My 3D Touch uses

Well the WWDC keynote has been and gone and I think we can agree that iOS 10 has got a lot of exciting features baked in - not least, the use of 3D Touch to interact with notifications on the lock screen. If you have a 6S/6S Plus, this is going to be a pretty cool feature.

This got me thinking - how much am I using 3D touch at the moment? To qualify this, I went through my home screen and looked at all of the applications that I regular open via 3D Touch. Below is a list of those that I use at least once per day:

Launch Centre Pro

Sitting in my dock, Launch Center Pro is one of my most-used apps. You can select within the app, four 'most-used' actions and I have mine as:

Day One

My journaling application of choice, Day One has some great 3D touch options, especially for adding photos to your entries, something I do daily.


I rarely use the bottom New Draft option, as it defaults to the New Draft entry screen when I click the application anyway - however this is a great way to get something into Drafts directly from the clipboard.


Yes, I use Lynda a lot! It's on my homescreen as it's a staple part of any commute I need to do. The quick links are very convenient, I LOVE searching directly from 3D Touch.


The Music application may be much-maligned, however I have to say that it hasn't treated me that badly since I signed up to it. Yes, the interface needs (and is thankfully getting) a huge overhaul - but the missing music other people have complained about? I guess I've been lucky. I enjoy Beats 1 and listen to this regularly when I'm out and about and the Search function from 3D Touch works well for me.


Of course, OmniFocus 2 is my most-used iOS application yet I'd say it's probably the application I utilise 3D Touch with the least. Firstly, I access my Dashboard, which is my 'hit-list' for the day, through Launch Center Pro. All new items are created through Drafts. I do use the Today shortcut though as it gives a good landscape as to what is planned for the day - akin to the Forecast view in it's Mac sibling. I'd like to see a 4th option here, with the ability to define different perspectives or contexts for the selections.


You can rely on Marco Arment to work hard on creating an intuitive selection of 3D Touch actions. You can see from the image it's highlighted my different playlists - All Episodes, News Podcasts (for those podcasts that are based on current events and are time sensitive) and the next two podcasts in my catch-all Non-News Podcasts (in this case, Beyond the To-Do list and This Is Your Life with Michael Hyatt). Very fast and efficient.


Safari has some good 3D Touch actions. The ability to open an Incognito window directly from the Home Screen is great when you are shopping and need to keep your purchase history private. Accessing your Reading List and Bookmarks from here is also a useful time-saver.


I don't use Slack as much as I used to, however I still need to go into it daily and respond to requests and comments. The 3D Touch element here focuses on searching for files, messages and channels as well as having the ability to switch teams. That's not something I've ever done using 3D Touch, however I've leveraged the ability to search from the Home Screen often.

Sleep Cycle

I only discovered this application had 3D Touch enabled by accident a couple of weeks ago! I was trying to move it from my second screen to my home and inadvertantly activated the context menu. Now, I use this exclusively to set my alarm or, if I don't fancy the alarm being set yet still want to track my sleep patterns, I can start it with No Alarm - something that takes several steps within the application itself.


I use 3D Touch to Show Activity many times a day. It allows me to have other quick touch menu options available to me within the application itself without having to change them (Lists, Search to name but two). Tweet Last Photo is a great shortcut as well.


Lastly, we have Workflow. I love this because, like Launch Center Pro, you can customise the available actions. You can see that I had a lot of iOS screenshots here, so I used 3D Touch to run a workflow that automatically detects them and uploads them to Dropbox without me having to do anything else manually. Superb!

I know there are many other applications out there that have great 3D Touch support - this is just a selection of mine that get used daily. I'd love to know how you use 3D Touch.