Apple iPhone Tips and Tricks

Apple iPhone Breakdown with iOS 7.0.6

Apple iPhone Review
Apple iPhone – ALL CAPS
Apple iPhone – Clearing Internet History
Apple iPhone – Force Closing Apps That Are Running In The Background
Apple iPhone- Turning Off Auto-Correction
Apple iPhone – Blocking Calls
Apple iPhone – Unblocking Calls
Apple iPhone – Adding Calendar Events From A Text
Apple iPhone – Switching Features

 

Apple iPhone Quick Tips

Apple iPhone Quick Tips

Apple iPhone Review

Apple iPhone 5sI have been using the Apple iPhone since it was first introduced and I am currently using the Apple iPhone 5s.  All though this write up is Apple iPhone 5s based, my experience with this phone goes back to the Apple iPhone 1 and the tips and tricks on this page will work on all iPhones including the older generations.  I love the Apple iPhone and will never use another cell phone, because I am able to do so much with this phone.  It’s funny because making phone calls is one of the lesser activities that I do with it.  I have checked out android phones and even though there are tons of apps there, I don’t feel that there are as many useful apps as you can find for the Apple iPhone.  My phone keeps track of all my internet log in’s.  The new calender app is very very useful at keeping me on schedule.

The Google Maps app keeps me from getting lost.  I do have a vehicle with GPS navigation, but prefer my Apple iPhone over it.  The camera on the Apple iPhone is my main camera for this website and I love how clear the pictures turn out.  My only complaint about the built in app is that it does not have a self timer.  The Pan and Slo Mo options that Apple has added is awesome to play with.  I can control my home thermostat with my phone.  I can turn my home security system on and off with my phone.  The new finger print reader is insane too.  I love that I can just hover my finger over the unlock button and my finger print logs me in, instead of having to type in a code every time I want to use my phone.  I’ve had friends over the years arguing with me which phone is the best.

They would swear up and down that their Blackberry is better, or their Android blows the iPhone out of the water.  Guess what, after watching me with my iPhone for a few months they always end up with one in less than a year.  I am putting this page together since there are so many options and settings that many of my friends ask me how to do some basic stuff.  If you wonder why the iPhone doesn’t do something, it most likely does and you just need to look around a little to find the setting or option to make it do what you want.

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Apple iPhone Tips and Tricks:

 ALL CAPS

Ever wanted all caps during texting and wondering if there is a better way than hitting that arrow button every time you want a letter capitalized?  There is a better way, so keep reading to find out how.

1.  First you need to make sure that All Caps is Enabled.  To do that tap the Settings app.

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2.  Scroll down and tap General.

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3.  On the General screen scroll down and tap Keyboard.

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4.  On the Keyboard screen if you don’t see green next to Enable Caps Lock, tap it.  When it is enabled it will look like the screen below.  Now that Caps Lock is enabled, go back to your Home screen and move on to step 5.

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5.  Open any app that has the text editor.  This will work with any app that uses the text editor such as  texting, notes, calendar, email, etc..  For the example I used the Reminders app.

Instead of tapping on that arrow button once, double tap it and it will change color.

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6.  Once the arrow button changes color as shown below you are now in ALL CAPS mode and can type with capitalized text until your fingers fall off.

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7.  When you are done using ALL CAPS, simply tap the arrow button one time and everything goes back to normal.

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Apple iPhone – Clearing Internet History

The Apple iPhone stores history for every page of every website you look at and after a while this clutter builds up, robbing you of space and slowing your phone down.  This history is stored in order to make the pages load faster the next time you visit them.  Chances are you won’t even notice the speed change anyway, so it is good practice to close all pages and clear out the history when you are finished browsing the internet on your phone.  Here is how you do it.

1.  I’ve been visiting Amazon and done browsing.  A normal page open in Safari looks like the photo below.  Tap the Multipage Icon in the bottom right corner.

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2.  Your screen will change to this and you will see the page your are looking at plus an other pages that you have left open.  Tap the X in the top left corner on each page until they are all closed.

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3.  When all webpages are closed the following page will appear, which is Safari’s Home Page.

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4.  Tap the Book Icon as shown below.  This will open your browsing history.

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5.  This screen lists out all the history that has been stored from your internet browsing.  As you can see, I have been slacking on clearing my history.  To clear it all, tap Clear in the bottom right corner.

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6.  The screen will change color and ask you to confirm like you are about to make the sky fall.  Don’t worry the sky won’t fall, so tap Clear History.

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7.  You will now see this screen and your phone is clean from all the clutter.

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8.  To exit out, just tap Done.

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Now you are good to go!!

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Apple iPhone – Force Closing Apps That Are Running In The Background

I was surprised to learn that some of my friends had no idea this was happening with their iPhone, so I decided to do this tutorial in case there are more out there that don’t know about this.  Every time you open an app on your iPhone whether you use it or not.  Unless you manually close the app it will continue to run in the background until you do.  One app running in the background is bad enough, but if you let that add up to 20 or more apps running in the background, you will experience a very slow phone and your battery life will get sucked out of your phone fairly quickly.  Here is how to check for apps running in the background and how to manually turn them off.

1.  First turn on and go to your phone’s home screen.

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2.  Next quickly push the Home button on your phone twice.

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3.  Your screen will look like below.  With a bunch of little windows.  Those are all the apps that are running in the background.  Swipe your finger to the right and the screen will scroll, showing you all of them.

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4.  To close them manually all you have to do is touch each one and swipe your finger up until it raises and disappears.

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5.  Do this for each app one at a time.

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6.  One by one until they are all gone.

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7.  When they are all closed you will see a small version of your home screen.

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8.  Tap your small Home screen to open it up.

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Now you are done and all apps have been closed and are no longer sucking the life out of your iPhone.  You will need to do this process each and every time you open an app.

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Apple iPhone – Turning Off Auto-Correction

I’ve heard mixed things from the iPhone users that I know.  Some appreciate auto-correction and some do not.  If you find auto-correction annoying then I am about to show you how to turn it off.

1.  Find and tap your Settings app.

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2.  On the Settings screen scroll down and tap General.

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3.  On the General screen scroll down and tap Keyboard.

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4.  On the Keyboard screen swipe Auto-Correction until the green goes away and it is now turned off.

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5.  Also notice that from this screen you can also turn off Auto-Capitalization and Check Spelling.  Scroll all the way to the bottom and you can even add key shortcuts.  Pretty nifty!

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Apple iPhone – Blocking Calls

You may have a stalker or someone keeps annoying you to the point that you no longer want to take their calls, you can now block the number and this is how.

1.  Tap Settings.

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2.  Scroll down and tap Phone.

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3.  On the next screen scroll down and tap Blocked.

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4.  On this screen tap Add New…

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5.  Next your Contacts list will open and you can choose the number from there and tap on it, or you can search for a certain number or name at the top of the screen.  Once the number you want to block is shown just simply tap it and it will take you back to the Blocked menu.

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6.  Now that you are back on the Blocked screen you will see the number that you wanted to block.  If you do, then it has been successfully blocked and you are done.

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Apple iPhone – Unblocking Calls

Let’s say that you made nice with whoever you blocked above.  You can also unblock the number and this is how.

1.  Navigate back to the Blocked menu as shown above by tapping the Settings app.

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2.  Once on the Blocked screen locate Edit in the top right corner of the screen and tap it.

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3.  A red symbol will appear next to the number, tap that.

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4.  Unblocked highlighted in red will appear to the right of the number, tap that.

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5.  The number will disappear from this screen and will remain in your Contacts list.  The number is now successfully unblocked.

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Apple iPhone – Adding Calendar Events From A Text

You may have noticed that when someone sends you a text with a date, that the date is underlined in the new software.  That’s because you can add those dates straight to your iPhone’s Calendar from the text message.  Here is how you do it.

1.  Tap the underlined date in your text.

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2.  In the menu if you tap Show in Calendar then your Calendar will open showing you the date.  Tap Create Event to add it to your iPhone’s Calendar.

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3.  All you have to do now is give the Event a name, then tap Done.  The Event is now added to your iPhone’s Calendar.

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Apple iPhone – Switching Features

You can setup your iPhone to use different things as phone switches.  For example you can set the phone up to use your head movements to select items or apps.  I’ve played with this option, but couldn’t get used to it.  I do see the potential, but even talking to my phone (“Siri, KILL YOURSELF!”) still feels strange to me.  Here is a simple setup, but there are quite a few options to play with.

1.  Tap Settings App.

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2.  Tap General.

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3.  Scroll down and tap Accessibility.

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4.  Scroll down and tap Switch Control.

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5.  On the Switch Control screen, swipe Switch Control to turn the feature on.

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6.  Scroll down and tap Switches.  Here you will see a warning screen, tap OK.

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7.  On the next screen tap Add New Switch…

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8.  The Source screen is a menu giving you three options that the iPhone uses to sense switches.  Here tap Camera, telling the phone that with the switch that we are setting up that you want it to use the iPhone’s Camera.

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9.  On the next screen tap Left Head Movement.

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10.  The next screen you choose what action will take place with your Left Head Movement.  Tap Move To Next Item.

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11.  You will be taken back to the Switches screen and you can see that your first switch is complete.  Your screen will now have a purple highlight around it and a blue box dancing around.  That is supposed to happen and won’t go away as long as this option is enabled.  Now let’s create the second switch.  Tap Add New Switch…

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12.  Tap Camera once more.

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13.  Tap Right Head Movement.

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14.  I am sure you get how this works by now.  Tap Move To Previous Item and the second switch is now complete.  Push your Home button to Exit and try to enjoy your new feature.

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Now when you move your head you will see the blue box highlighting apps with your head movement.  Play around with it and see what you can come up with.

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Apple iPhone Quick Tips

These are small but helpful tips that don’t really require a lot of pictures or too much explanation.

Texting:

  • Timestamps – If you want to know what time you sent a text message or someone sent you a text message, Timestamps are available they are just hidden.  Open the text message in question then Swipe on the screen from Left to Right to reveal the Timestamps for the whole conversation.

Accessing Camera From Unlock Screen:

  • You can access your iPhone’s camera easily from the Unlock Screen without unlocking your camera.  Find the Camera Icon at the bottom right of your screen and simply swipe it up with your finger.

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Camera Multishot:

  • The iPhone’s camera can take multiple pictures (about every half second).  Just press and hold the Shutter Button.  Additionally, when your camera app is open your iPhone’s volume buttons turn into Shutter Buttons.  The same effect happens if you hold one or the other.

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Accessing Your Calendar From Unlock Screen:

  • Like the camera, your calendar can be access from the Unlock Screen without unlocking your iPhone.  Find the strange icon at the top of the screen in the middle and swipe it down.

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  • Instant calendar check without unlocking your iPhone.

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  • To close the calendar the icon will now be at the bottom of the screen and all you have to do is swipe it up.

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