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Configuring an iPhone to Suit Your Preferences

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In this chapter from My iPhone for Seniors (Covers iOS 8 for iPhone 6/6 Plus, 5S/5C/5, and 4S), you learn how to customize your iPhone, including how to adjust brightness, security and privacy settings, keyboard, language and format options, and more.
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There are lots of ways that you can turn an iPhone into your iPhone so that it works, looks, and sounds the way you want it to. Some examples include changing how text appears on the screen, creating and using text shortcuts, choosing the sounds your iPhone uses, configuring the notifications your iPhone displays and plays to keep you informed about what’s happening, and more. One important customization that goes beyond just looks or sounds is to make your phone more secure by configuring and using a passcode (all models) and fingerprint (iPhone 5s and later) and restricting access to content and apps.

Getting Started

To do most of this personalization of your iPhone, you use the Settings app, which you’ve seen several times in the previous chapters. This app is the starting place for almost all of the customization of your iPhone’s settings, such as the email accounts you use and the sounds your iPhone makes, and of the iPhone’s default apps, such as Mail, Messages, and Photos along with any apps you download and install.

If you’ve read previous chapters, you’ve already used the Settings app a couple of times. Aptly named, the Settings app is where you configure the many settings that change how your iPhone looks, sounds, and works. Most of the tasks in this chapter involve the Settings app.

Using the Settings App on Any iPhone

You can work with the Settings app on any iPhone as follows:

  • c_1.jpg On the Home screen, tap Settings. The Settings app opens. The app is organized in sections starting at the top with controls you use to enable, disable, or configure key functions of your iPhone including Airplane mode, Wi-Fi, and so on. The next set of tools configures notifications, the Control Center, and the Do No Disturb function. The third group includes General, Display & Brightness, Wallpaper, Sounds, Touch ID & Passcode, and Privacy. Beneath those is a section with iCloud and iTunes & App Store settings. The remainder of the sections are the settings you use to configure how specific apps work, such as Notes, Reminders, and so on.

  • c_2.jpg Swipe up or down the screen to get to the settings area you want to use.

  • c_3.jpg Tap the area you want to configure, such as Sounds.

  • c_4.jpg Use the resulting controls to configure that area. The changes you make take effect immediately.
  • c_5.jpg When you’re done, you can leave the Settings app where it is or tap the Back button, which is always located in the upper-left corner of the screen, until you get back to the main Settings screen to go into other Settings areas.

Using the Settings App on an iPhone 6 Plus

When you hold an iPhone 6 Plus in the horizontal orientation and use the Settings app, you can take advantages of the iPhone 6 Plus’ split-screen feature as follows:

  • c_1.jpg Hold the iPhone 6 Plus so it is horizontal.
  • c_2.jpg Tap the Settings app to open it. In the left pane, you see the areas of the Settings app that you can configure. In the right pane, you see tools you can use to configure the selected function. The two panes are independent, making navigation easier than with other iPhones.

  • c_3.jpg Swipe up or down on the left pane until you see the function, feature, or app you want to configure.

  • c_4.jpg Tap the function, feature, or app you want to configure, such as Sounds. Its controls appear in the right pane.
  • c_5.jpg Swipe up or down on the right pane until you see the specific setting you want to change.
  • c_6.jpg Tap the setting you want to configure, such as Ringtone. It’s controls appear in the right pane.

  • c_7.jpg Use the tools in the right pane to configure the setting you selected in step 6. These work just as described in the previous task and throughout this chapter except that you move within the right pane instead of changing the entire screen.
  • c_8.jpg To move back through the screens in the right pane, use the Back button, which is labeled with the name from the screen you came from.
  • c_9.jpg Tap another area in the left pane to configure it. The split screen makes it very easy to quickly switch between Settings.
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