Just got on iOS and looking for a way to perfectly customize the settings on your iPhone? Relax. I'm here to review 22 key iPhone settings that you need to change.
Even if you have used iOS for a long time, you may not have discovered any of the most noticeable features. From preventing unauthorized access to the sensitive data and improving your viewing experience to adding an extra layer of protection against the iPhone, the operating system has more than you might think.
So whether you look at the handy video or click a watch at each point to configure everything that matters a lot to both your smartphone and user experience!
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# 1. Narrow Ad Tracking
Based on your usage, Apple displays ads that may interest you. However, you can restrict your ad tracking to receive targeted ads. To do so, open Open Settings → Privacy → Scroll Down and click Advertising → Turn on the Limit Ad Tracking switch.
# 2. Turn off iPhone Analytics and System Services to stop sharing data with Apple
Apple needs diagnostic and usage data on iPhone to enhance your overall experience. But you get full freedom to opt out of these things on your own terms.
Taking control of these things. Open Settings app → Privacy → Location services → Scroll down and tap System Services. On this screen, you can disable access to lots of things such as location-based Apple ads, suggestions, iPhone analytics, and more. So fine-tune everything according to your needs.
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# 3. Disable app review and app ratings
At times Apper reports and reviews seem to be too distracting, especially when they start popping up time and time again. Fortunately, it is a quick way to turn off such pop-ups.
To do this, start the Settings app and switch to the iTunes and App Store section. Then turn off app review and review.
# 4. Disable video automation
The short previews of apps and games are useful, as they allow you to quickly see what they have to offer. However, they can drain your iPhone battery and also eat into lots of your cell data.
But don't worry as you can easily disable automatic video upload to browse the App Store with complete peace of mind.  To get it done, jump into the Settings app → iTunes & App Store → tap Video Autoplay. Now you can choose Off to disable this feature completely or let the videos play only on Wi-Fi.
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# 5. Change password to alphanumeric
A four-digit password is not recommended for any reason. First, it's a little easier to guess. And the other you know how devastating it can be for your sensitive info.
To change passwords to alphanumeric, open Settings app → Face / touch ID → hit Change password. Then enter your old password → tap Password selection → Select custom alphanumeric. And then a strong password as usual.
# 6. Disable access to Siri, home control, control center when locked
Although it is useful to quickly access some of the most used things like Siri, Control Center, Wallet and more straight from the Lock screen also reveal your privacy. It is therefore better to disable access to such important features.
To do so, start Settings app → Face / touch ID and password → swipe slightly down to Allow access when locked section.
Now you get the option to disable access to many things like Control Center, Message Center, Siri and more. Turn off the switches for each function you want to protect.
# 7. Enable Two Factor Authentication for More Security
Apple's Two Factor Authentication adds another layer of protection against your device. Providing a strong shield for not only your personal device can also go a long way, but also protect your data from falling into the wrong hands. So be sure to keep it enabled.
To get started, open Settings app → Your profile → Password and security → Enter Apple ID password → Turn on two factor authentication → Press Continue. And set it up by following the instructions.
# 8. Disable USB Accessories
USB Limited Mode is a thoughtful security feature that protects the iPhone from hacking. It will prevent the device from connecting to an accessory if it has not been unlocked for more than an hour.
To ensure this security is ON, go to Settings app → Face / touch ID and password. Then, make sure the USB accessory switch is turned off.
Don't get confused because when the switch is ON, it will be allowed to connect accessories to the device without any limitation.
# 9. Limit microphone and camera access to some applications
You may have allowed many apps to access the microphone and camera on the iPhone. But did you know that you could completely stop these apps from using your microphone or camera? It is quite simple to put the plug on them.
Look up Settings app → Privacy → Now press the microphone and turn off the switch next to the app that you no longer want to use your microphone.
Likewise, tap Camera and then turn off the app switch, which you want to stay away from your camera.
# 10. Enable SIM PIN
What if someone steals your iPhone and starts using the SIM card to extort others? Oh … it will be a disaster – to say the least!
Why give some chance to threaten your life when you can activate SIM PIN and prevent them from using it. To get started, open the Settings app → Mobile / mobile data → SIM PIN → Turn on the SIM PIN switch → Enter the PIN and you are done!
# 11. Customize privacy and security in Safari
"Safari" makes browser safer. You can further customize it to keep spammers or data stores in check.
To get it done, go into the Settings app → Safari → Under Privacy & Security, you have several options that prevent cross-site tracking, block all cookies, get
So adjust everything to navigate through the web with more confidence!
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# 12. Adjust automatic lock
iOS automatically locks the iPhone after a predefined time when it does not detect any human interaction. It not only prevents unnecessary power consumption, but also stops others from viewing your content.
It is better to automatically hold the lock to the minimum level. As the screen automatically dimmers for 10 seconds, the 30 second option will be a little too short. So choose an option of 1 or 2 minutes, as it fits most of your needs.
To fine-tune this; open Settings app → Display and brightness → Automatic locking. Now you should see more options like 30 seconds, 1 minute, etc. Choose the preferred option for the security of your device.
# 13. Enable True Tone and Night Shift
True Tone and Night Shift is designed to enhance the viewing experience. While True Tone automatically adjusts your iPhone screen to ambient light conditions, Night Shift changes colors perfectly on the screen so your eyes find it more comfortable to see the content.
To enable these functions, go to Settings → Display And Brightness.
To enable True Tone, turn on the switch for it.
To enable Night Shift, tap it and then customize it for your needs.
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# 14. Enable Find my iPhone to track the lost device
"Find My iPhone" is known to be an advanced device tracking. And it can be tremendously useful to let you find your lost device. So be sure it is enabled. Open the Settings app → Your Profile → iCloud → tap Find My iPhone. And make sure the switch is ON.
# 15. Enable Wi-Fi Assist
Imagine a situation where you look at your favorite Netflix applications, suddenly your Wi-Fi connection gets dull and finally bring your binge view.
Wouldn't it be better if your device automatically connects to mobile data when Wi-Fi connection is poor? This is where Wi-Fi Assist enters the drama. To turn it on, burn up the Settings app → Mobile / Mobile data → Scroll down and make sure Wi-Fi Assist switching is ON.
# 16. Optimize high efficiency storage
By taking full advantage of high efficiency formats, you can reduce the file size of your photos and videos by up to 50% . For me, it is the best way to handle storage and prevent the unit from becoming tidy.
To get started, start Settings app → scroll down and tap Camera → Format → Make sure high efficiency is selected.
# 17. Turn on Reachability
Although large screen iPhones are great for media viewing, browsing and gaming, they are not practical to use with one hand. If you find it uncomfortable to use the device with one hand, you should take advantage of Reachability.
To enable it, open the Settings app → General → Availability → and turn on the Reachability switch.
Next, to enable this feature on the iPhone X series, swipe down from the center of the bottom row of apps.
When inside an app, touch your finger on the gesture bar and swipe down to invoke Reachability.
On the classic iPhones like the iPhone 7/7 Plus, 8/8 Plus with Touch ID, double-click the Home button.
When enabled, the content of the top half of the screen will slide down, making it very comfortable for the thumb and fingers to interact with them.
# 18. Turn off keyboard clicks
While keyboard click sound can be useful to tell you that you have entered a letter, it can be annoying, especially at night or when you are in a meeting. Fortunately, you can easily turn it off.
To do so, open the Settings app → Sounds & Haptics → and then turn off the keyboard click switch.
# 19. Disable automatic correction in keyboards
Don't misunderstand me; I find Auto-Correction in the keyboard app very useful as it lets you write correctly. But at times it doesn't seem to work shining cleanly and can even prevent you from writing fast. If this is the case, you may want to turn it off.
To do this, open the Settings app → General → Keyboard and then turn off the automatic correction switch.
# 20. Set emergency situation SOS
Emergency SOS is a life-saving feature. It allows you to quickly call emergency services by clicking the side button 3 times. To know how important this feature is, make sure it is always on in Settings → Emergency SOS.
# 21. Do not activate disturbance while driving
We must all mess for safe driving and make sure we follow all rules carefully. The iOS comes with a very noticeable feature called "Do not disturb while driving", which dampens incoming calls, texts and alerts when on the move to prevent accidents that cause distractions.
You can choose to turn it on manually or automatically when your iPhone detects a car's acceleration or connects to a car's Bluetooth.
To get started, simply open the Settings app and enter the Do Not Disturb section. Then, under Do No Disturb While Driving, tap Activate. Then select the preferred option.
One thing worth noting is that you can enable this secure driving feature from the Control Center as well. But first you need to add it to CC. To do so, go to Settings app → Control Center → Customize Controls → and then press the + + button to the left of DNDWD. Now it will be available in CC.
# 22. Activate screen time
Apple has introduced a robust parental control feature called "screen time" in iOS 12. You can use this new the add-on not only to keep track of your iPhone usage but also get rid of smartphone addiction. To get started, open Settings app → Screen time. Now you have several options:
- Downtime: It allows you to set a schedule where you do not want to use your device. Based on the need, you will also customize the days to exclude Sunday or limit only a few hours on a particular day.
- App Limit: You can set daily time limits for app categories. For example, you can configure the settings to use apps in just one hour.
- Always allowed: It is in this section where you want to see the allowed apps during downtime. You can choose to reject access to an app by pressing the "+" button to the left of it. And just to remove an app from the Allow section, click the red button to the left of it.
- Content and Privacy Restrictions: It gives you control over many things. For example, you can use this option to restrict iTunes & App Store purchases, keep explicit music, news, podcasts away from your device. Just head over here to customize your settings depending on your requirement.
Another important thing, make sure you enter the screen time code to prevent anyone from making changes. Simply press the Screen Time Passcode → enter the code and confirm.
To learn more about Screen Time, follow this complete guide.
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Hopefully you've adjusted everything that fits your needs better. Of course, nothing is perfect, but iOS offers advanced security to ensure your data and privacy are preserved.
In addition, there are quite a few easy-to-use features like Continuity that provide a seamless experience across iDevices.
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