How to master iOS 10: the 22 best tricks for your iPhone and iPad

The best iPad tricks...

Some iOS 10 features are best enjoyed on an iPad - here the special skills we use the most...

Take a keyboard shortcut

Typing on glass for a long time isn’t fun – and besides, the virtual keyboard takes up half the screen. A proper keyboard also allows you to use Mac-like shortcuts to speed things along: Command+H goes to the home screen; Command+Space opens search; and Command+Tab switches apps.

Beyond standard text shortcuts (Command+X/C/V for cut/copy/paste and Command+A for select all), apps increasingly offer additional options. Hold Command for a couple of seconds to see what’s available.

Master Split View

Sometimes you need to see two apps at once. On an iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 or any iPad Pro, open your ‘main’ app, and drag inwards from the right-hand screen edge. From the rubbish launcher we hope Apple updates in iOS 11, select your second app. Now drag the divider leftwards to split the screen in half. Plonk a new app in the left-hand side by opening it from a Home screen or using Siri.

For the right-hand side, drag downwards from the top to access the Split View launcher. To dismiss Split View, drag the divider to a screen edge. Note that in iOS 10, Safari has its own Split View, accessed by tap-holding the tabs button and selecting Open Split View.

Type with a Mac keyboard

If you don’t fancy pairing an Apple keyboard with an iOS device, use your Mac’s keyboard instead. This requires installing Typeeto from the Mac App Store and pairing your iOS device with your Mac.

Ensure all devices have Bluetooth on, and in System Preferences > Bluetooth on the Mac click 'Pair' when the relevant device appears, and then 'Pair' on the iOS device. (You may also have to tap the Mac’s name in Settings > Bluetooth on the device.)

Select/connect to a device from Typeeto’s Mac menu bar icon, and start typing. Note: Cmd+Tab will *not* switch iOS apps (it’ll instead switch Mac apps).

Level up with...

These finishing touches will mark you out as a true iOS 10 cleverclogs...


Virtual Private Networks are becoming a commonplace way to get around privacy issues. Install one on your iOS device to spoof your location and browse securely on the coffee-shop Wi-Fi.

All of them work in a similar way. On installation, they’ll add relevant configuration details to Settings. Once the VPN is activated, you can then select a location.

PureVPN gives you 2 GB for free, after which point you pay. Opera Free VPN costs nothing, but is more limited in terms of locations.

A password manager

Rubbish passwords are a hazard, unless you like people breaking into your online accounts and doing horrible things. Use iCloud Keychain on iOS to securely keep passwords and payment details in iCloud. If you didn't set up it when you bought your iPhone, go to Settings > iCloud, then turn on Keychain.

Alternatively, third-party products like Lastpass and 1Password will integrate with iOS by way of Safari’s share sheet extension, and let you use logins within the app’s own Touch ID-protected built-in browser.

Even if you do use iCloud Keychain, it's worth grabbing the likes of 1Password to help you create complex passwords for new or revised logins.

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