How to use iOS 8, the complete guide

iOS 8 looks to be one of the most feature-packed updates to Apple's mobile platform since the launch of the App Store. Learn how to use it with our comprehensive guides.

Jason Cipriani
Jason Cipriani
Jason Cipriani Contributing Writer, ZDNet
Jason Cipriani is based out of beautiful Colorado and has been covering mobile technology news and reviewing the latest gadgets for the last six years. His work can also be found on sister site CNET in the How To section, as well as across several more online publications.
Jason Cipriani
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iOS 8 is now available for the iPhone , iPad , and iPod Touch , bringing new functionality and features to the platform.

Custom keyboards, better sharing between apps, widgets, an improved Camera app, and new Messages features are all included in Apple's new mobile software. The list doesn't end there -- below you will find the complete guide to becoming an iOS 8 pro. We even uncover some hidden features not discussed by Apple during the iOS 8 announcement in June.

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30 tips every new iOS 8 user should know

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Getting started


Get your iOS device ready for the update.

Read: How to prepare your iPhone or iPad for iOS 8


Everything you need to know about getting iOS 8 on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

Read: How to install iOS 8

What's new


The new Messages app incorporates many features previously only found on chat apps such as Viber and WhatsApp.

Read: Getting to know Messages in iOS 8

Battery diagnostics

Find out exactly what's hogging your battery life with iOS's new battery-usage features.

Read: How to identify battery-hogging apps on iOS 8

Custom keyboards

Not satisfied with the default iOS keyboard? Now you can finally do something about it.

Read: How to install custom keyboards on iOS 8


The new spotlight is a lot more robust in iOS 8. Here's how to use it.

Read: How to use Spotlight search in iOS 8 to find more results

Camera tips

iOS 8 brings a few new features to help you perfect your shots, whether you own a new iPhone or not.

Read: Three camera tips for iOS 8

Watch this: iOS 8's advanced photo-editing tools


Finally, widgets on your iDevice. Here's what you need to know.

Read: How to use widgets on iOS 8

Hey, Siri!

Siri now responds to your voice hands-free. As long as your device is charging at the time.

Read: What you need to know about 'Hey, Siri' in iOS 8

Name that tune

You no longer need to download an app to identify a song you're unfamiliar with. Just use Siri.

Read:Shazam-powered Siri can now name that tune in iOS 8

Find your iPhone

In a last-ditch effort to get back to you, your iPhone can now send out one final message before it dies.

Read:Find My iPhone has a new trick in iOS 8

Location privacy

A new setting lets you restrict an app's access to your location. Here's how it works.

Read: Explaining the new location privacy options in iOS 8


The new Handoff features lets you switch between iDevices without losing your work and answer phone calls on your iPad.

Read: A brief explanation of iOS 8's Handoff feature

Family sharing

With iOS 8 you can share purchases between family members without sharing Apple IDs and passwords.

Read: Getting to know Apple's new Family Sharing feature


With iOS 8's new Health app you can monitor your physical activity, enter body measurements, and even create an emergency medical ID.

Read: Getting to know iOS 8's Health app

gets only a few upgrades in iOS 8, but what's been added is significant.

Read: Three tips for Safari on iOS 8


Mail gets some much-needed upgrades in iOS 8. From new gestures to thread alerts, we cover the most important new features.

Read: Four tips for Mail on iOS 8


From widgets to custom keyboards, extensions allow developers to build apps and services with more harmony than before.

Read: Explaining extensions in iOS 8

Watch this: Save battery life in iOS 8

Interactive notifications

Respond to texts without leaving the lock screen or switching apps.

Read:Getting to know interactive notifications in iOS 8


Did you have trouble finding the font setting in iOS 7? It's much easier to find in iOS 8.

Read: An easier way to adjust font size in iOS 8

Voice dictation

iOS 8 allows you to complete your message before hitting the Done button.

Read: Voice dictation is now done in real time on iOS 8

Share sheets

iOS 8 has improved sharing capabilities, but there are a few things you should know to get the most out of them.

Read: How to organize Share Sheets in iOS 8


Here's everything you need to know about Apple's new stock keyboard for iOS 8.

Read: Using iOS 8's QuickType keyboard

Settings to change

Find your photos

The Photos app has changed in iOS 8, but your photos are still there. Find out where right here.

Read: How and where to find your photos in iOS 8

Get rid of lock-screen suggestions

A new feature in iOS 8 makes app suggestions from the lock screen. Here's how to quickly turn that off.

Read: Disable suggested apps on the lock screen

Clean up App Switcher

App Switcher includes new options in iOS 8, some of which may not be useful to you. Here's how to clean it up.

Read: Remove the clutter from the App Switcher in iOS 8