Most of the Apple devices, such as iPhone, iPad, etc., run on Apple’s crisp operating platform called iOS. We can do nearly everything on our smartphones- starting from sending emails to attending video conference calls. However, sometimes it can seem that Windows and Macs are more efficient than smartphones when it comes to multitasking and productivity. But this not true. When it comes to boosting your phone’s productivity, a few tips and tricks can help to do that very quickly. If you are using iPhone or iPad, here are the ten best iOS tips to boost productivity:
Touch gestures for quick navigation:
Learning touch gestures can quickly boost your phone’s productivity. It can help you switch between apps and perform other tasks that might require a button.
- For iPhone and iPad: a quick zoom-in feature helps to navigate through Maps more easily. You can double tap on the Maps app to zoom in and zoom out by tapping with two fingers. Archiving or deleting a mail is also very easy. All you need to do is tap and hold the mail in the Mail app, and a menu will pop up asking you to archive or delete the mail.
- For iPad: to return to the home screen, pinch the screen with five fingers. This will close the current app that you are using.
- Sync all the browser data:
To sync all your browser across all of your devices, you need to enable iCloud to sync browsing data from the Safari app. iCloud automatically syncs all of the web browser data, bookmarks, history, etc., across all iOS devices and Macs.
Here are the steps to enable syncing:
- Go to settings> Tap on the icon of your profile
- At the center of the screen, tap on iCloud
- Turn on the Safari option
- Enable the Reader Mode in Safari:
Needless to that, advertisements and clumsy web design can make your reading experience sour. It can also distract you from the main content. This can be avoided with the help of the Reader Mode. With Reader Mode enabled, all the texts and images will be compressed to a newspaper style. To enable Reader Mode:
- Open the desired article in Safari
- Tap on the ‘three horizontal lines’ at the top left corner of the screen to enable the Reader Mode.
- Use Spotlight to make things easy:
Spotlight is one of the best tools offered by Apple’s iOS for a quick reference. With various features added with every version, here are some of the things that Spotlight can do:
- A basic operation in Math
- Conversion of currency
- Launching applications
- Searching web and maps
- Searching Wikipedia
- Conversion of temperature and measurement
- Siri can read to you:
Apple’s virtual assistant has a little-known text-to-speech reader that can read aloud texts to you. The text can be of a few words, lines, paragraphs, or even a complete screen. Here are the steps to enable it:
- Go to Settings> Scroll down and click on General
- Click on Accessibility
- Select Speech> Enable Speak Selection> From the right side of the screen, select Speak Screen from the slider button
- Highlight the text that you want Siri to read, and then select the menu’s Speak option. If you want Siri to read the whole screen, swipe down with two fingers from the top of the screen
- Remember everything with location based reminders:
With the help of the Reminders app, you can add location based reminders. This means that you will receive a notification about a specific thing that needs to get done when you arrive at a specific location. For example, if you want to remember to buy cucumbers when you arrive at the grocery store, Reminders will do that for you! Here are the steps to enable this feature:
- Go to Reminders app> Tap on the ‘plus’ sign to add a new reminder.
- Type your reminder > Select the ‘info’ key
- To enable location based reminders, tap the ‘Remind at a location.’
- Tap on Location and select the location by searching for it
- You can select when to be reminded- on arriving at the location or leaving it> Tap on ‘Done.’
- Use text replacement to type faster:
When there is a long phrase or a set of long words that you have to use repeatedly, use Text Replacement to type faster! This feature of iOS enables the user to set his own abbreviations. For example, by setting ‘ntht,’ you can autocomplete the sentence to ‘Nice to hear that’! To enable this feature, you follow these steps:
- Go to Settings> Select the General.
- At the bottom of the screen, tap Keyboard
- To add your phrase, select Text Replacement and tap on the ‘plus sign.’
- Adding attachments is now easier:
Adding an attachment in an email is quite a tedious job! But with the new version of iOS 11, adding an attachment is faster than ever! While writing your email, press and hold on the screen. After selecting Add Attachment, select the file that you want to attach from the Files view.
- You can save your webpages offline:
Saving your webpages offline can help you when there is no internet or when you are boarding an airplane that does not have Wi-Fi. You can access this feature with the help of Safari’s Reading List. To enable this feature:
- Load the article in Safari
- Tap on Share> In the pop up window, tap Save to Reading List
- In the pop up window, tap Save Automatically
- Click Bookmarks to read the saved articles
- At the center of the screen, tap the Reading List button (pair of glasses) to view the saved articles.
- Cloud storage is more manageable with Files:
With the iOS 11 version, users can download the Files app with which all the files can be easily searched across all cloud storage services like Google Drive and iCloud Drive.
Have you used any of these tips before? With a new productivity-boosting feature coming with every version, the above features will significantly increase your iPhone or iPad’s productivity!