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10 New iOS 6 Settings You Should Know About

Bakari Chavanu 03-10-2012

ios 6 settingsAs with any operating system or software, you should eventually take some time to see what Preferences settings exist. The latest release of iOS 6 10 iOS 6 'How-to' Tips You Need to Know For Your iPhone, iPad, Or iPod Touch When you install iOS 6 on your iPhone or other iOS device, you won't see any changes to the user interface, but there are a few new apps and several new features under the hood... Read More  includes a number of settings that provide better control of or access to notifications, privacy settings, Bluetooth, Facebook integration, Photo Stream, VIP notifications, etc.


If you’re like my wife and have not literally opened the Settings app on your iOS device, you’ll also find controls for changing the wallpaper and brightness of your device, turn off audio alerts that may be waking you up in the middle of the night, and even find out the usage data for your phone. This article will focus on the new settings for iOS 6, but as you poke around in the Settings app, you’ll become familiar with older settings as well.

Facebook Setup

The latest iOS 6 update includes Facebook integration (Twitter was added in the previous update). You can add your Facebook account or create a new one for your supported iOS device by launching Settings and scrolling down to the Facebook button. From there you can both install the Facebook app and add your user settings. The same can be done, as you will see, for your Twitter account settings.

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The Facebook integration means that you can share photos, webpage links, and link third party apps to your Facebook account and timeline. For example, in the iOS Safari app, when you tap the share button, you now get a collection of icons that include Facebook and Twitter for sharing pages to your accounts.

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Bluetooth Access

Thankfully, the latest iOS update puts Bluetooth controls on the front page, so you now don’t have to tap three or four times to reach those controls, as in previous settings.

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However, if you want to turn Bluetooth on and off in just two taps, you might want to download Bluetooth Activate ($0.99). It’s the one I’ll still use, because it means one less tap.

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FaceTime Cellular Access

With iOS 6, you can now use FaceTime with your cellular network. Tap on the FaceTime button in Settings, and then scroll down and to the button of the page, and enable Use Cellular Data. You will get a message from your carrier about setting up FaceTime for cellular access.

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Do Not Disturb

No doubt you get several notifications for all types of data on your iOS device, from email to various third-party app alerts. With iOS 6, Apple added a way to turn off notifications all together. In the Settings app, “Do Not Disturb” is the fourth button down, and you can enable it from there. This means all your alerts will be silenced. A moon icon appear in the status bar of your device to remind you that Do Not Disturb is enabled.

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But also, under Notifications > Do Not Disturb, you get even more controls. You can schedule a specified time to activate Do Not Disturb and turn it off. You can also set it to allow calls from specified contacts. And in emergency cases, you can allow repeated calls within three minutes from someone not to be silenced by Do Not Disturb.

Reply With Message

Another handy feature in iOS 6 is the ability to send a text message when you don’t want to answer a phone call. In Settings > Phone, you can customize the three type of default messages you might use. Just tap on the ones you to want change and add your own.

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Maps Volume

If Apple’s new voice turn-by-turn GPS map is working well for you, you have a few options in Settings > Maps, including setting the default voice volume, font size of labels, and the type of distances–In Miles or Kilometers.


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Photo Stream Alerts

The latest features for Photo Stream now allow you to share selected photos in your Photo Stream directly with other Photo Stream users, and/or via a link to an iCloud gallery setup. Likewise, other iOS 6 users can share their selected Photo Stream photos with you.

If you find that a lot of different people are sharing with you, you can go into Settings > Notifications > Photos and control who gets to share photos to your Photo Stream – either Everyone or only users on your Contact List.

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Notice you can also enable whether or not to get a preview photo in Photo Stream alerts and banners. And by the way, this new Photo Stream feature is also a part of the recently updated iPhoto and Aperture applications, so you can share photos the same way.

VIPs in Mail

The newest Mail feature for iOS 6 is the ability to add email contacts to your VIP list in your Mail account so you won’t miss important messages from say your boss or significant other. In Settings > Notifications > VIP, you enable VIP alerts in Notification Center. Enabling this setting will override all other Mail alerts, so you will get alerts from on those on your VIP list.

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Privacy Settings

In Settings > Privacy, you now get control over the apps and services that have access to your iOS device and data – e.g., contacts, calendars, reminders, photos. In these settings, you can cloak your location by turning off Location Services, so location-based apps can’t gather data about your present location.

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You are also informed about what type of data is being accessed by various default apps, and which apps you have access to your Twitter and Facebook accounts. You can enable and disable access to those accounts per app.


Now that the Notes app syncs with iCloud, you can choose Settings > Notes > Default Account to keep all your notes solely on your iOS device by default or synced to all your devices via iCloud.

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Let us know what you think of the new Settings features in iOS 6. Are there some hidden settings that I missed? What settings do you think Apple should have added?

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  1. Raghav Gupta
    November 5, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Thaks for sharing. Already configured some

  2. Califfe Duran
    October 9, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    thats a nice information about iphone 5.. thanks for this article.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      Califfe, you're welcome. Thanks

  3. Kuldeep Chouhan
    October 9, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    yeah its cool and good but map is not working like before it just show the motorway name.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 9, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      Yeah, the Map issue seems to be a big blunder. I tried a couple of times, but I have a TomTom GPS on my iPhone that usually works great. So I'm sticking with that.

  4. Jeremy Sjodin
    October 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    The 11th thing is they changed the app icon (that's the old one, BTW).

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 9, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      Hmmm, I really didn't catch that one, Jeremy. Thanks for pointing it out.

  5. Jesse Gonzalez
    October 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I love the Do Not Disturb feature! It comes so handy especially when I am in a meeting at work.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 9, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      I agree. I used for the first time the other day. I especially like the custom Do Not Disturb settings.

  6. April Eum
    October 8, 2012 at 3:17 am

    multiple options is probably the best new feature, though it's android's oldest feature

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Hmm, okay. I didn't know that April. Thanks for pointing it out.

  7. wilL Toxic
    October 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Great article.
    i did notice that there is nothing about the panoramic picture mode..
    i guess it could because its only availble for 4s and new devices,
    iphone 5, and 5gen ipod..

    thanks good reading!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Awww, good point. Thanks for pointing it out.

  8. David
    October 5, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    How do you register contacts to iMessage? I can't text anyone. It says my contacts are not registered with imessage

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      David, iMessage only works with other iMessage users, who have to set up their iCloud/iMessage account. The feature and app are little confusing, I think.

  9. Trish Martino
    October 5, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Wow, all looks really good, got noitifcation from Apple this morning that our phones will be delivered next week, really looking forward to getting them.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      Trish, I'm jealous. I won't be getting the 5 until January, when my contract renews. Congrats on getting yours.

  10. Sandie
    October 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    My friends and have just updated and were discussing the differences and we hadn't had time to actually sit and play so this article is just the shot. Thanks for you concise info. Always good to not have to reinvent the wheel by going the long way round. :)

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      You're welcome, Sandie. Glad it's helpful.

  11. Sue Pataray
    October 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Took me awhile to figure out what happened to some of my calendar events until I noticed that they had been moved over to iCloud. I originally had my view on my iPhone calendar; now I have to view both my iPhone and iCloud calendar.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 4, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Sue, I think you can have calendar events show up on just the iPhone or the iCloud account.

  12. Nethu Alahakoon
    October 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I'm waiting till it gets stable.!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 4, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Nethu, it seems pretty stable to me. I haven't ran into any problems. I do hear though that the Maps app is not working that well.

  13. Ahmed Khalil
    October 4, 2012 at 9:20 am

    always good thanks you thanks apple for IOS

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 4, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks Ahmed, it's always great to hear from you.

  14. Anthony Monori
    October 3, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Good stuff indeed, thanks!

  15. Nohl Lyons
    October 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    This is good stuff

  16. Andrew Niklas
    October 3, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    The default accounts in notes has been there since iOS 5

    But still an awesome article on all the new settings. :)

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Thanks for letting me know that, Andrew. Appreciate the feedback.

  17. Edwin Williams
    October 3, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    The louder volume for the turn-by-turn in the upgraded Maps is exactly what I needed. Now I don't have to look down at my phone when I drive!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 4, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Yep. I hope Maps is working for you. It seems it's not working for many customers.