16 Essential Gmail Terms and Features You Should Know About

16 Essential Gmail Terms and Features You Should Know About


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You might have questions like these about the web version of Gmail if you’re new to it. To help you get familiar with Gmail terms, we’ll list the key features of Gmail you should really know about.

1. Conversation View


You know this as an email thread. Conversation View packs an email and all replies to it into a single view to ensure that you get the context when you’re reading any of the messages. Each message in the group gets its own collapsible section.

To turn on this Gmail feature, visit Settings > General. There, under the Conversation View section, select the radio button for Conversation view on.

2. Importance Markers


These are visual cues that highlight emails Google thinks might be important to you. You’ll see them as yellow-colored tags next to certain emails once you enable the Show markers option under Settings > Inbox.

How does Gmail decide which emails you’re likely to consider important?

It relies on the way you process email. Gmail pays attention to which emails you open and reply to, which ones you archive or delete, which contacts you communicate with, and so on.

When Gmail mistypes an email as important, you can correct it by clicking on the marker to disable it. Likewise, you can enable a marker for an email that you consider important but Gmail has failed to mark as such. In both cases, Gmail learns from your actions to improve its accuracy.

3. Hover Actions

Hover actions in Gmail on the web

Hover actions let you process an email without having to select it first. You can snooze, archive, or delete an email, or even mark it as read/unread in a snap thanks to these action buttons that show up when you hover over an email. Of course, for advanced actions like labeling and filtering, you still have to select the email first as usual.

If you find hover actions annoying, you can turn them off from Settings > General—under Hover actions, select the radio button next to Disable hover actions.

4. Undo Send


As its name suggests, Gmail’s Undo Send feature lets you pull back an email you’ve hit Send on. You have a ten-second window to do it though, and you can tweak this interval by a few seconds under Settings > General > Undo Send.

Gmail enables the feature by default, and right after you send an email, you’ll see the Undo option right below the search box.

5. Labels


Labels are the signature Gmail feature. They’re text-based, color-coded identifiers to help you find the right emails faster. The items you see in the sidebar like Inbox, Trash, and Drafts happen to be labels that Gmail has already set up for you.

Labels behave somewhat like folders and somewhat like tags. You’re better off thinking of them as tags though. Read our power user guide to Gmail to understand them better. (Note that Gmail doesn’t have actual folders or tags.)

6. Categories


These are a set of default labels that show up as tabs in Gmail. You have four of them: Social, Promotions, Updates, and Forums.

Categories add context to your emails. They keep automated messages like social media updates and promotional mailers out of your primary inbox.

Thanks to the category tabs, you can find specific types of emails faster. For example, if you’re looking for a password reset email, you can jump right to the Updates tab because that’s where it’s programmed to show up.

If you want to stick with the Primary tab only, turn off the category tabs via the Configure inbox option hidden behind the gear or Settings icon.

7. Filters


Filters are rules you set up to teach Gmail to process your emails for you based on various criteria.

You can use filters to stop automated emails, find emails with large attachments, and mark emails as read. You can also use them to label, delete, and organize emails automatically. Start by setting up smart Gmail filters to deal with the bulk of your email.

8. Snooze

Snooze options in Gmail on the web

Snooze is one of the new Gmail features and works as it does in other email clients—it lets you hide an email until you’re ready to deal with it.

When you hit the Snooze toolbar button (the one that resembles a clock) on an email, you can tell Gmail when you want the email to reappear in your inbox. Pick from one of the preset schedules available or set a custom date and time.

9. Smart Replies

Smart replies are the predictive suggestions Gmail comes up with when you’re replying to certain emails. Gmail bases these suggestions on your previous replies. You won’t see them for every email, and the suggestions you see are usually simple answers to simple questions.

You’ll see similar suggestions when you’re typing an email, too. That’s the Smart Compose feature in action.

While some people find these predictive responses helpful, some others find them annoying. If you fall in the latter camp, you can disable the Smart Compose feature as well as smart replies from Settings > General.

10. Nudges

Gmail nudges remind you to reply to important emails by pushing them to the top of your inbox. Need similar reminders to help you follow up on sent emails that haven’t received a reply? Nudges have got you covered there too. Gmail enables this feature automatically. If you decide you don’t want it after all, you can turn nudges off along with other AI-based features in Gmail.

11. Confidential Mode

Confidential mode settings in Gmail on the web

Confidential mode lets you set an expiration date while sending an email containing sensitive information. You can further protect the email with a passcode and also  revoke access to the email anytime, even before the expiration date is up. The email recipient won’t be able to copy, download, forward, or print the email. Keep in mind that he can still take a screenshot of it.

To enable confidential mode for an email, click on the Turn confidential mode on / off toolbar button in the Compose window. (Look for the briefcase icon inset with a clock.)

The confidential mode is missing from G Suite as of now.

12. Preview Pane


This time-saving Gmail feature displays the content of an email right next to the message list. Essentially, you get a split-pane view that ensures you don’t have to open a message to read it.

To toggle the Preview Pane feature, visit Settings > Advanced. When the feature is enabled, you can tell Gmail to display email previews either below or beside your inbox. Click on the icon next to the Settings icon for options to toggle between the two views.

13. Multiple Inboxes


Multiple Inboxes are a set of up to five inbox panes stacked below your primary inbox. The beauty of it is that you get to decide what kind of emails should go in each pane.

For example, you can have one pane for messages with a certain label and another one for starred messages. Throw in a third pane for emails that match a particular search query. It’s all up to you.

To configure what you want to see in each custom inbox, you’ll have to visit Settings > Multiple Inboxes. You’ll see this section only after you enable the Multiple Inboxes feature under Settings > Advanced.

14. Canned Responses

Happy Birthday Email Template

Canned responses are nothing but email templates. Set them up to save yourself the hassle of having to type the same stuff over and over. For repetitive business emails, season’s greetings and such, start with a canned response and tweak its details.

Like the two Gmail features above, you can enable or disable canned responses from Settings > Advanced.

15. Priority Inbox


This is a special Gmail view to ensure that the right messages bubble to the top in your inbox. By the right messages we mean the unread ones, the ones marked as Important, and your starred messages. Everything else comes second.

To switch to the Priority Inbox view, hover on Inbox in the sidebar and click on the tiny down arrow that shows up. You should now see a popup menu with a list of views or Inbox Types to choose from. You know what you have to select!

It’s handy that you can customize the kind of messages you see in the priority inbox. To get started, go to Settings > Inbox > Inbox sections.

16. Gmail Offline

Enable offline mail in Gmail on web

As you might have guessed, this is Gmail’s way of giving you offline access to your email. It allows you to read, organize, search, delete, archive, compose, and queue emails for sending—all without an internet connection. It’s a pity that you can take advantage of this Gmail feature only if you use Google Chrome.

To start accessing your Gmail inbox when you’re offline, select the Enable offline mail checkbox under Settings > Offline. After tweaking the corresponding settings as you see fit, click on the Save Changes button beneath the settings.

Learn the Ins and Outs of Gmail

If you’ve got yourself a brand new Gmail account or if you’ve always favored a desktop client to use Gmail, the web version can take a bit of getting used to. The Gmail way of doing things can even feel illogical or complex to you.

But that’s only until you get the hang of the best features your Gmail account, which you will sooner or later. Check out our ultimate guide to Gmail for more tips!

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How to Add Top Features From Other Text Editors to Vim


If you’re like many people, you know Vim as that editor you open to tweak a config file then can’t manage to exit. On the other hand, if you frequently use Vim, you know how powerful its modal editing features are. If you run Linux or any other Unix flavor, Vim is worth learning.

That said, Vim shows its age pretty easily. By default, it lacks many of the features we’ve come to rely on in modern text editors. That said, install a few packages and Vim can hold its own with Visual Studio Code, Sublime Text, and more.

Plugin Management: Vim-Plug

Installing plugins in Vim-Plug

One key feature in modern text editors is the ability to extend them with plugins. While Vim added native package management in version 8.0, many find it cumbersome compared to third-party package managers. One of the most popular package managers is Vim-Plug.

Before you can start using Vim-Plug, you’ll need to install it. On a Unix system like Linux or macOS, run the following in a terminal to download and install vim-plug.

curl -fLo ~/.vim/autoload/plug.vim --create-dirs   https://raw.githubusercontent.com/junegunn/vim-plug/master/plug.vim 

If you’re using Vim in Windows, you can install Vim-Plug by pasting the following into PowerShell.

md ~vimfilesautoload $ uri = 'https://raw.githubusercontent.com/junegunn/vim-plug/master/plug.vim' (New-Object Net.WebClient).DownloadFile(  $ uri,  $ ExecutionContext.SessionState.Path.GetUnresolvedProviderPathFromPSPath(  "~vimfilesautoloadplug.vim"  ) ) 

Now, you’ll be able to install plugins by adding them to your ~/.vimrc file. You’ll need to add two new lines to the file:

call plug#begin('~/.vim/plugged')
call plug#end()

To install a plugin, add Plug, followed by the part of its GitHub URL that follows http://www.github.com in single quotes. For example, to install the Solarized color scheme, your config file would contain the following:

call plug#begin('~/.vim/plugged')  Plug 'altercation/vim-colors-solarized'  call plug#end() 

For more information on how to install the package manager, see the Vim-Plug GitHub page.

Error Checking: Syntastic

Syntastic for Vim

Another feature many have come to rely on is your editor of choice telling you when the code you’ve written is invalid. This is often known as “linting.” It won’t keep you from writing code that won’t run, but it will catch basic syntax errors you may not have noticed.

As the name hints at, Syntastic is a syntax checking plugin for Vim. It doesn’t actually do much by itself for many languages. Instead, you’ll need to install a linter or syntax checker for the language or languages of your choice. Syntastic will then integrate the checker into Vim, checking your code every time you save the file.

Syntastic supports more languages than we can list here, so it’s highly likely that the language you’re using is supported. For instructions on how to configure the plugin, see the Syntastic GitHub page.

Code Completion: YouCompleteMe

Autocompletion in YouCompleteMe

Syntax checking is nice, but if you come from Visual Studio Code or a similarly feature-packed editor you’re probably missing something else. This is code competition, also known as Intellisense in the Visual Studio world. If you’re using vim for more than editing config files, it will make your life a lot easier.

Code completion makes writing code easier by popping up suggestions as you type. This is nice if you’re using a method that is heavily nested, so you don’t have to remember the entire string.

YouCompleteMe is a code completion engine for Vim, and it’s one of the more powerful plugins you can install. It’s also somewhat trickier to install than other plugins. You can install the basics with a package manager like Vim-Plug, but you’ll need to compile it.

The easiest way to compile the plugin is to use the included install.py script. To do this on macOS or Linux, enter the following:

cd ~/.vim/bundle/YouCompleteMe ./install.py --clang-completer 

Note that on Linux you’ll have to install development tools, CMake, and the required headers before you can compile YouCompleteMe.

For instructions on installing and compiling YouCompleteMe on other systems or for more information, see the YouCompleteMe GitHub page.

Fuzzy Search: CtrlP

CtrlP for Vim

If you’re working on a project with many different files, Vim’s method of opening files might frustrate you. The :e command has basic autocomplete, but you’ll still need to know where your file is located. You could drop to the command line to find it, but wouldn’t it be better if you could do this right from Vim?

Fortunately, you can. The CtrlP plugin can search files, but it can also do much more. The CtrlP GitHub page describes it as a “full path fuzzy file, buffer, mru, tag, … finder for Vim.” The plugin is similar to Sublime Text’s “Goto Anything” command which, surprise surprise, has the keyboard shortcut of Ctrl + P or Command + P.

This feature or an equivalent can be found in most modern text editors, and if you find yourself missing it, it’s nice to have in Vim.

File Browsing: NERDTree

NERDTree running in Vim

You might prefer a more traditional type of file browsing. If you miss the left-hand panel display of files found in many editors, you’ll be glad to know it’s available in Vim. This is thanks to the NERDTree plugin.

Unlike the left menu in Sublime Text, Visual Studio Code, and others, NERDTree is a full file system explorer. Instead of displaying just your project directory, you can navigate anywhere on your computer. If you’re working with files across multiple projects, this can be a very handy feature to have.

To open NERDTree inside Vim, just use the :NERDTree command. If you’d rather bind it to a command, you can do this with a ~/.vimrc option like the following:

map <C-n> :NERDTreeToggle<CR>

This would let you simply hit Ctrl + N to open and close the NERDTree panel.

Git Integration: fugitive.vim

Add Fugitive to Vim

Git integration has become a must-have feature in modern text editors, so it’s good to know that it’s available in Vim too. The project GitHub page describes fugitive.vim as “a Git wrapper so awesome, it should be illegal.”

Running :GStatus will bring up something similar to what you’d see with the git status command. If you’ve finished your work on a file and are ready to commit it, run :GCommit %. This will let you edit the commit message inside the currently running Vim window.

There are too many commands to list here, plus you can run any standard Git command by running :Git. For more information, including screencasts, see the fugitive.vim GitHub page.

Are You Looking for Even More Vim Tips?

The above tips will help to modernize Vim, but they’re far from the only thing you can do to customize the editor to your liking. As you may have already guessed from reading this article, Vim is an extremely tweak-able editor.

If you’re ready for more, take a look at our list of Vim customizations to make it even better.

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Hostinger Offers Affordable Web Hosting With Premium Features


It’s difficult to settle on a web host when the choice is so broad. At times, it seems easier to just leave your website with your current host or use free hosting.

But if you’re set on a new web host, Hostinger is a good option. It offers shared, cloud, and VPS hosting. We’ve looked at its shared Premium and Business plans to help you decide if Hostinger is the right web host for you.

Why Host Your Site With Hostinger?

With so many web hosts offering packages for all purposes, it can be difficult to settle on a new host.

Hostinger offers a range of features suited to users of all levels of expertise, alongside hosting packages that suit all scales. You’ll find support for everything from single user sites to VPS hosting.

We’re most interested in Hostinger’s Premium Shared Hosting and Business Shared Hosting plans. But why would a standard user choose either of these options when a Single Shared Hosting plan is available?

Well, it’s all about scale. While Hostinger also offer a free platform (000webhost), the Single Shared Hosting plan offers more features. Similarly, you get more with the Premium and Business packages, which increase bandwidth and processing power. They also offer free domain registration.

Business and Premium Hostinger Plans

Hostinger offers several plans designed to suit your individual requirements as a web host. While it offers a Single Shared Hosting plan at $ 7.99 a month (at the time of writing, discounted to just $ 1.45 a month) it’s worth considering the Business and Premium hosting accounts.

Hostinger's web hosting plans

Premium Shared Hosting from Hostinger provides you with unlimited websites, email accounts, and bandwidth, double the processing power of the single plan, and weekly backups. This costs just $ 11.95 a month (currently cut by 75 percent, down to $ 2.95 per month).

Meanwhile, you can get all of this and more in the Business Shared Hosting plan, which adds daily backups, a free SSL certificate, and four times the processing speed of the single plan. It comes at a price of $ 15.95 a month (again with the current 75 percent discount, this is down to $ 3.95 per month).

In short, with such massive discounts, choosing the Premium or Business plans makes more sense than the single site option.

Hostinger’s Features

Install a web app on the Hostinger hPanel

Hosting your website with Hostinger gives you access to a collection of great features. We’ve already mentioned that Premium and Business subscribers get unlimited websites, storage, and bandwidth, but there’s more. You plan also includes unlimited SQL databases for dynamic websites, unlimited email addresses, and access to 24/7/365 support.

Hostinger offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee, so your site should never be offline. Need daily backups? You can have them with the Business Shared Hosting plan. Weekly backups are available with both plans.

You’ll also find DNS management tools, support for up to 100 subdomains, SSH access, domain parking, and FTP support.

You can access all these features via your account management screen or in the Hostinger control panel. If you’ve used web hosting in the past, then you’ll know about using cPanel to manage your websites.

Hostinger has introduced its own version, which it calls hPanel, but you won’t see this until your domain is set up.

Setting Up Your Domain With Hostinger

With your Hostinger account and hosting ready to go, you’ll want to get on with setting up your website.

You have the choice of migrating an existing domain (for which you’ll need to change the DNS settings with the domain registrar) or setting up a new one with Hostinger. What’s particularly useful about this last option is that Hostinger lets you choose your hosting location. The options are:

  • North America: Asheville, Tennessee, USA
  • South America: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Europe: London, United Kingdom; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Vilnius and Kaunas, Lithuania
  • Asia: Singapore; Jakarta, Indonesia

Choosing a server in the region where most of your readers reside can improve your site’s load time. This makes the option a valuable weapon against your site’s competitors!

Upon setting up the domain and hosting, you have five options to create a website. These are:

  • Install WordPress: This automatically installs the latest version of WordPress.
  • Auto Installer: For other web apps such as CubeCart, Joomla, CMSMS, MediaWiki, and 96 more.
  • Website Builder: For website creation using a web interface.
  • File Manager: To upload files.
  • Access Manager: To control file access to your site.

Note that you can skip this stage and still get access to these options later in the hPanel.

Managing Your Site With the hPanel

The Hostinger management screen features a sensible user interface. Its home screen lets you set up Cloudflare Protection (for website security) and your SSL certificate, plus allows you to manage your hosting and domain.

Access the hPanel directly via the Manage button. Here, you’ll see options to manage your hosting and account, as well as set up emails and domains, run installation scripts on your website, manage databases, and more.

Manage Hostinger hosting in the hPanel

As you’d expect, you’ll also find the usual hosting tools for PHP configuration, SSL, SSH access, and security here. Concerned about hotlinked images eating your bandwidth? The Hotlink Protection tool can deal with this. Meanwhile, the search tool at the top of hPanel will help you quickly find the right feature to use.

Hostinger’s Multilingual Customer Support

While Hostinger is easy to set up, at some point you might run into problems related to your hosting.

In this case, you can rely on the host’s multilingual customer support service, accessed via a live chat service. It’s easy to use and convenient; the chat box even features a hosting status message. This notification quickly lets you know if there is a problem with Hostinger’s services.

Hostinger's multilingual chat support

For the most part, you won’t need to access the management screen, hPanel, or the multilingual customer support. Your daily interaction with Hostinger will be as a service user: updating your website, blog, online store, collaboration tool, or wiki.

As such, you’ll expect a fast service, and in terms of page load times, that’s exactly what you’re going to get. Hostinger’s fast hosting delivers each web page in under one second, although this will depend on server load and bandwidth.

Host Your Site With Hostinger Today

Fast hosting, a low-cost deal for Premium and Business plans, and even the chance to choose cloud hosting. Hostinger has it all, with a customized control panel thrown in!

What stands out with Hostinger isn’t the wealth of options, though. It isn’t even the speed of the web pages, or the multilingual online support. The 30-day money back guarantee is a great enticement, but that’s not even the best aspect about Hostinger.

This web host is just so easy to use. It took me around 30 minutes from signing up to get the domain set up and the hosting configured. A few minutes later, I had two web scripts installed with versions of MediaWiki and WordPress, ready to access.

Looking for premium or business-class web hosting with unlimited space, domains, and bandwidth that is easy to set up—and most importantly, affordable?

Then host your site with Hostinger!

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Nokia’s PureView 9 Features Five Cameras And Releases March 3

What’s better than a phone with one, two, three, or four cameras? According to Nokia, that’s a smartphone with five cameras, which is exactly what the upcoming PureView 9 has.

This beast of a smartphone is all about taking beautiful photos, and it actually is scheduled to release sooner than later, as Nokia has just announced a U.S. release date of March 3, which is just a few short days away.

Nokia PureView 9 Specs and Features

Obviously, the thing that really makes the PureView 9 stand out is the array of cameras that are designed to offer a level of depth we don’t normally see from a smartphone. Each of the five cameras features a 12-megapixel resolution and an f/1.8 aperture. Two of the cameras shoot color images and three shoot in monochrome. They all combine to offer larger dynamic range and more depth than typical phone cameras.

Outside of the cameras, the phone features pretty solid specs. There’s a 5.99-inch OLED screen with a 2K resolution and HDR 10 support. Essentially, apps, videos, and images should look quite sharp on Nokia’s upcoming high-end phone.

Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip (which is not the most recent chip, as quite a few flagship phones are relying on the newer 855) and 6GB of RAM. The phone comes with 128GB of storage, which is pretty standard for most higher-end phones nowadays.

Other Features:

  • Under display fingerprint scanner
  • 3320 mAh battery
  • Qi Wireless charging
  • Records 4K HDR video
  • Android 9 Pie
  • Dimensions: 172g/155 x 75 x 8 mm
  • USB-C 3.1
  • 20 MP front-facing camera

Nokia PureView 9 Price and Release Date

As mentioned, the PureView 9 is scheduled to release in the United States on March 3, so you won’t have to wait too long to get your hands on Nokia’s latest smartphone.

For the first week, Nokia is actually offering a $ 100 discount, bringing the price of the phone down to $ 599. For those who want to wait until after the first week, the final retail price is $ 699.

Nokia recently announced that it was bringing its line of smartphones to the United States on Cricket and Verizon, and this looks to be that move getting underway.

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Sign Up to twttr to Test New Twitter Features

Twitter has launched a new app designed to be a testing ground for new features. And the company wants you to help it test those new features. So if you’re an avid Twitter user keen to help shape the direction of the social media platform, here’s your chance.

A Little Background on Twitter

First, a little background on Twitter. When it was first launched in 2006, Twitter was called twttr. This was partly because the Twitter.com domain was being used by someone else, and partly because its five characters mirrored SMS short codes.

Calling the new app twttr is a nod to those early days, and suggests the company wants to build a new Twitter from the ground up. And that wouldn’t be a bad thing, as apart from the move from 140 characters to 280 characters, Twitter hasn’t changed much over the years.

The Twitter Prototype Program

That is all set to change thanks to the Twitter Prototype Program. Twitter describes the program as “exploring new ways to make the conversations you care about easier to read, understand, and join”. Because Twitter would be nothing without the conversations.

The Twitter Prototype Program is currently focused on changing the way conversations work. Which means changing the way Twitter users interact with each other. Twitter has realized following two-way conversations is tough, and is seeking to change that.

Ideas currently on the table include changing the way replies to tweets are displayed. This could involve adding rounded corners (like text messages) or adding indents (like Reddit threads). Tweets could also be color coded to make following a conversation easier.

Conversations are just the focus for now, but it’s likely that Twitter will conduct lots of other experiments in the months and years to come. And if you want to get involved, you can apply to be a part of the Twitter Prototype Program on this page.

How to Use Twitter

Twitter could definitely benefit from changing things up a little. After all, even Twitter admits people don’t know how to use Twitter. The fact that 11 years after launch we published a guide explaining how to use Twitter suggests Twitter has a problem.

Read the full article: Sign Up to twttr to Test New Twitter Features


10 Apple Music Features to Use on Your iPhone


Apple Music is the best music streaming service for iPhone. It boasts a robust music collection, and you can use it with Siri, as well as connected devices like HomePod. But there’s more to Apple Music than just curated playlists and an integrated ecosystem.

Apple Music has a variety of features to make music streaming easier and faster. However, you might not have made use of them yet for various reasons. With this in mind, check out our list of Apple Music features to use on your iPhone.

1. Automatic Downloads

The process for downloading a song or album in Apple Music is simple. First, tap on the Add button and wait for it to be added to your Library. Then, when the Add button transforms into a Download button, tap on it to start the download.

There’s a way to make this process one tap shorter. If you enable Automatic Downloads, anything you add to your Library will be downloaded to your iOS device instantly. This is especially useful if you’ve just started building up your collection in Apple Music.

To enable this feature, open the Settings app and go to the Music section. Then tap on the toggle next to Automatic Downloads. You’ll need to enable the iCloud Music Library to use this feature. Now, you don’t need to worry about whether you have your favorite albums downloaded locally or not.

2. Subscribe to Apple Curated Playlists

While no match for Spotify’s brilliant discovery engine, Apple Music’s curated playlists are certainly worth a look, and here’s how to get started using Apple Music playlists. The best thing about Apple’s playlists is the editorial curation. When you search for a genre or an artist, you’re bound to find a playlist called “Essentials”. This is the best place to begin discovering a new artist. The playlist will feature all the best known and popular tracks from the artist. When you want to know the artist better, go for the “Deep Cuts” playlist.

Apple also has curated playlists for discovering specific eras of a genre. For example, you’ll find a playlist just for 90s indie hits and so on. Go to Browse > Playlists and start exploring.

3. Preserve and Edit Apple Curated Playlists

As we spoke above, Apple’s playlists are a great starting point. Whether it’s about the top songs from a genre or from an artist. But the problem is that all Apple curated playlists are dynamic. When you add a playlist to your library, you aren’t actually adding all of the songs, you’re merely bookmarking the playlist in your library.

When a playlist is updated, and the editors remove a song, it will disappear from your library too. This can get quite frustrating.

To preserve Apple curated playlists, you’ll have to add songs to a playlist of your own. Open an Apple playlist, tap on the Menu button and choose Add to a Playlist. You can create a new playlist or add to an existing one.

4. Limit Downloads to Optimize Storage

Turning on Automatic Downloads means you’ll end up filling up your iPhone fairly quickly. This is where Apple’s Optimize Storage feature comes in. From Settings > Music tap on Optimize Storage.

From here, you can ask Apple to only store a couple of gigabytes of songs on the device. You can choose from 4 GB, 8 GB, 32 GB and so on. Apple Music will store at least that amount of songs on your storage. More if you have the space. But if your iPhone is running out of storage space, it will automatically start deleting old songs that you haven’t played in a while.

5. Jump to an Album or Artist from Now Playing

In iOS 12, you now have an option to jump directly to an album or artist from the Now Playing view. Tap on the Red text which reads the artist and the album and you’ll see a new menu. From here you can tap on Go to Artist or Go to Album.

6. Find the Shuffle and Repeat Buttons

Ever since the iOS 10 redesign, Apple has moved a lot of furniture around. Which means Shuffle and Repeat are now hidden from view.

When you go to the Now Playing screen, you won’t find the familiar buttons in the bottom of the screen anymore. You’ll need to swipe up to reveal them (and of course, Apple doesn’t make this obvious).

7. Read Lyrics for Songs

You don’t need a third party app to read song lyrics anymore. When you’re in the Now Playing screen, just swipe up, and you’ll see a Lyrics section. If it’s not expanded, tap on the Show button. The only downside? It’s just text. If you’re looking for synced lyrics with the song, you’ll need to use a service like Musixmatch.

8. Stream Music Using Your Mobile Data

The first time you try to stream music from Apple Music without a Wi-Fi connection, it just won’t work. If you’re lucky, you’ll see a popup asking you to connect to Wi-Fi.

To stream music using your cellular data plan, go to Settings > Music > Cellular Data. If you want, you can choose the High Quality Streaming feature as well.

9. Customize the Library Screen

The Library screen is where most of your Apple Music interactions begin. By default, you’ll see options to open Playlists, Artists, Albums, Songs, and Downloaded Music. You might want to save space here and turn off one of these shortcuts.

Tap on the Edit button and you can disable a shortcut or rearrange them using the handle icon in the right. You can also enable shortcuts like Genres and Music Videos.

10. Use Apple Music Shortcuts

Apple’s own Shortcuts app brings user defined automation to iPhone. Using the Shortcuts app, you can create a list of actions that are initiated when you tap on the shortcut from the widget, or when you say the phrase to Siri.

You can use Shortcuts to automate everyday tasks, including interacting with the Music app. The Shortcuts app features a variety of Music-related actions and shortcuts. We’ll talk about two of the most common shortcuts below.

Play Playlists from Shortcuts Widget

You probably play the same playlist or album over and over again. You just use Siri to start the playback, but one of the fastest ways to do it is by using the Shortcuts widget from the Lock screen.

Step 1: Open the Shortcuts app and go to the Gallery section.

Step 2: Search for the Play Playlist shortcut and tap on Get Shortcut.

Step 3: On the next screen, tap on Choose and select the playlist.

Step 4: Now go to the Library and tap on the Menu button for the shortcut you just created. Here, tap on the Settings button. Change the name and the icon if you want. By default, the shortcut should show up in your widget.

Add the Shortcuts widget and, from the Lock screen, just swipe right to reveal it. Tap on the shortcut and the playlist will begin playing instantly.

Add Songs to a Playlist from the Shortcuts Widget

How often does this happen to you? You’re listening to an Apple playlist or the radio and you find the perfect song to add to your driving or workout playlist?

Just download the Add to a playlist shortcut and tap on it from the widget the next time you’re in this situation. You’ll be asked to select one of your playlists and the song will be added to the end of the playlist instantly.

Download: The “Add to a Playlist” Shortcut

Combine Apple Music With Your iTunes Collection

Apple Music can be a little confusing. The fact that it’s bolted on to iTunes and the Music app certainly doesn’t help. While the features above will help you visually simplify the Apple Music interface, there’s the larger issue of your music collection itself.

With the release of Apple Music, Apple recognized that many users still had their own music collections organized in the way they wanted. Which is why they came up with the iCloud Music Library.

This little feature acts as a bridge between your own music collection (some of which might not be available on Apple Music) and your Apple Music library. While the system isn’t perfect, it lets you use Apple Music with your personal iTunes collection.

Read the full article: 10 Apple Music Features to Use on Your iPhone