iPhone Life Magazine - - How To -

Ap­ple's mo­bile op­er­at­ing sys­tem (iOS) of­fers a sim­ple, uni­form ex­pe­ri­ence across the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Once you know the ba­sics of iOS, you'll be han­dling your de­vice like a pro in no time.


Your iPhone and iPad cen­ter around the Home screen, which stores icons for all of your apps. Tap­ping an app icon opens the cor­re­spond­ing app; press­ing the Home but­ton (the cir­cu­lar but­ton be­low the touch­screen) takes you back to the Home screen. Ap­ple has also thought­fully in­cluded a few short­cuts to ev­ery­day tools and set­tings with No­ti­fi­ca­tion and Con­trol Cen­ter.


This handy panel of quick set­tings ap­pears when you swipe up from the bot­tom of your screen. It houses fre­quently used set­tings such as Air­plane Mode, Wi-Fi, Blue­tooth, Do Not Dis­turb, bright­ness, au­dio con­trol, and Air­Drop (which lets you share files with new Ap­ple de­vices con­nected to the same Wi-Fi net­work). You can also launch the Clock, Cal­cu­la­tor, Cam­era app, or flash­light by tap­ping their cor­re­spond- ing icons in the bot­tom row. By de­fault, you can ac­cess Con­trol Cen­ter from any screen, or you can dis­able ac­cess while us­ing apps or from the lock screen in Set­tings > Con­trol Cen­ter. You can close the set­tings panel one of three ways: swipe down, tap the top of the screen, or press the Home but­ton.


Swip­ing down from the top of your screen opens No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter, a gath­er­ing of timely in­for­ma­tion about your life. The No­ti­fi­ca­tions view on the right dis­plays missed calls, texts, and alerts from your app col­lec­tion. The To­day view on the left is a list of timely in­for­ma­tion that you can cus­tom­ize by tap­ping Edit at the bot­tom of the To­day screen. You'll be able to choose to in­clude up­dates from the Weather, Clock, Stocks, Cal­en­dar, and Re­minders apps as well as wid­gets from third-party apps you've in­stalled on your phone.

You can tai­lor how apps send you no­ti­fi­ca­tions by go­ing to Set­tings > No­ti­fi­ca­tions. Choose be­tween ban­ners that ap­pear at the top of your screen, pop-up alerts, or noth­ing at all. You can also switch on or off the Badge App Icon, which lets you see which apps have new no­ti­fi­ca­tions from your Home screen by pin­ning a red num­ber to your app icons.


Apps are bite-sized soft­ware pro­grams that give you amaz­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties on your iOS de­vices, from man­ag­ing work projects to im­prov­ing your health.

Down­load­ing apps on your iPhone or iPad is a sim­ple process. Once you've launched the App Store app and found a ti­tle you want to down­load, tap the price and then BUY for paid op­tions or tap GET for free ones, then ver­ify the down­load via Touch ID or by en­ter­ing your Ap­ple ID pass­word.

To find new apps, tap the Fea­tured sec­tion to pe­ruse Ap­ple's picks or Top Charts to see the most down­loaded apps and top-gross­ing ti­tles. The Ex­plore tab fea­tures apps by cat­e­gory and lo­cally pro­duced apps, the Search bar lets you find spe­cific ti­tles, and Up­dates lets you man­age app ver­sions and re­store past pur­chases.

You can also in­stall apps from the iTunes Store on your com­puter by open­ing iTunes, click­ing iTunes Store, and click­ing on Apps in the drop­down menu. You can search apps by iPhone and iPad com­pat­i­bil­ity, or look for a small “+” sym­bol in the up­per left cor­ner of an app's price box to see if it's uni­ver­sal.

You can also see a list of com­pat­i­ble de­vices un­der each app's In­for­ma­tion sub­head. To down­load an app, click the price, click in­stall, log in to iTunes with your Ap­ple ID, and the app will ap­pear on your iDe­vice.


App de­vel­op­ers usu­ally up­date their of­fer­ings regularly, and you can de­cide whether you'd like to in­stall these up­dates au­to­mat­i­cally or by hand. To main­tain con­trol over the process, go to Set­tings > iTunes & App Store, and tog­gle off Apps un­der Au­to­matic Down­loads. Go to Up­dates in the App Store to con­trol the process man­u­ally.


To see a list of your most re­cently used apps and fa­vorite con­tacts, dou­ble-tap the Home but­ton and the items will ap­pear on the screen in a side-scrolling list. Tap a name to make a call or tap an app to open it. You can close as many as three apps at a time by swip­ing up with your fin­gers.


To delete an app, press and hold on the icon un­til it be­gins to wig­gle. A trans­par­ent cir­cle with an X will ap­pear in the left-hand cor­ner; press the X, and when a prompt ap­pears, tap Delete.

To move an app, tap and hold on the app you wish to move. Once it be­gins to wig­gle, drag it to your de­sired spot or all the way to ei­ther side of the screen to carry it onto a new screen. To cre­ate a folder, drop an icon on top of another app. The de­fault folder name will be based off of the app cat­e­gories, but if you tap the name field, your key­board will pop up, and you can re­name it. You can put an un­lim­ited num­ber of apps in a folder.

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