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33 expert tips and tricks for iOS 6

Dan Moren and Lex Friedman | Feb. 8, 2013
How well do you really know iOS? Dan Moren and Lex Friedman have assembled a veritable smorgasbord of tips and tricks for Apple's mobile operating system.

Elsewhere on the list, you'll spot the apps you use, sorted with the most storage-intensive ones at the top. If you see apps that you rarely use but that take up a ton of space, tap on them in the list, and then tap Delete App to remove them in an instant.

Manually manage iCloud backup space. While we're saving space, don't forget that you can control what iCloud stores for you in your online backup--especially if you're just using the free 5GB allotment that Apple offers. Find instructions here.

Picture perfect

Snap photos while shooting videos. You're using your iPhone 5 to film a magical moment, and you wish you could snap a photo at the same time. Don't stop recording! Just tap the camera button, which appears on-screen in addition to the shutter button as you film. You aren't using the iPhone's true photo sensor; you're getting the slightly less impressive video sensors instead, but the photos should still turn out pretty nicely. Note that this tip doesn't work on older iPhones.

Reverse panorama. While we're sharing tips that work only with certain iPhones, here's one that matters just to folks with the iPhone 4S or newer--that is, iPhones that support taking panoramic photos. Normally, the Camera app prompts you to take those photos from left to right. To reverse that, tap once on the panorama guide to flip it to the opposite side of your screen.

In the Mail

Quickly add photos and videos to messages. Suppose you snapped the perfect panorama and want to email it to your friend. You needn't start from the Camera or Photos app. Instead, head over to the Mail app and start composing your new message. Tap once in a blank section of the message to bring up the contextual menu, and then tap on Insert Photo or Video. You'll get the familiar photo selecting screen.

Get back to drafts in a snap. Maybe you abandoned that message before you tapped to send it. You needn't navigate deep into the Mail app's mailbox hierarchy to find your Drafts folder. Rather, you can tap and hold on the New Message button to bring up a menu listing all your saved drafts.

Archiving messages. You probably already know that you can archive messages from your Gmail account on iOS. But you can also add an archive option for messages to your iCloud email address. To do so, navigate to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar and tap on your iCloud account. Tap on the Account entry at the top, scroll down to the Advanced section, and tap on your email address; swipe down until you find the Archive Messages switch. Slide it to On, and then make sure to tap the Done button in the upper right corner twice to save the change.

 

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