Ios tips

Check Image EXIF Details in the Photos App

iOS 15 finally lets you check the EXIF details of an image from the default Photos app. This means you’ll no longer have to rely on third-party apps just to check the details of a photo you have taken. You can open any image in the Photos app and tap on the info ‘i’ button to view photo size, maps, photo date, time, resolution, and more.

Utilize Live Text

Live Text uses on-device intelligence to identify text in a photo or camera viewfinder. You can point the iPhone camera to a business card, scan the email or phone number using Live Text, and directly take action on it. It works in photos as well. Open an image from the gallery and identify the text in the photo. It can be helpful when you want to convert handwritten notes to text on the phone. Live Text works in other apps as well. For example, in the Email app, you can use the Email from Camera option and directly import the email address using Live Text. At launch, Live Text support is limited to 7 languages only.

Notification Summary

This one is mighty useful to get you through a busy day. Notification summary combines notifications from irrelevant apps and sends you the summary of it at a specific time. By default, it’s turned off. You can enable the toggle from the Settings > Notifications menu and select the relevant time you want to be reminded about the notifications.

Create Custom Focus Profiles

Apple hasn’t stopped with a barebone Focus mode in iOS 15. The company even allows you to create custom Focus profiles based on your usage and convenience. From the Settings > Focus menu, you can create as many Focus profiles such as Writing, Yoga, Meditation, and more. For each Focus profile, you can customize the Home screen and Lock screen as well. The possibilities are endless here. The good news is, all the Focus profiles get synced among all your Apple devices using the same Apple account.

Master Focus Mode

The default Do Not Disturb mode gets a new avatar with the Focus mode in iOS 15. Instead of a single Do Not Disturb mode, you get to choose among Home, Work, Sleep, and more Focus profiles with customized notifications and calls behavior for each. Swipe down from the upper right corner and long-tap on the Focus menu. You can select from one of the default iOS Focus profiles. You can further customize each mode by selecting which apps and contacts are allowed to send notifications.

SharePlay in FaceTime

Another handy iOS 15 tip that will be quite popular once the majority of iPhone owners install the update. By majority, we mean both the consumers and developers. Apple has added a SharePlay function that lets users on a FaceTime call listen to Music via Apple Music, watch shows via Apple TV, etc. Basically, you’ll be able to enjoy watching movies or listening to music with your friends while on a FaceTime call. Expect to see companies like Spotify, Netflix, Disney, etc., offer similar integration with FaceTime. Apple has also added the Screen Share function that allows the user to share the screen with other participants over a FaceTime call. Read our dedicated post to learn about screen sharing on FaceTime. SharePlay is not a part of the initial iOS 15 release but should debut later this fall.

Make a FaceTime call to Android and Windows users

Earlier, FaceTime was only available on iOS devices like iPhone, iPad or iPod. Now Apple’s FaceTime supports android devices and advanced PCs. Android and Windows users can now join FaceTime calls via a web app. Before you can chat with someone using Windows or Android, you need to make a link for them to join.

  • Start the FaceTime app on your iPhone
  • Tap Create Link The share sheet will open. You can tap Copy to copy the link and paste it wherever you like, or choose an app or person to share it with.
  • When you’re done, you’ll see the FaceTime Link call in the main history list under “Upcoming” calls.
  • The call hasn’t started yet, and it won’t until you tap that upcoming “FaceTime Link” call and then tap “Join” in the upper right. Tap the info button (i) on the call if you need to share the link again or if you want to delete it. The link should remain active until it’s manually removed, so you can add it to a calendar event a month away or schedule a FaceTime call for next year’s Mother’s Day. Other feature additions to FaceTime include the option to blur your background with ‘portrait mode’, voice isolation mode, wide spectrum mode. Much like Zoom, Facetime now also allows you to schedule calls so that people can join in at the right time. See also: The best 5 iOS 15 features you need to know about

Avoid distractions, use Focus Mode

At its core, a Focus mode is a more customizable version of Apple’s existing Do Not Disturb and is accessed from the same menu on iOS. But Focus modes are far more customizable, allowing for more granular triggers for when you’re filtering out notifications. To set up a Focus, go to “Settings” > “Focus” and hit the plus button to add a new Focus. You’ll also be able to see existing Focus modes that you’ve set up and edit them. Apple offers a variety of preset Focus modes to start with, including Personal, Work, Fitness, Gaming, Reading, and more. You’re not limited to Apple’s preset suggestions, though some of the presets — like the Driving, Fitness, or Gaming ones — offer additional features and triggers that aren’t available to user-created ones. Apple’s Fitness Focus mode, for example, can be automatically triggered when you start a Fitness Plus workout on your Apple Watch, while the Gaming mode can turn on whenever you connect a Bluetooth controller. You can create a custom Focus by selecting Custom, which will let you select a name, icon, and color for that specific focus.

Connect To Mac Wirelessly With SMB To Access Files Remotely

Here’s another one of the best iPhone tips for 2021. In Files app you can now connect to Mac wirelessly with SMB and access all of its directories and files right on the iPhone. You can not only view and read files stored on your computer through the iPhone but you can also share them with others via email etc using the iOS device. A full tutorial on how to connect to Mac wirelessly with SMB is given here.

Remove Location Data from Photos to Improve Privacy

Next on our list of the greatest iPhone tips and tricks for iOS 13 is the ability to remove location data from Photos. In iOS 13 you can take care of your privacy by removing the location data from your iPhone photos before sharing them with other people. And doing so is incredibly easy too. You can do so by loading the photo in the Photos app and tapping on the ‘Share’ button from bottom left side. Then tap on ‘Options’ button and turn off the toggle for ‘Location’. Doing so will remove the Location data from the image.