Apple released the iOS 15 update and it brought a lot of improvements to FaceTime, Safari, and many other new features, and apart from the new settings in iOS 15, there are a lot of features that have been around for a while that you may not know about, and whether turning them on or off is useful is yours. In this article we will take a tour of some of the settings on the iPhone and whether activating them is important or not, and whichever improves your use of the iPhone and makes it more productive.
Re-alert incoming calls in full screen
We have always complained about this way of announcing incoming calls, before the iOS 14 update, the incoming calls screen took up your entire screen and interrupted the tasks you were doing on your device. Starting with iOS 14, Apple changed the way with a notification bar at the top of the screen. Because of this method of alerting you may miss some important calls, and if you want to restore full screen, go to settings - phone - incoming calls - and click full screen.
Turn off 5G if you don't want it or it's not available in your area
Apple is promoting the Smart Data feature for 5G phones iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, through which the transition is automatically between 4G and 5G networks, and this, although it appears to be energy saving, works to deplete the battery faster, as there are processes that take place in The background and you search for any available networks and turn them on, if you don't need 5G turn it off until it improves or is available in your country.
To turn off 5G and force the iPhone to always use 4G even if you have 5G coverage, do the following:
In Settings, go to Cellular - Cellular Data Options - Voice - and tap LTE.
And if you want the iPhone to only use the 5G connection when it's available, you can select 5G.
Adjust the amount of data used in a 5G connection
Go to Cellular data mode settings for cellular data options where you will find three different options: Allow more data on 5G and Standard and Low data mode.
Although there are brief descriptions below the three different settings, they do not paint a complete picture of the first option. According to Apple's support document, allowing more data on 5G will give you higher-quality video calls and FaceTime, which also means your phone can download system updates without Wi-Fi, and stream HD content.
The default setting on this page will depend on your carrier and data plan, so it's a good idea to check your iPhone and make sure it is set to your preference.
Move the address bar in Safari to its original location
Apple moved the address bar in Safari to the bottom of the screen by default in the iOS 15 update. This makes sense because it's closer to the keyboard and where you normally put your thumb. But it can be undesirable since many people are used to seeing the address bar at the top.
You can change this by going to Settings - clicking on Safari - and choosing the Single Tab option under the Tabs subheading.
Organize notifications with notification summary
Apple wants to help you manage your notifications in the iOS 15 update, so instead of letting notifications pile up on your home screen, you can schedule non-urgent alerts to come in a bundle at a specific time of the day. Important notifications like calls, direct messages, and other sensitive alerts will stay on time. To try it out, open Settings, tap Notifications, and tap Scheduled Summary.
Features you can use when your iPhone is locked
There are times when you may need to get certain information even when your phone is locked. That's why Apple allows you to enable some features without having to unlock your device. This includes the Notification Center, the Control Center, the ability to reply to messages and the Wallet app, among others.
Customize the features you want to access on the lock screen by:
Settings - then FaceID & Passcode and enter your passcode when prompted, scroll down until you see the Allow access when locked section, and toggle the sliders based on your preference.
You may want to turn off the following camera features
iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 can record HDR video with Dolby Vision, for brighter video with more accurate colors and improved contrast. But there is a problem, not all apps or services will work with HDR video.
Developers will need to update their apps in order to accept HDR video, and even then, the person watching the video will need a device capable of seeing the HDR difference. For Apple devices, this includes iPhone 8 or later, iPad Air 2020, iPad Pro second generation, and some Macs.
You can turn off HDR video by going to Settings - Camera - Record video and disable HDR video All videos will be captured in standard dynamic range, and you will have no problems sharing or editing them.
Leave the HDR video turned on, but when you want to share the video with Facebook for example, use the Photos app instead of going into the Facebook app and uploading it there, because with the Photos app, the iPhone will automatically convert the video to SDR and upload it. And when you send the video to another iPhone user, Apple will detect whether their iPhone, iPad, or Mac is compatible with HDR Dolby Vision. If not, Apple will convert the video automatically.
If you leave your HDR video turned on and need to edit your video, you can use Apple's iMovie app or iOS's built-in Photos app and you can even use iMovie to export your video in SDR format if needed.
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