Cheat Sheet

iPhone For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From IPhone For Seniors For Dummies, 6th Edition

By Dwight Spivey

It’s not always obvious how you can modify how your iPhone works. For example, you can use Settings to change how the Safari browser protects you from being tracked online or which online calendar’s events are shown in iPhone’s Calendar app. This Cheat Sheet gives you a rundown of some of the most useful features and apps so that you can find what you need to customize your iPhone’s behavior.

Working with Siri Commands on Your iPhone

There are several ways to use Siri to make your life with your iPhone and iOS 10 a bit simpler and better. The following is a list of ways in which you can use Siri for everyday things, some you may have already thought of and others might be new to you:

  • If you own an iPhone 6s or newer, you can simply say “Hey, Siri” followed by a command to make Siri work for you. You don’t have to be connected to power.

    iPhones older than the 6s can still utilize this feature, but they must be connected to power for this to work (which takes a bit of the fun out of it, but it’s still a cool feature).

    To enable the ability to speak commands to Siri, go to Settings→Siri→Allow “Hey Siri” and toggle the switch to On (green).

  • Be reminded about an event or a task. For example, if you’re viewing a web page, engage Siri and say “remind me about this” and it gets added to your Reminders app. You can also tell Siri when to remind you, if you’d like to set a specific time.
  • Check out sports scores by asking Siri how your team did. You can ask “How did Notre Dame do yesterday?” or “Did the Cleveland Browns lose again yesterday?” Siri will give you the scores. You can even find rankings, what time and channel when a sporting event is appearing, and more. Just ask!
  • Open an app with a simple command. For example, say “Open Netflix.” The Netflix app will open (if it’s installed, of course).
  • Convert measurements on the go. Ask something like “How many liters are in a gallon?” or “How many millimeters is 5.5 meters?” The inimitable Siri tells you in an instant.
  • Tell Siri which song or artist you’d like to listen to, and it’ll happen. Say “Play Purple Rain” or “I’d like to listen to Fleetwood Mac.” The song or artist will begin playing. You could also say “Stop playing music” to pause the song.
  • Siri can help you determine how much of a tip to leave your server. Say “How much is an 18 percent tip for a $34.36 bill?” Siri will promptly tell you to give $6.18.

There is much, much more that Siri can do. Try asking real-world questions whenever you get the chance so you can see the neat tricks Siri can perform.

News and Weather Apps for Your iPhone

The News and Weather app in iOS 10 for the iPhone are good, but may not suit your needs, or you may prefer the way one app works over the other. For example, Weather can give you some basic information on the days weather and upcoming forecasts, but doesn’t provide much detail; also, there are no weather maps to speak of.

These apps are listed in random order; don’t assume any personal preferences on my part due to their placement in this article.


Flipboard is an all-in-one app for accessing information based on your personal interests. Cultivate the stories to your liking and soon Flipboard will populate with articles that tend to interest you. Learn more about Flipboard and download it from the iTunes Store.


SmartNews is a well-received news aggregator. At over 13 million downloads as of this writing, SmartNews is a popular app for finding your news quickly and without clutter. Find out more and download it here.

USA Today

You’ve seen USA Today in newsstands, hotel rooms, and the coin-operated newspaper racks that used to be on every street in the neighborhood. Today, you can see the newspaper’s famous graphics and charts via the USA Today app for iPhone. All the sections you love are there, including, Life, Money, and Sports. Download the app.


If you subscribe to The New York Times, you can also access your Times subscription through your iPhone by downloading the NYTimes app. The app will provide non-subscribers with up to ten articles for free, but anything beyond that requires a subscription. The NYTimes app gives you breaking news alerts, international editions, and much more. Download the NYTimes app.

Google News & Weather

The Google News & Weather app provides news from more than 75,000 publications and comprehensive weather reports in the same app. There’s also little to no time spent waiting on your news to load, as the app is one of the fastest around thanks to its Accelerated Mobile Pages technology. Download the Google News & Weather app.


AccuWeather is an excellent app for digging deep into the latest weather news. You can see as little or as much as you like with this app; simply check the current conditions or watch maps of the local area and see extremely detailed forecasts. The MinuteCast feature will even tell you when you can expect precipitation over the next couple of hours in your current location, and you’ll be frequently surprised at its accuracy. Download the AccuWeather app.

Multimedia Apps for Your iPhone

When it comes to multimedia, your new iPhone has a great group of apps that already come with iOS 10, such as Videos, Music, and Podcasts. However, there are other apps on the market that may help you handle your multimedia needs in ways that better suit your tastes and needs.


Netflix has come far since their humble beginnings as a DVD-rental-by-mail company to become one of the largest players in the entertainment business today. If you have a Netflix subscription, you can to play your entire collection of videos that you’ve saved in your list, find new content, and even use AirPlay to play your video on your television via AppleTV. Download the Netflix app.

Amazon Video

Amazon has a vast library of video files, most of which can be streamed via their Amazon Video app. If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can watch all of your free Prime video library content right on your iPhone when you download the Amazon Video app.


SoundCloud claims to be the world’s largest music streaming service, boasting a catalogue of more than 135 million audio tracks. SoundCloud is a great service, but much of the catalogue is made up of up-and-coming (or completely unknown) artists. Don’t let that deter you. You can find some great music in the most unexpected places. SoundCloud also lets you see the music that your favorite artists like, which can lead you to discover wonderful tunes you might never would otherwise. Download the SoundCloud app.


YouTube used to be the best app around for watching silly cat videos and people falling down, but it’s now one of the most popular, and important, means of accessing video and musical entertainment on the Web. Documentaries, full-length movies, music videos, and silly cat videos are waiting to be discovered when you download the YouTube app for iOS.


Pandora is one of the most popular music-streaming services for iOS and has been around almost since the first iPhone. Pandora allows you to create and customize your own radio stations, so you can play music of the same genre or by the same artist. You may also purchase any music you like with direct links to the iTunes Store. Download the Pandora app.


Rarely is a third-party product recommended over Apple’s equivalent. Apple’s Podcasts app in iOS 10 is good for downloading and listening to podcasts, but the Overcast app outshines it in ease-of-use and with intuitive settings. Overcast even lets you apply settings, such as playback speed and Voice Boost, to individual podcasts, maintaining different settings combinations for each.


Snapseed is a must-have tool for photographers of any level. It’s an editor that’s easy enough to be used by rookies, yet powerful enough that professional photographers won’t be caught without it. Download Snapseed and add some professional flair to your photos.

Working with the iPhone Stocks App

This may sound obvious, but Stocks is one of those apps built-in to iOS 10 that folks either use religiously or have no idea it even exists. The reason is that if you play the stock market then the Stocks app is about to become your best friend, but if you don’t own stocks you simply have zero need for the app.

Here’s how to use the Stocks app to stay on top of the bulls and the bears:

  1. Tap the Stocks app icon to open it.
    The Stocks app is already populated with a list of stocks and markets:

    • The top half of the screen lists the stocks you’re interested in
    • The bottom half shows the data for that stock.
      For example, tap AAPL to see information relating specifically to Apple’s stock.
  2. Swipe the bottom half of the screen right to left to see real time prices, graphs representing the history of the stock, and news related to the stock. Tap a news article to read it in Safari.
  3. Tap the menu button in the lower-right corner of the screen to open the list of your stocks.
    From the menu screen you can manipulate your stocks list in a number of ways:

    • Tap the Percentage, Price, or Market Cap button at the bottom of the screen to determine the default view for your stocks.
    • Add a stock to your list by tapping the + button in the upper-right corner and typing the name or symbol for your stock in the Search field at the top of the screen. Tap the stock in the list of search findings to add it to the list.
    • Tap the red circle to the left of a stock name, then tap the red Delete button that appears to the right of the name to remove the stock from your list.
    • Tap-and-hold the Rearrange button (appears as three stacked parallel lines to the right of a stock name), then drag up or down to reorder your stocks list.
    • Tap Done when finished editing and organizing your stocks list.