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Five iOS Tips for Busy Students

iOSPace students have hectic lives, but thankfully they also have digital assistants to help manage them. The iPhone, the most prevalent device at the Academy, has some great features built-in that can aid people in quickly doing tasks online. However, most people don’t utilize these features. Save yourself some time and use iOS the way it was meant to be used with these helpful tips.

1. Ditch Google Maps for the default Maps app.

Everyone knows that Google Maps sets the standard for mapping services. However, as long as you’re in the United States, Apple’s Maps app actually works just as well, if not better than Google Maps. Integration with CarPlay and Bluetooth audio systems means that you can listen to your favorite tunes while Siri gracefully announces the upcoming turns you need to take. If you have a Mac, you can even use Handoff to send directions directly from your computer to your iPhone. As an added benefit, removing the Google Maps app will add some much-needed storage space back to your phone.

2. Use AirDrop.

You can use AirDrop to share any file on your iPhone with another Apple device. Send documents, photos and contacts by simply tapping the share icon, then selecting a person to share the file with. The person receiving the file only has to swipe upwards from the bottom of the screen and select “OK”; iOS takes care of everything else. You can use this instead of sending files via email or iMessage, which can’t transmit larger items such as videos.

3. Check Notification Center more often and customize it.

Notification Center is iOS’ main method of delivering relevant information to you conveniently. By swiping down from the top of the screen on your iPhone, you can see what events you have coming up (class period, for example), how long it will take you to drive home, the weather for going out tonight, etc. It automatically collects data about when you leave your home in the morning and when you arrive at your workplace to optimize the content it displays, ridding it of the clutter you might find in a typical calendar. Besides showing you information about the day, Notification Center shows all of the recent updates on your favorite apps. You can quickly browse through your Facebook notifications in Notification Center without even unlocking the phone or opening the Facebook app, or even respond to text messages.

4. Link your social accounts with iOS.

If you use Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Vimeo, you can save your profile in Settings. This will enable a bunch of useful integrations that many of your apps can use to save you time. For example, Clash of Clans can automatically take care of saving your game and finding your friends if you sign into these profiles ahead of time. Siri integrates with all of these networks, enabling you to post on the go hands-free. Regardless of the way you use your iPhone, adding social accounts to it will save you a lot of time in the long run.

5. Harness the power of your camera.

Most people don’t know the true power of the iPhone’s camera. The iPhone can definitely take normal videos and photos, but it can do so much more. Use the time-lapse setting to quickly make a time-lapse video of clouds passing by, people dancing or waves crashing on the shore, just like a professional videographer. For Instagram fanatics, the Camera app allows you to add filters and adjust the exposure before you even take the photo, giving you greater control over effects. In high-speed situations, newer iPhones can use Burst Mode to capture hundreds of pictures in a short window of time. iOS then picks out some of the best photos and lets you choose which ones you want to save. If you’d rather slow down intense situations, you can simply swipe into “Slo-Mo” mode. iOS will automatically find the best regions in your video to slow down and allow you edit it as you desire. You can even choose how slow you want the video to be, by simply tapping 240 fps in the bottom right corner. However, the best way to learn about the Camera app is by experimenting; go crazy taking photos, and you’ll eventually have photos with professional-like quality.