Updated: How to use iOS 9

Getting started with iOS 9

iOS 9 is the newest version of Apple’s operating system for its mobile devices. Ushered in alongside the launch of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, iOS 9 is available as a free download for most modern Apple devices.

It comes with a range of improvements and new features, so if you’re still rocking iOS 8 or earlier, then it’s definitely worth upgrading to.

We’ve created comprehensive guides that will show you how to download and install iOS 9 onto your iPhone or iPad, and as well as the best tips, tricks and tutorials to show you how to use iOS 9.

Update: We’ve added a guide on how to create an Apple ID for downloading apps and games, as well as tips and tricks for iOS 9.2.

How to use iOS 9

How to download iOS 9 onto your iPhone and iPad

If you’ve got the recently released iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus then you’ll already have iOS 9 installed on your device. If you have an older iPhone or iPad however, upgrading to iOS 9 is easy and – best of all – it’s free.

If you’re ready to upgrade your apple device then check out our step-by-step guide to downloading and installing iOS 9.

How to use iOS 9

How to switch from Android to iPhone

If you’ve grown tired of the sweet treats of Android and are making the leap to iOS 9 with a new iPhone, then luckily the switch is pretty straightforward.

This is thanks to the Move to iOS app, which can make moving to iOS 9 a pain-free experience. It’s still worth getting acquainted with the app, so check out our guide on how to switch from Android to iPhone before you make the jump.

How to use iOS 9

How to create an Apple ID

Whether you’re using just an iPhone, other iOS devices, a Mac or all of these, your Apple ID is your key to the range of online services from Apple and much more.

If you want to download and use apps in iOS 9, then it’s essential that you have an Apple ID. In our How to create an Apple ID guide we’ll explain what an Apple ID is, as well as show you how to create one, as well as additional Apple IDs for the rest of your family.

By creating special Apple IDs for your kids you can let them use your iOS 9 device safe in the knowledge that they won’t be spending money on apps and games.

How to use iPhone widgets

Now that you’ve got iOS 9 installed it’s time to see what the new mobile operating system can do. One of the first things you should check out is how to use iPhone widgets in iOS 9, which will make using your iOS device easier than ever before.

iOS 9: 55 tips and tricks

You should also make sure to check out our iOS 9: 50 tips and tricks feature, which shows you how to tweak iOS 9 to make it run just the way you want it to.

Regardless of is your new to Apple’s devices or a seasoned pro, you’re bound to find something new to try out with our guide.

How to use iOS 9

iOS 9.2 tips and tricks

iOS 9 has had an update to iOS 9.2, and even if it appears to be a minor update, there are some significant new features. Find out how to make the most of these new additions with our list of iOS 9.2 tips and tricks.

How to use iOS 9

How to use Maps in iOS 9

The Maps app has been given a huge boost with iOS 9, finally bringing public transit routes that allows you to check the timetables for buses, trains and more.

It means you can get directions that include instructions for what public transport to use and where to catch it from. You can also set it to avoid public transport you’d rather not use, such as subways.

Check out our guide to iOS 9 Maps to find out more about all the great new features.

How to use the iOS 9 News app

RIP Newsstand, as iOS 9 brings a brand new News app which allows you to create a personalised newsfeed that will deliver news stories about topics you’re interested in.

There’s a huge range of publications available on the iOS 9 News app, so make sure you don’t miss any breaking stories with our guide on using the iOS 9 News app.

How to use iOS 9 Wallet

iOS 9 hasn’t just dumped Newsstand for a new app – Apple has done the same with Passbook, which has now been retired in favour of the new Wallet app.

Wallet brings a lot of improved features to iOS 9 that deal with Apple Pay, the new contactless payment method that lets you buy goods and services with your iPhone or Apple Watch.

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There’s a great deal you can do with the app, so make sure you check out our guide on how to use iOS 9 Wallet – it could revolutionise the way you pay for things.

Also check out our guide on how to use Apple Wallet from the Lock Screen, which makes using Apple Wallet even more convenient.

How to use iOS 9

How to use Apple Pay

Of course the Wallet app in iOS 9 is just the beginning of using your Apple device to pay for things. We explain everything you need to know about Apple Pay in our comprehensive guide.

How to make a ringtone for your iPhone 6S

Making your very own ringtone for your iPhone not only helps personalise your smartphone, but it also means you can annoy people around you as well if you want to!

OK, we don’t recommend doing that, but we’ve got some great tips on using both iOS 9 or Mac OSX to create your very own ringtone that you can use on your iPhone.

How to delete all photos from iPhone

The fantastic cameras on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, as well as older iPhones, means we’re always taking photos on our devices – but that often results in our iPhones telling us that their storage is full.

Thankfully there’s an easy way to delete all your photos from your iPhone while making sure they are securely saved on your Mac or PC.


With iOS 9 downloaded and installed you can now begin learning about how to make your iPhone or iPad even easier to use.

How to use iOS 9

How to delete all email in iOS 9

Deleting lots of unwanted email on your iPhone or iPad used to be a chore, but thankfully with iOS 9 it’s now easier than ever.

Just go to your inbox, hit the Edit button in the upper-right corner of your inbox, then hit the Trash All button in the lower-right corner.

For more tips on dealing with emails check out our how to delete all email in iOS 9 guide.

How to use iOS 9

How to add attachments to emails in iOS 9

iOS 9 has improved the Mail app, making it easier than ever to attach files to your emails. To find out all the ways to add important documents to your emails, check out our how to add attachments to emails in iOS 9 guide.

How to access iCloud files with iOS 9

Apps are getting bigger and we’re storing more data than ever on our mobile devices, so you could soon see the internal storage of your iPhone or iPad get used up – especially if you have a 16GB version.

Using iCloud is a good way of freeing up space, as it moves files from your device onto the internet. You can also save documents from your Mac onto iCloud and access them with your iOS 9 device. To do this check out our how to access iCloud files with iOS 9 guide.

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How to multitask in iOS

One of the best features of iOS 9 allows you to run two apps side by side on a modern iPad such as the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro.

To make the most out of the split view and picture-in-picture modes, as well as other cool features of iOS 9 multitasking, check out our guide.

How to use iOS 9 Notes

The Notes app has been given an overhaul in iOS 9, and although it still lacks features compared to competitors such as Evernote, there’s now a lot more reason to load up Apple’s app.

iCloud support has been improved, making saving and sharing notes across all your Apple devices much easier, and you can take photos within the app to add to your notes. Check out our guide on using iOS 9 Notes for information on all the great new features.

How to mute Siri

Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant, is present and correct in iOS 9 and it comes with more features to make it even more useful.

However you probably don’t want Siri pipping up and bugging you all the time, so check out our guide on how to shut up Siri in iOS 9 to find out how to get some peace and quiet.

Safari for iPhone & iPad: How to open tabs in the background

Reading websites on your iOS 9-powered iPhone or iPad is probably a regular occurrence, so make sure you’re browsing smart with these handy tips for opening tabs in the background.

How to use iOS 9

How to stop iTunes automatic downloads

Hate iTunes putting music automatically onto your iOS 9 devices? Check out our guide on how to stop iTunes automatic downloads to make sure your iOS 9 device doesn’t get its storage space clogged up too fast.

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