8 Hidden Features In iOS 11

Every year Apple revamps their operating system and this year the Cupertino giant has officially released iOS 11. It looks similar to iOS 10 but there are some features and functions that are different. There are some hidden features you might want to check out as well.

I’ve been playing around with all the BETA builds and the final version has a few changes that you need to check out. Some of these features and hidden tricks have proven to be useful in improving my productivity. If you own an iPhone or the new iPad, here are some features you should know about:

1. Customizable Control Center

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The control centre on iOS 10 looks very bland and is kind of annoying as you could not customise the placement of certain features. The coolest feature on iOS 11 is the ability to customise and re-arrange things in the Control Centre app.

If you go to Settings  Control Center, you can decide which controls you want to add or remove. I added the low battery mode and alarm settings right in the Control Center to make my life easier. You can even add the Apple TV Remote to the Control Centre so that you flip channels without actually looking for the Apple TV remote.

2. Share Wi-Fi Passwords

Instead of remembering your Wi-Fi password and spelling it out for your guest, you can automatically share the password with the tap of a button. You won’t even need to share the password as it will automatically allow your guest to connect to the Wi-Fi once you’ve approved it.

This will only work if your guest has an Apple device that runs iOS 11 and you will receive a notification to share your password with your friend.

3. One-Handed Mode

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This feature has been a part of Android smartphones for a very long time but Apple has finally caught up in this field. The iOS 11 keyboard will now let you type with one hand and the feature can be activated by holding your thumb down on the emoji icon. A box will pop up that will give you the option to move the keyboard to the left or to the right.

4. Indoor Mapping

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You can now see an indoor map of key locations in Apple Maps. For example, if you are at the airport, Apple maps will now give you a blueprint of your current location. This will help you find bathrooms or shops at public areas and essentially save you a ton of time.

5. Chat with Siri

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Ever felt awkward trying to talk to Siri in public? iOS 11 fixes that conundrum as you can now text your queries. You will need to go into SettingsAccessibility, from there, tap on Siri, and you’ll see the option to “Type to Siri.” When you turn that on, you’ll now be given the option to speak to Apple’s assistant or type your question. This is perfect in loud environments when Siri cannot pick up your voice and will also save you a ton of embarassment.

6. Camera

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The camera has a lot of updates such as automatic detection of QR codes and other neat tricks. If you use a third party QR reading app, you can now delete it from your dashboard as the Camera app can now scan codes by simply pointing at them.

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You can also activate the levelling tool by going to Settings Camera and switch on ‘Grid’. When you are taking a photo of an object, two ‘+’ icons will appear. You can line the two icons up and the image will be perfectly levelled before you take a picture.

You can edit Live Photos to add Instagram like animations i.e. Bounce, Loop and Long Exposure. You can even mute the live video or edit the length but trim it like you would on a video. You can grab the sliders from either end to make sure it looks perfect.

7. Drag And Drop

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This feature has already been advertised as part of the iPad iOS 11 feature, but it works on the iPhone as well. You can use this feature in the Files and Notes app among others. Not all apps support this feature, however, you can expect it to be added to other native apps real soon.

You can now Tap and hold an app until it wiggles and you can start selecting multiple apps at once. You can drag them to a different screen or compile them into a single folder in one go.

8. Screenshots and Screen Recording

It has become easier with iOS 11 to take screenshots while using your phone. When you take a screenshot (by pressing the home and power button, there will be a preview at the bottom left of the screen. You can draw over the screenshot, re-size the image and share it with whoever you want. You can save the screenshot or discard it in order to save space in your camera roll.

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Apple has also added a screen recording feature for the first time. You can start by pressing the screen recording button in the Control Center and start recording your activity on the phone. You can stop the recording by tapping on the button and the video will be saved in your camera roll.

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