The iOS 8 extensions is one of the coolest things about the new operating system for the iPhone and iPad. Web browsers were becoming less relevant with the prominence of other apps, but iOS 8 extensions make the browsing experience better. Simply put, the iOS 8 extensions allow you to perform actions from web browsers like Safari and Chrome with the help of other apps you have on your device. Here’s a quick run through of how you can set up iOS 8 extensions on your iPhone or iPad.
First, press the share button in your browser to get to the menu. Then click on the “More” button for either the first or second tier.
Now all you have to do is switch on the apps you want to add to that menu.
Now you’re all set! Here are 8 apps that let you take full advantage of the possibilities provided by iOS 8.
1. Day One
The best journaling app on the iPhone and iPad, bar none, just got a significant upgrade with its new extension for iOS 8. You can send a web page you’re looking at in Chrome or Safari to Day One and it instantly becomes an entry in your digital diary. The extension even marks the location you were at when you sent the page to Day One. This is another case of iOS 8 extensions making already great apps even better.
Evernote is the perpetual early adopter to changes in technology. That continues to hold true with its quick adoption of iOS 8 extensions. The Evernote extension does much the same thing as the extension for Day One. All you have to do is press the icon in order to quickly add the contents of a web page to the notebook of your choosing.
Prior to the arrival of iOS 8 extensions, Pocket already had a pretty nifty feature for saving content. All you had to do was copy the link of the web page you want in Pocket and open the app to paste it into your Pocket account. Now, though, the process is even easier. Just press the icon in the share menu and your article or web page will be immediately saved for you to read later.
As a very visual social media outlet, Pinterest has the potential to be particularly well-served by iOS 8 extensions. The official Pinterest extension does not disappoint. When you’re on a web page all you have to do is press the icon and you’ll have the option to pin any image on that web page. It doesn’t limit you to just the prominent images like you’d expect. Rather, even the least prominent images are very easy to pin.
Most social media services already have iOS 8 extensions, but one of the extensions I was especially impressed with is the one for Tumblr. It’s simple and intuitive, offering you the chance to add a title and description along with the link.
The simplest and most popular list app was one of the first in line for iOS 8 extensions. The Wunderlist extension makes it quick and pain-free to add a new to-do in the form of a web page to a “Read Later” list or another list of your choice.
For those wanting or needing a more complex to-do system, 2Do is probably your best bet for a lot of reasons. One of those reasons is that it was an early adopter of iOS 8 extensions. You create a note with the web page you select set as soon as you press the icon, as well as the option to add notes and pick a specific list.
8. Awesome Screenshot
There wasn’t a great option to screen capture on your iOS device until now. Thanks to the existence of iOS 8 extensions, you can capture the visible page like you can by simultaneously pressing the home button and lock button, and you can also easily capture the full page with the new Awesome Screenshot extension found on the bottom “Share” tier.