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Getting Started with iPhones with a Home Button

While these models might not be the newest generation, they are certainly packed with amazing capabilities. The primary distinguishing physical feature of these models compared to later models is the presence of the Touch ID/Home button. Because of this button, the screens on these models are smaller relative to their case size than the later models that don’t have a Touch ID/Home button.

This group also has a large range in physical size with the SE being the smallest and the 7 Plus and 8 Plus being the largest of this group.

Getting to Know iPhones with a Home Button

iPhones with a Home button have the following physical features:

  • Cameras—Every iPhone has a camera on the frontside that you usually use to take selfies (you can use it for any kind of photo or video you want to take).

    Every iPhone has at least one camera on the backside too; different models have different configurations of backside cameras that provide a variety of photographic capabilities.

    The SE, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, and 8 have a single backside camera that provides wide shot capability.

    The 7 Plus and 8 Plus have two backside cameras that provide wide and telephoto zoom functions.

    You usually use the backside cameras to take photos and video of, well, anything you want.

    These models have cameras of different quality, with the later models having higher quality cameras than earlier models. For example, the 8 Plus has higher quality cameras than does the 6s Plus.

  • Side button—Press this button (on the SE, this is called the Sleep/Wake button and is located on the top of the phone instead of on the side) to lock the iPhone’s screen and put it to sleep. Press it again to wake the iPhone from Sleep mode. You also use this button to shut down the iPhone and to power it up.

  • Mute switch—This switch determines whether the iPhone makes sounds, such as ringing when a call comes in or making the alert noise for notifications, such as for an event on a calendar. Slide it toward the front of the iPhone to hear sounds. Slide it toward the back of the iPhone to mute all sound. When muted, you see orange in the switch.

  • Volume—Press the upper button to increase volume; press the lower button to decrease volume. These buttons are contextual; for example, when you’re listening to music, they control the music’s volume, but when you aren’t, they control the ringer volume. When you’re using the Camera app, pressing either button takes a photo.

  • Lightning port—Use this port, located on the bottom side of the iPhone, to plug in the EarPods or connect it to a computer or power adapter using the included USB cable. Some accessories also connect to this port. The Lightning port accepts Lightning plugs that are flat, thin, rectangular plugs. It doesn’t matter which side is up when you plug something into this port.

  • Headphone jack (some models)—Some earlier models have a standard 3.5 mm jack that can be used for headphones (such as the older EarPods) and powered speakers. Most models don’t have this and instead use the Lightning port to connect to other devices, including EarPods.

  • Touch ID/Home button—This button provides multiple functions.

    The Touch ID sensor recognizes your fingerprint, so you can simply touch it to unlock your iPhone, sign in to the iTunes Store, use Apple Pay, and enter your password in Touch ID-enabled apps.

    You also use it for several other actions, such as waking and unlocking your phone, moving to the Home screens, opening the App Switcher, and opening the magnifier.

  • Speakers and microphone—At the top center of the front of the phone is the speaker you use to listen when you have the phone held against your head. There are two more speakers located along the bottom edge of the phone. When you play audio without another device (such as wireless headphones) connected to your iPhone, you hear the audio from these speakers. If you’re having a hard time hearing (because of background noise for example), holding this edge to your ear can help.

    There is also a microphone located along the bottom edge that captures sound, such as during a phone conversation, when you aren’t using another device (for example, EarPods).

Accessing the Home Screens

In Chapter 1, you learned the importance of Home screens because most of the tasks for which you use your iPhone start there. You move to the Home screens by pressing the Touch ID/Home button. When you press this button, you move back to the Home screen you were using most recently.

Configuring a Passcode and Touch ID

A passcode is a series of characters that must be entered on your phone to perform specific actions, the most important of which is unlocking your iPhone so you can use it. At other times, you need to enter a passcode to change settings.

Although you can use an iPhone without a passcode, I strongly recommend that you always use a passcode to protect your iPhone’s data.

While typing a passcode is fairly quick and easy, when you use Touch ID, you don’t need to do that very often. (A passcode is always required when you restart your iPhone.) Instead, you can simply touch the Touch ID/Home button and the passcode is entered for you automatically.

Touch ID can also be used to enter user account information, such as usernames and passwords. So, instead of having to type your passwords, you can touch the Touch ID/Home button to sign into accounts, download apps, or in just about any other situation in which you need to verify your identity.

When you first started your iPhone, you were prompted to configure a passcode and Touch ID. Even if you have already configured a passcode and Touch ID on your phone, you should know how to change your settings in the event you want to make updates and to ensure you are making the most of Touch ID’s capabilities.

Using Touch ID

You can use Touch ID to quickly, easily, and securely provide a password or passcode in many different situations, such as unlocking your iPhone, downloading apps from the App Store, or signing into an account in a banking or other app.

For example, to download an app using Touch ID, move to the app’s screen in the App Store app and tap Get (or the price if there is a license fee). At the prompt, touch the Touch ID/Home button. When your fingerprint is recognized, the app is downloaded and installed.

Using Touch ID in other situations is similar. When you see the Touch ID prompt, simply touch the Touch ID/Home button.

Sleeping/Locking and Waking/Unlocking Your iPhone

As you learned in Chapter 1, you can manually lock your iPhone, which also puts it to sleep. It’s a good idea to do this when you aren’t using your phone to both save battery power and secure your information. (You can configure this to happen automatically as explained in Chapter 7.)

To put your iPhone to sleep and lock it, press the Side button (the Sleep/Wake button on iPhone SE models). The screen goes dark and the phone locks.

To wake up and unlock the phone, press and hold on the Touch ID/Home button for a second or so. The phone wakes up and unlocks and you move to the screen you were most recently using. For example, if you were using Podcasts when the phone locked, you return to the Podcasts app when the phone unlocks.

If you don’t use your iPhone for a while, it automatically goes to sleep and locks according to the preference you have set for it (this is covered in Chapter 7).

Turning Your iPhone Off or On

You seldom need to turn your iPhone off, but you might want to shut if off if you aren’t going to be using it for a while or for troubleshooting purposes.

To turn your iPhone off, press and hold the Side button (Sleep/Wake button on an SE) and either Volume button. Sliders appear on the screen; swipe the top slider to the right. The phone turns off.

To restart your iPhone, press and hold the Side button (Sleep/Wake button on an SE) until the Apple logo appears on the screen, and then let go of the button.

After it starts up, you see the Lock screen. To use the phone, press the Touch ID/Home button. Assuming you have a passcode, you see the Enter Passcode screen. Enter your passcode to start using your phone; once your passcode is entered correctly, you move to the Home screen. (Even if you have Touch ID enabled to unlock your phone, you must enter your passcode the first time you unlock it after a restart.)

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