An iPhone is a powerful and versatile gadget to have. It’s practically a handheld computer, so it can do what regular computers can and, sometimes, even more.
The numerous features and capabilities of an iPhone can easily overwhelm a new user, however. Below is a collection of tips to ease in iPhone users on the intricacies of their handset.
Get a Sturdy Casing for Your New iPhone
First things first. You’ll want to physically protect your expensive iPhone with a rugged casing that can withstand damaging bumps and drops.
Some iPhone cases even feature limited waterproofing, in case you’re into water sports. Examine your lifestyle and phone habits, and get a protective case that suits your needs.
Create an Apple ID Account
An Apple ID (also known as an iTunes account) allows you access to the iTunes Store and App Store, where you’ll be doing most of your music and app downloads. Having an account is also a prerequisite for accessing the iPhone’s other useful features, like iCloud, FaceTime, and iMessage. Without an Apple ID, you’ll be severely limiting the potential of your iPhone.
Install iTunes on Your Computer
Another optional but very nifty program to use, iTunes doubles as a music player and a multimedia management suite for your iPhone. It can also backup and sync data between your devices. MacBook users have this app preinstalled. Windows enthusiasts will have to download it manually from Apple’s website.
Activate and Set Up iCloud
iCloud is another free backup and sync tool for iPhone users. This time, the app stores your data online. It also allows for seamless syncing with all your iOS devices using the same Apple ID account. Also nested the iCloud settings is the Find My iPhone feature, which allows you to locate, lock, and even erase your iPhone’s contents in case it gets stolen or lost.
Configure Your Phone’s Touch ID
Your iPhone’s Touch ID configuration is part of the initial phone setup process, so you should already have finished this at the very beginning. You can, however, add more fingerprint IDs to Touch ID for your convenience or to give access to other people. For example, if you want your wife or husband to be able to use your iPhone, you’ll have to add their fingerprints to the Touch ID registry.
Learn Its Gestures, 3-D Touch Mode
Knowing your iPhone’s gestures allows you to quickly and easily navigate the iOS user interface. If you have an iPhone 6s or a newer handset, you can take advantage of 3-D Touch mode for more convenient shortcuts and controls.
Learn about Low Power Mode
Enabled in the Settings > Battery menu, Low Power Mode is a useful setting that helps you conserve battery life. It’s also automatically prompted when your phone’s battery is at 20 percent or lower. The setting reduces your phone’s power consumption by disabling some background apps and other miscellaneous features.
Get Siri to Help You Out
Siri, the iOS virtual digital assistant, is ready to help you make the most out of your iPhone at a moment’s notice. She can help you tinker with phone settings, schedule alarms, post reminders, get you an Uber, and much more—as long as you enable her app.