7 Annoying Features of iOS 8 And How To Fix Them
iOS 8 is magnificent. It has extensions, widgets, and many features and upgrades sprinkled across the OS. Some of these can be annoying, like the recent contacts floating in the In App Switcher or your home iPad receiving your calls. But don’t worry, we’ve got solutions.
1. Remove Recent Contacts From the In App Switcher
iOS 8 integrated recent and favorite contacts on the top of app switcher. Whenever you double press the home button, they’ll be there, every time.
This is annoying and distracting. Fortunately, you can disable it. To do so, go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendar -> Show in App Switcher and turn it off.
2. Turn Off iCloud Drive
If you missed our memo on not activating iCloud Drive when updating to iOS 8, here’s a reminder. iCloud Drive only works with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. If you have a Mac running Mavericks or an iOS device that can’t update, turning on iCloud Drive will disable cloud access for those devices.
If you want to turn it off, go to Settings -> iCloud and disable iCloud Drive.
3. Turn Off QuickType Predictions
Apple’s QuickType prediction engine is popular on Twitter, where users turn its suggestions into sentences. Some sentences make sense, some don’t, but most are funny.
However, QuickType predictions aren’t the best right now. If you’re accustomed to autocorrect on iOS 8, you may want to disable predictions.
To disable predictions, go to Settings -> General -> Keyboard and turn off the Predictive option. Alternatively, tap and hold the Globe icon on the keyboard and turn off Predictive.
Messages is following Snapchat’s lead by making voice and video messages self-destructive by default. You’ll need to tap “Keep” for each message to save it. If you frequently exchange media that you want to keep, this can become a chore.
Go to “Settings” -> “Messages-> Videos Messages” and change the “Expire” option to “Never”. Then, from the “Keep Messages” section, select “Forever”.
6. Use Banners Instead Of Alerts For Messages
When you receive a message or iMessage on iOS 8, you can pull down the notification banner to reply. If you’re using Alerts instead of banners, the functionality is the same but a bit buggy. If you receive another notification while replying in the alert box, the message disappears and you have to start over. Switch to Banners from Alerts for Messages to fix this issue.
7. Enable/Disable Handoff Between iPhone and iPad
Continuity and Handoff features will not be available on Mac until the end of October. However, they can still be used between iPad and iPhone. If you have iOS 8 on both devices, they should be enabled by default. Some users, however, are reporting that this is not the case.
If your iPad is shared with your family, you may want to disable the Handoff feature.
Go to “Settings” -> “General” -> “Handoff & Suggested Apps” to enable/disable “Handoff”.
Compared to iOS 7, iOS 8 is more stable. No major bugs or battery drain reported yet. If iOS 8 has annoyed you, let us know in the comments below.
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