If you have a new iPhone and are new to the device, you definitely have a few things to learn about the handset. That’s okay. It’s a lot easier than it looks. We’ll help you get through it. Read on below and learn your way around the iPhone.
1) Passcode Lock/Touch ID
Passcode Lock and Touch ID are almost 100 percent essential if you have an iPhone. You don’t want to feel helpless if it’s ever lost or stolen. Normally, your iPhone will have you set these things up automatically. Still, you may want to check or change the options. Here’s how you go about doing that.
For Touch ID, all you have to do is go to Settings > General > Touch ID & Passcode > Touch ID. You can add fingerprint profiles here. Up to five. This is useful for multiple fingers or for users you trust.
Passcode Lock is under Settings > General > Touch ID & Passcode (iPhone 5S) or Passcode Lock (other iPhone models). You can enable, disable or change your passcode here.
Folders are extremely useful for keeping things in order. It works on the iPhone just like it does on the iPad. Simply hold your finger on an icon until they all start to jiggle. Once that happens, you can drag one icon into another. This will create a folder. iOS 7 automatically names folders, but you can give it a custom name. We tend to put similar apps together. Other staffers at iSmashPhone prefer to order their apps based on frequency of use. It’s totally up to you, and how you want to arrange them.
ControlCenter is a quickstep place for simple controls. You can turn on Airplane Mode, Wifi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb and Screen Orientation Lock. You can also adjust brightness, control playback, use AirDrop, AirPlay, Flashlight, Clocks, Calculator and the Camera.
4) Spotlight Search
Spotlight Search is very useful for finding anything on your iPhone. We use it all the time. Sometimes it’s faster than swiping around your pages and folders. Just swipe down from anywhere onscreen (except for the very top) and you will bring up Spotlight. This will search through folders, email, Messages, Contacts, apps and more. Learn to use this. It will help you get around your iPhone much more quickly.
5) Car Chargers and Battery Cases
Car chargers and battery cases are are great. There are also portable USB battery packs. We don’t want to endorse any one particular product or retailer, but looking up anything such as “iPhone car charger,” “iPhone battery case” or “iPhone battery pack” will yield plenty of search results from credible online retailers. Look around and see what you find. There is plenty, and there is almost certainly something that suits your tastes.
6) Deleting Apps
Deleting Apps is useful if you have a smaller capacity iPhone. All you have to do is hold your finger on an app icon until the apps begin to jiggle. Once they do that, tap the ‘x’ on the corner of the app icon. This will delete it. That’s it. Delete whatever you want to get rid of. When you’re done deleting apps, just press the Home Button.
Enjoy Your New iPhone
The iPhone and iOS are very easy to use. It just takes a little getting around and becoming familiar with the interface. Once you’ve learned how to use it, you are set. You will be a power-user in no time.