Officially released on September 13, the latest update to Apple’s mobile platform is a little bit special. You’ll find countless new features, app updates, fresh functionality, tweaks, and tricks to help you refine your experience on the iPhone or iPad. Even if you’re familiar with iOS, it’s going take you some time to feel your way through all these improvements and unlock all the hidden gems, so we’re here to help with some handy iOS 10 tips and tricks.
With iOS 10, you don’t need to press any buttons to get a look at your notifications — you can simply pick up your iPhone and the screen will come to life. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness and toggle on Raise to Wake.
How to remove stock apps
For the first time ever, Apple has added the option to remove some stock apps that come pre-installed on iOS devices. Simply tap and hold on the app icon until it starts wiggling, tap the “X” in the top-left corner, and then tap Remove to uninstall. Unfortunately, though you can remove things like the Mail app, you can’t make a third-party alternative the default for things like “Mail to” links on web pages. However, you can always reinstall any stock app that you remove via the App Store.
How to use Split View in Safari
If you’re using Safari on your iPad, you can tap and hold on the screen and choose Open in Split View from the resulting menu to get two different web pages side by side. Each works completely independently of the other, too, with its own address bar and tabs.
How to get a good night’s sleep
Our mobile devices have been eating into our shuteye, but Apple has recently included a couple of ways to help us get a proper night’s rest in iOS 10. For starters, the Clock app is much darker now, so it won’t hurt your eyes. There’s also a new Bedtime tab at the bottom which hooks up with the Health app to monitor your sleep. You can tell it how many hours you want to sleep, and it even has a Bedtime Reminder option, so you can have your iOS device tell you when it’s time for bed.
You can also use Night Shift to filter out blue light near bedtime, so that using your iOS device doesn’t wake you up as much. Night Shift actually popped up in iOS 9.3, and you can turn it on via Settings > Display & brightness > Night Shift.
How to collaborate on notes
Launch the Notes app to begin writing a note, and you’ll see that there’s a new share icon in the top right. Tap on it, and you can choose to add people to this note. You can send links inviting people to join a note via email, Twitter, and a host of other services. This allows everyone to edit the note and see the changes in real time.