Apple’s newest mobile update, iOS 11, has been out for a few days, and there are a lot of features to sift through. You can Type to Siri, tweak the Control Center, and turn on Do Not Disturb while driving. It’s full of new functionality and refinement, making Apple’s software even better.
But if you’re going to do any tweaking at all in iOS 11, it should be this feature in Messages.
Apple has allowed users to mute conversations before. It’s been one of the more welcome additions to iMessage since the service was first introduced. But the toggle to mute conversations has always been hidden, and if you didn’t realize it was there in the first place, chances are you’ve never used it (like me).
In iOS 11, Apple has made hiding alerts inside of iMessage far easier, and it’s something you should play around with immediately.
When you first open the Messages app, you’ll see a list of conversations. Instead of jumping into a conversation, navigating to the little info button on the top right, and then hiding alerts, you can simply swipe from right to left on a conversation and hit “Hide Alerts.”
I don’t think I realized you could mute notifications for individual messages before iOS 11, which is why Apple’s newest implementation is so much better. The feature still isn’t obvious from the get-go, but it’s far easier to execute compared to iOS 10.
The feature can be super handy when you’re in a group chat, especially when several messages are constantly being sent back and forth. Like I said, it isn’t necessarily new, but it’s a small change that makes a big difference. You can mute one-on-one conversations, too, like if you want to mute your boss or significant other.
You’ll know a conversation is muted because it’ll show a half moon icon. You won’t get notifications once a conversation is muted though you will still get an icon badge to indicate a message has come in.
If you’re in a group chat and you just can’t get away from notifications (and you don’t want to leave the chat altogether), hiding alerts is a great solution, and it’s especially easy to do in iOS 11.
Apple is rolling out iOS 11 to all compatible iPhones beginning today. The update brings a ton of additions, but one of the more exciting ones is the overhaul of Control Center. It now features major new functionalities you are going to want to use.
The two main things you need to know is that Control Center now supports 3D Touch and is now customizable.
The new Control Center will still work the same as before, appearing when you swipe up. If you are waiting for the iPhone X, to access Control Center you will need to swipe from the top right corner. Aside from that, everything else works the same way.
Instead of the panel first introduced in iOS 7, you will now see a new block set-up. At first, it may look complicated, but it really isn’t.
The best thing about it is that everything lives in one page. No more needing to swipe over to the second panel to adjust music controls.
Adjusting things like brightness and volume is still front and center as well as Do Not Disturb, orientation lock and the toggles for Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It will take a quick second to get used to the new placement of some controls, especially brightness.
Apple added a layer of functionality to some of these functions with 3D Touch. Pressing firmly (or long pressing with non 3D Touch iPhones) on the connectivity box or music player brings up an expanded menu with more information and options.
You can also do this with the brightness and volume toggle, Screen Monitoring, and other shortcuts for the Camera, Calculator and Flashlight. It’s a minor tweak but one that makes Control Center much more practical.
The main addition Apple touted was making Control Center customizable. You can now add a ton of new shortcuts at the bottom where before there only lived four.
To add more shortcuts, just go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls. Here, you will see a menu of 18 available shortcuts. You can add all of them or none if you want. Some of the new options include Low Power Mode, Apple TV Remote, Notes, Magnifier and Screen Recording.
When you set up the Control Center with shortcuts that best fit your needs, using an iPhone becomes instantly easier. Try out using the new Control Center features for yourself.