25 Useful Tips, Tricks, and Hacks to Master iOS 8

iOS 8 may look pretty similar to iOS 7, but it’s the most feature-packed update Apple has ever released. It can be tough to sort through all the newness so we’re taking a lot of the work out of it. Check out 25 of the best tips, tricks, and hacks to master iOS 8. You’re welcome dear Apple user.

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Secret photos

Bank vault

PhotoVault and other passcode-secured apps gave iPhone users a private place for their questionable or more private photos. Of course, we’d never have any of those on our phones. Now Apple allows you to do it without an extra app. Just tap and hold the photo then click hide; It’ll go to your hidden album.


Private browsing

DuckDuckGo private browsing

For those wanting more internet security, it’s now possible to use privacy search engine DuckDuckGo as your default. Go to Settings –> Safari –> Search Engine –> DuckDuckGo and enjoy private browsing.


Send audio messages

Woman talking on phone to her ear

One of the coolest new features is the ability to send audio messages in the Messages app. Either press the microphone icon next to the text box (and swipe up to send when done) or hold your device to your ear and speak the message (it’ll send when you lower the phone). If someone sends you an audio message, hold the device to your ear to listen and speak your reply once their message finishes.


Easily access favorites and recent contacts

iPhone new favourites section

Your favourites and recent contacts are easier to call than ever. Just double click the home button and they’ll be at the top of the screen. Click on the person to call, message, or Facetime.


Straightening a crooked image

Crooked image

It’s easy to take a picture that’s not entirely straight (if that’s what you’re going for). To fix it, open the picture, hit the crop icon, and turn the dial (like a compass) at the bottom of the screen.

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