Tips and tricks for the iPhone 4S


 

We give you the essential tips and tricks to get the most out of your Apple iPhone 4S

The Apple iPhone 4S is quite a popular device, especially with its plethora of apps and Siri, but are you really getting the most out of your smartphone? We put together a list of 30 tips and tricks to help you maximize your iPhone 4S.

Get the most out of Siri

The “S” in the iPhone 4S stands for Siri and the voice-controlled personal assistant can be tweaked to be even more useful. First off, to go through the tutorial, hold the home button and the tap the “i” button to see everything that Siri is capable of.

You can also give Siri more information about your contacts by telling her who is who. This means you can say that “Jane Doe” is your “wife” and when you tell Siri, “Call my wife,” it will dial Jane Doe.

Another way to make the most out of Siri is to properly fill out the location information in your Contacts. Entering the home and work addresses will let Siri properly give you reminders which are geo-fenced.

How to rescue your iPhone 4S from water damage

A pretty sure-fire way to kill an iPhone is to drop it in the toilet or bath and if this happens you may think there’s no solution other than buying a new phone.

Although there’s no guaranteed way of saving a drowned iPhone 4S there are a few things you can do to give it the best chance of survival.

First things first: Do not, whatever you do, try to switch the phone on or plug it into a charger.

Also don’t be tempted to take it to wherever you bought it from because those cunning folks at Apple have loaded the iPhone with a clever method of determining if the device has been soaked — so they’re going to know even if you plead ignorance.

The iPhone has four ‘Liquid Submersion indicators’ inside it that turn pink on contact with water. A quick look inside and the Apple store technicians can see if water is the cause of an unresponsive iPhone.

Take out the SIM card and dry it separately on a paper towel, then try to get as much moisture out of the iPhone as possible. If it’s gushing with water just keep shaking it gently until only a few drops are coming out.

The most effective treatment is to package the iPhone 4S up with bags of silica gel. Silica gel absorbs moisture and is often included in packaging for electronics.

If you have any bags of the stuff from recently bought items lying around gather them up and pop them into a ziplock bag with the phone.

Put it in a dry place for at least three days to give the device the best chance of drying out. The silica gel should draw out all the moisture.

You can also buy silica gel from craft shops, sometimes you can find it in electronics stores or you can order it from specific vendors online. Google silica gel to see what you can find.

If you can’t place your hands on silica gel quickly then use dry uncooked rice as a substitute until you can, as this goes some way to drying things out, but silica gel is better.

If you’re lucky this should give you a working iPhone 4S again, you might need to do a factory reset to get it fully operational, however.

How to save and share images from the Web on your iPhone 4S

Say you’ve seen a cool graphic or image you like the look of while browsing the World Wide Web and you want to either (a) save it to your device or (b) send it to a friend. How do you do this?

Simple – and we’ll show you how in this relatively short user guide:

  • When you’ve found the image you like, hold down on it.
  • This will will bring up two options: Save and Copy
  • To save the image to your iPhone 4S’ Camera Roll, select Save.
  • To send the image in an email or as a picture message, Copy it and then Paste it into a message.

How to take a screenshot on the iPhone 4S

Want to show off your high score in Tiny Wings or just save a Web page for later? Taking a screenshot with the iPhone 4S is a snap. Simply hold down the power button and the home button and your screenshot will be saved to your camera roll.

Getting more out of the multitasking bar on the iPhone 4S

Tapping the home button twice will bring up all your currently running apps but if you slide to the left, you’ll get quick access to a music player, the screen lock orientation and volume control. It’s an quick way to control your device.

How to turn on airplane mode on the iPhone 4S

If you’re on a plane ride or just want to save some battery, turning on airplane mode is good because it will disable your phone’s Wi-Fi and cellular capabilities but still let you watch movies, play games or listen to music. Go into your Settings and slide the “Airplane Mode” button to on.

How to turn on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth on the iPhone 4S

To turn on the iPhone 4S’ Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, go into your Settings and tap on the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth menus. These will be the second and third options from the top.

How to save battery life on the iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S has pretty good battery life but you can always eek a bit more out of it by playing with your settings. Adjusting your brightness, disabling Bluetooth when not in use, chaining your data fetch settings and not using GPS that often will do a lot to help your battery life. For more information on saving battery life, please read this post.

How to add a Web page to your homescreen on the iPhone 4S

Want quick access to a website on your home screen? It’s a very simple thing to do on the iPhone 4S. When you’re browsing and come by a story or Web app, simply tap the Go To icon at the bottom and then Add to Home Screen.

How to take a photo from the lock screen on the iPhone 4S

Having a smartphone is great for capturing magic moments and being able to take pictures quickly is key to that. From the lock screen, swipe from the bottom to the top of the screen and it will immediately launch the camera app.

How to turn on Grid on the iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S has an excellent camera but if you want a little assistance with your shooting, you can turn on the grid. This helps you follow the photographic rule of thirds easier and it can be turned on by opening the Camera app, tapping Options and then turning Grid on.

How to turn on HDR on the iPhone 4S

HDR mode allows your iPhone 4S to quickly take three photos at once to create a single, better-looking photo. To turn this on, launch your Camera app, tap Options and then slide on HDR. Taking HDR photos takes a little bit longer than your average photo but the results can be worth it.

How to edit your photos on the iPhone 4S

Not even the best photographer always gets the perfect shot, so there’s no shame in editing your pictures. Luckily, the iPhone 4S comes with some built-in photo-editing software. To use this, take a photo, tap the Edit button and you’ll be able to crop, auto enhance, remove red eyes and more. It will then be saved to your camera roll.

How to take better shots on the iPhone 4S

This is probably the one aspect that will take the most time to learn but it’s definitely worth it. Basically, when you’re taking photos with your iPhone 4S, keep in mind the lighting, composition and angles. We’ve dedicated multiple sections to helping you take better smartphone photos, so go ahead and check out how to capture light and how to properly compose your pictures.

How to rearrange your apps on the iPhone 4S

The App Store is filled with thousands of fun programs but you may only want some on your main home screen. To rearrange apps, simply press your finger on an app for a few seconds until the icons start jiggling. You can then move the apps around.

How to put your apps into folders on the iPhone 4S

If you like grouping your apps together, you’ll be happy to know that you can easily put your iPhone 4S apps into a folder. To do this, press and hold on an app until the icons start jiggling, then drag that app on another app. These will be placed into a folder that can be renamed.

How to change your dock apps on the iPhone 4S

The four apps on the bottom of your iPhone 4S are likely going to be used quite often, so make sure these are the ones you really want. In order to change these apps, press and hold on one of the icons in the dock until it jiggles and you can then move it and replace it with an app you want.

How to rearrange your apps, again on the iPhone 4S

Moving apps on your iPhone 4S is pretty simple to do but it can be kind of a pain to move multiple apps to different home screen. One simple workaround: build a folder with apps you want to move onto a different home screen, place it in the dock and then move that folder onto the screen you want those apps on.

How to delete an app on the iPhone 4S

Not every app on the iPhone 4S is a winner, so it’s nice that deleting apps is a breeze. To delete an app, press and hold an app icon until it jiggles and there will be a small “X” on the corner of apps that can be deleted. Tap that X, confirm you want to delete the app and it will be gone.

How to quickly mute your iPhone 4S

Heading into a meeting or just don’t want to be disturbed? The iPhone 4S lets you quickly mute your device by sliding the mute switch above the volume up button

How to access your music from the lock screen on the iPhone 4S

If you’re like me, you use your iPhone 4S to play a lot of music on the go but you don’t always need to unlock it to just change tracks. To access your music controls without unlocking the device, simply tap the home button twice on the lock screen and your controls will come up.

How to control your notifications on the iPhone 4S

Having push notifications can be nice but it can also get a little overwhelming once you’ve installed a lot of apps. If you want control over which apps can get to your notification bar on the iPhone 4S, simply go into the Settings, tap on Notifications and then you can manually control how the apps notify you.

How to set your own tones on the iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S lets you create a specific tone for specific events, so you can have one sound for a Tweet, one sound for a calendar notice and another sound for a message from a specific contact. To get into this, go in Settings, tap Sounds and then assign a tone to each notification.

How to secure your iPhone 4S

While putting a security code and restrictions can be kind of a pain, it does make your iPhone 4S more secure. For one, you should definitely set up a passcode and you can also back up your iPhone 4S using iCloud or by plugging it into your computer. Tapping on Settings and then General will get you access to the Passcode Lock and you’ll also be able to set up other Restrictions on apps

How to encrypt your iPhone 4S’s data

You can encrypt the data of your iPhone 4S when you’re backing up thanks to iTunes. When you’re plugged in and iTunes opens up, there will be an option in in the iPhone summary page that says “Encrypt iPhone backup.” Click on this and then pump in your password and you’ll have a secure backup.

How to use Siri voice commands and search on the iPhone 4S

We explain how to use Siri on the iPhone 4S, including voice commands and voice search.

Take a look at our video to see how it works.

How to find your lost iPhone 4S

Turning on the Find My iPhone feature may help you get back a lost iPhone, just ask David Pogue. When you first set up your iPhone, enable Find My iPhone and if you lose it, you’ll be able to track it on a map, send it messages and remotely wipe the device.

Here’s a break down of how you set up the free service:

  • Ensure handset is running iOS5.
  • Register with iCloud by going to Settings and creating an account.
  • Once you;ve set up iCloud, enable Find My iPhone – it’s the one at the bottom.
  • To test the service works, log-in to iCloud and locate your iPhone 4S

Sending a message to your lost iPhone 4S

  • If you’ve left your phone at a party or a pub, then you can send a message to the device, which will display on the screen.
  • This will tell whoever picks it up how to contact you – providing they’re honest and don’t just steal it, that is.

How to make your iPhone 4S emit a sound remotely

If you’ve misplaced your iPhone 4S in your home, then you only need to hear it ring to know where it is. But what if the handset’s on silent? Never fear, Find My iPhone has a work-around for this issue.

  • Once on iCloud on your PC, select Find my iPhone.
  • Then select the option to make your iPhone play a sound.
  • This will overide any settings on the handset – even if it’s set to silent – so you’ll immediately be able to hear where your handset is.

Remote Wiping iPhone 4S

  • Navigate to iCloud on your PC
  • Select Remote Wipe option
  • This will erase all the important information on your device, rendering it useless.
  • Once your iPhone 4S turns up, simply plug it into iTunes and re-download all the content back to the device.
  • Simple.

How to use voice dictation on the iPhone 4S

Why waste your time pecking away when you can just speak to your iPhone 4S? Instead of typing your message, you can use a function of Siri to dictate for you. Simply bring up the keyboard, tap the microphone button near the space bar, speak into it and your message should be typed for you

How to add more to your messages on the iPhone 4S

Like on the iPad, the iPhone 4S lets you add Emoji Emoticons. To do this, go to Settings, tap on General, then Keyboards, then International Keyboards and tap Add New Keyboard. From here, you can choose Emoji and you’ll be able to add a ton of fun little characters.

How to set up iCloud on the iPhone 4S

One of the new features of iOS 5 on the iPhone 4S is the ability to store all your musics, photos and videos in the cloud, using iCloud.

We show you how to set up iCloud on the iPhone 4S, with our video guide.

How to quickly erase the text on the iPhone 4S

Have you ever just written something and want to immediately get rid of it? Instead of holding down the delete button, simply shake your device back and forth. You’ll then be given the choice to delete your text.

How to change the signature on the iPhone 4S

Sure, “Sent from my iPhone” may have been cool in 2007 but it’s pretty easy to to personalize your email signature on the iPhone 4S. To do this, go into Settings, then Mail and then Signature. Erase the standard message there and then put in whatever you want.

Keyboard tricks on the iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4Salso has a bunch of quick tricks on the keyboard. For example, when you tap the space bar twice, it will put a period in what you’re typing and then capitalize the next word. You can also touch and hold letters to reveal lists of special characters.

How to jailbreak your iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S is a great device but some of you may want to get a bit more control over the Apple handset. You may want to consider jailbreaking your iPhone 4S because it will let you install apps from places other than the App Store and even let you use the device with SIMs on other carriers. Jailbreaking does come with its own risks, so be sure that you know the risks before trying it. To jailbreak your iPhone 4S, follow these instructions:

how to use FaceTime video calling on the iPhone 4S

FaceTime is Apple’s built-in video calling software which uses the front and rear cameras for seamless video calls between Apple devices.

Activating FaceTime is quite simple and you have a few options.

Method 1
While already on a call to a contact tap the FaceTime icon to invite the person into a video call.

Method 2

  1. Go into your contacts menu and find the contact you wish to talk to on FaceTime.
  2. Tap the FaceTime icon next to the contact card for that person to initiate a video call.

Method 3

You can in fact use Siri, the iPhone 4S’s voice assistant, to initiate a FaceTime call. Siri doesn’t always work the way you want it to but you can try telling Siri:

‘FaceTime with *your contact’s name*’

It should, all being well, pick up on what you’re trying to do.

If it doesn’t recognise the contact it may ask you to specify who you mean from your contacts list. If this works it should remember what you mean in the future.

How to hard reset the iPhone 4S

You may, for whatever reason, need to factory reset your iPhone 4S. This guide will explain how to do it.

Bear in mind that this method will erase all data on the phone — you won’t be able to get it back – so be absolutely sure you want to do this before proceeding.

  1. Open the ‘Settings’ menu
  2. Tap the ‘General’ menu option
  3. Tap the ‘Reset’ category
  4. Select ‘Erase all content and settings’

The phone will go through the deletion process which may take some time to complete, as much as 15 minutes. When it finishes the phone will reboot and be at factory default settings.

How to get the best out of the iPhone 4S’ Maps application

Here’s two top tips for getting the most out of your Maps application on the iPhone 4S:

How to drop a navigation Pin

Pins in Maps act as a point of reference, which you can use to navigate to. So if you’ve located a shop or a pub you like the sound of you can drop a Pin and then get directions to it.

  • In Maps, touch and hold anywhere on a map to drop a pin.
  • Now you’ll be able to find an address, get directions, or see street view for that location.

See which way you’re facing

This one is always handy as it shows you which direction you’re facing — so no more blue dot following!

  • To use this feature, simply double-tap the Location button (bottom left)
  • Now you’ll be able to see whcih way you’re facing

How to quick-scroll back to the top of any application aboard the iPhone 4S

When you’re flicking down through an application, like Twitter or Facebook, scrolling all the way back to the top can be a pain.

Fortunately this isn’t a problem on the iPhone 4S anymore, thanks to its quick scroll feature, which allows you to quickly jump back to the top of an application.

It’s easy to do and will save you buckets of time. So without further ado, here’s how it’s done:

  • To quickly jump back to the top of an application, simply tap the network bar that runs across the top of your iPhone 4S’ display.
  • This will automatically snap you straight back to the top of an application or your Web browser.
  • That’s it. Simple, stuff indeed!

How to display battery life as a percent on your iPhone 4S

Although the battery readout on the iPhone 4S is pretty good, it’s a lot easier to judge how long your juice will last with a percentage readout.

So we’ve decided to guide you through the process with the wonders of video.

Take a look at the video to see how to change the battery indicator on your iPhone 4S to show percentage rather than just a hard-to-read bar.

 

 

 

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