Five Tip Friday ~ Take charge of the Home button in iOS; configure Do Not Disturb


I can tell you now, the hardest thing you’re going to find about iOS 10, after 9 years of iPhones, is that Swipe to Unlock will be gone. In iOS 10 you click the Home button once, and again to get the passcode screen. You will then realise how ingrained your Swipe to Unlock behaviour has become. But until then …

1/ Change the double-click speed — Double-clicking your iPhone or iPad’s Home key can be trickier than it sounds. If you aren’t fast enough with your Home key double-clicks (or triple-clicks), you’ll simply wind up back at the home screen rather than, say, switching apps or jumping to your accessibility shortcuts. Tap Settings > General > Accessibility > Home Button, then pick a speed: Default (the fastest), Slow, or Slowest.

2/ Set a Triple-Click behaviour — iOS has many interesting accessibility features: VoiceOver reads out anything on the screen; Zoom lets you zoom in or out on the display by pinching the screen. Grayscale renders all the colours on the display in shades of grey; and Invert Colors reverses all the colours on the screen, making for a de facto ‘dark mode’ while browsing in Safari. There’s also Assistive Touch and Switch Control, a pair of features for those who need help tapping and swiping a touchscreen.
Tap Settings>General and choose Accessibility, then scroll all the way down and tap Accessibility Shortcut. Next, tap the accessibility features you use the most — you can tap one, all, or just a few of them.
Now, go back to the home screen and triple-click the Home button. If you selected more than one accessibility shortcut, a pop-up listing all your selected shortcuts will appear; just tap the one you want. If you only selected one shortcut, that accessibility feature will immediately switch on. Triple-click the Home button again to turn off the accessibility option or to return to the shortcut menu.

3/ Summon Siri from the lock screen. Or not — Siri has a bad habit of appearing on iPhone screens when you press the Home button a bit too long.
If Siri keeps making unwanted appearances on your iPhone or iPad’s lock screen, give this setting a try.
You can’t change the default method of summoning Siri – pressing and holding the Home key – but you can keep her from appearing on your iPhone or iPad’s lock screen: Tap Settings>Touch ID & Passcode, then switch off the Siri option under the Allow Access When Locked setting.

DND4/ Do Not Disturb — A lesser-known feature of Do Not Disturb is that it can be regularly scheduled so your iPhone automatically switches to silent running during certain times of the day. You can set it to leave you alone overnight, for example, and you can define this period – say, between 10pm and 7am.
Go to Settings and choose Do Not Disturb. Here, you can manually activate DND, but if you look underneath that Manual button (left), you’ll see the scheduling feature. Turning on the switch will show you what’s currently selected; if you haven’t set this up previously you’ll see the ‘Quiet Hours’ option. This doesn’t have to be set for night time – you can use it for work hours or afternoon nap time or whatever other time you’d prefer your iPhone to be quiet (Lunch, Your afternoon heavy-work sessions, your commute etc.)

5/ But you can still let important calls through — Once that’s set up, you can configure the ‘Allow Calls’ feature and the ‘Repeated Calls’ feature. At the very bottom is the option for whether or not your phone is fully silent during the scheduled time or only while it’s locked.

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