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Get to know iOS 8: Changes in the Settings app

Serenity Caldwell, Leah Yamshon | Sept. 18, 2014
With every new version of iOS, Apple loves to add, tweak, and change settings; unsurprisingly, iOS 8 is no different. Here's a comprehensive list of just about everything the company has changed in iOS 8 within the Settings app.

Zoom houses your controls for magnifying the entire screen, and has a few more options in iOS 8. You'll find toggles for Follow Focus, Zoom Keyboard, and Show Controller, which reminds you of your zoom gesture controls in case you need a reminder. You can also set your Zoom Region (either Window Zoom or Full Screen Zoom) and select your maximum zoom level. 

When looking at the Hearing assistance options, you'll notice that the Subtitles & Captioning controls have moved to a new category — Media, which also offers an option for Video Descriptions.

The Physical & Motor category found in iOS 7 has been renamed as Interaction in iOS 8; within this category, the Incoming Calls function has been renamed to Call Audio Routing.

USAGE Usage now provides a deeper a look at what apps are draining your precious battery life, which you can find by tapping Battery Usage. It shows what apps you've been using for the past 3 hours and the proportion of battery used by each app. Pretty nifty if you're trying to find the worse battery offenders to kill in a pinch.

AUTO-LOCK You can now select "Never" as an auto-lock option.

RESTRICTIONS Privacy buffs will surely appreciate iOS 8's new restriction on location sharing — tap Share My Location to turn this restriction on. In turn, Find My Friends has been removed as a restriction option.

LANGUAGE & REGION Formerly known as International, Language & Region is where you'll select your iPhone's language and select your region formats. A few things have been shuffled around in this section — there are no longer controls for keyboards and voice control here, for example, though you can easily find them in other settings controls (keyboards is on the main General page). You'll also find an Advanced option that will automatically reformat dates, times, and numbers to be the same as the primary language.

Display & Brightness

Formerly Wallpapers & Brightness, this setting gets a new name, icon, and moves wallpaper picking into its own section. iOS 7's dynamic Text Size picker and the Bold Text switch from the Accessibility section also now show up here.

Wallpaper

Yes, you can rejoice — your wallpaper now has its very own section of the Settings app. Here you can, unsurprisingly, view your current Lock screen and Home screen background, as well as pick new backgrounds. iOS 8 adds no new dynamic wallpaper images, but you will find two new static images: the underwater sea shot so prominent in the marketing, and a white shade of the hexagonal wallpaper already available in pink, orange, blue, green, grey, and black.

Touch ID & Passcode

 

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