Tips and Tricks



iPhone 4S Tips and Tricks

With these simple tips and tricks, you’ll learn all the things your intelligent assistant, your remarkable camera, and your amazing iPhone 4S can do.

See how to use Siri.

Press and hold the Home button, then tap “i.” You’ll see a detailed list of all the ways Siri can help you get things done.

Tell Siri who’s who.

Tell Siri about your relationships, such as “Erin is my wife” or “Rick is my dad.” Then you can say, “Text my wife” or “Call dad” and Siri knows who you mean.

Set your locations.

Tell Siri the address of where you live and where you work. That way, Siri can remind you to do things when you leave or arrive at either place.

Siri writes emails.

You can dictate a quick response to an email. Just say “Reply”, then tell Siri your message.

iPhone 4S takes dictation.

Instead of typing an email, tap the microphone icon on the keyboard and start talking. Tap done, and your words will appear as text. Use dictation to write messages, take notes, and more. Dictation also works with third-party apps, so you can update your Facebook status, tweet, or write and send Instagrams.

Quick, take a photo.

The camera icon is always there on your lock screen. Just swipe up to open the Camera app.

See what’s up.

Notification Center lets you know about missed messages, calendar invitations, friend requests, and more. New notifications appear on top of the screen. Swipe down to see a summary of recent notifications.

Set Reminders.

Assign due dates to items on your to-do list and Reminders will send you alerts. Add locations, and you’ll get alerts when you leave or when you arrive. You can also choose priority levels and write notes.

Tweet it up.

Sign in once under Settings and tweet directly from Safari, Photos, Camera, YouTube, and Maps. Start typing a friend’s Twitter name and iPhone will autocomplete the rest.

Broadcast live with Airplay.

With AirPlay Mirroring, you can share exactly what’s on your iPhone 4S with your HDTV connected to an Apple TV. Just double-click the Home button, swipe all the way to the right, and select AirPlay Mirroring.

Customize your keyboard.

Create your own personal dictionary, including shortcuts for each word. So your keyboard not only autocorrects, but knows exactly what you want to say as you type. In Settings, tap General, Keyboard, and Add New Shortcut. From here, you can add new phrases and assign optional shortcuts to them.

Create an event fast.

Touch anywhere on the calendar to create an event. To change your schedule, just drag events around on the calendar. Tap for day, month, or list view. And rotate to landscape to see an entire week.

Everything has a tone.

Assign a specific tone for new mail, Calendar alerts, tweets, and Reminders. In Settings, tap Sounds to assign each tone. Tap Edit in a contact to assign a ringtone to that contact.

Locate your lost iPhone.

If you’ve lost your iPhone, Find My iPhone can help you locate it on a map and protect its data. Display a message on its screen, remotely set a passcode lock, or initiate a remote wipe to delete your data. Learn more about Find My iPhone

Save images
from the web.

In Safari, touch and hold an image to save it to your Camera Roll or copy it to paste into an MMS or email.

Choose your wallpaper.

In Settings, choose Wallpaper, tap the image of the Lock and Home screens, then tap one of your photo albums or tap Wallpaper for the Apple-designed images. Find the image you want, tap Set, and then choose whether to use it as wallpaper for your Lock screen, Home screen, or both.

Scroll to the top fast.

In Safari, Mail, Contacts, and many other apps, tap the status bar at the top of the screen — which displays the network information, time, and battery level — to scroll quickly to the top.

Lock the screen orientation.

Double-click the Home button to bring up the multitasking interface, then swipe from left to right. Now tap the portrait orientation lock once to turn it on and again to turn it off.

Drop a pin.

In Maps, touch and hold anywhere on a map to drop a pin so you can find an address, get directions, or see street view for that location.

Pinch to zoom.

In the camera app, pinch to zoom in and out of a scene up to 5x. You can also use the zoom slider.

Add PDFs to iBooks

From a Mail message or a web page, touch and hold the PDF icon or link, then select “Open in iBooks.”

Use the compass
with maps.

Tap the Location button in Maps twice to use the built-in compass to orient the map based on the direction you are facing.

Create web clips.

To add a website to your Home screen, visit the page in Safari and tap the Go To icon at the bottom of the Safari window. Tap Add to Home Screen.

Learn some keyboard

  • Tap the space bar twice, and iPhone adds a period and capitalizes the next word.
  • To enter a number or symbol quickly, touch and hold
    , then select the key you want. Lifting your finger returns you to the alphabet keyboard.
  • Touch and hold a letter to reveal a list of special characters.

Scrub through audio and video.

When you’re watching a video or listening to music or a podcast, the scrubber bar lets you skip to any point along the timeline. You can adjust the scrub rate from high-speed to fine scrubbing by sliding your finger down as you drag the playhead along the scrubber bar.

Keep your inbox clean.

In Mail, you can delete or move messages in batches. From your inbox, tap Edit, select the messages you want to organize, then tap Delete or Move.

Take a picture of your screen.

Press and hold the Home button, then press the Sleep/Wake button. Your screen flashes and the picture appears in your Camera Roll.

Create a playlist.

In the Music app, tap Playlists, then tap Add Playlist and give it a name. Now tap any song or video to add it to the playlist. You can add individual songs, entire albums, or all songs by an artist.

Tap to focus the camera.

While shooting video or photos, tap the screen where you want to focus. iPhone will also adjust the exposure and white balance automatically.

Swipe to delete.

Delete email and text messages without opening them. Delete voicemail without listening to them. And delete recent calls from your list. Just swipe across the message or number and tap the red delete button.

Print wirelessly from iPhone.

AirPrint makes it easy to print email and web pages right from your iPhone to your AirPrint-enabled printer. To print an email, just tap the Reply icon and select Print. To print a web page, tap the Action icon and select Print. You can also print photos, documents, and more.

Cut, copy, and paste.

Find the text you want to edit in a note, email, web page, or other app. You can select a word by double-tapping it, and select more or less text by dragging the grab points. Then tap to cut, copy, or paste. To undo an edit, shake iPhone, then tap the Undo button.

Display character count in text messages.

In Settings, tap Messages, then tap the Character Count switch. The count appears as you type when your message exceeds two lines. You may want to do this when carrier fees apply.

Place a call on hold.

On iPhone 4, touch and hold the Mute button to put a call on hold (GSM model only).

Get back to your draft.

In Mail, touch and hold the Compose button to switch to your last saved message draft.

Read the iPhone User Guide.

For more tips, tricks, and instructions, tap the Bookmarks icon in Safari, then select iPhone User Guide.

How to Change Your Jailbroken iPhone’s Root Password

The recent spate of worm attacks in the past week has brought the focus on the importance of your root password.

Unlike feature phones, smartphones like the iPhone run on operating systems, which very much like our computer have administrator privileges.

It is hence that when the hackers get access to your iPhone’s administrator account, they can lay their hands on anything that is on the iPhone. However, in a non-jailbroken device, this administrator account (called root) cannot be accessed as the iPhone has no console or terminal access and also does not run services like SSH.

But when an iPhone is jailbroken and SSH is turned on, it becomes imperative that you change the default password of your root since hackers now have an easy access to your iPhone. Here is a short guide on how to change your root password.

Instructions to Install Mobile Terminal:

Step 1: Tap on the Cydia icon on your jailbroken iPhone to launch the application
Step 2: Open the ‘Sections’ tab on the bottom of the screen and select ‘Terminal Support’

Step 3: From the list of packages, select and open ‘Mobile Terminal’

Step 4: Tap on the ‘Install’ button and choose ‘Confirm’ to begin installation

Step 5: Once installation completes, tap on ‘Close Window’ button to finish the installation process.

Once mobile terminal is installed on your iPhone, you can proceed to changing the root password

Instructions to Change Root Password:

Step 1: Tap on the ‘Mobile Terminal’ icon on your iPhone Springboard to launch it.

Step 2: You are shown a black screen. Against the command prompt, type su and tap the return key.

Step 3: You are now prompted for the password. The default password for root is alpine. Input this text and tap the return key once again.

Step 4: You are now logged in as the root user. Against the command prompt, enter the command passwd and tap the return key.

Step 5: You will be prompted to enter a new password. Enter this new password and retype to confirm.

Your root password has been changed. Please do note that the root password is stored in encrypted format in the device and so in the event of you losing the password, it is quite a task to retrieve it. So, make sure to remember your new root password.

How To Extend Your iPhone’s Battery Life


claims that iPhone 3GS offers up to 5 hours of talk time on 3G (12 hours on 2G), 5 hours of Internet use
(9 hours on Wi-Fi), 10 hours of video playback or 30 hours of audio playback and finally 300 hours of standby time.

However, you might have observed significantly lesser battery life based on your usage pattern.

Apple has some useful tips on how to extend battery life of iPhone and iPod Touch.

So if your biggest complaint about the iPhone is that you need to keep recharging it regularly then you will find this article useful.

Here are some of the tips to extend battery life of iPhone and iPod Touch:


Heat can degrade performance of your iPhone’s battery. So it is important to keep the iPhone out of the sun or a hot car (including the glove box).

Set auto-Lock interval (Settings > General > Auto-Lock) so that your iPhone will turn off more quickly after a period of inactivity.

Apple has also provided some tips to optimize your iPhone settings to extend battery life:

Use location services only when needed (Settings > General > Location Services).

Turn off push notifications (Settings > Notifications)

Fetch email or other data less frequently (Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data).

Turn off push mail such when you don’t need it (Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and set Push to Off).

If you rarely use Wi-Fi or in a area where there is no Wi-Fi coverage then turn it off (Settings > Wi-Fi).

If you hardly use Bluetooth then turn off Bluetooth to save power (Settings > General > Bluetooth)

Turn on Auto-Brightness to allow the screen to adjust its brightness based on current lighting conditions.

Dimming the screen will also help in extending battery life.

If you’re on the plane or in an area where there is no coverage then use Airplane mode to increase battery life (Settings > Airplane Mode).

Turn off equalizer setting to song playback as it can decrease battery life (Settings > iPod > EQ).

As you might have noticed, you can use the iPhone for a longer time to surf the internet on 2G (up to 12 hours) as compare to on 3G (up to 5 hours). So you can turn off 3G to extend battery life (Settings > General > Network and set Enable 3G to Off).

You can improve battery life by minimizing the use of iPhone apps like games as they prevent the screen from dimming and iPhone apps that use location services.

Apple advices users to update their iPhone with the latest iPhone OS.

You should also use the iPhone regularly for proper maintenance of a lithium-based battery. In fact, Apple advices users to go through at least one charge cycle per month (charging the battery to 100% and then completely running it down).

The tips are useful especially when you’re travelling and need battery life on your iPhone or iPod Touch for a longer time, or when you’re running extremely low on battery and want to save power as much as possible for something important.

I hope you find these tips useful. If you have a tip that you want to share then feel free to tell us in the comments.

[via Apple]

How to lock iphone screen position! Using Rotation inhibitor

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to enable tether on iphone 3.1.2.

First thing you need to do is install black snow (snow)

Then go to

Using your iphone internet browser (safari).


Once you there you should see something like this:


Hit install and and after is installed reboot your iphone by holding the power and home button till it power off automatic.

Power on and go to SETTINGS/ NETWORK and you should see the option to use tethering. Have fun using this hack.



This tutorial will help you change the theme or background of your iphone or ipod touch.

In This tutorial there are many very helpful tricks.

1) Get URL Hints

In Safari, you can press and hold any links in order to see the URL and site name of the link.

2) Dismiss Keyboard Suggested Word

To dismiss the keyboard suggested spelling of a word, you can tap on anywhere of the screen. You do not have to press “x” button at the end of the word.

3) Scroll to the Top of the Page

When you are using iPhone applications, you can automatically scroll to the top of the page by tapping on the “top bar”, which has the time, service bars and the battery information. In Safari, this will also brings up the URL address bar as well.

4) Different Domain Suffix

Hold down the “.com” button, you can see a popup comes up with “.net, .edu and .org” buttons. Slide your finger from them and then release your finger to choose.

5) Domain Resolution

When typing a URL in Safari, you don’t have to type the “www” or the “.com”. For exmaple, you can type “iPhoneToolbox” in the URL box in order to view “”.

6) Take Screenshots Anytime

You can take any screenshots at anytime easily on your iPhone. First of all, press and hold the “Home” button and then click the “Sleep” button once. The screen will flash white and the screenshot will be stored in your camera roll immediately.

7) Save Images in Safari

When you are browsing any web pages on Safari. You simply touch the image and hold your finger until a menu show up, select Save Image.The downloaded image is located under your Photo / Camera Roll.

8 ) Inserting a Period

When you are typing on you iPhone, simply double tapping the “Space Bar” button at the end of a sentence, it will automatically insert a period followed by a space. It saves you a lot of time instead of pressing “124″ to get the numbers and symbols page where the period located in.

9) Alternative Way to Navigate Screens

You can tab the bottom right or left corner to switch between different screens instead of swiping your finger across the screen.

10) Alternate Characters

Hold down a letter on the keyboard, you can see popup comes up with various versions of the character.

11) Move Dock Icons
Just press and hold any icons on the screen, then drag them while they are shaking. You can put any 4 icons on your dock (grey bar at the bottom of your iPhone).

12) Fit-to-page Column, word and Picture

When browsing web pages on Safari, you can double tap on a column, word or picture to fit it’s width to your iPhone’s screen.

13) Select Icon for Bookmarked Webpage

When you are browsing a web page on Safari and add its icon to your home screen by pressing the “+” button and select “Add to Home Screen”. The icon is a screenshot of the page you were on. You can have a different icon by zooming in a particular item on the page. It can be the website’s logo or any picture.

14) Scrolling with Two Fingers

Some web pages contains separate text boxes with their own scroll bars. If you are trying to move around in one, you can scroll it with two fingers instead of one. That will let you scroll just inside the box and not affect the position of the entire page.


15) Maximize Battery Life

There is a separate sensor situated right above the earpiece, that detects ambient light. The iPhone uses this sensor only once per session, just as you unlock the handset. But if you cover the sensor as you unlock the phone, you will trikc the handset into thinking it’s in a dark room, and it will power down the screen brightness. You can Also turn off Bluetooth and WiFi if you don’t expect to use them for a while. You can also set email fetch time to “Hourly” or “Manually”, and turn the “Push” off in order to save energy.

16) Reset Your iPhone

Press and hold the “Home” Button and the “Sleep” Button to Reset your iPhone. A white light will flash, the screen will shut off and then turn back on. Please keep holding both buttons until the screen turns back on.

17) Insert Punctuation Quickly

To enter any punctuations while using iPhone keyboard, you can press and hold the “123″ button and slide your finger over to any punctuation button. And then the punctuation will be inserted after you have released the button.

18) Get a Bigger Keyboard

When you are using the on-screen keyboard on Safari, you can rotate the iPhone horizontally before tapping on the address bar, the Safari window will switch to horizontal mode. Now you can have a much larger keyboard, making data entry a little easier.

19) Changing iPod Icons

By the default, the buttons at the bottom of the iPod scren are “Playlists”, “Artists”, “Songs”, “Videos”, and “More”. You can change them by pressing the “More” button, and then tap on the “Edit” button in the upper left corner. A Configure screen will appear with icons for “Albums”, “Podcasts”, “Audiobooks”, “Genres”, “Composers”, “Compilations”, “Playlists”, “Artists”, “Songs”, and “Videos”. To substitute one of these icons for one that appears at the bottom of the iPod screen, just tap and hold on the icon you prefer and drag it over the icon you want to replace. Tap on Done when you’re finished.

20) Make a Call from Safari

If you find any phone numbers in Safari you would like to call, you do not need to jump to the phone component. Just tap on the number, and the iPhone will dial it for you immediately.