iOS 6 tips and tricks

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    Add Phonetic Spelling to Contact Names to Improve Siri’s Pronunciation



    Siri doubles as a great hands-free helper with some extremely useful voice commands, but sometimes Siri can really mangle pronunciation of names that aren’t outright obvious. If you’re finding that Siri routinely either mispronounces a name or doesn’t understand a request regarding a certain contact, try adding special phonetic spelling fields to the troubled contacts:

    Open Contacts and tap “Edit” on the contact you wish to add phonetic spelling to
    Tap “Add Field” and choose “Phonetic First Name” and/or “Phonetic Last Name”
    Fill in the fields for how the name should sound then tap “Done”

    The more obvious you can make the pronunciation by spelling out syllables or sounds, the better the results. The screenshot uses a fabricated name, but Siri pronounces it correctly.




    This also has the side effect of improving the accuracy of when Siri is asked to call or text someone in your Contacts list, as it will take the phonetic spelling into account. This is particularly helpful with names that have unique spellings or pronunciations.


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    Add Bold, Underline, & Italics to Stylize Text in iOS Mail



    Stylizing text with bold, underline, or italics in the iOS Mail app is easily done with the same tap-and-hold contextual menu that also allows you to select text, block quote, and insert photos. To access the text styling menu:

    Tap and hold on any text in Mail app, choose “Select” and adjust the sliders to the text you want to select
    Tap the “B I U” button to reveal the text styles (you may need to tap the > arrow button to reveal the option if device is in portrait orientation)
    Choose either “Bold”, “Italics”, or “Underline”
    Repeat to apply additional styling




    As you probably guessed, this litte-known trick works the same in Mail on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Technically the stylize feature appears in a few other places in iOS too, but we’re focusing on the Mail app because this feature is universally supported there, whereas apps like Notes do not yet support it. This could be new from iOS 6 onward, I don’t have an older iOS device handy at the moment to give it a try and find out for sure.

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    How To Use Siri And Google Maps For Directions Without Jailbreaking [iOS Tips]


    Google Maps for iPhone is out, and it’s a solid replacement for Apple’s Maps app in iOS 6. Jailbreakers can make Google Maps the default maps app on their iPhones, but everyone else has to deal with the fact that Apple will never let you fully replace its own Maps with Google’s. It’s a shame, but it’s the walled iOS garden we all live in.

    That doesn’t mean you can’t use Siri to get directions with Google Maps, however. You don’t even need to jailbreak. There’s a simple trick that makes it possible.

    Apple has baked a little hook into Siri that lets you open an address in any one of the App Store’s third-party mapping apps. Simply add “via transit” to the end of your voice command to Siri. So, for instance, say “Give me directions to Apple Inc. via transit” and Siri will open a list of available maps apps besides Apple’s own. You can quickly open any third-party app you have installed on your iPhone or download one from the App Store. The trick is that your iPhone will think you want public transit directions, so you’ll have to make sure to toggle through car or walking if that’s what you need.

    The above process isn’t as smooth as using Apple Maps because you have to tap the screen once to open the Google Maps app. But it’s better than nothing if you use Siri to find where you’re going.

    Here’s a video demonstration of this tip in action:




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    Save Pictures from Facebook to iPhone & iPad the Easy Way



    The easiest way to save a picture from Facebook on an iPhone or iPad is to:

    Open the image you want to save, then tap and hold on that image and select “Save Photo”
    Now look in the Photos app to find your saved picture. Easy right?

    Before Facebook had the Save Photo feature, you had to manually zoom in on a picture, then take a screen shot in iOS, and that screenshot would be the saved picture – that was a totally lame solution but thankfully it’s no longer needed if you’re in a more recent version of iOS and have an updated Facebook app.

    Well, at least, that’s how it’s supposed to work, but recently there have been some issues…

    Fixing Problems with Facebook Unable to Upload & Save Pictures to iPhone & iPad

    If you’ve tried to save a photo from the Facebook app recently on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you may have discovered that despite tapping “Save Image” as usual like you would to save a pic from the web or Mail, but when you flip over to the Photos app, the picture doesn’t actually show up in the photo library or Camera Roll. Likewise, many have encountered a giant Lock screen when trying to upload a photo to Facebook, rather than your typical photo collection.

    Both of these issues are due to a privacy adjustment with the latest version of iOS, and they’re both very easy to fix:

    Open the “Settings” app and tap on “Privacy”
    Choose “Photos” and locate “Facebook” to flip the switch to ON
    Tap back on “Privacy” and now locate “Facebook” in the app list, check to make sure Facebook has access here as well by flipping to ON




    Exit out of Settings and return to the Facebook app to have full photo access again, both for saving and for uploading pictures.

    As mentioned, these privacy options are due to the recent iOS 6 update and shouldn’t impact anyone who downloaded the Facebook app after updating to iOS 6 or on any device that was pre-installed with iOS 6 or later, like iPhone 5 and new iPads.

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    Stay Sane with Multiple Email Accounts on an iPhone by Using Different Apps



    Many of us juggle multiple email accounts these days, one for work, one for personal, one for various web signups, and whatever else. While you can easily configure the default iOS Mail app to manage multiple accounts and inboxes and flip between them yourself, another approach is to separate the mail accounts completely by using different apps for each account, and launching them only when needed.

    This allows for incredibly simple management of different mail accounts, and you can easily separate work from play, and the spam from the important stuff, by doing nothing more than only using the app that is appropriate for the use. Don’t want to read work email on the weekend? Don’t launch the designated work app. Don’t want to have junkmail buzzing your pocket constantly when something lands in your inbox? Disable alerts for that specified app without impacting the important mail in the others. Plus you’ll have the added sanity bonus of not having a giant number as the red alert badge on the Mail app.

    The obvious caveat with this approach will be the dependency on the additional accounts either being Gmail or Yahoo Mail, but considering how ubiquitous those services are it shouldn’t be much of a problem. Head over to the App Store and download one (or both) of the free apps for Ymail and Gmail:

    Get Yahoo Mail for iOS

    Get Gmail for iOS

    There isn’t much to configure with either app directly, just login with the appropriate account for both or either and you’ll be in the respective emails inbox.

    The real trick here is how you use the apps and keep your individual email accounts completely separate, and that’s going to come down to self control and maintaining the boundaries between accounts. You will find that fine-tuning control over Notification Center will help this, which is done in Settings > Notifications > GMail and Settings > Notifications > Yahoo! Mail. For my purposes, I have Gmail set up with a badge but no alert, and an old Yahoo account serves as a bucket for nonsense mail gets no notifications at all.

    You can do the same on an iPad and iPod touch of course, and on the desktop side of things it can be best to create a new user account to force that kind of separation – which, by the way, would be an excellent feature in iOS – then either use WebMail, corporate VPN, or configure Mail app differently for each account.

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    2 Simple Tips to Get to Websites Faster in iOS



    Have you ever wished you could visit certain websites faster while you’re on the go? Maybe you know a specific website you want to get to, but you don’t visit the site enough to have a bookmark for it on the home screen. Or maybe you’d rather just type as little as possible on the touch screen. Rather than typing out the full URL, and perhaps most annoyingly, the TLD (TLD stands for top-level domain, that is the .com, .net, .org suffixes across the web), use these two super simple tricks that will help you visit websites faster on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

    1: Forget the full URL: Typing “www” and “.com” are not necessary

    If the domain you’re trying to get to is a .com, you don’t actually have to type the .com suffix! Likewise, if the site is standardized with the www prefix, you don’t need to type that either. Instead, in the iOS Safari URL bar, just type the domain minus both and tap the big blue “GO” button. Safari will instantly fill in the rest, and off you go to that site.




    The example above will take you directly to OSXDaily.com just by tapping GO, despite not having the full URL entered.

    2: Show more TLD’s: Tap and hold the “.com” button for more

    What if the domain is a .net, edu, us, or .org? No sweat, in Safari you can quickly access the 5 most common domain TLD’s by just tapping and holding the “.com” button until the sub-menu of TLD’s appears. Tap what you’re looking for, and you’re good to go.




    Note: the list of TLD’s shown is slightly different per country, and the country code at the end should vary widely depending on which keyboard you are using and where the device is localized to.

    The Fastest Way? Bookmark Frequently Visited Sites

    If you end up visiting a particular site often just bookmark it onto your home screen. Then you just have to tap the icon, there just isn’t a faster way to visit websites in iOS. All you need to do is visit the site in question, tap the share arrow, and choose “Add to Home Screen” and it’ll be there like any other app.

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    Tips for capturing holiday light memories with your iPhone camera



    The iPhone has a great little digital camera built into it. If you're thinking about getting those last photos of the neighborhood and indoor holiday lights before they all come down, here are a few hints to make sure you get a memorable picture.

    Let's start with exterior lights. The iPhone isn't a terrific low light camera, but it can still take some stunning shots. The first thing to remember is that you don't want to wait until it is completely dark. If you do, all you'll see in your photo are the lights and some small areas of the house that are illuminated by them.

    The best time to take your outdoor holiday light photos is just after sunset. Dusk photos will work just fine. You'll have about 20-30 minutes of twilight sky to make your photos keepers. You'll see some sky texturing that way, and the house and holiday lights will both be very visible. If you have a newer iPhone with iOS 6, try the built-in panorama mode, but be sure to hold the phone really steady. Remember, the lower the illumination, the more steady you have to be. Check the gallery below for an example of a panorama shot.

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    Connect & Use an External Wireless Keyboard with an iPhone or iPod touch



    External wireless keyboards can be connected to and used with iPhones and iPod touches through Bluetooth. This can help when typing anything of length, particularly if you’re not as fast a typer with the virtual keyboard, and it allows you to create an immediate (albeit tiny) workstation just about anywhere. There’s also a very nice software-side bonus to using an external keyboard with iOS too; the virtual keyboard disappears when an external keyboard is paired, letting you see the entire screen unobstructed while you type.

    If you’ve turned off Bluetooth to conserve battery life, you’ll need to turn it back on again to get this working. We’ll use an official and generic Apple Wireless Keyboard for the purpose of this walkthrough.

    Connecting the External Wireless Keyboard to the iPhone

    Open Settings, tap Bluetooth, and flip the switch to ON – don’t exit out of Settings quite yet
    Now turn on the Bluetooth keyboard
    Back on the iPhone and still in the BLuetooth settings, look under the “Devices” list and tap the keyboard when it appears
    Using the external keyboard, type the passcode as shown on the iPhone screen, and hit the enter key when finished




    The wireless keyboard will now show as “Connected” under the Bluetooth Devices menu, and you are free to exit out of Settings and use the keyboard as normal with the iPhone in any app.




    Disconnecting the Wireless External Keyboard from iOS

    The simplest way to disconnect the keyboard is to just turn off Bluetooth again:

    Go back to Settings, choose Bluetooth, and flip to OFF
    Disabling Bluetooth isn’t an option if you use it for hands free sets, speakers, or other accessories though, so you can also choose to “forget” the device to disconnect it, though you will have to go through the basic pairing and syncing process again when you want to use the external keyboard the next time around.

    Open Settings and tap Bluetooth
    Tap the Device Name followed by “Forget this Device”, confirm by tapping the red “Forget Device” button




    If you don’t have a dedicated external keyboard to use, another option is to use a third party app like Type2Phone, which turns a Macs keyboard into a bluetooth keyboard for an iOS or Android device.


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    Get Emoji Definitions Quickly in iOS



    Before starting you’ll want to do two things: First, if you haven’t yet enabled the incredibly useful text-to-speech ability in iOS so that the “Speak” button is available to apps, take a moment to do that through the Accessibility settings – beyond the purpose of this article it’s a great feature in general and really should just be enabled by default in iOS. Also, do yourself a favor and enable the Emoji keyboard in iOS so that you’ll be able to get definitions before sending them off to others in conversations, plus the ability to use them in messages and elsewhere yourself.

    Define Emoji Icons Quickly from Anywhere in iOS

    This will work to get the definition of an emojicon from anywhere that text is selectable in iOS, whether it’s on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

    Tap and hold on the Emoji icon(s) to define, then select “Speak” when the button becomes available
    The iOS system voice will define the emoji(s) selected, using the same voice as Siri
    Of course this is useful for actually knowing what an icon is supposed to mean, but it can also be pretty fun due to the wide variety of creative and amusing emojis that exist in the character palettes of iOS and OS X. Listening to Siri’s voice define them can be absolutely hilarious, and for added amusement try stringing together a series of random and unrelated emoji and then selecting all of them to define, which results in Siri’s voice spewing out unintentionally funny gibberish.

    Figuring out what an emoji is supposed to mean is really easy on a Mac too, because a simple worded definition is provided within the Special Characters panel of OS X where you select them to begin with. In iOS, there simply isn’t room for such a definition, and that’s why you’ll have to use the speaking feature instead.

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    Tip: Tell Siri to use Celsius



    Even if you live in a country that uses the Celsius scale for temperatures, if you ask Siri on your iPad to indicate the temperature, it will report the reading in Fahrenheit degrees.

    Oddly, this isn’t the case with iPhones – perhaps because you set a preference for Celsius or Fahrenheit in the iPhone’s Weather app. Since the iPad doesn’t have a Weather app, it doesn’t provide a place to specify that preference.

    Fortunately, you can arrange to have the iPad give you the temperature in the scale you prefer: Open Clock and tap Edit. You’ll see two buttons at the bottom of the clock list, one for F and the other for C. Select the one you want, and Siri should make the switch.

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