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iOS 8.1 tips and tricks

Want to get more out of your iPhone or iPad? Here are a selection of tips and tricks to help you unlock more from iOS 8.1.
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Introduction

iOS is a powerful operating system, and iOS 8.1 has some amazing new features, but unless you make a habit of examining all the nooks and crannies, you're bound to miss something. And when there's no manual or tutorial, it's easy for good stuff to remain hidden from view, which means you're not getting the most from your investment.

Whether you're a novice or a complete power user, there's bound to be something here that you've not come across before.

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Mail tricks

There's so much cool stuff here that you might have overlooked!

  • Swipe left to right on a mail item to uncover a "Mark As Unread" button.
  • Swipe right to left to allow you to flag a message or send it to the trash. There's also a "More" option for replies, forwarding, moving to the junk box, and so on.
  • Do a big right to left sweep to send the email to the trash.
  • To change the swipe options go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Swipe Options and then set your "Swipe Left" and "Swipe Right" commands to what you want them to be.
  • Drag down in your inbox to reveal a search box.
  • If you want to nuke your entire inbox, tap "Edit" at the upper right, then "Mark All" at the lower left followed by "Mark As Read" from the pop-up menu.
  • Go to Mail > Mailboxes > Edit and select "Unread" for see all your unread emails.
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Discover what's eating your battery

The battery in the iPhone never seems to last long enough, but now you have a way to find out what apps are having the biggest impact on it.

Go to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage to find out which apps have used the most battery over the last 24 hours or 7 days.

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Hide Favourites and contacts from displaying in App Switcher

People are divided on whether this is a handy feature or just visual clutter. If you fall into the latter you can disable it by going to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar and scrolling down to "Show in App Switcher."

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Hide/show auto-suggestions on QuickType keyboard

The new Apple keyboard now throws up some suggestions as you type. If you find yourself not using this then just press and hold at the top of the auto-suggest bar and drag it down towards the top row of keys to hide it.

If you later change your mind you can bring it back by dragging up from the top of the keyboard if you change your mind.

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Safari tips

Lots going on here for people who haven't switched to a third-party browser such as Google Chrome:

  • Swipe left and right on the browser screen to go forwards and backwards through your browser history.
  • If you don't like the fact that Safari now throws recommended search results at you, go to Settings > Safari > Search Engine Suggestions and turn it off.
  • You can now set DuckDuckGo as your default search engine, just go to Settings > Safari > Search Engine to make this privacy-friendly option the default.
  • Safari now preloads the top search result in an attempt to make your browsing feel faster. However, if you are using cellular data then this can burn through you allowance. If you want to turn it off go to Settings > Safari > Preload Top Hit and flick the switch to the off position.
  • If you type a popular app name into Safari's URL box then it will pull up both apps that you have installed and offer links to the Apple App Store for apps that you don't have.
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Find your iPhone or iPad even if the battery is dead

Here's a really cool feature that can help you locate your lost iPhone or iPad by getting it to transmit its last location before the battery dies.

To switch this feature on go to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone to toggle "Send Last Location" on.

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