iOS 9 Hidden Features: Settings Search, Selfie Folder, Go Back to App, and More

Though it might look the same at a quick glance, iOS 9 has more much to offer. For iPad it brings split-screen multitasking, Siri gets an upgrade as well with iOS 9, apps get a makeover and much, much more. Read below for more.

Searchable Settings

Settings has now a new search bar for quickly locating a specific setting by typing in what you're looking for. If you don’t see it by default when you open settings, just pull the screen down a bit.


Go Back to App

When you tap on a Notification or a link in Safari that opens a new app, you can go back to the previous app clicking on a new "Go Back" button. 


Battery settings

iOS 9 unveils a new "Battery" section in Settings where Low Power Mode can be turned on when your battery is reaching 20%. The Battery section will also give you a more detailed battery usage information showing which apps are using the most of your battery. When you enable Low Power Mode background activity, motion effects, and animated wallpapers are turned off. 


App Switcher

The App Switcher gets a redesign in iOS 9. When you double press the home button to activate the app switcher the home screen and opened apps will be displayed in a “deck of cards” arrangement. If you wish to close any of them you will still swipe up.


App folders on iPad

App folders on the iPads will now display apps on rows of 4 instead of 3.


Selfie Folder

Yes, you heard it right: ‘Selfie folder’. The "Selfies" folder will keep all your photos taken with the front-facing camera. There is also a "Screenshots" folder for all your screenshots captures. 


Keyboard changes

The update in the keyboard will make it easier to determine when caps lock is on. With shift pressed, letters on the keyboard are now shown in upper case. With shift off, letters are lower case. If you don’t like this feature you can disable it. The keyboard also doubles as a trackpad on the iPad.




Public Transit

Public transit returns to the Maps app in iOS 9.


Apple Pay Shortcut

No need to unlock your iPhone to open the Apple Pay. Just double tap the home button with your device locked. 


Image Markup

Now you can add markups on an image you’re attaching. 

To insert image to an email hold your finger in the body of the email for a second, release, tap the right arrow button, select Insert Photo or Video. Once you have inserted the image, long tap on it then release. You should see an option called “Markup”.




Hey Siri

Hey Siri allows you to activate Siri with just your voice –no need to hold down on the Home button. The novelty to the feature (as thishas been available from iOS 8) is that ‘Hey Siri’ is turned off by default iniOS 9 and come with better voice-recognition technology.


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