The iPhone is without a doubt one of the most popular smartphones out there – if not the most popular. It has been huge since its debut back in 2007, with its popularity growing year after year; iPhone sales are going nowhere but up. One of the reasons the iPhone is so popular is because of how easy to use it is. There’s very few buttons, everything is controlled by touch.
In-fact, it’s so easy to use that I have seen toddlers and young children playing certain game apps on iPads and iPhones, so it really is incredible easy to pick up and use an iPhone. Despite how easy it is to use, Apple have still stuck a heap of tips, tricks and shortcuts into the iOS to make using your iPhone even more efficient – so in this post we’re going to take a look at my top tips and tricks for your iPhone 4S.
In no particular order, here they are:
Screenshots on your iPhone
On many occasions I find myself needing to make a quick note of something displayed on my iPhone screen, there is a quick and easy way to capture whatever is currently displayed on your iPhone screen – take a screenshot! To do this, simply press the home and power button on your device at the same time, you’ll hear the shutter sound and your iPhone will of saved the screenshot in your Photo’s app along with the rest of your photographs.
Find a lost or stolen iPhone
As long as you have signed up with iCloud (which is free, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t) then you can make use of the ‘Find my iPhone’ app if you ever lose your iPhone. This clever online app lets you locate your iPhone via GPS, you can also set a PIN code on your device remotely, erase all the data on your device, and even display an important message (“REWARD FOR SAFE RETURN, CALL XXX XXX”) on the iPhone’s screen. I think this is an awesome feature, if you ever did lose your iPhone there would be a good chance of getting it back thanks to this.
Use the iPhone like a Camera
The iPhone 4S has an awesome camera, but sometimes it can be tricky trying to tap the on-screen shutter button with one hand, while trying to keep the iPhone stable and focused with the other. There is an easier way; you can turn the iPhone to it’s side and hold it just like a camera, using the ‘+’ volume button on the side of the device like the clicker button. So it feels just like you are using a digital camera, it’s much more comfortable and easier to keep the iPhone steady.
Shortcut to the Camera
Often you’ll see something going on and want to take a quick picture of it, since iOS 5 there has been a handy shortcut to get to the Camera app very quickly on your iPhone. From a blank / sleeping state, you can double press the ‘home’ button on your iPhone and you’ll see a camera icon appear next to the ‘Slide to unlock’ text, if you tap that camera icon then the camera app will load up instantly ready for you to snap your pics.
Auto-corrections annoy me something fierce. They only ever seem to ‘correct’ words that don’t need correcting, and it’s only recently that I found out you can actually dismiss these auto-corrections easily by tapping anywhere on the screen when the iPhone suggests it. I always thought you had to hit the tiny ‘x’ next to the suggested word, but that’s not the case, just anywhere on the screen will do, you don’t have to hit that tiny target!
I hope you have picked up a few tips, tricks and shortcuts here that you didn’t previously know of. I use most of these on a daily basis and it definitely makes life easier.
Apple often add new shortcuts and tricks into updated versions of their iOS, so I’ll be back with more tips shortly after the iOS 6 release!
You can also find a huge range of apps on the iPhone. If you are someone who is a keen online shopper and you are looking for an easy way to purchase a car then why not try the Motors app. The app allows you to browse second hand cars from motors.co.uk which include a huge range of manufacturers including great models such as a Range Rover
If you have any tips or tricks for the iPhone that I’ve missed out, then feel free to share them with us in the comments section below!