It doesn’t matter whether or not you are rocking a new iPhone 4S or have just scored a used iPhone 3GS; you are holding one of the most powerful tools for productivity, connectivity, fun, organization, and more. The iPhone is probably the most beloved phone because it is smart, intuitive, and easy to use while still being incredibly powerful and adaptable.
More and more people are getting cellular phones every day, and many of these are smartphones. If you are like many new smartphone owners, you have gone with the iPhone, which is a great choice.
If you are a new iPhone owner, you don’t need to be intimidated by your new phone. Even though your device lacks detailed instructions, know that with a little bit of time it will be incredibly easy to use. Soon to be a tool that you absolutely cannot live without, the following are just a few tips to help you get more comfortable with your new iPhone.
Sync and update your phone.
Many users, especially if they don’t use their iPhone to listen to music, don’t plug their phone into their computer very often, and this is a mistake. When you sync your iPhone, you are backing up everything you have on your iPhone, such as your contacts, photos, and download apps. If you don’t sync and back up your phone, you are running the risk of losing your data; if you accidentally break your phone or if it gets stolen, you will lose all of your data without a backup.
Additionally, updating your phone is important. When you update, you are installing the newest version of iOS, the software that powers your phone. This may not be a big deal for everyone, but it should be. The newest version of the software will have the fewest bugs and security vulnerabilities making it the safest and easiest to use.
You can make syncing and updating even easier. You can use Wi-Fi Sync and over the air updates if you have a wireless home network and the most current version of iTunes and iOS on your computer. This way you don’t need to have your phone and computer in the same room to enjoy the benefits.
Print from your iPhone.
Even though you can access a lot of information through the iPhone, a lot of users still go to their PC for certain functions when printing is necessary. You can, however, print from your iPhone. You will need an AirPrint enabled printer, which are available from makers like Epson or Hewlett Packard. With a bit of setup, you can print from your iPhone through the home network.
You don’t necessarily need an AirPrint enabled printer, particularly if you already have a wireless printer. Specific applications can communicate with your printer, and using these, you may be able to print from your iPhone.
Manage multiple email accounts.
Many people are excited about using email from their iPhone; this is often one of the first things that new users configure. Most people have more than one email account, but they only set one up to work with their iPhone…because they don’t know that they can use multiple with their phone.
Your new iPhone can support lots of different email platforms including Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, Google Accounts, and much more. Many business and school email accounts could also be routed through your iPhone’s default mail application.
After you set up your first email address, you can configure more mail to get delivered to your phone very easily. You simply need to do the same thing you did for the first to set up the second, third, fourth, and so on until you have added them all to your phone. Just be sure to set a default email address through your mail settings; anytime you send out an email you want the “sender” to be this address.