Every time an update comes out for Apple’s smartphone operating system, the world goes wild. But a week or two later, we’re all back to business, and many of the cool new features from the OS release have slipped through the cracks.
So, in the interest of making sure you’re in the know ASAP (and, of course, helping you get ahead), here are seven cool tricks from iOS 8’s recent release that boost your productivity throughout the workday:
1. Make Sure You’re Never Left with a Dead Phone
Running out of battery is every professional’s worst nightmare, especially on travel days or when you’re on back-to-back calls. The new OS offers a cool functionality that lets you see which apps are draining your battery, so you can shut them off or remove them altogether. To check out your worst offenders, go to Settings > General > Usage. There, you’ll see a breakdown by app, to help you make each charge last longer.
2. Call Frequent Contacts Faster
iPhone users have become accustomed to double-clicking the Home button to switch between apps. With iOS 8, when you double-click you’ll also notice a row of circles above your open apps with names and photos. This is where Apple has added shortcuts to your most recent contacts, which can come in handy during a work emergency (or to save seconds each day calling your assistant or your boss).
3. Answer Emails and Texts Faster From Your Phone
The new operating system comes with QuickType suggestions (instead of Autocorrect). For quick messages and typing on the go, I’ve already found it to be incredibly helpful. You’ll see it in your keyboard as soon as you upgrade, but if you find that it’s not for you and want go back to the old way of Autocorrect, you can swipe down on the gray bar to hide it. To add it back later, simply swipe back up.
4. Pull Up Related Emails More Easily
We’ve all been there. A project at work is split across tons of email chains with various people, and tracking down missing information or to-dos from other threads is taking forever. Add mobile email to the mix and it’s downright impossible. With the iOS 8 release, though, pulling up related messages in your Mail app is easier than ever. Just swipe left on the email from your inbox and click on the “More” button. Like a top-notch assistant, Apple will quickly pull up any relevant emails to save you time and help you get back to work instead of hunting through your inbox.
5. Get Instant Notifications When You Get a Reply to That Important Email
Speaking of Mail, one of the coolest iOS 8 additions is the ability to get a notification just for a specific thread. Waiting for a deal to close, or for approval on budget from the big boss? Just tap on little alarm icon in the subject field of the message (you’ll need to click on the subject for it to come up) and select “Notify Me” to get the alert.
6. Silence or Leave Group Texts
You know that awkward moment when you’re in a meeting and your phone is buzzing every 30 seconds? The culprit: a group text. The new OS finally offers a nice solution to this situation: from the message itself, click on “Details” and toggle the Do Not Disturb button on to stop your phone from buzzing or pinging with every response. Want out of the message altogether? Click “Leave this Conversation” and enjoy the silence.
7. Never Leave Late for a Meeting Again Because You’re Overbooked
I don’t know if this happens to you, but I’ve found myself caught now and again by an off-site meeting that was farther away than I thought—and a schedule that doesn’t leave enough time for transit. With iOS 8, you can now take advantage of a new feature called Travel Time Notifications. When booking a meeting outside the office, you’re able to add transit time to your calendar to keep from squeezing yourself into impossible transit situations. Just toggle on “Travel Time” when editing an event in your Calendar app, and add the approximate transit time to your destination, up to two hours before the start of your event. Now you’ll know when you need to leave to make it to your meeting, instead of when you’re about to be late for it.
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TopicsTools & Skills , Productivity , Phones , Tech Skills , No Seriously—Do This Now By Alex Cavoulacos , Syndication
Alex is a Founder of The Muse, where she focuses on the product, engineering, and operations of the fast-growing business. Her book The New Rules of Work, written with her co-founder Kathryn, comes out in April 2017. Outside the office, Alex can be found on her road bike or deep in a book. She also loves productivity hacks more than candy.More from this Author