iOS 13 Hidden Features: Mute Mail Threads, Silence Unknown Callers, Reading Goals, Low Data Mode and More

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    Apple this week debuted iOS 13 with a ton of updates, including a new dark mode option, major performance improvements, faster Face ID, simpler photo editing tools and a new Photos interface, a Sign In With Apple Privacy feature, a swipe-based keyboard, and tons more.

    In addition to these features that made it into Apple's keynote event, there are dozens if not hundreds of smaller new changes and tweaks that are included in iOS 13. Below, we've rounded up a comprehensive list of new and notable "hidden" features in iOS 13.


    - Wi-Fi Options in Control Center - You can change WiFi networks right from Control Center, but it's a bit annoying to get to. Long press in the middle of the WiFi/Bluetooth widget to bring up the extended options, and then Force Touch the WiFi icon to see a list of networks available.

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    - Bluetooth Options in Control Center - As with Wifi, you can access your list of available Bluetooth devices from the Control Center. Long press in the middle of the WiFi/Bluetooth widget to bring up the extended options and then Force Touch on the Bluetooth icon to see a list of Bluetooth devices you've connected to before.

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    - Location Settings - Apple mentioned during the keynote that location access is getting scaled back in iOS 13, and in the Settings app, there's a new option that requires an app to ask each time it wants to access your location.

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    - Block Senders in Mail - In iOS 13, your list of blocked phone numbers and contacts extends to the Mail app, which lets you block people from sending you mail. The Settings app has a feature for blocking contacts in Mail and ignoring blocked senders.

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    - Thread Muting in Mail - If you swipe on a message in the Mail app and then choose "More," there's a new option to mute a thread so you won't get notifications when a new email in that thread is received.

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    - Reading Goals in Books - In the Books app, there's a new Reading Goals feature that keeps track of how long you've read each day. The app encourages you to read every day, see your stats soar, and finish more books.

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    - Silence Unknown Callers - In the Phone section of the Settings app, there's a new toggle that will let you block all unknown callers, cutting down on spam calls that you're receiving.

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    - Low Data Mode - In the Settings app under Cellular, there's an option to enable Low Data Mode, which says it helps apps on your iPhone reduce their network data use. There's also a Low Data Mode option that can be enabled for specific WiFi networks.

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    - Improved Messages Search - In the Messages app, when you swipe down to search, you'll see a new interface with suggested contacts and links you've been sent. Searches bring up the most recent results, with an option to see more by tapping "See All."

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    - Notes Folder Management - In the Notes app in iOS 13, there are new tools for managing your folders. Tap the "..." button to get to options like Add People, Move This Folder, Rename, and View Attachments.

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    - PS4/Xbox Controller Support - Apple announced PS4/Xbox One S controller support for Apple TV, but these controllers will also be supported on iPhone and iPad.

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    - New Animoji - There are three new Animoji in iOS 13: a cow, an octopus, and a mouse. As mentioned on stage, there are also tons of new accessories for your Memojis, and there are new Memoji stickers you'll see available in the emoji portion of the iOS keyboard.

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    - Separate Emoji and Globe Keys - The emoji key on the iOS keyboard is no longer the same key as the globe key that lets you switch between languages. The emoji key lives next to the number key and the globe is now below. In iOS 12, a long press swapped between functions of the all-in-one key.

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    - Automatic Safari Tab Closing - In the Safari section of the Settings app, there's a new option to automatically close all of the tabs that you have open in Safari. You can set it to a day, a week, a month, or leave it on manual, which is how it currently works.

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    - Attachments in Calendar - You can now add attachments like documents to events you have scheduled in the calendar app.

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    - App Updates - To update apps in iOS 13, you need to open up the App Store, tap on your profile and choose apps from the Pending Updates section. There was an updates tab in iOS 12, but it's been removed in favor of an Apple Arcade tab in iOS 13.

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    - Safari Screenshots - When you take a screenshot in Safari, there's a new option to save it as a full page, which exports the entire webpage as a PDF that you can save or share. You can also use Markup to edit it before sending.

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    - Updated Mute Switch Interface - When you toggle on the mute switch on the iPhone in iOS 13, there's a new interface that lets you know whether Silent Mode is on or off. It's located at the top of the display, replacing the former notification that popped up in the middle of the display.

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    - Optimized Battery Charging - A new iOS 13 feature introduces Optimized Battery Charging. According to Apple, the iPhone learns from your daily charging routine and waits to finish charging past 80 percent until you need to use it, which is meant to cut down on battery aging.

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    - Home App Improvements - The control options for your HomeKit devices in the Home app have been revamped and streamlined. Available controls vary by device, but in general, the change makes options you check or use frequently (such as various light colors) easier to access. Controls are also now shown in a card-style view so you can swipe them away to get back to the main Home app screen.

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    - AirPlay 2 Devices in HomeKit Automations - You can now use AirPlay 2-enabled devices in HomeKit automations. So you can do things like set music to play when you arrive home.

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    - Photos Zoom - In the Photos app, there's a new +/- symbol at the top that, when tapped, lets you zoom in and out of your Photos tab. You can also zoom in and out using pinch gestures.

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    - Business Chat Suggestions - When calling a business that offers business chat, your iPhone will offer to start a business chat instead so you can interact with a business from a text message instead of through a phone call.

    - Time Synced Lyrics in Apple Music - When accessing the lyrics for an Apple Music song, they're now presented synced to the music, so the lyrics will scroll along as the song progresses. Lyrics can be accessed by tapping the new lyrics icon at the bottom of any song interface.

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    - Up Next in Apple Music - There's a new toggle when playing any Apple Music song that lets you see exactly what's up next so there's no mystery as to what's going to play after the current song.

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    - Apple News+ in Stock App - The Stock app will now offer relevant business publications from Apple News+.

    - Voice Memos - A new pinch to zoom gesture in the Voice Memos app lets you zoom in on the waveform to make editing easier.

    - Do Not Disturb - Do Not Disturb While Driving will not activate in iOS 13 when you're using public transit.

    - Peek Gestures - Peek gestures, that let you see previews of emails, links, messages, and more, are now available on any iPhone or iPad that runs iOS 13 or iPadOS. These were previously limited to devices with 3D Touch.

    - Quick Actions - You can now press and hold on an app icon to quickly perform actions specific to the app on any device, iPhone or iPad. This too was previously limited to devices with 3D Touch.

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    - Dolby Atmos Playback - 2018 iPhones and iPads support Dolby Atmos video playback in iOS 13.

    - Personal Hotspot Sharing - If you have Family Sharing enabled, your family members can automatically join your personal hotspot in iOS 13.

    - Automatic Personal Hotspot - You can automatically connect to your iPhone's personal hotspot when no internet connection is available, and there's an option to remain connected even when your device is asleep so you can continue to receive messages and push notifications.

    - Popular WiFi Networks - In iOS 13, your iPhone detects which WiFi networks are being used and lets you know if one is available.

    - Delete Apps From Update Screen - In the App Store, you can now delete apps from the list of apps to be updated by swiping to the left on them.

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    - Timer - The Timer feature in the Clock app has been updated with a new interface in iOS 13. When a timer is counting down, there's a new circle that slowly depletes, along with the standard timed countdown.

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    - New Volume HUD - There's a new look for the volume interface in iOS, which is designed to be less obtrusive. It's a bar on the left side or top side of the display, which shrinks down as you continue to press the volume up or down buttons. What's neat is that you can also touch the bar with a finger to adjust sound with a swipe in addition to using the physical volume buttons.

    - Haptic Feedback for Face ID - Haptic Feedback for Face ID will cause your phone to vibrate slightly when it unlocks in iOS 13. It can be enabled by going to Settings > Accessibility > Face ID & Attention.

    - NFC Tags - In iOS 13, iPhones are able to read a wider range of NFC tags. Japan's national identity cards will support the iPhone through a government developed app, and Germany will also allow Apple users to load their national ID cars, residence permits, and biometric passports onto their iPhones using NFC.

    Note that almost all of these features are also available in the iPad and are part of Apple's new iPadOS operating system.

    For more on what's new in iOS 13, make sure to check out our full iOS 13 roundup. We'll be adding to the hidden tips and tricks list over the course of the coming months, keeping a catalog of the new features and changes added to iOS 13 during the beta testing process. Know of an iOS 13 feature we don't have in our guide or our roundup? Send us an email here.

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  2. Chrisandy macrumors newbie

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    How are these hidden? This doesn't fit the criteria of that term.
     
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  5. fireguy286 macrumors 6502

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    Really like a lot of these, and where things are going, but so far not a fan of where App Updates have moved to.
     
  6. djs71a macrumors member

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    For location settings, is always allow still an option?
     
  7. bballers29 macrumors newbie

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    Can anyone confirm if "Silence Unknown Numbers" works on calls that have Caller ID blocked?
     
  8. somethingelsefl macrumors 6502

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    These are all good things, Apple is definitely getting back into stride.

    MR users will still complain that iOS can't read their mind or make them happy inside or whatever.
     
  9. fede777 macrumors newbie

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    All good except this one, App Updates.

    I won't use Apple Arcade but I will have a dedicated tab anyway.
     
  10. deannnnn macrumors 68020

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    "Improved Messages Search" YES! This is so overdue and much appreciated.
     
  11. jml1982 macrumors member

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    Meh, I just want PIP on my iPhone Apple! I also want to control my lock screen and have widgets on it!!! While some of these are nice, it'd be nice to have some of the things iPad already has had for years!!!
     
  12. xpxp2002 macrumors regular

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    Exactly. How is that different from games? I'll never use either tab, but I don't want to be tapping through that nest of menus to get to updates every day.
     
  13. SDJim macrumors member

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    I would call a lot of iOS 13's updates "livability" updates, and they are going to be a huge relief to the increasing number of power users on mobile. I, for one, am really excited for these tweaks to make some of our more simple but frequent enough workflows easier.
     
  14. sledgehammer89 macrumors regular

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    Means you had also complained. Why then rant other MR users:
     
  15. Frontline macrumors newbie

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    I agree. It should remain where it is, IMO.

    That said, honestly I've given up maintaining control of app updates and I just let iOS do it all for me now.

    All in all, while not something that affects me, I do believe that this is a bad choice.
     
  16. JessWinter macrumors member

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    Removing the Updates tab is a huge mistake. Literally the most used tab for myself and most people. Wtf.
     
  17. Jasonstevens macrumors regular

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    There’s also this battery life optimisation setting that alters the way it chargers.
     

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  18. xpxp2002 macrumors regular

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    Frankly, I disagree. Seeing power user features like 3D Touch going away instead of being expanded to more devices and education (Tips app, Apple advertising, etc.) around how to use it makes me think the opposite. They're compromising power user features in favor of simplifying iOS for the dumb masses who don't want to learn new/better ways to use the device they already have.
     
  19. jona2125 macrumors 6502a

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    My keyboard still has the emoji face on the bottom?
     

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    i can't believe they are finally adding the wifi/btooth toggles, you were able to do this with jailbreak for the last decade or so...

    and terrible move on removing the updates tab.
     
  22. MauiPa macrumors 6502

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    We need a national bounty program on spam callers. Free market solutions! Push a Button called "Collect Bounty" when you get a Spam call and collect. Problem solved in about 1 week
     
  23. JessWinter macrumors member

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    I can't find the hidden features part. These just seem like normal features... am I missing something?
     
  24. MauiPa macrumors 6502

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    wtf, its in a different place, oh my gosh, the horror!
     
  25. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

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    Speak for yourself. I think Apple looked at the numbers, and saw that most users are allowing auto updates (I know I do). They have a new feature to market, a relatively unused icon... there you go!

    One group in particular likely prefers manual updates - those who have apps installed from a variety of Apple ID accounts - all those unexpected popup password requests would certainly be a pain.
     

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