Updated: iOS 9: 62 tips and tricks


Get to know your iOS 9 tweaks

iOS 9 tips and tricks

After eight years of upgrades and interactions, we’ve come to expect certain things with iOS updates. Each time around, Apple offers a few new apps, a couple marquee features, some fresh wallpaper, and a host of minor speed and usability improvements that give users plenty of reasons to seek out the upgrade button.

Apple’s ridiculously high adoption rates aren’t just a result of its handle on fragmentation; downloading a new iOS release can be just as exciting as peeling the plastic screen cover off a shiny new iPhone 6S or 6S Plus, breathing new life into old devices and offering at least one or two must-have apps and features.

iOS 9 slows things down a bit. While there are lots of new things to try out (particularly for iPad users), many of its changes are of an intuitive nature. iOS 9 is a so-called maintenance release, focusing on improving the foundation and making it smarter rather than rebuilding and adding to it.

There are far more noticeable little changes in iOS 9 than big ones – like, for example, using watchOS‘s San Francisco as the main system font – and while it doesn’t smack you in the face with its newness likeiOS 7 did, there’s still a lot to absorb. In some ways, version 9 feels like something of a culmination of what Apple started with iOS 8, smoothing many of the rough edges and bringing a greater sense of coherence and navigation. In a former time, it might have been called iOS 8.5.

But even though you won’t find very many revolutionary changes, the usability and accessibility tweaks throughout iOS 9 make it feel like a complete, polished operating system rather than a work in progress. And as always, if you’ve missed anything, we’ve got you covered with 62 tips and tricks.

1. How to set up your new iPhone

iOS 9 tips and tricks

If you’ve got a brand new iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus then you’ll have iOS 9 already installed straight out of the box.

So to make sure your experience with your new iPhone and iOS 9 goes as smoothly as possible, it’s worth making sure you set up the device correctly, so check out our video below showing you how it’s done.