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iPhone For Seniors For Dummies

By: Dwight Spivey Published: 11-23-2021

Become your own iPhone guru 

Your first time using an iPhone comes with a lot of excitement. It can also be a bit intimidating. After all, it’s jam-packed with apps and cool features, but there’s no handy manual to help you unravel all the device’s mysteries. iPhone For Seniors For Dummies can help you take your first iPhone steps and save you the trouble of finding someone to answer your questions. It features the tasks that you most likely want to do—like chatting on FaceTime, shooting videos and photos, and connecting on social media. It also introduces you to the App store so that you can break away from the iPhone’s pre-installed apps and really personalize your shiny gadget. 

The easy-to-follow steps in this book with its accompanying illustrations help you manage, personalize, and communicate using your iPhone. You discover how to do everything from shopping online and organizing appointments to taking and sharing pictures and downloading and listening to your favorite music. It provides help with brand new iPhone models as well as older devices, including how to upgrade older iPhones with the latest software. Topics include how to: 

  • Swipe, tap, and scroll through the iPhone interface 
  • Capture memorable photos and home videos 
  • Find apps in the App store 
  • Customize your iPhone’s accessibility features 
  • Bypass the keyboard and use Siri 
  • Read books and listen to music 
  • Keep your iPhone working 

If you’re new to the iPhone or just need a reminder on how to do a few things, iPhone For Seniors For Dummies gives you all the tips and tricks you need. You’ll soon be swiping and tapping its screen as if you’ve been doing it forever. 

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How to Browse Your iPhone’s Files in iOS 11

Article / Updated 01-14-2022

Before iOS 11 came out, long-time iPhone users pined for a way to browse files stored on their devices, as opposed to being limited to finding documents and other files only within the apps they’re intended for or created by. When iOS 11 came out, it introduced a new app called Files, which allows you to browse not only for files stored on your iPhone, but also see stuff you stored on other online (cloud) services, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and others. How to use the Files app You’ll find the Files app on the second home screen, by default. Tap the Files icon to open the app. On the Browse screen: Tap the Search field to search for items by title. Tap a source in the Locations or Favorites sections to browse a particular service or your iPhone. Tap colors under Tags to search for files you’ve tagged according to categories. Once in a source, you may tap files to open or preview them, and you may tap folders to open them and view their contents. Tap Select in the upper-right corner of the screen and then tap items to select them for an action. Available actions, found at the bottom of the screen, include Duplicating files: Make copies of selected items. Moving files: Move files to other sources. Sharing files: Share files with other people in a variety of ways (Messages and Mail, for example). You can even invite them to make edits, if you like. Deleting files: Trash files you no longer need. Should you like to retrieve a file you’ve deleted, go the Browse screen (tap Browse at the bottom of the screen if you’re not already there) and tap Recently Deleted. Tap Select in the upper-right corner, tap the file you’d like to retrieve, and tap the Recover button at the bottom of the screen. The file will be placed back in the location it was originally deleted from. Please note that some services may not allow you to retrieve a file you’ve deleted; if you don’t see the file you’re looking for, contact that particular service.

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iPhone For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 10-01-2021

Get 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. See how to get the most out of Siri (your iPhone’s virtual assistant), review some favorite apps for news and weather, and discover several of the most popular apps for multimedia.

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How to Subscribe to Podcasts on Your iPhone

Article / Updated 12-31-2019

Your iPhone comes packed with podcasts, A podcast is sort of like a radio show that you can listen to on your iPhone at any time. You’ll find podcasts covering just about any subject imaginable, including news, sports, comedy, education, religion, and so much more. The Podcasts app is the vehicle by which you’ll find and listen to podcasts on your iPhone. To search Apple’s massive library of podcasts and subscribe to them (which is free, by the way): Tap the Podcasts icon to open it. There are three ways to discover podcasts: Tap Browse at the bottom of the screen; there you’ll find podcasts that are featured by the good folks at Apple. Tap Browse at the bottom of the screen, swipe down to Top Shows or Top Episodes; tap See All and you’ll be greeted with lists of the most popular podcasts. Tap the All Categories button in the upper-right corner to sift through the podcasts based on the category (such as Arts, Health, or Music). Tap Search and then tap the Search field at the top of the screen. When the keyboard appears, type the name or subject of a podcast to see a list of results. When you find a podcast that intrigues you, tap its name to see its information page. Tap the Subscribe button. The podcast will appear in the Library section of the app, and the newest episode will be downloaded to your iPhone. Tap Library in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen and then tap the name of the podcast you subscribed to and view its information screen. Tap the More button (looks like a circle containing three dots) and then tap Settings to see the settings for the podcast. From here, you can customize how the podcast downloads and organizes episodes. Tap Done in the upper-right corner when you’re finished with the Settings options. How to Play podcasts on your iPhone Playing podcasts on your iPhone is a breeze, and works very much like playing audio files in the Music app. Open the Podcasts app and tap Library at the bottom of the screen. Tap the name of the podcast you’d like to listen to. Tap the episode you want to play. The episode begins playing; you can see the currently playing episode near the bottom of the screen, just above the toolbar. Tap the currently playing episode to open the playback controls. Drag the line in the middle of the screen to scrub to a different part of the episode, or tap the Rewind or Fast Forward buttons to the left and right of the Pause/Play button, respectively. Adjust the playback speed by tapping the 1x icon in the lower-left of the Play controls. Each tap increases or decreases playback speed. Adjust the volume by dragging the Volume slider near the bottom of the screen, or using the Volume buttons on the side of your iPhone. Tap the Listen Now button in the toolbar at the bottom-left of the app’s screen to see a list of the newest episodes that have been automatically downloaded to your iPhone.

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Senior-Recommended Apps for Your iPhone

Article / Updated 12-31-2019

New iPhone apps are constantly in development, so even more apps that could fit your needs are available seemingly every day. Still, to get you exploring all your iPhone possibilities, here’s a quick list of apps that might whet your appetite. Access the App Store by tapping the App Store icon on the Home screen of your iPhone. You can start by exploring either the Today tab (which features special apps and articles), by Categories, or by the Top Charts (see the buttons along the bottom of the screen). Or you can tap Search and find apps on your own. Tap an app on your iPhone to see more information about it. Here are some interesting iPhone apps to explore: Sudoku (free): If you like this mental logic puzzle in print, try it out on your iPhone. It has three lessons and several levels ranging from easiest to nightmare, making it a great way to make time fly by in a doctor’s or dentist’s waiting room. There are also several sudoku apps to choose from, so find the one that’s right for you. Epicurious (free): If you enjoy cooking and are always on the lookout for new recipes to try, Epicurious is THE iPhone app for you. Thousands of recipes are at your fingertips, and you won’t need to thumb through a recipe book to find them. Mint: Personal Finance & Money (free): This highly rated financial app (almost a perfect 5 stars with over 400,000 reviews on the App Store!), helps you manage all your finances in one easy-to-use tool. View account balances, track spending and bills, create budgets, and more! Goodreads (free): If you’re a reader, this is an app you won’t want to be without. This app will keep you up-to-date on the latest releases, and you can browse reading lists and reviews from thousands of other users. Procreate Pocket ($4.99): If you’re a serious artist, you will love Procreate Pocket. It’s perhaps the most complete painting, sketching, and illustration iPhone app out there. Pigment – Adult Coloring Book (free, with in-app purchases available): Adult coloring books have exploded in popularity over the years, and they’re a wonder at helping us unwind and unleash our creativity. This app is one of the best coloring book apps for iPhone. Virtuoso Piano Free 4 (free): If you love to make music, you’ll love this iPhone app, which gives you a virtual piano keyboard to play and compose on the fly. Travelzoo (free): Get great deals on hotels, airfare, rental cars, entertainment, and more. This app also offers tips from travel experts. Blood Pressure Monitor (free, with in-app purchases available): This iPhone app helps you keep track of your blood pressure and maintain records over extended periods of time in one convenient place: your iPhone. Use the accompanying reports to give your doctor a good overview of your blood pressure. GoodRx (free): This iPhone app is a gem when it comes to finding the lowest prescription prices in town. It’s saved users untold amounts of money as opposed to simply going to your same old pharmacy and hoping you’re getting the best price. GoodRx will even find coupons for you to use, and you won’t have to clip them out of a flyer or newspaper advertisement! Skype (free): Make Internet calls to your friends and family for free. While your iPhone comes with FaceTime, some members of your circle may not have iPhones, so in those instances Skype would be the best way to communicate. Nike Training Club (free): Use this handy utility to help design personalized workouts, see step-by-step instructions to help you learn new exercises, and watch video demonstrations. The reward system in this iPhone app may just keep you going toward your workout goals. Note that you can work on documents using apps in the cloud. Use Keynote, Numbers, Pages, and more apps to get your work done from any device. If these don’t work out for you, simply delete the app from your iPhone.

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Discover the iPhone 11 and iOS 13 Features

Article / Updated 12-31-2019

Apple’s iPhone gets its features from a combination of hardware and its software operating system (called iOS, which is short for iPhone operating system). The most current version of the operating system is iOS 13. It’s helpful to understand which new features the latest models and iOS 13 bring to the table. Apple’s latest additions to the iPhone family are the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. Like their predecessors, they are highly advanced smartphones that leave competitors in the dust. They also signal that Apple has no plans to include the Home button in future models, which is something seasoned iPhone X and newer model users have come to embrace. Here are some of the key features of the latest iPhone models: An A13 chip: Each of the three new iPhone models includes the new A13 chip. The truly innovative tech in these models demands a processor that can handle some heavy lifting while still being able to answer calls and retrieve email. Dual SIM technology (nano-SIMs and eSIMs): These newest iPhone models support the use of both nano-SIMs and eSIMS. Every cell phone uses a chip called a SIM that allows it to work with cellular networks. Traditionally, SIMs (which are nano-SIMs in the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max) are small cards installed in your iPhone by you or your cellular provider. The use of SIMs makes switching providers a bit of an ordeal because each SIM is wired for only a specific network.However, eSIMs are chips embedded into your iPhone that will never need to be changed out and are compatible with any provider, allowing you to easily switch cellular providers by scanning a code or using an app from your cellular provider. You’ll want to discuss this option with your cellular provider when your purchase a new iPhone model. Other benefits of dual SIMS are that you can have more than one number on your iPhone (perhaps one could be personal and the other for work); you’re able to more easily add local plans when you travel; and you can even have separate voice and data plans. Splash, water, and dust resistance: Your new iPhone 11, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max is resistant to damage caused by water splashing onto it or from dust collecting within it. You might consider acquiring AppleCare+, which is Apple’s extended warranty, currently priced at $149 for iPhone 11, or $199 for iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. AppleCare+ does cover up to two incidents of accidental damage, which could more than cover the cost of repairing your iPhone without it. You can also get AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss coverage for $100 more, regardless of the model. Now, you don’t want to take your iPhone 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max deep-sea diving, but it’s likely to survive submersion in about four meters of water for up to 30 minutes. The iPhone 11 is rated at about two meters of water for up to 30 minutes. Mind you, these numbers have been tested in labs and aren't based on real-world conditions. In other words, if your iPhone 11 model gets wet, it’s much more likely to survive the ordeal than older iPhone iterations, but it still isn't something you’d like to see happen to your expensive investment. Glass body and wireless charging: iPhone 11 models are comprised of an all-glass body (with a tiny sliver of stainless steel around the edges to hold it all together), allowing a beautiful appearance and wireless charging. The glass is also the most durable of that used in any smartphone ever, according to Apple. Don’t read that as unbreakable. Cases are still a good — no, make that a great — idea. As a matter of fact, Apple has a line of cases that not only protect your iPhone but also allow for wireless charging. Edge-to-Edge display: iPhone 11 models sport edge-to-edge displays, meaning there’s nothing else on the front of your iPhone but screen. No Home button: The method you’ve used for a decade now to return to the Home screen is now a thing of the past with iPhone X and newer models. You simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen to provide the same effect as pressing the Home button. This also means that Touch ID as an unlocking method is now relegated to older iPhones. Facial Recognition: Touch ID is replaced on iPhone X models and newer with Face ID. Using Face ID and the front-facing camera, your iPhone 11 model unlocks when it recognizes your face. Any iPhone model from the iPhone SE forward can use most features of iOS 13 if you update the operating system. This update to the operating system adds many features, including (but definitely not limited to) Performance enhancements: Apple promises that iOS 13 will increase the speed and performance of your iPhone, going all the way back as far as iPhone SE. From apps to keyboards to taking pictures – everything gets a speed upgrade. Siri improvements: Siri just keeps getting better. Siri can now speak in more natural tones and cadence, thanks to new software rendering capabilities. Siri can also give you more personalized information, including being able to find event information and reminders in other apps. And Siri can now play audio files from third-party app providers. Dark Mode has arrived: With iOS 13, you have the option of using Dark Mode, which gives the iOS color scheme from light to dark. Dark Mode is especially helpful in low-light situations, or when you don’t want to disturb others with the bright light from your iPhone’s screen. Accessibility enhancements: Voice Control allows you to control your iPhone entirely with your voice; dictation is much more accurate; processing of voice commands happens right on your iPhone (as opposed to being transmitted to an online location and then returned to your iPhone); Numbers and Grids help to make more accurate selections; and the list goes on. Upgrades to Photos: The Photos app receives some love in iOS 13, allowing for faster and more accurate searches of your Photos Library, better organization, better filters, enhanced and non- All new Maps: iOS 13 introduces the new Maps app, which has been completely reconstructed and comes loaded with amazing features and awesome attention to landmark details. Junction View helps make sure you’re in the right lane for turns, but the Look Around feature is worth the price of admission alone. Look Around lets you see a 360-degree three-dimensional view of locations, enabling you to know your way around before you even get there. Don’t need or use all the built-in apps? You can remove them from your Home screen. When you remove a built-in app from your Home screen, you aren't deleting it — you’re hiding it. This is due to security reasons. However, the built-in apps take up very little of your iPhone’s storage space, and they can easily be added back to your Home screen by searching for them in the App Store and tapping the Get button. These are but a very few of the improvements made to the latest version of iOS. Visit Apple’s website to find out more. Choosing the right iPhone 11 for you The sizes of the latest iPhone 11 models vary: iPhone 11 measures 2.98” by 5.94” (6.1” diagonally) with a depth of .33 inches. iPhone 11 Pro measures 2.81” by 5.67” (5.8” diagonally) with a depth of .32 inches. iPhone 11 Pro Max measures 3.06” by 6.22” (6.5” diagonally) with a depth of .32 inches. You can get iPhone 11 in white, black, yellow, purple, green, and a beautiful PRODUCT RED version. iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max both come in gold, silver, midnight green, or space gray. Other differences between iPhone X models come primarily from the current operating system, iOS 13. Not sure whether to get an iPhone 11 model? Here are a few more key differences: The battery life of the iPhone 11 Pro Max is longer than the 11 or 11 pro. For example, audio playback time on the 11 Pro Max is rated at 80 hours versus 65 hours on the 11 and 11 Pro. iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max have triple rear-facing cameras, providing amazing optical zoom, Portrait mode, and other features. The 11 has dual rear-facing cameras. Screen resolution: The higher the resolution, the crisper the phone display. The iPhone 11 provides 1792 x 828 resolution; 11 Pro provides 2436 x 1125; and 11 Pro Max provides a stunning 2688 x 1242. The table below gives you a quick comparison of iPhone 8, 8 Plus, XR, 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max (models currently sold by Apple). All costs are subject to change. (Some carriers may introduce non-contract terms.) iPhone Model Comparison Model Storage Cost (may vary by carrier) Carriers 8 64 and 128GB from $449 AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile 8 Plus 64 and 128GB from $549 AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile XR 64 and 128GB from $599 AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile 11 64, 128, and 256GB from $699 AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile 11 Pro 64, 256GB, and 512GB from $999 AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile 11 Pro Max 64, 256GB, and 512GB from $1099 AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile One exciting pricing option is the iPhone Upgrade Program. You choose your carrier, get an unlocked phone so you can change carriers, and receive Apple Care + to cover you in case your phone has problems, all starting at a cost of $37.41 a month (depending on the iPhone model you select). Data usage from your carrier will come on top of that. Check out Apple's Upgrade Program for more information.

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