10 Ways To Make Your iOS 8 Experience Better Than Ever

Posted by Charles Edge on November 19th, 2014

At Bushel, we want you to have the best experience with iOS 8 that’s possible. iOS 8 comes with a lot f new features. While some are super awesome for many, they might be a bit much for the way you use your device. Here, we’re going to look at troubleshooting and optimizing your iOS 8 experience.

Reboot

The classic step to make any computing experience is to reboot the device. To do so in iOS 8 is the same as with previous versions of iOS. To reboot your device, hold down the button on the top of the device and the home button at the same time until the screen goes black. Once it does, tap the home button again and viola, the device will start back up!

Note: The apps will still be in the same state they were when you shut the device down.

Battery Life

One easy way to make your iOS 8 experience better is to experience it more. The battery life in iOS 8 is a little different because the device can do much more. You can use the Battery Life options to keep track of what’s running your battery life down throughout the day. To access this screen, open the Settings app, tap on General, tap on Usage and then tap on Battery Usage. At this screen, you’ll see a list of apps over the past 24 hours or 7 days along with a percentage of the consumed battery life that was used by each.

iOS 8 Experience :: Battery Usage

iOS 8 Experience :: Battery Usage

Kill Battery Hogs

If an app is taking up a lot of your battery life then chances are the app is also killing performance of the device. Apps run in the background when they’re open. To see if an app that kills your battery is causing performance issues, double-tap your home icon and then take the big culprits and drag them up. This will force-quit the app. Once force-quit, try whatever might be giving you a problem again and see if it works like a charm!

Disable QuickType

I see a lot of people out there complaining that the auto-correct options in iOS are causing them to say silly things. There are entire websites dedicated to this. If you find that iOS 8 guesses incorrectly at what you’re trying to say, then simply disable it for a little while. To do so, open the Settings app, tap General and then tap Keyboard. Here, slide Predictive to Off and see if it improves your use of the device. You can always go back and turn it on if it doesn’t help!

Reset Settings

Old settings can cause weird little issues here and there when it comes to your iOS 8 experience. This can include slowly opening screens and having things just randomly close on a phone. You can reset just settings without deleting any content. When you do so, you will loose things like what Wi-Fi networks you’ve connected to, but you’ll keep any actual data on the device. To do so, open the Settings app, tap on General and then tap on Reset All Settings. If you are using Bushel and have a passcode, you’ll then be prompted for it before clearing these settings.

iOS 8 Experience :: Reset All Settings

iOS 8 Experience :: Reset All Settings

Delete Some Stuff

New Apple devices have lots more space than they used to for an awesome iOS 8 experience. But if you’re running iOS 8 on an iPhone 5 or a 16 Gig model, you might be running into a problem when it comes to upgrades and downloading content. You can see how much space each app consumes and possibly remove an app or prune what’s stored in one by opening the Settings app, tapping on General, tapping on Usage and then tapping on Manage Storage.

iOS 8 Experience :: iOS Storage

iOS 8 Experience :: iOS Storage

Don’t Store So Much Mail

Do you really need a months worth of email for a great iOS 8 experience? I find that a week is usually ample. To reduce the amount of mail your device caches, and in the process free up some space and optimize the performance of your device, open the Settings app, tap on Mail then select an account. At the account screen, look for the Mail Days to Sync and set it to the appropriate amount of time for how you work!

iOS 8 Experience :: Reduce Mail

iOS 8 Experience :: Reduce Mail

Run the Latest Software Update To Improve Your iOS 8 Experience

Apple is always improving features, fixing bugs, bringing more security to the iOS platform and in general innovating. For most people, we should be running the latest version of iOS. To update open the General app, tap on Software Update and then tap on Download and Install.

iOS 8 Experience :: Update the iOS Software

iOS 8 Experience :: Update the iOS Software

Disable Handoff

Some people have reported that they don’t like it when they sit down at their desktop and get a prompt to open a web page they were just viewing on their iOS device, or an alert for Messages. This new feature, called Handoff is awesome once you get used to it. But if it’s messing up your specific workflow, you can disable Handoff. To do so, open the Settings app, tap on General and then tap on Handoff &Y Suggested Apps. Here, simply slide the Handoff feature to off. Hopefully you’ll re-enable it, as it’s pretty cool once you get used to it!

iOS 8 Experience :: Disable Handoff

iOS 8 Experience :: Disable Handoff

Worse Case: Reset

If you have issues with your device that simply aren’t resolving, consider resetting it. This means you’ll want a good backup as it will be brand spankin’ new when you’re done. To reset a device, open the Settings app, tap on General, tap on Reset and then tap on Erase All Content and Settings. You can also do this with Apple Configurator and update the device at the same time. This is pretty drastic, so treat as such!

Overall, we think that iOS 8 is a great upgrade and hope that you don’t throttle back any of the innovative new features that Apple introduced in iOS 8. But if you must, now you’ve got a guide to the ones that get you the biggest bang for your buck!