Altering these settings can assist you get probably the most out of your iPhone.

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Whether or not you acquired an iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Professional or 13 Professional Max as a present or are utilizing an older iPhone mannequin (here is how Apple’s telephones examine), you possibly can customise your settings to make your smartphone work its greatest for you. Though every iPhone mannequin barely differs from the opposite, all of them run iOS 15 — the newest main cell software program replace.

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In case your iPhone is operating iOS 15, you would possibly need to leap proper into utilizing a few of the extra standard options, like SharePlay in FaceTime or textual content recognition in your digital camera, however there are various vital settings that you need to think about altering.

Learn extra: Apple iOS 15.2: Every part to know, from find out how to obtain to new options

Beneath, we’ll take you thru the steps to configure these settings that would make your iPhone even higher. Should you’re searching for extra in regards to the newest from Apple, take a look at all of the rumors we have heard to this point in regards to the iPhone SE 3 and iPhone 14


This incoming name alert is not splendid for everybody. 

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1. Convey again full-screen incoming name alerts

Previous to final 12 months’s iOS 14 replace, the incoming name display would take over your complete show when your iPhone is unlocked and getting used. It is disruptive, positive, however it additionally obtained the job carried out.

Beginning with iOS 14, nevertheless, Apple modified the incoming name immediate to look extra like a typical alert. That’s, a small notification that exhibits up close to the highest of the display whenever you’re utilizing your telephone. On multiple event I’ve almost missed a name as a result of I dismissed the alert as one more annoying notification that did not instantly want my consideration.

To get the extra attention-grabbing full-screen alerts again, go to Settings > Telephone > Incoming Calls and faucet Full Display screen.

2. Change Siri’s voice

Siri gained two new voices when iOS 14.5 debuted final 12 months. And for the primary time ever, Siri not defaults to a feminine’s voice. As an alternative, the primary time you arrange a brand new system you will be requested which Siri voice you need to use. When you make your choice, Apple will change Siri’s voice throughout all the gadgets linked to your Apple ID. It is fairly slick. 

You possibly can take a look at the voice choices by going to Settings > Siri & Search > Siri Voice. To study extra, take a look at our full information to altering Siri’s sound.


5G is good, in case you have entry to it, however it will also be a battery hog. 

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3. Flip off 5G protection you don’t need or have

Apple touts a Sensible Information function that is particular to its 5G telephones (the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 traces) that may routinely swap between 4G LTE and 5G networks — with out you having to know or do a factor — based mostly on the way you’re utilizing your system. The automated swap is a part of an effort to enhance battery life. Nevertheless, chances are you’ll discover that your iPhone’s battery drains sooner than it did earlier than. Should you do not need to sacrifice battery life for sooner 5G speeds, shut it down. You possibly can all the time flip 5G again on whenever you need it, or when service in your space improves.

To flip off 5G in your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13, forcing it to all the time use 4G LTE even in case you have 5G protection, open the Settings app then go to Mobile > Mobile Information Choices > Voice & Information and faucet LTE.

Alternatively, if you’d like your iPhone to solely use a 5G connection when accessible, you possibly can choose 5G On.

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4. Tremendous-tune how a lot information is used on a 5G connection

Should you’re pleased with 5G efficiency, here is a network-related setting you need to take a look at. Go to Settings > Mobile > Mobile Information Choices > Information Mode the place you will discover three totally different choices: Permit extra information on 5G, Normal and Low Information Mode.

Despite the fact that there are transient descriptions beneath the three totally different settings, they do not paint an entire image for the primary possibility. Based on an Apple assist doc, permitting extra information on 5G will provide you with high-quality video and FaceTime calls, and it additionally implies that your telephone can obtain software program updates, stream high-definition Apple TV and Apple Music content material, and permits third-party builders to additionally enhance their respective apps.

The default setting on this web page will rely in your provider and your information plan, so it is a good suggestion to verify your iPhone and ensure it is set to your choice.

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You possibly can unlock your iPhone along with your Apple Watch if Face ID is not working.

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5. Unlock your telephone whereas carrying a face masks

One of many irritating points of carrying a face-covering in public whereas utilizing an iPhone that has Apple’s Face ID tech built-in has been the lack to unlock the telephone. As a result of half of your face is roofed, Face ID simply does not work. And getting into your passcode to unlock your telephone works, however it’s not as handy. 

Conveniently, you now have the choice to activate a face unlock function that makes it tremendous simple to unlock your iPhone when your face is roofed — so long as you personal an Apple Watch

As soon as each gadgets are up to date, open the Settings app in your iPhone after which open the Face ID & Passcode possibility. Scroll down till you discover the Unlock with Apple Watch part (you should be linked to an Apple Look ahead to the setting to look), the place you possibly can activate the function for any watches linked to your iPhone. It is fairly superior. 

6. Transfer the handle bar in Safari again to its authentic spot

Apple moved the handle bar in Safari to the underside of the display by default in iOS 15. This could theoretically really feel extra pure because it’s nearer to the keyboard and the place you sometimes place your thumbs. However it may be off-putting since many individuals are used to seeing the URL bar close to the highest of the display, as is the case on laptops. 

You possibly can change this by opening Settings, tapping Safari, and selecting the Single Tab possibility below the Tabs subheading. 

Learn extra: Overlook the iPhone 13 — here is why the iPhone 11 remains to be an ideal purchase in 2021

7. Manage your alerts with a notification abstract

Apple desires that will help you handle your notifications in iOS 15, beginning with the Notification Abstract function. Reasonably than letting notifications pile up on your private home display, you possibly can schedule non-urgent alerts to reach in a bundle at a particular time of day. Necessary notifications like calls, direct messages and different time-sensitive alerts (just like the standing of your Uber or Lyft trip for instance) will nonetheless seem instantly.

To do that out, open Settings, press Notifications, and faucet Scheduled Abstract


You possibly can resolve which options you need to entry when your telephone is locked. 

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8. Customise the options you need to use when your iPhone is locked

There are occasions whenever you would possibly must have sure info helpful even when your telephone is locked. That is why Apple permits you to allow some options with out having to unlock your system. These embrace the notification middle, Management Heart, capacity to answer to messages and the Pockets app, amongst others.

Customise the options you’d prefer to entry on the lock display by launching the Settings menu, faucet Face ID & Passcode and enter your passcode when prompted. Scroll down till you see the Permit Entry When Locked part, and toggle the sliders based mostly in your preferences. 


You not have to make use of Safari or Mail as your default iPhone apps. 

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9. Set your favourite e-mail app or internet browser as your default

It has been a very long time coming, however 2020’s iOS 14 replace lastly introduced the flexibility to decide on your personal default apps — a minimum of for e-mail and internet looking. Which means whenever you faucet a hyperlink or a button for sending an e-mail, your iPhone will routinely launch the online browser or e-mail supplier of your selecting reasonably than Safari or Mail. 

To get began, open the Settings menu and choose the app you’d prefer to set as a default (e.g., Google Chrome, Outlook, and so on.). It’s best to then see a button that claims Default Mail App or Default Browser App. Faucet that possibility and choose the app of your selecting as an alternative of Safari or Mail. 

10. Present full notifications in your lock display

The primary time you expertise Apple’s Face ID tech, you will discover which you could’t see the content material of recent alerts and notifications on the lock display. For instance, as an alternative of seeing who despatched you a textual content message and what it says, you will solely see a generic Messages alert.

By default, all iPhones with Apple’s Face ID tech will conceal the content material of an alert till you choose up your telephone and unlock it by taking a look at it. It is a privateness function that I reasonably take pleasure in, however I additionally get how it may be annoying (and have heard just a few complaints from readers and members of the family alike).

You possibly can change how notifications seem in your lock display by going to Settings > Notifications > Present Previews and choose At all times. Conversely, you possibly can choose By no means if you wish to maintain the content material of your notifications all the time hidden on the lock display.


HDR video seems to be nice, however it does not work all over the place but.

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11. You would possibly need to flip off this digital camera function… for now

Telephones within the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineup can file HDR — or excessive dynamic vary — video with Dolby Imaginative and prescient. All that jargon means your movies will probably be brighter with extra correct colours and improved distinction. Sounds superior, proper? It’s. However there’s an issue — not each app or service will work with HDR video. 

Builders might want to replace their app(s) with a view to settle for HDR video, however even then, the particular person viewing the video will want a succesful system to see the HDR distinction. For Apple gadgets, that features the iPhone 8 or newer, the 2020 iPad Air, second-generation iPad Professional and some Macs

So, what are you able to do? Effectively, you may have just a few choices: 

  • You possibly can flip off HDR video by going to Settings > Digicam > Report video and switch the swap subsequent to HDR Video to the Off place. Going ahead, all movies will probably be captured in commonplace dynamic vary, and you will not have any points sharing or modifying it.
  • Depart HDR Video turned on, however whenever you need to share the video with, say, Fb, use the Pictures app as an alternative of going into the Fb app and importing it there. By utilizing the Pictures app, your iPhone will routinely convert the video to SDR and add it. Once you ship the video to a different iPhone consumer, Apple will detect if their iPhone, iPad or Mac is suitable with HDR Dolby Imaginative and prescient. If it is not, Apple will convert the video routinely.
  • Should you go away HDR Video on and must edit your video, you need to use Apple’s iMovie app or the Pictures app that is constructed into your iPhone. You possibly can even use iMovie to export the video as SDR if wanted. 

Customise your private home display on iOS 14 and the iPhone 12. 

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12. Keep away from house display app litter

For the reason that launch of iOS 14 in 2020, iPhone customers have extra choices and management over what their house display seems to be like than ever earlier than. The App Library, for instance, acts as an app drawer, permitting you to take away apps from your private home display with out deleting them. Heck, you possibly can even absolutely customise your telephone’s look with totally different app icons and widgets — it’s extremely Android-like, and there is nothing fallacious with that.

Should you just like the minimal look, then you definately’ll need to be sure that newly put in apps aren’t routinely positioned on your private home display each time you obtain an app. Or, on the flip aspect, if you don’t need new apps to go on to the App Library the place you are positive to neglect about their existence after a day or two, go to Settings > Residence Display screen and choose both Add to Residence Display screen or App Library Solely.

On an iPhone with 3D Contact, you need to use a third-party app to play longer period “Dwell” photographs in your lock display.

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13. Use fancy wallpapers 

One other house display tweak you need to make includes your wallpaper or background. Apple has added some new wallpapers of its personal in current updates, with a reasonably cool twist. 

Open the Settings app in your iPhone and choose Wallpaper from the record. Make sure that the swap, labeled “Darkish Look Dims Wallpaper,” beneath the 2 thumbnail previews of your wallpaper is turned on. Now, faucet Select a brand new wallpaper and choose both Stills or Dwell. See the circle close to the underside of every wallpaper? It is half black, half white. 

That circle implies that the wallpaper has a light-weight and darkish mode model and can change routinely based mostly on the system standing of your telephone. 

You too can set stay wallpapers as your background in case you’re not offered on darkish and light-weight mode.


Darkish Mode on the iPhone positive seems to be good. 

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14. Activate darkish mode. You will not remorse it

Talking of darkish mode, in case you do not need to should repeatedly regulate your display’s brightness, you need to use your telephone’s devoted darkish mode that is been confirmed to save lots of on battery life. Darkish mode converts all the white backgrounds in apps to, as a rule, a black background. In flip, your telephone is ready to save battery energy because of the darker colours. 

Flip it on by going to Settings > Show & Brightness and choosing the Darkish possibility on the high of the display. 

Apple’s apps will routinely swap to a darkish shade scheme and most third-party apps have additionally adopted the function


Apple has put all of its privateness controls in a single place. 

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15. Arrange a Focus to handle your notifications

We get lots of notifications day-after-day, however not all of them are related on a regular basis. With iOS 15, Apple launched a brand new function to deal with this known as Focus Mode. Consider it as a form of customized Do Not Disturb, however tailor-made to particular circumstances. 

This permits notifications from vital folks and apps to return by means of in order that you do not miss something, whereas blocking out much less related alerts. You possibly can arrange various kinds of Focus modes for particular circumstances. Apple at present gives choices for Do Not Disturb, private, sleep, work, driving, health, gaming, mindfulness and studying, however it’s also possible to create your personal customized mode. You possibly can schedule Focus modes in order that they activate routinely when wanted, and show a standing in apps in order that others know when you may have notifications silenced. 

To get began, open the Settings menu, faucet Focus, and select one of many accessible choices to arrange your notification preferences. Faucet the plus (+) image within the high proper nook so as to add a brand new Focus. 

16. Make display textual content simpler to learn

With a few faucets in your iPhone’s display, you possibly can regulate the font measurement to make it simpler to learn. Open Settings and go to Show & Brightness > Textual content Dimension the place you need to use the slider till you are pleased with the font measurement. 

For a little bit added oomph, you possibly can activate Daring Textual content (it is just under the Textual content Dimension button). 


Face ID does not all the time get it proper. 

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17. Add an alternate look to Face ID

Apple’s facial recognition function, Face ID, continuously learns and relearns totally different points of your face with every scan. Should you’re struggling to get Face ID to constantly acknowledge you, attempt the Alternate Look possibility. 

Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode > enter your PIN > Set Up An Alternate Look and undergo the method of enrolling your face once more. 


Hold your display dim to save lots of battery life. 

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18. Disable auto brightness for longer battery life

Your iPhone’s display brightness degree can have a big effect on battery life. By default, iOS will routinely regulate the show’s brightness based mostly on how a lot gentle the ambient sensor detects. However if you wish to take full management, you possibly can disable auto-brightness, which means no matter you set the brightness degree at is the place it would keep till you regulate it once more. 

Open Settings > Accessibility > Show & Textual content Dimension and on the backside of the web page, you will discover a swap to show off Auto-Brightness

Now, everytime you need to regulate your display, you are able to do so by opening Management Heart with a swipe up from the underside of the display on a tool with a house button, or a swipe down from the top-right nook on newer iPhones. 

19. Triage your privateness settings

The primary time you arrange a telephone and all your apps, you are bombarded with prompts asking for permissions to entry private info starting from monitoring your location to your Apple Well being info or your digital camera roll. It’s miles too simple to get within the behavior of approving all the pieces simply so you need to use the app, however take a couple of minutes and undergo your privateness settings and tailor what every app can and may’t see. We stroll you thru the method in two fast steps

Management Heart has lots of potential, you simply should customise it. 

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20. Management Heart places all the pieces a faucet and swipe away

Management Heart is a handy spot to rapidly change songs, activate airplane mode, connect with Wi-Fi or begin a timer, however there’s a lot extra to it than that. You possibly can rapidly flip your flashlight on, verify on a timer or begin recording your display with a fast swipe and faucet. 

Customise which apps and options can be found in Management Heart by opening Settings > Management Heart. Take away an possibility with a faucet on the crimson minus button or add an possibility by choosing the inexperienced addition button. Drag options up or down utilizing the three-line icon on the best aspect of the display. 

Personally, I like having fast entry to the Pockets app, turning on low-power mode and toggling darkish mode. 

As a reminder, in case you have an iPhone with a house button, just like the 2020 iPhone SE, you possibly can swipe up from the underside of the display to open Management Heart. When you have an iPhone with Face ID, like an iPhone X ($332 at Amazon), XS or 13, you will must swipe down from the top-right nook of the display the place the battery icon is. 

For extra, here is find out how to arrange your new iPhone and find out how to switch your information out of your outdated iPhone. Plus, this iOS 15 trick offers you extra iCloud storage without spending a dime.