A Simple Guide to iPhone 5

A Simple Guide to iPhone 5

by Mary Lett

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From basics such as voice mail, text messaging, and GPS to the newest and coolest apps, this straightforward user’s guide helps readers customize their iPhone 5 for optimum productivity and fun. The book discusses how to customize home and lock screens and ring tones, take pictures and video, and use the App Store, while explaining the nuances of functions


From basics such as voice mail, text messaging, and GPS to the newest and coolest apps, this straightforward user’s guide helps readers customize their iPhone 5 for optimum productivity and fun. The book discusses how to customize home and lock screens and ring tones, take pictures and video, and use the App Store, while explaining the nuances of functions that help maximize readers’ business and personal time. The impressive capabilities of the iPhone 5 are laid bare in this engaging manual.

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A Simple Guide to iPhone 5

By Mary Lett

Luminis Books

Copyright © 2013 Luminis Books
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-941311-22-6


What's New in iPhone 5

Apple announced 200 new features in the latest version of the iPhone. Most of these are technical features such as the types of chips used, the technical aspects of the new operating system, etc. For the cell phone user, the things that we want to know about are: bigger size, lighter weight, new connector, new apps, longer battery life, and better camera features. We will explore these new changes as we get to the appropriate sections of this book.

While many of you may already be iPhone users, we need to also consider those of you who are new to iPhones. For those of you who are new to the iPhones, here are the instructions to set up your iPhone.

Things to Do Prior to Activating Your New iPhone 5

Congratulations! You have purchased the new iPhone 5, one of the most eagerly awaited phones in some time. What are the key things that you need to do prior to activating and properly setting up your new iPhone?

The biggest issue with acquiring a new phone is transferring important information from your old phone to the new one. In this chapter, we cover the best ways to preserve your current contact information, music, videos, and other important data that you want to save.

Additionally, we give those of you who already have an iPhone some information on how to update to an iPhone 5.

Four Key Steps to Take Prior to Activating Your iPhone

Here are the four key steps that you should take prior to turning on your new phone:

* Archiving your current voice mail

* Downloading Apple iTunes

* Preparing to transfer your contacts

* Transferring your pictures, videos, music, and documents from your current phone

Archiving Your Current Voice Mail

After your new iPhone is activated, your current voice mail will be deleted unless you subscribe to Visual Voice Mail, a mail service through your cell phone provider, which is a service that most provide for around $2.99 per month. Contact your service provider to add this service to your contract. If you have Visual Voice Mail, complete the following steps to archive your current voice mail:

1. Click Message under the Visual Voice Mail program.

2. Click Options.

3. Click Save a copy/Archive.

4. Click Save to SD Card or External Memory.

If you do not subscribe to Visual Voice Mail, you will need to write down any voice mail messages that you want to keep.

Downloading iTunes

One of the most important steps in setting up your new iPhone is going to the Apple iTunes website and downloading the Apple iTunes application. You cannot turn on your new iPhone until you have this program. You use this program to download and manage your data and applications between your iPhone and your computer. Without it, you cannot download apps (you learn how to get and use apps in Chapter 4), music, movies, or podcasts or have the ability to ping. iTunes will become the lifeblood of your new iPhone, enabling you to do all of the great things that you have been looking forward to doing.

To download the Apple iTunes application, go to www.apple.com/itunes/download/. At this site, complete the following steps:

1. Click the download icon to begin downloading.

2. Click Yes to accept the terms of Apple's licensing agreement in order to continue with the download.

3. Click Yes to save the file to your computer.

4. The download itself takes about 5 minutes, depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

After downloading and installing iTunes, you need to set up an Apple Store account:

1. At www.apple.com/itunes, click the Store menu on the top left side of the iTunes window and then click Create Account.

2. Click Continue at the bottom right side of the screen.

3. Fill in the form with your e-mail address, password, password question, and birth date.

4. Click Continue to go to the next screen.

5. Fill in the next form with your credit card information and mailing address.

6. Click Continue to go to the next screen. You will get a message telling you that you will receive an e-mail to complete the registration process.

7. When you receive the e-mail, click on Verify Now to complete the registration process.

8. Next, fill in your login name (e-mail address) and password.

9. Your registration is now complete. You can go to the iTunes store and purchase apps (see Chapter 4) or music.

After setting up your Apple Store account, you may also want to go to the iTunes page and review the short tutorials on how to use the various iTunes features. Each of these tutorials lasts one to three minutes and provides a great way to get up to speed quickly with the various aspects of iTunes.

Transferring Your Contacts

The next important step in preparing to use your new iPhone is transferring your existing contact data. Taking care to transfer your data properly will help you avoid spending a lot of extra time re-entering contacts later.

Your carier offers a back up program to help you back up and transfer your existing contacts. You can download this program to your current phone in order to back up the contacts you already have. Then you can install the backup program on your new iPhone to transfer your contacts to the new phone. If you are currently using a Windows phone, you can download the Windows Device Backup Program to transfer your contacts to Outlook.

To download the backup program or Windows Device Backup Program, go to your carrier and log into your personal account.

1. Download the backup program from your carrier.

2. After downloading the backup program, you will need to sync your current data to this backup program.

After the phone is synced, your data is ready to transfer to your new iPhone.

Transferring Pictures, Videos, Music, and Documents

Beyond contacts and voice mail, you probably have photos, videos, music, and documents that you want to move to your new iPhone.

To transfer these items from your current phone to your new iPhone, do the following:

1. Log into your wireless account.

2. Click Media and then click Media Manager.

The various cellular services offer software that enables you to transfer these items to your computer. Through iCloud (which we will discuss in Chapter 4), you can store this information online. The advantage of online storage is that it frees storage space on your phone. If you choose this option, part of the download will be an app for both your phone and your computer to gain quick access to your online storage files. Click on the download button underneath the type of storage you prefer, and the program will be downloaded to your computer to manage the various forms of media.

Transferring Your Current iPhone to the New iPhone 5

If you are currently an iPhone user, simply sync your iPhone to iTunes.

Once you have synced your phone, unplug the old phone and connect your new iPhone 5 using the enclosed USB plug. Your data should automatically load to your new phone.

Following these steps to properly set up your new iPhone and to transfer your current data will save you a lot of time when you start using your new iPhone. After you have set up the new iPhone and ensured that the data from your current phone is secure, you are ready to turn on your new iPhone and start having fun with it!

Just the Facts About Things to Do Prior to Activating Your Phone

* You must write down your current voice mail messages or subscribe to a Voice Mail program from your cellular carrier to save your current messages.

* After you activate your iPhone, you will no longer be able to access your old voice mailbox.

* Downloading Apple iTunes and setting up an iTunes account is a must.

* Without an iTunes account, you cannot activate your iPhone.

* Your iTunes account will allow you to download and manage apps, music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, audiobooks, and Ping.

* Unless you are a current iPhone user, you need to download a backup program from your cellular carrier to back up your contacts and transfer them onto your iPhone.

* After you download Backup Assistant or Device Backup, you must sync your old phone to save your contacts to your computer.

* You can upload your synced contacts to your new iPhone.

* Pictures, videos, music, and documents can be saved by downloading the free Media Manager or by subscribing to the Media Manager online storage service through your cellular carrier.


Setting Up Your New iPhone and Using Basic Functions

After you have completed all of the pre-activation steps covered in Chapter 1, it is time to turn on your new iPhone and set it up for use.

Initial Set Up of Your New iPhone

Your new iPhone comes with the following items:

* Set of earphones

* USB cable

* USB power adapter

The button to turn your iPhone on and off is located on the top of the phone on the opposite end from your USB Connection (see Figure 2-1). To turn your iPhone on, press the on/off button on the top of your iPhone. When the screen opens, slide your finger across the arrow to unlock. Your home page appears after you unlock your iPhone.

To turn your iPhone off, press the on/off button on the top of the iPhone (see Figure 2-1). A red arrow shows up on your home screen, prompting you to slide your finger across the screen to turn your iPhone off. Press Cancel at the bottom of the screen if you change your mind and do not want to turn your phone off.

Activating Your iPhone

Your iPhone comes with a partial charge. To activate your new iPhone, you must complete the following steps:

1. Plug the USB cable into your phone.

2. Plug the USB cable into your computer.

3. The iPhones' Activation software automatically loads on to your computer. Your iTunes program automatically opens to the Terms and Conditions page.

4. Click I Accept (see Figure 2-2) after you have read the Terms and Conditions page. A message appears on your iPhone telling you that your iPhone is activating. This takes a couple of minutes. (The terms and conditions in this example is from Verizon Wireless).

5. Click Continue when you are prompted to register your iPhone.

6. Click I Have Read and Agree to the iPhone Software License Agreement.

7. After you have read the agreement, click Continue. You will again see the Terms and Conditions page.

Your activation and registration is now complete. (If you go to your wireless carrier and log into your account, your iPhone will show as your current device. This lets you know that your iPhone is now registered with your wireless carrier.)

Locking Your iPhone

After one minute of being idle, your iPhone automatically locks, and the screen goes dark. Later in this chapter, I discuss settings, and you will learn how to change this setting if you would like your phone to stay open longer.

Why is locking your phone so important? That's simple: When locked, your phone can never call someone by mistake when its being jostled in your pocket, purse, or backpack.

To unlock your iPhone, press the Home button on the front of your phone (see Figure 2-5) or the on/off button (see Figure 2-1) to turn on the screen. In either case, just above the Home button is a prompt that goes along the bottom of the screen that tells you to Slide to Unlock.

Run your finger from the left side of the screen to the right side of the screen to unlock your iPhone. After the iPhone is unlocked, your Home screen once again appears.

Using the Multi-Touch Display

All of the screens and functions of your new iPhone are manipulated by using your fingers. No stylus is attached to the iPhone, and even if you tried to use a stylus, it would not work on the iPhone. Fingernails do not work either. There are four ways to use your fingers to work the iPhone:

* Tap

* Flick

* Pinch and spread

* Drag


The most frequently used type of finger touch is a tap . You use taps to open apps (more information on apps in Chapter 4). You also can use tapping to choose songs, photos, movies, or podcasts.

You can use taps to access the various keyboards to send e-mails, texts, or phone calls. As the keyboards take a little getting used to, you might want to practice writing notes using the Notes icon, which comes on your new iPhone. Tapping is just like how it sounds: You tap the tip of your finger over a key on the keyboard or keypad or over an icon. Tapping an icon once opens it for you. Tapping an alpha or numeric key types the character.


Double-tapping (tapping twice in rapid succession) is used to zoom in or out of Web pages, maps, and e-mails.

While using the tap method to type, if you type an incorrect key, touch your finger to the screen, hold it there for a few seconds, and a little magnifying glass appears. The magnifying glass turns into a message such as cut, copy, or select to help you do some editing to your message. You can double tap at the end of a word in the message and use the arrow with an x key located to the right of the letter m to delete or edit a word or words in your message.


Flicking is used to scroll through your list of contacts, text messages, song lists, or any other list. To flick, put your finger down and roll the list up, down, or sideways. Flick your finger, and the list scrolls. This way you can quickly see what is in any list.

You can practice flicking on your home page. The initial setup of your iPhone has information on two pages, which roll from side to side. You can flick to move back and forth between the two pages. This motion is also used to unlock your iPhone or to turn it off.

Pinching and Spreading

Pinching and spreading is used to expand your image. For example, to access the map program that comes with your new phone tap on the map icon. The map opens to a world map. Place two fingers in the middle of your screen. While continuing to keep your finger on the screen, spread your fingers toward the opposite corners of the screen.

The map shows more detail. If you move your fingers off of the screen and repeat the preceding movement, you begin to see more and more detail as you continue to spread your fingers. You eventually wind up with the satellite view of a street. Conversely, to go back to the original view of the map, place your fingers in the corners of the screen and pinch them together in the middle. The map has less and less detail the more times you pinch your fingers together.


The last type of finger movement that you need to use is dragging. Gently place your finger on the screen over the icon that you want to move. Do not tap the screen, or the icon opens. Hold your finger over the icon for a few seconds. Note that the icons start to wiggle. You can drag the icon that you want to move with your finger to wherever you want to move it. After the icon is moved, the icons on your Start menu continue to wiggle for just a bit. If this bothers you, you can tap the Home button, and the icons once again lock into place.

Charging Your Phone

Use the USB power adaptor to charge your phone. The USB power adaptor can be used as a USB plug attached to your computer, or it can be plugged into the power adaptor and into a regular electrical outlet. When you tap on the Home button, a large battery is pictured, which shows you when your battery is charged to 100%. You can still use your iPhone while it is charging. The charge lasts approximately eight hours depending on how you use your phone. Power can be saved by turning off the WIFI if you are not using it. To turn off the WIFI

1. Click Settings.

2. Click WIFI.

3. Click Off.

You can also shut down Bluetooth if you are not using a Bluetooth headphone. To do this

1. Click Settings.

2. Click General.

3. Click Bluetooth.

4. Click Off.

Another feature that will eat up your charge is the GPS.

If you do not need or want your phone to track your location, turn it off. To turn it off, perform the following steps:

1. Click Settings.

2. Click General.

3. Click Location Services.

4. Click Off.

You can also save your battery by clearing the cache.

A charge percentage is available on the monitor that you can turn on using the following steps:

1. Click Settings.

2. Click General.

3. Click Usage.

4. Click Battery Percentage.

After this feature is turned on, a percentage shows just to the left of your battery gauge on the top right side of the screen.

Screen Function Basics

Changing the look of your new iPhone is just a tap away. In seconds you can change your sound settings, screen brightness, your wallpaper, general settings, and about information.

To make any of these changes, tap on the Settings app. The following sections take you through the screen function basics:


Use the following steps to change sound settings:

1. Tap Sounds.

2. Tap the On button if you want to turn vibrate off.

3. Tap the volume line if you want to increase the volume of your phone.

4. Tap Ringtone to change the ringtone of your phone. You can choose from several tones. If you tap on the various ringtones, you get a sample of what that tone sounds like.

5. Tap Text Tone to change the tone for receiving and sending texts. Again, you can choose from several options. Simply tap on the name of the tone to get a sample of the sound.

Several other sound choices are all yes/no questions based on your individual preference. An example of these is New Voicemail. The question is, do you want a tone when you receive a new Voicemail, Yes or No? The default is yes. To change the tone, tap on the Yes, and it will become No. Review the other items in this category to make sure they are set up the way you want them to be.


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Meet the Author

Mary Lett is the author of A Simple Guide to iPhone 4S and A Simple Guide to Verizon iPhone 4.

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