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iPhone Guide For New Users: Shifting From Android To iOS

By JR O. , Oct 18, 2016 04:57 AM EDT
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Transitioning from Android to iOS may seem stressful, but it's actually not that difficult. (Photo : AppFind / YouTube)

Shifting from one phone OS to another is quite an annoying thing to do, which is probably why most people try to stick to one OS for as long as possible. However, there might come a time when you'd need to change your phone and use a different operating system. If you're trying to shift from Android to iOS, here's a quick new user guide for you:

Getting Started With Your iPhone

When you first turn on your iPhone, the device will guide you in setting up the basics. Once you're done with it, you're free to play with your phone a little to get a grip on how it works. One of the first things you can do is find the "App Store" app on your screen so you can download your favorite apps. The best way to get used to your new phone is to start getting used to your favorite app in there.

iPhone Guide: Downloading Your Favorite Apps

Most of the time, you'd know how your favorite app works no matter what phone you're using. Whether it's Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, starting with an app that you know by heart will do the trick for you. To install your desired app, find the blue "App Store" icon and open it. After which, hit that magnifying glass icon at the bottom that says "search". Then, type out the name of the app you'd want to download and then tap "search" from the keyboard.

Once you see the search results, find your app and hit "Get". After which, you'll be required to login with your Apple ID and password. Once you put in your login details, the app will start to download on your home screen and once it's done, you'd be free to use it. You can always delete your apps if you no longer need them. Just long press the app icon and hit the "x" mark from one of its corners. Take note that Apple's native apps cannot be deleted.

iPhone Guide: Getting An Apple ID

If you're lacking an Apple ID, your iPhone experience will be very limited. While new iPhones usually help you set up your account, there could also be cases when you'd need to set it up from scratch, like when your phone isn't brand new. To get an Apple ID, you can just hit "Settings" on your iPhone and then tap "iCloud", iMore reported. There will be an option in there that says "Create a new Apple ID". Just follow the instructions and you're good to go.

You can also use your PC or laptop to register for an Apple ID. This should be less confusing and a little more pleasant to the eyes. If you're a fan of using computers, you can just go to Apple's Apple ID signup page and register for an account in there. Once you're done, you can now start using your new Apple ID on your iPhone.

iPhone Guide: Notifications Settings

Keep in mind that every time a new app is downloaded, the app will prompt you with a question of whether or not you'd want that certain app to give you notifications. It's a simple yes or no question that can help you set your notification settings right there and then.

If you change your mind or if you want to get deeper into the notification settings, you can always go to your phone's "Settings" and find the "Notification" tab. From there, you'll see a complete list of your apps and taps on their names will open their settings page. You can choose whether or not you'd want their notifications visible and you can also decide whether or not you'd want to turn on their banners, alerts, and lock screen thumbnails.

iPhone Guide: Make Use Of The Control Center

The iPhone's control center allows you to get an easy access to the most important options in your phone. The control center is easily accessed by swiping from the bottom to the top. From there, you can enable and disable multiple options like Wi-Fi, Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, Do-Not-Disturb mode and Auto-rotation. The flashlight, clock, calculator and camera are also in there. What's great about this is that you can access this part even if your phone is locked. It's a pretty sweet feature for people who always use the flashlight and calculator.

However, if you don't want your friends to prank your camera while the phone is locked, you can always turn the control center off. Just go to "Settings" and find the "Control Center" tab. Needless to say, turning it on adds a touch of convenience to your everyday life, especially for the fact that the brightness settings are also easily accessed from there.

iPhone Guide: Cleaning Up Your iPhone's Screen

If you don't like how your app icons are showing up on your screen, you can always move them around. When you long press one of your apps from the screen, the icons will start vibrating and showing an "x" mark on their corners. At this point you can delete the app by hitting "x" or you can drag them to your desired location. You can relocate the app to the next screen by dragging it to the right and you can also gather apps together in one folder by dragging one app to another app.

iPhone Guide: General Tips And Tricks

If you want to change any of your iPhone's settings, you can always do this by visiting the "Settings" page. iOS' settings tab is pretty easy to use. You just need to be extra patient. If there is an app that you're trying to search for on your phone, you can always use the search bar. Just swipe to the  left side of your home screen and you'll find the search bar in there. You can also find it by swiping down from the home screen. The search bar is usually pretty helpful, not just in finding your lost app but also in using the web to search for your query.

As a whole, the iOS system is not that hard to use. If you have patience and time, you'll master the system in no time. Just do your best not to throw your phone away when you get frustrated over it. Most of the time, a simple googling does the trick. It's also worth mentioning that the same tips above are also applicable to the iPads.

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