iPhone Tips and Advice

7The iPhone is currently the most popular smart phone in North America. With every new release, Apple adds new features to improve both the hardware and software.

iPhone 5Once we become close to a new iPhone release, many speculations, predictions, rumors start taking place.

The Apple events in San Francisco are some of the most popular tech events that happen every year with tickets usually selling out minutes after reservation open.

In those events, Apple surprises the world with a new or unique feature that was never mainstream before. Features such as the touch screen in 2007, FaceTime and the 3.5″ retina display in 2009, Airplay in 2010, Siri in 2011, and the 4″ iPhone 5 retina display in 2012.

iPhone tips and adviceThe i-Phone has always been the benchmark and the Rolex brand for any new smart phone since it was released in 2007.

Although, many Android and Windows phones may have more features, the iPhone excels in its simplicity and ease of use.

No matter how old you are, you will find yourself, within minutes searching the internet, browsing the world wide web, installing applications and making phone calls with almost no learning curve.

Every page in this website has some tips about the different new features of this amazing device. You will learn where to find them, and how to enable them.

You can either browse the website by selecting a category from the navigation menu on the left hand side, or by simply entering a search criteria in the search box at the top of any page.

What You Will Learn:

Air play is a new iOS feature that allows you to display your iPhone on your Apple TVYou will learn about the most useful applications, hacks, tips and tricks available that will make your experience with your iPhone more enjoyable, fun and productive.

I will show you some applications that I personally use to achieve different tasks in different areas.

You will see how enjoyable this experience for me, and how it could be enjoyable for you too.

I will uncover most of the hidden features of this amazing device so you can take full advantage of its potential power.

Some of the biggest advantage of having an iPhone vs other smart phones are stability, security, the huge number of iPhone accessories, the huge number of applications, and being on an Apple ecosystem if you have other Apple products.

Is ‘location services’ switched off?

3If you agreed to get your child a mobile precisely so that you could keep tabs on where they are, then you’ve got to weigh up the pros and cons, safety-wise, of your child’s phone having location services switched on. It’s a tricky one – Vodafone has a detailed parents’ guide on the safety and privacy issues raised by location services.
Essentially, mobile phone location apps aren’t necessarily provided by mobile networks and both GPS and WiFi can locate and communicate your child’s location without their mobile phone operator being aware of it. Check the phone’s settings, so you know where location services are on or off. Alternatively, disable the GPS or WiFi on your child’s mobile.
With your teenagers, stress to them that if they use a location service alongside their social networking profile, e.g. Facebook, everyone on their ‘friends’ list will know where they are at any time, so that they have to be 100% certain they only allow ‘real’ friends who they know and trust to locate them.
Does your child know that they should never give out their mobile number to strangers?
Our parents told us never to talk to strangers and we in turn need to stress to our children that they mustn’t give away any personal information to people they’ve never met before via their mobile and the internet.
Vodafone and other mobile phone operators have parents’ guides that merit close reading and Childnet International has a longer, more detailed version of this checklist.
And finally…
If the lack of control over the whole Internet-on-mobiles malarkey gives you the vapours, you could always resort to ‘spy’ software – you get a complete report of every text sent, call made and URL visited from your child’s mobile. The potential downside is that you risk invading your child’s privacy and, ethics aside, ruining any chance you may have of them being open with you. Another tricky parenting conundrum. You can discuss this, and other issues, in Talk: child internet safety.

Internet safety on mobile phones

1Mobiles come with new things for parents to worry about – namely Internet safety, theft, bullying and who your kids are chatting to without supervision (never mind why their phone runs out of credit faster than you can top it up and always goes to voicemail when you really need to talk to them).
Now smartphones have upped the ante considerably. They’re essentially handheld computers, so worries about your child stumbling across pornographic or violent content, or being groomed in chatrooms, on their computer now apply equally to their phone. No matter how clued up you are about internet safety on your home computer, you need to get similarly clued up about your child’s phone if you want to keep them safe in the cyber-world.

Mobile phones: parents’ checklist
First, you need to decide whether you want your child to use Pay As You Go or whether you’d rather sign up for a contract so that you receive an itemised monthly bill. The latter may well be a better option for younger children.
And then make sure you know the answers to the following questions:
Does the phone have Internet access?
All UK mobile phone companies have to provide an Internet filter on their phones to help block potentially harmful stuff like pornography. But – and this is the important bit for parents – most operators don’t activate the filter unless you ask them to.
Is Bluetooth enabled?
Bluetooth enables your child’s mobile phone to find and talk to other Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones in the vicinity. If it’s activated, it means your child could receive unexpected and unwanted messages, and any personal information stored on your child’s phone – for example, their contact list – could be vulnerable. Switching off the Bluetooth option makes the phone ‘invisible’ to other Bluetooth users.
Is the phone registered for a child or adult user?
If the phone is registered to a child user, it will automatically not be able to access content rated 18+. But if your child has a phone that has been passed down to them from you or another adult, no such block will be in place. Brave the piped music and endless wait and talk to your mobile phone operator to find out if the Internet filter is activated.
Check whether parental controls are set as default on your child’s mobile – if not, ask for them to be switched on.
Can the phone access chat rooms, or games where users chat to one another?
Are these moderated? Chat rooms provided by your child’s mobile operator or its partners which do not have 18+ age-restrictions must be moderated. Find out about the operator’s moderation policies and systems. Be aware that chat rooms accessed on the internet via your child’s mobile (ie which are not provided by the mobile operator or its partners) may not be moderated.

IELTS test day advice

6Prepare for your test day; success starts with IELTS

You will find the IELTS test centre staff friendly, welcoming and highly professional. They will make sure that the test is delivered fairly and securely. Follow their instructions carefully.

The week before your test

Check the start time and location of your IELTS test the week before, and make sure you know how to get there on time.

Remember, the address of your IELTS test location may be different to that of the test centre where you booked your test.

Take the time to read full details of the ‘IELTS test terms and conditions’ for important information about your IELTS test day.

Your IELTS test day

You need to arrive in good time for your IELTS test. If you arrive late, you may not be allowed to take the test.

Switch off your mobile phone and any other electronic devices. You will be asked to place these with other personal belongings outside the test room.

The Listening, Reading and Writing tests take 2 hours 40 minutes and there are no breaks between each part of the test.

Make sure you are prepared and have something to eat and drink beforehand. You will not be allowed to take food into the test room; you will only be allowed to take a drink in a transparent bottle.

Your identity and photographs

The IELTS test location staff will check your identity when you arrive.

Make sure you have the right ID with you. If you arrive with the wrong ID, you will not be allowed to take the test.

You may also need two recent identical passport-sized photographs.

Test Day Photography

Some test locations will now also take a photograph of you on the test day – this photograph taken by the test centre will appear on your Test Report Form to provide increased identity security. Your test centre will let you know if it is going to do this. For more information see IELTS candidate identity verification.

Check the details that you were given when you booked the test to make sure you take the right ID and photographs with you.

During the IELTS test

You will only be allowed to have a pen or pencil, an eraser and your ID on your desk.

If you need to go to the bathroom during the test, put your hand up to attract the attention of the invigilator. Do not disturb other candidates.

If you have any questions during the test, raise your hand to ask for help.

When you take the Listening test, check that you can hear the test properly. Raise your hand straightaway and let the invigilator know if you cannot hear the recording.

Please remember that you will have 10 minutes after the Listening section to fill in your answer sheet. You will not have 10 minutes after the Reading section, so please make sure that you write your answers on your Reading answer sheet as you complete each section.

At the end of the test

Stay in your seat until the invigilator gives you permission to leave the room.

If you think that there have been any issues that may have affected your performance, tell the invigilator straightaway.

If you want to make a complaint about your test day, you need to do this within one week of the test date.

Your invigilator will have a Test Day Incident Form. Please fill this in if you want to raise an issue or make a complaint.

Special arrangements

If you have asked for special arrangements as a result of a disability or other condition, adjustments will be made for you on the test day.

How to put your iPhone in DFU mode

When faced with a broken or unresponsive iPhone you may be required to put the iOS device into DFU Mode. Don’t worry – it’s not difficult. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to put an iPhone into DFU mode, and explain brielfy why you’d want to.

DFU, short for Device Firmware Update, is a special mode that enables a computer to update its firmware. In DFU mode an iPhone can still communicate with iTunes but without iTunes automatically installing the latest version of iOS; it’s therefore useful for those running – or installing – older versions of iOS, and for jailbreaking. DFU mode can also be useful when attempting to rescue a non-responsive device that doesn’t respond to other less drastic solutions.

(DFU is slightly different to the better-known Recovery Mode, whereby an iPhone is reset to factory settings but with the latest version of iOS.)

You might be wondering what firmware is. As the name suggests, it exists at a level between the hardware (that’s your iPhone) and the software – the iOS operating system. Firmware is software that sits inside the hardware and is used to provide various functions at the hardware level.

One function of firmware is to start up the iOS software when you power up an iPhone, which is why updating or restoring the firmware is one way to fix a completely unresponsive phone. It’s also used to check the hardware, and to ensure that the right software is working, which is why you’ll also need to use DFU mode if you’re looking to jailbreak your iPhone (and run software not sanctioned by Apple).

How to reset an iPhone or iPad

10How do I reset my iPhone? Can I force-reboot my frozen iPhone? How can I restore an old back-up on my iPhone or iPad? Is it possible to retrieve data from a wiped iPhone or iPad?

In this tutorial we will show you how to reset an iPhone or iPad – perfect if you need to wipe an iPhone or wipe an iPad because you are selling it. Alternatively, if your iPhone or iPad has frozen we can show you how to reset it and restore it from a back up. Here’s how to reset, restore and reboot your iPhone or iPad next time it hangs. Read on to find out how to erase your iPhone or iPad, and restore everything again afterwards.

Read next: How to jailbreak an iPhone | How to unlock an iPhone | How to back up an iPhone | How to block phone numbers on an iPhone | How to update to the latest version of iOS on an iPhone | How to take a screenshot on an iPhone

How to fix a frozen iPhone or iPad
If you’ve ever watched the IT Crowd, you’ll be well versed in the mantra “Have you tried turning it off and on again?”, which is the stock response used by Denholm Industries’ IT department to solve all computer-related ills.

In real life… well, strangely enough it’s often the way to fix problems that occur on your iPhone, iPad or even Mac. Modern electronic devices are very complicated, and can get themselves into a bit of a confused state from time to time. Resetting can clear out random problems that cause the device to get stuck in a loop, appear sluggish or otherwise impair their performance. It’s not a guarantee, but you’d be surprised how often it works.

For bigger issues though, you might find that a trip to the Apple Store is in order, and this often results in a fixed device but with all the data wiped clean. To solve this it’s vitally important that you backup your iPhone either with iCloud or iTunes. With that safety net in place you can restore your iPhone when it starts to have problems. Read on to find out how to restart your iPhone if it’s completely unresponsive, backup your iPhone before resetting it and more.

iPhone Tips and Tricks

9A collection of tips showing some useful features of iPhone with iOS 9.
MusicListen to Apple Music offline
Replay tip video: Listen to Apple Music offline
If you’re an Apple Music member, you can download songs, albums, or playlists to listen to anytime. In the Music app, find something you want, tap Action menu, then tap Add button. Tap download icon next to the item to download it.
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MailQuickly save email drafts
Replay tip video: Quickly save email drafts
While composing a message, drag the title at the top of the screen to the bottom. Drafts stay there until you tap to retrieve them.
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SafariFind text on a webpage
Replay tip video: Find text on a webpage
You can search for text on a webpage you’re viewing. Tap the Action buttonthe Action button, then tap Find on Page and enter some text. Use the arrows to find the next match.
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PhotosShare a photo album using iCloud
In Photos, tap Shared, then tap Start Sharing or New Shared Album. Tap People to invite your friends and allow them to add photos, too.
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MessagesManage a group chat
Replay tip video: Manage a group chat
To add someone to an iMessage group chat, tap Details, then tap Add Contact. If you want to mute notifications during a lively exchange, turn on Do Not Disturb.
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MailAnnotate a mail attachment
Use Markup to annotate images or PDFs in Mail. Touch and hold the attachment, then choose Markup and Reply. Use the tools to draw or add text, then tap Done.
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iOS 9Check battery use and storage
Replay tip video: Check battery use and storage
To see battery usage, go to Settings > Battery. Tap the Show Detailed Usage Data buttonthe Show Detailed Usage Data button to see more detail.
To view storage used, go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage.
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MailManage your inbox faster
Manage multiple messages at once. Tap Edit, select some messages, then tap Mark, Move, or Trash.
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SafariRemove webpage clutter
Replay tip video: Remove webpage clutter
Reader in Safari makes articles easier to read. When you see the Reader buttonthe Reader button in the search field, tap it to see just the text and photos — without ads.
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MessagesForward a message
Touch and hold a message bubble, then tap More. Select the bubbles you want to forward then tap the Forward button.the Forward button..

Seven tips and tricks for using your mobile phone overseas

5WE’VE all heard stories about people travelling overseas and coming back to find they have unknowingly run up thousands of dollars in bills on their mobile.
To avoid going bankrupt due to crippling global roaming charges and expensive international phone calls, Skyscanner have put together a guide for communicating on the cheap.
1. Buy a prepaid SIM in Australia
If you want to make cheap phone calls and texts, receive free calls, and are visiting more than one country like, say, France then Italy, then this is for you.
Before you travel overseas, order a prepaid SIM card from a company such as Go-Sim or TravelSIM. A Go-Sim SIM card costs $22 including $10 credit, while a TravelSIM SIM card costs $49.95 and comes with $20 credit. You top up via a phone app.
Go-Sim also offers data-only SIM cards that give you 200MB of data for $52 or 1GB for $105. You pay more to connect other devices to your phone by adding a Wi-Fi hot spot option. Your phone needs to be unlocked to use any of these services (check with your provider before you leave).
2. Buy a local SIM at your destination
This works well if you’re visiting just one country, such as the United Kingdom. You can buy SIM cards at airports or at some supermarkets. If you travel to another country though, you won’t be able to use that SIM card without turning on global roaming.
Oh, and if you buy a local SIM, you’ll have to text or call your friends to tell them the number, whereas if you buy a prepaid SIM card in Australia, you can give them your contact details before you travel. Again, your phone needs to be unlocked.

Download essential apps before you go overseas.
3. Buy a local SIM before leaving home
Huh? A local SIM before you even close your front door? Well, yes. Check out the Aussie owned and operated travelgear.com.au. You can order local SIM cards from a range of countries, from the Bahamas and Great Britain to Canada and China.
They’ll be with you in a few days and you can hand your number out before you go. Receiving calls from home are usually free.
4. Use Wi-Fi
Turn off global roaming on your phone and head to a Wi-Fi hotspot, such as a hotel lobby, or local cafes. You can communicate via Facebook of course, or use apps such as Skype, iMessage or WhatsApp.
With Skype you can buy prepaid credit costing either $16 or $40 and calls cost from US$0.025 per minute. iMessage is an Apple program that allows you to text each other wherever you are for free, as long as you each have an Apple device. WhatsApp lets you call and text too, but it’s cross-platform, meaning you can use it on either Android or Apple devices.
Alternatively, check if the country you’re visiting allows MiFi or Portable Wi-Fi Routers, where everyone in your travel group gets to enjoy Wi-Fi on the go. Some countries like Japan even let you have them delivered to your hotel upon arrival.
5. Download essential apps before you use roaming
If your phone is locked and you need to use global roaming then prepare beforehand. Turn off automatic updates and don’t use non-essential apps.
Download things like maps before you go, to cut down on global roaming cellular usage. And turn it off when you find a good Wi-Fi spot.
Make the most of wi-fi at cafes.
6. Buy prepaid roaming
Telstra and Optus both offer prepaid plans that allow you to check emails and surf the web when you are overseas.
Optus charges $45 for up to 90MB of roaming data or $85 for up to 170MB of roaming data. These both expire after 30 days and not all countries are covered.
Telstra offers two International Travel Passes, one covering New Zealand, Indonesia and Thailand, and the other a bundle of other countries from Cambodia to the USA. You pay a daily fee of either $5 or $10 based on set periods and you get unlimited voice calls and SMS to and from standard numbers. You also get a data allowance.
7. Go without a SIM card
There’s a lot to be said for arriving in New York (or the Maldives or Bali) and knowing no one can contact you. Add to that the fact that you won’t be getting annoying SMSs from telcos when you’re fast asleep. So, take out your SIM card, and use your phone the smart way — as an alarm clock or a Wi-Fi browser.

Top Ten Cell Phone Manners

4Cell phones are great—they keep us in touch with friends and family and can be life savers in an emergency. But they can also be annoying if not used thoughtfully. Remember, your phone doesn’t have to be on all the time and you don’t always have to answer it immediately. Learn to use your phone’s features like silent ring, vibrate and voice mail to handle the times when your phone would be bothering others if it rang and you answered it.

Be in control of your phone, don’t let it control you!
Speak softly.
Be courteous to those you are with; turn off your phone if it will be interrupting a conversation or activity.
Watch your language, especially when others can overhear you.
Avoid talking about personal or confidential topics in a public place.
If it must be on and it could bother others, use the silent ring mode and move away to talk.
Don’t make calls in a library, theater, church, or from your table in a restaurant.
Don’t text during class or a meeting at your job.
Private info can be forwarded, so don’t text it.
NEVER drive and use your phone at the same time.

The Operating System

8The iPhone software residing inside the Apple phone is called iOS.

It is the operating system that gives the i Phone its user friendly interface, and it is what makes this phone so unique among the hundreds of other Google Android phones.

The beauty of the Apple phone is that it is made by one single company. Apple makes the design, and makes both the hardware and the software of the phone. Therefore, everything is perfectly compatible with each other.

Any new hardware update is always followed by a software update that takes full advantage of the hardware. This makes it easy for developers to make the best and highest quality applications that use the phones hardware and software to its full potential.

With Apple making both the hardware and software, it becomes harder and harder for the competition to catch up and meet the same level of compatibility, stability, battery life, performance and integration between software and hardware that the iPhone enjoys

The Applications:

iPhone applications, tips and techniques with iPhone tips and adviceThere were over 100,000 applications in the App Store just after 16 months of its grand opening in April, 2008. The number went up to over 200,000 apps after 2 years, and the number grew to 500,000 applications in 2011 and to 750,000 apps in 2012.

The App store for the iPhone and iPad reached 30 billion downloads in May 2013. This makes the App Store the largest online software store in the globe.

No matter how old you are, you will find a category that meets your needs and interest. You will find Games, GPS Navigation, Video Sharing, web browsing, medicine, physics, geography, history, languages, learning, books, magazines, and many more applications.

The iPhone applications are also improving and updated frequently to take full advantage of any new iPhone hardware or software feature such as Airplay mirror, iCloud, and Siri.

The Jailbreak:

iPhone Tips and AdviceJailbreaking an iPhone is a simple process to apply to your phone if there is a jailbreak available at that time.

It simply allows you to gain root access to the iOS file system. It opens another world of possibilities and great features that Apple either didn’t or refused to implement for one reason or another.

As the iOS and hardware improve, jailbreaking your iPhone will give you even more features and capabilities than what is already available.

iPhone hacks is a category that is dedicated to jailbreaking. In those pages, you will learn about the additional features and enhancement that you can achieve by jailbreaking your iPhone, and installing some of the coolest features available in the Cydia store.