We bet you’ve read all about iOS 7 and the new updates, but there are tons of hidden features that are yet to be explored. Here we present you with our top 10:
10. Wipe your entire device after a redundant number of failed password attempts
Well, if you want to protect your phone you’ll need a password. But in this day and age passwords are as easily
hacked as anything so you’ll have to go the extra mile if you want to protect it even further. With the new OS update the system is offering to wipe the data from your phone after anyone fails to enter your passwords too many times. Actually 10 to be exact. Press Settings -> General -> Passcode Lock to locate an option called Erase Data all the way at the bottom. If you enable it, your phone will wipe itself out if someone tries to access it and fails 10 times. But is this really practical? A thief could put it on Airplane mode and thus wave goodbye to your iPhone. What do you think?
9. Enable Motion Sensing Controls
Siri is becoming more intellectual with each update, and iOS 7 allows you to launch Siri or press the Home Button just by tilting your head sideways or launch the Notification Center by tilting your head to the left. To achieve this you need to go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Switch Control and turn on the option. Then navigate to Switches and set up switches to perform various actions.
8. AirDrop visibility can be alternated easily
AirDrop makes it super easy to share files with other iOS 7 users in your proximity, but maybe you don’t want everyone knowing you’re ready and willing. If you want to place constraints on who can send you files, you can just bring up Control Center and click on the AirDrop section towards the bottom left. You can choose if everyone, no one, or only contacts can see you. That way you’ll only get file requests from the people you want—even if that’s nobody.
7. How about avoiding blindness while driving when using the Maps for night mode?
There are times where you actually do not want a bright white screen in your face, like let’s say when you’re driving at night. Apple Maps’ App automatically tailors itself based on the time and thus provides you with a darker interface so you don’t have to go blind while driving. You have no choice for this feature so no need to figure out how to turn it on.
6. One Place to View All Received Media Messages App in
Declutter a whole bunch of media files scattered in a lengthy thread in Messages App and store them in one place by using this feature. Just tap open the last received photo / video and hit the list view button.
5. Update App Content in Background
If you’re tired of manually updating your favorite app content then this is a good feature for you to try out. Go to Settings > General and choose Background App Refresh. Enable all the Apps you want to update automatically in the background. Be careful though, this feature will drain your battery quickly so you have to choose relevant or just highly important apps to be updated in the background.
4. Automatically Join Trusted Free Wi-Fi Hotspots
iOS 7 makes joining free, trusted Wi-Fi hotspots much easier because you don’t have to do anything at all. If you come in contact with AT&T Wi-Fi, for instance, your iPhone will connect automatically and save you the hassle.
3. Mail Can Mark All Messages as Read
Long gone are the days where you had to exploit an iOS bug to mark all of your emails as read for you can just tap the “Mark all” text at the bottom of your mail list and tell iOS 7 what you desire.
2. Make Audio-Only FaceTime Calls
You don’t have to make a call with just your face. If you want to reach another iOS or OS X user without burning up your cellular minutes, or you just don’t look your best and don’t want anyone to see you, then you can ring them via FaceTime. Just initiate the call the same way you would with video but click the phone icon instead.
1. Block calls and messages
quite some time you couldn’t block calls through iOS, allowing annoying people to bother you unless you could get your carrier to handle the task. Harassment sucks in any form, and we’re very happy to see Apple taking measures to stop it. If you want to block someone from sending you a call or message, you just need to hop into Settings -> Phone and/or Settings -> Messages and find the Blocked section toward the bottom. Tap it and add any people you don’t want. You can always remove them if you change your mind.