How to Move Data to the New iPad

You can’t wait for tomorrow. That new iPad is going to be everything your heart has desired since the first iPad landed in your lap. But before you go out and purchase the whole kit and caboodle, you’ll have to do a few things to make sure you can seamlessly move your data over to a new device. Forget starting over from scratch, here’s how to properly migrate to the new iPad.

What You Need:

>> iPad 3
>> Your other iPad, updated to iOS 5
>> iCloud account

Back Up the Old iPad

The first step to getting your old iPad backed up is to navigate to Settings > iCloud > Storage and Backup, and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Once there, tap on the “Back Up Now” button to begin the process. Depending on how long it has been since the last backup and the speed of your internet connection, this process may take a few minutes.

When the backup to iCloud has completed, you should see an updated date and time in the “Last Backup” area.

Set Up and Restore the New iPad

After you have completed a backup of your old iPad, it’s time to start up your new iPad and restore your applications and data.

After starting up your new iPad, the set up assistant will walk you through setting up your device. Select your language, country, choose your location services preferences, and then connect to your wireless network.

When you get to the “Set Up iPad” screen, select “Restore from iCloud Backup.” After tapping Next, you will be prompted to enter your iCloud login. Enter your Apple ID and password, and then tap Next.

When you see the “Choose Backup” screen, select the latest Backup of your old iPad, and then click the blue Restore button to begin the restore process.

This process will take a while, so go get a nice hot cup of tea or coffee, and watch the progress bar advance on your new iPad 3. After the restore has been completed, your new device will be ready for using.

10 (or More) Things We Hope to See in iOS 6

We've taken iOS to a whole new level (iOS 6 mockup)

Now that Apple’s 2012 Worldwide Developer Conference has been announced and the tickets have sold out, it’s time to kick back and prognosticate on what the company will be presenting to developers — specifically, the next version of iOS.

iOS 5 is barely six months old, but that’s not going to stop us from assembling a wish list of things we’d like to see from the next version. With Apple’s annual WWDC event now scribbled on the calendar for June 11-15 this year,  there’s little doubt that Cupertino will be showing off some of what it has in store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch later this year.

That’s easier said than done — after all, iOS has come a long way from its humble beginnings with the original iPhone in 2007, and over the years, gaps both large and small have mostly been filled. Remember how maddening it was not to have copy and paste, or the ability to send or receive MMS messages? And Apple just finally improved notifications with iOS 5 last year, after years of users suffering through disruptive pop-ups.

Journey with us now as we take a ride into the near future and rattle off a list of the things we’d like to see in the next operating system — admittedly, a much tougher task than a few years ago!


No push email love

Push Email (IMAP IDLE)

If your email needs are limited to iCloud, Yahoo or Microsoft Exchange accounts, lucky you — the rest of us have had to turn to third-party apps to be alerted to incoming missives from our peers. Admittedly, this is a first-world problem, given that we can simply tweak our device to automatically check for incoming email every 15 minutes, but that’s not really the point.

On Mac OS X, Apple’s uses technology known as IMAP IDLE to poll for incoming email. It’s not perfect, but it generally works just fine. All we’re asking for is the same thing on our iOS devices — particularly the iPhone and iPad, which are capable of an always-on data connection.


Android 4.0 data usage screen

Data Usage Settings

Like it or not, unlimited data plans are mostly a thing of the past, despite what Sprint would have us believe. But who among us can know how many kilobytes, megabytes or gigabytes we’re using each month — and why should we be forced into policing this on our own?

Apple should completely lift the Data Usage settings from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (shown above). This handy setting allows those of us with capped data plans to set a monthly threshold where the handset can alert you, then another where the device essentially shuts off data to avoid costly overages. Very handy stuff!


iOS 5 notifications center

Notification Center Improvements

iOS 5, we love what you’ve done with the place, but we just have a few thoughts on how notifications can improve a little bit more. For example, we’re driven a little bit insane every time we have to tap and then tap again to clear out notifications for a specific app, so we really need a “Clear All” button to eradicate this nuisance in one fell sweep.

In general, however, notifications need to be opened up more to third-party apps. It’s nice to have weather and stocks available, but why not widgets of our choosing to control media — think of the Netflix app displaying a notification reminding you which movie or TV show you were watching previously, with the ability to jump back into it with only a tap. There’s a whole lot of room for improvement here.


iPhone slide to unlock

Lock Screen

We’re digging what Apple has done here, but again, it doesn’t feel quite finished. It’s great to display notifications and be able to act on them directly with a swipe, but why should be have to go to the notifications center to see the weather? We’d really like to see some widgets of our choosing here as well.

That swanky camera shortcut is another thing that really makes us love iOS 5, but you know what would make it even more fantastic? The ability to choose a different third-party camera app. Apple’s built-in Camera app is nice, but we’d love to be able to jump straight into Camera Awesome or Camera+ the same way.

And what about lock screen photos? If you get tired of seeing the same image and are too lazy to change it all the time, why not have the ability to choose a series of images that alternate so users can see a different photo each time?


iPad home screen

Home Screen

Microsoft is doing some great stuff with live tiles over on Windows Phone, and Android has some decent widgets — meanwhile, our iPhone, iPad and iPod touch home screens look pretty much the same as they have since 2007, with the addition of folders and wallpaper.

Imagine how much handier that home screen would be if Apple created their own style of widget that could be pinned amongst your app icons or folders — especially if the same functionality could be used with the aforementioned notifications and lock screen as well?

We’d certainly like to see dedicated widgets for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Airplane Mode, for instance, allowing us to switch these settings on or off without digging through several layers of screens to do so.


App Store automatic downloads

App Store Improvements

iTunes in the Cloud is great for buying new music, books and having them beamed directly to any device you have set up for automatic download, but Google’s Play Store has this beat with the ability to purchase an app and send it to a specific device. Amazon’s Appstore for Android even allows you to purchase an app without actually installing it at that exact moment — something that comes in handy when there’s a deal on a large app and Wi-Fi isn’t available.

But our most pressing App Store wish is that automatic downloads get even smarter: Ideally with the ability to select key apps that we want to receive updates without us having to think about it, or at least the ability to download updates from one place and have them automatically pushed to our other devices at the same time.


Keyboard we want number keys here

Keyboard Enhancements

Don’t get us wrong: iOS has one of the best virtual keyboards around. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement after all these years. For example, why not pilfer that great layout from webOS which put a full row of number keys above the standard QWERTY keyboard? That would be quite awesome on the iPad, to avoid constantly switching to numeric input when entering an address, for instance.

Most of all, though, we’d like to finally see the actual keys reflect the state of the Shift key — uppercase letters when typing in uppercase, and lowercase when typing in lowercase. But if Apple wants to really stir things up, they could offer support for alternate keyboards, such as those offered on Android. SwiftKey X on iOS? Now we’d buy that for (more than) a dollar…


Your own third-party apps launch instead

Make It Mine

While we’re on that subject, the App Store has an increasing number of third-party browsers and even email clients like Sparrow now — so why not allow users to decide which one they want to use as the default? Imagine having Opera (or God willing, even Chrome or Firefox) open whenever you you want to go surfing from your iOS device?


iOS restrictions settings

Home Button

Many of us would prefer to see Apple put the hardware-based home button out to pasture, perhaps in favor of a software-based solution or even a capacitive button that could better stand the test of time.

While that’s something for the next generation of iOS hardware to deliver, we’d like to throw out the idea of adding the home button to the software parental controls. Parents often toss an iPhone in their toddler’s direction to keep them amused, only to find they’ve not only switched out of Angry Birds but started making international calls to Eastern Europe before we can stop them. Ouch!


PC Free languages

The Little Things

Last but not least, there are a small mountain of tiny changes we’d love to see incorporated into iOS 6, such as even more data syncing with iCloud (open tabs in Safari, for example), deep Facebook integration, Siri in more languages (and why not for other devices while we’re at it?), FaceTime over 3G (and presumably 4G LTE) networks and even further improvements with how apps communicate and share data. The jailbreak community has also come up with many improvements to iOS over the years, some of which Apple has taken to heart in later versions of the operating system.

As iOS matures, it gets harder to make one of these lists without simply picking small nits about this or that feature. Developers will likely have a first beta of iOS 6 in their hands in less than six weeks, so we’ll know soon enough what Apple has in store for us later this year, and how it plans to keep leapfrogging the competition.

VPN Setup on iPhone 4 & Older | Top 5 iPhone VPN

Setting up VPN on iPhone 4 is quite as simple and as similar to setting upVPN on iPad. Its not as difficult or technical a task that many of us think it is. VPN connectivity on iPhone gives us security, encryption, anonymity and most importantly Privacy. Privacy is what every iPhone user wants, as we tend to connect to every public Wifi or Hot-spot connection available in cafes, malls and even on streets.iPhone VPN

These Public Wifi connections are extremely dangerous as the connection has almost zero security for the user, plus a person using a simple hacking software (something like Firesheep) can easily intercept your connection and steal your passwords, email address or whatever you are transferring through your phone on Public Wifi. There are several other Purposes of using VPN on iPhone 4 explained here.

PPTP VPN on iPhone

Now back to the Point, How to Setup VPN on iPhone 4. Its easy and like other VPN Setups a piece of cake. Following are the simple steps to establish aPPTP VPN connection on your iPhone.

  1. Tap on your iPhone Settings Icon.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Network.
  4. Tap VPN.
  5. Now you will find an option to configure a VPN connection named “Add VPN Configuration”.
  6. Select PPTP, i’ll let you know about the L2TP setup, later in this post.
  7. Simply, add your VPN configuration being provided by your VPN Service Provider.
  8. Description is simply the Name that you want to give to your VPN  Connection. Name it whatever you want to name it. e.g.
  9. Now Server name is only provided by the VPN service provider. It will be like “”. Do not try and put this as your server name, it won’t work. It will only be provided by your service provider. :)
  10. Similar to your Server Name, Your Account Name and Password will also be provided by your VPN Service provider.
  11. After adding the information in these three fields. Set your RSA Secure ID to Off.
  12. Set your encryption level to Auto.
  13. Set, “Send All Traffic” to “ON”
  14. Save the Configurations and return back to the Home Screen of your iPhone.
  15. Tap your Settings once again and now Magic! you will see VPN Slider Tab added to your settings, just below your WiFi Tab.
  16. Set it to ON. You will have your VPN up and running.

L2TP VPN on iPhone

Adding L2TP Connection on iPhone follows the steps similar to setting up a PPTP Connection. You just have to select L2TP, while configuring a VPN Connection. Enter all the fields as described above in the PPTP setup. You will just see one added feature i.e. you will have to enter a Secret. The secret will also be provided to you by your VPN Service Provider. that will be unique to a VPN Service Provider for providing L2TP Connection.

Which VPN Service to use for iPhone 4

It’s not an easy decision decision to make, especially when there are so many VPN Services available. Therefore, as a VPN review website, has a list of Top 10 VPN Providers, which can help you with your choice of VPN Service for your iPhone.

iPhone VPN

Or we also have a dedicated list of Top 10 VPN providers for iPhone 4. AsVPN for iPhone has dedicated needs, so it is very necessary that we have a dedicated list for iPhone VPN. Though there are many VPN services feasible for iPhone, but those which are tested by several users and customers plus are reliable in terms of network, infrastructure and most importantly customer support are given preference over others. Here are some of the most recommended VPN services for iPhone.

  • Hidemyass
  • PureVPN
  • Express VPN
  • StrongVPN
  • TuVPN
  • ibVPN

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You can also check out the details of Top 10 VPN for iPhone Post. Moreover, this is not all, you can also fine all the reviews, details, customer reviews on the respective profile pages of all the VPN Service providers, which will not only help you out in making the buying decision but we hope that our recommended VPN Services will also provide you with the Best Solution to your VPN Needs.

In Addition with that, Apple Inc has recently launched its new product and that is iPhone 4S, which is quiet remarkable and attracts user with its new Siri technology. After the re advancement of iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S people find ways to protect it also and we have made it easy for our readers as we have documented a related post on How to Setup VPN on IOS5.  Now you can easily configure VPN Setting on your new IOS5 by simple following the simple steps.

Tech Trends You'll See in 2012

We’re living in an exciting time in technology: From consumer products such as phones and tablets to the way your home computer accesses the Internet, everything is changing, and mostly for the better. We predict that next year the following ten developments will change the way you interact with the digital world.

1. Dual-Core Processors Become the Norm in Smartphones

In 2011, the Motorola Atrix and the Droid Bionic were the first commercially popular smartphones to sport dual-core processors. In the fall, Apple’s iPhone 4S followed suit–and now it seems unlikely that any smartphones unveiled in 2012 will be competitive unless they can offer the same processing power that Apple’s phones do.

Tech Trends You'll See in 2012As a result, you should expect to see a surge in dual-core mobile devices. ARM executive James Bruce, whose company licenses the designs of chips that find their way into almost every mobile device in the world, said in a May interview that dual-core processors would be a huge part of making smartphones not just powerful but also battery-efficient.

“If you look at handsets today, we’ve seen dual-core handsets reduce power consumption,” he says. For example, if you’re sending a text message, dual-cores have the potential to effectively streamline the lower-power functions of the phone through one core, while reserving the other core for more power-intensive functions, like gaming or navigation.”

And don’t expect chip development to stop at two cores. In December, Nvidia announced its firstquad-core processor for tablets and smartphones, the Tegra 3.

2. Optical-Disc Drives Disappear From New Laptops

If you could download a movie in 2 minutes at any airport or coffee shop, or access hundreds of family photos from any network connection, how often would you use your laptop’s optical drive? For most people, the answer is “not often.”

That’s why, in 2012, you’ll see fewer laptops with optical drives. And the superlight classes (such as MacBook Airs and Ultrabooks) won’t be the only ones abandoning them–larger-screened portables will, as well.

Ali Sadri, president of the Wireless Gigabit Alliance, which is working to propagate 7-gbps wireless on the 60GHz band of the spectrum, says that faster wireless will certainly change the way that laptops look, for good. “Multi-gigabit connectivity gives us all sorts of uses. Suddenly you don’t need to have all these bulky devices. A very light laptop doesn’t have room for an HDMI cable port, or a docking station.”

In 2012, regular-size laptops will be able to ditch their disc drives–and even many of their ports–without losing too much functionality. MacBook Airs don’t include optical drives, and larger MacBooks will likely follow suit this year. Laptops from other manufacturers, such as Asus, Dell, and Toshiba, will join the trend. Of course, some laptops will retain drives, but in 2012 new laptops with optical-disc drives will become harder to find.

3. Data-Only and Reduced-Voice Cell Phone Plans Proliferate

Tech Trends You'll See in 2012You probably spend way more time sending email and checking Facebook updates than you do making calls on your cell phone these days. And cell phone carriers are taking notice. In 2012, when you’re shopping for a phone plan, you’ll see data plans emphasized and calling minutes marginalized. Already, T-Mobile and Walmart have partnered to create a prepaid plan that offers 5GB of data and a measly 100 voice-calling minutes for just $30 a month.

PCWorld Associate Editor Patrick Miller tested the plan, doing most of his calling via VoIP on Skype’s app. Although his calls sometimes suffered from lag or occasionally cut out, ultimately the voice quality and reliability of his VoIP calls were no worse than on calls he made through a traditional cellular voice plan.

And new carrier Republic Wireless announced a plan that charges just $19 a month for unlimited data, text, and calling. The plan assumes that you’ll spend most of your time using Wi-Fi networks in your home, office, or around town, but provides cellular access for those occasions when you’re not around a hotspot. Use the cellular service too much, and you get kicked out of the Republic Wireless plan.

4. Facebook Accounts Become Necessary to Do More Stuff on the Web

Want a Spotify account? You’ll need to get a Facebook account first. When Facebook announced its partnership with Spotify in September 2011, the big objection that most people had to the partnership was that everyone could see what songs you were listening to, no matter how embarrassing your musical choices were.

Since then, Facebook and Spotify have decided to allow you to make your sharing private. (Or, for some people, secret. There’s a difference.) But one thing that Facebook and Spotify have not backed down on is the requirement that all new Spotify users sign in with Facebook before they can access any free tunes. is another new music-sharing service that requires the user to log in with a Facebook account–do so, or take a hike. While many websites aren’t quite so stringent with their login demands, it’s becoming more and more common to see “Sign in with your Twitter or Facebook account!” in big letters across a website’s login area. Only in the small print can you find the option to make an account without linking to your social media pages.

In 2012, it’s safe to assume that you’ll see more of this. The setup is good for small sites–they can largely weed out fake accounts and abusive users with the filter of a Facebook login, all while making sure that genuine customers don’t forget their login information. And the arrangement is good for Facebook–it can keep track of the sites that users visit, and encourage them to share more thoroughly (which is better for Facebook’s ad sales).

5. NFC Facilitates Mobile Payments, Peer-to-Peer Networking

Tech Trends You'll See in 2012Imagine tapping your phone to a receiver at a register, and instantly paying for an item without fumbling for your wallet. Or getting into a movie theater with a similar tap of your phone. Or being able to load your transit card onto your phone, using a simple tap to deduct money for every trip on the subway.

All of that is already possible with the help of near-field communication chips, which transfer small amounts of data through a short-range, low-friction connection.

Currently, you can buy the Google Nexus S phone, which carries an NFC chip and the Google Wallet companion app for syncing your credit cards to your phone and making mobile payments at participating vendors. Meanwhile, RIM is baking NFC chips into newer phones such as the BlackBerry 9900, and recently it introduced Tag, a RIM-specific feature that allows BlackBerry users to transfer contact information and documents.

The latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, is built to let app developers take advantage of the many uses for NFC, such as setting up peer-to peer connections between phones simply by tapping the phones’ backs to each other. So without a doubt, in 2012 you’ll see more phones with these chips built into them, as well as more apps that employ the technology.

6. Processing Enters the Cloud

Makers of devices such as smartphones, tablets, and even cameras are pushing the boundaries of mobile computing by thinking outside of the chip. In 2012, “cloud processing,” or the ability to process complex information on remote servers, will make considerable advances.

Tech Trends You'll See in 2012The most evident indicator of this coming trend is every iPhone 4S owner’s new best friend, Siri. This virtual assistant is made possible because your iPhone 4S doesn’t have to analyze your request on its own processors–it sends your voice request to Apple’s data centers, which process the audio, find a response, and then send that response back to your phone.

A year before Siri debuted, Google Goggles did the same thing: You could snap a picture of a book, a logo, or a notable landmark, for instance, and Goggles would analyze the image at one of its Google server centers and return a search page relevant to the image. So apps that take advantage of cloud processing already exist–but you should expect to see a slew of voice recognition and face/object recognition apps appear for mobile devices in 2012. (A Google exec recently revealed that the company is working on a Siri competitor, called Majel.)

7. HTML 5 Takes the Stage

Markup languages rarely make headlines, but the HTML 5 upgrade will change the Internet in 2012 more than any cool new website will. That’s because it’s the foundation that all cool new websites will be built upon. By bringing XHTML under the same umbrella as HTML, and by allowing Web programmers to use brand-new video and audio commands to integrate media into sites more gracefully, HTML 5 will become the key tool for making sites act a lot more like native apps on your phone.

And in some cases, HTML 5 websites might even replace apps. All the major mobile operating systems have adopted the new Web standard. HTML 5 promises to make it easier and more affordable for developers to introduce interactivity in browsers because they no longer need to buy and install proprietary plug-ins to create click-responsive graphics or to embed video.

Facebook is one of the major companies that have committed considerable resources to developingtheir sites for HTML 5. Pandora redesigned its site with HTML 5, too. Then, in November, Adobe announced that it would no longer continue to develop its mobile Flash Player because HTML 5 has been so much better received than its Flash plug-in.

Watch for redesigned sites in 2012, and be prepared to see companies forgo building new apps in favor of creating a unified HTML 5-based site. There’s even an Occupy Flash movement intended to encourage developers to stop using Flash and start using HTML 5.

8. IPv6 Starts Rolling Out

To send and receive data on the Internet, every connected device needs an IP address–and 2011 was the year we finally started running out of IPv4’s unique, 32-bit sequences.

Tech Trends You'll See in 2012For the time being, Internet service providers can assign groups of devices a single IP address using network address translation, or NAT, to break down where traffic should travel among the group of devices. We can’t use NAT forever, but for the average consumer, that won’t be a concern for quite a long time.

In 2012, however, the issue will affect websites that are hosting their content on IPv4-only servers, and smart businesses will want to get an IPv6 address in addition to an IPv4 address so that when the transition to IPv6 does come, they’ll be prepared. IPv6 isn’t backward-compatible with IPv4, but companies can “dual stack” their servers to offer content on both “versions of the Internet.”

It will be important for companies to keep their IPv4 addresses for some time, as households might not be equipped for IPv6 (increasingly, however, routers and device operating systems are offering support for both versions). When the time comes for websites to relinquish their old IPv4 addresses, many average consumer devices will be ready.

9. Consumers Borrow More Books, Movies, and Music

The Internet has done wonders for media sharing, and in 2012 it will become easier than ever to borrow media rather than buy it. Spotify and Rdio already let you listen to the music of your choice for free, and Google announced in November that its music-storing service will permit users to share songs with their friends.

E-readers such as the Amazon Kindle and the Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1 let you rent ebooks from public libraries. And you’ll find no shortage of movie streaming services that let you watch flicks at a moment’s notice without filling up your hard drive with downloaded copies.

Devices that help you consume multimedia are boosting the trend. Amazon’s Kindle Fire, for instance, ships with only 8GB of storage, less than an entry-level iPhone 4S. That means Fire users will likely be streaming movies rather than downloading them, and listening to music from Rdio rather than keeping thousands of tunes on their tablets.

And Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet is hardly more than an e-reader with media-streaming capabilities, as only 1GB of its storage is available to hold non-Barnes & Noble downloads.

10. Fewer (but Better) Tablets Arrive

Tech Trends You'll See in 2012Clearly, tech companies want to sell tablets. In 2011, however, no tablet could truly compete with the iPad. From the genuinely disappointing (Fusion Garage’s Grid 10 tablet, based on a proprietary version of Android called GridOS) to the mildly dissatisfying (the Kindle Fire), there’s clearly a market for tablets, but someone other than Apple has yet to get it right.

In 2012, you’ll almost certainly see some tablet makers dropping out of the game, but the ones that stick around will finally start to understand what tablet consumers want: not a big phone, but a media consumption and creation device that can stand up to heavy use.

New tablets will use the Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS, the tablet-optimized Windows 8, or the new RIM PlayBook 2.0 operating system. Let’s hope that 2011 was the warm-up, and that 2012 will be the year you’ll see real competitors to the iPad.


iPhone Secrets Tips & Tricks

iPhone Secrets Tips & Tricks

iPhone Shortcuts

Shortcut to top of iPhone screen

  • Tap on the status bar at the top of iPhone screen to quickly scroll to top of page in web browser, email, or SMS message.

Quickly change apps with the multitasking bar

  • Double press the home button to bring up the multitasking bar.  All your open apps will appeal so you can swap between two recently opened apps without having to close the one you are using.

Control music while surfing the web or using other apps

  • Double press the home button to bring up the multitasking bar.  Slide finger to the right across the bar and hidden music controls will appear.  Now you can quickly skip a song or pause without exiting the app.

View all your notifications

  • Slide your finger down from the status bar to access the notification center.  If no status bar is showing, slide your finger down from the top of the screen.  You can clear notifications by tapping the x and then clear to keep only the most important app updates in notification center.

Instantly Silence your iPhone

  • Tap one of the volume buttons on the side of your phone to immediately silence your phone if it is ringing or vibrating.

Send to Voicemail

  • Press the on/off button on the top of your iPhone twice.  If you’re using the headset you can tap the microphone twice to send the caller directly to voicemail.

Redail on iPhone

  • Open phone and tap on keypad.  Tap call twice and it will retail the last dialed number.

Lock iPhone Screen in Portrait

  • Lock your screen so it doesn’t rotate when placed on a table or when you’re lying down by double tapping the home button to open the multitasking bar.  Slide your finger to the right and find the rotation lock icon on the far left.  Tap on the rotation lock icon to lock your screen, and then tap it again to unlock your screen.

Go Back to First Screen on iPhone

  • Press the home button to quickly go back to the first screen.

Search for Anything on your iPhone – Spotlight Search

  • Access Spotlight search by swiping to it (left of the first screen) or pressing the home button while on the first screen of apps.  Now you can search your iPhone for contacts, apps music, podcasts, video, audio-books, notes, emails, calendar entries, and SMS messages.  Use Spotlight to quickly dial a contact or launch an app.  Use Spotlight to search the web and Wikipedia.
Find Your Own Number on your iPhone
  • Your own number is located on the top of your contacts.
Take a Screenshot on your iPhone
  • Press the him and on/off buttons at the same time.  The screen will flash and the camera sound will play.  View the screenshot in Camera Roll in the photos app.  Use the screenshot feature to same images from apps and websites.
Organize iPhone
Move or Delete Apps
  • Hold your finger on one of the apps for a couple seconds and they will all start to shake.  Drag them around to rearrange.  Delete downloaded apps by tapping the x.
Delete Individual Calls
  • Tap recents in the phone app and swipe across the call with your finger to reveal the delete button.  Tap the delete button and your call will disappear.  To delete all entries, tap the edit button and then clear button.  Tap clear all recents and the list will be emptied.
Create Folders for your iPhone
  • Group up to twelve apps together in a folder by dragging one app on top of the other.  This creates a folder that you can name and move around.  You can also place your folder on the dock at the bottom of your screen.
Check App Size and Delete on iPhone
  • If your iPhone is low on memory, open settings, general, then usage.  This shows you all your apps, music, and videos with the amount of room they take up.  Tap an app to see what it is using, then delete app to free up memory.
Battery Life
  • Save battery on iPhone by turning off individual connections.  Turn off Wi-Fi connection in settings, Wi-Fi.  Turn off 3G in settings, general, network, turn off enable 3G.  Turn off Bluetooth in settings, general, Bluetooth.  Disable all connections at once by turning on Airplane Mode in settings.
  • Turn off push email to save batter on iPhone.  Go to settings, mail, fetch new data, turn off push and set fetch to manual.  To receive email with push switched off, open the mail app.
  • Keep your iPhone in cool temperatures (32-95 degrees Fahrenheit).  Don’t leave your phone in a hot car on in a case that doesn’t give your phone air.  If your phone gets too hot you will see a warning message.
  • Tuff off location.  To see which apps are using your location, open settings, location services.  You can turn off all location services at the top, or control apps individually.
  • Turn off local weather.  Open the weather app, tap the i, and turn off local weather.
  • Add the battery life percentage indicator in your status bar.  Go to settings, general, then usage, so you have a more accurate idea of the battery power left.
  • No lock screen notifications.  Turn off notifications on your lock screen in settings, notifications.  Tap the app, scroll down and turn off viewing lock screen.  Now the notification won’t turn on the screen and use battery power. You have to edit each one individually.
  • Close the apps you’re not using so they don’t drain your battery.  Access the multitasking bar to check for open apps, and close the apps by tapping and holding the icons, then tapping the minus.
  • Dim your screen by turning down the brightness.  Open settings, brightness, and move the slider to make the screen darker. You can also set the auto-lock time lower by settings, general, auto-lock. Select a shorter time to use less power.


  • Hold shift down when typing to capitalize a whole word.
  • Slide for capitals – Quickly enter a capital by tapping and holding the shift button, then dragging your finger over to the letter you want and let go.
  • Slide to punctuate – Quickly enter punctuation or numbers by tapping and holding the 123 button, then sliding to any number or punctuation button and releasing your finger.
  • Add Emoji emoticons as a keyboard by opening settings, general, keyboards, international keyboards, and finding the Emoji option. Tap the small globe when you type to get the icons.
  • Shake to undo and redo – shake your phone to undo your typing in any application.  Shake again to redo.  Your phone will pop up a query to double-check.
  • Double tap for shift lock – Enable caps lock by opening settings, general, keyboard, and turning on enable caps lock.  Now you can double tap the shift key to turn on caps lock.  It will turn blue when locked.
  • Hold keys for extras – if you hold down certain letters or punctuation on the keyboard, a pop-up appears containing other options.  E.g. you can hold down the currency symbol to get other currencies.
  • Cut, copy, and paste text by double tapping or holding down text and then waiting for the copy button to appear.  Tap once where you would like to paste the text and tap paste.
  • Get a bigger keyboard by turning your phone sideways in all standard applications (notes, messages, mail, and safari).  In Safari, move your phone sideways before taping the address bar.
  • Hide message keyboard by sliding your finger down from above the entry box and the keyboard will start to disappear.
  • Get a magnifying glass by holding your finger over the text for a second until a small magnifying glass appears.
  • Quickly insert a period by tapping the space key twice, or the space key with two fingers at the same time.  A period and a single space will be inserted.
  • Quickly correct a word when you type it in wrong or when auto-correct changes it be taping the backspace key once to see replacement options and tapping the word you want to change it to.
  • Create custom typing shortcuts by opening settings, general, keyboard, then add new shortcut.
  • Turn on SMS character count by opening settings, messages, turn on character count. This doesn’t appear for iMessages as character count is unlimited.
  • Add words to dictionary by opening settings, general, keyboard, scroll down to shortcuts and tap add new shortcut. Type the word into the phrase box and leave the shortcut box empty. Tap save.



  • Stream music and videos through AppleTV using AirPlay.  From Music or Videos app press the AirPlay icon.  You must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network to play through another device.
  • Turn on AirPlay Mirror from the multitasking bar.
  • Change the volume of your iPhone through the multitasking bar.
  • Stop speaker interference when you dock your phone into speakers that don’t specifically support the iPhone by turning on Airplane Mode.
  • Shake to shuffle songs.  You can disable shuffle through settings, music.



  • Press volume up button on the side of your iPhone to take a picture.  This lets you hold the phone like a normal camera, which give you more stability to take a great picture.
  • While using the Camera app, quickly access Camera Roll by sliding finger left to right.  Keep sliding to see recent photos.  Tap the screen, then the blue camera icon, to go back to camera and take more photos.
  • Open camera from lock screen by double tapping the home button and tapping the camera icon. You can only view the photos you take when using this feature as added security.
  • Tap the screen on the part of the image you want to focus on.  Pinch the screen or drag the slider to zoom in with iOS 4 and later.
  • Use the front camera to check yourself out by tapping the flip icon in the top right corner of the Camera app.


  • Create and edit photo albums from the Photos app.  On the Albums page tap edit, add. Name the album and add photos from the Camera Roll by tapping them.
  • Add photos to albums from Camera Toll by tapping the arrow icon and selecting the photos you want.
  • GeoTagging – view your photos by location in the Photos app by tapping the places tab.
  • Use photo stream to share your most recently taken photos with other Apple devices.  Open settings, iCloud, and check that photo stream is turned on.  To view the photos being shared, open Photos and select the album Photo stream.
  • Send multiple photos by selecting the photos in the photos app using the arrow incon, tapping the photos you want and then share or copy.
Safari Shortcuts for iPhone
  • You don’t have to type the www or the .com in the address bar.  For example, you can enter “apple” in the address box to view
  • When typing an address in Safari, the .com key hides some additional options.  Hold your finger on it for a second and a range or alternatives will appear.  Slide to one and release.
  • To see where a link will lead you, hold your finger on the link for a second.  A menu appears that lists the actual address at the top and some additional options.   You can copy the address to the clipboard and open the link in a new page.
  • When browsing web pages in Safari you can double tap on a column, word, or picture to fit its width to your screen.  Double tap again to zoom out.
  • Save Safari images by holding your finger on an image until the options slide up.  Tap copy to place the image in the clipboard or Save Image to save to your camera roll.
  • Create new app icons for any website to your home screen.  While browsing in Safari, tap the arrow icon and tap Add to Home Screen. Some websites supply an icon, if not then a shot of the current view is used.  Tapping the icon launches Safari and immediately takes you to the website.
  • Share links by tapping the arrow icon at the bottom of the screen and select mail like to this page.
  • Create a reading list of articles you want to rest later.  Tap the arrow icon and then add to reading list.  To view the reading list tap the open book icon and then reading list. If you enable iCloud syncing the articles will also be added to Safari on your other devices.
  • Search on a page for certain words by typing in the search box and at the bottom you will find the option “on this page.”  Tap find word to find the first instance of that word.  Press next to advance to the next instance of the word.
  • Swipe to delete email, notes, or SMS conversations.
  • Delete multiple emails by tapping the edit button and then the clear circles next to each email, then delete at the bottom of the screen.
  • The . key hits additional options if you hold it down.
  • Add a signature by opening settings, mail, signature.
  • Flag mail by tapping the mark option in the subject line and select flag.  Flag multiple emails by tapping edit and then marking the selected emails.
  • Quickly return to your most recent draft email by tapping and holding the new email icon for a few seconds.
  • Highlight and reply only a part of the message so that only that selection will appear in the new email.
  • Format text (bold, italics, underline) by double tapping a word to select and then tapping the right arrow.  Chose the option B/U and select from formatting options.
  • Parental control or restrictions allow you to stop certain functions of the iPhone. Open settings, general, restrictions, enable restrictions.  Enter a passcode needed to turn on certain applications such as YouTube, iTunes, App Store, etc.
  • Enable a passcode to secure all data by opening settings, general, passcode lock, turn passcode on, and enter a four digit passcode.
  • Erase all data from settings, general, passcode lock, erase all data. If someone tries to guess your passcode, the iPhone erases all data after 10 unsuccessful attempts.
Find my iPhone
  • If you are using iOS 5 you can turn on Find My iPhone option when you set up your device.  If you did not turn this on, open settings, iCloud, and turn on Find my iPhone.  You can then go to on a computer and select Find My iPhone to reveals its location.
  • Once your device is located, select the blue i next to the device name.  Then select Play Sound or Send Message. If the device is nearby, you can play a sound to find it’s location.  This will play even if the phone is set to silent. If device is not nearby, you can type in a message with contact details and who to return the device to.
  • Remotely lock your phone from to stop any unauthorized use of your device.  Select Remote Lock and then Lock iPhone.
  • Remotely wipe your data by selecting Remote Wipe and then Wipe iPhone. This will turn off all location data as well.
  • You can use the Find My iPhone app on iPhone to locate other devices including iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Use iCloud to back up your device settings, apps, photos and more.  Decide what you back up by opening settings, iCloud.  If something goes wrong with your iPhone, you can use iCloud to restore it, so leave on the most important options.
  • Turn on Automatic Downloads to automatically sync all downloads to iCloud by opening settings, store.
  • Control how much space is available on iCloud by opening settings, iCloud, storage & backup, then manage storage.
  • If you have an iPhone 4S, activate Siri by opening settings, general, Siri.  To access Siri press and hold the home button for a few second until the microphone icon appears.  Start speaking after you hear the beep.
  • Tap the i icon when using Siri to read all the Siri commands.  You can use Siri to send messages to friends, create a reminder, call contacts, set an alarm or timer, and more.
  • You can lift the phone to your ear to start Siri.  Turn it on/off by opening settings, general, Siri, raise to speak.
  • Add extra contact details by saying the contact name followed by their relationship to you.  For example “John Appleseed is my father.”
  • Siri can set up reminds are addresses associated with your Contacts.  Open settings, general, Siri.  Tap My Info and select contact entry.  You can say, “Remind me when I get home to take out the trash” and Siri will set the reminder to go off at that location.
  • Quircky Siri Commands: How much wood could a woodchuck cup?  Open the pod bay doors.  I love you!  What is the meaning of life?  I need to hide a body (USA only).  What are you wearing?  Knock knock.  Will you marry me?  What’s your favorite color?
  • Create Siri lists.  Use Reminders to create a grocery list.  To create a new list, open Reminders, tap the parallel lined icon on the top left then edit.  Create new list and enter it’s name, for example “Groceries.”  Tell Siri to add milk to groceries list to add that item to your list.
  • Control calls through your earbuds.  Click the microphone on your earbuds to pick up a call.  Press and hold it for two seconds and then release to reject the call.  During a call, click once to end the current call.
  • Control calls by switching between calls by clicking once.  Press and hold for two seconds to go to new call and end current call.
  • Control music with microphone.  Click once to pause and resume songs.  Quickly click twice to skip a songs or three times to skip to previous song, or restart the current track if you are more than three seconds in.

Take a picture with your earbuds by pressing the volume up button.  Now you can place your phone on a tripod and hold the camera steady.

  • Quickly find your location by tapping the arrow icon in the bottom left corner while using the Maps app. Pressing this again turns on the compass, so you can tell which direction you are facing.
  • See the traffic reposer by taping the page curl in the bottom right and trapping the Traffic option.  Green means traffic is at more than 50 mph on major roads.  Yellow means 25-50 mpg, red 25 mpg, and gray means no data is available.
  • Reduce roaming charges on your iPhone by turning off data roaming from settings, general, network, turn off data roaming.
  • Turn off cellular data by opening settings, general, network, and turn off cellular data.
  • Change time zone by opening settings, general, date and time, turn off set automatically and select time zone.
  • Drop a pin to save a small area of the map to memory.  Tap and hold the screen to drop a pin.
  • Bookmark a location by tapping the blue arrow and adding to bookmarks.
 Advanced iPhone Secrets
  • Pause a download by tapping the icon.  The progress bar will stop and paused appears beneath.  To continue the download simply tap the icon again.
  • Quickly find the definitely of a word by tapping and holding a word and choosing the define option.
  • AirPrint – wirelessly print from your iPhone! If your printer is on the same wireless network, your iPhone will automatically detect it.
  • Tip your iPhone sideways while in Calculator to access the scientific calculator.
  • Disable SMS preview by opening settings, notifications, messages, turn off show preview.
  • Use your iPhone as a Wi-Fi hotspot by opening settings, general, network, personal hotspot.  If this option isn’t available then contact your cell provider.
  • The build-in LED flash can be used as a flashlight by opening the Camera app and switching to video mode.
  • Restart your phone properly by holding the home and on/off buttons together for 10 seconds.  Ignore the “slide to power off” message that appears, and the phone shuts down.
  • If it seems like there is no signal available but you know there must be, turn on Airplane mode and then turn it off again.