iPhone For Dummies

iPhone For Dummies

by Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus


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Unleash the power of your iPhone! 

The iPhone you carry in your pocket or purse gives you enormous power to get things done. It puts you within easy reach of your family and friends, provides instant access to your favorite music, TV, and movies, lets you to follow and react to news and events, and makes it possible to share your life in pictures and video with anyone in the world—all within seconds. And this is just scratching the surface of what it can do!

This updated edition of iPhone for Dummies covers the latest versions of the device and the latest version of the iOS operating system. Beginning with how to get started with a new phone—navigating the settings, hooking up to wifi, sharing audio and video — you’ll also find out the many ways in which the iPhone’s tools and applications can bring an extra dimension to all aspects of your life.

  • Explore the latest version of iOS
  • Change your life with must-have apps
  • Get artsy with photos, videos, and creative applications
  • Troubleshoot common problems with ease

Whether you’re just getting started or want to get even more from your iPhone, this book puts all the power in your hands!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119520092
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 151,637
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Edward C. Baig (New York, NY) is the technology columnist for USA Today.

Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus (Austin, TX) is the tech columnist for the Houston Chronicle. The two have paired on all previous editions of this book as well as iPad For Dummies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

About This Book 1

Foolish Assumptions 2

Icons Used in This Book 2

Beyond the Book 3

Where to Go from Here 3

Part 1: Meet Your iPhone 5

Chapter 1: Unveiling the iPhone 7

The Big Picture 8

The iPhone as a phone and a digital camera or camcorder 9

The iPhone as an iPod 10

The iPhone as an Internet communications device 10

Technical specifications 11

A Quick Tour Outside 12

On the top and sides 12

On the bottom 13

On the front 15

On the back 15

Status bar 16

Home Sweet Home Screen 18

The first Home screen 19

The second Home screen 20

The dock (all Home screens) 22

Chapter 2: iPhone Basic Training 23

Activating the iPhone 24

Turning the iPhone On and Off 26

Pointing a finger at Touch ID 27

Facing up to Face ID 29

Continuing the setup 30

Locking the iPhone 31

Understanding Pressure-Sensitive Touch 32

Mastering the Multitouch Interface 33

Discovering the special-use keys 35

One-handed keyboard 36

The incredible, intelligent, and virtual iPhone keyboard 36

Anticipating what comes next 37

Finger-typing on the virtual keyboards 37

Correcting mistakes 41

Choosing an alternative keyboard 42

Cutting, copying, pasting, and replacing 42

Multitasking 44

Navigating beyond the Home Screen 45

Organizing Icons into Folders 46

Proactive Searching 47

Notifications and the Today View 49

Chapter 3: Synchronicity: Getting Stuff to and from Your iPhone 53

A Brief iCloud Primer 54

The Kitchen Sync 56

First things first: About iPhone backups 56

Sync prep 101 58

Syncing Your Data with iTunes 62

Syncing contacts 63

Syncing calendars 64

Advanced syncing 64

Synchronizing Your Media 65

Music, movies, TV shows, and podcasts 66

Photos 68

Manual Syncing 70

Chapter 4: Understanding the Phone-damentals 73

Making a Call 74

Contacts 74

Favorites 76

Recents 78

Keypad 79

Visual voicemail 79

Recording a greeting 82

Voice dialing 82

Receiving a Call 83

Accepting the call 83

Announcing the caller 83

Rejecting the call 84

Replying with a text message 84

Blocking callers 85

Avoiding disturbances 85

Choosing ringtones 86

While on a Call 88

Juggling calls 90

Making conference calls 90

Handing off calls 91

Seeing Is Believing with FaceTime 92

Group FaceTime 95

Part 2: The PDA iPhone 97

Chapter 5: Taking Control of Your iPhone 99

Controlling Control Center 100

Summoning Siri 102

Figuring out what to ask 104

Siri shortcuts 105

Using dictation 106

Correcting mistakes 106

Making Siri smarter 106

Type to Siri 107

Chapter 6: Texting 1, 2, 3: Messages and Notes 109

Getting the iMessage 109

You send me: Sending text messages 111

Alert: You’ve got messages 112

Being a golden receiver: Reading and replying to text messages 112

MMS: Like SMS with media 115

Massive multimedia effects 116

Group messaging has never been better 120

Taking Note of Notes 120

Chapter 7: Ten Indispensable Utilities 123

Working with the Calendar 123

Year view 124

Month view 125

Day view 125

Week view 125

List view 126

Adding Calendar Entries 126

Letting your calendar push you around 130

Displaying multiple calendars 131

Responding to meeting invitations 131

Subscribing to calendars 132

Sharing a family calendar 132

Calculate This 133

Punching the Clock 134

World clock 134

Alarm clock 135

Stopwatch 136

Timer 137

Bedtime 137

Voicing Memos 137

Making a recording 138

Listening to recordings 138

Trimming recordings 139

Adding a title to a recording 140

Reminding me 141

It’s a Wallet 143

Dropping in on AirDrop 145

Controlling Lights, Locks, and More 146

Using the iPhone in the Car 147

Measuring Things 148

Keeping in Good Health 148

Part 3: The Multimedia iPhone 151

Chapter 8: Get in Tune(s): Audio on Your iPhone 153

Introducing Your iPhone’s Music Player 154

It’s music, just not your music 154

My Music Is Your Music 158

A library without library cards 158

Play it again, list 159

Share and share alike 162

Taking Control of Your Tunes 163

Customizing Your Audio Experience 166

Setting preferences 166

Setting a sleep timer 168

Using your voice to control your music 168

Shopping with the iTunes Store App 170

Chapter 9: “Smile”: Taking Pictures with Your iPhone 171

Taking Your Best Shot 172

Making Photos Come to Life 174

Keeping Things in Focus 175

From the front to the rear — and back 176

Firing up the flash 177

Using digital zoom 177

Two rear cameras are better than one 178

Applying filters 179

Binging on burst shooting 180

Using the self-timer 182

Tracking Down Your Pictures 182

Choosing albums 183

Making memories 185

Categorizing your pics 187

Searching for pictures 188

Sharing your photos 189

Admiring Your Pictures 191

Maneuvering and manipulating photos 191

Launching slideshows 192

Storing pictures in the (i)Cloud 194

Editing and Deleting Photos 195

Livening Up Live Photos 198

More (Not So) Stupid Picture Tricks 200

Chapter 10: Starring in a Blockbuster: Video on Your iPhone 205

Finding Stuff to Watch 206

Playing Video 207

Shooting Video 211

Going slow 214

Going fast 215

Capturing stereo 215

Editing what you shot 215

Sharing video 216

Watching video on TV 217

Augmented reality 217

Restricting video and other usage 218

Part 4: The Internet iPhone 219

Chapter 11: Going on a Mobile Safari 221

Surfin’ Dude 221

Exploring the browser 222

Blasting off into cyberspace 222

I Can See Clearly Now 225

Opening multiple web pages at a time 227

Looking at lovable links 228

Book(mark) ’em, Dano 229

Altering bookmarks 231

Viewing open pages on other devices 232

Letting history repeat itself 233

Launching a mobile search mission 233

Saving web pictures 234

Reading clutter-free web pages 235

Private Browsing 235

3D Touch and Safari 236

Smart Safari Settings 237

Chapter 12: The Email Must Get Through 241

Prep Work: Setting Up Your Accounts 242

Setting up your account the easy way 242

Setting up your account the less easy way 242

See Me, Read Me, File Me, Delete Me: Working with Messages 247

Reading messages 247

Filter mail 248

Managing messages 249

Threading messages 252

Searching emails 253

Darling, You Send Me (Email) 258

Makin’ messages 258

Settings for sending email 265

Setting your message and account settings 267

Special Mail options on 3D Touch models 270

Chapter 13: Tracking with Maps, Compass, Stocks, Weather, and Files 271

Maps Are Where It’s At 271

Finding your current location with Maps 272

Finding a person, place, or thing 273

Views, zooms, and pans 274

Timesaving map tools: Contacts, Recents, and Favorites 276

Smart map tricks 278

Contemplating the Compass 283

Taking Stock with Stocks 283

Adding and deleting stocks, funds, and indexes 284

Details, details, details 285

Charting a course 285

Weather Watching 286

Keeping Track of Documents with Files 287

Part 5: The Undiscovered iPhone 289

Chapter 14: Setting You Straight on Settings 291

Sky-High Settings 292

All about you 292

Airplane mode 293

Wi-Fi 294

Bluetooth 295

Cellular 297

Emergency SOS 298

Report, Sound, and Appearance Settings 299

Notifications 299

Control Center 299

Do Not Disturb 300

Privacy 301

Sounds 303

Happy Home button (iPhone 7 and 8 models) 303

Brightening up your day 304

Auto-lock 305

Wallpaper 305

In General 306

About About 306

Software update 307

Storage 307

Background App Refresh 307

Siri & Search 307

Handoff 308

CarPlay 308

VPN 308

iTunes Wi-Fi sync 309

Battery 309

Touch ID/Face ID & Passcode 310

iTunes & App Store 312

Wallet & Apple Pay 312

Screen Time 312

Date & Time 314

Keyboard 315

Language & Region 316

Dictionary 317

Accessibility 317

Reset 320

Phoning In More Settings 320

Promoting harmony through Family Sharing 320

Sorting and displaying contacts 321

Nothing phone-y about these settings 321

Find My iPhone 323

Chapter 15: Apps-O-Lutely! 325

Finding Apps 326

Browsing for apps 326

Finding more information about an app 327

Downloading an app 328

Updating an app 328

Deleting and Organizing Your Apps 329

Deleting an app 329

Organizing your apps 331

Books, Newspapers, and Magazines 332

Books (formerly iBooks) app 333

Newspapers and magazines 334

Chapter 16: When Good iPhones Go Bad 337

iPhone Issues 338

But first 338

Recharge your iPhone 339

Restart your iPhone 339

Reset (force restart) your iPhone 340

Remove your content 341

Reset your settings and content 341

Restore your iPhone 342

Renew your iPhone with Recovery mode 343

Problems with Calling or Networks 344

Sync, Computer, or iTunes Issues 346

More Help on the Apple Website 347

If Nothing We Suggest Helps 348

Dude, Where’s My Stuff? 350

Part 6: The Part Of Tens 351

Chapter 17: Ten Appetizing Apps 353

Shazam 353

Action Movie FX 355

Halide 356

Evernote 357

Bill Atkinson PhotoCard 358

IMDb 359

Libby 360

Waze 360

BeCasso Photo Editor 361

Dark Sky Weather 362

Chapter 18: Ten Helpful Hints, Tips, and Shortcuts 365

Do the Slide for Accuracy and Punctuation 365

Autocorrect Is Your Friend 367

Auto apostrophes are good for you 367

Make rejection work for you 367

Assault on Batteries 367

Tricks with Links and Phone Numbers 369

Share the Love and the Links 370

Choose a Home Page for Safari 370

Like a Time Machine for iPhone Backups 371

Create Ringtones for Free in GarageBand 372

Getting Apps out of the Multitasking Screen 375

Taking a Snapshot of the Screen 376

Index 379

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband bought me a new iPhone and showed me the basics (like how to turn it on and how to make a simple phone call). I then went on a trip to visit my parents and didn't have a lot to do, so I went to my local Barnes and Noble and found this book on how to operate my new phone. I went through each chapter and learned so much. I must admit that I have always relied on my husband to give me the bare bones tutorial on how to operate any technical item. They just aren't my "thing." But not having him there at my parent's house made me learn about the phone on my own. There's a lesson in that. Now I'm going to go back and buy the "Dummies" books on how to operate other appliances in my household. Just takes a little time, but it cements in the knowledge of how to get the most out of your technical items.
Old-sleuth More than 1 year ago
This has been a great help. Being one of the "older generation" the new gadgets are a bit confusing. With this book I am able to expand my knowledge of what the phone can do and I can make it do it. I was able to download three books and one song. I'm a grandma on a roll!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thx thats a very nice name By
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really want an iPod touch, but we dont have Apple, we have verizon. I made a power point to convince my mom why i should get one. The problem is that i dont know much about the data plans. If u know more about my problem and how to help me, then plz anwser to Desprite. Thx!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very funny book.Who would ever by a iphone for a dummie.
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DDK2010 More than 1 year ago
I was the last one in my family to get an iPhone since I hate learning a new phone; it's such a time consuming trial-and-error process! The Dummies book was VERY USEFUL in easing my transition from a Moto Q (like a Blackberry) to the iPhone. Although there were parts of the book that were VERY elementary, I was able to easily locate the useful information and tips I needed to quickly get me up to speed and comfortable using the iPhone. I've even shared the tips with my husband, parents, and siblings, all of whom have had iPhones for a while and were unaware of all it could do. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book to people who need to become comfortable with the iPhone and all it can do!
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jmcgNYC More than 1 year ago
I found it a great help in finding answers quickly. Recommended that you read it through, cover to cover, and then go back to specific features you need help with. Keep it handy and use it periodically when the need arises to brush up on something. Love that iPHone!
MB3GA More than 1 year ago
iPhone For Dummies is very useful when "stumped" on what to do with error messages and/or no funciton at all. The instructions are clear and to the point and will definitely ease the stress when things "go wrong" and you havent's a clue about what to do.
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