ios 7 tips and tricks

1. Breaking down Command Center

Swiping from the bottom of the touchscreen up brings up one of iOS 7’s big features. Along the top are five settings options: Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Do Not Disturb and Orientation Lock. Users flip between turning these on and off with simple taps on the preferred icon. The middle is where users control the phone’s brightness and music. Four native apps appear along the bottom: a new flashlight, calculator, clock and the camera. It’s also accessible while the phone is locked.

2. Shutting down apps

Normally, if users want to close out apps, they double tap the home button and pick the apps they want to close. In iOS 7, after the double tap, apps now appear as a series of screens users scroll left to right (similar to how mobile Safari might organize multiple pages). To close apps, users simply swipe up.

3. Performing a phone search

Instead of scrolling completely to the left to search for content on your phone, it’s accessible through a swipe similar to viewing notifications. While users would place their thumb at the very top of the screen and swipe down, users must place their thumb right near where the time is displayed. A small Search will appear.

4. Folders get bigger

Say farewell to limits on the number of apps users can keep in a single folder. Each one will now hold as many apps as you choose.

5. Using the camera

There are more options right in front of you, like High Dynamic Range and Panorama. There’s also a new Square option and native filters, a nod to Instagram fans. Photos are organized a bit differently, too. There’s the standard albums, but when you tap the Photos icon at the bottom left, you can view images as “collections” sorted by date.

6. Blocking numbers

Let’s say a user gets phone calls or messages from a number they don’t want. There’s now an option to block callers. You can do this with contacts, or numbers found in the Recents menu. Click the info button on the right and scroll down to Block. The feature will block any phone calls, messages or FaceTime chats from that contact.

7. Apps are changing, too.

Most notable is mobile browser Safari, which gets major upgrade with new design and Shared Links fed through Twitter and available through the Bookmarks tab. Music adds iTunes Radio, which features a variety of free radio stations for users to peruse, similar to Pandora. Since it’s linked to iTunes, you can directly buy music from a station, too. Brett Molina  USA TODAY