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The iPhone: Your Instructional Swiss Army Knife

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This introductory session for beginning iPhone users offers tips, tricks and shortcuts to access a wide array of features that will come in handy for instructional preparation and classroom use. We will focus on little know tips that you may have missed in your rush to learn and use this multi-purpose tool. Among the features discussed:
• How to use the iPhone camera and its controls,
• Little know text entry and messaging tips for the instructor,
• Obscure usage tips that will increase your efficiency,
• Managing photos and images on your iPhone,
• Speaking the language of your iPhone,
• Understanding iCloud and cloud storage in general,
• Finding apps you didn’t know you had.

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The iPhone: Your Instructional Swiss Army Knife

  1. 1. The iPhone: Your Instructional Swiss Army Knife Updated for SIDLIT 2016 By Jonathan Bacon (50+Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts)
  2. 2. Quickly Access Notifications • Swipe Down to open the Notification Center (whether iPhone locked or unlocked) to see the Today tab with what’s on your calendar and weather for today. • Tap Notifications tab and see recent Messages, calendar entries, app updates.
  3. 3. Quickly Access Hidden Apps • Swipe Up (in center bottom) to Open the Control Center with Flashlight, Clock app, Night Shift, Calculator or Camera (whether iPhone locked or unlocked).
  4. 4. Quickly Access Camera • Open the Camera app quickly, even when locked by swiping up from lower right corner.
  5. 5. Phone Related Tips • Put iPhone in Airplane mode to charge faster. • Set custom Ringtone alert for a contact: Phone > Contacts > select contact > Edit > Ringtone > select ringtone > Done. • Set custom vibration alert for a contact: Phone > Contacts > select contact > Edit > Vibration > select pattern > Done. • Text Tone and (Text) Vibration set in same way
  6. 6. Camera Tricks • You can take a photo in the Camera app by pressing the Volume Up or Volume Down button. May help hold the iPhone steady. • Or take hands-free photos by using Volume Up or Volume Down button on your headphone set. • To set automatic exposure/automatic focus (AE/AF), tap Camera screen. Setting holds until iPhone moves.
  7. 7. Camera Exposure Tips • If the exposure is too bright or dark, tap screen once then slide your finger up/down to adjust exposure. • To lock AE/AF, even if iPhone moves, tap and hold, yellow AE/AF Lock bar appears. Above tip still works.
  8. 8. Photo and File Transfer Tip • Transfer photos to another iDevice using Air Drop (faster than text or email). – Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, – Have the recipient do the same, – Have recipient (and you) open Control Center and select AirDrop to enable wireless sharing (Contacts Only or Everyone), – You go to Photos, select photos to share, – Tap the Share icon and tap the icon for the recipient's phone, – Photos will transfer to recipient's phone, if they accept. – Only works iPhone to iPhone (if both users have iPhone 5/iOS 7 and above).
  9. 9. More Camera Tips • To catch the action, hold down the Shutter button to get a burst of images. • To remove photos from iPhone, delete from Camera Roll, not My Photo Stream or other Albums. • Only permanently deleted if you go to Photos > Albums > Recently Deleted > Select > Delete All > Delete Photo(s) or wait 30 days.
  10. 10. Typing Shortcuts • Double tap Spacebar at end of sentence to add period. • Double tap the Shift key to turn on Caps Lock. • Long-press number key and drag to number or symbol you want to add to a message or email, automatically reverts back to alpha character keyboard.
  11. 11. Typing Shortcuts • For hidden symbols tap the number key, then long-press a symbol to display additional similar symbols. • You can long-press vowels plus c, n, s, y, and z to access those characters with accents.
  12. 12. More Typing Shortcuts • Add bold or underline in Mail, select text, tap arrow in Copy/Paste pop-up and choose B/U to access format options. • Undo what you’ve just done? Shake iPhone and select Undo.
  13. 13. Navigation Tricks • Double tap Home button, all running apps appear, jump to app by tapping it. • Double tap Home button, running apps appear; if needed, swipe left or right to locate app to close, then swipe up to close it. • When scrolling through messages, emails or Facebook posts tap top center of screen to jump back to top of list.
  14. 14. Search Tips • In Messages use Search bar to find specific texts. • If Search bar not visible, touch the date at the top of screen. • To clear Search field, tap X (icon).
  15. 15. Search Tips • When you swipe down on middle of Home screen, You’ll see Siri App Suggestions based on your most recent activity. • Tap to return to one of the listed apps
  16. 16. Search Tips • If you enter text in the search box, iPhone displays: – Top Hits, – App Store (fast way to locate an app), – News – Web Videos – Suggested Websites, – Albums on iTunes, – Plus Text occurrences in Bing, Mail, Wikipedia. • Tap item to jump to it (app, event, message).
  17. 17. General Use Tips • Settings > General > Accessibility to select Large Font, Zoom, LED flash for Alerts, Invert Colors, VoiceOver (reads screen), Speech (reads selected text) and other accessibility features. • Data usage concerns? Settings > Cellular > [turn off] Cellular Data (email, web, push notifications will only use Wi-Fi).
  18. 18. General Use Tips • For better nighttime browsing invert your screen colors. You can do so by going to Settings > General > Accessibility and then turn on the Invert Colors setting.
  19. 19. App Specific Tips • Control Panel’s Flashlight app can be turned off from locked phone by swiping up and selecting Camera app.
  20. 20. More App Specific Tips • Long-press in Messages and drag left to reveal time stamps.
  21. 21. More App Specific Tips • Level tool available by launching Compass and swiping left.
  22. 22. More App Specific Tips • When using Calculator, delete most recently added digit by swiping (left or right) on result.
  23. 23. Back to General iPhone Tips • Want a screen capture? Hold down Home and On/Off button at the same time. • Find a lost iPhone, ask Siri "Whose phone is this?" Siri indicates owner if they have entered contact info (in Contacts). • Tire of late night calls? Settings > Do Not Disturb (will silence all notifications including incoming texts and calls). Allow Calls From enables calls from Favorites in Contacts. Can also enable Repeated Calls within 3 minutes.
  24. 24. More General iPhone Tips • Be sure to password protect your iPhone! Setup using Settings > Touch ID & Password. • iCloud backs-up the current state of your phone, does not archive photos once you delete them from phone. Use to restore what is on phone as of last backup (Photos, Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders and so on) • To archive files and photos, use service like DropBox
  25. 25. Siri Tips • You can send a text message, make phone call, add calendar entry, search Google using Siri. • “Schedule a meeting/call/appointment…” • “Send text to…” • “Tweet….” • “Update Facebook….“ • “Call George Clooney [mobile/home]” • “Show me photos from…” (e.g. “August 2014”)
  26. 26. More Siri Tips • Prevent Siri from interrupting by holding down the Home button. • Accidently turn on Siri? Press Home to dismiss.
  27. 27. Questions?
  28. 28. Resources • The 12 best iPhone tricks you didn’t know existed http://goo.gl/05607Q • 20 iPhone tips you wish you knew all along http://goo.gl/u59nXb • 20 Siri tricks that’ll make your life easier http://goo.gl/bNvA2d • 19 Mind-blowing Tricks Every iPhone and Ipad User Should Know http://goo.gl/8QTyD0 • How to call, message, and email your contacts using Siri http://goo.gl/cJ2NwW • 10 Tricks to Make Yourself an Apple Photos Master http://goo.gl/GyD9V0

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