Have iPhone, Will Travel
Top Tips for Making the Most of Your Next Excursion
Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, your iPhone can be one of the most important things you pack—helping you find your way, capture the sights, and handle business on the road.
Keep Your iPhone Secure
Suspend Apple Pay If your phone is lost or stolen, you'll probably worry about the security of your credit card information in Apple Pay. Fortunately, Apple Pay is automatically suspended when you set your iPhone to Lost Mode in Find My iPhone. You can also remove credit cards by logging into iCloud.com, going to Settings, selecting the device in question, and then clicking Remove underneath the card listed. Find Your Lost iPhone, Even if the Battery Dies Find My iPhone can be a real lifesaver if you misplace your iPhone on the road. While the service only works if your iPhone's battery is charged, it can send your phone's location to Apple just before its battery dies, saving you the painstaking process of retracing all your steps. Simply go to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone and toggle Send Last Location on. Now when your lifeless iPhone goes missing, all you'll have to do is open Find My iPhone on another iDevice (or in iCloud on a computer) and click on the iPhone to spot its last known location.
Don’t Lose Your Data In the unfortunate case that you do lose your iPhone permanently, you don't have to say goodbye to all your data and photos too. Set your iDevice to automatically update via iCloud by going to Settings > iCloud > Backup and turning on iCloud Backup. You'll get a message saying your iPhone will no longer back up via iTunes when plugged into a computer. Click OK and sign in to iCloud. Your iPhone will now update every time it's plugged in, turned off, and connected to Wi-Fi.
Navigate Like a Pro
Change Miles to Kilometers in Maps The United States is one of the few countries in the world that still uses the imperial system. Traveling outside the States can require trying to convert miles to kilometers. Fortunately, it's easy to change the settings in Maps to show distances in kilometers rather than miles. Just go to Settings > Maps and tap In Kilometers under Distances. Now all distances will appear in kilometers in Maps. Access Third-Party Apps in Apple Maps Want a second opinion on directions from Apple Maps? To access third-party maps while using Apple's default Maps app, start by requesting directions as you ordinarily would. When Maps responds with an overview, a menu will appear at the top with three options: Drive, Walk, and Apps. Tapping Apps will open a menu of navigation apps available on your phone or in the App Store. Select the app of your choice, and it will launch and show you your route.
Handle Business from the Road
Make Sure Events Are in the Right Time Zone It's important to keep track of your appointments when traveling across time zones, and the Calendar app makes this easy to do. While creating or editing an event, tap Start and then Time Zone. Enter the city where your event is taking place. Next, set the start time and then enter the location of the event. The event page will now show you the proper times.
Create Email Outof-Office Auto Reply Unfortunately, it's not possible to set up an auto reply using your iPhone. Instead you'll need to log in to iCloud.com on a web browser and click on the Mail icon. Next, click on the gear icon at the bottom of the left sidebar, select Preferences from the pop-up menu, and choose the Vacation tab. Finally, select “Automatically reply to messages when they are received,” and type in your reply message. Now you're ready to leave work behind guilt-free!
Document & Share All the Fun
Share All Those Sightseeing Photos You can share your vacation photos with friends and family by going to Shared in the Photos app and then tapping the “+” icon to create a new album. You'll be prompted to name the album and invite people to join. Next, open the album and tap the “+” icon to add images. Tap the People tab on the bottom to see who you've already invited and to share it with even more people.
Put Yourself in All Your Vacation Photos What could be better than a photo of a famous landmark? The same photo but with you in it! Use your iPhone's timer (and a tripod) to put yourself in all your vacation photos. Tap the timer icon at the top of the screen in the Camera app's Photo or Square mode. Choose the 3or 10-second timer, tap the shutter, and get into position.
Capture the Sights Using Panorama Mode Panorama mode in Camera is perfect for capturing the sights while you travel. In your Camera app, swipe left through the options until you come to PANO. Directions will appear on the screen. Tap the shutter button and slowly and steadily move your iPhone from left to right, keeping the arrow steady on the yellow line. Panorama mode can capture up to 240 degrees, but you can stop any time by tapping the shutter button.
Sarah Kingsbury is the web editor of iPhoneLife.com. She goes almost nowhere without her iPhone and is the main contributor to the site’s Tip of the Day column. She has over a decade of experience writing and editing for online and print publications.