Quick Access to Drafts in Mail

Mail saves any messages you’re drafting in the respective mail account’s “Drafts” folder. You can navigate to this folder and tap the message to continue working on it. If you have multiple mail accounts, or frequently work with drafts, you might find yourself constantly moving between mailboxes and folders just to access your Drafts.

There’s a much easier way, however, as Mail provides a shortcut for viewing your drafts across all mail accounts without needing to leave the folder you’re in.

  • In Mail, tap and hold the Compose button
  • A pop-up menu then appears with the option to either create a new message or select a previous draft
  • Tap the draft you would like to use to resume editing

Force-Refresh the iOS App Store

If you’re finding that the App Store is having trouble loading content, you can force the app to refresh and reload content again. This can also help if you’re expecting to find a new app or game on the App Store that has been released but doesn’t yet appear available for download.

  1. Open App Store 
  2. Tap Featured nine or ten times until a “Loading” message appears

The App Store is now refreshed and displaying the latest content available to you.

Organize Apple TV Apps Into Folders

It doesn’t take long for the Apple TV’s home screen to become cluttered with apps. Fortunately, these can be organized into folders, just like in iOS, using two different methods.

  1. Navigate to the app you want to organize and then long-press the Touch surface on the Siri Remote until the apps starts to jiggle
  2. Either:
    • Use the Touch surface to move the app into an existing folder, or place it over another app–just like in iOS
    • Press the Play/Pause button to bring up a menu that has options to create a new folder, or select the name of the folder you want to move the app to

While using the Touch surface to move apps on the TV screen is good for reorganizing the placement of apps in folders or on the home screen, the Play/Pause button is the best way to quickly place apps into folders.

Unlock Apple Watch Using Your iPhone

To help deter theft and keep your data safe, as well as enable featured like Apple Pay, your Apple Watch can be protected with a passcode. If enabled, it’s required whenever you next put your Apple Watch back on your wrist.

Typing a passcode on a small screen can be a little tricky, especially if you’re wearing gloves. Fortunately, you can use your iPhone to unlock your Apple Watch without the need to enter a passcode.

  1. Open the Watch app
  2. Tap Passcode
  3. Enable Unlock with iPhone

With this option enabled, you can simply unlock your iPhone using Touch ID (or your iPhone’s passcode) and, as long as you’re wearing your Apple Watch, it is unlocked automatically.

Managing Your iCloud Backups

iCloud automatically backs up your iOS devices to keep your data safe. If you have a few devices, these backups can take up quite a bit of space.

iCloud defaults to backing up as much as possible. If you have some apps with content that you don’t want to back up (e.g., content already saved to Dropbox or backed up elsewhere), you can manage which apps are backed up and save some space. Keep in mind that iCloud also backs up any settings that your app has–disabling backups for an app stops iCloud backing up any part of it.

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage
  3. In the “Backups” list, tap the device you want to manage
  4. Turn off any apps that you don’t want to back up

Deleting old device backups

Whenever you replace an iPhone or iPad, iCloud can restore an old backup onto your new device. However, iCloud then starts a new backup-each device has its own backup, even those that have been restored from a previous backup.

Once you’ve set up your new device, you can delete the old backup and free up several gigabytes of data.

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage
  3. In the “Backups” list, tap the device you want to manage
  4. Tap Delete Backup

Set a Consistent Caller ID for FaceTime and Messages

If you use FaceTime or Messages on multiple devices (e.g., iPhone and iPad), it’s a good idea to make sure that each of them have the same caller ID. This makes sure that whoever you’re calling or texting will know it’s you.

For instance, a friend of yours may only have one particular email address and phone number for you. If you have a few email addresses associated with your Apple ID and your iPad’s caller ID isn’t the email address your friend has, a FaceTime call from you can appear as an unknown caller.

Ensuring a consistent caller ID can also help prevent multiple Message conversations with the same person-a common frustration with iMessage.

FaceTime

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap FaceTime
  3. In the section “Caller ID”, select the phone number or email address you wish to use

Messages

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Messages > Send & Receive
  3. In the section “Start new conversations from”, select the phone number or email address you wish to use

Add a Memorable Name to Saved Credit Cards in Safari

Safari can save your credit card information so you automatically fill in your card number and expiration date whenever you make an online purchase. If you have multiple cards saved, it can become tricky to tell the difference.

Instead of relying upon the default description that Safari creates, you can set a custom that makes it easier to recognize. This is also useful if any of your cards have a particular loyalty program that gets you bonus points (e.g., bonus points for travel or cash back with certain retailers).

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Safari > Autofill > Saved Credit Cards
  3. Tap on the credit card that you wish to update, then edit the contents of the Description field with a suitable name (e.g., “Work”, or “Use only for travel”)
  4. Repeat with any other credit cards you want to update

Now when you autofill your credit card information in Safari, you can make better use of the description to know which card to use. These changes also sync to your other iCloud-enabled device so you don’t need to make the same changes again elsewhere.

Quickly Switch or Force-Quit Apps on Apple TV

With the Siri Remote, the Apple TV is iOS-like in the way we interact with it–from swipes to motion gestures. One useful aspect of this is the App Switcher. Similar to a double-press of the Home button on an iOS device, you can access and switch between apps on your Apple TV.

If an app or game has seemingly stopped responding, you can force quit the app in a similar way to iOS.

  1. On the Siri remote, double-press the Home button (this is the one with a TV icon)
  2. Swipe between the apps using the Touch surface and click to select the one you want to switch to
  3. To force-quit an app, swipe up on the Touch surface–the same gesture asn iOS.

Change AirPod Double-Tap Settings

Double-tapping an AirPod, by default, invokes Siri so you can say things like “turn the volume down” or “skip this song”. If you don’t find Siri useful, you can either disable double-tap completely or use it as a quick way to play/pause.

Any changes to the settings of your AirPods only applies to the device you’re currently using, so you can have different settings depending on the device they’re connected to.

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Bluetooth, then the i icon in the “AirPods” list item
  3. In the section “Double-tap on AirPods”, select whether you want to use Siri, Play/Pause, or disable the functionality entirely

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Some Methods for Removing AirPods From Their Case

John Gruber posted a video on YouTube with a suggestion on a way to easily remove the AirPods from their case.

While it’s a good tip, I find this method too fiddly—especially with gloves on. The AirPods are easily removed from the case, but you’re still having to twist them around and maneuver them with your fingers before you can place them in your ear.

Instead, I prefer the following method, which I’ve also posted on YouTube, of gently applying pressure on the earpiece part of the AirPods, causing them to pivot and rise up out of the case slightly. When picking up the AirPods, they’re already at the right positioning for you to place them straight into your ear.