If your iPhone or iPad is running iOS 7, you have the ability to share files with AirDrop. If you’re trying to conserve data or not within range of WiFi, AirDrop can work without any internet connection, which is what makes it so great. The only requirement? You have to be within close proximity to the receiving iPhone or iPad. Here’s how to send a file:
Many apps support AirDrop to send and receive media, for our example, I’m going to use the Photos app, but that’s certainly not the only app you can use. You’ll also need to make sure that both devices have AirDrop enabled.
How to send a file using iOS 7 AirDrop on your iPhone or iPad
- Launch an AirDrop supports app such as the Photos app.
- Find the file or photo you’d like to send and tap on it.
- Now tap on the Share button.
- Wait for a few seconds and anyone available for AirDrop will appear in the top row. Just tap on their name and photo.
- Tap on Accept on the receiving device.
That’s all there is to it! Not only does AirDrop not require an internet connection, it’s a much faster way to transfer files if you’re near someone than texting a photo to them. The only thing that would tremendously improve AirDrop is the ability to send files from an iPhone or iPad to a Mac.
Siri can help you do all kinds of things, including help you get transit directions, even if Apple Maps doesn’t support them. If you’ve got Google Maps or another transit direction app installed, Siri is smart enough to integrate with it in most instances. Here’s how:
How to get transit and walking directions with Google Maps and Siri
- Press and hold the Home button on your iPhone or iPad to activate Siri.
- Now ask Siri to give you transit directions by saying something like “Give me transit directions from Waterloo Station to Westminster.” Obviously you would replace my directions with your own.
- Siri then suggests what app you’d like to use. I use Google Maps and if you are too, tap on Route. Keep in mind you must have Google Maps installed on the iPhone or iPad in question for Siri to recommend it.
- Google Maps or the transit app chosen will now launch and provide directions.
That’s all there is to it. I’ve found this to be an easy way to bypass using Apple Maps too. If you’d rather use Google Maps with Siri, you can always just ask for transit directions every time and then just toggle between driving and walking once Google Maps launches.
While Siri has gotten better with each new iteration, including iOS 7, there’s some things Apple’s personal digital assistant needs help with. First an foremost is learning how to pronounce unusual or tricky names. Whether it’s your name, or the name of family, friends, or colleagues, it’s easy to correct Siri, and have it stay corrected.
How to teach Siri to pronounce someone’s name in iOS 7
- Press and hold down the Home button on your iPhone or iPad to activate Siri.
- Say something that coaxes Siri to incorrectly say the name in question. For example, “What’s my name?” if your name is the one in question.
- Now tell her she is saying it wrong, but make sure you use her pronunciation. She always says my name as “A lie” so in my case, I say That’s not how you pronounce A Lie.
- Siri should now ask you to tell her how to pronounce it. When asked, say the correct pronunciation.
- Now Siri presents you with three options for the correct pronunciation. Listen to them and tap Select next to the correct one.
That’s all there is to it. Siri should now remember how to pronounce that particular name. In some cases, you don’t even have to coax her. If it’s a name she’s said wrong many times, just tell her she’s pronouncing it wrong and she should ask you to help her correct it.
Remember that this may not work with all names. She still refuses to say my last name right, but at least she’s getting my first name correct now. You know what they say, you can’t win ’em all!
For those that use Safari for iPhone and iPad frequently, you may find yourself in situations where you have lots of open tabs. While you can always close out individual Safari tabs in iOS 7 by swiping them to the side, there’s a super easy way to get rid of all of them in a mere matter of seconds. Here’s how:
- Launch the Safari app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap on the all windows button in the lower right hand corner of the bottom navigation bar.
- Now tap on Private in the bottom navigation.
- Now tap on Close All.
That’s all there is to it. All open Safari tabs will be closed instantly. If you’d like to turn off Private Browsing, just tap on the Private button one more time. You can of course still clear selective ones out by just swiping if you’d like. This is just a handy way to get rid of all tabs if you’ve got lots of them open.
Apple recently released iOS 7.0.3 which came with plenty of improvements and bug fixes. One of those improvements is to the way we can reduce motion and animations in iOS 7. If you prefer raw speed over fancy animations, this one’s for you!
- Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
- Now tap on General.
- Tap on Accessibility.
- Choose the option for Reduce Motion and turn the option to On.
That’s all there is to it. Not only does iOS not have movable backgrounds anymore, transitions are also sped up to simply fade in and out. This results in much snappier response times when jumping into apps and back out.
We’ve all undoubtedly been in a situation where we’ve had to take a call while there was lots of background noise going on around us. This can make it hard for the person on the other end to distinguish what we’re saying. Luckily, iOS has some options that can help us improve call quality through noise cancellation as long as you’re running iOS 7 or later. Here’s how to enable the option:
Note: This may not be available for all models of iPhone. From what we’re seeing and hearing, it appears to be available for the iPhone 5 and newer.
- Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone.
- Now tap on General.
- Tap on Accessibility.
- Scroll down and under the Hearing section, enable the option for Phone Noise Cancellation.
That’s it. While this isn’t fool proof, it can help to reduce as much noise as possible when you’re in a loud environment. This should help your caller be able to hear you better.