The perfect iOS 15 options are the hidden ones


Your iPhone is stuffed with hidden options, and iOS 15 has some. 

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For those who’ve up to date your iPhone just lately, you’ve got in all probability bought a great grasp on the entire big-ticket iOS 15 options like SharePlay, which lets you watch motion pictures, hearken to music and browse the online with family and friends over FaceTime. There’s additionally Focus, which silences notifications and hides distractions that will help you higher concentrate.

Nonetheless, not the entire greatest new options on iOS 15 are obvious — many are hidden.

Learn extra: iPhone’s hidden trackpad makes enhancing textual content simpler. Study the way it works

We’ll stroll you thru a number of lesser-known options on iOS 15, together with the way to use your digital camera to live-scan textual content, transfer the handle bar in Safari again to the place it was once and drag-and-drop images and different information between apps.

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Use your iPhone’s digital camera to scan textual content

Have you ever ever wished you might level your iPhone’s digital camera at an indication or piece of paper and have it robotically establish after which copy the textual content into an e-mail or a doc? With iOS 15, it is attainable and extremely cool. 

To make use of the iPhone’s new “scan textual content” device, long-press inside a textual content discipline as if you are going to use the copy-and-paste immediate. Solely, you may now see a Scan Textual content button. You may additionally see a button that makes use of simply the scan icon, which appears like a bit of paper with brackets round it. 


Apple added a textual content scanner to the iPhone, it doesn’t matter what app you are utilizing. 

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Faucet the button, which is able to substitute your keyboard together with your iPhone digital camera’s viewfinder. Level your digital camera at no matter you need to scan, after which comply with the prompts on the display. As an illustration, in the event you’re transferring the digital camera too quick, you may see a “Gradual Down” message flash on the display. 

As you are lining up the digital camera and textual content good, you may see a reside preview of the textual content your iPhone is figuring out and able to place in your doc. Faucet the Insert button whenever you’re prepared. 

It is a neat and straightforward method to rapidly scan an e-mail handle on a enterprise card, a telephone quantity on an indication or, as you possibly can see within the screenshots above, scan the again of a guide and insert it as one large block of textual content. 


You do not have to reside with the handle bar on the underside of the display in Safari. 

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Transfer Safari’s handle bar again to the highest of your display

Apple has made numerous modifications to Safari for the iPhone and iPad. One of many main modifications you may discover after putting in the replace in your iPhone is that the handle bar with all of its included performance has been moved to the underside of the display. 

The thought is that by transferring the handle bar to the underside it is simpler to get round Safari and browse the online as a result of the entire buttons are nearer to your thumb, however the change will not be excellent for everybody. And Apple is providing you with a alternative within the matter by permitting you to maneuver the handle bar again to the highest of the display. 

When utilizing Safari in your iPhone, faucet the Aa button on the handle bar (do not long-press, a faucet is okay). On the high of the menu that reveals up, you may see a brand new possibility labeled Present Prime Tackle Bar. Faucet it to maneuver the handle bar up high.


Translate textual content inside any app.

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Translate textual content from wherever in your iPhone

Apple launched the Translate app again with iOS 14, and whereas it may solely translate to and from 11 languages (very restricted, in my view), the function has improved with the introduction of iOS 15.

For those who do not need to use the standalone Translate app, you possibly can as a substitute spotlight any textual content in your iPhone and translate it that means. For those who press down on the textual content to spotlight it, you may see the enhancing instruments you are accustomed to seeing. Nonetheless, in the event you faucet the arrow on the best, it is best to see a Translate possibility.

A window will seem on the backside of the display, which you’ll be able to swipe up, displaying the phrase or phrases you’ve got highlighted and the interpretation. You’ll be able to select which language to translate to together with Chinese language, French, German, Korean and Spanish. You too can hearken to the interpretation, substitute the highlighted phrase with the interpretation and duplicate the interpretation to your clipboard.


You’ll be able to simply arrange an entry key for anybody to make use of in order that they’ll entry your info in the event you die.

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Ship your iCloud information to another person in the event you die

Your images, messages, notes, passwords and different necessary info do not must be locked away ceaselessly in the event you die and nobody has entry to your iPhone. A brand new function on iOS 15 — Legacy Contact — lets you select any contact saved in your telephone and provides them entry to your iCloud information upon your loss of life.

To arrange your Legacy Contact, go to Settings > faucet your title > choose Password & Safety > Legacy Contact. Subsequent, faucet Add Legacy Contact (twice), enter your credentials and select somebody out of your contacts. Apple will generate an entry key, which your contact will want to be able to entry your information.

Observe: This function is on iOS 15.2, which is presently solely accessible to builders.


Climate alerts for the precise minute it’s going to begin raining or snowing? Go on, I am listening. 

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Get real-time precipitation alerts from the Climate app

When Apple purchased the favored climate app Darkish Sky, I instantly hoped that the official iPhone climate app would acquire the real-time rain and snow alerts I had come to depend on to maintain me dry. These alerts are making their debut in iOS 15, usually arriving a couple of minutes earlier than Darkish Sky’s — which is a-OK with me. 

When you’re operating iOS 15, you possibly can activate the brand new precipitation alerts by opening the Climate app, then tapping the three-line icon within the backside proper nook of the display. Subsequent, faucet the circle icon with the three dots within the high proper nook of the display adopted by Notifications

Slide the swap subsequent to My Location to the On place after which faucet Finished. In case you have extra cities added to the Climate app, you possibly can activate alerts for each. 

The following time rain or snow is getting near you, your iPhone will provide you with a warning a couple of minutes earlier than it may begin. You may additionally obtain one other alert when the rain is sort of completed.

Drag and drop between apps on the iPhone

The iPad has lengthy allow you to drag-and-drop paperwork, textual content or footage between apps. And now, it is the iPhone’s flip. For those who’re going backwards and forwards between Messages and Images to share footage from a latest evening out with buddies, for instance, now you can drag them from the Images app to the Messages app. 

To check out the brand new function, open the Images app and consider your latest images. Do not faucet on an image to open it full-screen; as a substitute, place a finger on the photograph and begin to drag your finger throughout the display. With out lifting your finger when the thumbnail begins to drift over the remainder of the images, swap again to the Messages app. 

You may see a inexperienced circle with a plus check in it present up on the thumbnail indicating you can carry your finger and the photograph shall be positioned within the textual content discipline, prepared so that you can ship. 

Fairly straightforward, proper? You should utilize this identical method to connect a doc from the Information app to an e-mail. 


You’ll be able to view all kinds of details about your footage in iOS 15. 

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Extra info is offered about your images 

I’ve at all times had to make use of a third-party app if I needed to view any of the finer particulars saved within the EXIF information a few photograph I used to be despatched or took myself. Now everytime you’re viewing a photograph within the Images app, you possibly can swipe up on it to open an info view that may element the place you saved the photograph from, in addition to the entire EXIF info akin to shutter velocity, location and the digital camera used. 

The added info is a welcome addition even in the event you do not care about the entire finer particulars. On the very least, having the ability to see the place you saved the image from (together with who despatched it to you) is sufficient. 


You’ll be able to modify textual content measurement on a per-app foundation now. 

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Change the scale of textual content utilized in particular apps

At the moment, you possibly can change the systemwide font measurement to suit your choice. However with iOS 15, there is a new device that permits you to change the scale of the font on an app-by-app foundation. Meaning for instance you can have the Mail app and Twitter be in several font sizes.

To make use of the brand new function, open the Settings app, then go to Management Middle and scroll down till you discover the choice labeled Textual content Dimension by tapping on the inexperienced plus signal. 

The following time you are in an app and also you need to modify the scale of the textual content, open Management Middle (swipe down from the highest proper nook of the display on an iPhone that has Face ID, or up from the underside of the display on an iPhone with Contact ID) and faucet the Textual content Dimension button. Slide the button on the backside of the display to the left aspect of the toggle to point that you simply solely need your modifications utilized to the app you are presently utilizing, after which modify the font measurement up or down. 

If you have not but gotten your fingers on iOS 15, this is a easy information you possibly can comply with to obtain the newest cellular working system in your iPhone. You too can try our evaluation on iOS 15, which covers lots of the main new options. And in the event you’re seeking to improve to iOS 15 however have a a lot older telephone, learn our evaluation on the iPhone 13iPhone 13 Professional and iPhone 13 Max.