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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

10 Things To Do With Your New iPhone


With every newbie to the iPhone world there is always an awkward moment when you either don't know how to use the iPhone you just got or what to do with it. You need not worry too much, it happens to everyone. Well in today's post I'm assuming that you just got a new iPhone any you probably don't know where to start from. Here are ten things you can start doing with the iPhone you just got.

1. Install iTunes
When it comes to the iPhone, iTunes is much more than just the program that stores and plays your music. It's also the tool that lets you add and remove music, video, photos, apps, and more from your iPhone. It's also where a number of settings related to what goes on your iPhone live. Needless to say, it's pretty crucial to using your iPhone.
Macs come with iTunes pre-installed; if you have Windows, you'll need to download it (luckily it's a free download from Apple).
2. Create Apple ID
If you want to use the iTunes Store or the App Store—and you must, right? Why would you get an iPhone if you didn't want to take advantage of its hundreds of thousands of amazing apps?—you need an Apple ID (aka an iTunes account). This free account not only lets you buy music, movies, apps, and more at iTunes, it's also the account you use for other useful features like iMessage, iCloud, Find My iPhone, FaceTime, and many other awesome technologies on the iPhone. Having an Apple ID isn't technically a requirement, but I think it's essential.
3. Activate New iPhone
Needless to say, the first thing you need to do with your new iPhone is to activate it. You can do everything you need right on the iPhone and start using it in just a few minutes. The basic setup process activates the iPhone and lets you choose fundamental settings for using features like FaceTime, Find My iPhone, iMessage, and more.
4. Set Up & Sync Your iPhone
Once you've got iTunes and your Apple ID in place, it's time to plug your iPhone into your computer and start loading it with content! Whether that's music from your music library, ebooks, photos, movies, or more,
5. Configure iCloud
iCloud logo. image copyright Apple Inc.
Using your iPhone gets much easier when you have iCloud—especially if you've got more than one computer or mobile device that has your music, apps, or other data on it. ICloud collects a lot of features together into a single tool, including the ability to back up your data to Apple's servers and re-install it over the Internet with one click or automatically sync data across devices. ICloud also allows you to redownload anything you've bought at the iTunes Store, so even if you lose or delete them, your purchases are never truly gone. And it's free!
6. Set Up Find My iPhone
This is crucial. Find My iPhone is a feature of iCloud that lets you use the iPhone's built-in GPS to pinpoint its location on a map. You're going to be glad you have this if your iPhone ever goes lost or gets stolen. In that case, you'll be able to locate it down to the part of the street it's on, which can be important information to give to the police if you're trying to recover a stolen phone. But in order to use Find My iPhone when your phone goes missing, you first have to set it up. Do that now and you won't be sorry later.
It's worth knowing, though, that setting up Find My iPhone isn't the same thing as having the Find My iPhone app. You don't necessarily need the app.
7. Set Up and Use Touch ID, the iPhone Fingerprint Scanner
Another very important step if you want to keep your iPhone secure. Touch ID is the fingerprint scanner built into the Home button on the iPhone 5S, 6, and 6 Plus (no other Apple devices offer it yet). While Touch ID was originally only used for unlocking the phone, and making iTunes or App Store purchases, in iOS 8 any app can use it. That means that any app that uses a password or needs to keep data secure can start using it. Not only that, but it's also an important security feature for Apple Pay, Apple's wireless payments system. Touch ID is simple to set up and easy to use—and makes your phone more secure—so you should use it.
8. Set Up Medical ID
With the addition of the Health app in iOS 8, iPhones and other iOS devices are starting to take important roles in our health. One of the easiest, and potentially most helpful, ways you can take advantage of this is by setting up a Medical ID. This tool lets you add information that you'd want first responders to have in case of a medical emergency. This could include medications you take, serious allergies, emergency contacts—anything someone would need to know when giving you medical attention if you weren't able to talk. A Medical ID can be a big help, but you have to set it up before you need it or it won't be able to help you.
9. Learn the Built-In Apps
While the apps you get at the App Store are the ones that get the most hype, the iPhone comes with a pretty great selection of built-in apps, too. Before you dive too far into the App Store, learn how to use the built-in apps for web browsing, email, photos, music, calling, and more.
10. Get New Apps
Once you've spent a little time with the built-in apps, your next stop is the App Store, where you can get all kinds of new programs. Whether you're looking for games or an app to watch Netflix on your iPhone, ideas on what to make for dinner or apps to help you improve your workouts, you'll find them at the App Store—and usually just for a dollar or two, if not for free.
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