Top 20 Hidden Features Of iOS 9 – List

Uzair Ghani
Posted Sep 19, 2015
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These are the top 20 hidden features of iOS 9 which every user should try out right now.

iOS 9 hidden features

If you dig deep into iOS 9, you’ll realize that there’s something new at pretty much every nook and corner. And instead of overloading our readers with a ton of things, we’ve handpicked a bunch a of hidden features which everyone should try out right now.

All set? Let’s begin.

Wi-Fi Assist

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With iOS 9, your device can intelligently switch over to cellular data if the WiFi signal is weak. You can access said feature by heading over to Settings > Cellular, scroll all the way down and turn the ‘Wi-Fi Assist’ toggle to the ON position.

Group Notifications

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You can either group notifications on a per app basis, or have the option to view them in chronological order. You can turn this feature on or off by going to Settings > Notifications.

Siri Voice Training

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You can train your voice in iOS 9 for Siri so that Apple’s personal voice assistant can understand you better when you use the ‘Hey Siri’ option. Navigate to Settings > General > Siri and toggle the ‘Hey Siri’ switch to the ON position.

Preview Flight Times

This one’s a biggie for those who travel a lot. Simply tapping on a flight number will reveal details such as flight departure, arrival time etc.

Lowercase Keys

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Did you notice how the keys in iOS 9 switch between upper and lowercase letters as you type? You can turn the feature off if you so wish by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Keyboard and move the ‘Show Lowercase Keys’ toggle to the OFF position.

New ‘Batteries’ Widget

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Pull the Notification Center down and you’ll notice a new ‘Batteries’ widget in the Today view.

Low Power Mode

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Your iOS device about to give up the ghost on you? Don’t panic, iOS 9 has a ‘Low Power Mode‘ which you can utilize to get extra minutes of battery life out from your device. You can find the said feature in Settings > Battery. The battery bar turns yellow when the feature kicks into action.

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Detailed Battery Stats

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Going to Settings > Battery and tapping on the little ‘clock’ icon under the Battery Usage section will give you a detailed look at what process / app is taking up the most battery life on your device.

6-Digit Passcode

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Apart from the usual 4-digit option, iOS 9 lets you set up a 6-digit passcode for increased security. Navigate to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and tap on ‘Turn Passcode On.’ Tap on ‘Passcode Options’ to reveal the 6-digit option.

Search Through Settings

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Launch the Settings app and you’ll notice a search bar at the top. You can search through the different setting options without having to dig through the app manually.

Markup Arrives In Mail App

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Add an image to a message body using the Mail app. Now tap on the image and you’ll see an option labelled ‘Markup.’ Profit.

Swipe To Select Images In Photos App

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Bulk deleting images in the Photos app? Then you might want to select your snaps in a zippy manner as well. With iOS 9, simply tap on the ‘Select’ button on the top right hand corner to begin selecting images. Select one image, and swipe on the rest to select the them instantly.

Scroll Through Photos Easily

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Open up an image in the Photos app and you’ll see an image preview reel at the bottom. Scrub your finger or thumb on it to scroll through your photos.

iCloud Drive App

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You can now view the contents of iCloud Drive using its very-own dedicated app. Navigate to Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive and move the ‘Show on Home Screen’ toggle switch to the ON position.

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Jumping Back To An App With One Tap

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If you’re in an app and you tap on a new incoming notification, you move onto another app. Notice the ‘Back to [app name]’ button at the top left hand corner? Tap that to return to your previous app. Nice and easy.

Suggestions In Maps

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Tap on the search bar at the top and you’ll notice the Maps app now gives you quick suggestions for places you might want to look at.

Dial Numbers / Send Messages From Search

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Pull down on the home screen to bring up the Search feature. Now type in a contact’s name, and you’ll notice how you can call or send a message directly from there.

Show / Hide Keyboard Character Preview

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You can show or hide the iOS 9 keyboard’s character preview if you so wish. Navigate to Settings > General > Keyboard and move the ‘Character Preview’ toggle switch to the ON or OFF position.

Save Websites As PDF

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Launch Safari and open up a website. Now tap on the share button at the bottom of the display, and select the ‘Save PDF to iBooks’ option. How cool is that?

Landscape Mode In Health App

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Open up the Health app and tap on any stat, for example ‘Steps.’ Flip your device to the landscape position and see magic unfold before your eyes.

That’s it for our list for today. While there are many more features like these throughout iOS 9, but these are the best ones which we believe should make the cut to our list.

Did we miss something important? Then let us know in the comments section below!

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