iPhone For Dummies

iPhone For Dummies

by Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus


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iPhone For Dummies by Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

The iPhone 3G is here! You’ll want to make the most of it, and iPhone For Dummies, 2nd Edition is ready to help. Master the multitouch interface, send text messages, enjoy rich-HTML e-mail, use GPS maps, and more, with this full-color guide to show you how!
Edward C. Baig and “Dr. Mac” Bob LeVitus, two giants of Mac-dom, have packed this colorful little book with tips on every cool feature of the iPhone 3G. They’ll show you how to find and download hundreds of cool apps from the new Apps Store, sync up your contact lists with MobileMe, browse the Internet, take photos, download music, and much more. For example:

  • Use 3G wireless technology to surf the Web faster, send and receive e-mail, and talk on the phone, all at once
  • Play music, watch videos on the widescreen display, or download a game from the App Store
  • Navigate Web sites or photos using tap, flick, and pinch
  • Get turn-by-turn directions, view a map, get live traffic information, or find services near your location with the GPS feature
  • Synchronize data, calendar entries, and address books between your desktop and your iPhone
  • Snap, share, sync, and save photos
  • See how the touch screen lets you type, surf, dial, download, play music, and more, all with a simple tap
  • Use the new scientific calculator
  • Find out what Microsoft Exchange has to offer

You already love your iPhone. With iPhone For Dummies, 2nd Edition, you’ll find more to love!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119417170
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/06/2017
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 147,650
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Edward C. Baig pens the Personal Technology column for USA TODAY and often appears on TV and webcasts. He has served on the editorial staff of several well-known publications.
Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus has written the popular Dr. Mac column in the Houston Chronicle for 20 years. Bob has authored or coauthored more than 80 popular computer books.

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Table of Contents


About This Book 1

Foolish Assumptions 2

Icons Used in This Book 2

Beyond the Book 3

Where to Go From Here 3


CHAPTER 1: Unveiling the iPhone 7

The Big Picture 7

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 side 12

On the bottom 14

On the front 15

On the back 15

Status bar 16

Home Sweet Home Screen 19

The first Home screen 19

The second Home screen 21

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

Continuing the setup 29

Locking the iPhone 29

Understanding Pressure-Sensitive Touch 31

Mastering the Multitouch Interface 32

Discovering the special-use keys 33

The incredible, intelligent, and virtual iPhone keyboard 35

Anticipating what comes next 35

Finger-typing on the virtual keyboards 36

Correcting mistakes 39

Choosing an alternative keyboard 40

Cutting, copying, pasting, and replacing 40

Multitasking 43

Navigating beyond the Home Screen 45

Organizing Icons into Folders 46

Proactive Searching 47

Notifications and the Today View 48

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 57

Sync prep 101 58

Syncing Your Data 62

Syncing contacts 62

Syncing calendars 63

Advanced syncing 64

Synchronizing Your Media 64

Ringtones, music, movies, and TV shows 65

Podcasts, iTunes U, and books 68

Photos 69

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 81

Voice dialing 83

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 89

Making conference calls 90

Handing off calls 91

Seeing Is Believing with FaceTime 91


CHAPTER 5: Taking Control of Your iPhone 97

Controlling Control Center 98

Summoning Siri 100

Figuring out what to ask 101

Using dictation 103

Correcting mistakes 103

Making Siri smarter 104

Voice Dialing 105

CHAPTER 6: Texting 1, 2, 3: Messages and Notes 107

Getting the iMessage 107

You send me: Sending text messages 109

Alert: You’ve got messages 110

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

MMS: Like SMS with media 115

Massive multimedia effects overhaul 116

Group messaging has never been better 118

Taking Note of Notes 119

CHAPTER 7: Ten Indispensable Utilities 121

Working with the Calendar 121

Year view 122

Month view 123

Day view 123

Week view 123

List view 124

Adding Calendar Entries 125

Letting your calendar push you around 129

Displaying multiple calendars 130

Responding to meeting invitations 130

Subscribing to calendars 131

Sharing a family calendar 131

Calculate This 132

Punching the Clock 133

World clock 133

Alarm clock 134

Stopwatch 135

Timer 136

Bedtime 136

Voicing Memos 137

Making a recording 137

Listening to recordings 138

Trimming recordings 138

Adding a title to a recording 139

Reminding me 139

It’s a Wallet 142

Dropping in on AirDrop 143

Controlling Lights, Locks, and More 144

Using the iPhone in the Car 145

Keeping in Good Health 146


CHAPTER 8: Get in Tune(s): Audio on Your iPhone 149

Introducing Your iPhone’s Music Player 150

It’s music, just not your music 151

My Music Is Your Music 154

A library without library cards 154

Play it again, list 156

Share and share alike 158

Taking Control of Your Tunes 160

Customizing Your Audio Experience 162

Setting preferences 162

Setting a sleep timer 164

Using your voice to control your music 165

Shopping with the iTunes Store app 166

CHAPTER 9: “Smile”: Taking Pictures with Your iPhone 167

Taking Your Best Shot 168

Making Photos Come to Life 170

Keeping Things in Focus 170

From the front to the rear — and back 172

Firing up the flash 172

Using digital zoom 173

iPhone 7 Plus only — two rear cameras are better than one 174

Applying filters 175

Binging on burst shooting 176

Using the self-timer 178

Tracking Down Your Pictures 179

Choosing albums 180

Making memories 181

Categorizing your pics 183

Searching for pictures 184

Sharing your photos 185

Admiring Your Pictures 187

Maneuvering and manipulating photos 187

Launching slideshows 188

Storing pictures in the (i)Cloud 190

Editing and Deleting Photos 191

More (Not So) Stupid Picture Tricks 194

CHAPTER 10: Starring in a Blockbuster: Video on Your iPhone 199

Finding Stuff to Watch 200

Playing Video 201

Shooting Video 205

Going slow 208

Going fast 209

Editing what you shot 209

Sharing video 211

Watching video on TV 211

Restricting video and other usage 212


CHAPTER 11: Going On a Mobile Safari 215

Surfin’ Dude 215

Exploring the browser 216

Blasting off into cyberspace 216

I Can See Clearly Now 219

Opening multiple web pages at a time 219

Looking at lovable links 221

Book(mark) ’em, Dano 222

Altering bookmarks 225

Viewing open pages on other devices 226

Letting history repeat itself 226

Launching a mobile search mission 227

Saving web pictures 228

Reading clutter-free web pages 229

Private Browsing 229

3D Touch and Safari 230

Smart Safari Settings 231

CHAPTER 12: The Email Must Get Through 233

Prep Work: Setting Up Your Accounts 234

Setting up your account the easy way 234

Setting up your account the less easy way 234

See Me, Read Me, File Me, Delete Me: Working with Messages 239

Reading messages 239

Filter mail 241

Managing messages 242

Threading messages 244

Searching emails 245

Darling, You Send Me (Email) 249

Makin’ messages 249

Settings for sending email 257

Setting your message and account settings 258

Special Mail options on 3D Touch models 261

CHAPTER 13: Tracking with Maps, Compass, Stocks, and Weather 263

Maps Are Where It’s At 263

Finding your current location with Maps 264

Finding a person, place, or thing 265

Views, zooms, and pans 266

Timesaving map tools: Contacts, Recents, and Favorites 268

Smart map tricks 270

Contemplating the Compass 274

Taking Stock with Stocks 275

Adding and deleting stocks, funds, and indexes 276

Details, details, details 277

Charting a course 277

Weather Watching 278


CHAPTER 14: Setting You Straight on Settings 283

Sky-High Settings 284

Airplane mode 284

Wi-Fi 285

Bluetooth 286

Cellular 288

Report, Sound, and Appearance Settings 289

Notifications 289

Control Center 290

Do Not Disturb 290

Privacy 290

Sounds 292

Happy haptics (iPhone 7 and 7 Plus) 293

Happy Home button (iPhone 7 and 7 Plus) 293

Brightening up your day 293

Auto-lock 294

Wallpaper 295

In General 295

About About 295

Software update 296

Storage & iCloud Usage 296

Background App Refresh 297

Siri 297

Handoff and Suggested Apps 297

CarPlay 297

VPN 298

iTunes Wi-Fi sync 298

Spotlight search 298

Battery 299

Touch ID & Passcode 299

Restrictions 300

Date & Time 301

Keyboard 302

Language & Region 303

Dictionary 303

Accessibility 303

Reset 306

Phoning In More Settings 307

iCloud 307

Promoting harmony through Family Sharing 307

Twitter 308

Facebook 308

Flickr and Vimeo 309

Sorting and displaying contacts 309

Nothing phone-y about these settings 309

Find My iPhone 311

CHAPTER 15: Apps-O-Lutely! 313

Using Your Computer to Find Apps 314

Looking for apps from your computer 314

Getting more information about an app 318

Downloading an app to your computer 320

Updating an app from your computer 320

Using Your iPhone to Find Apps 321

Looking for apps from your iPhone 321

Finding more information about an app 322

Downloading an app to your iPhone 322

Updating an app from your iPhone 324

Deleting and Organizing Your Apps 324

Deleting an app 324

Organizing your apps 326

Books, Newspapers, and Magazines 329

iBooks for your iPhone 330

Newspapers and magazines 330

CHAPTER 16: When Good iPhones Go Bad 333

iPhone Issues 334

But first 334

Recharge your iPhone 335

Restart your iPhone 336

Reset your iPhone 336

Remove your content 337

Reset your settings and content 337

Restore your iPhone 338

Renew your iPhone with Recovery mode 339

Problems with Calling or Networks 340

Sync, Computer, or iTunes Issues 342

More Help on the Apple Website 343

If Nothing We Suggest Helps 346

Dude, Where’s My Stuff? 347


CHAPTER 17: Ten Appetizing Apps 351

Shazam 352

TurboScan 353

TripCase 354

Evernote 356

Bill Atkinson PhotoCard 357

IMDb 358

Tunity 359

iTunes U 360

Waze 361

WebMD 362

CHAPTER 18: Ten Apps Worth Paying For 365

Akinator the Genie 365

Comics 366

OldBooth 368

Action Movie FX 369

WordsWorth Pro 370

iTeleport 372

Baseball Statistics 373

Dark Sky 374

Wallet 375

Heads Up! 376

CHAPTER 19: Ten Helpful Hints, Tips, and Shortcuts 379

Do the Slide for Accuracy and Punctuation 379

Autocorrect Is Your Friend 380

Auto apostrophes are good for you 381

Make rejection work for you 381

The Way-Cool Big Red Audio Scrubber Tip 383

Tricks with Links and Phone Numbers 384

Share the Love and the Links 385

Choosing a Home Page for Safari 385

Storing Files 386

Create Ringtones for Free in GarageBand 387

Getting Apps Out of the Multitasking Screen 389

Taking a Snapshot of the Screen 390


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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
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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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