Interesting, less-known features and tricks in iOS 10


A short reminder

iOS 10 in the final version was made available to the public in September 2016. The current version is 10.3.2.

Supported devices:

  • iPhone 5 and newer;
  • iPad (fourth generation and fifth generation), iPad Air (and Air 2 version), iPad Pro 9.7 “and 12.9”, iPad mini 2 (and iPad mini 3 iPad and mini 4 models);
  • iPod touch 6th generation.

Less known features of iOS 10


When we use the navigation on our iPhones, the battery feels quite clearly – the screen is on all the time, GPS and maps downloaded from the Internet at a relatively fast rate can empty our battery.

Fortunately, there is a way: when using the Map Apple, lock the screen of our phone – the iPhone display will be dimmed, which will save a lot of energy.

However, when we have to perform a maneuver (turn, turn back, etc.), the phone’s screen will be switched on for a short while, so that after the maneuver it will fall back to sleep and save the batteries.

By using this method of navigation on my iPhone 7 I am able to overcome the long route without connecting the phone to the charger.


I often get an e-mail with a PDF file that I need to sign. Usually we print such a file, sign it, scan it and send it back to the sender.

However, there is a much better and faster tool built into the system Mail application, which will allow us to sign the document even without leaving the e-mail application.

When we get an e-mail with a file: click on PDF, when the file opens, click the small box icon in the bottom right corner. Now, in the lower toolbar, press the signature icon (first on the right). If your device has already saved your signature pattern, we can use it, if not, we create a new one. We paste the signature into the text, adjust its size and place it in a place of your choice. Press “Done” – the signed PDF file will automatically appear in the new e-mail message that we can send to the sender of the document.

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If you get a lot of SMS or iMessage from senders who are not registered in your phone book, you can separate them from private and business messages in your inbox.

To activate this function, just go to Settings -> Messages and select “Filter unknown senders”.

From now on, all messages from people you do not know will land in a separate “Unknown senders” tab.


The lower toolbar in the Safari browser also has some interesting features:

a button for undoing the currently viewed page, with a longer hold it opens the history of recently opened websites;
if we hold the icon showing an open book, we will get quick access to create a new bookmark or add the currently viewed page to the Reading List;
by pressing the icon responsible for previewing open cards for a long time we will get the option to quickly close all open cards.


If we often call a phone number where we always choose the same extension, we can make life easier and introduce it permanently, saving a lot of time in the future.

To add an extension number, go to Contacts, select a contact from the list, click Edit, choose the number you want to edit, on the keyboard tap the Shift button containing the plus sign, star and number symbol (lower left corner), then select “pause” once or many times and add an internal number. Press “Done”.

Please note that each pause added delays entering the extension number by 2 seconds.


Of course, in iOS 10 we can find a lot more hidden features that can help us to use our phone. If you would like me to continue the series of “Less well-known features in iOS 10”, let me know in the comments or contact me on Facebook or Twitter.