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5 most hidden feature of iOS 10 to get maximum out of your iPhone and iPad

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5 most hidden feature of iOS 10 to get maximum out of your iPhone and iPad
If you are iPhone or iPad user and uses iOS 10 on your device, then we have some great hidden tips for you.





Become the super-typer

Typing on iOS can be a pain, but you can define shortcuts for phrases that automatically expand. These can include multiple words, emoji, and ASCII text art.

In Settings, go to General > Keyboard > Text Replacement, and add phrase/shortcut pairs. Consider using a system for phrases, such as two commas after a memorable word – ‘email,’ could expand to your email address, for example.

Shortcuts sync via iCloud, and on Mac, you can take them further - use Alt+Return to add a carriage return, when creating multiple-line phrases to trigger.

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Master the widgets on your iPhone

Widgets arrived back in iOS 8, but now they're really hitting their stride and have become one of our most-used features. Swipe right on your lock screen or head left of your leftmost Home screen find your iOS widgets. Now scroll down and tap Edit for a list of available widgets.





To remove an existing widget, tap its ‘-’ button and then Remove. To add something from ‘more widgets’, tap the relevant ‘+’ button. Widgets can be arranged using the drag handles and content varies wildly so some may need configuring inside a parent app.

Avoid displaying private information in widgets other people may see or, alternatively, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode, disable Today View under ‘Allow access when locked’.

Which widgets should top your list? It depends on which apps you use the most, but our favorites include Citymapper, Fantastical, Shazam, Launch Center Pro and Dark Sky.

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Say your feelings withe leaser

Make sure your other half understands the urgency with which new loo roll is needed by adding some lasers to the message, which will fill the screen of their iPhone when they open it.

When you’ve written what you want to say, hold the send button firmly and a menu will pop up, allowing you to choose the effect or animation you want to add. Pro tip: it’s best not to use them when telling your neighbor their budgie died while they were on holiday.





Make an iMessage song

If you fancy making music with a friend but aren’t armed with guitars and a room in which to be noisy, try MusicMessages!

This tiny app lives inside of Messages and lets you fling music back and forth between two or more people. You can select from dozens of instruments, tapping out notes and rhythms on a grid. Just don’t go nuts with a massive (virtual) flute solo.

Note that for free, you get a stripped-back MusicMessages! with three layers and fewer things to play. For 99p, you get up to five layers, selectable user colors, and many more instruments.

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Send WhatsApp with the help of Siri





If you’re driving and have some urgent Overwatch banter to attend to on Whatsapp, you can now get Siri to send a message.

Just say ‘Hey Siri, send a message on Whatsapp to [insert contact]…’ and she’ll do the honors. Although, given that Siri will almost certainly have misheard you, it’s best to check the preview window that pop-ups before you say ‘yes’ and ruin a long-term friendship.


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