iOS V6 Tips and Tricks

Okay, you’ve got your shiny new iPhone or iPad and you’re trying to figure out all it can do. Right? Or maybe you’re thinking of upgrading to iOS v6.0. Here a few neat features and/or tricks.

First here’s a trick that showed up in iOS a while back. I don’t know when it first appeared. Maybe v5, I’m not sure. Sometimes it is useful to get a screen shot of your device. To do this, simultaneously push the start button and the power button. If you’ve done it correctly the screen should briefly flash solid white. Then bring up your pictures app. You should see the the screen shot image in the camera roll. Then you can copy to the clipboard or email the image. All of the screen shots in this post were generated using this method.

Do Not Disturb

V6 added a “Do Not Disturb” feature. To turn on this feature, go to the “Settings” app. You should see something like the following:

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Swipe the switch on “Do Not Disturb” to on. Now your iPhone will only alert you for incoming text message, email, or phone calls from people on your “VIP List”.

To add someone to your VIP list, start your Contact App. Search for the person or company that you want to add.  Now suppose we wanted to add ‘Mickey Mouse” to out VIP list. Search for Mickey. You will see something like the following:

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At the bottom of the screen, tap on the “Add to Favorites” button. You should then see a screen something like the following:

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Tap on each phone number or email address listed. When you add a phone number, it will ask you if it is for voice call or FaceTime. If there is only one address or phone number left to add, the iPhone will simply add it. Once completed, you will see little blue stars next to the phone or email address, like so.

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One Comment on “iOS V6 Tips and Tricks”


  1. I cannot say how many hours of sleeps I gained from this awesome feature! You can also schedule the time when it is turned on. I have my “Do not disturb” feature automatically turned on from 12 am to 8 am for example


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