How To: Get Quick Access to Music Controls and the “Camera” App From the Lock Screen
Have you ever been listening to music on your iPhone while jogging and a song that you didn’t like came on? You want to skip to the next track, but you don’t want to have to fiddle with your iPhone—having to unlock it, then having to navigate to the “Music” app, and then having to tap the “next track” button. If only there was a way to quickly skip to the next track!
Alternatively, have you ever seen something amazing happen and you wanted to take a quick snapshot of it, but the moment was gone by the time you got your iPhone out, unlocked it, opened the “Camera” app, and snapped the picture. If you could have just taken the picture a second earlier, you would have been able to capture an amazing picture. If only you could quickly access your iPhone’s “Camera” app without having to go through all of those steps.
You’re in luck! Both of these situations have a quick and easy remedy.
This brief tutorial will teach you how to quickly access (1) music controls and (2) your iPhone’s “Camera” app, all without having to unlock your iPhone and navigate to the respective app.
How To: Use Spotlight Search
Spotlight Search is basically a “Google” for your iPhone. When you type in a search, Spotlight Search will scour your entire phone for whatever it is that you searched for. You can search for things like contacts, apps, music (including songs, albums, and artists), notes, events, podcasts, and more. This can be a real timesaver if you have a lot of music and want to quickly play a song or if you have downloaded a lot of apps and can’t seem to remember where the app is on your homescreen. All you have to do is start typing the name of the song or the app and Spotlight Search will bring it right to you!
This tutorial will teach you: (1) how to use Spotlight Search, and (2) how to customize your search results by excluding specific categories of items from the search results (like excluding music or contacts from your search results).
How To: Create and Manage Photo Albums All on Your iPhone
I don’t know about you but I take a LOT of pictures with my iPhone. They say the best camera is the one you have with you, and that is definitely the case for me. One thing I loved about the iPhone is the ability to take high quality photos coupled with the ease of editing right on the device with the plethora of photography apps found on the App Store.
Before, all your photos were basically tossed together into one huge photo album on your device unless you went through the pains of organizing them on your computer first. But if you’re like me, you never did. But this has changed!
Now you can create and manage photo albums all on your iPhone. I’ll show you how!
How To: Enable and Disable Auto-Correction
Have you ever tried to type an email or text message to someone, and even though you know you spelled a word correctly, your iPhone automatically “corrects” the word to something that you had no intention of writing? That’s your iPhone’s auto-correction feature hard at work.
In this tutorial you will learn: (1) how to selectively enable and disable your iPhone’s auto-correction feature, and (2) the effect disabling auto-correction has on misspelled words.
How To: Add Website Bookmarks To Your Homescreen
Have you ever wanted a quick way to access a favorite website from your iPhone’s homescreen? Now you can!
This tutorial will explain how to add a website bookmark to your iPhone’s homescreen. At the end of this tutorial you will be able to create an icon on your homescreen that, when tapped, will take you directly to a website of your choice.
How To: Take Snapshots of Your iPhone Screen
One big light bulb moment most iPhone users have is when they discover how to take screenshots of their iPhone’s screen. This can be very handy in some situations, like where you need to show somebody not physically next to you what is on your screen. I’ll first teach you how to do it and then some tips on when to use it.
Interested? I thought so!
How To: Use Folders On Your iPhone
As you download apps and create homescreen bookmark icons, your homescreen may become rather cluttered. However, your iPhone comes with an amazingly simple organization feature to deal with the clutter, folders!
In this tutorial you will learn how to create folders; manage folders (including how to rename folders, add apps to folders, and remove apps from folders); and delete folders.
How To: Add Emoji To Your iPhone’s Keyboard
Have you ever received an email or instant message that had one of those smiley faces in it? You know, the ones made using a colon, a dash, and an end parenthesis?
That’s an emoticon. “Emoticons”, short for “emotional icons” are textual or pictorial representations of facial expressions that are created by using punctuation, letters, and/or numbers. Traditionally the symbols were pretty simple and retained their text formatting on both the sending and receiving side of the message.
How To: Setup Keyboard Word Shortcuts
One of the most underrated features of iOS 5 is the ability to assign customizable keyboard word shortcuts to any string of letters. For example, this enables you to type “def” and once you hit the space bar it will automatically change to “definitely”. I’m not sure about you but I misspell that word more often than not, so this feature has really been helpful to me.
I’ll help you set these up for yourself!
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