iOS 7 Tips & Tricks: Settings

Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice.

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1. Safari Autofill

Did you know that Safari can fill out virtually any form for you on the web? If you so choose, Safari can automatically fill in contact info, user names and passwords, and if you're feeling trusting, even credit card details. To do this go to Settings > Safari > Passwords > Autofill.


2. Save Precious Data

Don't have an unlimited data plan? Then it's important to keep track of what's using all that data so you don't go over limit. To see which apps are going to potentially use your data, go to Settings > Cellular and scroll through the apps. If you want to restrict a certain app to only use Wi-Fi, slide the toggle to the off position.


3. Customize Today View

The Notifications drop down menu (accessed by swiping your finger from the top of your screen towards the bottom) gives you all kinds of information about your day. It shows you reminders, weather, calendar events for the day, and what time your day starts tomorrow (always early for me). But, if you'd rather not include stock information, for example, you can choose to dismiss it from your day. Go to Settings > Notification Center and turn off Stocks. Same goes for Reminders, etc.


4. Disable Advertising Tracking

You may not realize it but iOS 7 enables the use of the Advertising Identifier (iAd), which allows apps to serve you targeted ads depending on your location. You can choose to turn this feature off by going to Settings > Privacy > Advertising and toggle Limit Ad Tracking to the On position. This will opt your Apple ID out of receiving ads targeted to your interests. However, iAd notes that by turning Limit Ad Tracking On, you will still get ads, but they won't be based on your interests. If nothing else, it will help limit those impulse buys that may get you into trouble. 

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Paula is a freelance media broadcaster and journalist. She enjoys life at home with her husband, two kids, two dogs, two cats and a parrot. Her iPhone is never more than two feet away from her and she can't imagine life without it.