CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

Get notified when your boss emails

Tone down the number of email alerts you receive by using the new Notify Me feature in iOS 8. With it, you can set alerts for any email thread.

To enable thread notifications, swipe left from the message list > More > Notify Me.

For more on customizing the feature, check out this post.

Updated:Caption:Photo:James Martin/CNET
1
of 31

Cut the clutter

Double-tapping the home button in iOS 8 not only shows you the app switcher, but also displays your "Favorite" and recent contacts.

To customize this feature -- or to disable it entirely -- follow these steps.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
2
of 31

Find out what's killing your battery

Finally -- finally! -- there's a tool that shows you how much power your apps use. The tool organizes them in a list starting with the app (or setting) that demands the most.

Find out more about iOS 8's battery usage tool.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Jason Cipriani/CNET
3
of 31

Use the camera's built-in tools

Apple knows how much its users like taking photos, so it included some really useful camera tools in iOS 8. You can now control exposure without affecting the focus, and even shoot timelapses.

Get to know all of iOS 8's camera features.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
4
of 31

Add widgets to the notification center

Widgets give you at-a-glance information about any given app, and are a huge time-saver.

For example, instead of launching a sports app to check the score, you can view the status of the game by swiping down from the top of the screen to open the notification center.

Widgets can even be interactive. Find out how to add, remove, and customize your widgets.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
5
of 31

One Apple ID for the whole family

With a short setup process, you can enable shared purchases, photos, locations, and calendars for the whole family.

The feature makes a lot of sense for people who want to share app  purchases with other members of the family. No more having to purchase twice.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Jason Cipriani/CNET
6
of 31

Find My iPhone -- even when your battery is dying

If you lose your phone as the battery is dying, Apple can now automatically save its location data, increasing the chances of finding your phone. In order to use it, you'll have to enable the option in your iCloud settings.

Updated:Caption:Photo:CNET
7
of 31

Bigger text for happier eyes

Adjusting the system-wide text size is easier than ever in iOS 8, since it's no longer buried in Accessibility settings.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Jason Cipriani/CNET
8
of 31

Pick up where you left off

With Handoff, you can easily switch from your iOS device to your Mac, so you can continue whatever you were doing without interruption.

It works with Messages, Safari, Reminders, Contacts, Maps, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, and Calendar.

Want in? Check out our guide to using Handoff.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Jason Cipriani/CNET
9
of 31

Hand-free Siri commands

Want to prompt Siri without holding the home button? There's a setting for that.

With the setting enabled, you can say "Hey Siri" and the personal assistant will start listening. There's just one catch -- your phone needs to be plugged in.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
10
of 31

Ditch Apple's stock keyboard

Want to "swipe" instead of type, like Android users? Or, want to increase the size of the keys?

You can now do that by replacing the regular keyboard with third-party ones like Swype and Swiftkey.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Jason Cipriani/CNET
11
of 31

Customize quick reply for Messages

In iOS 8, you can reply to messages without launching the app. A window pops up, you type your response, and you're done.

The way these "quick reply" notifications appear depends on your settings. Go to Settings > Notifications > Messages and choose between "Badge" or "Banner."

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
12
of 31

Your location, your privacy

In an effort to better protect your privacy, Apple now lets you decide when exactly apps can see your location.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
13
of 31

Hidden tricks in the Mail app

From gestures to quickly adding new events, Apple's Mail app is packed with useful, understated features that could easily go unnoticed.

Get to know all of Mail's tools in this guide.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
14
of 31

Accidentally closed a tab? Don't panic. In Safari, you can reopen closed tabs by creating a new tab, then selecting it from the list of recently closed tabs.

Check out three more Safari tips for iOS 8.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
15
of 31

Hide App Store suggestions

Overall, the new App Store is awesome, but one feature that might annoy you is "Suggested Apps," which displays app suggestions based on your location.

They can feel a lot like ads, so if you'd like to get rid of them, here's how.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
16
of 31

Siri types as you talk

The new, smarter Siri will now display your dictation as you speak.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Jason Cipriani/CNET
17
of 31

Safer searching with Duck Duck Go

If you don't want your web searches to be tracked, change your default search engine to Duck Duck Go. You can do this by going to Settings > Safari.

Updated:Caption:Photo:James Martin/CNET
18
of 31

A very minimal home screen

The jury's out on whether or not this was possible in iOS 7. If it was, it was a late-add feature.

In any case, it's worth knowing. Minimalist types can rest easy knowing that the entire home screen can be cleared out to display absolutely nothing. Just drag your current icons to another window.

Updated:Caption:Photo:James Martin/CNET
19
of 31

Get the desktop version of a site

Oftentimes, mobile versions of websites omit important links and features. Any time you want to see the full desktop version of a site, tap the address bar, then drag your finger down to display the option.

Updated:Caption:Photo:James Martin/CNET
20
of 31

Hide (or disable) text predictions

As you type, iOS 8 will suggest words in the bar across the top of the keyboard. Sometimes it's dead-on, and other times...not so much.

To temporarily hide tetx predictions, pull down from the bar. To show them, pull up from the top of the keyboard.

Otherwise, you can disable the feature entirely by going to Settings > General > Keyboard, and toggle "Predictive" off.

Updated:Caption:Photo:James Martin/CNET
21
of 31

Touch ID everywhere

Touch ID can now be used in third-party apps (like Mint). Expect more developers to incorporate this feature as they issue updates.

Updated:Caption:Photo:James Martin/CNET
22
of 31

Create your Medical ID

Should you ever be caught in a medical emergency, EMS workers can access your Medical ID without needing to unlock your phone. To set up your Medical ID, launch the Health app, and tap the last tab.

Updated:Caption:Photo:James Martin/CNET
23
of 31

Share your location with friends

The Messages app is packed with fun and useful features, including one that lets you share your location on a one-time or ongoing basis.

Just hit "Details" and choose from the location-sharing options.

Check out our full guide to messaging on iOS 8.

Updated:Caption:Photo:James Martin/CNET
24
of 31

Swipe to dismiss notifications

To quickly dismiss an alert from the notification center, swipe left over the alert and hit the "x."

Updated:Caption:Photo:James Martin/CNET
25
of 31

Check times for sunrise and sunset

At the bottom of the 10-day forecast for any city, you can now view sunrise and sunset times, along with other, very specific weather information.

There's even a "pressure" measurement, if you're into that sort of thing.

Updated:Caption:Photo:James Martin/CNET
26
of 31

Stay up-to-date on your favorite blogs

Safari can now act like an RSS reader, giving you a list of recent articles for any blog you subscribe to.

To subscribe to a blog, tap the bookmark icon, then the @ symbol, and hit the Subscribe option in the bottom-right corner.

Updated:Caption:Photo:James Martin/CNET
27
of 31

Hide embarassing -- or inappropriate -- photos

Don't want friends seeing your selfies when they check out your photo gallery? Just tap and hold the photo you want to hide and choose "Hide."

Updated:Caption:Photo:James Martin/CNET
28
of 31

Go grayscale

For an experience a little easier on the eyes -- or to prank your friends -- make your phone go grayscale. It's not yet clear if doing so saves battery life, but it can be a boon for tired eyes.

Updated:Caption:Photo:James Martin/CNET
29
of 31

Want more?

For more tips, check out our complete guide to iOS 8.

Updated:Caption:
30
of 31

Fixing the botched iOS 8.0.1 update

El app Health en iOS 8.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Jason Cipriani/CNET
31
of 31
Up Next

Interesting phones you can't buy from a US carrier (pictures)