below the address bar to display the Mobile or Desktop options. Be warned: if you have no favorites, the Mobile / Desktop options are hard to see.
12. Mute Individual People
If you do not want to mute your entire phone, but there is someone who constantly textes you, you can now mute individual people from your contact list. Open their message window, select details in the upper right corner, and then swipe the Do Not Disturb button. You will no longer be notified of their messages until you disable Do Not Disturb.
13. Make your iPhone gray
You can now remove all color from your iOS device, making it completely gray. This is a great option for some people with visual impairments or for people who don't like color. To activate this, go to Settings> General> Accessibility and swipe Grayscale.
14. Automatically send the last location of the phone before it dies
If you use your iPhone incorrectly, Find My iPhone uses the GPS of your device to determine the exact location. However, your phone needs some power to make this function work. A good way to combat the power problem is to tell your phone to broadcast its last location just before the battery runs out. Turn this on by going to Settings> iCloud> Find My iPhone.
15. Formatting words and inserting images
A much-needed update to the pleasantly minimalistic Apple note-taking app provides for the introduction of a number of useful formatting options, such as the option to use italics, bold and underlined. You can now also import photos. For maximum convenience, ensure that the notes app interacts with iCloud (Settings> iCloud> Notes) so that you can access your updates from any other iOS device. You will need a free iCloud e-mail address for this.
16. "Hey Siri", talk to Siri when it's connected
It's 4:00 a.m. You just woke up from a disturbing dream. Something about how the owls are not what they seem. You feel compelled to Google owls in search of answers. But wait, you're comfortable in bed, this is no time to type. Don't worry, Apple was thinking about this situation. Settings> General> Siri has an option to allow "Hey Siri". Turn it on and you can control Siri by making "Hey Siri" roar on your iOS device when it's connected.
17. Siri Shazam
The power of Siri continues to grow in iOS 8 thanks to the recent marriage with Shazam, a music identification service. Hold down your start button to activate Siri and say "Siri, which number is this?", Wait until it says "Let me listen" and then hold your device against the number you are trying to identify. This service is surprisingly accurate.
18. Share your location
If you've agreed to meet a friend somewhere, don't try to explain where you are, show them. iOS 8 comes with the ability to share your exact location. Tap Details at the top right of your message window and select Send My Current Location. The recipient will receive a snapshot of your current residence. If you want to share your location that is being updated as you move, select Share My Location instead.
19. Remove specific pages & # 39; s from your history in Safari. Delete several days.
If you have not been online well, but do not want to delete your entire history, you can now delete specific web pages instead of destroying everything. In Safari, tap the open book icon in the lower-right corner, and then select History in your bookmarks. Now swipe to the left and select Delete on one of the web pages you want to delete.
20. The lock screen now has location-based shortcuts
This is more like a heads-up. Did you know that your lock screen can now contain location-based shortcuts? If you have the Starbucks app and you enter one of their chains, a small Starbucks icon appears at the bottom left of your screen before you even unlock your phone. Expect to see these functions in other apps soon.
21. Mail swipe options
The Mail app now has more swipe options. Swipe right and you can Mark as read. You can archive, highlight or tap More on the left for a long list of other options. You can change this behavior by going to Settings> Email, Contacts, Calendar & # 39; s> Swipe Options. Another new Mail feature allows you to swipe a draft to the bottom of the screen, allowing you to multitask in the app instead of having to completely delete the draft.
iOS 8 finally makes widgets possible, a kind of app extension that offers basic functionality in the Reporting Center. To view your widgets, open the Notification Center by swiping down from the top of the screen of your iOS device. From here you can also remove, add or edit your widgets by scrolling to the bottom of the Message Center and tapping Edit.
23. New photo editing options
Apple has added a significant number of additional photo editing options to iOS 8. After you've taken your photo, select Edit in the upper right corner and tap the bottom of the screen. third icon from the left, which looks like a small control button. From here you can edit light and color settings such as exposure, highlights, shadows, brightness, contrast, black point, saturation, grain and tone – just to name a few.
24. DuckDuckGo search engine option
DuckDuckGo is an internet search engine that tries to offer a less intrusive and more private search alternative than Google or Bing. According to the company, this is achieved by avoiding personalized search results. This search engine is now available in Safari on iOS 8. To activate it, go to Settings> Safari> Search Engine.
25. Scan credit card option in Safari
Some websites, such as Amazon, which require payment information, now allow iOS 8 users to scan their credit or debit card data with their camera phone instead of typing everything out. When it is time to add your card details, an option appears at the bottom of the screen asking if you want to use the scan option. Click on it and take a photo.