Configuring Other Types of Online Accounts
You can access many types of online accounts on your iPhone. These include accounts that are “built in,” which include iCloud, Exchange, Google, Yahoo!, AOL, and Outlook.com. Setting up a Yahoo!, AOL, or Outlook.com account is similar to iCloud, Exchange, and Google. Just select the account type you want to use and provide the information for which you are prompted.
There are lots of other accounts you might want to use. An Email account included with an Internet access account, such as one from a cable Internet provider, is one example. Support for these accounts isn’t built in to the iOS; however, you can usually set up such accounts on your iPhone fairly easily.
There are two basic ways to set up other types of accounts.
- Using iTunes Sync
If you already have an account set up on your computer, you can use iTunes syncing to configure the account on your iPhone. This is the easiest and best method because you don’t have to enter the account’s information manually. Just include the account in the sync settings and sync the iPhone. The account becomes available for you to use. See Chapter 5, “Working with iTunes on Your Computer,” for information on syncing your iPhone with iTunes.
If you don’t already have the account configured on a computer or you don’t want to use iTunes to sync it onto your iPhone, you can manually configure it with just a bit more work.
When you obtain an account, such as email accounts that are part of your Internet service, you should receive all the information you need to configure those accounts in an application on a computer, which is the same information you need to configure those accounts on your iPhone. If you don’t have this information, visit the provider’s website and look for information on configuring the account in an email application. You need to have this information to configure the account on the iPhone.
Setting Up an Account Manually
With the configuration information for the account in hand, you’re ready to set it up:
Move to the Mail, Contacts, Calendars screen and tap Add Account.
Tap the type of account you want to add. For example, to set up an email account, tap Add Mail Account.
- Enter the information by filling in the fields you see. You will see different types of information for various kinds of accounts; you just need to enter the information you received from the account’s provider.
Tap Next. If the iPhone can set up the account automatically, its information is verified and it is ready for you to use (if the account supports multiple types of information, you can enable or disable the types with which you want to work on your iPhone). If the iPhone can’t set up the account automatically, you’re prompted to enter additional information to complete the account configuration. When you’re done, the account appears on the list of email accounts and is ready for you to use.
Configuring a Twitter Account
Twitter has become a popular way to communicate with others. Fortunately, your iPhone has Twitter integrated into its software, so you can tweet as a separate activity and can also tweet from within other applications, such as to share a webpage you are browsing with Safari. You can even tweet a great photo you just took with your iPhone.
To start tweeting, you need to install the Twitter application (if necessary—it might be installed by default). Then you must create an account if you don’t have one or configure your existing Twitter account. After your Twitter account is configured, you can access it through the Twitter app or from many other apps.
To set up your Twitter account on your iPhone, perform the following steps:
Move to the Home screen and tap Settings.
Swipe up the screen and tap Twitter. If you see INSTALLED at the top of the screen, the Twitter app is installed on your iPhone and you can get right into your account. If not, tap INSTALL to install the app (downloading and installing apps is covered in Chapter 6, “Downloading Apps, Music, Movies, TV Shows, and More onto Your iPhone”); when the app is done installing, continue with these steps.
- Type your Twitter username (everything after the @).
- Type your Twitter password.
Tap Sign In. Your account information is verified and you sign into your account.
Tap Update Contacts. Twitter tries to match email addresses for your contacts with Twitter accounts. When it finds matches, it adds Twitter usernames to those contacts. When that process is complete, you are ready to access your Twitter account in the Twitter app and in many others on your iPhone.
Configuring a Facebook Account
Like Twitter, Facebook is one of the most popular social media channels you can use to keep informed about other people and inform them about you. Also like Twitter, Facebook is integrated into the iOS so you can share photos, messages, and such via your Facebook page, along with using the Facebook app.
To configure Facebook, perform the following steps:
Move to the Home screen and tap Settings.
If needed, swipe up the screen and tap Facebook. If you see INSTALLED at the top of the screen, the Facebook app is installed on your iPhone and you can get right into your account. If not, tap INSTALL to install the app (download and installing apps is covered in Chapter 6); when the app is done installing, continue with these steps.
- Type your Facebook username.
- Type your Facebook password.
Tap Sign In. Your account information is verified and you are signed into your account.
Tap Sign In.
- To prevent apps from accessing your Facebook information, slide their switches to the off position (white).
Tap Update All Contacts. Facebook attempts to match as much of your contact information with your friends as it can. When the process is complete, you are ready to access your Facebook account within the Facebook app or in any number of other apps.