How to quickly change iOS Settings with 3D Touch

Perhaps the best way to ease yourself into the relaxing,
time-saving bathtub of increased productivity that is 3D Touch
is to start by pressing a little harder on Apple’s own app
icons. Specifically — in today’s article at least — the
Settings app icon, where you will find quick-access shortcuts
to your most often-used settings. Let’s take a look:

This really is a short tip, because it’s so easy. But that’s
what makes it a) so useful and b) such a great way to begin
using 3D Touch. Even when you know it’s there, 3D Touch won’t
become a habit until you really start using it, so you should
probably start now.

Change System Settings with 3D Touch

It doesn't get much easier than this when it comes to tweaking your most-used settings.It doesn’t get much easier than this
when it comes to tweaking your most-used settings.
Photo: Cult of Mac

If you 3D Touch the Settings icon on your
iPhone, a box pops up with shortcuts for Bluetooth, Wifi,
Mobile Data, and Battery. Tapping any of these takes you to the
relevant screen in the Settings app, whereupon you can change
settings, or view information like how much data you have
gotten through this month.

It’s a simple tip, but as I said, it’s perfect for getting you
started using 3D Touch. One does wonder, though, if the
Bluetooth, WiFi and other toggles in the Command Center
mightn’t also be a good spot for 3D Touch, as that’s where most
people go to access these things.


3D Touch really might be the best new iPhone feature in recent
years, in terms of general use at least. It’s not about saving
time, because really, how long does it take to open an an app
and tap a few icons anyway? It’s about decreasing friction, and
making things simpler, and about tasking the most-used parts of
an app and exposing them. That may mean quickly
marking your location without opening the Maps app
, or

opening the camera direct to the selfie mode
. And
curiously, for a platform as app-centric as iOS, it’s about
making the experience more about what the phone can do, and
less about the apps that do those things.

Unfortunately, many people have already given up on trying it.
Our own Luke Dormehl told me in Slack that “3D Touch is such an
annoyingly clumsy feature.” That’s a shame, because once you
get into the habit, 3D Touch really is amazing.

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