iOS 8: A Take Control Crash Course
by Josh Centers

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Explore the Lock Screen

The Lock screen is the first thing you see when you power on or wake up your iOS device, and it contains a wealth of functionality .

① 	The iOS 8 Lock screen has many icons and controls. Each letter superimposed on the image here is called out in the text below.

① The iOS 8 Lock screen has many icons and controls. Each letter superimposed on the image here is called out in the text below.

Here’s the rundown of what’s on the Lock screen, from left to right and top to bottom.

Status Bar, Left

The icons at the left of the status bar (A) signify your device’s networking status:

② 	If a device has a cellular connection, you see the signal strength and carrier name at the left of the status bar.

② If a device has a cellular connection, you see the signal strength and carrier name at the left of the status bar.

Partial Airplane Mode

You can manually re-enable individual radios while in Airplane mode, which is handy if you want to take advantage of in-flight Wi-Fi or use Bluetooth to communicate with a keyboard. You can quickly re-enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth from Control Center (swipe up from off the bottom of the screen).

Notification Center Handle

This handle (B) is a subtle reminder that you can open Notification Center by swiping down from anywhere along the top of the screen, unless you’ve disabled the feature as explained in Securing the Lock Screen, later.

Status Bar, Right

Here’s a look at the most common icons that you’ll see at the right of the status bar (C):

③ 	Looks like this iPad should have been charged sooner! With only 7% battery remaining, it’s time to find a power outlet.

③ Looks like this iPad should have been charged sooner! With only 7% battery remaining, it’s time to find a power outlet.

Lock Screen Emergency Info

The new Health app includes a feature for making important medical information accessible from your iPhone Lock screen for emergency responders to see. To get started, open the Health app and tap the Medical ID button.

Once you’ve set up your medical ID, here’s how to access it from the Lock screen:

  1. Slide the screen from left to right to unlock it.
  2. On the Enter Passcode screen, tap Emergency in the lower-left.
  3. On the Emergency call screen, tap Medical ID in the lower-left.

Ideally, medical first responders will know to look here, but even if you are too injured or ill to speak the information on this screen, you may still be able to bring it up and show it to someone else.

Time and Date

The current time appears in big type at the center of the Lock screen with the day and date below (D).

If you’ve configured a timer with Apple’s Clock app or by using Siri, the day and date will be replaced by the remaining timer time . Similarly, if you have snoozed an alarm, you see the remaining snooze time here.

④ 	If you’ve set a timer with Siri or the Clock app, the remaining timer time appears on the Lock screen underneath the current time.

④ If you’ve set a timer with Siri or the Clock app, the remaining timer time appears on the Lock screen underneath the current time.

Sliding to Unlock

To unlock your device, place your finger on the screen anywhere outside of a notification and slide from left to right. If you’ve set a passcode, you are prompted for it. (If you’ve set up Touch ID on a compatible device, you can touch your finger to the Home button briefly instead of sliding to unlock.)

Tip: You don’t have to slide the “slide to unlock” text (E) to unlock the screen. Sliding anywhere on the screen works.

New! Suggested Apps

You may see an app icon on your Lock screen (F) when you approach a location. For example, if you approach an Apple Store with the Apple Store app installed, you’ll see a shortcut to the app in the lower left of the Lock screen. Slide the icon up to open the app.

Suggested Apps also appear in the App Switcher. See New! Suggested Apps in the App Switcher.

Control Center

The handle (G) at the bottom of the Lock screen is a reminder that you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the Control Center , just as you can on nearly any screen—unless you’ve disabled this access for security reasons, as specified in Securing the Lock Screen, ahead.)

⑤ 	Control Center gives you quick access to network settings, brightness, audio controls, and more, including the iPhone’s flashlight.

⑤ Control Center gives you quick access to network settings, brightness, audio controls, and more, including the iPhone’s flashlight.

Note: Icons for apps available to accept Handoff content from other devices also appear in the lower left of the Lock screen.

Camera

You can access the Camera app from the Lock screen quickly by placing your finger on the camera icon in the lower right (H), and then sliding up.

While using the Camera app from the Lock screen, you can see previews of pictures you’ve taken during the current session by tapping the Photo and Video Viewer button. (It looks like a preview of the most-recent photo .) However, to view any other image in your photo library, you must unlock the device.

⑥ 	The Photo and Video Viewer button, shown at lower left, previews the most recent photo.

⑥ The Photo and Video Viewer button, shown at lower left, previews the most recent photo.

Notifications

Notifications give you snippets of key status information.

By default, Alert-style notifications appear on the Lock screen . To jump directly to the app generating the notification, swipe the icon on the left side of the notification all the way to the right.

⑦ 	The Lock screen can display notifications. To navigate to the source of a notification, swipe the notification’s icon from left to right.

⑦ The Lock screen can display notifications. To navigate to the source of a notification, swipe the notification’s icon from left to right.

To delete a notification from the Lock screen, swipe it from right to left. Or, just ignore it and it will eventually be replaced by newer notifications.

If a location-aware Passbook card is installed on an iPhone, it appears on your Lock screen when the phone is close to a related place. For example, if you store a Walgreens Balance Rewards card in Passbook, you will see a Lock screen notification when you approach a Walgreens. Open that notification to pull up your Passbook card.

Protecting Your Notifications

By default, the Lock screen displays previews of received communications such as text messages and email messages. This could be embarrassing or even a security risk. To prevent such previews:

  1. Visit Settings > Notifications.
  2. Select the app you wish to adjust.
  3. Turn off either Show Previews or Show on Lock Screen.

Disabling previews notifies you of a new message, but without a preview. Disabling Lock screen notifications prevents that app’s notices from appearing.

Talk to Siri

While the device is locked, you can talk to and use Siri as usual, but if a passcode is set, there are a few limitations. For example, you can still ask Siri for the time or instruct Siri to call your significant other, but you can’t have Siri read your new email messages or open apps without unlocking the device.

Securing the Lock Screen

Tip: I strongly recommend setting a passcode; if you’re worried that it will be too onerous to enter repeatedly on a non–Touch ID device, try setting Require Passcode to After 4 Hours.

iPhone Emergency Calling

If a passcode is set on an iPhone, you can’t access most of the iPhone’s functions without entering the passcode (or using Touch ID). However, entering a passcode correctly in an emergency, whether on your iPhone or someone else’s, could waste precious time.

Luckily, you don’t have to: slide to unlock the iPhone and then on the Enter Passcode screen, tap Emergency in the lower left to reveal a dial pad .

⑧ 	The Emergency dial pad lets you call emergency numbers, like 911, but not other numbers.

⑧ The Emergency dial pad lets you call emergency numbers, like 911, but not other numbers.

You can now call your local emergency services number, but no one else. So in the United States, you can dial 911, but not Yankee Stadium.

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