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iPhone Tips and Tricks

Although easy to use, to get the most out of your iPhone it helps to learn all about its many features. This is a page about iPhone tips and tricks.


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The iPhone has an emergency SOS feature for when you're in a dangerous situation and need help ASAP.

For iPhone X or the iPhone 8 models, press and hold the side power button and one of the volume buttons until the SOS appears. Drag the SOS button to the side and the local authorities will be dispatched to your GPS location.

For iPhone 7 or earlier, press the side power button 5 times, rapidly. The SOS logo will appear. Drag to dispatch help.

You can also program other emergency contacts through the Apple Health app already on your phone. These contacts can show up on the screen, as well, and you can call them for help if desired.

If you bring up the SOS and need to cancel, there is a cancel button at the bottom.

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January 13, 2011

Reuse a previous generation iPhone that no longer has cell phone service as an iPod touch. Do not throw it away! It is still able to connect to WiFi, download apps, play music, take pictures, and do just about everything that an iPod touch can do.

For about $10 per month you could even download the app Line2 ( which would enable you to place and receive calls and texts anywhere that has a WiFi connection. For most people that is everywhere! This may even be a cheaper cell phone or iPod touch option for a student.

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If you own an iPhone and are cool enough to have a tape deck in your car, then you may find this tip useful. :) An iPhone fits perfectly into the opening of your tape deck, making it a great place to put it while driving.

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If you own an Apple iPhone, the phone's camera has a built in GPS where every photo you capture will show the exact location, address - in addition to the date and time the photo was taken. This information sticks with the photo forever, unless you turn off the location services on your phone.

A photo with the location service turned on and accessed.

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This is for the worse case scenario if you lose your phone. In order for someone to return your phone, you will need to set your iPhone "Lock Screen" with a photo of your contact information.


Do not put your cell phone number as it would be the missing device, but a different form of contact.

An iPhone with contact information displayed on the lock screen.

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My husband and I were both regularly missing important calls on our iPhone so I did some research and found the problem. If your iPhone is sending calls straight to voicemail, turn off Do Not Disturb.


You can tell it is on by the little moon icon next to the time, which you probably never noticed.

iPhone Goes Straight to Voicemail

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You should not be in the habit of charging your iPhone in the car using a car charger. If you do, make sure you only plug the phone in after the vehicle has been cranked, and remove the phone from the charger before the vehicle has been turned off.

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My smartphone charger adapter for the car has been used a lot over the past several months. You will think your phone is charging when you plugged it in without checking to see that the light is on and it is not charging, it actually is discharging.


Time to buy a new one right?

A car phone charger adapter with the light on.

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January 22, 2014

Just drag similar apps over each other and they will automatically create a folder and name itself. From here, you can add to them very easily.

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The iPhone has a secret mode which locks the user into a single application. You can use it whenever you hand your phone to one of your kids to ensure that they stay in the game or video that you are letting them see without allowing them to get into other apps.

iPhone Kids Mode

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When I am using my phone, I try to be as productive as possible. Creating shortcuts on frequently used phrases that I type on a daily basis helps keep me organized while saving time.


You will be able to save as many phrases or word shortcuts you would like on your phone or tablet. This is for Apple devices.

Organize Your Phone with Shortcuts - the phrase "I love you" listed as a the shortcut ily.

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My son recently got an iPhone and now he doesn't even get on the computer anymore, he just uses his phone. He's trying to talk me into getting one too and then we can disconnect the internet. It would save us about $50 a month. Can I everything on an iPhone that I can do on the PC?

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Hi! I have both Internet & iPhone but have considered ditching home Internet. With 4 kids and 2 businesses, I need a handy user friendly all-in-one tool. You can do most everything with the iPhone. It does not work with flash player - I believe. So some websites don't fully work. Games are where I notice the incompatible notice. It really would depend on how you use your computer. I haven't figured out how to print from my phone either but don't doubt there is probably a way. All in all, I've had my iPhone for 2.5 years and LOVE it (otter box case is a must for protecting it). Hope this helps. Now that I've had it, I would not change back to a regular phone for almost anything!

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It really depends on what you use your home computer for. If you do a lot of typing you might want to look at a bluetooth keyboard as the one on the iPhone is tiny. Also you must remember that the screen is really small. I would suggest an iPad if you were thinking of getting rid of your Inet services. The rate plan would only be 15.00 a month (for the lesser bundle) compared to the phone you have to pay around 30.00 (including your line). If you need to know more let me know I am a user of both and love them. However I do go to my MacBook for serious wriring.

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I downloaded a lot of old songs from iTunes to my iPhone. A few of them I don't care for. I can't figure out how to delete them. I don't expect any money to be refunded. I just want them off my phone. My phone is the g3 iPhone if that makes any difference.

By SusanLee from Waynesville, GA


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There are two simple options. Either you will need to remove the songs from your iTunes library, then they won't show up on your phone next time you sync.

The other option is to manually manage your music. In which case you will just need to not sync the songs you don't' want. When you connect to iTunes, select your phone on the left and then look for the "Manually Manage" check box.

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Do you have any tips for saving money on an iPhone and data plan (other than not having one). Please share your ideas.

By Lewissan from Port Orchard, WA

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May 3, 2018

This is a page about smartphone tips and tricks. Here are some great tips for everything from protecting your smartphone to saving money and time with one.

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February 4, 2018

When you don't want to be contacted by unfamilar phone numbers, you can research the number online before blocking it. This is a page about blocking unwanted calls on an iphone.

Blocking a caller on an iPhone.

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August 31, 2017

Sometimes settings on your phone can cause you to use more cellular data than necessary. Try these tricks to save money on your smartphone bill's data plan.

A smartphone with wi-fi connection next to a laptop computer.

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