Video:When You Get an iPhonewith Adam Kochanowicz
So much can be done with iPhone that it's hard to know just where to start. Check out these tips for becoming a tech-savvy iPhone owner.See Transcript
Transcript:When You Get an iPhoneIf you’ve recently purchased an iPhone, congratulations, you now own one of the most exciting, competitive, and feature-rich smartphones on the market. But with all the iPhone can do, what should you do as soon as you get an iPhone? Before you get your phone loaded with apps, music, and everything else you want to take with you, getting your settings in order from the start will make it a breeze to use your iPhone the way you want. This video will show you how.
Consider a Protective iPhone CaseAfter you take your iPhone out of the box, and before turning it on, consider whether you want to invest in a case or screen protector. Cases will set you back about 15-30 dollars and usually protect everything but the screen. Bumpers may run a little cheaper but only protect the sides. These have the advantage of being lighter and taking up less room in your hand.Screen protectors are even cheaper at about 5-10 dollars online. Many screen protectors use no adhesive to stay on the device keeping your screen clean if you change your mind or replace the protector. Consider protection as you can probably get a higher asking price if you decide to sell your iPhone later on down the road.
Some iPhone Versions Require a Computer SetupTurning on our iPhone for the first time will be drastically different depending on how recently your iPhone was manufactured. iPhones released before around the fall of 2011 will require you to plug them into your computer for setup with iTunes. Simply install iTunes from apple.com/iTunes, plug in your iPhone with the included USB cable, and follow the activation wizard.
iPhones released after this time have the advantage of being computer free. With its updated firmware and Apple’s iCloud, you can sync, charge, and activate your phone entirely without plugging into a computer. To do this, simply enter in your apple ID when prompted or go to the settings menu to set up automatic syncing manually. While you’re entering in details, be sure to add your email account as well. This is very easy to do. Simply tap “Mail, Contacts, and Calendar” in your settings and add go through the wizard to add your account. This will also give you the option to sync your contacts, notes, and calendar with your iPhone.
Start Downloading iPhone AppsNow for the most fun and potentially time-wasting part of owning your first iPhone--the apps. Find the blue “App Store” icon on your iPhone’s homescreen and browse the many options for games, utilities, and more. If you’re not ready to pay for any apps just yet, you can tap “Top Charts” in the bottom black bar and browse through the “Top Free Apps.”To download any app, simply click on “Free” or the button where a price is displayed. You’ll be asked to sign in with your apple ID and the iPhone will automatically install it to your home screen.
Once you’ve got a few apps installed, you can keep them organized by dragging them on top of each other. This will automatically create a folder with a little window showing the apps inside.Finally, if you have other friends with iPhones, organize a FaceTime chat with them. Facetime is an app you can buy for your iPhone, iPad, certain iPods, and even your Mac allowing you to have video chats with other apple users. You’ll just need to enter your Apple ID after downloading. Your Apple ID email will also serve as your number for others to call you.
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