The Second iOS 8 Home Screen - dummies

The Second iOS 8 Home Screen

You probably won’t find these icons on your iPhone’s Home screen — at least not on the first (main) one. These apps usually appear on the second Home screen. If you just can’t wait to see them, swipe your finger across the screen from right to left and they’ll appear like magic.

Inside the Extras Folder

The first item on the second Home screen is a folder called Extras, which contains these items:

  • Compass: The Compass app is kind of like having a magnetic needle compass inside your iPhone, but better.

  • Tips: This new app provides tips for using your iPhone and iOS 8.

  • Voice Memos: This handy little app turns your iPhone into a convenient handheld recording device.

  • Contacts: This app stores information about your contacts, which can be synced with iCloud, OS X Address Book, OS X Contacts, Yahoo! Address Book, Google Contacts, Microsoft Outlook 2003, Microsoft Outlook 2007, Microsoft Outlook 2010 (Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7), Windows Address Book (Windows XP), Windows Contacts (Windows Vista or Windows 7), Microsoft Entourage 2004, Microsoft Entourage 2008, or Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac.

Outside the Extras Folder

In addition to the Extras folder, you’ll find three more icons on the second Home screen:

  • FaceTime: This app is used to make FaceTime video or voice calls to others using Apple devices.

  • Calculator: The Calculator app lets you perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Give the phone a quarter turn, however, and you’ll find a nifty scientific calculator that does all that and much more.

  • Podcasts: Podcasts used to be included in the Music app but was moved to this stand-alone app in iOS 7. Use it to manage and consume podcasts on your iPhone.

Finally, four icons at the bottom of the 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!

  • Mail: This app lets you send and receive email with most POP3 and IMAP email systems and, if you work for a company that grants permission, Microsoft Exchange accounts, too.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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