- Launch the Contacts app on your iPhone or iPad and find the contact you'd like to share. On the iPhone you can alternately use the Phone app if you'd prefer.
- Now tap on Share Contact towards the bottom.
- Tap on Message.
- Type the name of the person you'd like to share it with and select them.
- Now tap Send.
A lot of us depend on iMessage to communicate with friends, family, and colleagues. That means not every message we receive is attached to someone in our contacts. If you keep finding yourself buried in tons of iMessage threads, some less important than others, here's how to filter out messages from those you don't have saved.
How to filter out iMessages from unknown contacts
- Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 8.3 or higher.
- Tap on Messages.
- Turn On the option for Filter Unknown Senders.
- In the Messages app you'll now see a tab at the top to view unknown senders.
This release includes improved performance, bug fixes, and a redesigned Emoji keyboard. Changes include:
Improved performance for:
- App launch
- App responsiveness
- Control Center
- Safari tabs
- 3rd-party keyboards
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Simplified Chinese keyboard
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth fixes
- Fixes an issue where you could be continuously prompted for login credentials
- Addresses an issue where some devices disconnect intermittently from Wi-Fi networks
- Fixes an issue where hands-free phone calls could become disconnected
- Fixes an issue where audio playback could stop working with some bluetooth speakers
Orientation and rotation fixes
- Addresses an issue that sometimes prevented rotating back to portrait after having rotated to landscape
- Improves performance and stability issues that occurred when rotating the device between portrait and landscape
- Fixes an issue where device orientation appeared upside down after pulling the iPhone 6 Plus from your pocket
- Resolves an issue that sometimes prevented apps from rotating to correct orientation after switching apps in multitasking
- Addresses issues that caused group messages to sometimes split
- Fixes an issue that sometimes removed the ability to forward or delete individual messages
- Resolves an issue that sometimes prevented a preview from appearing when taking a photo in Messages
- Adds the ability to report junk messages directly from the Messages app
- Adds the ability to filter out iMessages that are not sent by your contacts
Family Sharing fixes
- Fixes a bug where certain apps would not launch or update on family members' devices
- Fixes a bug that prevented family members from downloading certain free apps
- Increased reliability for Ask to Buy notifications
- Fixes an issue where Maps could come up as a black screen
- Fixes an issue where the UI could be incorrectly rotated
- Fixes an issue where the keyboard could appear on the CarPlay screen when it shouldn't
- Improves reliability of installing and updating enterprise apps
- Corrects the time zone of Calendar events created in IBM Notes
- Fixes a problem that could cause web clip icons to become generic after restarting
- Improves reliability of saving the password for a web proxy
- Exchange out-of-office message can now be edited separately for external replies
- Improves recovery of Exchange accounts from temporary connection problems
- Improves compatibility of VPN and web proxy solutions
- Allows use of physical keyboards to log into Safari web sheets, such as for joining a public Wi-Fi network
- Fixes an issue that caused Exchange meetings with long notes to be truncated
- Fixes an issue where using the back button in Safari causes VoiceOver gestures to not respond
- Fixes an issue where VoiceOver focus becomes unreliable in draft Mail messages
- Fixes an issue where Braille Screen Input cannot be used to type text in forms on webpages
- Fixes an issue where toggling Quick Nav on a Braille Display announces that Quick Nav is off
- Fixes an issue keeping app icons from being moveable on home screen when VoiceOver is enabled
- Fixes an issue in Speak Screen where speech will not start again after pausing
Other improvements and bug fixes
- Introduces a redesigned Emoji keyboard with over 300 new characters
- iCloud Photo Library has been optimized to work with the new Photos app on OS X 10.10.3 and is now out of beta
- Improves the pronunciation of street names during turn-by-turn navigation in Maps
- Includes support for Baum VarioUltra 20 and VarioUltra 40 braille displays
- Improves the display of Spotlight results when Reduce Transparency is turned on
- Adds Italic and Underline format options for iPhone 6 Plus landscape keyboard
- Adds the ability to remove shipping and billing addresses used with Apple Pay
- Additional language and country support for Siri: English (India, New Zealand), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian (Russia), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand), Turkish (Turkey)
- Additional dictation languages: Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates) and Hebrew (Israel)
- Improves stability for Phone, Mail, Bluetooth connectivity, Photos, Safari tabs, Settings, Weather and Genius Playlists in Music
- Addresses an issue where Slide to Unlock could fail to work on certain devices
- Addresses an issue that sometimes prevented swiping to answer a phone call on the Lock screen
- Addresses an issue that prevented opening links in Safari PDFs
- Fixes an issue where selecting Clear History and Website Data in Safari Settings did not clear all data
- Fixes an issue that prevented autocorrecting "FYI"
- Addresses an issue where contextual predictions did not appear in Quick Reply
- Fixes an issue where Maps did not enter night mode from hybrid mode
- Resolves an issue that prevented initiating FaceTime calls from a browser or 3rd-party app using FaceTime URLs
- Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented photos from properly exporting to Digital Camera Image folders on Windows
- Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented an iPad backup from completing with iTunes
- Fixes an issue that could cause Podcast downloads to stall when switching from Wi-Fi to cellular networks
- Fixes an issue where remaining time on timer would sometimes incorrectly display as 00:00 on Lock screen
- Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented adjusting call volume
- Fixes an issue that caused the status bar to sometimes appear when it shouldn't
How to share an event on iPhone and iPad
- Launch the Calendar app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Either create a new event or tap an existing event that you'd like to share.
- Tap on the Edit button in the upper right hand corner.
- Tap on Invitees.
- Add all the email addresses of the people you'd like to share the event with.
- Repeat the process for each person you'd like to invite.
- Tap Invitees in the top left when you're done in order to return to the previous screen.
- Tap the Done button in the upper right hand corner.
How to accept an event invitation on iPhone and iPad
- Launch the Calendar app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap on the Inbox button in the lower right hand corner.
- Tap Accept to add the event to your calendar. Tap Decline or Maybe to refuse the invitation or wait so you can decide later.
1. Get creative with emoji
You've no doubt already heard that iOS 8.3 comes with a bucket-load of new emoji symbols for you to play around with. As well as a more ethnically diverse set of characters you also get new additions such as an Apple Watch and more flags. To find the extra faces, open up the emoji panel on the keyboard (via the smiley) then press and hold on an icon.
2. Make calls over Wi-Fi
Update your iPhone to iOS 8.3 and you gain the superpower of being able to switch seamlessly between Wi-Fi and cellular networks for your calls—provided you're on a compatible network. The trick works with EE in the UK and Sprint and T-Mobile in the US, and you can activate it by heading to the Wi-Fi Calls entry in the Phone section of Settings.
3. Use Google's two-factor authentication easily
Apps and platforms that don't support Google's two-factor authentication require an app-specific password, which means another step to navigate. In iOS 8.3, when you add a Google account through Mail, Contacts, Calendars in Settings, you'll be prompted for a standard verification code instead of a password, making the process more straightforward.
4. Connect to CarPlay wirelessly
If you're the earliest of early adopters then you'll be pleased to know that iOS 8.3 supports CarPlay wirelessly—in other words, there's no need to connect your phone or tablet up to a head unit with a Lightning cable. To set it up you need to start from the car side by pressing and holding the voice control button on your dashboard.
5. Filter out iMessage spam
As anyone with your Apple ID email address can hit you up with an iMessage, you might occasionally get communications from people you don't know, but iOS 8.3 helps you filter these out more easily. Go to Settings, Messages and then tap Filter Unknown Senders to create a new section in Messages that makes it easier to see and report spam.
6. Make speakerphone calls with Siri
Perhaps you didn't know that launching speakerphone calls with Siri was previously impossible—but now it most certainly is an option. If you ask Apple's helpful digital assistant to call someone "on speaker" then the speakerphone is used, and it can come in handy on the move, in meetings, in your car, and various other places where hands-free is preferable.
7. Download free apps without entering your password
Having to enter your password every time you install an app is great from a security standpoint but a bit of a hassle when you're working on an apps round-up or something similar. You can now set the App Store to never ask you for a password for free downloads: from Settingschoose iTunes & App Store then Password Settings. If you have restrictions enabled (viaGeneral, Restrictions) then it appears on that screen instead. The option isn't available if you use Touch ID.
Learn how to add one or more of your email accounts in Mail on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Add an email account on your iOS device
- Tap Settings.
- Scroll down and tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
- Tap Add Account.
- Select your email provider. If you don't see your email provider listed, tap Other > Add Mail Account.
- Provide the required information to finish adding your account.
If you use a common email provider, your device will load your email settings automatically. If your device doesn't load these settings and you don't know them, contact your email provider and ask for this information:
My Email settings
My email address:
My email provider:
Incoming Mail Server Settings
Account type (POP or IMAP):
Incoming Mail Server:
Incoming server port number:
Incoming server supports SSL? (yes or no):
Outgoing Mail Server Settings
Outgoing mail server:
Outgoing server port:
Outgoing server supports SSL? (yes or no):
With AirDrop, you can share photos, videos, websites, locations, and more with people nearby with an Apple device.
What you need
To share content with AirDrop, both people need one of these devices using iOS 7 or later, or a Mac with OS X Yosemite:
- iPhone 5 or later
- iPad (4th generation or later)
- iPad mini
- iPod touch (5th generation)
You also need to turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. If you want to share with your contacts, sign in to your iCloud account.
Turn on AirDrop
Use Control Center to turn AirDrop on or off and control whom you can share content with.
- Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to show Control Center.
- Tap AirDrop.
- Choose one of these options:
- Off: Turns off AirDrop.
- Contacts Only: Only your contacts can see your device.
- Everyone: All nearby iOS devices using AirDrop can see your device.
You can share content from apps such as Photos, Safari, Contacts, and more.
- Tap the content you want to share.
- Tap Share or .
- Depending on the app, you might be able to select other items you want to share.
- Tap the name of a nearby AirDrop user or the Apple device. If you're sharing Contacts Only and can't find a nearby user, check that both of you are signed in to an iCloud account. If you still can't find a nearby user, consider setting AirDrop to Everyone. You might also need to turn off Personal Hotspot on one or both devices.
The other user will receive an alert with a preview of the content you want to share, and can either accept or decline. If the other user accepts, they'll get the content in the app you sent it from. For example, photos will appear in the Photos app and websites will open in Safari.
You can limit what content your children have access to via Parental Controls (also know as Restrictions on an IOS device). This allows you to block explicit content, restrict content, restrict which movie your children have access to based on their rating, and more.
To enable Restrictions on IOS device, go to Setting, then General, and then Restrictions. You can choose to :
- Restrict access to many different types of actions, such as using iTune, downloading apps, downloading In-App Purchases, and more.
- Restrict access to specific content type such as movies and apps.
- Restrict access to specific TV shows, and apps based on their rating.
- Restrict explicit music and podcasts from displaying in the iTunes store.
- Change settings so that a password is required at every download instead of every 15 minutes.
Turn on Restrictions
You can turn on and adjust Restrictions on your device by following these steps.
- Tap Settings > General.
- Tap Restrictions.
- Tap Enable Restrictions and enter a passcode. You'll need the passcode to change your settings or turn off Restrictions.
Snapchat-Like photos and videos
You can now send instant self-destructing videos, audio clips and pictures to your contacts via iMessage, not unlike Snapchat. To send a picture, go to your message window and tap and hold the camera icon on the left hand side. A small circular window will emerge, allowing you take a quick snap. A word of warning: once the picture or video has been shot, it will send immediately, there is no confirmation or edit screen, so make sure you don’t test this one while sitting on the toilet.
Mute individual people
If you don’t want to mute your entire phone but there’s someone constantly texting you, you can now mute individual people from your contact list. Open their message window, select details in the top right corner and then swipe the Do Not Disturb button. You will no longer be notified of their messages until you turn Do Not Disturb off.
Siri’s power continues to grow in iOS 8 thanks to its recent marriage with Shazam, a music identification service. Hold down your home button to activate Siri and say “Siri, what song is this?” wait for it to say “Let me listen” then hold your device up to the song that you’re trying to identify. This service is surprisingly accurate.
Share your location
If you’ve arranged to meet a friend somewhere, don’t bother trying to explain where you are, show them. iOS 8 comes with the ability to share your exact location. Tap Details in the top right of your message window and select Send My Current Location. The recipient will get a snapshot of your current whereabouts. If you’d like to share your location that updates as you move, select Share My Location instead.
Automatically send last location of phone before it dies
If you misplace your iPhone, Find My iPhone will use your device’s GPS to pinpoint its exact location. However, your phone will need some power for this feature to work. A good way to combat the power issue is to tell your phone to broadcast its last location right before the battery dies. Turn this on by going to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone.