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heycal

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Against my better judgment, I finally updated my iphone 6 to the latest version today. Any way I can go back to the previous one I've been using the last year? Barring that, can I change some of the things that bother me most?

The biggest thing I'd like to reverse is that my text messages and emails now show the first line of the actual message in them. This results in me being able to scroll through them less quickly as they take up more space on the screen (particularly in my case, as I use a large size font.) I'd rather see as little possible, really just the sender's name if that can be achieved.

Any advice? Thanks!
 

C DM

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Against my better judgment, I finally updated my iphone 6 to the latest version today. Any way I can go back to the previous one I've been using the last year? Barring that, can I change some of the things that bother me most?

The biggest thing I'd like to reverse is that my text messages and emails now show the first line of the actual message in them. This results in me being able to scroll through them less quickly as they take up more space on the screen (particularly in my case, as I use a large size font.) I'd rather see as little possible, really just the sender's name if that can be achieved.

Any advice? Thanks!
Not quite sure about any nightmares in relation to this, but emails can be adjusted in the preview option in the email section of settings, as always. And for messages I don't recall that being possible to adjust, and it's basically the way it has been in previous versions as well, so there shouldn't be anything different there.
 

heycal

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Not quite sure about any nightmares in relation to this, but emails can be adjusted in the preview option in the email section of settings, as always. And for messages I don't recall that being possible to adjust, and it's basically the way it has been in previous versions as well, so there shouldn't be anything different there.

Just adjusted the email setting per your advice, and it worked. Thanks! Love to do the same for text messages if possible. I'm not 100% positive what is now different, but I am 100% that I can see less on my screen than I used to, less names and more scrolling down needed, etc.

I think the big problem in my case is the large font size I use, though that was true before the latest update. Ever since the iphone 4, iphones have not dealt with the larger font issue well or smartly. Ideally, you want the text increased in areas where it makes sense and can fit on the screen, etc, but not in other places where it doesn't make sense and doesn't fit, like settings and many other places. iPhone 4 and Samsungs do this well, judiciously using a scalpel like-approach when applying the larger font size. Since then it's been like a sledgehammer -- make almost everything bigger. I can no longer read the entire phone number in my contact fields any longer, for example. It's a real problem, and 11.2 has made it even more of an issue than it used to be.
 

C DM

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Just adjusted the email setting per your advice, and it worked. Thanks! Love to do the same for text messages if possible. I'm not 100% positive what is now different, but I am 100% that I can see less on my screen than I used to, less names and more scrolling down needed, etc.

I think the big problem in my case is the large font size I use, though that was true before the latest update. Ever since the iphone 4, iphones have not dealt with the larger font issue well or smartly. Ideally, you want the text increased in areas where it makes sense and can fit on the screen, etc, but not in other places where it doesn't make sense and doesn't fit, like settings and many other places. iPhone 4 and Samsungs do this well, judiciously using a scalpel like-approach when applying the larger font size. Since then it's been like a sledgehammer -- make almost everything bigger. I can no longer read the entire phone number in my contact fields any longer, for example. It's a real problem, and 11.2 has made it even more of an issue than it used to be.
Don't recall the preview text in the messages being different or adjustable. I believe you can disable contact photos in the messages section of settings, but that's about it.

As for text, you might consider playing around a bit between text font size, bold text, and/or maybe zoomed display views to see what might work best or might be at least a good compromise.
 

heycal

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Don't recall the preview text in the messages being different or adjustable. I believe you can disable contact photos in the messages section of settings, but that's about it.

Quite possible you are right. But whatever is new, it has a major negative impact on what I see and how much I can see. (Plus there no contact pictures in the message list right now, and I think they were there before.)
 

Banglazed

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Quite possible you are right. But whatever is new, it has a major negative impact on what I see and how much I can see. (Plus there no contact pictures in the message list right now, and I think they were there before.)

You make changes to notification in settings then select an app and change "Show Previews" from Always to "When Unlocked" and for contact pictures go in Messages in settings to enable "Show Contact Photos"
 

heycal

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You make changes to notification in settings then select an app and change "Show Previews" from Always to "When Unlocked" and for contact pictures go in Messages in settings to enable "Show Contact Photos"

My issue was not with previews, but after they've been received and in my message box.

Can you tell me the steps to enable contact photos to appear next to messages? I tried to find it, but could not.

I'm curious what convinced you to update today?

Lack of discipline I guess. I've updated in the past and regretted it, though not always. I tend to not like seeing the little red indicator hanging around waiting to be activated, and eventually I give in as I did today.
 
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Banglazed

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My issue was not with previews, but after they've been received and in my message box.

Can you tell me the steps to enable contact photos to appear next to messages? I tried to find it, but could not.



Lack of discipline I guess. I've updated in the past and regretted it, though not always. I tend to not like setting the little red indicator hanging around waiting to be activated, and eventually I give in as I did today.


Settings>Messages>Show Contact Photos
 

heycal

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Settings>Messages>Show Contact Photos

Does not appear to be there. The top of the screen shows iMessage (which I have turned on) and the bottom something about low quality mode. The choices in-between do not pertain to photos.
 

C DM

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Does not appear to be there. The top of the screen shows iMessage (which I have turned on) and the bottom something about low quality mode. The choices in-between do not pertain to photos.
If you are using the zoomed display view or you have a smaller 4" device you won't get that option.
 

heycal

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As for text, you might consider playing around a bit between text font size, bold text, and/or maybe zoomed display views to see what might work best or might be at least a good compromise.
Yes, I may need to do this, thanks.

I am using zoom I believe, so that may be the problem. EDIT: sorry, not using zoom.

Maybe it's a feature not available on iphone 6? I thought I had it though. Hmm. Unfortunately I already can't remember exactly how things looked, but I do know the new update has changed things considerably.
 

AppleFanatic10

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Just adjusted the email setting per your advice, and it worked. Thanks! Love to do the same for text messages if possible. I'm not 100% positive what is now different, but I am 100% that I can see less on my screen than I used to, less names and more scrolling down needed, etc.

I think the big problem in my case is the large font size I use, though that was true before the latest update. Ever since the iphone 4, iphones have not dealt with the larger font issue well or smartly. Ideally, you want the text increased in areas where it makes sense and can fit on the screen, etc, but not in other places where it doesn't make sense and doesn't fit, like settings and many other places. iPhone 4 and Samsungs do this well, judiciously using a scalpel like-approach when applying the larger font size. Since then it's been like a sledgehammer -- make almost everything bigger. I can no longer read the entire phone number in my contact fields any longer, for example. It's a real problem, and 11.2 has made it even more of an issue than it used to be.

As long as I can remember, there was never an option to change adjust the text message setting like the e-mail setting. I believe it MIGHT be able to be done with a jailbreak (if we ever get it), but if possible that would be the only way.
 

1rottenapple

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My issue was not with previews, but after they've been received and in my message box.

Can you tell me the steps to enable contact photos to appear next to messages? I tried to find it, but could not.



Lack of discipline I guess. I've updated in the past and regretted it, though not always. I tend to not like seeing the little red indicator hanging around waiting to be activated, and eventually I give in as I did today.
I am so not upgrading my gf iPhone 6 to iOS 11. Not worth the headaches cause she has no problems.
 

heycal

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I am so not upgrading my gf iPhone 6 to iOS 11. Not worth the headaches cause she has no problems.

Smart man. I regret making the change. Maybe strange changes, including the control center. Now I see some cellular data icon (I had to google to determine what the icon was) which I'm not sure I'm supposed to turn or not, and a difficult to use volume slider, also on that main screen. What I would use that for, I don't know.

Regarding the contact photo issue, I realized while I was not using "zoom", I am using "display zoom", and that is why I can't have photos next to messages.
 

C DM

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Smart man. I regret making the change. Maybe strange changes, including the control center. Now I see some cellular data icon (I had to google to determine what the icon was) which I'm not sure I'm supposed to turn or not, and a difficult to use volume slider, also on that main screen. What I would use that for, I don't know.
Cellular data is your data through your cellular/mobile provider. If you wish to use that, you leave that on, and if you don't want to use it for some reason (perhaps you are roaming or you are low on data or something like that) you can disable it (the setting is also in the Settings app as well, where it has always been).

Volume slider is basically similar to the one that was there before as I recall. You don't have to use it and can use the volume buttons on the side of the phone, as you always could.
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Regarding the contact photo issue, I realized while I was not using "zoom", I am using "display zoom", and that is why I can't have photos next to messages.
Correct, as has been pointed out a few times earlier in the thread.
 
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