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Tips and Tricks with the New iOS 9 Update

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The newest Apple iOS update came out recently and like usual it was full of enhancements and changes that throw users into a panic. We have to search for our favorite apps and programs because names and folders get changed. We are turning off new notifications and authorizations that are switched to a default. We are made to relearn what we love the most.Tips and Tricks for iOS 9 #vzbuzz

With this and any update there are always new ways to work and use your device. I’m highlighting some of my favorite tips and tricks for you.

Add up to 3 hours of battery life with the use of Low Power Mode. Once your battery gets down to 20% your phone will be able to disable some apps and operations running in the background, decrease your visual display a bit which will allow you to save on battery life. The yellow highlighted battery indicator shows when this is on.

WI-Fi Assist is a new feature with 1OS 9. It automatically turns on your cellular data when your device is on a weak Wi-Fi signal. While this is a great option to keep your apps running and reduce buffering for streaming it also means higher data usage when you may not even realize it. Even on your own home network there may be spotty connectivity issues, Wi-Fi Assist will switch over to cellular data without warning when you think it’s safe to stream that movie while lounging on your own sofa.Tips and Tricks for iOS9 Turn Off Wifi Assist

Looking through your Photos you’ll notice a new folder called Selfies.  I laughed right away with this one. It really shows just how self-absorbed we can be at times. At least mine weren’t just of me but also lots of dogs sitting on my lap. There’s also a Screenshot folder too.

Notes just got a boost by allowing users to add photos and take write notes.  This is great when trying to take measurements of potential new furniture or create a shopping or to-do list without using a 3rd party app.

Read the News you want to read with the new app on your home screen. If you’re like me you stow lots of iOS loaded apps into a folder labeled extra or useless.  News would’ve been one of them but I opened it. Your able to design your news footage based on your preferred topics.  Your newsfeed is sourced from multiple channels but will learn your reading behavior and start to become the perfect handheld newspaper.

Six Digit Passcode. Need I say more?  This added level of security keeps unwanted fingers off your content.

Did you find a feature or hidden gem of iOS 9 you love? As a member of the Verizon Wireless #VZWBuzz team I’m much more on top of what’s happening in the tech world especially what’s in my own hands.

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  1. Thanks for sharing these tips. It’s always a bit of a learning curve when a new OS comes out.

    • Rosey says:

      I agree, and it’s nice that you’re sharing ways to get over and through with the readers. 🙂 LOL at the selfie folder, I think I’m going to make one. 😉 The kids LOVE selfies. 🙂

  2. Oooh, I should be playing around with the features more. I’m liking these changes so far.

  3. Debbie Denny says:

    Sounds like there are a lot of great features. Thanks for sharing these tips.

  4. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    All I know is that when I press down the button, it doesn;t make the Siri sound anymore. That makes me sad.

  5. I definitely need to turn off WiFi Assist. I don’t want to spend too much on data.

  6. I no longer have an Apple phone, but my daughter doe! I will check to see if she wants to read this )

  7. Oh, I love these tips – I was curious about this update. Thanks so much for putting this together, so much better than me trying to figure out what is all new.

  8. I haven’t updated, but I need to. The upgrades sound like great things.

  9. Often I wonder if I need the updates. These all sound like fabulous improvements.

    • The updates aren’t just for new features there are often fixes and improvements in the system and battery life and app use.

  10. Thank you for sharing these tips.These upgrades sound really good.

  11. I updated my iPhone 6 to iOS 9 last week, and I have to admit, I didn’t know about some of these new features. I did go and turn off WiFi assist, however, because I have heard so much about it running up your data usage.

  12. Thanks for sharing! I haven’t updated it yet so glad I read this first.

  13. Sounds like a great operating system for your phone.

  14. I haven’t updated mine yet. I’ve heard there’s a few kinks and tricks. So I haven’t done it yet, I just don’t have the time yet!

  15. I’ve not yet done the update on my ipad. My cousin had a lot of problems when she did her update.

  16. These are great tips I will have to share this with my friends with I Phones. I love that there is a selfie folder lol.

  17. Thanks for info about the update! I like the idea of wi-fi assist. It’s annoying when the wi-fi signal is low and I have to manually switch.

  18. I was just saying this morning that I haven’t updated my phone yet, I’m always afraid to in case something were to happen. I’ve seen some posts about the Wi-fi assist – most people complaining it would add to their wireless bill. these are great tips and I’ll be updating tonight!

  19. I’ve been wondering if I should take the plunge into this update. Thanks for the tips!

  20. Tracey says:

    Thanks for sharing these tips! My brother already got dinged by not turning off Wifi Assist!

  21. I’ve been hearing a lot of bad things about the update. Thanks for the tips, I’ll try them out.

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