15 New Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in iOS 9

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Apple introduced an abundant of new features with iOS 9 last week along with new versions of the iPhone. There are some more obvious features such as the new Apple News app and the extended features in Notes.

However, there are a few things that are less obvious that could be helpful to you—especially if you’ve got a new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus. But here are fifteen new things that you may not have heard of yet that you can do in iOS 9:

1. Back Button

Whenever you’re in an app and click on a link that takes you to another app like Safari, you can easily go back to the previous app by clicking on the link that shows up in the top left corner of the screen.

2. Batteries

If you have an Apple Watch paired to your iPhone, you can add a Battery widget to your Notification Center and see how much juice you have left with just a quick glance.

3. Change your HD video speeds

If you want to increase your video quality, simply go to Settings > Photos & Camera > Record Video and then selecting the quality you want. Note that some features such as 4K video are only found on the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

4. Markup and Reply email attachments

Good news, you don’t need another app to make notes on attachments. You can do it directly in the Mail app by opening the attachment and then selecting “markup and reply” in the share menu. You can add text, drawings, magnify, and add signatures.

5. Requesting a Desktop site

If you’re on a website in Safari and want to see the desktop version instead of mobile, then all you have to do is hit the “Share” icon and then “Request Desktop Site” on the bottom row. You can also do it by holding down the refresh button that’s in the address bar and then the option will pop up,

6. Save/Attachments

If you are a regular iCloud Drive users, then you can save email attachments by tapping and holding down on the item and then selecting “Save Attachment.” If you want to attach a file, the hold down any where on the compose screen and you will see an option to add an attachment.

7. Search for settings

Trying to remember where a certain setting is located at? You can now easily search for it by opening Settings and scrolling to the top of the screen.

8. Siri can remind you what you’re looking at later on

Looking at a text, email, or webpage and want to reminded about it later? Just ask Siri and she can do it for you. Just say “remind me about this” and she will add it to your Reminders’s list.

9. 6-digit Passcode

A four digit and alphanumeric passcode has been available for quite some time now but with iOS 9, Apple has introduced a new option for a six digit passcode which you can turn on by going to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Change Passcode (if you already have set up) > Passcode Options > 6-Digit Passcode.

10. Swipe to Select Photos

Apple has made it easier to select multiple photos by allowing users to slide their fingers instead of tapping on each individual ones. This is great if you want to select a group of pictures that are right next to each other. All you have to do is open the photo album in the Photos app, click on “Select” on the top right of the screen, tapping on the first picture, and then dragging your finger to select the other photos.

11. Turn on Low Power Mode at any time

Once your battery hits 20%, you’ll get an option to turn on Low Power Mode but you can actually turn this feature on at any time manually by going to Settings > General > Battery > Low Power Mode. You can also ask Siri to turn it on for you as well.

12. Use Wi-Fi Assist to surf faster

Wi-Fi Assist automatically switches you from wifi to cellular and vice versa depending on the download speeds of both. You can turn it on by going to Settings > Cellular > Wi-Fi Assist. Note that you could eat up a lot of data because you’ll still see the wifi icon on your phone but it could be using your cellular data if it is faster.

13. Using Siri to Find Pictures

As long as you’re your photos are geo-tagged, you can ask Siri to find pictures of a certain place or date.

14. Using Flash With Videos

One of the biggest new features for the iPhone 6s is the ability record 4K video. While you can’t do that on old iPhones, you can now enable flash when shooting videos, which should make for taking some great night video footage.

15. Zoom in on videos

Zooming in on videos is now finally possible with a quick pinch, just like you would a photo.

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