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October 04, 2017

iPhone 8 tips and tricks: Get the most out of your new device

Apple’s iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are the latest iteration of Apple’s line of smartphones, improving on the already-solid iPhone 7. Packed with features and offering a sleek design, the phones are some of the best on the market right now, and a must-have for those that love Apple products, but don’t fancy waiting or paying the premium for the upcoming iPhone X anniversary edition smartphone.

 

If you’re a proud new owner of an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, this guide will teach you a range of tips and tricks that’ll help you master your new handset.

 

iOS 11

Apple’s newest operating system has lots of tricks up its sleeve.

 

Quick Setup data transfer

If you’ve got an existing iPhone and plan on transferring all your data over to the iPhone 8, update the old model to iOS 11 so you can use Quick Setup. With this sweet timesaver, you point the old phone’s camera at the new model and voila: the two devices are connected to one another. Just input your old password on the new phone and your data will start porting over – easy.

 

One-handed keyboard

Find it hard to type on your smartphone when you’re on the go? Particularly with Apple’s Plus handsets, doing so is very difficult, which is why the company’s developers have created a one-handed keyboard mode that shifts the position of the keyboard to the left or right on the screen. All you need to do is hold the emoji button on the keyboard, and tap the left or right keyboard icon to move the keyboard to the required direction. The feature works across all apps too.

 

Do Not Disturb While Driving

Through the innovative use of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus’s on-board accelerometers and Bluetooth, this new feature automatically puts your phone on silent when it senses acceleration. Either connect your phone to your car’s Bluetooth or add the feature to control centre (see below) to activate the feature, which can also send an auto-reply to anyone who texts you, letting them know that you’re driving.

 

Smart Invert

If you want your smartphone experience to be a little easier on the eyes, turn on Smart Invert, a ‘dark mode’ of sorts that inverts all the colours (except images and media) on bright-coloured apps. To turn it on just go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Invert Colours, toggling Smart Invert.

 

You can also use Classic Invert, inverting all the colours, or Reduce White Point, reducing the intensity of white shades, all from the same menu.

 

Edit screenshots

You can now edit screenshots with a range of effects. Simply take a screenshot, hold down the thumbnail of the shot in the bottom left of the screen, then edit the pic.

 

Safari PDFs

To create a PDF of the page you’re reading in Safari, tap the Share icon and press Markup as PDF. From here, you can annotate the PDF, save it and share it.

 

AirPod track change

A fun feature for when you’re listening on the go, double tap on the left or right earpieces to select previous or next track, respectively. To turn on, go to Settings > Bluetooth, tap on your AirPods from the devices list, and toggle Automatic Ear Detection. From this menu, you can also map different responses to each earpiece, such as Siri, Play/Pause and Turn Off.

 

 

Lock screen

Clear notifications

There’s an end in sight to continuous notification swiping on iOS 11. Now, all you need to do is tap the small cross in the top right corner of the notification screen and all of the notifications below it will disappear. 

 

Emergency SOS Auto Call

iOS 11 has a new SOS Auto Call feature that lets you call the emergency services if you quickly press power five times. After pressing, the option to call will appear on the screen, and you won’t be able to use Touch ID – to enter your phone you’ll need to input the password. To activate the feature, go to Settings > Emergency SOS > Auto Call.

 

Customise control centre

iOS 11 has a brand-new control centre that shows everything you need to know while you use your device. Alongside being easier on the eyes and thumbs thanks to the larger, more distinguishable style, you can also customise which settings show up on swipe, offering lots of opportunities for making your smartphone experience well and truly your own.

 

 

Siri

Apple’s voice assistant is back, and it brings some cool new features to the table.

 

DJ Siri

Can’t think of what you’d like to listen to when you’re out and about? Simply ask Siri to play you some music and Siri will do so, either selecting songs from Apple Music based on what genre or artist you specify, or pick something for you based on your listening data. Want to know what song it is? Just ask!

 

Interpreter Siri

Travelling abroad and feeling out of your depth language-wise? Siri can now translate works from and to German, Italian, Spanish Mandarin Chinese and French, speaking and spelling out translated phrases for you. You’ll never have to flick through a dense phrase book again!

 

Clarify

While we love Siri, sometimes it can mishear queries. To combat this, you can now edit questions you ask Siri in a text box, eliminating the need to endlessly repeat your query. To turn on the feature, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Siri, and toggle Type to Siri.

 

Home screen

The new iPhone’s home screen has a few features up its sleeve you don’t need a menu to access.

 

Screen recording

The ability to create screenshots has been in iOS for ages, but the new operating system lets you record what’s happening on your screen. To turn it on, go to Settings > Control Centre > Customise Controls then add Screen Recording to the Include list. To use it, bring up the control centre and tap the red dot icon. 

 

Organise icons

Tapping and moving multiple home screen icons can be a pretty laborious task on iOS 10 or earlier, but with iOS 11, all you have to do is long tap on the first icon you want to move, wiggle it around, then tap on all the other icons you want to move. They’ll bundle together into one icon, that you can move wherever you’d like.

 

 

Camera

A slick snapper that’s got a lot of features up its sleeve, Apple’s camera is sure to wow photography lovers everywhere.

 

Portrait Lighting mode

As well as iOS 10’s Portrait Mode effect that creates a perfect bokeh background, the Apple 8 now features Portrait Lighting, which uses slick light-analysis software to make otherwise regular photos look super professional, as if taken in an environment with lighting equipment. There are five modes, offering a range of looks including studio lighting, background-removed stage lighting and more.

 

The feature works on any iOS 11 portrait mode shot, so don’t worry about having to play around with the lighting options the second after you snap.

 

Live Photos

Live Photos is a great feature on the iPhone 8 that allows you to create three-second-long moving images from your pics. In iOS 11, the feature gets a boost, allowing you to loop, bounce between the two 1.5-second videos, or combine the image to replicate a long-exposure photograph – just swipe up to the Effects list, then choose your favourite effect.

 

Choose photo and video format

To save space and processing power, iOS 11 saves photos into HEIF files and videos into HEVC ones, which then are turned into JPEG or H.264 files when they’re shared with other people. You can choose to just save them as the latter by going to Settings > Formats > More Compatible.

 

Choose video resolution

As well as classic 720p and 1080p video, the iPhone 8 can now shoot 4K videos at up to 60 frames per second. This is obviously pretty awesome, although these high-end videos will take up a lot of memory space, given their detail. If you want to avoid this, go to the Settings app, then Camera > Record Video and choose a resolution.

 

Document scanner

A useful new feature that’s sure to be a hit with students, the new document scanner – accessible from the Notes app > plus sign > Scan Documents – lets you take great document images, with the camera eliminating shadow and other imperfections in the image.

 

QR code scanner

Previous iterations of iOS didn’t have a QR code scanner built in, and indeed, Apple didn’t make its own scanner app – third-party apps were the only way to go. Thankfully though Apple have added the feature into the camera app – just point the camera at the code and then tap on the notification that’ll pop up.

 

Apple Pay

An easy way to send and receive cash, Apple Pay is safe and secure – the new version features the following.

 

Apple Pay Cash Card

Soon to be a super-quick way to send money to friends and family, Apple Pay Cash Card allows you to do transactions through iMessage when it’s released later this autumn. Just tap the Apple Pay icon, set the amount you want to send, then verify using Touch ID.

 

Storage

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus come with a heap of built-in storage space, as well as some useful features to make sure you don’t run out of space.

 

Offload apps

By going to Settings > General > iTunes & App Store > Offload Unused Apps, you can make your phone delete apps (but save your data and documents from said apps) when your storage is low, freeing up some space. If you download the app again, everything will be as it was before the program was offloaded.

 

Clear storage

Bits of data like old message conversations, recently deleted files and so forth can all clog up your phone. To delete them, go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage and your phone will show recommendations on what it thinks you should delete.

 

Battery 

The iPhone 8 has a new, burly battery that lasts longer than previous models – here are the settings and tricks you might not know about yet.

 

Turn off True Tone and Auto-Brightness

If you’re getting annoyed with your phone brightening and darkening as the lighting conditions around you change, first go to the Settings app, then tap General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations, flicking off auto-brightness. Next, head to Settings > Display and Brightness, turning off the True Tone toggle. You’ll now have complete control over your brightness (and a hefty chunk of your battery).

 

Low Power Mode

You don’t have to go to Settings (or forget to charge your phone) to turn on Low Power Mode with the new iPhone 8 – the feature can now be added to your customised control centre.

 

Augmented reality

While AR is definitely in its infancy, the new iPhone has brand-new AR features that set it apart from the competition.

 

ARKit

ARKit is Apple’s new AR framework, and something the company is betting will usher in more AR-based apps in the near future. ARKit is mainly for developers, but already there are a fair few apps being released on the App Store that have been produced using it – have a browse and explore the exciting new feature.

 

 

Apple’s new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are brilliant phones packed with features. If you’ve bought one and want to make sure it’s totally safe and secure, click here to view our iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus insurance policies – we’ll cover the whole of the phone, including the rear glass panel.

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