1/ Use Text Replacement to type faster — Using iOS 9’s Text Replacement feature, formerly called keyboard shortcuts, you can greatly speed up input of commonly used phrases, sentences, or text that is challenging to punch in on the iPhone keyboard. I, for example, use ‘mw’ to type out my full @vodafone email address, which is a long one.
Go to Settings>General, find Keyboard and choose Text Replacement. Tapping on Text Replacement presents a screen with a few preconfigured shortcut options arranged alphabetically, as well as a search bar for navigating previously created pairings.
To create your own shortcuts, tap the Plus sign in the upper right corner to open a screen with two entry fields. In the top field, Phrase, enter the text you want to quickly retype in other places on iOS. Below that, enter a text shortcut that will subsequently be recognised by iOS 9 and automatically replaced with the longer phrase you just entered.
For instance, you might regularly tell family, “I just left my beloved place of work after an especially difficult day and expect to be at my esteemed place of residence shortly. Please contact me on my mobile telephonic device me if you need anything from the specialty sports good outlet store that sells the baseball gloves you particularly like.” You can enter that into the phrase field and supply an easy-to-remember shortcut, perhaps “jlw” for “just left work.” Now, in message, email or other text fields, you can simply type “jlw” and hit the space bar to invoke that much longer phrase.
Select a shortcut trigger that is not only easy to key in, but is unlikely to be used in regular conversation. If you use a common word, like “left” for the example above, the longer phrase will override the trigger and be inserted instead.
However, if Auto-Correction is activated in Settings>General> Keyboard>Auto-Correct, a text insertion bubble will appear just above the shortcut. Clicking on it will cancel input of the longer phrase, while hitting the space bar invokes the Text Replacement operation. Similarly, activating QuickType (Settings>General> Keyboard>Predictive) will show both the common word shortcut and the longer phrase as selections above iPhone’s soft keyboard.
To edit existing shortcuts, tap on Edit in the bottom left corner of the Text Replacement window, or directly on a Text Replacement phrase. Shortcuts can also be deleted by swiping left on each entry. Text replacement works across iOS 9, including built-in apps like Messages, Reminders, Safari, Calendar and Mail, as well as third party apps such as Gmail and Twitter.
2/ Easier Desktop Site — There is a new quick link feature in mobile Safari to request desktop site by simply tapping and holding on the refresh icon in Safari located to the right of the current URL in the search/address bar. Safari now brings up a prompt (shown above) asking the user if they want to request a desktop version of the site.
3/ Reopen earlier-closed tabs — Another somewhat hidden feature in the iOS 9 browser is the ability to reopen recently-closed tabs in Safari. Press and hold the plus button when in the tabs view in the mobile browser.
4/ Up Next in the Music app for iOS — Now you have a trio of playback options to choose from when it comes to iOS’s Music app: Play, Play Next, or Add to Up Next. (plus Start Station to create a streaming playlist based on a song, artist or album.) Up Next does a great job of letting you create on-the-fly playlists, perfect for perusing your tunes without abruptly jumping from one song to another. Up Next also keeps track of all your recently played tunes, and best of all, Up Next stays out of the way when you’re not in the mood.
An Up Next playlist is already up and running on your iPhone or iPad. To take a look, open the Music app, pick any song, album, playlist, or artist, press Play, then tap the Music mini-player (the thin strip near the bottom of the screen that displays the track name) to reveal the main playback controls. To the right of the Back, Play, and Skip buttons, you’ll see a button marked with stack of three bulleted lines. Tap it to open your Up Next list. At the top of the list, you’ll see the song that’s currently playing, while the the following tracks will be the remaining songs from the same album or playlist. Scroll up, and you’ll see a (probably) huge list of songs that you’ve playing in the recent past. (This also works in the Podcasts app, by the way.)
If you go back to your library and press Play on another song, the remaining tracks in its album will be added to your Up Next list, replacing the tracks from the previous album or playlist.
5/ Select a song to Play Next — Scroll up a bit on the Up Next list, find a favourite track in your playback history, tap the little three-dot button to the right, then tap Play Next. Once you’ve selected a song to play next, it’s queued up for playback after the track that’s currently playing.
A helpful icon will appear, which looks like a stack of items with an arrow pointing toward the top. What you’ve done, basically, is queued up the song you picked: it will begin playing as soon as the current track is finished.
Just below the track you chose to play next, you’ll see the original album you started playing, with a Resume heading just above the album tracks.
6/ Select an entire album, artist or playlist to your Up Next list — Tap the three-dot menu to the right of the artist, album, or playlist name in your music library.
7/ Add a song to Up Next — Scroll up again to your track history in Up Next, tap the three-dot button next to a song, then tap Add to Up Next. Tap the Add to Up Next option to add a track to the bottom of your manually selected Up Next songs; notice the tracks of the album that was originally played, under the Resume heading. Again, an icon will pop up, but this time the arrow will be pointing to the bottom of the stack rather than the top. The idea here is that instead of queuing up a song to play directly after the currently playing track, the song will play after the last song that’s on your Up Next list.
8/ Press Play on a new song in your library — When you have a couple of songs queued up and ready to play in your Up Next list, what happens if you head back to your music collection and press the Play button on a random song? You’ll be asked whether you want to keep your Up Next songs or clear the list.
A pop-up asks ‘After playing this, do you want to play the song you’ve added to Up Next?’ appears. Tap the Keep Up Next button, and the songs you previously added to your Up Next queue will scoot just below the track you just started to play. Tap Clear Up Next, and those old Up Next songs will disappear.
9/ Rearrange your Up Next tracks — Head back to your Up Next list (swipe up on the Music mini-player to reveal the main playback controls, then tap the button with the three bulleted lines), then check out the little virtual “handles” to the right of each queued-up song. Now tap and slide a handle to the right of a track to rearrange it in your Up Next list. Unfortunately there’s no way to grab and slide an entire batch of songs at once; you can only drag them one at a time.
10/ Get rid of your Up Next tracks — If you’re ready to go back to playing songs the old-fashioned way, there are a couple of ways to wipe your Up Next list and start fresh. One is to simply press Play on a new song; as we already covered, a pop-up appears with an option to clear your Up Next list. You can also go straight to your Up Next playlist and tap the Clear button next to the Up Next heading. If you’d like to nix a specific song from your Up Next list, swipe it to the left to reveal a Remove button. Tapping that just removes it from the Up Next queue, not your music collection. (These Music Up Next tips came from Macworld.)