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How to Turn Off Wi-Fi Assist in iPhone 6/6S

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In recent months, you may have noticed that your wireless bill has been going up as you supposedly go over the monthly data limit set by your carrier. This may be the result of Wi-Fi Assist, a feature Apple recently added to the iOS devices including the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, and iPhone 6S Plus. This 2-minute iPhone tutorial explains in plain English how it works and shows how to turn it off. The narrator of the iPhone tutorial is Ian Lamont, author of iPhone 6 & iPhone 6S In 30 Minutes.

How to Permanently Delete Videos from your iPhone

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Quickly learn how to free up storage space on your iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, and iPhone 6S Plus by permanently deleting videos. In less than 2 minutes, this iPhone tutorial explains in plain English how to empty the “recently deleted” album to free up storage space on your iPhone. This is a big problem for owners of 16GB iPhones, which don’t have much storage space to keep lots of live photos and videos. The narrator of the iPhone tutorial is Ian Lamont, author of iPhone 6 & iPhone 6S In 30 Minutes.

How to Turn on iPhone Flashlight with the Quick Options Panel

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Quickly activate the flashlight on your iPhone using the Quick Options panel. In less than 90 seconds, this iPhone video tutorial demonstrates how to open the Quick Options panel and activate the flashlight from the iPhone home screen or lock screen. Applies to recent versions of iOS on the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE and newer iPhones. The narrator of the iPhone tutorial is Ian Lamont, author of iPhone 6 & iPhone 6S In 30 Minutes.

How to Turn Your iPhone into a Personal Hotspot

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Did you know you can turn your iPhone into a portable Wi-Fi hotspot? In this 2-minute video, learn how to turn on the Personal Hotspot feature on your iPhone. The video also covers some important considerations for the iOS Personal Hotspot, including signal strength and bandwidth limitations. Applies to recent versions of iOS on the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone SE. The narrator of the iPhone tutorial is Ian Lamont, author of iPhone 6 & iPhone 6S In 30 Minutes.

How to set up the iPhone Personal Hotspot feature

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The following post about the iPhone Personal Hotspot feature is excerpted from the book iPhone 6 & iPhone 6S In 30 Minutes by author Ian Lamont.

One of the most useful wireless features on new iPhones is Personal Hotspot, which turns your iPhone into a Wi-Fi access point. This iPhone Personal Hotspot feature is extremely helpful when you are on the road and no public Wi-Fi access is possible for your laptop. As long as your iPhone has a strong carrier signal, the laptop can connect to your iPhone and use the phone’s signal to connect to the Internet. This post describes how to use iPhone Personal Hotspot. It includes a short video at the bottom of the post.

How to set up your iPhone Personal Hotspot

Here’s how to set up your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot:

  1. Go to Settings > Personal Hotspot and turn it on using the toggle.
  2. The phone will display a “Now discoverable” message and a Wi-Fi password. You can change the password to something that’s easier to remember by tapping it.
  3. Go to the laptop (or other device you are using), turn on Wi-Fi, and look for the iPhone using the name of the phone (displayed on the Personal Hotspot screen).
  4. Connect to the phone, and enter the password provided on the Personal Hotspot screen.
  5. When the status bar at the top of the phone’s screen displays, “Personal Hotspot: 1 Connection,” it’s ready to use. Even if the phone turns off, the connection will still work.

It is also possible to use Bluetooth to connect your laptop or computer to your iPhone. However, Bluetooth requires pairing and the range is limited. Stick with Wi-Fi if you can.

iPhone personal hotspotIf you use the iPhone Personal Hotspot feature, you will use up your monthly carrier data allotments, perhaps even faster than you normally would. Why? Laptops and tablets allow for easier multitasking and downloading of rich media content. As an alternative, some carriers and Internet providers have set up free Wi-Fi access points in public places for their customers. You’ll need your account username and password to connect, but it provides a cheaper alternative.

Video: How to set up your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot

A quick list of iPhone security features

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The following post about iPhone security features is excerpted from the book iPhone 6 & iPhone 6S In 30 Minutes by author Ian Lamont. It is not intended to be a comprehensive list.

iPhone security features

iPhones have loads of security features built into the operating system as well as individual apps and services. The devices are so secure that U.S. law enforcement officials have complained that they can’t easily bypass their encryption and other security features.

List of iPhone security features

Here is a list of general iPhone security features, as well as privacy features:

  • Apps are forced to ask for permission before accessing your location data, photos, or contacts.
  • All photos, documents, and other data stored on iCloud is encrypted using the same technology used by major financial institutions
  • Mail is encrypted, and Apple won’t scan it to display advertisements.
  • Maps does not require users to sign in, and trip data is segmented to prevent Apple or other parties from tracking your travel.
  • The Safari browser on the phone turns off third-party cookies by default, and prevents suspicious sites from loading. Private browsing mode can hide your identity from websites and does not save your browsing history.
  • Voice-related data used for Siri and Dictation are not associated with your Apple ID.
  • Apple Pay does not store credit card numbers, and does not pass them to merchants.
  • Data collected by the Health app is encrypted, and app developers are restricted how they can use it.

The list of iPhone security safeguards goes on, from encrypted FaceTime calls to randomized Wi-Fi access. While many of the features are obscure and you may never directly interact with them, you will probably want to activate basic security options, such as a passcode, Touch ID, and Find My iPhone.

For more information on how to do these steps, go the Settings app on your iPhone and follow the instructions. My book, iPhone 6 & iPhone 6S In 30 Minutes also covers basic iPhone security settings.

How to use Siri on the iPhone (with examples)

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The following post about how to use Siri is excerpted from the book iPhone 6 & iPhone 6S In 30 Minutes by author Ian Lamont.

Pay close attention. You’re about to discover one of the coolest, most useful features on your iPhone. Even if you’ve tried Siri before, read this short section about how to use Siri — I guarantee you’ll learn some new uses you didn’t even know were possible.

What is Siri?

Siri is a virtual assistant that helps you find information and data using your voice. It can also launch apps. If you have your iPhone with you and it’s connected to Wi-Fi or a high-speed carrier network, do this right now:

  • Hold down the Home button for about two seconds.
  • The screen will turn black, a shimmering audio waveform will appear, and the phone will vibrate, signaling Siri is ready.
  • In a clear voice, say “Find the nearest supermarket.”

Siri will make a tone, and a computerized voice will announce and show what it has found:

How to use Siri on the iPhone

Results can include definitions, Web pages, maps, and other information. Taping a single result will display more information.

If you don’t see Siri when you hold down the home button, go to Settings > General > Siri and make sure it’s turned on. You can also change the gender of the computerized voice, as well as the language Siri uses.

How to use Siri to perform simple tasks

Siri is not only futuristic, but also cuts down the time required to find directions, set up meetings, and perform many other tasks. Here are some of the things you can do with Siri:

  • Call a phone number in your contact list (“Call Jill Smith at home”).
  • Check email (“Check email”).
  • Compose email and text messages (“Email Jim Smith”/“Send a message to Jim Smith”).
  • Post to social media (“Post to Twitter”/“Post to Facebook”).
  • Check the weather, local movie listings, and sports scores (“What’s tomorrow’s weather”).
  • Review calendars and make appointments (“Check appointments”/“Make appointments”).
  • Get directions (“How do I get to Main Street from here”).
  • Find local restaurants and read the reviews (“What’s the nearest Chinese restaurant”).
  • Create alarms (“Set alarm for 8 am tomorrow morning”).
  • Play music and podcasts (“Play ‘Beat it’ by Michael Jackson”).
  • Search the Internet for information (“What’s the capital of Australia”).
  • Crack random jokes (“What is the meaning of life?”).

Siri isn’t perfect. In fact, it frequently stumbles. While researching this book, posing the question “Where is the nearest post office” displayed a local packaging service instead. At other times, Siri may not respond, or may announce that it cannot be used. It also requires Wi-Fi or a fast carrier signal.

Nevertheless, Siri is a huge time saver, and in recently years it has gotten much “smarter” about predicting what information users are looking for. Learn how to use it!

iPhone/iOS tip of the day: Placing the cursor, copying and pasting text

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The following post about using the iPhone cursor to perform copy, paste, delete, and other functions is excerpted from the book iPhone 6 & iPhone 6S In 30 Minutes by author Ian Lamont.

If you own an iPhone you may be wondering how to place the iPhone cursor on the screen, and perform other text actions that usually involve a mouse or a physical keyboard. This post covers the basics, and includes some screenshots which show exactly how to use the iPhone cursor and functions like copy, paste, and delete.

Tapping your finger in any area that allows text input (such as the search field on the Web browser, the Messaging app, email fields, etc.) brings up a virtual keyboard, which covers the bottom ⅓ of the screen.

For instance, if I were to compose an email I would open the email app, tap the new message icon, and would then tap my finger in one of the available fields (To, Subject, etc.) to begin typing. Because each of these fields requires text or numbers, the virtual keyboard automatically appears.

Placing the iPhone cursor in the middle of a word or sentence

To place the iPhone cursor on another part of the screen (for instance, to add or delete text in the middle of the sentence) follow these instructions:

  1. Hold your finger on the place on the screen where you want to place the cursor.
  2. A magnifying glass appears under the finger, showing the text and the placement of the cursor (see image, below). Move your finger down slightly to get a better view, but don’t let go.
  3. Move to the left or right to move the cursor.
  4. When the cursor is placed where you want it, lift your finger.
  5. Add or delete text as needed using the iPhone’s virtual keyboard.

iPhone cursor and iPhone magnify text example

How to select, copy, and paste text using the iPhone cursor

It’s also possible to select a word or phrase. Tap and hold a word for about one second, or tap the word twice in quick succession. The word will be highlighted, with two handles on either side and a menu above:

iPhone iOS 9 highlight text for copying and pasting

  • Pull the the handles to increase the size of the highlighted text, or select All.
  • Copy or cut the text (you can paste it somewhere else later by double-tapping where you want to insert the text).
  • Other options may be shown, including formatting and inserting photos into emails.

What do all the extra iPhone Phone app icons do?

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I grew up in a house with a rotary phone, and remember when making a call outside of the home entailed dropping a coin into a grubby public phone.

How times have changed! Practically everyone carries a smartphone, and the simple act of placing a call now requires lots of extra tapping (except when using Siri — which I discuss in Chapter 2 of my book iPhone 6 & iPhone 6S In 30 Minutes). This post will cover some phone app basics, and show some shortcuts which will save you lots of time when it comes to making calls and organizing contacts. Importantly, it will show what all of the extra iPhone Phone app icons actually do when you tap them.

Tapping the green phone icon opens the Phone app. iPhone 6S and 6S Plus owners can also use Peek (a light press on the Phone app icon on the Home screen) to call favorite contacts.

iPhone Phone app icons explained

Once the app is open, use Keypad to make calls on the fly, but you have other options, too:

  • Favorites shows a list of contacts you have marked as favorite (when editing a contact, tap Add to favorites to place it on the list).
  • Recents will list the most recent incoming calls. Tap the name or number to call the person back.
  • Contacts brings up your contact list. If you have added Gmail, Yahoo, or Exchange/Outlook accounts to your iPhone, and enabled the associated contact lists to be shared, those will show up in Contacts, too.
  • Voicemail shows a list of recent voicemail messages. Tap Edit to delete specific messages.

After you have entered the number and pressed the phone icon to start the call, the screen will show other iPhone Phone app icons:

iPhone phone app icons explained

iPhone phone app icons change after the number is dialed.

Mute. Turns off the microphone. Tap the microphone icon again to turn it back on.

Keypad. Brings up the keypad, in case you are using an automated system that requires additional input.

Speakers. This creates a hands-free speakerphone, useful for driving, simultaneous typing, or other situations.

Add call. Lets you create a conference call by joining other numbers to the current call.

FaceTime. Switches to the FaceTime app, which includes video. The other party will need to have a FaceTime account for this to work.

Contacts. Displays saved contacts.

You can also press the Home button to do other things (check the weather, take pictures, play Battle Monkeys, etc.) while you talk. A green bar will appear at the top of the phone’s screen while a call is in progress; tap it to return to the phone interface.

This post was excerpted from the book iPhone 6 & iPhone 6S In 30 Minutes by author Ian Lamont.