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10 totally awesome tips and tricks in iOS 10

You’ll master iOS 10 in no time with these cool tips, tricks and hacks!

More personal. More powerful. More playful. That’s how Apple describes iOS 10 in a nutshell. With the latest updates to apps like iMessage and the lock screen, we’re inclined to agree.

Rather than leaving you to the task of working out iOS 10’s many amazing features, we’ve pulled together our 10 absolute best and favourite tips and tricks.

Whether you’ve just got your new iPhone, or you’re experienced but want to know more, our 10 awesome iOS 10 life-hacks will turn anyone into a pro-iPhone-user.

Does My iPhone Support iOS 10?

Most iPhones are compatible with iOS 10, or at least those released since 2013. If your iPhone isn’t on the list, it’s definitely time for an upgrade.

iPhones compatible with iOS 10: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5.

1) Express Yourself in iMessage

The biggest update iOS 10 brings to iPhones is in messaging. You can now be way more expressive with all kinds of fun and dynamic features in iMessage, from hand-writing love notes to congratulating someone with colourful confetti. You can see exactly what we mean in our Five Fun New Ways to Message in iOS 10 video below.

For step-by-step instructions on how to use the new iOS 10 iMessage features, read our guide.

2) Change Your Flashlight Brightness

To use this feature, you’ll need an iPhone with 3D Touch. That includes iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Ever found yourself searching for something in a dark room, but trying desperately not to wake someone up? Obviously the light switch was out of the question, and your mobile flashlight was a gamble because it’s so damn bright.

What you need for moments like that is something just as handy as your phone, but much less dazzling. The solution? Flashlight intensity controls for your smartphone. Simples.

Drag the control panel up from the base of your screen, then long-press the flashlight icon. That’ll launch a choice of intensities made up of Low Light, Medium Light and Bright Light.

3) Say It Best with Emoji

They say an emoji speaks a thousand words. Whether that’s true, or our proverbs are a little confused, we don’t know. But we do know emoji is hot 💩 these days.

Apple, always privy to current trends, realises this too and wants to help you embrace all of your favourite emoji, as well as some you might not have ever wanted to use.

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When composing messages, you can now swap words for emoji. Either tap the emoji in the suggestion bar as you type, or press words that are highlighted yellow (once you switch to the emoji panel) and they’ll be instantly converted. Love it or hate it, emoji is taking over!

4) Clean up the Web

You don’t need us to remind you how littered the Internet is with adverts, clunky designs and other rubbish you’ve got no time for.

Safari, Apple’s native web browser, is built with a feature called Reader. With Reader switched on, web pages (especially articles) become much cleaner and easier to read.

Reader isn’t available on every web page, but you’ll know when it is because a menu icon appears adjacent to the search bar at the top of the page. Tap it to turn Reader on, and you’ll see just text and photos – no ads in sight.

5) Deal with Notifications Like a Boss

Rather than unlocking and opening your phone every time a friend sends you a message, photo or video, you can both view and respond to them from your lock screen.

When you receive a notification, either swipe left or long-press it to take action (options usually included Reply or Clear depending on the message). No time wasted opening any apps.

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