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New to iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and wondering what tips and tricks you really need to know to get started? Have friends and family that are new to iPhone and would love to have a handy link to send them? Look no further. Carefully curated below are TiPb’s top 10 tips and tricks for new users — everything you need to know to get going now.
Note: If you’re really brand new, check out our New User Guide first, the fastest way to get up and running and enjoying your new device.
How the Home button works: Navigation, Multitasking, Accessibility, Restart, Reboot, Recovery, and DFU
Because the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad have only a few buttons, the Home button does a ton of different things. So many, it can be confusing. A single click can move you around the home screens, a double click can put you into the Fast App Switcher, a triple click can launch Accessibility, a click and hold can start Voice Control on iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 and Siri on iPhone 4S, and clicking and holding in combination with the Sleep/Wake button can restart or reboot your device, or put it into recovery or DFU (device firmware update) modes.
Typing tips and keyboard shortcuts for iPhone and iPad
Wish you had a faster way to insert punctuation or get to caps or numbers on the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad virtual keyboard? Or a way to type just a few letters to get a whole word or sentence? iOS has a variety of time saving features built in to do just that.
How to protect your iPhone or iPad with a Passcode Lock
Your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad can store a lot of personal information, including your contacts, pictures, and personal messages. You can set up a simple 4-digit pin or a strong alphanumeric password to protect them.
Taking a screenshot is really easy with iOS and lets you quickly record or share a picture of anything and everything on your device — a video game high score, a cool feature in an app, a funny FaceTime moment, a bug you want to report. Just snap it and it goes right into your Camera Roll with all your other photos.
How to setup iMessage and FaceTime on iPhone or iPad
If your friends and family also have iPhones, iPads, or iPod touches, you can avoid using your minutes, and get around costly SMS/MMS fees by using Apple’s free FaceTime video call and iMessage text and picture services.
Siri is Apple’s new artificially intelligent virtual assistant and it can help get more done, more easily, on your iPhone 4S. While basic commands are great, Siri also understands context and relationships, and becomes even more powerful when you start putting together combinations.
Apple doesn’t support Adobe Flash video on iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Often this won’t matter and the video website will realize you’re on an iPhone or iPad and send you H.264/HTML 5 video instead, or if it’s for a TV network, you’ll be able to find an app in the App Store that does it directly. However, for smaller sites that aren’t compatible and don’t have their own apps, there are also several App Store apps that transform the Flash video to Apple-supported H.264 video on their servers, then send it to your iPhone or iPad so you can watch it.
How to update or restore your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad software
Roughly once a year Apple releases a new version of their mobile operating system, like they’ve just done with iOS 5. Eventually, they’ll release a few minor enhancements, for example, and upcoming iOS 5.1. In between, they’ll likely release several bug fixes and performance improvements, for example, an upcoming iOS 5.0.1 or 5.0.2. Once that’s done, you can get future updates over Wi-Fi. If anything goes wrong, you can also easily restore (re-install) either from backup, or as a new device.
Because battery life problems are one of the biggest reasons people resort to restoring, here are some tips on troubleshooting that as well.
Daily Tip: How to mark multiple emails as read in iOS 5
Have a ton of unreal messages and wondering how to just declare email bankruptcy and mark them all as read? iOS 5 still doesn’t give you that magical “mark all” button but it does let you mark multiple messages as read in the Mail app, which can help save a lot of time when you’re crunching through emails on-the-go.
Launch the Mail app
In the Mail app, tap Edit in the upper-right hand corner.
A bullet list will appear on the left allowing you to select emails individually.
Tap each email you would like to mark as read
Tap Mark in the lower-right hand corner.
Tap ‘Mark as Read’ from the menu list.
Now, all of the emails you selected will be marked as read and, if you’re using iCloud, Exchange, or IMAP, will reflect as such across all email clients you have connected to your email service. It’s as simple as that!
Never Type Your Email Address Again On Your iOS Device
None of us enjoy typing out our email address, especially if we have to do it a number of times a day on an iOS device. But thanks to the new Shortcuts feature in iOS 5, we don’t have to. Here’s how to setup a shortcut that will save you from typing out your email address forever!
You may have already used the Shortcuts feature in iOS 5, but you may not have known that it also works for email addresses. First, open up the Settings app on your device and tap the ‘General’ tab, then choose ‘Keyboard’.
Now scroll to the bottom of the page and tap the ‘Add New Shortcut…’ button. Under the ‘Phrase’ field, enter your email address. Now choose your shortcut. Keep this as short as possible, using letters you wouldn’t normally type together.
Once you’re finished, hit the ‘Save’ button. Now when you’re typing in any app on your device, you can simply use the shortcut you just created to type out your email address.
6 Tips to Free Up Tons of Storage Space on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch
Are you feeling the pinch of the limited storage capacity on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch? If you are running low on space, check out these tricks to greatly ease any potential storage squeeze you may be experiencing with your iOS gear.
Regularly Remove Photos & Video – If you use iCloud and have Photo Stream enabled, every picture and video taken on an iPhone is going to sync to the iPad automatically, and vice versa. These pictures can easily be 2MB each, and videos quickly approach hundreds of MB, and with several hundred (or thousand) of photos, you’ll quickly eat up storage space. The best thing to do is to regularly transfer photos from the iOS device to a computer and use the computer as a primary backup, and then delete the pictures from the iPad. Signing up for a paid iCloud account will also help ease the local storage burden.
Delete All Music – Keeping Music on the iPhone and iPad in particular is unnecessary, so do yourself a favor and remove all the music and then take the time to set up and use iTunes Home Sharing to play music from a computer while at home or the office. Consider signing up for a service like iTunes Match when on the go, which lets you play music from your iTunes library from anywhere thanks to iCloud. Also, apps like Pandora, SoundCloud, Spotify, Rdio, and others are great ways to stream music to the iPad and iPhone without actually taking up precious storage space on the device. I always store a few albums on my iPhone just in case I’m out of cell range, but my iPad has no local music storage because I exclusively stream on the device.
Delete Completed Games & Unused Apps – Some apps are enormous, the popular game Rage HD for example takes up 2GB of space. If you already beat the game and no longer play it, why bother storing it on your iPad or iPhone? Delete old finished games and unused apps to free up a the space for the new. Remember, every app you own is free to redownload again in the future, so deleting the app from the iOS device does not mean it’s gone forever.
Remove Watched Videos – HD video content takes up enormous amounts of space, each file can range from 500MB to several GB! Don’t forget to delete a movie, TV show, or video podcast after you’ve finished watching it. You can always download or stream it again if you want to view it later.
Prefer Standard Definition Videos – Along the lines of the previous tip, if you have an iPhone or non-retina iPad you can prefer standard definition videos over HD and save a lot of storage space. Most people won’t notice the difference on the smaller screen resolutions and non-retina displays anyway. This is a setting found in iTunes when connected to a computer, under “Options” just check the box next to “Prefer standard definition videos” and SD content will be preferred over HD. Even still, don’t forget to delete the videos when done with them.
Realistically, you should never run out of space on an iPhone or iPad, though you could argue that an iPod touch with tons of music is pretty easy to max out. Hopefully all future iOS devices will include a minimum of 32GB or greater of storage, but thanks to iCloud, streaming, and some simple app management practices, it’s very easy to get by on 16GB or less of space. In fact, most of our friends and families devices never even come close to approaching their storage limits, which is why we continue to recommend the 16GB iPad for new buyers.
Mainstream apps optimized for iPhone 5, Passbook, & iOS 6
If you want to take full advantage of iOS 6 and the new iPhone 5′s extra screen real estate, you will want to pick up some of the apps and updates below, which are specifically optimized for the device’s bigger screen size and latest OS. We will continue to update the list as more updates that are notable pop up.
Tweetbot version 2.5.0:
Support for iOS 6 and iPhone 5
Readability version 1.2.1:
- updated for iOS 6 and iPhone 5
- iOS 5.0 or higher is now required
- improved scrolling prevents accidental panel swipes
- unified navigation menu (added in version 1.2)
- bug fixes
Temple Run version 1.6: In addition to iPhone support, Temple Run also gets new social sharing features to celebrate hitting 100 million downloads:
- Bigger screen size for iPhone 5
- New social sharing feature. Now share your scores via Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.
- Lots of bug fixes
iTranslate Voice version 1.3:
-Support for the bigger iPhone 5 display
-Some minor Bugfixes
Open Table version 3.8:
- Works with Siri on iOS 6
For the iPhone 5:
- New “Great Tables” search feature makes it easier to find top restaurants with tables available tonight.
- New maps display lets you look at a restaurant list two different ways. Tap the map area to see your the restaurants on a map, and tap the pins to see available tables. To go back to the list, simply scroll the map up.
- Updated design makes the most of the bigger screen on the iPhone 5.
TED version 1.8.2:
-Compatibility with iOS 6 and iPhone 5; improved speed and stability.
Hipmunk Flight & Hotel Search version 2.5.2:
-iPhone 5 support, Compatibility improvements for future iOS software
Real Piano version 2.1.3:
-Supports 4-inch retina display on iPhone 5
Pocket version 4.2:
☆ Tumblr users can now select which blog (or blogs) to post to
☆ Compatibility with iOS 6 and iPhone 5
Instapaper version 4.2.5:
Our 33rd favorite reading app was also updated with iPhone 5 support:
- iOS 6 bugfixes
- iPhone 5 compatibility
- New Open-Dyslexic font to increase legibility for readers with dyslexia.
Color Splash version 2.0:
Color Splash 2.0 is our biggest update ever, featuring a redesigned interface with new image editing tools and improved integration with social networks:
- Adjust image brightness, contrast, saturation and more.
- Browse and download photos from Instagram, Facebook and Flickr and share your edited images on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.
- Create beautiful physical postcards and have them sent to your friends anywhere in the world (powered by Sincerely).
- A redesigned interface makes Color Splash easier and more fun to use than ever.
- The app makes full use of the larger iPhone 5 screen.
Passbook supported apps:
Fandango Movies- Times & Tickets version 5.1:
-Save time with Passbook! Now you can send & store your “Mobile Ticket” for participating theaters in Passbook & breeze into the theater (iPhone iOS 6 users only)
-General bug fixes & usability enhancements
Today, three months after its first preview at WWDC, iOS 6 has been released to the public and is now available to download via iTunes. We’ve already presented you with a comprehensive guide to everything that’s new — big and small — but which of those features really stands out?
So that you can jump into iOS 6 and quickly start using its killer new features, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten for you to check out. These may not necessarily be the biggest features Apple has introduced, but we’re confident that once you start using them, you’ll agree that they’re the best.
Yes, Maps has been pre-installed on iOS from day one, but Maps in iOS 6 is completely new. It’s no longer built upon Google Maps; it uses Apple’s own mapping technology instead — which comes with some incredible advantages.
First, iOS finally has turn-by-turn navigation. Its rivals have had this feature for some time, but now you do, too, on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Turn-by-turn navigation offers you a voice-guided satellite navigation system inside your iOS device, and it’s powered by TomTom, so you know it’s the best it can be. It comes with real-time traffic information, and even roadwork alerts that will help you beat the jams on your way home.
In addition to this, the new Maps app boasts an incredible new feature called Flyover. This allows you to explore some of the world’s biggest cities in 3D satellite view, zooming, panning, tilting, and rotating around 3D skyscrapers and landmarks that appear crystal clear on your device’s Retina display. And you thought you’d miss Street View?
It’ll take a little while for Passbook to take off, but it’s a service that requires the support of retailers and other companies, too. But once it does, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Passbook provides you with a digital wallet where you can store all your coupons, movie tickets, boarding passes, store cards, and more.
Once these things are entered into Passbook, they become intelligent and interactive. For instance, your Starbucks card will tell you your remaining balance, your store card will present you with the latest offers, and your boarding pass will instantly update and provide you with a notification when there are changes to your flight.
What’s more, boarding passes and store cards with automatically appear on your lock screen when you arrive at the airport or enter the store, so you don’t even need to unlock your iPhone to use them.
Siri is incredible. At first, it seems like a novelty only fit for humoring your friends in the bar on a quiet Wednesday night. But once you start using it, you realize how powerful it can be. It’s never been easier to set Reminders and alarms, find local businesses and points of interest, or check the weather and find information online — all using just your voice.
Until now, Siri has only been available on the iPhone 4S, but with iOS 6, you’ll also find it on the iPhone 5, the new iPad, and the fifth-generation iPod touch. It’s even more intelligent, too, with the ability to find sports scores, schedules, teamsheets, and stats; search restaurants and then book tables; and find local movie showtimes and the latest reviews.
4. Do Not Disturb
This feature is a personal favorite of mine, and I’m so glad it’s built into iOS 6. With Do Not Disturb, you can tell your iOS device when you’d like it to be quiet, and it won’t bother with alerts and notifications during that time.
For example, you can set up Do Not Disturb so that it automatically starts working between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. — every day — and during this time your device won’t give you any notifications. That means you can get a good night’s sleep — even if all your friends are sending you FarmVille requests.
Do Not Disturb can even block calls if you’d like it to, or you can tell it to allow calls only from your favorites, or certain groups of people.
5. Facebook Integration
The whole world is on Facebook, and so it’s about time it was integrated into iOS 6. If you’ve already been enjoying the Twitter integration in iOS 5, this will be fairly familiar to you from day one.
Facebook integration allows you to post messages, videos, photos, web pages, maps, and more on your favorite social network from a number of iOS apps, including Safari, Maps, Photos, iTunes, Notification Center, and more.
6. Shared Photo Streams
If you’re not into Facebook or Twitter, but you’d like to share photos with your friends, Shared Photo Streams are a great way to do it. This is another feature you may not really be all that interested in until you use it for the first time.
It allows you to create new Photo Streams that you can share with your friends and family. Simply select the images you with to share from the Photos app, then who you’d like to share them with. The album will then appear in their own Photo Stream on their Mac and iOS devices, or they can be viewed in a web browser on any PC.
The great thing about Shared Photo Streams is that just like on Facebook, your friends can ‘like’ you images, and leave comments.
7. VIP Inbox
Apple made a number of improvements to its Mail app in iOS 6, and VIP inbox is arguably the best one. Have you ever missed an important email because it got buried under all the junk you receive each and every day? It’s happened to all of us, but VIP inbox can prevent it.
You tell Mail who your “VIPs” are; in other words, the people who matter most to you. Then, when you receive an email from those people, it will automatically be sent to your VIP inbox. Nothing else will appear in here, so there’s no chance of important emails being drowned in a sea of spam.
8. Panoramic Camera
The built-in Camera app is now capable of taking panoramic images, and it’s pretty darn good at it, too. All you have to do is “sweep” your device across your object, and it will.
This is a feature that’s actually been hidden in iOS since iOS 5, but it’s now available on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and the new fifth-generation iPod touch. Sure, there have also been some third-party options available in the App Store for some time, but like most Apple products, this beats the competition.
9. iCloud Tabs
You can now sync all the tabs you have open in Safari across your Mac devices. So if you open up an article on your Mac at home, but you don’t have time to finish it before you leave, you’ll find the same tab on your iOS device so that you can catch up later. Simply look for the iCloud button alongside the address bar in mobile Safari.
10. Unified Emails & Phone Numbers in iMessage
In iOS 6, iMessage rolls all your email addresses and phone numbers into one, so no matter which one your friends contact you on, you’ll receive the message on all your devices. Even your iPad and your Mac can now receive iMessages sent to your iPhone’s phone number — isn’t that great?
Keyboard Shortcuts Will Finally Sync Across All Your iOS Devices In iOS 6
After being introduced in iOS 5, keyboard shortcuts is a feature I could no longer live without on my iOS device. I use it for all kinds of things, including email addresses and usernames, so that I never have to type out the full thing 30 times a day. There is one thing the feature has been lacking, though, and that’s the ability to sync your keyboard shortcuts across all your iOS devices.
That is until now; the feature was finally added to iOS 6, which was released to the public yesterday.
Shortly after Apple first previewed iOS 6 at WWDC back in June, I wrote an article that detailed “7 awesome features Apple left out of iOS 6.” Clearly the Cupertino company was listening, because number five on that list was shortcuts syncing — which is now built into the public iOS 6 release.
What that means is, you can create a keyboard shortcut on your iPhone, and it will automatically be setup on your iPad and your iPod touch, too.
Our friends over at iDownloadBlog have put together a short video that shows the feature in action:
Not Thrilled with Apple Maps in iOS 6? Bing Maps is a Decent Replacement
The primary shortcoming of iOS 6 for some people is Apple’s new Maps app. Sure, it’ll get better as more people use it and as Apple updates it, but if you’re highly dependent on reliable detailed maps right now you may not want to wait. An official Google Maps app for iOS is likely coming soon, but there’s already a good third party maps app available to iOS users that rivals Google in both detail, accuracy of listings, directions, and just about everything else, and it comes right from Microsoft.
We’re talking about Bing of course, a free app for both iPhone and iPad, and it provides full access to the excellent Bing Maps services. In some areas, Bing Maps even has greater clarity for aerial views in than Google, it’s directions are spot-on, and the listings all were accurate in our testing. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re inpatient with Apple’s offering:
A primary complaint with Bing Maps is that it’s not an independent app and instead is part of the larger Bing app for iOS, this can make for some strange user experience mishaps by tapping unfamiliar things until you learn whats what The other annoyance is there’s no pin-dropping feature, though it can find your current location with precision and get directions based on that, just be sure to have a business name or address handy for the destination. All in all those complaints are fairly minor and Bing Maps is pretty good. So go ahead and update to iOS 6, try out Apple Maps, grab Bing, and keep on mapping.
If the only reason you aren’t updating to iOS 6 is Apple’s Maps, don’t let it hold you back. For one, Apple Maps isn’t as bad as people are saying, Bing Maps is actually pretty good, and hopefully soon Google Maps will be released as an app too. That means in the not too distant future, we’ll all have at least three choices for mapping in iOS, and then nobody will have anything to complain about.
One final note, supposedly Apple’s Maps shares some of Bing Maps imagery, meaning if you’re just looking for visuals you may find Apple’s Maps and Bing Maps to be the same.