When we set adult a new iPhone or iPad, a few screens travel we by some of a many critical settings for a device. You’re asked to enter your Apple ID and password; you’re asked if we wish to use plcae services; and we get queried about Siri. But over that, iOS starts operative with a slew of default settings. It’s adult to we to find them, figure them out, and tweak them.
Unfortunately, a iOS Settings app can be confusing. It’s tough to find what we need to change, and some settings are buried in sub-sub-sub-menus.
I count 44 opposite top-level settings categories on my iPhone, and afterwards 84 some-more given third-party apps also have entries, many of that enclose options that are also found in a Location, Notifications, Background App Refresh, Cellular Data, and Privacy settings. Few of them enclose any tangible app settings, and those that do also yield entrance to those settings from a particular apps. If we supplement adult a iOS settings and a app settings, we have a sum of 128 top-level entries in a Settings app. And many users will have some-more than that, given they have some-more apps on their devices.
(For some reason, we don’t always see these third-party app settings on my iPhone or iPod touch, though we do see them on both my iPads. When we started essay this article, they were not to be found on my smaller devices; a subsequent day, when we was reworking my draft, they were visible. Some users have reported this issue. This is a problem, given there might be app settings that we can't entrance on certain devices.)
Fortunately, behind in iOS 9, Apple combined an choice to hunt a Settings app. It wasn’t manifest though; we had to lift down on a shade to entrance a hunt box. In iOS 10, they altered this and a hunt box is always visible. So if you’re perplexing to find a specific setting, we should be means to form a name in a hunt box and find it, right? Not really. If we hunt for “Automatic Downloads,” an iTunes Store setting, we can’t find it from a hunt box; if we wish to find a “Enable 4G” setting, acid won’t help; and so on. Many settings don’t uncover adult in a hunt box, and, while we could figure out where to find these, a hunt box is also a by-pass to not have to corkscrew and daub to get to a buried setting.
But a Settings app is still confusing. It’s tough to know where to demeanour for many of a settings, and if we don’t know what a specific environment is called, we won’t be means to hunt for it. In addition, there’s no assistance for a settings; some have content explanations, though we can’t have tooltips, or a Help idol in iOS, to yield some-more information.
I consider Apple needs to rethink a approach a Settings app works, and a approach settings are organized. There are hundreds of dissimilar settings, creation it unequivocally treacherous to unequivocally get a hoop on how things work on iOS. In addition, a existence of third-party app settings in a Settings app is wrong. In a early days of iOS, when there were few apps, this might have done sense, though it’s some-more judicious to demeanour for app settings in a apps. It’s also easier to entrance them, given we don’t need to switch to a Settings app, maybe change a setting, lapse to a third-party app to check how something looks, switch back, and so on.
Apple does a good pursuit of selecting default settings that work for many users, though each user eventually needs to change some settings. It would be good if this were easier.