iOS 15 - 19 Settings You NEED to Change Immediately!

By Ethan

Intro for IOS 15

What's up guys? Here is your old friend. And today, I'm going to be showing you some new settings in iOS 15 that you need to change on your iPhone right away. So these are going to be settings that will impact your privacy, your battery life, and just overall ease of use throughout iOS 15. And suppose you want to see an extensive video specifically on saving battery life on iOS 15. In that case, that video will be linked in the cards and down in the description below, along with my video where I show over 300 new features in iOS 15. Alright, so now let's go ahead and get into these settings that you should strongly consider changing immediately.


The first one has to do with a safari and your IP address. So if we go down and our settings to safari and then scroll down until we see hide IP address, you want to tap on that and make sure that is turned on. You do not want this off. You want to hide your IP address, and you can see right there. It says your IP address can be used to determine personal information like your location. And this is going to protect you from that. Now you might also see from trackers and websites. So you want to make sure that that's enabled. That's only if you have a private relay enabled. So if you don't have remote relay enabled, you'll only see from trackers, but we should have this enabled. 


And now that we've talked about the private relay, we may as well go ahead and talk about that next. So in iOS 15 in iCloud, there was a new feature called a private relay. And you could see that right here. If you tap on that, you may want to consider turning this on. So it is currently in beta at the time of recording this. And that's the only reason I have mine currently disabled because it is kind of spotty with the connection. But once this is out of beta, I will be having this on pretty much the entire time I'm on my device. So this will hide at your IP address and your internet activity so that websites can not build a profile for you based on your web activity. Now, this is not a VPN. It only works in safari, and it can't hide like the region you're connecting from. So you're not going to get the same benefits that you do from a VPN, but this is still a very, very great feature to have built into iOS now. And when you enable this, you will see a section right here that shows IP address location. If you tap on that, you can maintain a general location or use country and time zone. So this is a feature you want to consider turning on, especially once it comes out of beta. So this feature comes with your iCloud plus subscription, which is the same price as what you were already paying for before iOS 15. So it's going to be free if you are already paying for storage beforehand, and also included in iCloud plus is the hide my email feature.


So this is another excellent privacy feature and iOS 15. That's going to allow you to use a unique, random address that forwards to your actual email address. So this is going to keep your emails private. So this is great. If you want it to maybe sign up to a website's newsletter to get a discount, or if you just thought your information might get sold to a third party, you want to have an alias email set up. And, of course, if you start getting spam, you can delete that alias email and create a new one very easily. So if you want to tap on, create a new address, you'll see that it gives me a random email here. It just says compact dash oh five [email protected]. So basically, it just combines random words with numbers, and that's what you get for your alias email address. And now you can also label them. If you want to label your address, say you signed up for a specific website, and this email is only tied to that one website. You can maybe put it in there. So perhaps it's like a targeted email or something like that. You could do that. And it could also make a note about it, like saying that you signed up for a discount so you can label them and leave messages if you want to. And then, when you tap on next, you are all set. And now, if you go down, you will see the email you just set up, and if you tap on it, you can easily deactivate that email right there or change anything that you want to. And then also if you go down even further, you have the forward to section what Joel lets you change the email that these aliases forward to. 


Now, the next thing you might want to change is focus modes and notifying others when you are in a focus mode. So as you guys know, an iOS 15, once you enter a focus mode, this is what we'll show at the bottom for other people who go to text you, and we'll let them know that your notifications have been silenced and you can disable this. If you go into your settings and go to focus and then go into that focus and then focus status, you could turn it off for everybody, but you might not want it to be off for every single person. You might only want it to be off for specific people, and you can do that. So if we go back into our messages, once you're on a conversation right here with somebody's top on their contact, and you will see a toggle here called a share focused status. So you can disable that for a specific contact, and it will no longer show that message. So that is a setting you should consider changing.


If you don't want specific people seeing when you're in that focus mode, the following setting you guys should change, it's inside of accessibility. So if we go into our accessibility right here, you want to go down to audiovisual and background sounds. And this is something I've talked about it so many times. This is one of my favourite features in iOS 15. And I'm kind of surprised that it is not enabled by default. So what this feature does is it plays some background sound. So you can see you have different ones right here, like the rain ocean and just different ambient noises that will help you concentrate or go to sleep. And you can also stop sounds when locked if you want to. And also, if you have the hearing control centre toggle right here, if you have to press on that, you have a quick little access to background sounds right here where you could turn it on and off easily and adjust the volume. So I would recommend enabling background sounds right here and adding the hearing toggle to your control centre.


If you think you're going to use this at any given point, the following setting you guys should change an iOS 15 it's inside of the camera. So if we go into the camera right here, you want to go to preserve settings, and then you want to make sure that you change your night mode and also live photo. So this is one that drove me crazy, especially in night mode. So this is new and iOS. So before on iOS 14, when I would turn night mode off because sometimes it's annoying when I would turn it off, you know, I would take the picture without night mode. And then the next time I went into my camera, nightmare mode turned on and ruined my photo, and I had to go in and turn it off again. And I wished that I was able to preserve the settings. Still, now in iOS 15, you can, so I would definitely recommend enabling the preserved settings toggle right here for night mode and maybe for live photos or anything else that you see in here that you want to maintain the settings for. So the next time you go into your camera and one of these is not enabled or disabled.


Now the next thing you guys want to change is the notify when left behind the feature. So this is also brand new, and I was 15, and this is going to be very beneficial if you have an air tag and also if you have multiple Apple devices. So if you go into the, find my application and then go to your device, you will see under notifications. It shows you notify when left behind. If you tap on that, you can enable that, and you can see us has received a notification when you leave that product behind. This can be helpful when taking this item with you and then down here, and you also have to notify me except where you can add in your home address. Because obviously, if you leave your house without that product, it's not lost. So you don't want to get any notification for that. So this will be very beneficial for travelling and just any other time that you maybe leave something. If you're very forgetful, you may want to have this enabled, especially if you have an air tag connected to your keys or something important.


The next setting that you need to change is for those with an apple card, which will help prevent fraudulent transactions. So if it goes into our wallet application here, where our apple card is set up, and if we tap on the little card icon up in the top right to view our card information, you will see that we have a new toggle in here for advanced fraud protection. And you can see, it says to keep your card information safe, your security code will change periodically. So you want to make sure that it is enabled to prevent fraudulent transactions. And you will see it next to your security code. You will now get a new little icon. So that is a must enable the feature.


If you have an apple card, the following setting you guys need to change is inside of the mail section. So if you go to the male and then down to privacy protection, you want to make sure that protected mail activity is enabled. This is an important one. And you can see it says male privacy protection works by hiding your IP address and loading remote content privately in the background, even when you don't open the message. So essentially, this feature not only hides your IP address, but it's also going to prevent senders from tracking if you open their email or not. So now people are not going to be able to see if you open the email or not. They're not going to be able to see if you forwarded the email or not. So basically, this is going to prevent follow-up emails and other spammy tactics used by websites and others who have tiny hidden pixels in the emails. So strongly, strongly suggest turning this on.


If you use mail on your iPhone, another prominent privacy feature here in iOS 15 that you need to configure is built-in two-factor authentication. So if you go to your settings and then down to passwords, and then if you tap on the account, you could see at the bottom under account options that we have set up a verification code. And if you tap on that, you will know that you can enter a setup key or scan a QR code. So now, with iOS 15, you do not need to have a third party application for two-factor authentication, which is nice to have right here on the device. 


Now, if we go back into our accessibility settings, there's another new feature here that I want you guys to enable. And that is per-app settings down here at the bottom of accessibility. If you tap on that, you can have per-app settings now to customize apps only to do certain things in that application. So let me show you guys what I mean. So I have it set up for Amazon right here. So if you guys don't know, Amazon does not have a dark mode for the application. I know it's 20, 21. They still don't have it. So you can do that with these perhaps settings. You can have smart and invert turned on for Amazon, so that now when you go into the Amazon application, it's in a dark mode. So, of course, it's not a full dark mode, not a real one, but that's just an example of how you could use this. You could also do it for bold text, larger text and all these different things right here, again on a per-app basis, which is key. And you could also do something similar with the text size control centre toggle. So like for instance, if we go into Twitter right here and then go down to the text toggle right here and have to press on that, you could change the text size for this application only, instead of throughout iOS, which is also kind of an extension of at this perhaps settings feature here, an iOS 15, which I'm a big fan of. And I think you guys should consider adding in whatever application you want and configuring it to your liking here.


The next thing you guys need to change is the inside of the weather application. So if you go into weather and if you tap on these three dots in the bottom rights and then tap on the three dots in the top rights right here, and then go to notifications, I would recommend turning on this right here under my current location. My location turned that on for weather notifications. So this will notify you when it's about to start and stop raining or snowing at your current location. So I'm in Florida. It rains all the time. This is very accurate with notifying me when it's about to rain.


And when it's about to stop raining, the next thing you guys need to change is inside the iCloud section and then inside iCloud and then iCloud backup. We have a backup over cellular. So this is available on the iPhone 12 and newer because it uses 5g. But what this does is it backs up your iCloud data over 5g instead of Wi-Fi. So I would strongly consider turning that off because that will eat through your data and your battery life. So I would only do iCloud backups when connected to Wi-Fi, and apple even warns you themselves. I say this may cause you to exceed your cellular data plan. So take apples and take my advice. 


The next thing you guys might want to do is go into your settings, go to notifications, go to the scheduled summary, and add the applications you want to add to your scheduled resume. So basically, this is what it looks like right here in your notification centre. It shows your evening summary. This comes in at one specific time per day. It will show you notifications from applications that you deem as not necessary enough to send you a push notification, like a vital notification. So you can set this up right here. You can have multiple summaries throughout the day. So for me, I only have these three applications because I don't have a lot of unimportant notifications that I even have enabled. So I have these as just coming in at 6:06 PM because I don't want them to go in the right when I get them. After all, I'm not important enough. So I will schedule this up. You know, many people just say, just disabled notifications if you don't want them. But to me, there are some notifications that I want to have on, but I don't need to know about them right away. So that is what the scheduled summary is for. 


Now the next thing you guys should consider changing is inside of safari, the address bar is going to be something that some people just simply do not like being at the bottom, but thankfully you can change that. So if you tap on the two, A's here in the address bar you have up top right here, it shows the top address bar, which will revert the address bar to being up top. Like you've been used to for a while, you could also change this inside your safari settings right here. So you can change it from a tab bar to a single tab. You also have the option to change the landscape tab bar and the tenting if you want to. So I would recommend going in here and changing that tab bar to either the top or the bottom. Whichever is your preference? Although I will say, I would give the bottom bar a chance if you just installed it. I was 15, everybody's first instinct is that they don't like it. Just give it a chance. It took me about a month before I got used to it, but now I never want to go back. 


Now, the next thing you guys want to do is go into your settings, go to notifications, announce notifications, and make sure this is turned on. Make sure that broadcast notifications and when connected to headphones, and you may also see CarPlay right here, make sure those are enabled. And then you may also want to have a reply without confirmation helped as well. So this is an iOS 15. It's no longer announced messages. So now Siri will announce your notes when you get them when you have air pods in, but it will also announce the notifications you have set up right here if you want them to. So for me, I've as Chick-fil-A enabled, and some of these other applications helped as well, that I would like to hear notifications from like when I'm on a bike ride or when I just can not be looking at my iPhone. 


Now, one of the best features of iOS 15 is live text. And this is a feature where if you hold your camera up to like a sign or up to something with text on it, it can transcribe it in real-time. And you could copy that to your notes or, you know, send it in a message, whatever you want to do with it. So this feature is awesome, but some people are not going to like it. And if you don't like it, you could actually turn this off, and you can do that by going into your settings and then going all the way down to the camera and then down to live texts. So if you turn live, text off, it will turn off the live text in the camera application. Now you're still going to have it for screenshots. Like you could still do it in screenshots and photos that you take and, you know, save it to your camera roll, but you won't be able to do it live. 


You know, when you have the camera application pulled up and in real-time, the next thing you guys need to change. It's inside of settings and privacy. If you go all the way down to record app activity, you want to make sure that this is turned on. So this is new and iOS 15, and you can see right here, it says, save a seven day summary of when applications, access or data like your location or microphone and see when apps or websites you visit within apps, contact domains. So you want this to be on, and you want to have this data saved. So as of right now, there is no UI right here that shows when apps access your data. But in a future iOS 15 release, you will see that right here. And you want to make sure that this is enabled for when that time comes.


And then the final thing you guys should change. And iOS 15 is also here under the privacy section. And if you go to location services and then down through system services, and then down to significant locations, you want to make sure that is disabled. That's just going to be following you around and keeping a log of where you go every single day, which will not only eat up your battery life, but it's also going to eat up your data so that I would also go ahead and consider disabling most of these systems services because you just simply do not need them. Such things as a cell network, search compass, calibration, device management, system customization, we have the product improvement toggles right here, both disabled. You want to disable probably most of these. And basically, all this is doing is, again, it's for your system services for the location. It's not disabling. These features, like if you had disabled the home kit right here, it's not going to disable the home kit. It's only going to disable the location-based features of home kits. So that's why you can disable most of these in here because most are not going to matter, like setting time zone, unless you're travelling all the time. You don't need that enabled, you know, you don't need the compass calibration and things like that. Nothing in here you need to be enabled besides maybe like find my iPhone, maybe emergency calls. And that's Wes things that are going to matter at the end of the day.

In the END

So there you have it, guys. Those are about 20 settings that you should be aware of and that you may want to change on your iOS 15 device.