by Derald Freeman

iPhone List of Tips and Tricks

The iPhone 3G is a regular "Swiss Army knife".
You can play music, surf the Web, SMS texting, view YouTube videos, download music from the iTunes Store, download from the App Store, and even make a phone call.
Whether you are an iPhone rookie or a weathered pro you can use these iPhone tips and tricks.
I have the iPhone 3G with ISO4 firmware, nothing else. My computer is Windows XP. The ISO4 list of 100 new features are not covered here. You probably already have them.

iPhone APPS you can’t live without
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Fixes and solutions for iPhone
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What I wish I had in the iPhone
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Photography and the iPhone
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Verizon vs AT&T iPhone
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A JUNKIE is someone who does not know when to stop. They are fantasized by new things and literally go into OVERLOAD. In reality they do not even realize they are junkies. I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO PATIENCE WITH JUNKIES. If you are a junkie, you will not like my web site. There is nothing here about up/down loading music and videos.

To junkies it is just a fun thing and they cry like babies when their phone breaks, locks up, will not backup, or they lose files. They have 3000 songs, 30 movies, 2500 photos, and they whine and complain when it takes 10 minutes to backup their iPhone.

I have an iPhone 3G with 8 gig of memory. It takes less than 60 seconds to sync my phone. I have 250 photos, 45 apps and practically no videos and songs on it and I am having a ball with it. I have another 20-25 apps that are no longer on the iPhone. I have no lockups, backup problems, crashes and am amazed at what it does for me. I would love to have the iPhone 4, but cannot upgrade yet. I will. My hat is off to Apple for designing such a splendid piece of electronic equipment.


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Apps: for iPhone organization
Apps: Deleting and moving
Battery: Extending battery life
Battery: Life saving tips
Battery: Power Saving
Battery: Recharge myths and truths
Calculator: expansion
Calculator: gives visual clues
Check AT&T account balance
Calling: and emembering numbers
Calling: International dialing
Camera: Shortcuts
Camera: Album duplication of photos
Camera: Album backup time solutions
Camera: Adjust exposure (iPhone 3Gs, iP4)
Camera: Avoid tagging photos location data
Camera: Emailing Hi-Res photos
Camera: Getting photos off your iPhone
Camera: Quick start for taking photos
Camera: Solving problems fast
Camera: Solving problem with the camera
Camera: Tips on using the camera
Camera: Tracking location where photos taken
Camera: 3GS foreground closeup Macro mode
Camera: Understanding limitations
Camera Roll: Rotating photos
Camera Roll: Deleting multiple photos
Camera Roll: Emailing multiple photos
Camera Roll: How .ITHMB files are stored
Camera Roll: Photo tiles are black
Camera Roll: Think before you delete"
Camera Roll: How .ITHMB files are stored
Camera Roll: Photo tiles are black
Camera Roll: Think before you delete"
Compass: Homing problems
Contact: alpha scrolling
Contact: scrolling lists
Deleting and moving apps on iPhone
Dialing Favorites
Earbud fallout problem
Earbud tricks
Email: Link lookahead
Email: Management
Email: Opening attachments
Email: Resend tips
Emails: Delete as a group
Fixing problems
Google maps
Help: Apple Online manuals
Home screen home-in
iPhone Is Only for Humans
iTunes: Using App Genius
iTunes: Tips and tricks
Keypad: Shortcuts
Locate your car or kids
Maps: Saving bookmarks
Maps: Traffic conditions
Maps: Use Recents Lookups>
Oleophobic Screen Coating
Phone: adding numbers to Favorites
Phone: Annoying Caller alert!
Phone: adding numbers to Favorites
Phone call movement
Phone: Conference calls
Phone: Ignore incoming calls: Three ways
Phone: iPhone use
Memory: Management in iPhone
Notes: Cannot sync to desktop
Pairing: Pairing headsets
Phone: Minimize international data charges
Phone: Practical and everyday uses
Phone: Save numbers to contacts
Photo: Folders
Photos: Organization
Photos: Start camera app quickly
Photos: Attaching multiples to email
Photos: Slide show
Photos: Photo taking tricks
Quit the Current App
Resetting your iPhone
Safari: Clearing the cache
Safari: Sync bookmarks
Safari: Shortcuts
Safari: Leave off the WWW
Safari: Thumb-drag to view stock portfolio
Safari: Save web/email images
Scratch-proof your iPhone
Scrolling with fingers
Search Result Customizing
Screen icon management
Settings: Adjusting 3rd party apps in settings
SMS message forwarding
Spotlight Search: Find most anything
Syncing: Tips to speed up syncing
Syncing: Automatic setting
Undo typing
Video to iPhone conversion
Voice Memos: Editing your name and event
Voice memos: Naming and trimming
Web site formatting for mobile
WiFi finder


Safari: Speed up by clearing its cache

The cache is used to store images and html documents for Web pages you have recently visited. It speeds up the loading of Web pages if you go back to a page you have already visited. The problem is that the amount of memory allocated for the cache is limited.

To clear the cache, go to Home >Settings >Safari and scroll down until you see the Clear Cache button. Tap it and confirm your choice when the pop-up appears. This page also lets you clear out the history folder, which tracks the Web pages you have visited, as well as empty the cookies folder.

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Safari - Different Domain Suffix - Hold down the ".com" button, you can see a popup comes up with ".net, .edu and .org" buttons. Slide your finger to them and then release your finger to choose.

Safari - Domain Resolution - When typing a URL in Safari, you don’t have to type the "www" or the ".com". For example, you can type "grreatideas" in the URL box in order to view "grreatideas.com".

Safari - 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 screen.

Safari - Formatted For iPhone - Many Web sites are not formatted for mobile display, and you will find other Web sites that are. Type the word "mobile" or "m" in front of an address and see what you get. For instance, www.usatoday.com would be mobile.usatoday.com -or- m.usatoday.com. Try it. Doesn’t work on all sites.

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Safari - Make a Call - When you see a 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.


Safari - Google Maps: Typing in the three letter airport code while in maps will bring the airport up on the map. So if you are trying to view a map of say Dallas/Fort Worth, TX. Typing DFW (or dfw) will bring up the DFW airport.

Safari - Open Links In a New Page - Feature was added in iPhone 3.0. To make it work, simply tap and hold a link to bring up a dialogue which allows you to open the link in a new page.

Safari - Page down. When not using a zoomed-in display, double-tap towards the bottom of the screen. The page will re-center around your tap. Make sure not to tap a link!

Safari - Quickly zoom out in Maps: Pinching to zoom in and out in the Maps app is pretty neat, but can be a bit touchy at times. You probably know that you can double-tap to zoom in quickly, but how to zoom out quickly? Easy: tap with 2 fingers!

Surfing Safari - Disable pop-ups in Safari’s settings. This helps prevent malware from getting installed on your iPhone. - Disable pop-ups in Safari’s settings. This helps prevent malware from getting installed on your iPhone.

Safari - Point your iPhone browser to a Video on google video and choose download for iPod/PSP and you can watch it right there in safari. This also shows that you can also watch videos in the vertical position not just landscape.

Safari - Bookmarks: Create a separate folder / section for all your iPhone web sites. This makes is easy to locate them while browsing them on your iPhone.

Safari: Sync bookmarks with desktop

With iTunes, you can sync bookmarks from Internet Explorer (PCs) or Safari (Macs) with your iPhone or iPod touch. Launch iTunes with your device connected to your computer. Then click on your device under Devices in the iTunes Window and click the Info tab. Scroll down to Web Browser, and check the "Sync bookmarks with" box. Now you can choose Internet Explorer or Safari in the corresponding field. Click Sync (or Add) in the lower right corner of the iTunes window, and your bookmarks will be loaded onto your iPhone or iPod touch.

Leave off WWW and .COM for faster browsing - If you just need to access a regular .com website, just type the domain name of the site, san http://WWW and COM. This tip can save about five seconds every time.

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Safari - Put a Web Page on the Home Screen - You could set up that page as a bookmark in iPhone 3G’s Safari browser, but there is an even faster way to access the page: add it to the Home screen as a Web Clip icon. For example, suppose a page has a form at the bottom. Use these steps to save a page as a Web Clip icon on the Home screen.

Safari - Scroll bars. Does not provide scroll bars for text area form fields and scrollable areas in a text page. Dragging a single finger on the page scrolls the page, to scroll one of the areas use two fingers.

Safari - Stopping a scroll. After flicking a page to get it to scroll, you can tap the page at any time to stop that movement. Don’t forget, you can also manually drag the screen display to reset the part you are viewing.

Safari - Save Images - When browsing any web pages on Safari. You simply touch the image and hold your finger until a menu show asking "Save Image" or "Cancel". The downloaded image is saved in your Camera Roll.

Safari - Share your URLs - If you want to send the URL of a Web page you sre viewing to a friend, tap the Address Bar, then tap Share. A new email message, containing the URL, will open in Mail. Now just choose a recipient, add any comments, and tap Send.


Safari - 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 and the battery information. In Safari, this will also brings up the URL address bar.

Safari - Select Icon for Bookmark on Web page - When you are browsing a web page on Safari you can add its icon to your favorites 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 web site’s logo or any picture.


Here is one of the great unsung features of the iPhone 3.0 software: If you turn the iPhone sideways in the Stocks program, you get a much bigger, more detailed, widescreen graph of the stock in question. You can drag two fingers or two thumbs across the graph to isolate a certain time period; pop-up bubbles show you how much of a bath you took (or how much of a windfall you received) during the interval you've highlighted.


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

Safari - URL Examining. To peek at a link’s destination, touch and hold the link for a few seconds. You can also do this with images to see if they are linked. If a link appears and you do not want to activate it, just slide your finger away until the destination text disappears.

Safari - Zoom onto a single picture. Double-tapping images in Safari zooms them to fit your iPhone display. If the picture is linked to a URL, this can prove a little tricky but it works great for non-linked images. Double-tap again to return to the unzoomed display.

Safari - Zoom a column. You can zoom text columns as well as pictures. Double-tap on the column to fit it to the display. Double-tap again to return out of the zoom. Not only does Safari zoom block-quoted text independently of regular text but if you move your finger after the first double-tap-to-fit, it interprets the next double-tap as a re-center page command rather than a return-to-previous-zoom. Smart.


Apps for iPhone: Organization

The IOS 4 iPhone software included an option to create folders and put apps in them. You can add 11 home screens which hold 16 apps or folders. You can create folders and put up to 12 apps in each folder. You have the potential of 2,112 apps on the iPhone plus the original home screen.

I have read numerous complaints that Apple did not provide enough organization or capacity in the IOS 4 for iPhone. You know what, those people are Junkies. They are like people who have garages busting out of the walls with junk that they will not and can not use. They need to trash it all. No one can use one-hundred apps, let along one-thousand apps or listen to a thousand songs or a hundred videos. Get real – and clean house. This web site is not for Junkies.

Apps: Check AT&T account balance

This tip is based on an excellent article at Macworld.com. You can check the balance on your AT&T bill or the remaining number of voice minutes you have directly from your iPhone. From the Home screen, go to Settings >Phone >AT&T Services. Select the button labeled " Check Bill Balance" or " View My Minutes. " AT&T will promptly send you a free SMS with the info. No need to download an app for that.


Maximize battery life, part 1. - iPhone 3G models have more sensors than you know about; they have a separate sensor, situated right next to the earpiece, that detects ambient light. The iPhone uses this sensor only once per session, though, just as you unlock the handset. But if you cover the sensor as you unlock the phone, you will trick the handset into thinking it’s in a dark room, and it will power down the screen brightness as a result.

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Maximize battery life, part 2. - Stop the Incessant Wi-Fi Network Prompts Wi-Fi network is a handy convenience. If Wi-Fi network is ON you will see the dialog popping up all over the place as new Wi-Fi networks come within range.
On the Home screen, tap Settings and tap WiFi. Tap the Ask to Join Networks switch to the Off position. Your iPhone 3G will no longer prompt you with nearby networks. Ths extends battery life and eliminates interruptions.
I recently went to a Buick dealer for auto service. I asked them for their WiFi logon and used it while there. When I left I thanked them for the convenience. We both appreciated it.

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Maximize battery life, part 3. - iPhone will turn off after a period of inactivity. Go to Settings/General/Auto-Lock and set it to 2 minutes which is the factory setting. Anything longer just keeps the display on and burning up amps.

Avoiding the temperature extremes: If you want to enhance your iPhone battery lifespan remember to avoid temperature extremes. Avoid using your iPhone at temperatures higher than 95 degrees F (or 35 C) and in very cold environments. Using the iPhone in very hot conditions can cause permanent battery damage whereas cold temp usage causes temporary battery performance degradation. So don’t leave the iPhone laying in the car or on the dash during the summer.

Regular Updates: Keep your iPhone software constantly updated to ensure your phone has the latest battery performance maximization technology.

  • Optimize the Settings: Some apps are battery draining like viewing videos, gaming, email. Just remember the following battery tips to maximize its life.
  • Minimize use of Location Services by using it only when needed or disabling the location options.
  • Set your Fetch New Data options to hourly or manually. Frequent use of mail client only drains the battery faster.
  • Disable your Push Mail client when not needed to avoid receiving mail as they arrive
  • Also note using Wi-Fi to access the net instead of the cellular network service requires less power.

Battery: Life saving tips

Battery: Life saving tips

  1. Turn down the LCD. The new iPhone screen is brighter, but you should not be running this thing at full heat if you want to save battery power. Change this under Settings > Brightness.
  2. Set Wi-Fi network scanning off. It uses less power than EDGE or 3G but when you are not using you might as well shut it down. Change this under Settings > Wi-Fi. Same goes for Bluetooth.
  3. Turn off Vibrate in Games. It is an unnecessary battery suck
  4. Buy Apps and Songs in iTunes, not on the iPhone. I would recommend buying Apps at your computer and syncing them to your iPhone instead. As an added bonus, you will be picking up a charge while you are tethered to your computer.
  5. Set Push to Off. Push email is not that useful for me because I only use one email account on the iPhone. I check all others on the desktop.
  6. You are picking up a charge when syncing by cable to iTunes.
  7. Stay Juiced. If you are at computer or in a car, you should try to use a cigarette adapter or USB cable to pick up a few minutes of charge. Every bit helps!
  8. Toggle off 3G if you will not be using Internet browsing, YouTube, Twitter, app store purchases or checking weather. You do not need it during calls, email, and listening to tunes. You can use EDGE. This setting is under Settings > General > Network.
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iPhone 3GS: Enable Detailed Battery Life Indicator - Here’s a nifty, new feature for those folks who are always concerned about their battery life. New for the iPhone 3GS, you can now display a percentage meter right next to the traditional battery life indicator. To enable it, head to Settings>General>Usage and flip the "Battery Percentage" switch on. Now you’ll see the percentage of available battery right next to the battery icon!
You may not like it because of concerns over battery drain but hey, if you don’t like it, just turn it back off!

Battery: Recharge myths and truths

The Lifespan of the battery refers to the number of times in can be recharged before it must be replaced. The batteries on the iPhone slowly lose the ability to hold a charge after numerous recharge cycles. For example, after 400 full discharge/recharge cycles these batteries are able to store 80% of their original capacity. This percentage decreases with further recharge cycles. There are things you can do to improve the lifespan of the battery:

1. Heat degrades battery performance and can damage the battery. Do not leave your iPod or iPhone in the sun or in a vehicle on a hot day.
2. Minimize power use to improve battery life as described previously.

The longer you go between charges, the fewer charges you will have over time, and the longer your battery will last.

Battery types can be confusing. Nickel-cadmium batteries, like the ones in many cordless phones are famous for building up a distinct aversion to holding a charge when left on a charger constantly. Now, iPhones use a Lithium-ion battery (not ni-cads). The more you keep your device (with Li-ion batteries) on a charger, the less the number of cycles you will have to incur over the long term. If you let the batteries run all the way down, you are essentially using up more "battery" each time, and this will more quickly degrade the life of the battery. Running the battery way down over and over is BAD!

Battery life extending

Maximize Battery Life - You can 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.

Save Power by Turning Features Off - It is no fun when your iPhone runs out of juice. If you notice it is getting low, and you are not going to have a chance to plug in any time soon, here is what you can do: turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or 3G. If you are not using one or two of these, they are just wasting power. Also, turn the LCD brightness down a notch or two. You would be surprised how much power it uses.


Calculator expansion - If you rotate the calculator sideways, it is now scientific.


Calculator gives visual clues - The calculator gives you visual clues as to the operator you have selected by wrapping the outside of the operator in a white border.

Remember numbers while on phone - You can use the keypad to remember numbers while on a call: you click the "add call" button on the call screen, then tap Keypad, enter the number and tap Call. After your original call has been put on hold tap End Call and you will be returned to your previous call. The number you entered should now appear in your Recent Calls list.

International dialing - Use the "+ " instead of the international dialing code. A great shortcut when dialing international numbers is to dial the "+ " before the country code. To do this on the iPhone press and hold the "0" on the keypad until the "+ " appears. (I have not tried it).


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Take Screenshots Anytime - Yep, you can take any screenshots at anytime easily on your iPhone. While on any screen, i.e. Notes, Safari, a game, iTunes, etc, 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. I was getting screen shots in my Camera Roll originally and could not determine how it was happening.

Camera: Get photos off your iPhone without iTunes

Both PCs and Macs will recognize your iPhone or iPod touch as a camera when you connect it. This means that you can offload your pictures to your computer without having to use iTunes. Here is how you do it:

PCs (Windows XP)

Connect your iPhone/iPod touch via the USB cable, open Control Panel, and go to Scanners and Camera >Apple iPhone (or iPod).
Just double-click on the phone listing and start downloading. Otherwise you can continue with the instructions below.
Right-click on it and choose Properties from the menu.
Go to the Events tab and choose "Camera connected" from the "Select an event" drop-down menu.
Pick one of three Actions:

  1. Start this program – The default program is Microsoft Scanner and Camera Wizard, which will take you through the process of downloading your pictures. You can also choose a different program from the drop-down menu.
  2. Take no action – Choose this option if you want to manage your photos with iTunes. Windows will not do anything automatically when you connect your device.
  3. Save all pictures to this folder – Choosing this option will automatically download your photos to a folder that you choose whenever your device is connected.


Connect your iPhone/iPod touch and launch Applications >Image Capture.
Go to Preferences >General.
Under Camera, select Image Capture in the "When a camera is connected" option, and then click OK. Now when you connect your iPhone/iPod touch, Image Capture will be launched and you can choose where you want to download your images.

Camera: Avoid tagging photos with location data

When the iPhone Location Services is turned on (iPhone OS 2.0 or later), Camera photos are tagged with location data. This data is used with some applications and photo-sharing Web sites to track and post where you took your pictures. If you do not want to include location data with your photos, turn off Location Services by going to Settings >General >Location Services. Once it has been turned off, you may be prompted to turn it back on when you open the Camera app. If that happens, decline!

Camera: Adjust exposure (iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4)

When you have the Camera app open and the desired image displayed on the screen, you can change the focus area of the image before you take the picture. Simply tap on the portion of the image on which you want the camera to focus. The camera automatically adjusts the focus and exposure for that area. You can use this to your advantage if you do not like the lighting (darkness or brightness) of the image. Simply tap on different areas until it looks the best. Then tap on the camera icon to take the picture.

You can also use this feature when you are taking close-up photos (i.e. photos of people or objects less than a foot from the camera). Align the photo and tap on the image until the foreground image looks best against the background. Then take the photo.


Is there is a way to delete multiple photos from the iPhone Camera Roll at once? The answer is YES, but it may not be apparent unless you have used the Share feature and you may not have noticed the delete button.

Here is how you delete multiple photos from iPhone Camera Roll

  1. Go to Photos app and Camera Roll
  2. Tap the share arrow at the right top
  3. Tap multiple photos to select the ones you want to get rid of.
  4. Now tap the Delete button at the bottom right corner


You may have asked if there was a way to attach multiple photos to an email right from the Camera Roll. The actual answer is, you can.

When you are in the Camera Roll, tap on the Share icon in the bottom. Now you will the bottom panel change to Share, Copy, and Delete. Now, you are in a mode where you can select multiple pictures for one of these actions – share, copy or delete.

Just start tapping on pictures and you will see the count in the bottom panel. Share button lets you email pictures but has a 5 picture limit. If you need to send more than 5 pictures, use the copy menu to copy your pictures and paste them in your email.


Often I would like to rotate the picture before uploading to Facebook or sending by email. Often the pics in the iPhone Camera Roll has photos turned sideways or upside down. The iPhone does not have a way to correct this.

I found Photo Rotator in the iTunes link that does just this. This app is simple and does one thing. It lets you load the Camera Roll and select a picture and rotate left or right. It doesn’t mess your original photo and lets you save your rotated photo as a new picture.


After updating the iPhone from 3G to 3GS or to 4 or updating the software to iOS 3.0 or iOS 4, some Camera Roll tiles are black, not all, but just some. Thumbnails of new photos appear okay. If you tap on the tile the enlarged photo is just fine. It appears to be a problem with Apple firmware that prevents photos from appearing on the camera roll. Although image files are present on the device and can be copied with iPhoto, thumbnails are hidden on the camera roll. The photos appear fine when viewing them from the desktop on the camera phone link. The tiles in the Photo Library were not affected. There is a simple solution. I copied the photos from the Camera Roll to the desktop, put them in a new iTunes folder so they would sync back to the phone in the Photo Library and they were fine.


Files with .ITHMB extensions cannot be opened on your computer. Well, not easily. Files on the iPhone are backed up to the desktop computer with the extension .ITHMB which is a proprietary file format developed by Apple for the iPOD and iPhone. The .ITHMB files are 16-bit uncompressed raw picture files. They are most commonly picture files in a thumbnail format and they can be very large. An .ITHMB image file is made up of four images of different resolutions designed to be displayed on different screen sizes. The reason for the uncompressed nature of the .ITHMB picture files is thought to be due to the lack of processing power available to the iPOD and iPhone. Photos on your iPhone Photo Library originated on your desktop and should not need to be converted.

Photos in your Camera Roll can be copied to your desktop. When you connect the iPhone to the computer you are given the option to use a program to access the Camera Roll and copy any files you want.


I do not understand why the photos in my albums are duplicated. Let me explain how the iPhone handles photos. Tap on Photos on the home screen of the iPhone.

The first item is called Camera Roll. This is where all your photos go that you snap with the camera. These can be copied to your desktop computer when you connect the USB cable.
The next is Photo Library. You can sync photos from iTunes to the iPhone anytime you are connected.

When I go to My Documents on Windows there is an iPhone folder. In it is a folder named Photos. It contains a folder called iPod Photo Cache where it keeps track of the thumbnails of your photos.

I created folders so I could separate photos by categories. Here I have Cats, Personal, Shopping, and Wallpaper and I moved the photos from the Photos album into these.

You would think they would no longer be in the Photo Library folder on the iPhone, but they are now there and in the individual folders. The photos in the Cats folder are also in the Photo Library folder. You think you messed up or you are the goose chasing after the gander that is hidden in the top hay loft of the barn. Well, you are THE SECOND ONE.

The Photo Library is a virtual holding area among other things. You cannot get rid of the duplications. Actually they exist in the Photo Library and have a thumbnail link to the Cat folder so you can see them in both places. Just learn to live with it. It is not taking up any extra space.


Pictures taken with the iPhone are stored on the Camera Roll. When you sync or perform a restore, iTunes creates a backup the contents of your iPhone, including the Camera Roll. The more pictures or other multimedia files that are on the Camera Roll, the longer a backup or restore will take.

Improve backup and restore times by regularly moving the contents of your Camera Roll to a new folder in the C:\Documents and Settings\your_name\My Documents\iphone\Photos folder (Windows) where you have other Photo Library folders. Then sync your iPhone and that puts the content back to the iPhone. Delete the photos from the Camera Roll. The Photo Library is not backed up each sync event because iTunes merely checks index numbers on the Library with the desktop files for changes and syncs only those changes.


I have a backup of all folders used by iTunes for backups on my computer. One day I wanted to delete an entire folder from the Photo Library on the iPhone so I deleted the folder in the My Documents\iphone\Photos folder (Windows) on the desktop and then synced the iPhone thinking it would remove the folder from the Photo Library on the iPhone. Instead it created a missing folder error during sync.

You just cannot do that. I restored the unwanted folder on the desktop and deleted all photos from that folder. When I synced again it removed all photos from the phone along with the folder. I then removed the folder from the desktop.


The 2 megapixel camera missing features includes no zoom, timer, burst mode, framing crosshairs, tilt monitor, or video. However, with IOS 3.0 came apps which give you all of those features. I have downloaded apps that give me all of this and more. I can even adjust the brightness, hue, saturation, contrast, and crop, rotate, and frame the photo before it ever leaves the camera. I can do all of this without jailbreaking the phone. So, I manage quite well with the 3G.

The iPhone camera is simple and fast to use because it does not have options for settings. Picture the camera lens using this triangle.

A DSLR camera has Aperture which is the opening width of the lens and is used to allow the amount of light in at the time of snapping the photo. The iPhone does not have this.

A DSLR camera also has ISO settings which control the sensitivity of the lens and affects the hue and saturation. Film cameras used this to match the lens to the film which had different ISO settings. Ever wonder why you lack depth of field control on cam-phones? Everything in the photo is in focus whereas a DSLR camera can blur the background.

So we are now down to SHUTTER SPEED which is what the iPhone camera uses most. The 3GS and 4 cameras allowed you to tap on an area of the screen and the camera would adjust the shutter to focus that spot in the scene and set it to mid-range of the light spectrum. The 3G and older phone cameras have to work around this.


One of our kittens had an abnormal spot in the corner of one eye. I took a 2mp photo with my 3G camera at four inches distance, cropped and reduced the photo to a manageable size and attached it to the vet. This resolved the question that two previous emails could not do.


If you use the iPhone camera a lot, save yourself some steps. Open Settings -> General -> Home. Tap Camera. From now on, you can open the Camera app by quickly double-pressing the Home button, no matter what you're doing on the iPhone. You can still get to the Home Screen favorites by pressing the home button twice with a one second interval.


Although the iPhone camera is super-simple to use on the surface, there are some tips and tricks you can employ to help you get the most out of your photographic abilities. Adding a geographical TAG to your iPhone images makes them easier to organize and view on your iPhone. Simply go to the Settings -> General -> Location Services, and toggle the Camera option to ON. Now, any photos you take will be sorted by their location. To see this in action, go to Photos, select Camera Roll, and along the bottom of the display you should see a Places option. The photos will be both in the album and places.


If the foreground object is very close to the iPhone 3GS camera lens, 4 to 8 inches away, the iPhone automatically goes into macro (super close-up) mode. In this mode, you can defocus the background. The background goes soft, slightly blurry. Just make sure you tap the foreground object with your finger to say, Calculate the Focus, Exposure, and White Balance Here.


When you upload images from your computer to your iPhone Photos application the images retain their original resolution. If you take photographs with the camera on your iPhone they are stored in the Camera Roll at 1200x1600 pixel or higher depending on the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. The size just mentioned used from 400K to 800K in memory which would be about 1200 photos in a 5 gig memory space.

To email images go into Photos -> Camera Roll or an album and tap on a photo. Then press the MORE OPTION in the button with an up-arrow that bends to the right. A menu will pop up, Select Email.

Type an email address or press the right X to select one from your contacts. Enter a subject and press SEND. Now you can select the size of the file, SMALL, MEDIUM, or LARGE. Once an image size option is selected the message will be sent.

You can also email images by selecting an image by holding your finger on an image and waiting for COPY to appear, and then press Copy (you can email images not only from the Photo app but also other apps such as Safari web pages.

After using COPY, exit, and go to MAIL, and create a new email message. When you want to insert the images in the message area press and hold your finger on the screen and select Paste to insert the images. The iPhone will keep the images at their full size when you send the message.


It's great to see a blue pin on the map representing your location, but how do you know which way you're facing? If you have an iPhone 3GS, thanks to the built-in magnetometer (compass), the map can orient itself for you. Just tap the circle-in-square button (lower-left corner) twice. The map spins so that true north is upward. A Flashlight Beam emanates from your blue dot; its width indicates the iPhone degree of confidence.

If you have the 3G the map is always looking north, but you do not have the map orientation button, but you can easily determine your direction if you have an intersecting street nearby.


Compass homing problems. If you have the 3GS iPhone with the built-in magnetometer (compass), the map can orient itself for you. If you have the 3G iPhone, like me, you will see the pin drop anywhere from a few blocks to a half-mile from where you are. What can you do about it? Not much, you learn to live with it and wish you had bought the 3GS instead of the 3G. You can defeat the problem by giving the map program the street address and zip code. It will drop the pin right on target.


You can scroll through Contacts list on your iPhone either by:

  1. flicking your finger on the list to scroll up/down
  2. tap on one of the letters down the right side of the screen to jump to contacts beginning with that letter.
  3. hold your finger on the alphabetical list and then slide up and down to scroll through your Contacts in a more controlled manner than flicking your finger.

Dialing Favorites - Tapping on a name in your favorites list dials the designated number, but tapping on the arrow next to the name takes you to the contact detail page if you need to dial an alternate number (or send a message)


Earbuds won’t stay in my ears. They are too slick and small. Solution: Buy a package of the foam pads that fit over the buds for less than $10.


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Triple-Click Your Ear Buds - Use the switch to go to the previous song. One of the great things about the iPhone is that its headphones come with a handy little microphone with an integrated button. The button of course allows you to answer and end calls, as well as play and pause your music. You’ve also been able to double-click them to skip to the next song, but in iPhone 3.0 you can actually triple-click to rewind and go back to the previous track!


Email: Opening attachments

If you get an attachment with an e-mail, it will appear at the bottom of the message, with the file-type icon, title of the attachment, and file size. Tapping on it will open it full-screen, and you can zoom in and out and scroll around on it. Note that you can only open and view Word, Excel, PDF, and graphics files - you cannot edit them.

Email: resend tips

Even though there is no Resend button on the iPhone, there is a workaround. Open the Sent folder in Mail and select the message you want to resend. Then tap the folder button on the bottom taskbar (second from the left). Now tap the Drafts folder. This places the message in the Drafts folder. From there, you can open it up, enter an address, and send it again. You can also tap the Inbox folder and select Forward to send it which works for me.

Emails: delete individually or as a group.

You can delete individual e-mail messages in the Inbox view by swiping your finger across the message left to right and hitting the Delete button.

If the message is open in full-screen view, you can tap on the garbage can icon at the bottom of the screen, but be careful with this—tapping on the garbage can deletes the message immediately without giving you a confirming pop-up menu.

Finally, you can delete multiple messages in the Inbox view by tapping on the Edit button in the upper right corner of the screen, tapping on the buttons next to the messages you want to delete, and hitting the Delete button in the bottom left corner of the screen. If you accidentally delete a message, by going into the trash can in the main menu of your email you can put the message back into your inbox or any of your other folders.

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Email: Deleting- You can do both "bulk deletes" and "individual deletes" when browsing email. To do a bulk delete, simply click Edit, check off the desired emails, and then choose delete or move. To delete a single email, simply "cross it out" by swiping your finger across the email, then press delete. Much faster than the multi-step edit method.

Emails: Recover lost email - Say you try to send an email, but the iPhone network access is down. You might think your message has disappeared completely, but don’t worry - it’s still on your phone. A temporary Outgoing folder is created, and the message winds up in there from the main screen of the sending account. The folder disappears once network access is available and the message is sent.

Emails: Save emails as drafts - If you want to save a message you’re working on so you can come back to it later, tap Cancel. Mail pops up a dialog asking you to Save, Don’t Save, or Cancel. Tap Save and the message is placed in your Drafts folder which is created if you don’t have a Drafts folder. However, don’t be alarmed if the message doesn’t appear in Drafts immediately; it is there.


The Hidden .com Button In Mail - Apple emphasizes the fact that Safari has a nifty .com button for easy URL typing, but it appears that like they forgot about Mail. As it turns out, Mail does have a .com button, but it’s hidden. To get to the magical .com button, simply hold period for 2 seconds and a popup containing .com will appear. Also available are .org, .edu, and .net.
Now go email somebody and see if it works.


You open your email on your iPhone and there is a web site link in the body of the text. Have you ever wondered where it goes? No more worries. Just hold your finger on the link while the Web address pops up for you to see. If you do not want to launch Safari, drag your finger off the link and you will not open your browser.


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Scratch-proof your iPhone - You have an investment in your hands. Finger traffic on the screen along with grit that accumulates can cause scratches on the glass. Why take the risk when you can buy a pack of transparent protector sheets and install one on the just cleaned screen. Don’t complain about a scratched screen when you can solve it for under $10.


Transferring Apps From Your iPhone (or iPod) Back Into iTunes. Ever purchase an app on your iPhone and find out later that the app in iTunes is lost? Turns out you can invoke the magic app sync anytime you want. Simply right-click your iPhone in the iTunes Devices section and choose "Transfer Purchases." Any application on your iPhone that isn’t in iTunes will immediately be moved.
Of course you can re-download any app in iTunes for free, but then you already knew that. :-)

Help: Apple Online Help site has PDF manuals

The full user manuals in PDF format can be downloaded from the Apple Web site (apple.com/support). Apple also has online help sites for both devices, formatted for the smaller screens. You can access them by pointing Safari at the following Web addresses:
* iPhone: help.apple.com/iphone
* iPod touch: help.apple.com/ipodtouch.

iTunes: Using App Genius

App Genius helps you locate apps that are similar to ones you have already installed on your iPhone or iPod touch. Since there are over 85,000 apps from which to choose, this new feature should help you cut down on the time you spend searching the App Store. Here is how to use App Genius:

1. From the iPhone or iPod touch, tap the App Store icon.
2. Tap on the button labeled "Genius" in the upper right corner of the display.
3. Tap on "Turn On Genius" and you are prompted to fill in your iTunes password. Do so and hit OK. (Note that turning on Genius sends information about the apps you have installed to Apple. If you have a problem with this, do not use Genius.
4. You will be asked to agree to Apple conditions for using Genius. After you have agreed, Genius will take a minute or two to analyze your apps and send you its suggestions. These may include both paid and free apps, depending on the apps you have installed. You can purchase or download these suggestions directly from this screen.


Dismiss Keyboard Suggested Word - To dismiss the keyboard suggested spelling of a word, you can tap anywhere on the screen. You do not have to press "x" button at the end of the word.

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 switching to the numeric keypad to get the numbers where the period located.
To make things even quicker, we’ve just learned that tapping the space bar with two thumbs will produce the same effect as tapping the space bar twice.

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Alternate Characters - Hold down a letter on the keyboard, you can see popup comes up with various versions of the character. Hold down the "e" or "a" and select the accented variation. This works on any characters which have alternate choices.

Scrolling with Two Fingers - Some web pages contain 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. Here’s another tip. Web pages often have so many links that it is hard to scroll down or right without touching a link. Use two fingers to defeat selecting a link.

Contact alpha scrolling - Everyone knows that you can scroll through the Contacts list on your iPhone two different ways; either flick your finger on the list to scroll up or down, or tap on one of the letters on the alphabet running down the right side of the screen to jump to contacts beginning with that letter. But there is a third way: hold your finger on the alphabetical list and then slide up and down—you’ll be able to scroll through your Contacts in a more controlled manner than by flicking your finger.

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Get a Bigger Keyboard - When using the keyboard, 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. Rotating the iPhone horizontally switches to the wide keyboard on most iPhone applications. Best if you have large fingertips.

Force Quit: To actually close (or Quit) an application, HOLD the Home button for about 4-8 seconds while in the application. Apparently this will save battery usage and will also keep it cooler.

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Typing in Caps - When you tap the shift key the first character appears in caps and then switches to lower case. Just double-tap the shift key to stay in the caps mode. The appearance is different from the first option. Just tap the shift key one more time to go back to lower case

Insert Punctuation Quickly - To enter any punctuation 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.

iPhone Punctuation Tips - You know how some mistyped words with contractions don’t get auto-corrected because the spelling without an apostrophe is also a word? An example is, if you want the word "we’ll" and instead type "well," it assumes you wanted "well." Same for "it’s" and "its." So here’s a tip that solves that problem (no flipping back to the punctuation screen for that apostrophe). If you want "we’ll," type "welll" (you’re right, that’s three L’s) and it will auto-correct to "we’ll." Similarly, if you want "it’s," type "itss." It works for "shelll" and "she’ll". You know that when an auto-correction is suggested, you accept it by just continuing to type; you reject it by tapping the little "X" on the word.)

Home screen home-in - If you have three or four screens of icons on your home screen you can get to the primary (first) home screen with your calendar, settings and notepad by pressing the Home key quickly two times.

Move "dock" icons - You’d be surprised how often this tip is overlooked. The four icons located on the grey bar at the bottom of your iPhone - Phone, Mail, iPod, Safari - are movable, just like the rest of the icons. Just press and hold the icons, then drag them while they are shaking. Press the home button when you’re done. You can put any four icons on your dock.

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Alternative Way to Navigate Home Screens - When on your home screen, try tapping the bottom right/left corner to switch between pages instead of swiping your finger across the screen.

Deleting and moving apps on the iPhone

The iPhone way - Push down on an app icon for several seconds causing an "X" to appear in the top upper left and all the app icons will jiggle. To delete the app press the "X" and answer a couple of questions.
To move the app icon simply hold the middle of the icon and drag it to the screen location or another screen where you desire it to be.
The iTunes way - Plug your iPhone into the computer. Click on your iPhone on the left column and click on APPS on the top of the screen. Uncheck any you want to remove from the iPhone.
From here you can drag an drop app icons on the right side to other positions.

The iPhone Is Only for Humans - The Apple touchscreen recognizes only human skin. Curious cats, slobbery dogs, or even people using a stylus won’t be detected by the iPhone. Perfectionist users afraid of getting the glass screen dirty are up the creek.

Automatically capitalize and add apostrophes - The iPhone automatically capitalizes certain words ("I" when you type "i"). It also automatically adds apostrophes ("I’m" when you type "Im").

Keyboard Speedups - Don’t bother using the Shift key to capitalize a new sentence. The iPhone does that capitalizing automatically.

Don’t put apostrophes in contractions, either; the iPhone will put those in for you, too.


Maps: Saving bookmarks.

You can not save a specific trip in the Maps application, but you can bookmark starting and ending points, and select them to recreate the trip.

Tap on the Maps search button and enter the starting or ending address. A push pin will appear on the map, with a label indicating the address you entered. Tap on the arrow to the right of the label and select Add_To_Bookmarks at the bottom of the page.

Once you have bookmarked the two locations, you can get directions between the two locations by tapping on the Directions button at the bottom of the screen. (If it is not there, hit Search first and it will appear.) Then, go to the Start field, tap on the open book icon to the right, and select one of the bookmarked locations. Do the same for the End field. Tap on the Route button to display a map of your trip.

You can get a list of turn-by-turn directions by tapping on the turn-page icon in the lower right corner of the screen and selecting the List option.

Final note: At the bottom of the Bookmarks screen there are two additional tabs. Recents lets you access recent trips you have made using Maps. Contacts lets you select individuals in your contacts database as your Start and End points. You can also reverse the start and end addresses for the return trip. You need to set aside ten minutes to play with this to get the hang of it.

One other tip is offered. Do not make it too obvious where you live in the bookmarks. If someone cops your phone they probably know you are not at home and might use the opportunity to pay your house a visit.

Maps: Traffic conditions

Maps gives you turn-by-turn directions to your destination and displays a map of the route too. You can also have the map display driving conditions in certain areas. To turn on this feature, set up your trip and go to the map view. Tap on the page-turn icon in the lower right corner and tap on the button labeled Show Traffic. (If traffic condition info is not available, the button is grayed out and labeled Traffic Unavailable In This Area.)

The map is now displayed with the roads highlighted in green (slow), yellow (normal), or red (very slow) to indicate the driving conditions.

Maps: Use Recents Lookup

Do not forget to take advantage of the Recents screen when you want to look at a location or get directions that you have already searched for—this screen includes both. In Maps, tap the Bookmarks icon (on the right side of the location bar on the top of the screen) and then tap Recents on the bottom of the screen.

You can also find any map locations that you bookmarked or view addresses in your list of contacts.


Hold Shift Key as You Type - Sometimes you just need the next 2-3 letters to be capitalized like typing "SMS" or "OK", or upper-case abbrs. Well, iPhone’s multi-touch allows you use the shift key just like you can on a computer. Simply hold down the shift key while you type and every letter will be capitalized.


Navigation - Locate your car or kids - When your parking space is a long way from your destination, take a picture of where you parked along with location markers and a view of the closest building.
When you take the kids, take a picture of the kids at the car. That way, if you and the kids become separated, you’ll have a current picture, with the clothes and haircut on that day, to show the security guards.
If valet parks your car and the attendant asks what kind of car, have picture of it, including the license plate you can show them.

Memory management in iPhone

There are two types of memory on the: STORAGE MEMORY and RAM MEMORY. If you download a lot of music and videos and install a lot of third-party apps, you can run low of storage memory, especially on the 8 GB devices. One of the things you can do is to delete third-party apps, music, and videos you do not need

The devices have 128 MB of RAM, which is used to run the OS and applications. Slowdowns and other problems associated with not enough RAM can occur. Fortunately, the iPhone and iPod touch will warn you if you are low on memory. If you receive one of these warnings asking you to do something, do it immediately—do not put it off. Also, if you are finished with an app, close it down completely. With the app displayed, press and HOLD DOWN the Home key. This will close it down and take you to the Home screen. Next, clean house as mentioned above.

Finally, you might consider investing in a third-party app that will help you manage the memory on your device. A number are available on the App Store, including iStat ($1.99), Free Memory ($0.99), and Memory Status ($0.99). I have not used them, but Apple Life recommends them.

Notes: Cannot sync to desktop

You can sync music and videos as well as Contacts and Calendar information with your PC or Mac, but you cannot sync notes. If you want to transfer a note to your computer, tap on the envelope icon at the bottom of a note and e-mail it to yourself. Then open it on your computer and cut and paste it into the appropriate application.

Oleophobic Screen Coating

This means it will not get all greasy-looking from the oil from your fingers and face (and potato chips). It is a membrane that repels liquids such as the oil on your fingertips therefore allowing the 3GS screen to remain smudge free. To clean the screen, simply wipe your iPhone screen with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove oil left by your hands and face. It also resists scratching, but is not scratch-proof.

But it seems adding such a coating is not without its problems. The coating is reportedly breaking down when the 3GS is used heavily and for repeated tasks e.g. playing the same game over and over again. The screen is obstructed by heavy white marking and eventually needs replacing. It is not known yet whether such a fault will be treated as a manufacturing problem or wear and tear, but hopefully Apple will agree to replace the phones.

The same thing cannot happen on the iPhone 3G. It does not have this oleophobic coating. There have not been any reports on whether the iPhone 4 has this coating. I only know that the iPhone 4 has a much improved scratch-resistant screen.

I put screen protector film on my 3G the day I bought it and never had it off and never suffered wear or scratches. I do not know what my iPhone screen looks like without it.

Pairing: Pairing headsets

Unpair one headset before pairing another. You can only pair your iPhone with one Bluetooth accessory at a time. Here is how:

  1. From the Home screen, go to Settings >General >Bluetooth
  2. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  3. Select the paired accessory from the list
  4. Tap on unpair

Phone: To stop an incoming call from ringing, press the sleep / wake button. To send the call immediately to VoiceMail, press the sleep / wake button twice.

Caller ID: If you select a photo for a contact from the iPhone, the selected photo is shown full screen for the caller ID

Caller ID: If a contacts photo is transferred with the contact’s info from the Address Book, the contact’s photo is shown as a thumbnail (just like with the commercials) for the caller ID

iPhone photos: A contacts picture folder /album is a good idea


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Photos: Organizing iPhone photos - The iPhone comes with two folders under the Photos icon named "Camera Roll" and "Photo Library". You cannot change these. When I sync the iPhone images with the Windows PC they are stored the same way on the PC. To offer some organization I created extra folders on the PC in C:\Documents and Settings\My Documents\iphone\Photos named "Cats", "Personal", etc. (This is for XP, if Vista then change document and settings to Users).

Photo taking tricks - The iPhone only takes a photo when the shutter is released. So, when taking a photo, hold your finger on the shutter icon until you are ready, then lift off. This avoids jerking the phone while taking the photo which happens when you press and release the shutter icon in one step.

Phone: adding numbers to Favorites

The iPhone Favorites (speed dial) feature lists your most important or frequently called phone numbers. To add a number to Favorites, follow these steps:

A. From Contacts:
a. Open the individual contact and tap on the "Add to Favorites" button at the bottom of the screen.

B. From Recents list:
a. Tap the white arrow icon in a blue circle next to the desired caller, then tap on the "Add to Favorites" button.
b. To place a call quickly, phone button, to go the Favorites list, select a number on the favorites.

Phone: Annoying Caller alert!

For example, a broker keeps calling you having to tell them to stop calling more than once gets annoying. Create a single contact and call it BLOCKED or DO NOT ANSWER or something like that. Then, when you have identified a phone number as one you do not want to answer, enter it in this contact. You can associate a scary ring tone with the contact, or import and select a scary image as the contact photo. That way, every time that contact calls you, you are instantly aware that it is one you do not want to answer.

Note that you can enter up to 9 phone numbers in an individual contact, so this single contact can alert you to 9 different annoying callers.

Phone: Conference calls

Note that your wireless carrier must support this feature. If it does, you can make conference calls with up to five different persons. Here is how you do it:

  1. Place the first call. When that person picks up, tell them you will be placing them on hold to connect the other parties.
  2. Tap on the Add Call button and make the second call. This automatically places the first call on hold. Tell the second person you are putting them on hold.
  3. Repeat the second step until you have connected to all the people in the conference call.
  4. Finally, tap the Merge Calls button so that everyone can hear each other.
  5. You can drop a person from the conference call by tapping on the End Call icon next to the desired phone number and then hitting the larger End Call button.
  6. You can talk privately with one individual in the conference call by tapping on Conference and then on Private next to the desired phone number. Tap on Merge Calls to reconnect with the conference call.
  7. Finally, you can add an incoming call to an ongoing conference call by tapping Hold Call, then on Answer, and finally on Merge Calls.

Phone: Practical and everyday uses.

Your iPhone is full of photos of your family and friends, but you can use the Camera for other very practical uses:

  • Document the location and damage to your car if in an accident with photos; take a photo of the other car license plate. You can e-mail them to your insurance company or if necessary, the police.
  • You are in a large mall or airport parking lot; take a photo of your car and make sure you have one of the parking lot ID signs in the photo (e.g., Lot D2). It will help you find the car when you are leaving.
  • If you see something you want to buy at a store, but need input from your spouse before the purchase, take a photo of it and e-mail it to him or her. These can be items of a personal nature, like a living room lamp, or work related, like a piece of office equipment.
  • Take a photo of all your pets and keep it on the iPhone. If they go missing, you can reproduce it for your Missing Pet posters or to show people what the pet looks like.
  • If you are visiting a home or business and see a room design that you like that you may want to reproduce in your own home or business, take a photo of it.
  • Take a photo of the hand-drawn map to the potluck or the handwritten recipe for your favorite delicious key lime pie.

Phone: Ignore incoming calls: Three ways to do it

If a call comes in that you do not want to answer, there are three ways to send the call directly to your voicemail, depending on the circumstance.

  1. If the call comes in while you are using the iPhone, simply tap the Decline button.
  2. If the call comes when the iPhone is locked or asleep, quickly double-tap the Home button.
  3. If you are wearing the earbuds when the call comes, squeeze and hold the microphone clicker for a few seconds.

Phone: Minimize international data charges

AT&T has published tips on how their iPhone customers can minimize international data charges when traveling overseas:

Be sure to download and install the latest version of iPhone software from iTunes.

* Make sure Data Roaming is turned OFF. To check this, tap on Settings>General>Network>Data Roaming.

  1. Utilize a Wi-Fi connection instead of 3G/GPRS/EDGE to browse the Web, download data, or check e-mail. Wi-Fi hotspots are available in many international airports, hotels and restaurants.
  2. Turn Fetch New Data OFF. Check e-mail and sync contacts and calendars manually instead of having the data pushed to your iPhone automatically. This way you can control the flow of data coming to your iPhone.
  3. To turn off the Auto-Check functionality tap on Settings>Fetch New Data, change Push to OFF and Select to Fetch Manually. Consider Purchasing an International Data Package from AT&T. (Do not cancel the plan immediately after returning from the trip. Wait 90 days so that all the international data charges have been reported to AT&T. Otherwise, you will be charged the more expensive data roaming charges.)

Phone: Save numbers to contacts

You can dial a phone number from your Contacts, Recents, or Favorites lists, or use the built-in keypad to place the call. If you are using the keypad, you can save the number to your Contacts list by following these steps:

  1. Enter the phone number with the keypad, but do not hit the call button.
  2. Tap on the Add-to-Contacts icon (the head-and-shoulder silhouette with a plus symbol next to it) that appears under the asterisks key.
  3. Tap on the Create New Contact button and fill in the person name, address, etc., or tap on the Add to Existing Contact button and select an existing contact name.
  4. When you have finished adding the number to your Contacts list, hit the Call button to place the call.
  5. You can also create a new contact, or add a number to an existing contact, after you have placed or received a call by clicking on Recents and then the blue arrow to the right of the number. This will bring up a screen with all of your options.


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I copy photos into these folders. The next time you sync the iPhone it will create these folders on the iPhone making it easier to find pics. I discovered that all of the extra folder contents are also copied into the "Photo Library". I don’t have an answer for that.

Photos: Sorting iPhone photos - I prefer all my photos to be sorted in alphabetical order. This is particularly true when it comes to my iPhone. The photos seem to be sorted by some mysterious Egyptian code. It is not alphabetical or chronological.

Wallpaper Photos: Create an Album (folder) called iPhone Wallpaper and load up your favorite 320x480 wallpapers. This makes it very easy to pick a new wallpaper on your iPhone.

Photo taking tricks - Like the keyboard, the iPhone only takes a photo when the shutter is released. So, when taking a photo, hold your photo on the shutter icon until you are ready; then lift off.


Save Images From Safari and Mail - Ever want to save an image while browsing the web or Mail. It’s easy. Here’s how it’s done: go to a web page or email with an image that you want to save. Tap and hold on the particular image for 2-3 second and a dialogue will slide up asking if you’d like to save the image. Tap "Save Image" to confirm, and its immediately saved to your camera roll. Transfer it to your computer later.


Phone call movements - You can have complete access of your phone while on a call. Just hit the home button while you’re on a call and go look up a contact, check your notes, calendar, or whatever.

Photos: Attaching multiples to email

With OS 3.0, you can now attach up to 5 photos to an e-mail message, up from one in the previous version of the OS. Follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Photos app and open the desired photo album
  2. Tap on the arrow icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap on the desired photos to select them.
  4. Tap on the Share button in the lower left corner and hit the Email button in the pop-up screen.
  5. Fill out the To and Subject fields, add a message, and hit the Send button.

This feature makes it easier to send a series of photos to family, friends, or associates. At iPhone Life, we capture many iPhone and iPod touch screen shots for articles. We use this new 3.0 feature to e-mail them to our desktop computers, where we do most of the editorial work.

Photo: Start camera app quickly

If you take a lot of photos with your iPhone and want to be able to launch the Camera app quickly, change the Home button setting by going to Settings >General >Home and selecting Camera. This configures the iPhone so that pressing the Home button twice in quick succession launches the Camera app instead of showing the primary Home Screen. However, you now have to flick right the Home Screen several times to get to the first screen. There has to be a trade-off.

Photos: Slide show

You can play a slide show of photos on your iPhone or iPod touch. Go to Photos and tap on an album, then tap the Play button on the bottom of the screen (the right pointer). You can stop the slide show at any time by tapping anywhere on the screen, which will display the photo controls (tap Play to start the slide show again).

Change how the slide show plays by going to Settings >Photos. Set how long you want each slide to appear, pick a transition, choose to repeat the slide show (loop it over and over again), and/or choose Shuffle to play the photos in a random order.

Quit the Current App - What happens to an app when you close it? It might look like it is sucked down a black hole, but that is certainly not the case. When you close an app, much of it remains in memory, so it can be opened again quickly.
To quit the Current App in OS 3.0 or later, press and hold the sleep/wake button until the slide to power off screen appears. Then proceed to press and hold the home button until the application quits (usually takes around six seconds).


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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. Keep holding both buttons until the screen turns back on.
If you press the "Home" Button and the "Sleep" Button and release them quickly this takes a snapshot of the screen, but doesn’t do the reset.


Here is how to save an image in a web page or email. If you want to keep an image you see in a web page or email message, tap and hold your finger on the image for one second to get a Save Image button: Tap the button to save the image in your Photos library, in the Camera Roll album.


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Move Dock Icons - Just press and hold any icon on the screen for a few seconds to activate the move edit mode. Just press and hold any icons on the screen, then drag them while they are shaking to any other location or screen page. You can put any 4 icons on your dock (grey bar at the bottom of your iPhone).


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iPhone maps: Typing in the three letter airport code while in maps will bring the airport up on the map. So if you are trying to view a map of say Dallas/Fort Worth, TX. Typing DFW (or dfw) will bring up the DFW airport.

Spotlight Search: Find most anything

Spotlight Search is one the best new features that started in OS 3.0. Given that you can now have up to 11 pages of apps and folders with more apps on each page, swiping constantly to find them can be a bit irritating.
To go to Spotlight, go to the Home screen and swipe left. Type a key word for something you want. It is the fastest way to find an app, contact, e-mail, song, video, or other piece of data.
Simply open the Spotlight Search window, begin entering your search query, and a list of possible results is displayed and refined as you type. When you see what you are looking for, tap on it to open it. It even shows web search options.

This app is excellent to use; You can even find e-mails from the trash. It really mitigates what was becoming a double-edged sword of the iPhone apps.


That third-party application you downloaded would be great if only it just let you change that one little setting that's driving you nuts, but you can't find a preferences option anywhere in the app.

Apple's developer documentation asks programmers to put their applications' settings in the iPhone Settings app. Not all developers do Apple's bidding, but it's a good idea to check the Settings app before complaining to the program's creator that something's totally impossible.

Simply click on the Settings app and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Any 3rd party apps that have their settings here will show a tiny app icon on a line with an arrow to the right. Click the line and the applications setting options will show.


Get Travel Times Based on Traffic in Google Maps - Even though there are plenty of great navigation apps Google Maps on the iPhone is still one of the best ways to get basic navigation info and you don’t have to pay extra for navigation on the phone. It gives me a good idea of how long it’ll take to get to a destination. To factor in travel times with current traffic conditions factored in, simply enable the "Show Traffic" option before requesting directions, and traffic will be factored in. You should see your estimated travel time followed by the words "with traffic." If you requested directions but forgot to enable traffic, simply enable it, tap "Edit," then "Route," and Maps should recalculate based on traffic.

Search Tips and Tricks with Search Spotlight - By far one of my favorite new features in iPhone 3.0 Those unfamiliar with the Mac technology, it’s essentially a super fast, smart search system. It’s in iPhone 3.0 and Spotlight has been added to iPod, Notes, Mail, and Calendar, in addition to the Phone app. This means that you can search for a song in the iPod, a mail message in Mail, or appointment in Calendar.

Customize Search Results - Most people probably agree that Spotlight search on the iPhone is useful (screen to left of home). But what we all use it for most definitely varies. I use it for searching events, notes and emails.
To customize what order things show up in, check out Settings > General > Home > Spotlight search. From here, you can rearrange the order of your results, as well as turn off the ones you do not want.

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Okay, you’re on the Home Screen where the calendar, settings and contact icons are located. Swiping to the left of the first home page you will have a search box and keypad. Enter something like "birthday" and search through your entire iPhone. It finds the word in contacts, mail, notes and all the other apps listed above. Is that awesome?

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iPhone 3.0: Delete and Forward Individual SMS Messages - From any SMS / MMS message, an "Edit" button has been added to let you select individual messages for deletion or forwarding in another message. This one really comes in handy for those who like to hold onto those SMS conversations, except for that one embarrassing, drunken text you sent one night. You know who you are.


Secure your iPhone - Navigate to ’Settings’ -> ’General’ -> ’Passcode Lock’ to turn on a passcode security. Even if you don’t want to use the lock it’s worth watching the visual effects Apple have built in to even the simplest task of unlocking your phone.


Store club cards on your iPhone as pictures - Here’s a tip to lighten your wallet a bit. Take all those club cards out of your wallet or purse and take a photo of each one on your iPhone. Leave all those cards at home and just carry your iPhone. When you need a card number it’ll be right there in your photos app.


Syncing: Tips to speed up syncing

You are in a rush to leave and you just want to sync a few songs and Podcasts to your iPhone. You hit sync, and suddenly you find yourself waiting…and waiting…and waiting. What is taking so long is that all the data on iPhone is being backed up by iTunes.

There is a simple way around this and it involves canceling the backup process. Follow this simple step:

  1. When synching the iPhone, you should see a progress message at the top of iTunes that reads " backing up (Your Name) iPhone. " Simply click the X to the right of this text.
  2. This will cancel the backup process, but synching will continue. Synching is much quicker than the backup process, even with large files and you should be finished anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes.

It is important that you should not cancel backups too often, as having a backup of your iPhone is important in case the data on your iPhone becomes corrupt. If you did not have a backup, you would not be able to fully restore the information on your iPhone.

Syncing: Automatic setting

I turned off automatic syncing in iTunes when the iPhone is connected. I want the option to decide what will be synced and when to do it. If the iPhone data were damaged I want to be able to restore from iTunes without an attempt to sync the damaged iPhone data.

Also, sometimes I just want to get some photos off My Camera to my desktop and do not need to backup the phone. In iTunes go to Edit > Preferences > Devices and put a check mark on Prevent iPods, iPhones from syncing automatically. Now, you have total control when to do this.


Timer dial tricks - Timer dials can be moved by tapping two units above or below to move in two unit increments.

Undo typing:

The new OS takes advantage of the accelerometer to let you do some quick, basic editing in any app that accepts text. Simply shake the iPhone or iPod touch to undo the text you just entered. A pop-up appears, allowing you to confirm the action by hitting the Undo Typing button, or cancel it. If you decide you did not really want to undo the typing, shake the device again. This time, the pop-up will let you Redo Typing.

This feature only works with text you just entered in the current data field. For example, if you create a note with the phrase "Pick up hardware for door" and close the note, that text cannot be deleted with the shake feature if you open the note again. Also, if you have filled in the To field in an e-mail message, and move to the Subject field, you cannot go back and use the shake feature to delete the address.


Convert Home Movies In iTunes - The first time I wanted to get home movies onto the iPhone I installed the FreeVideoToIPhoneConverter program and it worked great. Did you know you could convert your very own movies for the iPod and iPhone? I didn’t. All you need to do is add your movie to iTunes and then choose "Create iPhone (or iPod) version" from the Advanced Menu. Yes, it is that simple. Cool or what?


Tap the > button to the right of any recording to open its Info screen. Here, you can give yourself some clue what it is by choosing a label (Podcast, Interview, Idea, Memo, and so on). Or tap Custom and type in any name you prefer.

If you tap Trim Memo, you get a special scroll bar. Drag the endpoints of the scroll bar inward to cut the dead air off the beginning and end, playing the sound as necessary to guide you. Tap Trim Voice Memo. You can then email or MMS the memo. Try it and email it to yourself.

Multimedia Messaging Service, or MMS, is a standard way to send messages that include multimedia content to and from mobile phones.The SMS (Short Message Service) capability allows exchange of text messages only up to 160 characters in length. The most popular use is to send photographs from camera-equipped handsets, although it is also popular as a method of delivering news and entertainment content including videos, pictures, text pages and ringtones.

Voice memos: Naming and trimming

The iPhone OS 3.0 software adds the ability to save short voice memos on your iPhone. In addition to saving them, you can rename them and trim them down (like you can with videos taken with the 3GS).

To rename a voice memo, tap the lower right icon with 3-bars. Tap the right arrow symbol next to the memo you want to rename. This takes you to the info screen for that memo. Tap on the right arrow in this screen and select the "Custom" option at the bottom of this list enter a more specific name for the memo.

To edit the memo, tap on the "Trim Memo" button on the Info screen and you are taken to screen with a yellow trim bar. Slide the left and right edges of the bar to change the beginning and ending points of the memo. To preview your changes, tap the small arrow icon to the left of the trim bar. When you are sure you like the edits, hit the large yellow button labeled "Trim Voice Memo." Note that you cannot go back to the original memo after you hit this button.


WiFi Finder - I thought about downloading a free WiFi finder app from the Apple site for finding WiFi in my surrounding area. Did, you know the iPhone can do that out of the box using the built in Maps application? Simply type in "wifi, followed by the city name and state (or type the zip code)" and you’re off and running.


Weather knows postcodes, cities - When adding a new city to the weather widget it also works if you enter a ZIP code. You know that postcode 76106 exists in Fort Worth, TX. If you type 7610 who would have known it also finds Rumes, Belgium and Zafirono, Bulgaria.
Better yet, type Miami and you will get Miami, Fl, Miami Beach, and a dozen other localities.

Design and content is copyrighted ©, January 2004, revised July 2010
by Derald Freeman, Burleson, TX.
All rights reserved.

Last updated July 2010 -
email: grreatideas@sbcglobal.net