iOS 10: Tips, guides and hidden features

10 reasons to upgrade to iOS 10

A preview of the best new features coming to your iPhone with Apple’s latest upgrade.

by Vanessa Hand Orellana

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iOS 10 is set to drop the morning of Tuesday, September 13. Even though it looks just like iOS 9, a lot — and we mean a lot — of features are radically different. Messages is a lot more like Facebook Messenger, the lock screen packs a lot more info, and you can finally delete Apple’s default apps.

There’s a lot more to know, so bookmark this page as you get started with iOS 10.

Wait — read this first

    Have an iPhone 5 or iPhone 5C? Skip the update. Even though iOS 10 is technically compatible with these older devices, we recommend taking a wait-and-see approach before updating your phone. If you have one of these devices, read this to find out more about the potential drawbacks of updating.

    10 reasons to update. If you have an iPhone 6 or newer, we recommend updating to iOS 10. The update brings loads of new ways to use your phone, including these 10 features we love most.

    Prep your phone before updating. Ready to update? Here’s how to prep your phone, including a guide to properly backing it up.

    Now you’re ready to download the update. Check back for details on how to update to iOS 10 as soon as it’s released.

    iOS 10 basics

    We found 23 hidden features. There’s a bunch of hidden features you can easily miss in the new update. A abchow.com favorite is that you can be more selective about who gets read receipts in Messages. Here are all 23 hidden tips.

    New Siri features. We know — Siri wasn’t always the most reliable assistant, but iOS 10 made it a lot more useful. She can now hail an Uber, add suggestions to your Messages and more. Here are 11 things the new Siri can do.

    You can now delete apps! Kind of. Apple finally (finally!) lets you delete apps like Maps, Stocks and even Mail. You can delete all 23 stock apps, but there’s a catch.

    All the major changes

      • Control Center. This looks a lot different. Music shifted over to the right and there are now 3D Touch options.
      • Safari. View two tabs at once? Yes, please.
      • Photos. Memories automatically organize your photos for you, Google Photos-style.
      • Lock screen. You might hate the new lock screen. This guide will help you love it.
      • Widgets. Apple finally warmed up to widgets, which act like mini-apps in your lock screen.
      • Messages. It’s like Facebook Messenger and Snapchat had a baby.
      • Notifications. The new notification style makes it much less necessary to unlock your phone.
      • Music. Music gets a much-needed revamp and new features, like a setting that gets the app to automatically download songs you add to your library.

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