The Dock (All Home Screens) on Your iPhone - dummies

The Dock (All Home Screens) on Your iPhone

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Four icons at the bottom of your iPhone’s Home screen are in a special area known as the dock. When you switch Home screens, all the icons above the dock change. The four items on the dock, which follow, remain available on all Home screens:

  • Phone: Tap this app icon to use the iPhone as a phone. What a concept!
  • Safari: Safari is your web browser. If you’re a Mac user, you know that already. If you’re a Windows user who hasn’t discovered the wonderful Safari for Windows, think Internet Explorer on steroids.
  • Messages: The Messages app lets you exchange text messages (SMS) and multimedia messages (MMS) with almost any other cellphone user. The app also lets you exchange Apple-exclusive iMessages with anyone using any Apple device with iOS 5 or higher (iDevice) or a Mac running Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) or higher. This app is as good as it gets.
  • Music: This icon unleashes all the audio power of an iPod right on your phone.

If the four apps on the dock aren’t the ones that you use most, move different apps to the dock.

New in iOS 10 is the capability to delete most of the preinstalled apps.

Okay, then. Now that you and your iPhone have been properly introduced, it’s time to turn it on and actually use it. Onward!