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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.

New Controls for Multitasking

There’s a new multitasking menu in iPadOS 15 that makes it easier to multitask with multiple apps at the same time. Tapping the 3-dot multitasking menu will provide you with options to quickly open an app in Split View or Slider Over view.

Add Widgets to Home Screen

This is one of the best iPadOS 15 tips. We were surprised to see how Apple didn’t bring the ability to place widgets on the iPad home screen last year. iPad has the biggest displays among mobile Apple devices, so it makes more sense to place widgets on its home screen than on the iPhone. Thankfully, it’s changing with iPadOS 15 update. Go to the Today View and drag and drop widgets from the Today View to the home screen. iPadOS also comes with a bigger version of widgets for some Apple apps such as Apple TV+, Contacts, and more.

Explore App Library on iPad

iPhone users have been using App Library to manage installed apps on their devices since the iOS 14 update last year. The same functionality now arrives on iPad with iPadOS 15. Swipe left on the home screen pages, and the OS will greet you with a brand new App Library that neatly organizes all your apps and games in folders. No manual effort is needed. Unfortunately, you still can’t create new folders or move apps from one folder to another. The OS uses App Store listing to identify and place them in relevant folders. You can finally go ahead and delete home screen pages and access App Library with a single swipe from the iPad home screen as well.

Add Quick Notes

This is yet another iPadOS tip to improve your productivity on the iPad. Hover your Apple Pencil at the bottom right corner, and it will open a shortcut to take notes on the go quickly. You don’t even need to open the Notes app. As soon as you take a note, it will be saved in the Quick Notes section in the Notes app. While taking a quick note, you have all the editing options available at the top. In short, it’s not a bare-bone note window just to write simple text.

Organize Notes

What’s the point of taking hundreds of notes when you can’t organize them? A couple of new functions in the default Notes app will help you organize notes better. First, you can tag the notes, and Apple Notes will create a new category with tags to help you quickly jump to a relevant note. One can also create a Smart Folder in Apple Notes and add conditions based on tags. For example, you can create a Smart Folder named Money and add tags like Finance, Invoice, etc. As soon as you add these tags to any note, it will automatically land in the Smart Folder. Use tags and Smart Folders in Apple Notes and manage your notes like a pro.