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Apple iPhone 8 Plus Apps and Data Management Guide: Browser, Voice Commands, Apps and Background Data [Tutorials]

This walkthrough tackles some of the important apps and features on the new iPhone 8 Plus smartphone. Feel free to refer to this guide whenever you need help in using Apple’s Safari browser and configure browser settings on iPhone 8, using Siri voice commands, as well as apps and background data management. Outlined below are a list of all topics that are covered in this posting.

How to use and manage Safari web browser on your iPhone 8 Plus?

With iOS 11, Apple’s web browser Safari is expected to become better in terms of performance. If you just made a switch to iOS with the new iPhone 8 Plus as your device on hand, here’s how to use and make the most out of the iOS 11 Safari browser app.

Using Safari Smart Search

Here’s how to navigate to your favorites websites, access your default search provider, saved bookmarks, or view your browsing history with the unified Safari Smart Search bar:

  1. Open the Safari browser by tapping on Safari icon from the Home screen.
  2. Tap in the Smart Search bar located at the top of the Safari browser.
  3. Type in some keywords or phrase about what you want to search for.
  4. Tap the Go button located at the bottom right of the screen.

Wait for Safari to show the search result based on the keyword or phrase entered.

Steps to search bookmarks and web history with Safari Smart Search on your iPhone 8:

  1. Tap Safari from the Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Smart Search bar located on the upper part of the browser.
  3. Type in some keywords you would want to search.
  4. Under the Bookmarks and History section, tap on the site or bookmarked page you want to navigate to.

Steps to change your default search engine in Safari Smart Search on your iPhone 8:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Scroll to and tap on Safari.
  3. Tap Search Engine.
  4. Tap on your preferred search engine from the list like Yahoo, Google, etc.

The newly set search engine will be used the next time you launch Safari and type something into the Smart Search bar.

How to clear cache, cookies, and history data on your iPhone 8 Plus Safari browser?

One way to keep your iPhone browser optimized is to clear cache, cookies, and history data from time to time. Here’s how:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Safari.
  3. Tap the option to Clear History and Website Data.
  4. Tap Clear History and Data.

And that’s it! Clearing cache, cookies, and history data is also a recommended workaround to deal with slow browsing issues on your iPhone 8 Plus.

How to use and manage Siri voice commands on your iPhone 8 Plus?

Apple’s very own intelligent personal assistant app called Siri is now made even better with iOS 11. Instead of having to speak out loud, you can now type to Siri whenever you have a question or command like send messages, place calls, check your calendar, and more. Read on to learn how to get started.

Enable and use Type to Siri feature on your iPhone 8 Plus:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll to and tap Accessibility.
  4. Tap Siri.
  5. Tap the switch next to Type to Siri to turn it on.
  6. Under Voice Feedback, you may select which options to use including Always On, Control with Ring Switch, and Hands-Free Only.
    • Always On provides voice feedback when your iPhone is set to silent.
    • Control with Ring Switch signals Siri to show text but refrain from speaking out loud when your iPhone ringer is off.
    • Hands-Free Only gives voice feedback and only beeps when you say “Hey Siri” or when your iPhone is connected to headphones, CarPlay or Bluetooth.

Using Type to Siri on your iPhone 8 Plus:

Once you’re done configuring the aforementioned settings, you can start using Type to Siri with these steps:

  1. Hold down the Home button until Siri app opens. Or you can also call upon Siri through voice by saying “Hey Siri.”
  2. If necessary, enable “Hey Siri” by going to Settings-> Siri & Search-> Listen for “Hey Siri.”
  3. When the keyboard shows up, start typing your question or command then press Done.
  4. Wait for Siri to provide the answer on the screen.

Siri may or may not respond out loud depending on your settings.

Enable Siri Voice Commands on your iPhone 8 Plus:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Siri.
  3. Tap the sliders to enable any of the following options as you would prefer:
    1. Listen for “Hey Siri”
    2. Press Home for Siri
    3. Allow Siri When Locked.

Open an App with Siri on your iPhone 8 Plus:

  1. Press and hold the Home key.
  2. Say “Open [App Name]”

Wait for Siri to process your command and responds by open the desired app.

Voice dial a contact with Siri on your iPhone 8 Plus:

  1. Press and hold the Home key.
  2. Speak an of the following phrases:
    1. Call [contact name]
    2. Call [contact number]
    3. Call [a family member in your contacts list]

Write a text message (SMS) with voice on your iPhone 8 Plus:

  1. Press and hold the Home key.
  2. Speak a command you would like Siri to do such as:
    1. Text [someone] saying “Hi.”
    2. Send SMS to [someone] on his/her mobile saying that “I’ll be there soon.”

With iOS 11, you are no longer limited to basic requests. Siri app can now be used to create to-do lists, notes, reminders, and more actions with the Notes app on your iPhone 8 Plus. You can even send or request money to/from a friend by just typing relevant command.

How to manage apps and background data on your iPhone 8 Plus?

Apps and data management is important to keep your device software optimized and running smoothly. The following walkthroughs can be used to deal with apps problems you may encounter later with your new iPhone.

Clear app cache and data on iPhone 8 Plus:

Various types of software problems can be dealt with by clearing cache or data from an app. Clearing an app’s data will remove any data stored in that app including settings, login information, and saved games. You have the option to try clearing the app’s cache first if you don’t want to clear the data. However, you may need to do the latter if the problem persists even after clearing the cache.

  • To clear the cache and data for an app on, you need to uninstall the app on your iPhone 8 Plus. This method may not be applicable to some pre-installed apps.

Update apps on iPhone 8 Plus:

Apps do need updates for better performance and efficiency. Here’s how to get updates for your new iPhone apps:

  1. Tap App Store from the Home screen.
  2. Tap the Updates icon located at the bottom right of the screen.
    1. Tap the Update button next to an app, to update individual apps.
    2. Tap the Update All button to update all apps at once.

Clear recent apps on iPhone 8 Plus:

  1. Quickly press the Home button twice. Doing so will open a new screen that contains a list of recently used apps.
  2. Swipe on the desired app to clear it.

Uninstall apps on iPhone 8 Plus:

  1. Tap and hold on any app icon on the Home screen.
  2. When you see the icons starts to jiggle, tap the X in the corner or the app you want to uninstall.
  3. Tap Delete to confirm action.

Offloading apps on iPhone 8 Plus

With iOS 11, you can use the new Offloading feature that allows you to delete an app without deleting its data. When you reach to the point where your iPhone space gets tight, iOS 11 will automatically delete apps while keeping the app’s data saved. Here’s how to manually offload apps on your iPhone 8 Plus:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Scroll to and tap General.
  3. Tap iPhone Storage.
  4. If you haven’t done it already, turn on or enable Auto-offloading.
  5. You will know if it’s already enabled if the setting doesn’t show up in the iPhone Storage menu, and reappears in Settings-> iTunes & App Store.
  6. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Here you will see a list of all the apps on your device, arranged by how much space they take up.
  7. Tap on an app to view more details and extra options.
  8. Tap Offload App to uninstall the app without deleting its data.

Your data will be reinstated when you reinstall the app for as long as it is still available in the App Store.

And that covers everything in this guide. Keep posted for more tutorial topics on Apple iPhone 8 Plus or visit our dedicated troubleshooting page for more relevant information and helpful solutions to common iPhone problems.

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