Tips and Tricks for the New iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad Owner

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Chances are you may have received an iOS device this year. Perhaps you got an iPad, iPhone or an iPod touch. Regardless, there may be a few things you are wondering about your new device. No worries, we’ve compiled a list of some of our past posts that should help you get right up to speed with things.

Let’s take a look at some of what you may want to know as you begin using your new iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you with your new iPhone, iPad or iPod touch:

1) How to Connect to Wifi

From the homescreen, go to Settings > Wifi (found on the left column). Under wifi networks, make sure wifi is “On” and choose an available network from the list under “Choose a network…” Enter network password if applicable.


2) How to Read PDFs 

A) Download iBooks from the App Store (Free).

B) Now, connect your device to the computer and launch iTunes (it may autolaunch depending on your settings).

C) In iTunes, go to File > Add to Library, and choose the PDF you want to import onto your iPad. (Control + O on a PC / Cmd + O on a Mac will also Add to Library).

D) When you have finished importing the PDF, you will sync the iPad once more.

E) After Syncing, you can launch iBooks. From there you can look at your collections in the top left corner of the bookshelf and choose PDFs. This will take you to a bookshelf with all of your PDF files.


3) How to Create a Folder

Hold your finger on an App icon until you see the iOS dance (you will see the icon enlarge slightly while the others jiggle), and drag it into a similar icon. This will automatically create a folder. iOS is also pretty smart with naming folders. For instance, if you join USA Today with the New York Times, it will automatically name it “News.”


4) How to Turn off Autocorrect

Autocorrect can be a hassle across all iOS devices. It’s the thing that changes the words you’re trying to say and turns it into something completely different. To disable that, you can simply go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Auto-Correction > Off.


5) Error Codes

Sometimes, you get a message that says something about an error, and is followed by a number. Error codes are much to long to cover in the space we have here, but we have talked extensively about them in the past. You can check out some solutions to common iPhone error codes here: Common iPhone error messages and what they mean.


Some Home Button Tricks

6) iPhone Home Button Trick 4: Spotlight

Press the home button from the first page to go to Spotlight search. Press it again from Spotlight search to go back to the first page.


7) iPhone Home Button Trick 3: Back to One

Press the home button to go back to the first page from any other page on your iPhone. It’s much easier than swiping back 8 times.


8) iPhone Home Button Trick 2: iPod Controls If the phone is locked, and you have music/video playing on the iPod, double clicking the home button will allow you to control your iPod without unlocking your iPhone.


Additional links:

Care Tips – These are some tips that will help you with your iOS device.

Basic Care Tips – These are some very basic care tips. They assume you have never used an iOS device or some fancy gadget. They may be considered too basic for some, but it’s stuff that we all learn as we own expensive pieces of consumer technology.

What The Heck is this USB icon and iTunes logo? – With iOS 5 we see less and less of this, but if the device has iOS 4 pre-installed, you will see the USB icon with the iTunes logo.

Stupid Home Button Tricks – The Home Button can do many things. It’s only one button, but there is quite a bit to it.

Enable Multitouch Gestures in iOS – Looking for multitouch gestures on your iPad? Here’s how to activate them.

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