Stream Video To The Big Screen (via Airplay)

If you have an AppleTV connected to your TV, your iPhone (or iPod Touch or iPad) can take anything you’re watching on the device and seamlessly stream that to your big TV.

When you’re watching a video on the iPhone, simply tap the screen to get the playback controls, tap the Airplay icon at the right of the control, and select your AppleTV from the devices list.  You’ll get a message that the video is now playing on the selected device, and sure enough, both the video and audio will now be on the TV.  

Airplay/Airtunes - Redirect Your Audio Output

If you’re listening to a song or playlist on your iPhone and want to listen instead through your connected home speakers (or perhaps your car stereo if you have a BT setup), just click the icon at the right of your playback control panel.  This will list the available destinations/devices to receive this audio signal: simply select your preference and the music will start streaming to that device.

Using Your iPhone To Provide A Wi-Fi Network

Did you know that your iPhone can broadcast a Wi-Fi signal to up to 5 devices, so where you have a 3G connection you can provide Internet access to multiple laptops, iPads, iPod Touches etc in the vicinity?

To do this, simply turn on Personal Hotspot by going into Settings (the gears icon) and tapping on the Personal Hotspot menu item.  Once enabled, other devices will see your phone as an available Wi-Fi network and - provided they enter the password that’s displayed on your phone - they’ll be able to share the iPhone’s 3G signal as if they were connecting to any other Wi-Fi network.  

Copy & Paste

If you ever want to copy and paste any text, tap the screen where the text appears. You’ll get options to Select or Select All. If you tap “Select” you get a blue highlight area with two blue markers - drag those markers out to highlight all the text you wan to copy then press Copy. Tap anywhere else - another email etc - and you’ll get the Paste option.

Using Map Navigation For Your Contacts
The Contacts app is not just for phone numbers - it takes email addresses, web addresses, street addresses etc. If you have given a street address for a contact, the Maps App will give directions from your current location to that persons house, for example. In the Maps app, press the arrow button in the lower left of the screen to get your current GPS location, then press Directions. The Start address will default to your current GPS location and for the End address you can either type in a real address or press the Book icon on the right of that field and select a name from your Contacts. If there’s an address in there, it’ll show you exactly how to get from where you are to your friends house (with turn by turn directions/distances/times etc). 

Using Map Navigation For Your Contacts

The Contacts app is not just for phone numbers - it takes email addresses, web addresses, street addresses etc. If you have given a street address for a contact, the Maps App will give directions from your current location to that persons house, for example. In the Maps app, press the arrow button in the lower left of the screen to get your current GPS location, then press Directions. The Start address will default to your current GPS location and for the End address you can either type in a real address or press the Book icon on the right of that field and select a name from your Contacts. If there’s an address in there, it’ll show you exactly how to get from where you are to your friends house (with turn by turn directions/distances/times etc). 

Adding To Contacts

If you get an email or call from someone, you can press and hold on their phone number or email address to get options to Create A New Contact for this person or Add To Existing Contact. You can do the same any time you see an address in an email - just tap and hold to add get options to Open in Maps, Create New Contact, Add To Existing Contact or Copy. 

Voice Control
Your iPhone understand spoken commands. Press and hold the Home button until Voice Control starts up. Speak a command like “Play Artist Pink” and the iPhone will respond with “Playing songs by Pink” and start playing her songs (assuming you have her songs - pick an artist that you DO have on there otherwise). You can also get it to play certain songs, call someone from your contacts etc.

Voice Control

Your iPhone understand spoken commands. Press and hold the Home button until Voice Control starts up. Speak a command like “Play Artist Pink” and the iPhone will respond with “Playing songs by Pink” and start playing her songs (assuming you have her songs - pick an artist that you DO have on there otherwise). You can also get it to play certain songs, call someone from your contacts etc.

Folders & App Organisation
You can group apps together in Folders so that - once you have 100 apps or so, you’re not scrolling through pages and pages to find them all. To make a folder, press and hold an App - as per the previous tip -then move one app on top of another app - a folder will automatically be created and a title for the folder will be created based on what type of apps they are - you can change this title or leave it as is. Press Home button when you’ve finished. You can keep adding apps to folders (up to 9 apps per folder) or creating more folders - say one for Games, one for Productivity apps, one for Social Networking apps etc. When you need a particular app in a folder, just tap on that folder, then tap on the relevant app.

Folders & App Organisation

You can group apps together in Folders so that - once you have 100 apps or so, you’re not scrolling through pages and pages to find them all. To make a folder, press and hold an App - as per the previous tip -then move one app on top of another app - a folder will automatically be created and a title for the folder will be created based on what type of apps they are - you can change this title or leave it as is. Press Home button when you’ve finished. You can keep adding apps to folders (up to 9 apps per folder) or creating more folders - say one for Games, one for Productivity apps, one for Social Networking apps etc. When you need a particular app in a folder, just tap on that folder, then tap on the relevant app.

Delete or Move Your Apps
If you want to move or delete any apps on your iPhone, just press and hold the icon. After about 2 seconds all the apps on the screen will start wobbling: you can now move them around the screen (and between screens) or move them to/from the dock, and you can delete them aswell (if they’re NOT a standard Apple app that was on the phone when you received it - you can’t delete the Mail or Safari apps for example). If it’s deletable, it’ll have a black and white cross in the top left corner of the icon when it’s wobbling - touch that to delete it. When you’re done with your changes, press the Home button once. 

Delete or Move Your Apps

If you want to move or delete any apps on your iPhone, just press and hold the icon. After about 2 seconds all the apps on the screen will start wobbling: you can now move them around the screen (and between screens) or move them to/from the dock, and you can delete them aswell (if they’re NOT a standard Apple app that was on the phone when you received it - you can’t delete the Mail or Safari apps for example). If it’s deletable, it’ll have a black and white cross in the top left corner of the icon when it’s wobbling - touch that to delete it. When you’re done with your changes, press the Home button once. 

Searching Your iPhone in an instant

When you’re looking at your Home screen, you can swipe your finger left to right across the screen to get a Search iPhone screen. Start typing part of a word and you’ll get a list of anything on the phone - songs, emails, webpages, apps, contacts - that match. Easiest way to find an email from a specific person or that mentions a particular word, or to find a person’s phone number or email etc. Also the easiest way to find and launch an app rather than having to look for it all over your phone. Just tap the result you want to launch that app/email/song etc.

Orientation Lock
When you’re in the Taskbar, you can swipe your finger left to right to bring up iPod controls as well as an Orientation Lock button. Press it and the iPhone will stay locked in Portrait mode - useful when you’re lying on your side on the couch/bed and don’t want the iPhone to auto-rotate to landscape mode. Tap it again to unlock. 

Orientation Lock

When you’re in the Taskbar, you can swipe your finger left to right to bring up iPod controls as well as an Orientation Lock button. Press it and the iPhone will stay locked in Portrait mode - useful when you’re lying on your side on the couch/bed and don’t want the iPhone to auto-rotate to landscape mode. Tap it again to unlock. 

The Taskbar & Multitasking

You probably know already that pressing the Home button once when you’re inside an Application will take you back out of the App and to your Home screen BUT if you double-tap the Home button you’ll get a Task bar down the bottom of the screen showing all the Apps that you are currently running or have recently used (the most recent is always at the bottom left).

You can tap on any of these to go right back into them at exactly the point that you left them (and you can scroll to the right to see more apps). Press the Home button once to cancel this. 

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Hopefully this small blog can help you - as a brand new iPhone user - quickly grasp the functionality of the incredible tool you now have at your disposal.  I’ll start with some very basic tips (and tag them as such), then move to intermediate and advanced which you can move on to as you get comfortable.  In most cases, these tips are answers to specific questions I’ve been asked through email or Facebook etc.  If you have a specific question you’d like answered, feel free to ask.  

OK, here we go…