RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
April 25, 2023
Year after year, Apple rolls out new features and settings for its iPhones, adding more customization options that change how we use our phones.
Now is a good time to review some settings. Take a few minutes to peruse these three settings and make sure you are getting the most out of your iPhone.
This is for the iPhone. Screenshots are from iPhone 14 Pro running iOS 16+
Check Individual Settings
First, if a factory reset is too drastic, you can handpick the settings that need a refresh. Head to:
Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset
Next, tap Reset All Settings to refresh your iPhone’s network settings, keyboard dictionary, location settings, privacy settings, and Apple Pay cards all in one shot, without deleting your photos, contacts, or other data and media. Refer to the below image:
Or update them one by one (the preferred method).
- Having connectivity problems? Choose Reset Network Settings to remove previously used networks and VPNs (that were not installed using a configuration profile).
- If there’s an issue with your phone’s layout, try Reset Home Screen Layout to return Apple’s built-in apps to the Home screen, like they would be on a new phone out of the box.
- Each time you tap on a word or spelling the phone does not know, it notes it and saves the information to your dictionary. If something goes wrong, try Reset Keyboard Dictionary to erase all the words you have added and reset the suggested words you see while typing.
- To revoke location access for people or apps, tap Reset Location and Privacy to restore those settings to their default. (For people, this can also be managed from the Find My app.) When you re-open apps that used your location, like Uber or Google Maps, they will likely ask you to grant them access to your location again.
Enable Safety Check
In iOS 16, Apple added Safety Check to quickly disconnect from people and apps that may be tracking you, either with or without your knowledge. In the case of domestic abuse or other harmful situations, this feature can help restore control of the iPhone to its owner.
It can also be helpful to revisit share settings that you made in the past and forgot about to disconnect from anyone who may still have access to your content, location, or settings.
First, to review the people and apps you are sharing information with, head to
Settings > Privacy & Security > Safety Check > Manage Sharing & Access
to see your current settings and decide if you want to change anything or not. See the below image:
If there are some apps that are not notifying you when you think they should be, there is no single solution to fix those settings. Instead, you will have to change things manually for individual apps: First, head to:
Settings > Notifications
to find a list of all the apps on your phone. Next, choose Scheduled Summary to see if any apps have been set to deliver notifications at a specific time.
You can also inspect an individual app. An app’s notifications can be enabled or disabled from the Allow Notifications toggle at the top of the screen. You can also decide whether the app notifies you on the Lock Screen, Notification Center, and uses Banners.
If you scroll to the bottom of the Notifications section, you can turn off, or back on, AMBER Alerts, Emergency Alerts, and Public Safety Alerts. See the following image:
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