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Organizing Your iPhone 4S Apps with Folders

Finding the single app you want to use on your iPhone 4S among apps spread out over 11 screens is a daunting task. But Apple felt your pain, and with iOS 4, the company introduced a handy organization [more…]

Getting Notifications on Your iPhone 4S

When you stop to think about it, a smartphone is smart because of all the things it can communicate. Your iPhone 4S has a Notification Center that gives you an at-a-glance, timely view of everything you [more…]

How to Set Up Your New iPhone 4S

Your iPhone 4S runs iOS 5, which doesn’t requireyou to connect your iPhone to a computer — PC or Mac — running iTunes. However, certain tasks — such as rearranging icons on your Home screens and managing [more…]

iCloud Basics for Your iPhone 4S

Apple’s iCloud service, which comes free with your iPhone 4S, is more than just a wireless hard drive in the sky. Rather, iCloud is a complete wireless storage and data synchronization solution. In a nutshell [more…]

How to Sync Your iPhone 4S with Your Computer

To sync your iPhone 4S with your computer, you use either the included dock connector–to–USB cable or connect wirelessly over Wi-Fi. However, if you want to sync wirelessly, you’ll still have to connect [more…]

How to Sync Address Book Contacts with Your iPhone 4S

The Sync Address Book Contacts section of the Info pane of your iPhone 4S determines how synchronization is handled for your contacts. One method is to synchronize all your contacts, as shown in the following [more…]

How to Sync E-mail Accounts with Your iPhone 4S

You can sync account settings for your e-mail accounts in the Sync Mail Accounts section of the Info pane of your iPhone 4S. You can synchronize all your e-mail accounts [more…]

How to Sync Music, Movies, TV Shows, and Ringtones with Your iPhone 4S

Your iPhone 4S has a variety of panes you use to specify the media that you want to copy from your computer to your iPhone. To view any of these panes, make sure that your iPhone is still selected in the [more…]

How to Sync Podcasts, E-books, and iTunes U Content with Your iPhone 4S

With your iPhone 4S, you can sync podcasts, educational content from iTunes U, and two types of books — e-books for reading and audiobooks for listening: [more…]

How to Sync Photos with Your iPhone 4S

Syncing photos to your iPhone 4S is a little different from syncing other media because your iPhone has a built-in camera — two cameras, actually — and you may want to copy pictures or videos you take [more…]

Cellular Carriers for Your iPhone 4S

AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and most recently C Spire have started selling versions of the iPhone 4S. Sprint and C Spire offer unlimited data plans starting at around [more…]

How to Activate Your iPhone 4S

Instead of activating your iPhone 4S all alone in your own home, as original iPhone owners did, you’re now supposed to activate the iPhone where you bought the thing, just as you do with other cell phones [more…]

How to Hook Up an iPhone to a Computer

Your iPhone 5 doesn't need a computer at all, because you can directly download apps, music, and movies from the App Store and iTunes Store. However, if you do have a Mac or PC, [more…]

Your iPhone's Notification Center

Notification Center on your iPhone gives you an at-a-glance, timely view of everything you want to keep on top of: new e-mails, texts, the current temperature, appointments and reminders, Tweets, and more [more…]

How to Reply with Text Messages from Your iPhone

The handy new iOS 6 reply with a text message feature is for those times when you can't take a call on your iPhone. If you can’t take a call on your iPhone, you can still be polite or give callers a sense [more…]

How to Avoid Disturbances on Your iPhone 5

The Do Not Disturb feature on your iPhone 5 is new to iOS 6. In the middle of the night — or the middle of the day when you’re playing hooky — the last thing you want is to be bothered by a phone call. [more…]

Other Things You Can Do while Taking Calls on Your iPhone

You can do lots of things while talking on an iPhone, such as consulting your calendar, taking notes, or checking the weather. Press the Home button to get to the apps that let you perform these tasks. [more…]

Edit, Cut, Copy, Paste, and Suggest on Your iPhone

Although your iPhone has a self-correcting keyboard that will fix many errors as you type, you will need to manually correct those errors that slip through. Being able to copy and paste text [more…]

Get to Know the Icons on the iPhone Status Bar

The iPhone status bar, which is at the top of every Home screen and displayed by many (if not most) apps, displays tiny icons that provide a variety of information about the current state of your iPhone [more…]

Settings for What iPhone Looks Like, Sounds Like, and Reports

Check out the iPhone settings described here, which control what the iPhone reports back to you, what the iPhone sounds like, and even what your iPhone looks like. [more…]

How to Change the Date & Time Setting on Your iPhone

With the Date & Time setting on your iPhone, you can have the iPhone set the time automatically, using the time reported by the cellular network (and adjusted for your time zone). [more…]

The iPhone Accessibility Tools for Those with Disabilities

The ever-comprehensive Accessibility tools on your iPhone are targeted at people with certain disabilities. Following is a list of the tools that are available to make using the iPhone a little easier [more…]

How to Find Your Lost or Misplaced iPhone

Hopefully, you'll never have to use the Find My iPhone feature on your iPhone — though it’s pretty darn cool. If you inadvertently leave your iPhone in a taxi or restaurant, Find My iPhone may just help [more…]

Do the Slide for Accuracy and Punctuation on Your iPhone

Using a new gesture called the slide can help you learn to type faster in two ways: by helping you type more accurately and by enabling you to type punctuation and numerals faster than ever before. [more…]

The Way-Cool Semi-Hidden iPhone Audio Scrub Speed Tip

You’re listening to a podcast or an audiobook and trying to find the beginning of a specific segment by moving the iPhone's scrubber (that little round dot on the scrubber bar) left and right. The only [more…]


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