Cheat Sheet

iPhone For Dummies

From iPhone For Dummies, 7th 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.

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.

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  • Flick a finger to scroll through music, pictures, e-mails, 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 the Notification Center; swipe from bottom to top to close it.

  • 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.

  • 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 button 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.

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 + button in the upper right. 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 e-mail address to contact the person by phone or e-mail, 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.

  • Add a contact after dialing a number with the keypad: Enter the number on the numeric keypad, and then tap + Add to Contacts just below where the number is displayed. 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, Add to Favorites, and Block this Caller buttons. This quartet of buttons appears on each contact’s Info screen but 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 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 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 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.

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