Got an iPhone but don’t really have time to peruse the manual to get up to speed with all of the multi-touch features? Even if you’ve had your iPhone for awhile, you might be surprised at what you can learn. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you become a real iPhone savant:
1. Want to take a screenshot of your iPhone?
Did you get a funny text message or discover some auto correct hilarity that you want to share with your friends? To take a screenshot of your phone, akin to the print screen feature on a laptop, press and hold the main ‘home’ button and the ‘sleep’ button on the top right of the phone together. You will hear a camera shutter sound and the screenshot will be saved in your photo library.
2. Want to save images to your photo library with ease?
Simply hold down your finger on the image until an action screen pops up with the option of saving the image.
3. Want to increase efficiency in safari when browsing or entering a URL?
Type the URL in the screen and use the ‘.com’ shortcut button on the keypad. This might be a no-brainer already, but did you know you can change the domain name ending by holding down the ‘.com’ button. This brings up an option screen action for domains like ‘.net’,’.edu’,’.org’ or ‘.au’ etc.
4. Sick of having next to zero battery life on your phone?
Fill up and optimise your iPhone’s battery life by double clicking your home screen until an action sheet pops up showing you all of the apps that you have open. You may be surprised at how many you have open and how having all of these running in the background can zap your batterylife. To exit these apps, press the red exit button in the right hand corner of the app image.
5. iPhone 4s’ have a range of new, wonderful functions.
One of these is that if you don’t already have mobile broadband, you have the ability to plug into your iPhone’s network and use wi-fi on any other device of your choosing. This is especially handy when traveling with a laptop as you are always in reach of a ‘hotspot’. It is also password-protected so there’s no need to worry about thieves.
6. Have a website that you regularly visit that does not yet offer an app?
You can easily create a shortcut on your menu screen by loading up the site and pressing the ‘share’ button (with the arrow coming out of a box pointing to the right) in the middle of the lower menu bar. This will then give you the option of ‘adding to home screen’ for easy one-touch access.
Alecia is a tech-savvy news and current affairs addict, IT guru and expert in all things mobile broadband related.