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An iPhone Owner's Survival Guide

By Edited Feb 13, 2014 0 0

Getting a new iPhone is pretty exciting. You've just bought the best-selling phone in the world, and it's fast, reliable and cool. But there are a few things that you should know before you start playing with your new phone. Learning from others’ mistakes might mean that you don't end up with a brick instead of a phone, or that you save yourself a painful learning experience. If you've just got a new iPhone 4S, here's what you need to know about your phone to keep happy and avoid paying for another new one...

Keep it Safe...

Firstly, keep it physically safe. The iPhone is a fairly fragile device, as tough as it might look. Dropping your device will generally result in a cracked screen, which means buying a new phone. A tough case, and a good screen protector will help keep your phone scratch free and in good condition, and will protect against small falls. Keep your phone far away from water, since water is the arch-enemy of iPhones. Apple does replace phones within warranty, but they have cleverly put a small detector inside the phone itself which will tell them if the phone has been exposed to water, in which case you won't get a replacement or a refund. Also, make sure that you sign up for some good security. Apple has a free “Find My iPhone” programme that you should definitely sign up for. This will use the phone's GPS to locate your device should you lose it, or should it be stolen. But you need to register now, since once the phone is gone it'll be too late. Take care of this stuff before there's a problem.

Steer Clear of iPhone 4S App Addiction...

Yes, there are some apps that are necessary and that you really need, or want, to get. But a mistake that many first timers make is downloading everything that they can get their hands on. There are a couple of problems with this. Firstly, it could end up costing you a bunch of cash. But clogging up your phone with apps that you use once and never open again will also cut down on your storage space and make your phone run more slowly. Plus, all these apps are constantly updated, so you might find that the next time you click on the App Store you end up waiting hours for all the updates to finish downloading and installing. Get the apps that you want, even experiment a little, but be sure to delete any app that you don't like or that you don't use. It'll save you a lot of time later.

Watch the Battery...

Whilst the iPhone 4S does have a better battery life than its predecessors, that bright screen and powerful processor still suck life out of your battery at a rate of knots. This can result in your battery not even lasting through the day, which is a pain. Keep an eye on your battery use. There are several simple ways of pumping up your battery life. The biggest battery drainer is the screen, so make sure that the brightness of the screen is turned down as low as you can take it, and that your phone is set to automatically turn off the screen and lock after only a minute or so of not using it. Location, Push and WiFi services are also a big battery drain, since your phone is constantly on the search for new information. WiFi should be switched off unless you're deliberately looking for a connection. Location and Push services can also be switched off from the Settings menu, but that may mean that you can't use your map app, or that you don't get your email. Turning these things off when your battery gets low might be a good idea, you can always check for new email by opening the Mail app, but don't forget to switch them back on again.

Be Careful of the Cord...

The absolute biggest weak spot in Apple's design is their charger or USB cord for the iPhone. The joins between the connector and the wire are notoriously fragile, and snap, break and fray easily. A broken cord means a new cord, and they're not cheap. Look after the charging cord, don't wind it up, don't bend it more than you have to, and keep it somewhere safe. You'll be glad that you did.

Know How to Screen Shoot...

Taking a screen shot is basically taking a picture of whatever's on your phone screen at that time. You might not think that it's all that important, but in the event of any kind of problem with your phone's functionality, taking a screen shot will provide evidence of what's gone wrong. You can then take your pic to the Apple Store and get a diagnosis. Plus, taking a screen shot can also be an easy way of saving some important information quickly without having to find a pen. Screen shooting is easy on the iPhone. Press the home button and the on/off button at the same time and your phone will take a screen shot and save it in the camera folder.

Watch the Memory...

An iPhone has a finite amount of internal memory. Renting movies or downloading videos, or filling your phone with music will all use up that memory space. Of course, it is there to be used. However, you need to make sure that you always have at least half a GB of empty memory to handle the everyday running of your phone. This will stop your phone freezing, or apps from crashing.

Set the Password...

Go to the Settings menu, choose General, then go for Password Lock. This will set a password for you to use when unlocking your phone. Yes, it's sometimes a pain to have to type in a number before you can open your phone. But just remember how much personal information is stored there. Banking apps, Facebook accounts, contact information. If your phone gets lost or stolen, you'll be glad that you password locked it.



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