The 12 settings to change first on your iPhone 13

There's a new Apple phone in town.

There’s a new Apple phone in town.
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If you just bought a brand new iPhone 13, you might want to check your options in settings. If you restored your new phone from a backup of your old one, you might want to fine-tune it to better suit your needs. If you’re setting up the iPhone 13 as a brand new phone, well, you’ve got a lot to discover. The IOS Settings Menu is packed, corn by modifying some of the default options, you can customize your new iPhone to fit your routine. Here are the 12 settings you need to change first.

1. Configure scheduled notifications

Lots of notifications don’t need to be read properly far away, like alerts for new movies on Amazon Prime Video or like on your Instagram post. To group these alerts in scheduled deliveries rather than asking them to ring your phone when they arrive, press the button Notifications option in Settings, and then choose Scheduled summary to choose your daily delivery times.

2. Change the auto-lock time

If you choose Display and brightness then Automatic locking In Settings, you can set the period of inactivity that your iPhone waits before locking itself. Keeping it short saves battery life and is better from a security standpoint, but if the screen dims and often locks up while you’re still using it, you’re increasing that time from the 30 seconds by default.

3. Add a second Face to Face ID

In Settings, tap Facial identity and access code, Then choose Configure an alternate appearance to configure a second face to unlock your phone. It can either be you looking noticeably different, or the face of a loved one who might have to access your phone in an emergency. However, you cannot use it with a face mask.

The Control Center options are up to you.

The Control Center options are up to you.
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4. Customize your control center

Control center, accessible via a blow down from the top on the right of your iPhone filter, is an invaluable menu shortcuts to everything from your iPhone 13’s flashlight to nearby AirPlay devices. To make sure the shortcuts here are the ones you’ll actually need, open iOS Settings, then choose Control center to configure how the panel is populated.

5. Record app activity on your phone

Your iPhone 13 not only lets you set permissions for individual apps on your phone, it can also show you how those permissions are being used over time. To make sure this happens, in Settings, select Privacy and Record application activity and turn it on. As of this writing, the feature has not been fully enabled, but it should be ready for use soon.

6. Bring back the old Safari

Apple redesigned Safari on iOS so that the the address and the tab bar are at the bottom of the screen now. It could be perfectly OK with you, but if not, you can undo the change: open the Settings screen in iOS, then select Safari and choose Simple tab under Tabs. There are many other useful Safari options that you can play around with here as well.

You don't have to accept changes in Safari.

You don’t have to accept changes in Safari.
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7. Define a shortcut by pressing twice

You can set up a double click on the back of your iPhone 13 to perform a certain action, like taTake a screenshot, launch the camera, open a particular app, lock the screen, activate Siri, and more.. Open Settings then tap Accessibility, To touch, and Rear tap to configure your shortcut. Yesyou can set a custom shortcut in three clicks as well as a double by tapping on it.

8. Change your video recording settings

Your iPhone 13 comes with a bunch of useful video recording features and enhancements, but you don’t necessarily want all the bells and whistles turned on for the occasional clip because they can greatly increase the storage space required for videos. To configure the capture format according to your own needs, select Camera then Record a video from the settings.

9. Choose what happens to new apps

With the app library now available on iOS, you have the option of adding new apps to the home screens (for easy access) or just to the app library preview (which can help to avoid cluttering the home screen). When you’ve decided which of these two options you prefer, open Settings and tap Homepage to tell your iPhone 13 what to do with newly installed apps.

Decide what happens to new apps.

Decide what happens to new apps.
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10. Adjust the True Tone parameter

By default, the iPhone 13 uses a True Tone feature that matches the colors on the screen to ambient light, to make them look as natural as possible. If you prefer a more consistent color setup on your iPhone, you can adjust it from the main Settings menu in iOS by choosing Display and brightness then tapping True tone.

11. Disable automatic brightness

Similar to True Tone, tThe auto-brightness feature automatically adjusts the screen brightness according to the environment you are currently in. If you want to turn off this feature and keep manual control of the screen brightness, you need to access Accessibility in Settings, then tap Text display and size and choose Automatic brightness.

12. Activate iCloud private relay

If you pay for iCloud storage, you now have access to a bunch of additional features under the iCloud + brand. Including ICloud Private Relay, a kind of virtual private network (VPN) that redirects and encrypts your web traffic to prevent snooping. From the main Settings screen, tap your name, then iCloud to find the Private relay rocker switch.

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