16 Quick iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch Tips That Every User Should Know

Sometimes a quick reference guide to some tips and tricks to remember is all you need. So below are some quick tips of things to keep in mind or use. I’m using iOS 5 and therefore some of the things you may come across below won’t be the same as your device if you do not have iOS 5.

*Please note that throughout the steps below, you can click on the image to enlarge the photo, if needed.

1. How To Take A Screenshot

You may or may not be wondering how I added the pictures of my screen on the iPhone and iPad when I did some of the other articles. It’s actually pretty easy and you will be surprised how useful this little trick comes in! I use it quite often.

So to take a screenshot on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, all you need to do is the following:

Press your “Sleep / Wake” button and the “Home: button in together for 3 seconds.

If you are not sure what the “Sleep / Wake” button or “Home” button is, see the picture below:

iPhone 4 Sleep / Wake & Home Buttons

iPhone 4 Sleep / Wake & Home Buttons

Once you have pressed these two buttons in for the 3 seconds, you will see your screen go white and you will hear the sound that gets played when you take a photo too.

You can find the screenshot images in your “Camera Roll” album in “Photos.”

2. How To Do A “Hard Reset”

Doing a hard reset is sometimes needed when your iDevice becomes unresponsive or acts strangely. Recently my father asked me if I know what would cause his iPad 2 to become sluggish and slow. I asked suggested he do a “hard Reset” and the iPad was back to its usual self again.

To do a “Hard Reset,” you will be following the steps as mentioned above on how to take a screenshot. Hold in the “Sleep / Wake” button and “Home” button in until you see the Apple Logo displayed on-screen as if you’ve just switched the device on. From the moment you hold the two buttons is until the Apple Logo is displayed takes about 10 seconds. Once you see the Apple Logo, release the buttons.

Here is the Apple Logo I am speaking of:

Apple Boot Logo

Apple Boot Logo

Once this screen is displayed, the iDevice will now reboot and might as to enter you sim card pin

3. How To Lock Screen Orientation / How To Prevent The Screen from Rotating

Often times you may be sitting at an awkward angle or the screen will rotate to landscape instead of portrait when you’re using your iDevice, which can become rather irritating sometimes. Luckily there is an easy way to prevent this from happening and easy to access while using the phone for in case you want to have the screen rotate.

To lock the orientation of the screen, double tap the “Home Button” and you will notice the screen slide up and you will see possible running apps in a screen that looks something like:

Home Screen

Home Screen

Double tap the “Home Button” then slide over the open apps from left to right:

Screen After Double Tap Home

Screen After Double Tap Home

Here is the screen you will see when the Orientation is unlocked, tap on the icon to the far left that looks like an arrow showing a kind of circular motion:

Unlocked Orientation

Unlocked Orientation

Here is the screen you will see when the Orientation is locked, tap on the icon to the far left that looks like an arrow showing a kind of circular motion with a lock in the centre:

Locked Orientation

Locked Orientation

4. How To Quickly Access iPod Controls

Quickly want to play music on your iPod on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch without having to navigate to the app and then pressing play? No problaymo. There are two ways to do this. One way is from your “Home Screen” and the other from the “Lock Screen.”

From The Home Screen

From the “Home Screen” you will be following similar steps to locking or unlocking your Screen Orientation as shown above.

So to quickly start playing music, Double tap the “Home Button” then slide over the open apps from left to right:

Screen After Double Tap Home

Screen After Double Tap Home

Here you will see the screen orientation lock button as well as a the iPod Controls and iPod app icon. If you want to go into the iPod app, tap its icon, or tap on the play icon to play the music from where you left off, or from a random song if the iPod has not yet been closed and not used again since.

iPod Controls

iPod Controls

From The Lock Screen

Once Again this means double tapping the “Home Button,” so I’m sure you know what the home button is now?!?

On the lock screen, which will look something like this:

Lock Screen

Lock Screen

Double tap the “Home Button” without unlocking the phone and you will see the following screen:

Lock Screen iPod Controls

Lock Screen iPod Controls

To start playing music, tap on the play button to start playing music from where you left off, or from a random song if the iPod has not yet been closed and not used again since.

5. How To Quickly Access The Camera

Quick, there’s a guy about to fall down the stairs and you want to take a photo for Fail Blog! There’s an easy way to get to your camera in situations like this and others. Again the double tap home button move comes in.

Right, so on the “Lock Screen” as shown above for the iPod Access on the “Lock Screen”, double tap the “Home Button” and you will see the following screen:

Tap To Open Camera

Tap To Open Camera

Tap on the camera icon on the bottom right of the screen to open the camera.

6. How To Change The Sort Order of Notification Centre (iOS 5)

The default setting on iOS 5 for your Notifications Centre is to sort notifications by App. Here there are two things you could consider changing if you would like to.

To change the following settings, you will need to access the “Notifications” option in the ‘Settings” app. To get to the Notifications settings, open “Settings” from your “Home Screen” :

Home Screen

Home Screen

Next tap on “Notifications”:

Tap Notificaitons

Tap Notifications

Follow the following steps to change the order in which apps and notifications will be displayed:

Change The Order Of the Apps In Notification Centre

This settings applies to the order of the Notification Centre when the setting is set to “Manually” and not “By Time.”

Tap on “Edit” , which will be on the top right of the screen:

Tap Edit

Tap Edit

Once you’ve tapped on “Edit” you will notice the arrows to the right of each application change to 3 grey horizontal bars:

Hold on 3 Bars

Hold on 3 Bars

To change which apps you want to come first or their order, hold down on the grey bars and drag the app to the position you want it in:

Slide To Order You Want

Slide To Order You Want

Slide to Order You Want

Slide to Order You Want

Release the screen, and effectively the 3 grey bars to put the app in the new position:

Release When In Position You Want New

Release When In Position You Want New

After you have moved the app’s into the order you want, tap on “Done” to save the changes:

Tap Done To Save Changes

Tap Done To Save Changes

Next is the order and sorting I prefer to make use of as, for me, it is more practical. This is to set the “Sort Apps” to “By Time”, instead of “Manually”. This means that the most recent notifications will be on the top of the list and the others will follow according to the time in which they cam through.

Set By Time

Set By Time

7. How To Access “Notification Centre” (iOS 5)

This is a really basic step, but some may not be aware they can do this or they are not sure of how to access the “Notification Centre”. To Access The “Notification Centre”, hold your finger down on the top of the screen and drag down:

Home Screen

Home Screen

Once you start dragging downward, you will notice the “Notification Centre” appear:

Notification Centre

Notification Centre

Some great guys to follow on Twitter there on my “Notification Centre”: @QQLessPlz and @gidiskidi by the way…

Okay so the next tip is:

8. How To Quickly Scroll to the Top of Your Screen

This is a nice to know when you want to scroll back to the top of my screen when surfing the net on Safari, in Messages and many other apps.

Here, for example, is a note I made with ideas of things to do for How To Work My Apple Device:

Notice in the picture below I am at the top of the page:

Top of Note

Top of Note

Now say I was scrolling through the note and then decided I want to scroll back to the top to add something in, all you do is tap on the top of the screen (more or less on the time) once to scroll back to the top:

Scrolled Through Note

Scrolled Through Note

This will scroll you back to the top of the screen:

After Tapping Top of Screen

After Tapping Top of Screen

9. How To Show The Character Count in Messages

This only applies to the “Messages” app and “iMessage”

From the Home Screen, tap on “Settings”:

Home Screen

Home Screen

In the Settings, scroll down to where you see “Messages” and tap on it:

Tap On Messages

Tap On Messages

Once in Messages, make sure “Character Count” is switched on. If not, tap on the button that will say “Off” to turn it on:

Set Character Count On

Set Character Count On

10. How To Change Sim Card Pin / How To Turn Pin Request off

Open Settings and go to “Phone”

Tap Phone

Tap Phone

Next tap on “Sim Pin”:

Tap Sim Pin

Tap Sim Pin

On the next screen you can change the pin or switch off the pin request on iPhone or iPad WiFi + 3G start-up:

Set On or Off, or Tap Change Pin To Change Pin Number

Set On or Off, or Tap Change Pin To Change Pin Number

11. How To Set Default Alert Times For Calendar Notifications

Tap on Settings, then Tap on “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”:

Once in Mail, Contacts, Calendars, scroll to the bottom of the page and tap on “Default Alert Times”:

Scroll To Bottom Of Screen, Tap Default Alert Times

Scroll To Bottom Of Screen, Tap Default Alert Times

In the next screen you can set Default Alert Times:

Default Alert Times Options

Default Alert Times Options

12. How To Find your Device’s IMEI Number, Serial Number & Basic device Info

Go To Settings, tap On “General”

Tap General

Tap General

Next tap on “About”:

Tap About

Tap About

Below is the “About” screen of your device, here you can see some info about your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch:

About

About

To view your IMEI number or serial number etc, scroll to the bottom pf the page and you will find it there. I have edited all my info out on the next page for security reasons 🙂

Scroll To Bottom to see IMEI

Scroll To Bottom to see IMEI

13. View Where Your Device’s Space is Being Used & Data Usage

Tap on “Settings”, then “General” then tap on “Usage”:

Tap Usage

Tap Usage

In the usage section you can view and manage where all space is going to and see how much data you’ve used:

View Usage Stats

View Usage Stats

While you’re on the “Usage” screen, you can also set to see your “Battery Percentage”…

14. Set To See Battery Percentage

To Set to see the battery percentage on or off, go to “Settings’, “General”, “Usage” and scroll down till you see the following:

Set Battery Percentage On or Off

Set Battery Percentage On or Off

15. How To Switch off the Predictive Text / Turn the Auto-Correct On or Off

I’m pretty sure you’re familiar with what the “Settings screen looks like, so I’ll add screenshots from where necessary.

From “Settings” tap on “General” and then scroll down to “Keyboards” and tap on it:

Tap Keyboards

Tap Keyboards

Next, tap on the “On” or “Off” icon next to “Auto Correct” to turn it on or off:

Tap On or Off for Auto Correction turn it On or Off

Tap On or Off for Auto Correction turn it On or Off

Also interesting to note here is the ” “. shortcut. If this is on, the device will automatically put in a full-stop when you double tap the space bar button, on the keyboard in a message.

16. How To Turn The Calculator Into A Scientific Calculator

First make sure the screen orientation is set to “Unlocked” as I showed you in Quick Tip 3.

Then From the Home Screen, tap on “Calculator”:

Home Screen

Home Screen

Here is the calculator as usual:

Standard Calculator

Standard Calculator

Then, while in the Calculator app, rotate the phone so that you holding it in Landscape and the calculator will rotate too and in the process become a scientific calculator:

Scientific Calculator

Scientific Calculator

I hope you have found this useful!

Always remember, give a jackass an education and you’ll have a smartass!

Signing out.

G™

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