Get tips for using iOS effectively in this free iOS tips lesson. This will help you get the most out of your operating system.
Now that you know the basics of using iOS, it's a good idea to become more familiar with some of its most useful features. You can access these features at any time, no matter what app you're currently using.
Notifications are pop-ups, banners, and other audio/visual cues that work with the apps on your device. They're designed to let you know when something needs your attention or when there's been any recent activity (for example, on Facebook).
Notifications behave differently in each app, but they all have one thing in common: They can help you keep up with everyday tasks and responsibilities. You can receive notifications three different ways:
The Control Center allows you to quickly access frequently used settings for your device, as well as a media panel with playback controls. Just swipe up from the bottom of the Home screen to access the Control Center. The first pane you'll see contains various settings.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn about the different parts of the Control Center's main settings pane.
Toggle this option to activate Airplane Mode, which will turn off Wi-Fi and 3G/4G.
Toggle this option to turn Wi-Fi connectivity on and off.
Toggle this option to turn Bluetooth connectivity on and off.
Toggle this option to use Do Not Disturb, which silences calls and notifications while your phone is locked.
Toggle this option to turn Portrait Orientation Lock on and off, which keeps your screen from rotating when you turn your device.
Use this option to adjust the iPhone's screen brightness.
Various tools at the bottom include a flashlight, timer, calculator, and camera.
Toggle this option to turn Night Shift on and off, which makes the colors on your iPhone change to the warmer end of the spectrum. This makes the display easier on your eyes and is good to use before going to bed.
Toggle this option to turn AirDrop on and off, which allows you to share photos, locations, and more with other Apple devices near you.
If you have an iPhone 6S or later, you can use the 3D Touch feature to access more options, such as the brightness of the flashlight. To use 3D Touch, press firmly on a button (for example, the Flashlight button), and a menu of additional options will appear.
If you swipe left while on the settings pane, you can access the media pane of the Control Center. On this pane, you can play, pause, and skip between songs or podcasts, as well as change the volume or audio output.