While iOS 14 was about widgets and an app library, iOS 15 focuses on basic apps and other enhancements for a comfortable feel. Unlike Android, Apple manages all app settings from the dedicated Settings app. Here are 20 new iOS 15 settings you should know about for a better OS experience.
Aside from Focus mode, iOS 15 doesn’t bring major changes to the OS, but dig deeper, and in the Settings app you’ll see several settings and options to take your iOS 15 experience to the next level.
1. iCloud private relay
This is part of the iCloud + enhancements that come with iOS 15. Apple has added iCloud Private Relay to protect your Safari browsing.
When you browse Safari, iCloud Private Relay will direct browsing traffic through Apple’s brand servers and give your approximate location to third-party searchers.
ICloud subscribers can enable this from Settings> Profile> iCloud> Private Relay to me.
2. Change the location of the IP address
When it comes to sharing your IP address via an iCloud private relay, Apple offers two choices – Maintain a general location i Use country and time zone. By default, it is set to first.
You can continue to use your general IP address location so that websites can provide local content in Safari, or you can choose a wider IP address location in your country and time zone. You can change this from Settings> Profile> iCloud> iCloud Private Relay> IP Address Location Settings to me.
3. Highlight the ‘Hide my email’ menu
With iOS 13, Apple introduced “Sign in with Apple” to allow users to use a custom ID -ae-mail to sign in to applications without sharing a primary ID -ae-mail.
This time, the company has added a dedicated Hide My Email menu that allows you to customize and view all email IDs created using the “Sign in with Apple” feature in the last two years.
Go Settings> Profile> iCloud> Hide my email, and you’ll see all the custom email IDs you’ve used with the various iPhone sign-in services.
4. Disable Forward to Main Email Inbox
All of these custom emails that you create with Apple Login are set up to deliver emails to your primary email address. However, you can change this behavior in iOS 15.
Go to Settings> Profile> iCloud> Hide my emailand open a service for which you no longer want to receive e-mail. Disable Forward switch from the next menu and you will not receive emails from the company.
5. Create a custom email address
Hide My Email also allows iCloud + subscribers to create custom email addresses to use over the web. That way, you don’t have to share your primary email ID with any random site.
Open up Settings> Profile> iCloud> Hide my emailand tap Create a new address. Give it a minute and Apple will create a custom email address that you can use. Add the appropriate tag and note and press Done.
Copy your email address and start signing up for services without sharing your primary email ID.
6. Delete the temporary email IDs
Surprisingly, Apple has buried the ability to delete temporary email IDs in the Settings menu. Here’s how to approach it.
Open the Settings app on iPhone, go to Profile> iCloud> Hide my email, and tap the email ID you want to remove. Select Settings management from the next menu and tap Edit at the top.
Remove the email IDs from the drag-and-drop list and you’re ready to go.
7. Disable the iCloud private Wi-Fi relay
Although iCloud Private Relay is a great privacy add-on, the service is still in beta and you could face problems accessing certain websites.
Apple has added the ability to turn off iCloud private relay for a specific Wi-Fi network. You can disable the iCloud private relay for home networks. However, we will not advise disabling it for public or cafe Wi-Fi networks.
Go Settings> Wi-Fi and select a Wi-Fi connection. Slide into the info menu and disable iCloud private relay from the menu.
8. Summary Notice
This is an interesting new addition to Apple in iOS 15. The OS brings something called Scheduled summary which you can allow to receive notifications during your free time.
Go Settings> Notifications> Scheduled Summary and enable the switch. You can now define at what time you want to receive the notification summary and which applications should be listed.
You can select the default time in the morning and evening to receive a summary notification. To make a better decision, iOS also displays the number of notifications you receive from installed apps.
This is much better than focus mode because you don’t miss calls or notifications and only receive them at your pleasant time.
9. Share the focus mode on all devices
By now, you’ve probably heard and learned about the new Focus mode in iOS 15.
In a classic Apple move, you can easily share the created focus mode with all Apple hardware that uses the same Apple account. So you can enable focus mode on the iPhone, and it will be enabled on your iPad and Mac as well.
Go Settings> Focus and enable Share on all devices switching.
10. Add Automation in focus mode
In iOS 15, you don’t have to manually enable focus mode. Based on automation, you can enable and use the Focus profile.
You can choose between location, time and application-based automation for a specific Focus profile. For example, you can automatically enable focus mode at a specific time in the morning and disable it at night.
Similarly, you can enable the Gaming Focus profile when you open a particular game. Go Settings> Focus> Select focus profile> Automation and create automation for the profile.
11. Add / exclude text size
iOS 15 allows users to resize text per app on the iPhone. You must add a for this Text size turn on the control center to adjust the text size.
Go to Settings> Control Center and add a text switch. From now on, whenever you think the text is too small or large in the app, you can discover the Control Center and resize the text for the app.
12. Add a two-factor authentication to passwords
The default password manager on the iPhone gets a new trick. Starting with iOS 15, users can set up two-factor authentication for any app that supports it.
For example, you can open Facebook from the Passwords menu and you will be asked to set a 2FA code for better security. You no longer need a separate 2FA app on your iPhone to get the codes.
13. Automatically convert to bookmarks
iOS 15 debuts tag support for the Apple Notes app. Use #tags and start organizing Apple Notes like a pro.
Having trouble creating bookmarks in Apple Notes, you can enable automatic conversion to bookmark from Settings> Apple Notes to me. Entering a space automatically converts #text to a tag.
14. Enable Shared with you by application
Share with you is another feature that Apple has added with the update for iOS 15. You can see all shared pictures, Apple Music songs, Apple TV links and Safari web links from the dedicated section that is shared with you in the respective apps.
The Shared with You section gets data from an iMessage conversation. However, it will not work with third-party applications.
However, for certain applications, you must enable sharing with you. Go Settings> Messaging> Shared with you and enable it for Music, TV, Safari and Photos.
15. Change the position of the address bar in Safari
This is unusual for Apple. The company does not usually provide such customization options for default applications. However, after facing a certain reaction from beta users due to the redesign of Safari, Apple changed its mind.
iOS 15 moves the Safari address bar at the bottom for better accessibility. If you are not a fan of changes, you can return them to their original position from the Settings menu. Go Settings> Safari> Tabs and select Single Card.
16. Manage Safari extensions
The update for iOS 15 introduces Safari extensions for iPhone. You will soon see how you use several extensions in the Safari app for iPhone.
You can manage installed extensions by going to Settings> Safari> Extensions to me.
17. Enable SharePlay for FaceTime
FaceTime gets the biggest feature enhancement with iOS 15. One of them is the ability to watch movies and listen to music with SharePlay.
You can enable this feature from Settings> FaceTime> SharePlay to me.
18. Invite family members to iCloud + Menu
You can easily share new iCloud + plans with family members. Go Settings> Family Sharing> More to Share> iCloud + and invite family members to your iCloud + plan.
Sharing a storage plan does not mean that other members have access to any of your photos, documents, or data. So don’t worry about it.
19. New reset menu
The Reset menu in the Settings app gets a welcome redesign. From Settings> General> Reset and you will be greeted with a new Reset menu.
20. Download iPhone
If you plan to move from your old iPhone to your new one, the Transfer to iPhone menu Settings> General it can be useful to you.
It will do all the hard work and transfer your data from your old iPhone to your new one. Apple will also grant you additional iCloud storage as needed.
iOS 15 is more than some changes to the Settings app. Apparently, the iOS 15 update comes with more than 80+ features, including some neat privacy and security add-ons. What is your favorite trick in setting up? Advertise in the comments section below.
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