Chapter 20. Settings

The Settings app is like the Control Panel in Windows or System Preferences on the Mac. It houses hundreds of settings for every aspect of the iPhone and its apps.

Almost everything in the list of Settings is a doorway to another screen, where you make the actual changes.


Settings has a search box at the top! You don’t need a photographic memory (or this chapter) to find a certain setting.

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In this book, you can read about the iPhone’s preference settings in the appropriate spots—wherever they’re relevant. And the Control Center, of course, is designed to eliminate trips into Settings.

But so you’ll have it all in one place, here’s an item-by-item walk-through of the Settings app and its structure in iOS 10.

Three Important Settings Tricks

The Settings app is many screens deep. You might “drill down” by tapping, for example, General, then Keyboard, and then Text Replacement. It’s a lot of tapping, a lot of navigation.

Fortunately, you have three kinds of shortcuts.

First, you can jump directly to a particular Settings screen—from within any app—using Siri (Chapter 6). You can say, for example, “Open Sound settings,” “Open Brightness settings,” “Open Notification settings,” “Open Wi-Fi settings,” and so on. Siri promptly takes you to the corresponding screen—no tapping required.

Second, you can jump directly to the four most frequently adjusted panels—Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ...

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