Beginner's Guide: 5 Useful Tips for First-Time iPhone Users

Beginner's Guide: 5 Useful Tips for First-Time iPhone Users

It finally happened. You got your hands on the iPhone of your dreams. And as you hold your brand new device and stare at it with an explorer’s excitement, you look forward to uncovering all the cool tricks it can do. 

It doesn’t take you long to notice that the item you are now the proud owner of is not unlike anything you’ve handled before. You are guaranteed to have a different experience given the diversified nature of the iOS ecosystem.

This means that even if you have been a long-time Android user, you still need some time to get accustomed to the quirks of your new iPhone. So, before you crack your knuckles and start typing and scrolling away, here are 5 tips every person who got an iPhone for the first time could use:

1. Undoing typing

It most likely has happened to you before - you typed something and then wanted to delete the whole thing. Either you are using some sort of messaging app or just a plain text field, there are two ways that you can get rid of the whole wall of text. 

Firstly, you can tap on the text and hold backspace until everything is erased. Or, you can do something more fun and definitely easier i.e. shake your iPhone. 

Yes, you read that right! Shaking your device will prompt a dialogue box to appear which reads “Undo Typing” at which point you are given the options to cancel the action or further proceed. 

Nifty trick for all the restless people out there, right?😁

2. Muting the shutter sound

One of the first things people nowadays do before purchasing a new phone is test out the camera. Social media and the many businesses that are thriving in said medium have taught us all a lesson about what it means to have quality visuals.

So you took a few pictures and were quickly asking yourself if there is any way that you could get rid of the sound when you click. Regrettably, there is no option to allow you to mute the shutter sound in particular. What you can do is you can use the mute switch located on the side of your iPhone.

By muting the entire device, you mute the shutter sounds as well. And while this, evidently, is not the most convenient solution, it can get rid of the sound when you use the camera. It will only take one second to turn it back on.

3. Multi-tasking from the Home Button

You can have an overall view of all the apps that are running by simply pressing the Home Button twice. The screen image will go up a bit and reveal the icons of apps that are active. 

Generally, there are a few apps running in the foreground while the rest work in the background. When the user isn’t actually on the apps, they get paused. The moment they are selected again, they are resumed.

For your convenience, here is a list of the most common apps that can work in the background:

  • Apple News
  • Bluetooth 
  • Location
  • Music
  • Push Notifications

4. Creating folders

A large part of getting to explore your iPhone is about playing around with the many choices you have in terms of apps. However, your sense of order can quickly be overrun by a very justifiable enthusiasm. 

So, take advantage of the fact that you are using a new device and don’t let it get to that point. In fact, it’s pretty easy to stay organized when working with an iPhone. 

You can place similar types of apps or documents in the same folders. In order to accomplish that, all you have to do is press and hold on an icon of your choice until it wiggles, and then simply drag the icon in question over another icon. Just like that, a folder gets created. 

Now that you know how not to mix your games with your music or with your photos, go wild!


5. Keyword searching in Photos

This is some pretty handy stuff as you will discover for yourself. Because your Photos app recognizes people, items and more common scenery, you can put in a keyword and make the search for the picture you are looking for much faster.

You want to send your mother that selfie you guys took while shopping last weekend. You now know better than to eyeball everything that’s in your camera roll. Type in the keyword ‘mom’ and be amazed at how much easier the piece of technology in your hand can make everyday living. 

Need to make a search that is more specific than that? All you have to do is put in more keywords. 

It is perhaps this generation’s greatest advantage that they have access to seemingly endless information. Sure, you can take your time with your device and explore it on your own, but if you’re rather impatient you can research online for a bit and figure out how to master it in a flash. 

Best apps to download? See what the latest tech forums have to say about it. Curious about iPhone battery replacement? Chances are others have been too. And if you run into something that seems to have never been asked before, you can always send in your questions to Apple representatives and have a sure-fire answer right away.

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