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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.