Take advantage of your new iPhone 13. Change these iOS 15 settings now

20 iPhone settings you'll wish you changed sooner

Altering these settings may help you get essentially the most out of your iPhone.

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With this yr’s iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Professional and 13 Professional Max, Apple’s iPhone lineup now consists of eight gadgets ranging in measurement and worth, from the compact iPhone SE to bigger iPhone 13 Professional Max. (The iPhone SE 3 and iPhone 14 are additionally rumored to affix Apple’s rising smartphone assortment quickly.) Though there are {hardware} variations between iPhones, every mannequin typically runs on the identical software program. So regardless of which model you will have, you’ll be able to customise your settings to make your iPhone work its greatest for you. 


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The entire iPhones you should buy from Apple proper now run iOS 15, which is filled with enhancements to FaceTime, Safari, and many different new options. Apart from the brand new settings choices in iOS 15, there are many options which were round for some time that you’ll have missed. Under, we’ll take you thru the steps to vary a handful of settings that can make your iPhone even higher. 

For extra, here is learn how to arrange your new iPhone and learn how to switch your information out of your previous iPhone. Plus, this iOS 15 trick offers you extra iCloud storage totally free.

1. Carry again full-screen incoming name alerts

Previous to final yr’s iOS 14 replace, the incoming name display would take over your whole show when your iPhone is unlocked and getting used. It is disruptive, positive, nevertheless it additionally bought the job completed.

Beginning with iOS 14, nonetheless, Apple modified the incoming name immediate to look extra like a typical alert. That’s, a small notification that reveals up close to the highest of the display if you’re utilizing your cellphone. On a couple of event I’ve practically missed a name as a result of I dismissed the alert as yet 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.


This incoming name alert is not perfect for everybody. 

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2. Change Siri’s voice

Siri gained two new voices when iOS 14.5 debuted earlier this yr. And for the primary time ever, Siri now not defaults to a feminine’s voice. As an alternative, the primary time you arrange a brand new gadget you will be requested which Siri voice you wish to use. When you make your choice, Apple will change Siri’s voice throughout the entire 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 be taught extra, take a look at our full information to altering Siri’s sound.


5G is sweet, when you’ve got entry to it, nevertheless it may also be a battery hog. 

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3. Flip off 5G protection you do not need or have

Apple touts a Good Knowledge function that is particular to its 5G telephones (the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 traces) that can robotically change 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 gadget. The automated change is a part of an effort to enhance battery life. Nevertheless, it’s possible you’ll discover that your iPhone’s battery drains quicker than it did earlier than. For those who do not wish to sacrifice battery life for quicker 5G speeds, shut it down. You possibly can all the time flip 5G again on if 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 when you’ve got 5G protection, open the Settings app then go to Mobile > Mobile Knowledge Choices > Voice & Knowledge and faucet LTE.

Alternatively, in order for you your iPhone to solely use a 5G connection when obtainable, you’ll be able to choose 5G On.

Learn extra: AirPods 3 vs. AirPods Professional: Evaluating Apple’s newest earbuds

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

For those who’re proud of 5G efficiency, here is a network-related setting it’s best to take a look at. Go to Settings > Mobile > Mobile Knowledge Choices > Knowledge Mode the place you will discover three completely different choices: Permit extra information on 5G, Customary and Low Knowledge Mode.

Although there are transient descriptions beneath the three completely different settings, they do not paint an entire image for the primary possibility. In keeping with an Apple help doc, permitting extra information on 5G will provide you with high-quality video and FaceTime calls, and it additionally implies that your cellphone 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 desire.

5. Unlock your cellphone whereas sporting a face masks

One of many irritating elements of sporting 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 cellphone. As a result of half of your face is roofed, Face ID simply would not work. And coming into your passcode to unlock your cellphone works, nevertheless it’s not as handy. 

Fortunately you now have the choice to activate a face unlock function that makes it tremendous straightforward 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, the place you’ll be able to activate the function for any watches linked to your iPhone. It is fairly superior. 

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

Apple moved the deal with 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 usually 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 beneath the Tabs subheading. 

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

7. Arrange your alerts with a notification abstract

Apple needs that can assist you handle your notifications in iOS 15, beginning with the Notification Abstract function. Fairly than letting notifications pile up on your house display, you’ll be able to schedule non-urgent alerts to reach in a bundle at a selected 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

8. Customise the options you should utilize when your iPhone is locked

There are occasions if you may have to have sure info helpful even when your cellphone is locked. That is why Apple means that you can allow some options with out having to unlock your gadget. These embody 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 possibly can resolve which options you wish to entry when your cellphone is locked. 

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

It has been a very long time coming, however final yr’s iOS 14 replace lastly introduced the power to decide on your personal default apps — at the very least for e-mail and net looking. Which means if you faucet a hyperlink or a button for sending an e-mail, your iPhone will robotically launch the net browser or e-mail supplier of your selecting somewhat 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 forth.). 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. 


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

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10. Present full notifications in your lock display

The primary time you expertise Apple’s Face ID tech, you will discover that you could’t see the contents of latest 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 cover the contents of an alert till you decide up your cellphone and unlock it by taking a look at it. It is a privateness function that I somewhat get pleasure from, however I additionally get how it may be annoying (and have heard just a few complaints from readers and relations 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’ll be able to choose By no means if you wish to hold the contents of your notifications all the time hidden on the lock display.


HDR video appears nice, nevertheless it would not work all over the place but.

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11. You may wish 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 might 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) in an effort to settle for HDR video, however even then, the particular person viewing the video will want a succesful gadget 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? Nicely, you will have just a few choices: 

  • You possibly can flip off HDR video by going to Settings > Digital camera > File video and switch the change subsequent to HDR Video to the Off place. Going ahead, all movies might be captured in commonplace dynamic vary, and you will not have any points sharing or enhancing it.
  • Depart HDR Video turned on, however if you wish 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 robotically 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 isn’t, Apple will convert the video robotically.
  • For those who go away HDR Video on and have to edit your video, you should utilize 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 house display on iOS 14 and the iPhone 12. 

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12. Keep away from residence display app muddle

With the discharge of iOS 14 in 2020, iPhone customers have extra choices and management over what their residence display appears like than ever earlier than. The App Library, for instance, acts as an app drawer, permitting you to take away apps from your house display with out deleting them. Heck, you’ll be able to even totally customise your cellphone’s look with completely different app icons and widgets — it is very Android-like, and there is nothing incorrect with that.

For those who just like the minimal look, then you definitely’ll wish to make it possible for newly put in apps aren’t robotically positioned on your house display each time you obtain an app. Or, on the flip aspect, if you do not 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 and choose both Add to Residence Display or App Library Solely.

On an iPhone with 3D Contact, you should utilize a third-party app to play longer period “Stay” pictures in your lock display.

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13. Use fancy wallpapers 

One other residence display tweak it’s best to make entails 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 checklist. Make certain the change, 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 Stay. 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 robotically based mostly on the system standing of your cellphone. 

You may as well set reside wallpapers as your background in case you’re not offered on darkish and lightweight mode.


Darkish Mode on the iPhone positive appears good. 

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14. Activate darkish mode. You will not remorse it

Talking of darkish mode, in case you do not wish to must repeatedly regulate your display’s brightness, you should utilize your cellphone’s devoted darkish mode that is been confirmed to avoid wasting on battery life. Darkish mode converts the entire white backgrounds in apps to, as a rule, a black background. In flip, your cellphone is ready to save battery energy because of the darker colours. 

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

Apple’s apps will robotically change to a darkish coloration 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 loads of notifications on a regular basis, 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 type of customized Do Not Disturb, however tailor-made to particular circumstances. 

This permits notifications from vital individuals and apps to come back via in order that you do not miss something, whereas blocking out much less related alerts. You possibly can arrange several types of Focus modes for particular circumstances. Apple at present affords choices for Do Not Disturb, private, sleep, work, driving, health, gaming, mindfulness and studying, however you may also create your personal customized mode. You possibly can schedule Focus modes in order that they activate robotically when wanted, and show a standing in apps in order that others know when you will have notifications silenced. 

To get began, open the Settings menu, faucet Focus, and select one of many obtainable choices to arrange your notification preferences. Faucet the plus (+) image within the prime 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’ll be able to regulate the font measurement to make it simpler to learn. Open Settings and go to Show & Brightness > Textual content Measurement the place you should utilize the slider till you are proud of the font measurement. 

For a little bit added oomph, you’ll be able to activate Daring Textual content (it is slightly below the Textual content Measurement button). 


Face ID would 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, consistently learns and relearns completely different elements of your face with every scan. For those who’re struggling to get Face ID to persistently 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 avoid wasting battery life. 

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18. Disable auto brightness for longer battery life

Your iPhone’s display brightness stage can have a huge impact on battery life. By default, iOS will robotically 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’ll be able to disable auto brightness, which means no matter you set the brightness stage at is the place it would keep till you regulate it once more. 

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

Now, everytime you wish 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 cellphone 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 is too straightforward to get within the behavior of approving every thing simply so you should utilize the app, however take a couple of minutes and undergo your privateness settings and tailor what every app can and might’t see. We stroll you thru the method in two fast steps

Management Heart has loads of potential, you simply must customise it. 

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20. Management Heart places every thing a faucet and swipe away

Management Heart is a handy spot to shortly 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 shortly 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 deciding on 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, when you’ve got an iPhone with a house button, just like the 2020 iPhone SE, you’ll be able to swipe up from the underside of the display to open Management Heart. When you have an iPhone with Face ID, like an iPhone X ($360 at Amazon), XS or 12, you will have to swipe down from the top-right nook of the display the place the battery icon is. 

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