Just Updated to iOS 13? Change These Eight Settings Now

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Did you know that you can now reject all unknown calls on your iPhone to block telemarketing and rip off phone calls? This is one of the new useful parameters included by Apple in the September version. iOS 13 update for iPhone and iPad.

Disable Shake-to-Undo

Disable Shake to Undo on iOS 13

iOS 13 includes some powerful hidden text editing gestures. Many of these gestures work anywhere in the operating system, not just when editing text. You can now cancel the changes by:

Slide left on the screen with three fingers or
Double-tap on the screen with three fingers

You can finally say goodbye to the least useful Apple gesture: shake to cancel. Go to Settings> Accessibility> Touch and enable / disable "Shake to cancel". This option has been there for a long time, but under iOS 13, Apple has finally provided some alternative gestures.

You can also restore a change by swiping the screen with three fingers. Use these new gestures to undo or redo changes, such as moving an e-mail message to the wrong folder and in third-party applications that support the undo and restore features.

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Enable dark mode (automatically)

Turn on dark mode in iOS 13

When upgrading, iOS 13 asks you if you would like activate the all-new dark mode. If you rushed into the initial setup process, you may have missed it or you can try to automatically switch between light and dark themes.

Go to Settings> Display and Brightness to switch to dark mode. Turn on the "Automatic" option to automatically switch between light and dark at sunrise and sunset, as you can activate night service at sunset and turn it off at sunrise. You can also activate a custom program here if you keep unusual hours and want to use both themes.

Third-party applications can detect whether dark mode is enabled or not and display their contents accordingly. If you have an OLED screen (iPhone X, iPhone XS and iPhone 11 Pro models), Dark mode can even improve the life of your battery, since OLED displays actually "turn off" pixels when displayed in black. This is why OLED displays have deeper black levels than their LCD counterparts.

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Silence unknown call calls

Silence Unknown Callers in iOS 13

Are you one of those people who will not answer calls from unknown calls? You are not alone. Apple has now added an option to iOS 13 for automatically reject all calls from numbers that are not in your contact list. You can enable the feature under Settings> Phone> Silent Unknown Callers.

When you receive a call from an unknown number, your iPhone does not ring as it usually would. The number will be saved in your list of recent calls in the phone application and the caller will be prompted to leave a message. The caller will hear the standard number of rings before being transferred to voicemail.

This does not affect only undisclosed numbers (often called "unknown callers"). It applies to all numbers that are not in your contact list. Your iPhone will always let numbers in your contact list, numbers you've called recently and "Suggestions Siri" depending on your phone usage.

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New Location Data Permissions

Closer Location Data Controls in iOS 13

iOS 13 makes it easier than ever to control the sharing of your location data. You will periodically receive reminders that applications are using your location data in the background. You will be asked if you want to continue to allow them to do so. In addition, applications can no longer request permanent access to your site the first time you open them.

You can beat notifications by checking your privacy settings today. Go to Settings> Location Services and scroll down the list to see the list of apps that have requested your location data. Press each one of them and choose between Never, Ask Next Time, When Using the App and Always.

"Ask Next Time" is a good option for most applications.because it allows you to select "Allow Once" when the application requests location data. The most conservative "While Using the App" is the second best option for applications you use frequently, including social networking applications like Facebook and Twitter.

You must always think twice before granting an application permission for "Always" use your permission. Apps with widgets and companions Apple Watch only require "During the use of the application" to retrieve the relevant data. Each app should put a little description under these options to explain the features that require permanent access to your location.

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Control which applications can access Bluetooth

New Bluetooth permissions in iOS 13

iOS 13 introduces a new privacy control that lets you dictate which applications have access to Bluetooth data. Some apps may use Bluetooth data to scan the environment for devices and then use that information to serve relevant ads.

To repress this, Applications should now ask permission to use Bluetooth. When you use applications that request Bluetooth access, you will be prompted to grant or deny authorization. Be wise when giving your consent. If an application needs little access to Bluetooth, refuse this request.

You can check your existing privileges under Settings> Privacy> Bluetooth. If you use Facebook, you will already have to grant or deny access to Bluetooth and you will be able to review your decision under Settings> Privacy> Bluetooth.

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Delete image location data when sharing

Delete location data from images in iOS 13

Photos are more than image files. They also contain metadata containing information about the photo, including cameras and lenses used, camera settings, and location data. If you have granted the camera access to your location services under Settings> Privacy> Location Services, the GPS coordinates are stored in each photo you click.

For the record, we do not suggest that you deny the Camera application access to your location. The ability to view your images on a map or group them by location is one of the great benefits of mobile photography. Sharing all this additional information with the world can be problematic.

Fortunately, you can now delete location data from your photos when you share them:

Launch Photos and select the image (s) you want to share.
Tap the Share button to display a list of recipients and actions.
At the very top of the screen where it says "1 picture selected," press Options.
Uncheck "Location" and press OK.

You will have to do it each time you share photos.

Disable optimized battery charging to reach 100%

Disable optimized battery charging to reach 100% in iOS 13

In order to improve battery performance in the long run, Apple introduced in iOS 13 a new parameter called Optimized Battery Charge. The feature, enabled by default, uses machine learning at prevent your device from loading more than 80% until you need it.

Previously, iOS loaded your device 100%, allowed it to discharge, and then restored its charge to 100%. Over time, the battery is degraded, which hopes to delay the optimized load. However, if your schedule is irregular or if the battery of your iPhone is already in very bad condition, you can disable the function.

Go to Settings> Battery> Battery Status and uncheck the box labeled "Battery charging optimized" to disable the function. We recommend that most users leave this setting alone. If your iPhone refuses to charge 100%, it will cause problems with your schedule, so you may want to turn it off.

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Take control of Safari with the website's control panel

Customize the navigation settings on the website under iOS 13

Safari in iOS 13 has some notable changes. The "AA" button in the upper left corner of the screen is no longer used only for Reader mode. Tap and you'll see the option to change the font size, Show Player View, request a desktop version of the website you're browsing and completely hide the toolbar for a full-screen experience.

You will also find an option called Website Settings. Tap it, and you'll be able to set the default behaviors for many of your favorite websites. This includes the ability to always request the desktop website, as well as automatically using the Reader view whenever possible.

It is also here that you can check the permissions for each website. You can permanently grant or deny access to your camera, microphone, and location. The latter is particularly useful if you are fed up that Google repeatedly asks you for your position during your research. Leave these settings to "Ask" to be prompted each time.

Other iOS 13 changes to check

There are many changes to follow in iOS 13, so you must have forgotten something. At the top of the list is the new "Connect with Apple"Option that provides a single sign-on that uses your Apple ID without disclosing unnecessary personal information. It's like connecting to Facebook or connecting to Google, except that these services are more privacy-focused. For example, you can choose to share an anonymous and disposable email address with each service to which you connect. E-mails sent to this address will be forwarded to your primary e-mail address, but the service will not save your actual e-mail address.

Open the App Store and a new tab appears for Apple Arcade. the new subscription game service costs $ 4.99 a month with a free trial of a month, and will eventually give access to more than 100 games to download and use. The service is cheap, the games are of high quality and no microtransaction or free economy is allowed.

There is a lot to love with iOS 13. Check out the complete list of new features and changes to the latest Apple update.

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