It’s official! iOS 9 is out and ready for all iPhone and iPad users to download after months of beta testing. There are a plethora of features that Apple brings out that allow to get the most of our iPhone without having to upgrade to the iPhone 6S or 6S Plus. We reviewed some of the cool features that were available before, but now were ready to get into the nitty-gritty of iOS 9 tips and tricks. Check out some of the coolest things that you can do with the new iOS 9 update on your iOS device.
When your phone is awake and past the lock screen, you can double tap on the home button and iOS will kick up an app-switching interface so you can go between apps, exit apps, and more. Your apps will now appear as apps in a card-like stack that you can scroll through from left to right. You can identify each card base on the app icon and name above it. If you want to close an app, you will still swipe up on the card. However, the new change to this feature is being able to swipe multiple cards at the same time, using multiple fingers. The Handoff options will appear at the bottom of the app switcher.
With the new iOS 9 there is a Spotlight to the left of the main home screen with the long-awaited Siri-powered Proactive assistant. To access the new Spotlight simply pull down from any home screen. With the new Spotlight view, Apple has added your recent contacts, apps, and any location0based suggestions as well as your Apple News feed.
Another awesome feature that was added to Spotlight is that it is now open to third-party developers. This means that you will be able to get Spotlight search results from apps like Netflix, Facebook, Google, and more. You will also be able to immediately notice that the new Spotlight view works with the Proactive assistant. This will let you tap a mic symbol to audibly search as well as get suggestions based on your preferences and how your phone is used every day.
One of the coolest features about the new iOS 9 is how much more proactive Siri is with what you need. Siri can set reminders for you, including about whatever is displayed on your device screen, whether it’s a website or a simple handwritten note. To this simply say “Siri, remind me about this” and she can scan the page and add relevant details to your reminder app. Pretty handy huh?
Not only can Siri set reminders for you, she can save you tons of time when it comes to finding information in your phone. Also, say you want to ask Siri to get a photo for you. Siri can now search through your personal photos based on their information and criteria. Say for example, you ask Siri to find a specific photo from July 4th of last year she has the ability to do that for you. No more endless scrolling through tons of old photos! Siri will be able to get you what you want in just seconds.
Disable Proactive Assistant
We love the new Proactive Assistant feature with iOS 9! We have told you all the things you can do with your Proactive assistant, but what about getting rid of it? You may not always want to deal with it in you know what you are looking for. If you don’t necessarily want Siri to suggest apps, people, or locations when you are using the Spotlight Search you can disable this feature. To do this, go to:
- Spotlight Search
- Toggle off Siri Suggestions
Turn Siri Off
Sometimes, you don’t always want to hear what Siri is saying and may want to turn her off altogether. Thankfully, there is a new feature called Voice Feedback that will let you decide when Siri can talk. You can turn this setting to either always on, hand-free only (this will work when you are using “Hey Siri” or connected to a Bluetooth device), or a new ring switch option which will stop Siri from talking when your ringer is on silent. In order to get to this setting go to:
Pick which feature best suits your Siri needs and make sure that she only talks when you say she can!