iOS 10 is the most recent operating system offered by the tech giant Apple exclusively for its smartphones and tablets.
This version has undergone a lot of changes compared to its predecessors and features various interesting updates that make it easier to use your handsets. However, there are some default settings that you may find better be changed so that your devices give you the best performance. At times, making these changes can also help you be assured of more privacy. These can in turn keep you safer than you think you are. Here, in this article, we present you with some settings that we think are of top priority to be set on your smartphone. Almost all these settings are done through the Settings menu unless specified otherwise.
Stop Location Tracking
How often would you want your handset to stalk you by keeping track of your location and wherever you go? If you are like me, you will definitely not want this to happen. Like all earlier versions, iOS 10 keeps a tab on the locations you frequently visit as long as you are connected to a Wi-Fi network wherever you go. If you are using a device with this version of the operating system installed, then you will have to explicitly turn the setting off. On the other hand, if you have disabled this setting in an earlier version and updated this with the new iOS 10, the setting continues to be deactivated. To activate this option, check out the Privacy section and move on to Location Services followed by System Services and Frequent Locations respectively. Turn the Frequent Locations setting to OFF. Also, remember to press the Clear History button to delete the saved history.
Limit Access on Lock Screen
Unfortunately, your iPhone is capable of permitting access and work on certain features even when your screen is locked. Replying to messages and using Siri are two such features. This can actually allow inquisitive people in using your smartphone when you are not around. To prevent this from happening, scroll over to Touch ID & Passcode. Move on to the Allow access when locked option and deactivate the features that you would prefer to be non-functional when the handset is locked.
Turn Off Raise to Wake
Most of us will definitely not like the idea of others knowing what notifications you receive on your locked screen when your handset is moved or picked up from a flat surface. Help is at hand if your device is using a M9 motion co-processor. This processor allows you to use the raise to wake feature by turning on the smartphone when it senses a movement. Needless to say, once activated, you can also put it off when you do not need it. Check out the Raise to Wake option under Display and Brightness section and toggle it to off.
Deactivate the Today View
Today is a new feature introduced in iOS 10. This can be a tad irritating as it gives pesky eyes a sneak peek into what you have been using your device for even when the screen is locked. Also, Today can leak out some of your personal information. To put this off, move each panel in the Today view to the right of the home screen and then check out Edit at the bottom of the screen. Here, you can individually decide which of the panels can be displayed or must be removed. You can also opt to toggle off the Today view all together.
Set a Passcode
You can set a passcode to ensure the privacy of your iPhone or iPad with a passcode. With the new iOS 10, you can now set an alphanumeric passcode that makes it even more difficult for people to guess the combination you have set and in turn access your device. To set a passcode, you must first make sure that the Turn Passcode On option is highlighted. This is present under the Touch ID & Passcode sub menu. After enabling this feature, you can go ahead in deciding on a suitable passcode. The older choices of custom and four-digit numeric passcodes are also available.
Enable Find My iPhone and Send Last Location
The Find My Phone functionality can be helpful in tracking your handset if it gets misplaced or stolen. To do this, check out the Find My iPhone (or iPad)setting under the iCloud menu and activate it. Enter your device passcode if you are prompted to do so. This can show your smartphone’s location on a map when it is not with you as long as it is turned on. Under the same menu, turn on the Send Last Location feature to update the company’s server about where your device was just before the battery’s power died down.
Shorten the Auto-Lock Timeout
The shorter time interval you set for your iPhone to get locked automatically the better. The screen will lock faster and prevent others from accessing your handset. Head straight to the auto-lock sub-menu under the Display & Brightness section to set this time limit.