Quick Internet Tips on the iPhone

Using the Internet on the iPhone is somewhat of a daunting task.  The format for using Safari, the prime Internet browser that comes built into the iPhone, is based on the way it works on a standardized computer.  Within that sphere the features have been simplified, the interaction structured around the touch screen, and you also have to deal with the simple network and connectivity issues of a mobile device.  This does not mean that you need to re-acquainted yourself entirely with how to browse, but that you should learn some quick internet tips for the iPhone that are going to allow you to plow right into it without missing a beat.

One of the most basic things to learn is how to change the default search engine on the iPhone.  Start by going into Settings and going down to Safari, which is in the third block of options directly below FaceTime.  Once you are in there you will find that the first option is to change the default search engine on the iPhone.  It is set to Google as a default, but you can also change it to either Yahoo or Bing.  You will know that you have changed the default search engine when the check mark is set next to the search engine you prefer.

A lot of people also ask how to reset Safari on the iPhone.  This often means that you want to get rid of all the saved cache, history, and the like.  That will be especially important if you are trying to retain privacy on Internet history or there is clutter and connectivity problems with browsing.  If you are searching for how to reset Safari on the iPhone, go back into the Safari Settings.  Go down below and find Clear History and Clear Cookies and Data.  Select both of these and then choose to do it once you are asked again.  This is something that can be done fairly regularly and will not disrupt your content, as well as will not delete Bookmarks.

 

There are additional Safari Settings that are important to note since they are options that are automatically set to On as a default.  Back in the Safari Settings you will see that Fraud Warnings, Javascript, and Block Pop-ups are al set to On.  These options are best kept on, but you can find reasons to remove these such as the need to view a pop-up window or excessive fraud warnings.

 

One important tip is simply knowing when to switch back and forth between 4G and Wi-Fi.  The best way to approach Wi-Fi is to have it automatically connect to sources that you are near on a regular basis and that you know are secure.  It is advantageous to have it automatically connect when you are at home, school, work, family locations, and common establishments.  The Wi-Fi is going to generally be faster and better for things like FaceTime, updating, and downloads.  This, however, is not always the case, as you will sometimes find that the connection is running slower than your iPhone’s 4G connection and you want to switch back over.  Simply pay close attention to what is happening with both and then choose accordingly.  It is also going to be important to maintain a 4G connection if you are getting close to your data limit if you are on a limited data plan.

If you are having iPhone 4G Internet connectivity problems there are a few things that could be wrong.  It could simply be your positioning or location since the connectivity is based on cellular service.  If you have consistently had problems as well as had problems with calling out and receiving text messages you should try to reset your data.  Go into Settings and go down to General, the top option on the third block of options.  Go to the very bottom of that screen and select Reset.  Select the middle option from the list, Reset Network Settings.  This will often repair a stagnant connection issue and allow it to continue as normal.

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