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Guide to iPhone and iPad settings: how to use all the iOS Settings UPDATED

Cliff Joseph | Aug. 20, 2015
Like System Preferences on a Mac , Settings on your iPhone or iPad offers access to tools for adjusting screen brightness, setting up a password, configuring your WiFi, and more. But in addition you will also find options for handling phone calls and mobile broadband, as well as many additional security features that protect your personal files, photos and other information.

Like System Preferences on a Mac , Settings on your iPhone or iPad offers access to tools for adjusting screen brightness, setting up a password, configuring your WiFi, and more. But in addition you will also find options for handling phone calls and mobile broadband, as well as many additional security features that protect your personal files, photos and other information. So here's our guide to the main settings that you need to know about in iOS 8.

We're going to be updating this guide with more information as we work through all the settings in the Settings app, so be sure to come back to find out more.

iOS Settings explained in this article:

Page 1: Settings, Control Centre, Airplane Mode and more

  • How to change Settings in iOS 8
  • Control Centre
  • Airplane Mode
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, data roming
  • Notifications

Page 2: iOS General settings, handoff, privacy, iCloud and more

  • General
  • Background App Refresh
  • Handoff
  • Privacy settings
  • iTunes settings
  • iCloud settings
  • Personal Hotspots
  • Siri
  • Spotlight
  • Handoff
  • Restrictions

Page 3: iOS Family settings, syncing, accessibility and more

  • In-App Purchases
  • Location Services
  • Keyboard settings
  • WiFi syncing
  • Shortcuts and Dictation
  • Syncing
  • Resetting settings
  • Controlling the Parallax effect
  • Guided Access
  • Display and Brightness
  • Adjusting Alerts
  • Accessibility options
  • Touch ID
  • Changing the passcode
  • Lock screen
  • Privacy settings
  • Sharing
  • Cloud options
  • Family sharing

How to change settings in iOS 8

If you are new to the iPhone (or iPad) you may not know that it is possible to make various adjustments to the settings of your device. To do so, tap on the Settings icon on your Home Screen, the one that looks like a cog.

By default, the icon for the Settings app is the last one on the main Home screen on your iPhone or iPad, and you can view the various options that it contains just by tapping on it like any other app.

Apple recognized some time ago that Settings was getting a bit complicated, so it added a new feature called Control Centre to iOS 7 last year.

Access Control Centre in iOS

You can activate Control Centre by placing your finger on the solid border below the bottom edge of the screen, and then swiping your finger upwards onto the screen.

That gesture pulls the Control Centre panel up from the bottom of the screen and gives you instant access to a number of important settings.

These easy-access settings include screen brightness and volume, On/Off controls for WiFi and Bluetooth, and the ability to activate the camera.

The Control Centre is available at all times - even on the Lock screen - so you can get at the main controls for your device whenever you need to.

Airplane Mode on the iPhone

 

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