Cheat Sheet

iPhone For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From IPhone For Dummies, 10th Edition

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Your iPhone can be so much more than a communication tool to talk into. Aside from making calls and creating your contacts, you need to get familiar with the many options available on the iPhone touchscreen. You’ll also want to be able to handle troubleshooting when your Apple device acts strangely or stops working. Those with a brand new iPhone will appreciate the quick setup guide. And finally, when you need a bit of levity, check out our 10 ways to have fun with Siri.

Mastering the iPhone’s Multitouch Screen

The Apple iPhone has no physical keyboard or keypad buttons, so you have to use a virtual version of buttons and controls that appear on-screen for the tasks at hand. The following figure shows standard options; the list tells you how to maneuver through iPhone’s touchscreen icons, buttons, and connections.


  • Flick a finger to scroll through music, pictures, emails, contacts, and more.

  • Tap against the screen to open applications, play songs, choose photos, and so on.

  • Pinch and unpinch to enlarge web pages and pictures, or make them smaller. The actions involve placing your thumb and index finger against the screen. Then, keeping the thumb in place, drag your index finger to pinch or unpinch accordingly.

  • Swipe the screen from top to bottom to open Notification Center; swipe from bottom to top to close it.

  • Swipe the screen from bottom to top to open Control Center; swipe from top to bottom to close it.

  • Press gently to peek; press harder to open using 3D Touch (iPhone 6s and 7 models only).

  • Trust the virtual keyboard. The touchscreen provides visual suggestions and corrects mistakes on the fly.

  • Correct errors by holding your fingers against the screen to bring up a magnifying glass that lets you position the pointer in the precise spot you want to edit.

Making a Call on Your iPhone

You have several options for making a phone call from your iPhone. First tap the Phone icon on the Home screen, and then tap on one of these icons:

  • Contacts: Scroll through the list of contacts until you find the person you want to call. Tap the person’s name and then tap the appropriate phone number (such as home or mobile).

  • Favorites: The iPhone equivalent of speed dialing, or the list of people (and the specific numbers) you call most often. Tap the listing and iPhone dials.

  • Recents: Tapping the Recents icon displays the iPhone call log. Recents houses logs of all the recent calls made or received, as well as calls that you missed. Tap anywhere on a name to return a call.

  • Keypad: Manually dial on a virtual touchtone keypad.

  • Voice Control/Siri: Press and hold the Home button or the center button on the wired headset, and then say “call” or “dial” followed by either the name of someone in your contacts or a phone number. Or if you have Hey Siri enabled (Settings→General→Allow “Hey Siri”), you can skip pressing and holding and just say the magic words (which are, of course, “Hey Siri).”

  • Voicemail: Through visual voicemail, you can listen to voicemail messages in any order you want. To play back a voicemail, tap the name or number in question. Then tap the tiny play/pause icon that shows up to the left of the name or number. Returning a call is as simple as tapping the green Call Back button.

  • FaceTime: To initiate a FaceTime video chat, dial the person’s regular iPhone number as usual. When the voice call connects, either of you can tap the FaceTime button that appears on the screen to start a Face Time video chat. Both parties must be using an iPhone 4 or later, a fourth-generation iPod touch, an iPad 2, or a Mac running OS X 10.6.6 or later; otherwise, the FaceTime button does not appear.

    Note that if you have an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, you can press on a contact and choose a quick action, which may include Call, Message, FaceTime, and Mail, depending on the information you have for that contact.

Managing Your iPhone Contacts

You access your address book by tapping the Phone icon on the Home screen of your iPhone. Some of the things you can do with contacts in the Phone application include the following:

  • Create a new contact: Tap Contacts at the bottom of the screen, and then tap the + icon in the upper right. Or if yours is an iPhone 6s model, you can press the Contacts icon and choose Create New Contact from the Quick Actions list that appears.

    Enter the contact information, and then tap Done.

  • See contact info from the Favorites, Recents, or Voicemail screen: Tap the little i-in-a-circle next to the message. The contact’s information appears. Tap the contact’s phone number or email address to contact the person by phone or email, respectively.

  • Add a caller to your contacts: Tap Recents or Voicemail, and then tap the little i-in-a-circle next to the person’s number. Tap Create New Contact, enter the contact information, and then tap Done.

    Those with iPhone 6s models can press on a phone number or name and choose to Call, Message, Add to Existing Contact, or Create New Contact.

  • Add a contact after dialing a number with the keypad: Enter the number on the numeric keypad, and then tap the +-in-a-circle on the left of the number. Then either tap Create New Contact and enter the contact information, or tap Add to Existing Contact and select a contact. After you’re finished, tap Done.

  • Don’t forget the extremely useful but semihidden Send Message, Share Contact, and Add to Favorites buttons. This trio of useful buttons appears on each contact’s Info screen at the very bottom; if you don’t see them, just scroll down a bit and you will.

Getting Help When Your iPhone Acts Up

Most of the time, your iPhone behaves itself. But every so often it causes you problems. Here’s a quick review of things you can try if your iPhone misbehaves.

Start with the first tip — later suggestions are more drastic.

  1. Restart your iPhone.

    Press and hold down the sleep/wake button, and then slide the red slider to turn it off. Wait a few seconds. Press the sleep/wake button to turn the iPhone back on.

  2. Force any frozen applications to quit.

    Press and hold down the Home button on the front of the iPhone for 6 to 10 seconds. Then restart it (see Step 1).

  3. Reset and restart your iPhone.

    Press and hold down the sleep/wake button and the Home button. When you see the Apple logo, release both buttons.

  4. Reset the iPhone settings.

    Tap the Settings icon on your Home screen, and then tap General, Reset, and Reset All Settings. Resetting iPhone settings won’t erase your data, but you’ll probably have to change some settings afterwards.

  5. Restore your iPhone.

    Connect your iPhone to your computer as though you were about to sync. Then select the iPhone in the iTunes source list, and click the Restore button on the Summary tab.

    This last suggestion erases all your data and media and resets all your settings.

    Because your data and media (except photos you’ve taken as well as contacts, calendar events, and playlists you’ve created or modified since your last sync) still exist on your computer, you shouldn’t lose anything. Your next sync will take longer, and you will have to reset any settings you’ve changed since you purchased your iPhone. But your media and data files shouldn’t be affected.

    One last thing: If you’re using iCloud, photos you’ve taken as well as calendar events and new contacts you’ve added since your last sync should be in the cloud and should reappear after you restore. The only items in danger, at least in theory, are playlists you’ve created on your iPhone since your last sync. That said, it wouldn’t hurt to let iTunes back up the contents of your iPhone before you click the Restore button.

Setting Up a New iPhone

If your iPhone is brand spanking new and fresh out of the box, follow these steps to walk through its initial setup:

  1. Turn on the iPhone or wake it if it’s sleeping.

    An arrow appears near the bottom of the screen, flashing messages in many languages. The English rendition says Slide to Set Up.

  2. Swipe the Slide to Set Up arrow to the right.

    The first thing you see on your shiny new (or freshly restored) iPhone is the Language Selection screen.

  3. Tap the language you want this iPhone to use, and then tap the blue arrow near the top-right of the screen.

    The Country or Region screen appears.

  4. Tap your country or region, and then tap the blue Next button.

    The Choose a Wi-Fi Network screen appears.

  5. Tap to choose a Wi-Fi network, type a password if necessary, and tap the blue Join button. Or tap the blue Next button to skip this step.

    Tapping a network name (and providing a password if needed) initiates the activation process, which requires either a Wi-Fi network or your wireless carrier’s cellular network and may take up to five minutes.

    If neither network is available, you’ll see an alert that says you need to connect your iPhone to your computer and use iTunes to complete the activation and setup process.

    After your iPhone has been activated, the Location Services screen appears.

  6. Tap to enable or disable Location Services.

    Location Services is your iPhone’s way of knowing your precise geographical location. The Maps app, for example, relies on Location Services to determine where in the world you are.

    You can turn Location Services on or off globally or for individual apps in Settings.

    The Set Up iPhone screen appears.

  7. Do one of the following:

    • If you’re replacing an old iPhone with this phone: Choose either Restore from iCloud Backup or Restore from iTunes Backup to have the new iPhone restored with the settings and data from your previous one. You’ll see either the iCloud Sign In screen or the Connect to iTunes screen. Follow the on-screen instructions and choose the backup from which you want to restore. In a few minutes (or more if your old iPhone contained a lot of data), your new iPhone will contain all the apps, media files, and settings from your old iPhone. You’re finished.

    • If this is your first iPhone: You won’t have any backups of your iPhone yet, so unless you want to restore it with the data from an iPod touch or iPad, choose Set Up as New iPhone. The Apple ID screen appears.

  8. Tap Sign In with Your Apple ID, or tap Create a Free Apple ID. Then (you know) tap the blue Next button.

    You can tap Skip This Step and proceed without supplying an Apple ID, but you need an Apple ID (it’s free) to take advantage of the myriad excellent and free features, including iCloud.

    The Terms and Conditions screen appears.

  9. To agree to the terms and conditions, tap the blue Agree button in the lower-right corner.

    A Terms and Conditions alert appears.

  10. Tap the Agree button, and then tap the blue Next button.

    What happens if you disagree? You don’t want to know. And, of course, you won’t be able to use your iPhone.

    The iCloud screen appears.

  11. Do one of the following:

    • If you want to use iCloud: Good choice! Tap Use iCloud.

    • If you don’t want to use iCloud: Tap Don’t Use iCloud.

    The Find My iPhone screen appears next.

  12. Tap Use Find My iPhone or tap Don’t Use Find My iPhone.

    Find My iPhone is a seriously cool feature that lets you locate and secure your iPhone if it ever gets lost or stolen.

    The iMessage and FaceTime screen appears.

  13. Tap the phone numbers and email addresses you want to use for iMessages and FaceTime calls (so that a blue check mark appears), and then tap the blue Next button.

    People can use an email address or your phone number to send you iMessages and place FaceTime calls to your iPhone, respectively.

    Don’t sweat your decisions; you can always add and remove phone numbers and addresses in Settings, Messages.

    The set up Touch ID screen appears.

  14. Tap Set Up Now to train your iPhone to recognize your fingerprints now; tap Set Up Later to do it later.

    You can use a fingerprint instead of your passcode or Apple ID to unlock your iPhone and make purchases in the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store.

    The Create a Passcode screen appears.

  15. Enter a four-digit passcode and then enter it a second time.

    The Set Up Siri screen appears.

  16. Tap Use Siri or tap Don’t Use Siri.

    Siri is an intelligent and wickedly cool voice-controlled assistant.

    You may not want to enable Siri if your Internet access is slow or nonexistent. If that’s your choice, you’ll still be able to use voice commands for dialing the phone and controlling the Music app.

    The Diagnostics screen appears.

  17. Tap either Automatically Send or Don’t Send.

    If you tap Automatically Send, anonymous diagnostic and usage data will be sent to Apple.

    The Welcome to iPhone screen appears.

  18. Tap Get Started to, well, get started with your iPhone.

    Your iPhone’s Home screen appears in all its glory.

One last thing: Apple’s free iCloud wireless storage and synchronization service is strictly optional, but it’s especially useful if you’re planning to use your iPhone PC-free or only plan to sync it with a computer occasionally.

10 Ways to Have Fun with Siri

Everyone loves Siri, the (usually) intelligent assistant inside your iPhone. Most of the time you spend with her involves getting an answer, but she can do more than answer questions. Siri can also amuse and entertain you and your friends. So without further ado, here are ten ways you can have some fun with Siri.

  • Talk dirty to me.

  • What are you wearing?

  • What does “Siri” mean?

  • Is God real?

  • What is your best pickup line?

  • What is zero divided by zero?

  • When will the world end?

  • How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

  • Why are fire trucks red?

  • Will you marry me, Siri?

Be sure to try each phrase more than once—Siri has more than one amusing response to most of them.

Finally, since you’ve been such a good reader, here’s a bonus for anyone who wants to change Siri’s gender or nationality or both. As you know, Siri is female by nature (and by default). But you can change her (or his) gender and accent anytime you like. Just tap Settings→General→Sir→Siri Voice and amaze your friends by turning your Siri into an American, British, or Australian man or woman. (Or at least the voice of an American, British, or Australian man or woman.)

And here’s one more bonus: Siri will gladly call you whatever you like. So ask Siri to “call me Ishmael,” or “call me your majesty,” and impress your friends with your new nickname.