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20 Tips And Tricks To Get The Most Out Of Your New iPhone


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iPhones are great at doing basic things like making phone calls, sending text messages, and checking emails.But did you know that they can do so much more to automate our lives and make tasks easier?

If you got a new iPhone for the holidays, here are some essential tips and tricks to get you started.

By the way, most of these tricks will also work on your new iPad too!

If you have an iPhone 5, know how to turn LTE off to save battery.

If you have an iPhone 5, know how to turn LTE off to save battery.

This tip will save some battery life when you’re in a pinch.

Start by going to settings, next head to general, and finally tap cellular. The second option is a toggle for “Enable LTE.” When you need to save some battery and can spare internet speed, switch this option off.

Lock your phone’s screen orientation

Lock your phone's screen orientation

To lock your screen orientation, double tap the home button and swipe to the right. You’ll see a gray circle opposite the rewind button.

Tap that one time and a lock will appear. Now when you turn your phone sideways the orientation will stay put.

Set an alphanumeric passcode

Set an alphanumeric passcode

Setting an alpha numeric password can add an extra layer of protection to your phone.

To enable, first head to Settings.

Next, tap general, navigate to the middle of the page, and select passcode lock.

Turn “Simple Passcode” off and you will be prompted to enter your alpha numeric password.

Tweet a photo directly from your Camera Roll

Tweet a photo directly from your Camera Roll

Head to your camera roll and select a photo. In the bottom left hand corner you’ll see an arrow icon. Tap that and a menu will come up.

Choose “Twitter” in the middle row and a menu will come up with the photo attached in the top right corner.

Type your tweet, tap Send, and you’re done.

Make the iPod app stop playing music after a set amount of time

Make the iPod app stop playing music after a set amount of time

This tip is handy if you ever fall asleep listening to music.

After you’ve selected a song in the Music app, head to the the clock app.

Select the timer option in the bottom right hand corner and set a specific time.

Below the time, there is an option that says, “When Timer Ends …” tap that.

At the very bottom of the list is an option for “Stop Playing.” Select this and when the timer is up it will stop the iPod from playing.

Automatically download new apps directly on your iPhone

Automatically download new apps directly on your iPhone

This is a handy feature if you have a lot of Apple devices. You can make it so that apps and music automatically download on all your devices.

Head to settings and navigate to the middle of the page. After that select the “Store” option.

Once inside under “Automatic Downloads” switch on the options for Music, Apps, or both.

Change the font in your Notes app

Change the font in your Notes app

If you’re tired of the note app’s marker font, you can quickly change it.

Start by going to Settings, then navigate to Notes.

In this menu you can easily switch between three fonts.

While in Apple’s Mail app you can just pull down from the top to check for new messages.

While in Apple's Mail app you can just pull down from the top to check for new messages.

Speaking of Mail…

Speaking of Mail...

If you want to get back to a draft quickly, touch and hold the Compose button to switch to your last saved draft.

Add PDFs from Safari to your iBooks or other apps. From a Mail message or a web page, touch and hold the PDF icon or link, then select “Open in iBooks.”

Add PDFs from Safari to your iBooks or other apps. From a Mail message or a web page, touch and hold the PDF icon or link, then select “Open in iBooks.”

Speed up your phone by selecting what Spotlight indexes.

Speed up your phone by selecting what Spotlight indexes.

Spotlight is a useful tool for finding stuff on your phone, but if you’ve set it to search your entire phone for every single item present then it can take some time.

Have it only search items you care about by starting at Settings, then select General, and finally choose Spotlight search.

You can select what your phone indexes and speed up the interface.

Change your phone’s name, directly on your device

Change your phone's name, directly on your device

You couldn’t do this in previous versions, but iOS 5 introduced the ability to change your phone’s name directly on the device. Before you had to do this through iTunes.

Changing your phone’s name can give it personality. (SAI editor Jay Yarow calls his “Tumor Toy.” We dare you to do better.)

You have to dig a little to get to this one. Start by going to Settings. Next head to General, and then About.

At the top of the page you’ll see your iPhone’s name—tap it and you can change it to whatever you like.

View websites in full screen…

View websites in full screen...

This ones easy…while browsing a web site in Safari, turn your iPhone to the side (landscape) and tap the full-screen icon (arrows coming together in the bottom right) and you can view a website without distraction.

Create a custom vibration

Create a custom vibration

Creating a custom vibration can let you know who is calling or texting you without having to look at the phone.

You can make a vibration as long or short as you like.

To do this one, head to Settings, then tap “Sounds” at the bottom of the page. You’ll be able to select custom vibration or record your own.

Enable Private Browsing for Safari

Enable Private Browsing for Safari

Make sure that your browsing stays private by turning this option on.

Start in settings, next head to Safari, and in the middle of the page switch Private Browsing on.

Use the Emoji keyboard to give your email or texts some flair.

Use the Emoji keyboard to give your email or texts some flair.

To enable Emoji first head to the settings app. Tap general, scroll down and tap keyboard, from there you’ll see another option a bit down the page, and you’ll see “Keyboards,” tap that.

From there you’ll want to select, “Add new keyboard,” once inside that menu you’ll scroll down until you see “Emoji”.

Select Emoji. Leave out of settings by pressing the home button and head to a text, note, or new email message.

Start typing and you’ll see a globe icon in the bottom left corner tap that once to toggle between the alpha-numeric keyboard and the Emoji keyboard.

Take advantage of iOS 6’s ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature.

Take advantage of iOS 6's 'Do Not Disturb' feature.

Right inside the settings menu is one of Apple’s latest iPhone features, “Do Not Disturb.” You can switch this on at night or when you do not want to be bothered by your phone.

Right below Do Not Disturb is an option for Notifications.

The Notifications menu will allow you to tweak Do Not Disturb allowing it to turn off at a certain time or who you can receive calls from.

Optional settings for Do Not Disturb:

  • Scheduled: Automatically enable Do Not Disturb between the hours you specify.
  • Allow Calls From: Allow calls from everyone, no one, your favorites, or specific contact groups.
  • Repeated Calls: If someone calls you twice within three minutes, the call will not be silenced.

Take a screenshot of your screen

Take a screenshot of your screen


Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button, then press the Home button. Your screen flashes and the picture appears in your Camera Roll.

Use Siri discreetly…

Use Siri discreetly...

In case you don’t want to yell out your question to Siri and have her broadcast it back to you try this trick:

Head to settings, next general, then Siri.

The last option in the list will be “Raise to Speak.” Switch that on and the next time you raise your phone to your ear Siri will activate.

Use Siri to set location-based reminders

Use Siri to set location-based reminders

This tip comes straight from Apple: 

You probably know Siri can be used to set a reminder, like saying “Siri, remind me to call mom at 4pm today.” But did you know you can set location-based reminders on your iPhone 4S? Say “Remind me to call mom when I leave here” or “Remind me to call mom when I get home” and you’ll be notified accordingly.

Now check this out …

Now check this out ...



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.




25 (Most Wanted) Tips For iPhone 3G


iphone 3g tips

We all know that the handy user experience of iPhone is one of the selling point. But not so many people do realize that there are several shortcuts, tips and tricks available on the iPhone which able to make life much easier.

We believe every single iPhone users would like to know all of the tips and tricks for every feature of iPhone. In fact, if you dig and explore a little deeper, you will know that you can actually do a lot more on your iPhone. With these lesser-known goodies, you can easily get the most out of your iPhone.

This week, we’ve collected some really amazing tips from Web and our own experiences to present you 25 most wanted tips for iPhone 3G. Full list after jump!

More: You might also be interested in 25 Most Addictive Free iPhone Games.


    1. How to Disable iPhone 3G GPRS or Edge Connection

      Tap “Setting – General – Network – Cellular Data Network”. In the “APN, Username and Password” field, simply type in some words so iPhone will not pass the correct values to service providers. Restart your iPhone if necessary.


    2. How to Set Content Restriction

      You can set restrictions for iPod content for the use of some applications on iPhone. For example, parents can restrict explicit music from being seen on playlists, or turn off YouTube access entirely.

      Just go to “General – Restrictions” then tap Enable Restrictions and enter a four-digit passcode to restrict your content.


    3. How to Customize iPhone Wallpaper as Google Calendar and Notes

      gCalWall Lite enables users to add their upcoming Google Calendar appointments to their home/unlock screens.


    4. How to Train your iPhone to Learn New Words

      You can train your phone to “remember” words if you type them repeatedly, but this tutorial will teach you a better way to train your iPhone to learn new words on the fly.


    5. How to Select Other Domain Name Endings

      When you type a website URL in the address bar, you can now hold down the “.com” button to get a selection of other domain name endings and tap on any of the endings to insert them in the address bar. [via tuaw]

    6. How to Take Screen Shot

      Hold the “home” button, then hit the “power/sleep” button, the screen will momentarily flash, and the iPhone’s current screen contents will be saved to the Camera Roll.


    7. How to Hide SMS Preview

      With Show SMS Preview disabled you will only get a generic “New Text Message”.

      Go to “General > Passcode Lock” and enter a 4-digit passcode. After that disable “Show SMS Preview”.


    8. How to Increase the Volume of the Ringer

      Your iPhone’s ringer volume issue can be resolved by using a custom ringtone rather than ringtones currently available on the iPhone.

    9. How to Save Images in Safari and Mail

      Just touch and hold an image in Safari or Mai, an action sheet will be presented to enable you to save the image. The image will get stored in the “Saved Photos” library of the Photos app.


    10. How to Insert Extra Punctuation Keys

      Touch and hold the punctuation key and you get a set of additional keys to choose from.

    11. How to Force Quit An App

      Have you ever been using an app and it’s become completely frozen? You can actually apply a force quit on it by pressing the Home button for at least six seconds.


    12. How to Switch Punctuation Keys to Alphabet Keys Quickly

      Mode changes in between the punctuation keys and alphabet keys are pretty annoying. To solve it, just press the “.?123″ key, but don’t lift your finger as the punctuation layout appears. Slide your finger a half inch onto the period or comma key, and release. The ABC layout returns automatically.

    13. How to Fast Forward/Rewind Music & Video

      Press and hold the skip forward/back arrows to fast forward or rewind rather than skip tracks. Also, press on the album art to manually FF/rewind.

    14. How to Access iPod Controls or Phone Favorites Instantly

      Go to “Settings – General – Home Button”. You can customize by double-clicking the Home Button goes to Home, Phone Favorites or iPod Controls.

    15. How to Maximize iPhone Battery Life

      Here’s how to live with the iPhone’s battery life while using it a whole lot.

    16. How to Erase iPhone Data Thoroughly

      A method that should wipe out almost all remnants of your personal data.

    17. How to Backup Your iPhone Contacts

      A neat application dubbed IDrive Lite that allows you to backup, share and restore all your iPhone contacts completely free of charge if you’ve updated your iPhone software to 2.0.

    18. How to Design iPhone Themes

      If you’re bored with your default iPhone theme and plan to get more funky on it, you can visit iPhone Theme Generator and grab your own customized theme. It also provides a very good guide on how to install the theme into your iPhone.


    19. How to Access the Scientific Calculator

      To access the scientific calculator, just rotate your iphone sideways into landscape orientation while using the calculator.

    20. How to Share Your iPhone Apps with Others

      Melvin Rivera has a great step by step set up, so if you are a multiple iPhone family then you may want to head on over and check it out.


    21. How to Use iPhone as External Disk

      DiskAid is a tool (freeware) for PC and Mac which enables to use your iPhone or iPod Touch as external Disk. With DiskAid you can transfer files and folders via USB between your device and your Computer.


    22. How to Create Free iPhone Ringtones Using iTunes in Windows

      A few steps you can actually convert a DRM-free song into a ringtone using only iTunes in Windows.

  1. How to Convert Videos for Your iPhone

    An useful resource for converting videos online as well as off. This tutorial also teaches you on how to copy videos to your iTunes and iPhone.


  2. How to Sync An iPhone with Multiple Computers

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iPhone 4S Tips and Tricks

These simple tips and tricks will help you travel from one destination to the next, get more done with Siri, and make the things you do every day even easier.

See how to use Siri.

When you press and hold the Home button, Siri asks, “What can I help you with?” Tap the “i” button to see a detailed list of the ways Siri can help you get things done.

Tell Siri who’s who.

Tell Siri about your relationships, such as “Erin is my wife” or “Rick is my dad.” Then you can say “Text my wife” or “Call dad” and Siri knows who you mean.

Set your locations.

Be sure to enter your home and work addresses in Contacts. That way, Siri can remind you to do things when you leave or arrive at either place.

Siri writes email.

You can dictate a quick response to an email. Just say “Reply,” then tell Siri your message.

iPhone 4S takes dictation.

Instead of typing an email, tap the microphone icon on the keyboard and start talking. Tap done, and your words will appear as text. Use dictation to write messages, take notes, update your Facebook status, tweet, and more.

Quick, take a photo.

The camera icon is always there on your lock screen. Just swipe up to open the Camera app.

Get there with Quick Route.

When Maps drops a pin on a location, you can get turn-by-turn directions to that location almost instantly. Just tap the Quick Route button next to the location’s name.

See up close with Flyover.

Switch to Flyover view in Maps by tapping the 3D button. Now you can explore cities from the air as you zoom, pan, and rotate around landmarks.

Tilt and rotate with two fingers.

As you’re looking at a map, use two fingers to tilt or rotate the view. Maps keeps the names of the streets and places where they belong. So everything’s easy to read, and you won’t get lost.

Head north in a tap.

Rotate a map a few times, and you could lose your north-south orientation. But it’s easy to get it back. Just tap the compass icon in the upper-right corner.

Refresh your inbox with a swipe.

Anticipating an important email? Refresh your mailboxes in an instant with a quick downward swipe.

Take websites full screen.

When you really want to see the whole picture, turn your iPhone to landscape and tap the full-screen icon to view web pages without distractions.

Get back to your draft.

In Mail, touch and hold the Compose button to switch to your last saved message draft.

See what’s up.

Notification Center lets you know about missed messages, calendar invitations, friend requests, and more. New notifications appear on top of the screen. Swipe down to see a summary of recent notifications.

Set reminders.

Assign due dates to items on your to-do list and Reminders will send you alerts. Add locations, and you’ll get alerts when you leave or when you arrive. You can also choose priority levels and write notes.

Tweet it. Post it.

Sign in once under Settings, and you can tweet or update your Facebook status directly from Safari, Photos, Camera, and Maps. Or ask Siri to do it for you.

Broadcast live with AirPlay.

With AirPlay Mirroring, you can share exactly what’s on your iPhone 4S with your HDTV connected to an Apple TV. Just double-click the Home button, swipe all the way to the right, and select AirPlay Mirroring.

Customize your keyboard.

Create your own personal dictionary, including shortcuts for each word. So your keyboard not only autocorrects, it knows exactly what you want to say as you type. In Settings, tap General > Keyboard > Add New Shortcut. From there you can add new phrases and assign optional shortcuts to them.

Create an event fast.

Touch anywhere on the calendar to create an event. To change your schedule, just drag events around. Tap for day, month, or list view. And rotate to landscape to see an entire week.

Everything has an alert.

Assign a specific tone or create a custom vibration for new mail, Calendar alerts, tweets, and reminders. In Settings, tap Sounds to assign each a tone or vibration.

Locate your lost iPhone.

If you’ve lost your iPhone, Find My iPhone can help you locate it. Just go to Settings > iCloud and turn on the Find My iPhone feature.

Save images from the web.

In Safari, touch and hold an image to save it to your Camera Roll or copy it to paste into an MMS or email.

Give your texts some character.

Access all sorts of smileys, animals, shapes, and other peculiarities from your emoji-enabled keyboard. Just go to Settings > General > Keyboard and tap International Keyboards. Add a new keyboard and select Emoji. Now when you type, just tap the globe button and choose the emoji that fits the mood.

Get some peace and quiet.

In Settings, turn on Do Not Disturb to avoid dealing with all incoming calls and notifications. Enable it manually or schedule a recurring time. Or allow calls from your favorites or specific contact groups.

Scroll to the top fast.

In Safari, Mail, Contacts, and many other apps, tap the status bar — which displays the network information, time, and battery level — to scroll quickly to the top.

Lock the screen orientation.

Double-click the Home button to bring up the multitasking bar, then swipe from left to right. Now tap the portrait orientation lock once to turn it on and again to turn it off.

Pinch to zoom.

In the Camera app, pinch to zoom in and out of a scene up to 5x. You can also use the zoom slider.

Add PDFs to iBooks.

From a Mail message or a web page, touch and hold the PDF icon or link, then select “Open in iBooks.”

Lighten the load.
In your wallet.

Passbook stores your boarding passes, gift cards, coupons, and more. So when you’re boarding at the gate or checking out at the café, just open Passbook, find the pass you need, and have it scanned — right from your iPhone.

Create web clips.

To add a website to your Home screen, visit the page in Safari and tap the Share button at the bottom of the Safari window. Then tap Add to Home Screen.

Learn some keyboard tricks.

  • Tap the space bar twice, and iPhone adds a period and capitalizes the next word.
  • To enter a number or symbol quickly, touch and hold
    , then select the key you want. Lifting your finger returns you to the alphabet keyboard.
  • Touch and hold a letter to reveal a list of special characters.

Scrub through audio and video.

When you’re watching a video or listening to music or a podcast, the scrubber bar lets you skip to any point along the timeline. You can adjust the scrub rate from high-speed to fine scrubbing by sliding your finger down as you drag the playhead along the scrubber bar.

Keep your inbox clean.

In Mail, you can delete or move messages in batches. From your inbox, tap Edit, select the messages you want to organize, then tap Delete or Move.

Take a picture of your screen.

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button, then press the Home button. Your screen flashes and the picture appears in your Camera Roll.

Create a playlist.

In the Music app, tap Playlists, then tap Add Playlist and give it a name. Now tap any song or video to add it to the playlist. You can add individual songs, entire albums, or all songs by an artist.

Tap to focus the camera.

While shooting video or photos, tap the screen where you want to focus. iPhone also adjusts the exposure and white balance automatically.

Display character count in text messages.

In Settings, tap Messages, then tap the Character Count switch. The count appears as you type when your message exceeds two lines. You may want to do this when carrier fees apply.

Print wirelessly from iPhone.

AirPrint makes it easy to print email and web pages from your iPhone to your AirPrint-enabled printer. To print an email, just tap the Reply icon and select Print. To print a web page, tap the Share button and select Print. You can also print photos, documents, and more.

Share from Notification Center.

Notification Center not only shows you what’s up with you, it can tell your social circle what’s up with you. Tweet or update your Facebook status right from Notification Center.

Read the iPhone User Guide.

For more tips, tricks, and instructions, tap the Bookmarks icon in Safari, then select iPhone User Guide.


50 iPhone 5 tips and tricks – 50-27


iPhone 5 tips and tricks

iPhone 5 tips and tricks



The iPhone 5 is one of the big daddies of the smartphone market. And part of the reason it’s so popular is that it is so easy to use. However, there are more features than most people know of tucked away in its little aluminium body. We’ve scraped away at the iPhone’s surface to find the top tricks and tips for this top phone.


50. A case is a good idea this time around
Apple completely changed the hardware design of the iPhone series with the iPhone 5. Where previous generations were made of glass and steel, most of the iPhone 5 is aluminium.

The positive effect of this is that the phone is very light and less prone to smashing. However, it is also much less scratch-resistant. Aluminium is a much less hard metal than steel, so the iPhone 5 will take much more of a beating in a pocket full of change than an iPhone 4S. Therefore, using some form of case is a very good idea.

49. The black/slate edition shows off damage more
The iPhone 5 comes in two shades, a white/silver one and the black/slate one. Although it looks nifty when in pristine condition, the slate rear of the black edition is particularly prone to damage. It’s not that it’s any weaker, but scratches on the stained metal rear expose the shiny aluminium underneath. You have to be doubly careful with a black edition.


48. You can tweet a photo directly from the camera roll
In the last few updates to the iOS system, Apple has upped social networking integration. You can now send a photo directly to Facebook or Twitter from the camera app’s gallery. Simply press the arrow button when viewing a photo and the Share menu will pop up, which includes Facebook and Twitter shortcuts. You’ll naturally need to have those accounts linked to your phone, though, by installing the respective social client apps.

47. Social apps can expand your address book

The Facebook and Twitter iPhone apps can be used to add information to your iPhone 5’s contacts book. They’ll add new contacts, use photos from people’s profiles and add extra information you may have missed if you added them manually. To allow the phone to do this, you’ll have to enable the feature from within the iPhone’s Settings menu, rather than the apps themselves.

Both Facebook and Twitter have entries a way down the Settings menu. Facebook has a pair of flick-switches that let it send info to your Calendar and Contacts book, and Twitter has an Update contacts button.

46. Post a Tweet or status update from the Notification bar
Twitter and Facebook are pretty deeply integrated into the iPhone 5’s interface. There’s a tweet box in the drop-down notifications bar, accessed by swiping down from the top of the screen, alongside a “Tap to Post” Facebook bar. These are probably the quickest ways to post on your social networks while out and about.

45. Best social clients

Most people use the standard, official Facebook and Twitter clients, but there are plenty of third-party apps – for Twitter in particular. Favourites include HootSuite, Tweetbot, Twitbird and Twitterific. Some are free, but many come with a small charge of a couple of quid.

Emails, SMS and calls

44. How to add an email attachment
A basic feature that isn’t made nearly clear enough by iOS is how to add attachments to emails in the stock email app. To do so, hold a finger down on the body of the email for a second, let go and a menu will pop up. Scroll right in this “select/paste” menu and you’ll be given the option to add a photo or video to your email. It’s not quite as flexible as the attachments you can add on a proper computer, but it’s something.

43. How to add a new email account

One thing that has foxed many a new iPhone owner is how to add a second email account – because you don’t do so from within the email app itself. Instead, you have to head to the iPhone 5’s main Settings menu. Flick down to the Mail, Contacts, Calendars entry, within which you’ll find an “Add Account” button. It offers easy connections for popular email providers like Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail, among others.

42. You can set custom vibrate alerts
If you want to be able to differentiate between the different types of iPhone notification without using noisy ringtones, you can do so with custom vibrate alerts. There are seven preset vibration alerts in total, from the simple “Alert” to the more musical “Symphony”. Alternatively, you can program your own by tapping a Morse code-like pattern using the touchscreen.

You’ll find these options within the Sounds menu in Settings. Each type of alert can have a vibration and sound attached to it. You’ll find the vibration option at the top of each alert type’s submenu. This is a cool feature that hardly anyone seems to use.


41. Quick top-of-page gesture
Often, you’ll need to get to the top of a page quickly. For example, to call someone from within the SMS app or to get to the address bar in the browser. To fire straight to the top in either part of iOS, just tap right up at the top of the screen, by the clock. This is a real time-saver.

40. Multitasking
Here’s one most of you probably know about already. Double-tap the Home button to bring up the multi-tasking drawer. This houses all your recently-used apps and is the quickest way to switch between apps or games. It’s also the best way to close down apps that are mis-behaving. Exit the app, call up the multitasking menu then hold a finger down on that app’s entry until a red icon appears in its corner. Tap the red icon to close the app down.

39. Do Not Disturb mode
A godsend to those who feel their smartphone is starting to take over their life, Do Not Disturb mode is there to give you some blessed peace. It stops notifications from getting through at certain times of the day, which is especially useful if you like the odd afternoon nap. You can set Do Not Disturb to let certain contacts through at all times, though. You’ll find the mode in the main Settings menu – tap on the Notifications entry below the Do Not Disturb switch to set the parameters of the mode.

38. Taking a screenshot
Simple but brilliant, you can take a snap of what’s on your iPhone 5’s screen at any time. Just press the power button up top and the Home button at the same time. The image will then be saved to the phone’s camera gallery.

37. You don’t need to sync to update anymore
With iOS 6, Apple removed the need to hook up to a computer to download software updated. You can now do it directly from the phone. To do so, go to the General sub-menu within Settings. Here you’ll find the Software update button, which will tell you whether there’s an update ready to download.

36. How to hard reset your iPhone
Contrary to what some people say, iPhone 5s do crash from time to time. And sometimes they crash hard. The easiest fix for a frozen phone is a hard reset, which forces the whole system to start afresh. To do this, press down the top power button and Home button at the same time for several seconds. You will see the screen go black, then the Apple logo should appear showing that the system is starting up again.

35. How to factory reset your iPhone
The other kind of reset is much more dangerous. A factory reset erases all your apps, removes any accounts linked to the phone, making it more-or-less as it was fresh out of the box. This is the reset to do if you choose to sell your iPhone 5, or if it keeps on playing up and other solutions do nothing to help. To perform a factory reset, go to the General sub-menu in Settings and scroll all the way down to the Reset option. Within this menu you’ll find several types of reset. The factory one is “Erase All Content and Settings.”

34. Changing your background and lock screen image
One of the few ways to stamp your personality onto your iPhone 5 is to change the background and lock screen image. You can change these within Brightness & Wallpaper within Settings. Alternatively, select the image you want from within the Photo app, hit the arrow Share button and select Use as Wallpaper. You’re then given the option to use as either lock or home background, or both.

Maps and Navigation

33. Don’t use Apple Maps, use Google Maps
Apple Maps is not good. Apple ditched Google Maps as its mapping partner with the introduction of iOS 6 in September 2012, and it is seen as one of Apple’s biggest blunders in years. Full of hokey and out-of-date information, it’s much worse than the Google Maps solution it replaced. It’s so bad that Apple CEO Tim Cook made a public apology for the software. However, now you can download an app version of Google Maps, which is much, much better. So use that.

32.  If you’re going abroad, download an offline map before you leave home
GPS is free to use abroad, but the data you’ll need to download mapping information while you’re out and about generally is not. To avoid having to pay extortionate roaming charges, download an offline map app of the city you’re heading to. You’ll find such apps for just about any major European city on the App Store. They won’t be as good as Google Maps, but will do the job.

31. How to enter Street View in the Google Maps app
The Google Maps app makes is surprisingly tricky to use the Street View function, which gives you a first-person view of what a place looks like. To use it, search for a location within Google Maps or hold a finger down on a road to bring up its address. This will make a pop-up location menu appear at the bottom of the screen. Drag this up to see more information about the location. If there’s Street View info for the location, there’ll also be a Street View button here.


30. Entering Engineering mode
The iPhone 5 massages its signal bar, to make its reception look better than it really is. Want to know what your reception actually is? You need to use the Engineering mode.  Type *3001#12345#* into the dialler and hit the call button and you’ll enter Field Test mode. This changes the bar-based signal indicator to a “proper” numerical figure. There are also menus to tell you all sorts of other signal information, but most – including us – will be hopelessly lost here.

29. How to Jailbreak your iPhone
In early February 2013, a comprehensive jailbreak for iPhones was released. It’s a program that’ll hack virtually any iOS device running iOS version 6.0-6.1.2. We’ve not tried it yet, but we’re informed it’s dead easy to do and relatively issue-free. To download the jailbreak, check out the evasi0n website. Evasi0n is the team of hackers that made the software.

28. Best Jailbreaking applications
One of the main reasons to jailbreak your phone is to install the Cydia app store, which gives you access to loads of apps that would never make it onto the App Store proper. These include apps that can make big changes to the way your phone works – the jailbreak gives apps much greater access to the iOS system’s roots. You’re given much greater control over how your phone looks and feels, and can install things like game emulators – which wouldn’t be allowed (in their pure form) on the App Store.

27. How to fix the “sticky Home button” problem
One of the most common problems with ageing iPhones is that their Home buttons start to play up. It’s unlikely that many iPhone 5s have started to suffer from this issue, but give it time and the Home button arthritis will probably kick in. If youe Home button starts becoming unresponsive, there are a few solutions. The most drastic is surgery. You can buy iPhone Home button replacement kits online (iPhone 5 ones don’t seem to be available yet), or you can try the software fix.

Start up any pre-installed app (as in an app that’s there fresh out of the box). Then press the power button until the power-off prompt appears. Next, press and hold the Home button to leave the app. This will recalibrate the Home button. Of course, it’ll only solve the issue if it’s a problem of software rather than hardware.

Apps and Games

26. Download AppShopper for bargains
One of the best ways to track price drops and popular new apps is AppShopper. It’s an App Store tracker app that monitors activity and displays it in a much more dynamic way than the App Store itself. You can look for apps that have recently dropped in price, look at the brand-new apps that are attracting attention and setup a list of favourites, tracking when they go down in price.

25. Auto downloads
iOS 6 lets you leave it to automatically download apps you already own to a new phone. It’s handy if you upgrade your iPhone every year, you lucky thing. You’ll find this option in the iTunes & App Stores menu of Settings. Here you’ll see auto download sliders for apps, books and music.

24. How to delete apps
An easy essential, this one. To delete apps on your iPhone 5, simply hold a finger down on an app icon until it starts to jiggle. This will also make a little red icon appear at the corner of your apps. Tap the red icon to delete the app.

23. Essential apps
There are hundreds of thousands of iPhone apps available on the App Store, and if you’re an iPhone veteran you’ll already have a bunch of favourites that you rely on daily. Some of our top recommendations include note-taking app Evernote, pretty newsreader Flipboard, Facebook, Twitter, BBC iPlayer, eBay and YouTube. Let us know your favourites in the comments.

22. Best free games
There are thousands and thousands of free games on the App Store, and many of them are downright awful. Freebies worth checking out include Hill Climb Racing, Real Racing 3, the original Angry Birds, Tap Defense, JellyCar, Jetpack Joyride, TapTap Revenge Tour, Triple Town, Dropship and Drop7.


21. Private browsing
Like your desktop browser, the iPhone 5’s Safari browser can be set to Private Browsing mode, which won’t save any of the places you’ve visited for other people to check up on. You’ll find the Private Browsing switch in the Safari sub-menu within Settings.

20. Select Your Search Engine
From this Safari sub-menu you can also select the search engine the iPhone 5 will use for its Internet searches. Your choices are Google, Yahoo! and Bing. We honestly can’t think of a reason why anyone would pick anything but Google, though, short of an irrational hatred for the big G.

19. How to save web images to the gallery
Another neat half-hidden feature of the iPhone 5 Safari browser is that you can save images easily from within the browser. Just hold a finger down on an image until a menu pops-up. One of the options in the menu is “save image”, which will save the pic to your phone’s gallery.

18. Install a data monitor if you have a mobile data limit
Unlike the latest version of Android, iOS does not currently offer a particularly good way to track how much mobile data you have used. There’s just a global data counter within the Usage part of the iPhone 5’s Settings menu. There are apps that will do this for you, though, and let you know when you’re approaching your data limit. One to try is the freebie Data Monitor.

17. Saving pages for offline reading
If you want to save some of your data allowance, you can save pages for offline reading in the iPhone 5’s Reading List. To do this, just press down on a page until a menu pops-up. In this menu, one of the options will be “Add to Reading List”. You can access you Reading List by tapping the book icon in the Safari nav bar. Reading List will be the top option.

Battery Life

16. Turn off mobile data
The best way to conserve battery is to turn off mobile data. 3G is one of the most serious battery leeches in the mobile world. Of course, turning off data will also mean you can’t browse the web unless you’re in a Wi-Fi zone, so it has its disadvantages.

15. Turn off… Everything else
If your battery is low, turning of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi will help eke out those extra few minutes before conking out. The other big contributor to battery life zapping is the screen’s backlight. You’ll find the wireless connectivity switched in the Settings menu, and the screen brightness slider in the Brightness & Wallpaper section within Settings.

Security and Money-saving

14. Increase security with a passcode
The most basic security measure to make with an iPhone 5 is to add a passcode to the lock screen, making any users input a four-number code once the phone has become locked. To setup a password, you need to go to the General section of the Settings menu and select the Passcode Lock menu item. Here you can choose your four-number code and select how often you want the passcode to be required – from every time the phone goes into standby to once every four hours.

13. Turn off Roaming
Although EU leglislation has limited how much carriers can charge for data while you’re abroad in Europe, you’ll still pay a pretty penny to check your emails. And don’t even think about trying to stream video. Head out of the EU and you’ll pay crazy rates to boot. You’re best off turning off roaming altogether, and relying on Wi-Fi while you’re abroad. You’ll find the Data Roaming switch down the bottom of the Settings > General > Mobile Data menu.

12. Find My iPhone
Apple’s ultimate weapon against iPhone theft is Find My Phone. This is something you’re asked if you want to enable when you first start-up your iPhone. Should your iPhone be stolen, it allows you to track the device on a web browser using the iPhone 5’s GPS transmitter. It’s dead clever. Unlike many iPhone core features, it has a separate Fine My iPhone app, available from the App Store. You’ll need a MobileMe account to get it working, though.

Video and Music

11. How to add files to apps
Many apps have their own stores of “associated” files. For example, a third-party video player might have a stash of videos, or an ebook reader a stash of ebooks. These are added to the apps as documents, sync’d over iTunes. You don’t add them to your iTunes library, though, but within the iTunes sync menu when your iPhone is plugged into your computer.

10. Third-party apps will stop you needing to transcode videos
Some of the most useful third-party apps that use these documents are video players. The iPhone 5 can’t play many different video formats off-the-bat, but with a media player solution, the phone can play all sorts including MKVs, without needing to convert them to an iPhone-friendly type.

9. How to transcode videos to iPhone format
If you want to watch downloaded videos using the native video player, you’ll most likely have to start transcoding files. Bits of software that can do this include Handbrake and Visual Hub. However, transcoding is a laborious process, so we recommend downloading a decent third-party video player if you have a big library of downloaded videos.


8. Location-based reminders
Siri is the iPhone 5’s voice assistant. She takes an audio file of what you say over to Apple’s servers, which then decipher it and do their best to help with whatever you’re after. You can ask Siri to make Location-based reminders, which will pipe up when the iPhone 5’s GPS tracker has calculated that you’re in a certain place. To turn on Siri, check out the Siri sub-menu in Settings > General. To access Siri once enabled, you just need to hold down on the Home button.

7. You can Tweet through Siri
As well as grabbing you information from the web, Siri can write tweets for you. However, we strongly recommend checking what she’s made of your words before posting, especially if you have an accent that she might stumble over.


6. There are accessories to expand your storage
iPhones do not let you plug in memory cards to increase the phone’s storage. It’s not something Apple has ever allowed. However, there are Wi-Fi-based solutions that can give you more room to play with fairly effectively. The last we looked at was the Kingston WiDrive. Devices like these are Wi-Fi transmitters that connect directly to the iPhone, through the medium of an app. They either have their own internal storage or offer a card slot. Files on these data drives can then be imported using the iPhone.

5. What is iCloud and how to use it
iCloud is Apple’s own cloud storage service. It doesn’t get all that much attention, but it’s a massively important part of the Apple infrastructure. By default, it’s used to back-up most of the data on your phone, including photos, contacts, emails and calendar entries. Apple gives you 5GB of storage for free, and should you need more you can pay a little extra for more. You’ll find iCloud info and storage options in Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.

4. iTunes Match
A more immediately exciting use of Apple’s cloud services is seen in iTunes Match. This is a service that you pay £21.99 a year for, and it lets you stream your entire music collection from the cloud to your phone, freeing-up any internal storage you might otherwise have had to expend on music. You have to “sync” your music library with iTunes Match, and can have up to 25,000 songs.

Camera and Photography

3. Turn on HDR
For casual photographers, there’s little reason not to use the HDR mode of the iPhone 5’s camera app. HDR stands for high dynamic range, and is a mode that melds two different exposures in a single photo to create the most detail-filled shot possible. The iPhone 5 automatically captures a non-HDR shot with each HDR one too. What’s the downside? HDR mode is significantly slower than standard shooting, to make time for the processing of the HDR shot.

2. Use the volume key as a shutter button
Apple lets you use the iPhone 5’s “volume up” button to take photos, as well as the touchscreen. This button is in a near-perfect position to take on the role as a shutter button. This even works when using a three-button remote control, including Bluetooth headsets. So you can effectively use a wireless headset as a remote shutter control. How cool is that?

1. Get a quick look at the photo you just took
For the first good old while using an iPhone 5, we always used to tap the Gallery shortcut at the bottom of the camera app’s screen to look at photos. However, it turns out this is completely unnecessary. Just swipe left-to-right from the camera preview screen and you’ll instantly be taken to the camera roll, which shows you your photos, starting with the most recently-taken one.

And a few extra for good luck….

Top camera tips
The key to getting good basic shots is about focus and composition. Try and line-up the horizon with the edges of the screen to avoid wonky photos, or alternatively switch on the grid in the camera Options menu if you find this all a bit tricky. Getting photos in-focus is all about staying still, funnily enough. The iPhone 5 has a pretty quick focusing system thanks in part to its decent F/2.4 lens, but try your best to keep your hands still until the exposure has definitely finished to get the best shots.

Best camera apps
If the iPhone 5’s own camera app is just a bit too minimalist for your liking, there are oodles of third-party apps to try. One of the most popular is Camera , which adds a barrel-load of modes and feature, and lets you pick separate focusing and exposure points. Pro Camera gives you the control options that the basic camera app lacks, including ISO, software anti-shake and oodles of filters.

Have your own favourite iPhone tricks? Let us know yours in the comments.