Apple iPhone 6 Plus: Tips and Tricks

Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus has become increasingly popular, and is difficult for retailers to keep on their shelves. With the addition of such a large display, as well as many of the features that have been added through iOS 8 and iOS 8.1, this device is shaping up to be a beast. Some of these features tend to be either a bit tricky to use, or entirely hidden, so today, we have a list of iPhone 6 Plus tips and tricks to help you embrace the power within your device.

One-Handed Use

The jump from the 4-inch display of the iPhone 5 to the 5.5-inch display of the iPhone 6 Plus is significant. Many consumers will definitely be willing to take the plunge into the purchase of the phablet, but will quickly realize that one-handed usage becomes a little bit difficult. Apple already realized this, and has a couple of easy solutions for this.

By simply double-tapping the Touch ID-equipped home button on the homescreen, Reachability will activate. Reachability is a feature that moves what’s on the display downward, so you can easily reach the top row of icons on your device with one hand, or whatever else you need to do, without fumbling with both hands to open those tricky apps.

You may find that using your keyboard with one hand is a little bit difficult as well, but with the quick purchase of a third-party app, you can once again text with one hand. This app is called One-Handed Keyboard by Terry Demco, and it’s only $1.99 in the App Store. After you install it, go into Settings>General>Keyboard>Add a New Keyboard. From there, go into an app that uses the keyboard, and tap the Globe icon. You’ll see a slimmed-down keyboard that is much easier to use with one hand.

Making Use of Touch ID

Touch ID was first introduced in the iPhone 5S, and since then, it’s evolved significantly. Now, you can do everything from making payments to using your fingerprint as a password, which are both extremely secure and simple to do.

In order to use Touch ID as your password, simply install an app such as LastPass. LastPass will then create extensions on Safari that allow you to login to your favorite websites with just the use of Touch ID, making logging in easier than ever. Of course, you’ll first have to enter your usernames and passwords into the app before using it.

Don’t forget that Apple incorporated an NFC chip into their devices for this generation that can easily be used to make payments through Apple Pay, eliminating the fear of forgetting your wallet. First, you’re going to have to set up Apple Pay by going into your Passbook app and entering your information. Then go to a store with a terminal that accepts NFC payments and place your smartphone on top of the terminal. Then hold your finger down on your Touch ID-enabled home button and this will activate your payment.

Continuity Features

As long as your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus is up to date on iOS 8.1, and your Mac is running OS X Yosemite, you’re ready to use the handful of Continuity features that Apple has included within these updates. You can do everything from receiving a text message on your Mac instead of your iPhone, to answering a phone call on your iPad. All you need to do is make sure every device is on the same wireless network and running the latest updates.

To receive and send SMS and MMS messages on your Mac, simply go into your iPhone’s Settings and go to Messages, then Text Message Forwarding, and make sure it’s switched to the ‘on’ position next to the name of the Mac you plan to use. Your Mac will then have a six-digit code pop up on the display – be sure to enter this code into your iPhone. And that’s it, you’re done, and ready to start receiving and sending texts on your Mac.

To turn on phone-call relaying, so that you’re able to answer phone calls on your Mac, make sure you’re signing into the same FaceTime account on all devices you plan to use this feature on, and make sure they all have WiFi Calling turned off. From there, open up the FaceTime app on your Mac, and go to Preferences, then place a checkmark next to iPhone Cellular Calls. Then, go to your iPhone, go to Settings>FaceTime>turn the iPhone Cellular Calls option into the on position. From there, you’re set to make and receive phone calls on your Mac.

There’s also a nifty added feature called HandOff that allows you to start something on your iPhone, such as an e-mail, and continue it on your Mac. In order to activate this feature, go into your Mac’s System Preferences>General>, and make sure you put a checkmark next to Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices. You must have Bluetooth turned on on all devices you plan to use this on, and be signed into the same wireless network. An icon will pop up in your Mac’s dock – simply click this when you’re ready to use HandOff, and you’re set to go.

AirDrop

AirDrop is an extremely useful feature that allows you to easily share files between different Apple devices. If you want to share a document on your iPhone, you’ll now have no issues doing this wirelessly. First of all, make sure the devices you plan to transfer information between both have Bluetooth enabled and are on the same wireless network.

From there, share a link or photo and you’ll see your Mac enabled at the top of your options to share between AirDrop. To share a file on your Mac to your iPhone, simply go to your Finder app on your Mac, and go into the AirDrop section located on the right. You should see the icon of your iPhone, and from there, drag a file or photo on top of the iPhone’s photo and you’ll begin AirDrop.

Overall, it’s a pretty nice list so far of great features available on the iPhone 6 Plus, and they’re only just beginning.