iPhone Portable Genius

iPhone Portable Genius

by Paul McFedries
iPhone Portable Genius

iPhone Portable Genius

by Paul McFedries

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Your step-by-step guide to iPhone mastery

iPhone Portable Genius delivers a practical and simple guide to quickly learning everything you need to know about the iPhone. Whether you're a novice user with Apple products or a seasoned pro, you'll find a wealth of info designed to show you how to configure your iPhone, set up accounts, manage your contacts and appointments, take stunning pictures, and surf the web. All while keeping your identity and accounts private and secure.

Before you know it, you'll be:

  • Mastering the touchscreen
  • Setting up your iPhone to suit the way you work and play
  • Connecting your iPhone to Wi-Fi and setting up your phone as an internet hub
  • Solving the most common iPhone problems
  • Getting the most out of email

With straightforward and step-by-step instructions in a portable and convenient package and engaging illustrations, iPhone Portable Genius is the ideal resource for owners and users of one of the world's most popular phones.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119763628
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/30/2020
Series: Portable Genius Series
Edition description: 6th ed.
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,089,131
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Paul McFedries has written nearly 100 books since 1991. His works have sold over four million copies worldwide. He is the author of Windows Portable Genius, iPad Portable Genius, 4th Edition, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Windows 10, 3rd Edition, and G Suite for Dummies.
Fun, hip, and straightforward, the Portable Genius series gives forward-thinking technology users helpful information in handy, compact books that are easy to navigate and don't skimp on the essentials. Collect the whole series and make the most of your digital lifestyle.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments iv

Introduction x

Chapter 1 How Do I Start Using My iPhone? 2

Working with the Side Button 4

Sleeping and waking the iPhone 5

Powering the iPhone on and off 5

Silencing or declining a call 7

Making a purchase 7

Working with the Ring/Silent Switch 8

Operating the Volume Controls 8

Inserting a SIM Card 9

Operating the Touchscreen 10

Navigating the touchscreen 10

Searching your iPhone 11

Switching between running apps 13

Typing on the keyboard 13

Running Your iPhone from the Control Center 19

Chapter 2 How Do I Configure My iPhone? 22

Customizing the Home Screen 24

Creating an app folder 24

Adding a web page bookmark to the Home screen 26

Working with App Notifications 26

Displaying the Notification Center 27

Handling notifications within the Notification Center 27

Customizing notifications 28

Configuring Do Not Disturb settings 30

More Useful iPhone Configuration Techniques 31

Changing the name of your iPhone 32

Turning sounds on and off 32

Customizing the keyboard 33

Setting up Apple Pay 35

Configuring Siri 38

Controlling your privacy 39

Protecting Your iPhone 39

Locking your iPhone with a passcode 39

Unlocking your iPhone biometrically 40

Configuring parental controls 41

Locating and protecting a lost iPhone 41

Chapter 3 How Do I Connect My iPhone to a Network? 46

Connecting to a Wi-Fi Network 48

Making your first connection 48

Showing available Wi-Fi networks automatically 49

Connecting to known networks 50

Connecting to a hidden Wi-Fi network 50

Sending a file from your Mac to your iPhone 51 Forgetting a Wi-Fi network 52

Turning off the Wi-Fi antenna 53

Setting Up Your iPhone as an Internet Hub 53

Activating the Personal Hotspot 54

Connecting to the hotspot using Wi-Fi 54

Keeping an Eye on Your Data Usage 55

Controlling Network Data 56

Turning off LTE 56

Turning off cellular data 56

Controlling cellular data usage 57

Turning off data roaming 58

Switching to Low Data Mode 58

Switching your iPhone to Airplane Mode 58

Pairing Your iPhone to Bluetooth Devices 59

Making your iPhone discoverable 60

Pairing your iPhone with a Bluetooth keyboard 60

Pairing your iPhone with a Bluetooth headset 61

Selecting a paired headset as the audio output device 62

Unpairing your iPhone from a Bluetooth device 62

Chapter 4 How Can I Get More Out of the Phone App? 64

Working with Outgoing Calls 66

Making calls quickly 66

Automatically dialing

extensions or menu options 68

Voice dialing a call with Siri 68

Configuring your iPhone not to show your caller ID 70

Handling Incoming Calls 70

Answering a call on other devices 70

Sending an incoming call directly to voicemail 71

Replying with a message 71

Setting a callback reminder 73

Turning off the call waiting feature 73

Blocking incoming calls 73

Forwarding calls to another number 74

Juggling Multiple Calls and Conference Calls 75

Managing Your Favorites List 77

Chapter 5 How Can I Make the Most of iPhone Web Surfing? 80

Touchscreen Tips for Web Sites 82

Browsing Tips for Faster Surfing 83

Opening and managing multiple browser tabs 84

Opening a tab in the background 86

Viewing a page without distractions 86

Requesting a web site’s desktop version 86

Saving sites as bookmarks 89

Managing your bookmarks 89

Saving a page to read later 90

Retracing your steps with the handy History list 91

Filling in Online Forms 91

Turning on AutoFill for faster form input 93

Saving web site login passwords 94

Adding web site passwords manually 97

Getting More Out of Safari on Your iPhone 97

Maintaining your privacy by

deleting the History list 97

Deleting website data 98

Browsing privately 99

Changing the default search engine 100

Searching web page text 100

Searching the web with Siri voice commands 101

Sharing a link via AirDrop 102

Chapter 6 How Do I Maximize iPhone Email? 104

Managing Your iPhone Email Accounts 106

Adding an account by hand 106

Specifying the default account 108

Temporarily disabling an account 109

Deleting an account 110

Switching to another account 110

Configuring Email Accounts 111

Managing multiple devices by leaving messages on the server 111

Fixing outgoing email problems by using a different server port 112

Configuring authentication for outgoing mail 113

Configuring Email Messages 114

Creating iCloud message folders 114

Attaching a file from iCloud Drive 115

Formatting email text 115

Creating a custom iPhone signature 116

Disabling remote images in messages 117

Preventing Mail from organizing messages by thread 118

Maintaining messages with gestures 119

Configuring Mail’s swipe options 119

Marking all messages as read 120

Controlling email with Siri voice commands 120

Chapter 7 How Do I Max Out My iPhone’s Photo and Video Features? 122

Taking Great iPhone Pictures 124

Taking a basic photo 124

Checking out the iPhone camera features 126

Focusing the shot 127

Locking the focus and exposure 128

Shooting in low light with Night Mode 128

Taking live photos 130

Taking a portrait photo 130

Taking a panoramic photo 132

Changing the zoom level 133

Changing the aspect ratio 134

Applying a filter 135

Taking a time-delayed photo 135

Taking time-lapse photos 136

Preventing blurry iPhone photos 136

Getting More Out of iPhone Photos 137

Scrolling, rotating, zooming, and panning photos 138

Enhancing a photo 139

Cropping and straightening 139

Applying a filter 141

Adjusting a photo’s lighting 141

Creating a photo album 142

Getting More Out of iPhone Videos 143

Recording video with an iPhone camera 143

Setting the recording format for video and slo-mo 144

Editing recorded video 145

Playing iPhone videos on your TV 147

Streaming iPhone video to Apple TV 148

Mirroring the iPhone screen on your TV 148

Chapter 8 Can I Use My iPhone to Manage Contacts and Appointments? 150

Managing Your Contacts 152

Creating a new contact 152

Editing an existing contact 153

Adding a photo to a contact 154

Creating a custom label 154

Managing contacts with Siri voice commands 155

Tracking Your Events 156

Adding an event to your calendar 156

Editing an existing event 157

Setting up a repeating event 157

Converting an event to an all-day event 158

Adding an alert to an event 158

Controlling events with Siri voice commands 160

Creating Reminders 161

Setting a reminder for a specific time 162

Setting a reminder for a specific location 163

Creating a new list 164

Completing a reminder 164

Deleting a reminder 165

Setting the default Reminders list 165

Setting reminders with Siri voice commands 165

Chapter 9 How Do I Use My iPhone to Navigate My World? 168

Finding Your Way with Maps and GPS 170

Searching for a destination 171

Getting info about a destination 172

Displaying your current location 172

Seeing what’s near you 174

Displaying a map of a contact’s location 174

Mapping an address from an email 175

Specifying a location when you don’t know the exact address 176

Getting directions to a location 177

Getting more info about a location 179

Controlling Maps with Siri voice commands 180

Configuring Location Services 180

Turning off location services 181

Controlling app access to GPS 181

Enabling or disabling system location services 182

Sharing Map Data 183

Chapter 10 How Do I Keep My Life in Sync with iCloud? 184

Understanding iCloud 186

Understanding iCloud System Support 187

Configuring iCloud on Your iPhone 187

Setting up your iCloud account on your iPhone 188

Setting up iCloud synchronization on your iPhone 189

Setting up and using Family Sharing 189

Setting up iCloud Keychain 191

Backing up your iPhone 192

Managing your iCloud storage 192

Changing your iCloud storage plan 194

Upgrading to iCloud Drive 194

Configuring iCloud on Your Mac 195

Setting up an iCloud account on your Mac 195

Setting up iCloud synchronization on your Mac 195

Configuring iCloud on Your Windows PC 196

Chapter 11 How Do I Fix My iPhone? 198

General Techniques for Troubleshooting Your iPhone 200

Troubleshooting connected devices 201

Resetting the iPhone 202

Erasing and restoring data and settings 204

Updating software 205

Taking Care of the iPhone Battery 205

Tracking battery use 206

Checking battery health 207

Tips for extending battery life 208

Solving Specific Problems 211

The iPhone screen won’t respond to taps 212

Your battery won’t charge 212

You have trouble accessing a Wi-Fi network 212

An app is taking up a large amount of space 214

Index 218

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