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How to use all of iOS 8’s best new features

Updated Sep 17th, 2014 2:59PM EDT
iOS 8 Features

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This summer has definitely been bittersweet for Apple fans. A constant flow of rumors and leaks showed everyone exactly what they could expect from the bigger, better iPhone 6 models that would be released later in 2014, but they were still months away from becoming a reality. Compounding matters was Apple’s unveiling of iOS 8 this past June. iPhone and iPad users looked on longingly at all the great new features that would remain just out of reach with each passing beta release.

But the wait is finally over, Apple fans. iOS 8 will be released to the public on Wednesday, and we’re here to tell you exactly how to use the software’s best new features on your compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

DON’T MISS: The 5 best new features coming to your iPhone in iOS 8

Apple’s updated Messages app has an awesome new voice messaging feature in iOS 8, but do you know how to use it? Do you know how to find out which apps are hogging your device’s battery life? Can you figure out how to quickly reply to texts or iMessages without leaving the app you’re in?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

The DIY and how-to guide specialists at Snapguide have put together a collection of guides that cover the best new features in Apple’s iOS 8 software. Here are some of the most important ones:

How to reply to messages without leaving apps

How to send a photo or audio clip in Messages

How to find out which app is using the most battery life

How to disable always-on “Hey Siri” listening

How to hide keyboard suggestions

How to mute or leave a group conversation

For more guides, be sure to check out Snapguide’s iOS 8 page, which is linked below in our source section.

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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.