Guides

Apple prides itself on creating user-friendly interfaces for its iPhones, but that doesn’t mean you're expected to completely understand how to use your device overnight. The fact is, some of our iPhone’s core features aren’t as intuitive as we want them to be, which is why we've created this guide to help you use your iPhone with confidence. This guide isn’t strictly for new iPhone owners—it’s for anyone who wants to better understand their iPhone’s core functions.

Apple’s official release of iOS 12 is now available! Thanks to Apple’s new mobile operating system, your iPhone and iPad are about to become a lot more powerful (and stable!). This is great news, but it also means you have a lot to learn in order to take advantage of all the new features. That’s where this guide comes in. Whether you’re looking to monitor your family’s screen time, create an animated avatar with Memoji, or test out the new augmented reality Measure app, this guide is your go-to source for all that and more.

Welcome to Getting Started with the Apple Watch. If you just bought an Apple Watch and could use some help figuring out how to use it, you are in the right place. This guide offers a quick and simple way to set up your Apple Watch and begin using it straight out of the box. Inside, you’ll learn how to set up your Apple Watch, tailor your settings, navigate apps, and check notifications. You'll also learn how to use your digital assistant Siri on your watch, customize your watch face, and make calls and send texts from your wrist.

iPhone Life has partnered with the experts at iPhone Photography School to bring you this course. By watching these videos, you’ll learn how to use Google's free Snapseed app to adjust the color, exposure, white balance, textures, and focus in your images. Course leader Emil Pakarklis will also teach you the best ways to crop your photos in order to achieve the perfect composition.

The iPhone X is an amazing device. If you’re lucky enough to get one for yourself, you want to make sure you’re not missing out on any of the features and perks it has to offer! With this guide, iPhone Life's editor in chief Donna Cleveland will walk you through everything you need to know to hit the ground running with your new iPhone X.

It’s the start of the new year, and for many of us, that means it's time to incorporate healthier routines into our daily lives—and believe it or not, your iPhone can help a lot in that department! Here, we’ll feature a variety of apps and tips to help you reach your goals, from apps that help you get a good night’s rest to built-in iPhone features that help you track your activity.

Apple's core productivity apps—including Notes, Calendar, and Reminders—are powerful tools that can help you manage your busy life, if you know how to use them. With this guide, you'll learn how to use these three apps in tandem in order to organize your schedule, ideas, and to-do lists, all from your iPhone or iPad. Let’s get started!

 

You heard right, Apple’s new operating system is out! Thanks to iOS 11, your iPhone and iPad just got a lot more powerful. While this is great news, it also means that you have to learn how to use your iDevices all over again! Don’t worry, we’re here to help you with that. Whether you’re looking to kick start your productivity with the new Drag and Drop feature for the iPad or train yourself to be a safer driver with Do Not Disturb While Driving, this guide is your go-to source for all that and more.

If you're passionate about something and want to share it with the world, video is a great way to spread your message. In this class, award-winning videographer Cielo de la Paz will teach you how to use your iPhone to shoot and edit your own videos. By the end of the class, you'll have the knowledge to set up, film, and edit a video, all in a day! Whether you're making a promotional video for your business or compiling highlights from a family vacation, you'll learn how to create a finished product that is memorable, tells a story, and captivates your audience. 

Your iPhone possesses a lot of useful features—many of which you’d never discover without knowing where to tap, swipe, or use 3D Touch. Here, we’ll cover your iPhone’s most popular hidden features, from easy text selection to message effects that add a whole new dimension to your text messages.

Within Apple’s core apps—Messages, Phone, and Mail—you might be surprised to find a host of rich capabilities that put you in full control over how you communicate with friends, family, and coworkers. While these apps have a simple layout, they offer more features than meet the eye if you know where to look. With this guide, we’ll walk you through them all so you can take your iPhone communication to the next level.

Your Apple ID is the key to using Facetime, sending iMessages, accessing your iCloud account, and making purchases in the App and iTunes Stores. In this roundup of tips we’ll focus specifically on managing your Apple ID, covering everything from resetting a forgotten password to figuring out how to stop receiving iMessages on your Mac.

 The Apple TV has revolutionized home entertainment, allowing you to stream movies, watch TV shows, play games, and access a slew of third-party apps, all through a small black box that sits beside your TV. The Apple TV places the control in your hands with a huge assortment of on-demand offerings. There are many streaming devices available on the market, but none have the operating system you've come to know and love from Apple.

It can be difficult to balance convenience and security when it comes to using your iPhone. We understand—you want it to be effortless to navigate your device, but you also want to protect your privacy and make it tough for otheres to access your data. The following collection of tips will help you maximize your iPhone security without sacrificing functionality. We'll cover everything from how to set up Touch ID so you can unlock your iPhone without entering a passcode to how to use Find My iPhone to find your lost or misplaced device.
 

The iPhone Life team has partnered with the experts at iPhone Photography School to bring you this course. By watching these videos, you’ll learn how to go from taking simple snapshots to masterfully capturing moments in unique and creative ways. To begin, course leader Emil Pakarklis will teach you tips and tricks for handling your iPhone camera with ease and skill. Once you've mastered the basics, Emil will show you how to achieve better composition, lighting, and focus.

Mail is likely one of the most-used apps on your iPhone and iPad. Thanks to the Mail app, you can (for better or worse) access your email at all times of the day, meaning you never miss that important message from your boss or greeting from your friend across the globe. But did you know the Mail app offers so much more than the ability to compose simple messages? Here’s a collection of our favorite email tips so you can start taking full advantage of Apple’s Mail app.

When Steve Jobs released the iPad in 2010, many people dismissed it as an unnecessary device. As it turned out, it was the device we didn’t know we needed, and it is now a staple in millions of homes. The iPad offers a unique experience for consuming media like movies or books, surfing the web, and even tackling work projects. In this guide we’ll cover the basics of how to use your iPad, give you app recommendations, teach you how to turn your tablet into a work powerhouse, and show you how to manage all your iDevices so they interact just how you like. 

With as much time as the average user spends on Facebook, you would think that we'd know everything there is to know about the popular social media site—but think again! There are a lot more hidden features to Facebook than you may realize, and this collection is here to help you take advantage of them. To introduce the collection, we've included a roundtable conversation in which members of the iPhone Life editorial team discuss privacy concerns on Facebook and share their favorite tips from the collection.

Apple's new operating system has arrived, and with it has come a lot of exciting new features for iPhones old and new. Whether you’re upgrading to the iPhone 7 or continuing to use your same device, you now have the opportunity to use your device in all kinds of new ways. In this Insider guide, you'll learn how to update to iOS 10 and start using all of its top new features. From interactive widgets and notifications to an app store just for the Messages app, there’s a lot of exciting updates to cover.

If you have an iPhone, then you’re likely familiar with Apple’s digital assistant Siri. But you may not be aware of how truly useful this feature can be. In this guide, you'll learn how to set up Siri correctly, as well as how to be productive, travel, and accomplish tasks faster with the help of your virtual pal. Get started to discover all the ways you can use Siri to make your life just a little bit easier.

 

We keep a digital record of our lives on our iPhones—all of our correspondence, our photos and videos, even our location—and it’s important that we keep that information safe. This guide is for all of you wondering what the biggest threats to your privacy are and what you can do to keep your personal data as safe as possible. Learn how to utilize all of the security features Apple has made available to us, as well as best practices for protecting your privacy in a digital age.

With the help of the iPhone Basics Guide, you'll hit the ground running with your iPhone. You’ll get step-by-step instructions for setting up your phone and using its main features. We'll help you navigate all your device’s core features, download apps, make sense of iCloud, and troubleshoot the most common iPhone issues.

 

Apple’s voice-activated digital assistant has evolved a lot since it debuted with iOS 5 and remains one of the iPhone’s most popular features today. Siri can handle almost anything, from providing quick answers to your most basic questions to helping you simplify your life through integration with your device’s most core functions. Of course, with so many ways to use Siri, knowing where to begin can be somewhat daunting. Here we’ll share with you some of our favorite tips so you can fall in love with Siri too.

3D Touch, which reveals extra features when you press harder on your iPhone's screen, is easily one of the most exciting additions to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. But like most new features, 3D Touch takes some getting used to. Here, we'll show you how to use 3D Touch to read emails and texts without opening them, quickly find the definition of specific words, and even access contact options directly from a profile picture. So whether you're considering upgrading or simply trying to understand the basics of your new device, you'll find these 10 tips are a great way to get you started.

Messaging is a core feature of your iPhone that lets you connect with friends and family instantaneously, without interrupting whatever activity you're doing. This guide is all about helping you get the most out of Apple’s Messages app. We’ll cover all of the basics, starting with teaching you the difference between sending an iMessage and a text message. We’ll show you how to include emojis in your texts, how to send videos and photos, and how to manage how you’re notified of incoming messages.

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