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33 great tips and tricks for iOS 7

Serenity Caldwell and Dan Moren | April 21, 2014
Whether it's the first time you've picked up an iPad or the seventeenth time you've pulled out your iPhone today, there are probably still some iOS 7 features and functionality that you're not familiar with. Don't sweat it: We're here to help. We've collected some of our favorite and most useful tips and compiled them here, just for you.

18. Make Siri better understand your friends' names: If you heard it spoken out loud, my little sister's name is a pretty standard one — "Caitlin." Unfortunately, that's not how my parents chose to spell it; instead, her contact card reads "Caetlyn." In iOS 6, Siri had a bit of trouble with that, expecting me to either pronounce her name "Keet-lan" or use the nickname I'd given her. Thanks to Siri's new pronunciation engine, though, my phone can be a little smarter about her contact card — along with any of yours.

Just say "Learn how to pronounce [name]'s name" and Siri will comply, first asking you for your pronunciation of the first and last name, then providing you with several pronunciation options.

19. Talk and talk and talk and talk to Siri: Raise your digital hand if you've ever run into this situation when talking to Siri:

"Remind me to —" "What would you like me to remind you?"

Siri may be there for us, but sometimes, she's just not listening as closely as she should be. If you have iOS 7.1 installed, however, you can hold down the Home button to make Siri listen as long as you like — she won't stop until you lift your finger. Helpful for recording the entirety of messages and reminders; even more helpful when you just need someone to talk to — even if that someone is digital.

Navigate the jungle of Safari

20. Playing Favorites: In iOS 7 there's a new bookmarks section called Favorites; on the iPad, this is used to populate the Favorites Bar in Safari, but on both the iPad and iPhone, it also determines which bookmarks pop up when you're in a blank tab. You can make Favorites work for you by going to Settings > Safari > Favorites, where you can select any folder in your Bookmarks as your Favorites. Now when you open a blank tab in Safari, you'll see those specific sites are just a tap away.

21. View saved passwords and credit card info: Whether or not you have iCloud Keychain syncing password information between your iOS devices and/or Macs, you can have Safari on your iOS device save your usernames, passwords, and credits cards locally. In both cases, you can take a look at the information under Settings > Safari > Passwords & AutoFill. In both cases, you'll have to enter your device's passcode — sorry, no Touch ID here — to view the full credit card number or password; it's yet another reason to choose a strong passcode, as though you needed one these days. Both sections let you remove entries, but the Credit Cards section will also let you add a new card right from Settings.

 

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