Using the iPhone is one of the most intuitive experiences you can find on the smartphone market. Still, new users may find it difficult to adapt to a new operating system. For this, we decided to make a survey of
Essential tips for iOS beginners
With that in mind, Haanga prepared a list of 15 tips that will help you take advantage of the main features of the iPhone. Check out the list and surprise your family and friends with your new skills in using the Apple device.
Essential Tips for iPhone Beginners
1. Activate Find My iPhone
Before starting to explore your iPhone, it is essential to make sure that the Find My iPhone feature is properly activated on the device. Through it, you can quickly track your location and help you in cases where your device is lost or stolen.
Keep in mind that this feature depends on your Apple ID being properly set up. This step is performed when starting the iPhone for the first time. If you missed it, go to Apple’s website to create an account or reset your password.
Once this is done, you can now activate the feature on your smartphone. To do this, tap on the Settings app, go to “your name’ > “Search” > “Search iPhone” and enable the “Find My iPhone” option.
2. Migrate your data from Android to iPhone
If you were an Android user and just got an iPhone, you may be wondering how to transfer your contacts, photos, and other information to the Apple company’s device. Fortunately, Apple has an app for the little robot called Move to iOS, which migrates the following information:
- Contacts (phonebook)
- message history
- Photos and videos
- Chrome Browser Bookmarks and Reading Lists
- email accounts
- calendar accounts
- Free apps are available on Google Play and the App Store
If you’re not sure how to use it, check out our article on how to transfer my files from Android to iPhone.
3. Transfer WhatsApp conversation from Android to iPhone
WhatsApp is one of the most used messengers on Android and iOS smartphones. So it is only natural that you would want to migrate your conversations from one platform to the other. To do this, just use a native function of the application and transfer all the backup of conversations, photos, videos, and other data.
Check out our article on how to transfer WhatsApp conversations from Android to iPhone and see how easy it is to recover your conversations from your old smartphone to your new iPhone.
4. Customize the Control Center
The Control Center is where you can interact with essential iPhone features like turning up the volume, turning down the screen brightness, and turning the mobile on/off. To access it, just swipe down from the top right corner of the screen on iPhones with Face ID, or swipe up from the bottom on devices with Touch ID.
You can make this feature even more useful by inserting new controls that make using your smartphone more practical in everyday life. You can enter a command for Low Power mode, music recognition by Shazam, and so on.
To do this, open the Settings app and tap on “Control Center”. Now, just tap the “+” sign to enter a command or the “-” sign to withdraw it.
5. Use Siri
The Siri virtual assistant has the function of helping and simplifying tasks on the iPhone. Simply activate it with the voice command “Hey Siri” or, on iPhones with Face ID, press the side button and, on devices with Touch ID, hold the Home button. Then, you can ask her to perform some tasks, like setting an alarm, create a reminder or sending a message on WhatsApp.
Check out the article we prepared with 200 voice commands for you to use with Siri in Portuguese and take advantage of all the capabilities that Apple’s virtual assistant can offer.
6. Set the Focus mode
Focus mode reinvented Do Not Disturb and gives users more personalization tools to focus on each day’s activity and be more productive. You can configure Work, Sleep, Car, and Mindfulness modes and customize a completely new one.
In Workout mode, for example, you can allow notifications from specific apps and people and mute the rest on all your Apple devices. Your Apple Watch also reacts to this mode, activating the mode automatically while you’re wearing Fitness+, walking, running, or doing other physical activity.
See our full article on how Focus mode works and learn how to use it on iPhone.
7. Quickly return to the top of the screen
In a Safari app or page, we tend to scroll down to see all the content. To get back to the top, it’s not practical to slide all the way back. So the iPhone offers a simple method to quickly return by tapping once at the top of the screen.
This feature works in any application. If you’re looking for an old conversation on WhatsApp, for example, and want to go back to recent conversations, just tap on the top of the screen.
8. Tap back to control iPhone
The TouchBack gesture, or Back Tap, is a very useful feature on iPhones 8 and later. It allows you to activate commands just by tapping the back of your smartphone. From there, you can lock the device, zoom in or take a screenshot quickly.
To configure it, open the Settings app on your iPhone, go to “Accessibility” > “Touch” > “Touch Back”. Then set a command for two taps or three taps behind the device.
Check out more details about the feature and its configuration in our article how to use Back Tap to control iPhone by gestures.
9. Use the trackpad on the keyboard
Selecting and editing text on iPhone can be quite simple if you use the trackpad feature. It allows you to take the cursor where you want, select the words and make the necessary changes.
To use it, just press the spacebar on the keyboard and move the cursor. Select text by touching the trackpad and dragging it with your finger. That simple.
10. Add widgets to the canvas
Widgets are one of the best features for iOS and you can take advantage of them to quickly access app shortcuts and customize your home screen. They are available for native apps like Weather and Notes, as well as third-party apps — depending on developer availability.
To add them, simply press your finger on an empty area of the Home Screen until the “+” button appears at the top. Then explore the list of widgets available in each app. Learn more about this in our article on editing and customizing iPhone widgets.
11. Create a custom Memoji
Memojis are avatars developed by Apple to make your iPhone experience even more personalized. It allows you to create emojis with your features and facial features, in addition to allowing you to choose costumes of the most varied types.
It makes your conversation even more fun with your friends and family via iMessage, WhatsApp or your favorite messenger. Enjoy and read our full article on how to create your custom Memoji on iPhone.
12. Set up an email account
If you have a Google account and want to set it up on your iPhone, the Mail app is ideal for the task. In addition to organizing your inbox, the app also receives your calendar events and migrates the information to native iPhone apps.
To register your account in the app, open the Settings app, go to “Mail” > “Accounts” > “Add Account”. The instructions for adding a new email account are simple and you will be able to choose which data you want to sync (calendar and notes respectively).
13. Use 3D Touch
3D Touch technology was created to facilitate user interaction with iPhone. With a simple gesture, you can access various options in an application, such as triggering the Selfie camera before opening it, removing it from the device, or activating the keyboard trackpad.
You can start testing 3D Touch right away on your iPhone by pressing your finger on an on-screen app or iPhone functionality. It is worth using it in your daily routine to simplify your tasks.
14. Search for Spotlight
Spotlight is a powerful feature on the iPhone for conducting searches. You can type in app names (and download them), search for places from Apple Maps, or look up trivia from Wikipedia.
Once you master this tool, you will use it constantly on a daily basis. Do a search on your device, with the screen unlocked, drag down and type in the search field the information you are looking for.
15. Use Dark mode
If you often use your iPhone in low-light environments, you should consider using Dark mode. With it, you protect your vision against the harm of constant exposure to blue light, which can cause irritation and even damage to the cornea, and, if it’s an iPhone model with a Super Retina or Super Retina XDR screen, you even gain more time to drums.
Also, consider activating Night Shift mode to protect your eyesight. It changes the color temperature on the screen to the warm spectrum, helping you sleep better. You can manually activate both functions in Control Center by pressing the brightness control and activating them on the buttons located at the bottom of the screen.