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My iPhone for Seniors (Covers iPhone 7/7 Plus  and other models running iOS 10)

My iPhone for Seniors (Covers iPhone 7/7 Plus and other models running iOS 10)

3rd Edition

Brad Miser

Mar 2017, Paperback, 720 pages
ISBN13: 9780789758170
ISBN10: 0789758172
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Easy, clear, readable, and focused on what you want to do.


Step-by-step instructions for the tasks you care about most.

Large, full-color, close-up photos with callouts to iPhone photos that show you exactly what to do.

Common-sense help when you run into iPhone problems or limitations.

Tips and notes to help you get the most from your iPhone.

Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your


iPhone working just the way you want. The tasks include how to:


• Connect to the Internet, Bluetooth devices, Wi-Fi networks, and other iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads; take advantage of AirDrop to instantly share with other iOS and Mac users around you

• Use Siri to get information, write texts and emails, set reminders/appointments, and more just by speaking to your iPhone

• Customize your iPhone with folders, wallpaper, ringtones, and much more

• Configure and sync your information, and efficiently manage contacts and calendars

• Communicate via phone calls, FaceTime videoconferences, conference calls, text, email, and more

• Make your text messages come alive by adding Digital Touches and effects

• Make the most of Safari to browse the Web and Mail to manage all of your email from one Inbox

• Listen to podcasts, listen to music with Music; find your way with Maps, and use other great iPhone apps

• Capture and edit photos and video; use great camera features such as burst photos, time-lapse photos, and slow-motion video, and Live Photos

• View your photos in memories and use them for wallpaper and for your contacts

• Find, download, install, and use awesome iPhone apps

• Take advantage of iCloud to keep your content and information in sync on all your devices

Using This Book...............................xvii

Getting Started.............................xix

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Your iPhone 3

Getting to Know Your iPhone’s External Features..............................3

Getting to Know Your iPhone’s Software..............................................7

Using Your Fingers to Control Your iPhone.................................7

Going Home.................................7

Touching the iPhone’s Screen................................................8

Working with iPhone Apps..............................................14

Using the Home Screens.........................................................................20

Using the iPhone Plus’ Split-Screen...............................................22

Working with the Control Center................................................23

Working with the Notification Center...............................26

Using Siri Suggestions................................................................28

Using the Do Not Disturb Mode..............................29

Using Airplane Mode..................................................30

Meeting Siri...................................31

Understanding iPhone Status Icons...............................33

Turning Your iPhone Off or On..............................................35

Sleeping/Locking and Waking/Unlocking Your iPhone..................36

Signing In to Your Apple ID.................................................39

Setting the Volume.........................................................40

Chapter 2: Using Your iPhone’s Core Features 43

Getting Started........................................43

Introducing the Settings App......................45

Using and Configuring Widgets....................45

Accessing Widgets...........................................46

Configuring the Widget Center..........................................49

Working with Text........................................53

Working with Predictive Text................................53

Working with Keyboards.....................................................54

Using Emojis....................................56

Correcting Spelling as You Type...................................58

Editing Text............................................60

Selecting, Copying, Cutting, or Pasting Text................................61

Correcting Spelling After You’ve Typed......................................................63

Dictating Text.................................64

Searching on Your iPhone.......................66

Working with Siri Suggestions.................69

Working with Notifications............................71

Working with Visual Notifications.................................72

Working with Other Types of Notifications........................75

Configuring Your Notifications...........................................76

Configuring an App’s Notifications...............................77

Configuring the Do Not Disturb Mode.........................................81

Printing from Your iPhone..........................................85

Working with the Wallet App and Apple Pay.......................................87

Working with the Wallet App.......................................87

Adding Passes or Cards to Your Wallet Using an App.........................................................................91

Adding Passes or Cards to Your Wallet by Scanning Their Codes......................................92

Working with Apple Pay......................................................94

Adding Credit or Debit Cards to Apple Pay.................................95

Managing Apple Pay...................................................98

Chapter 3: Connecting Your iPhone to the Internet, Bluetooth Devices, and iPhones/iPods/iPads 101

Getting Started...................................102

Securing Your iPhone.............................103

Using Wi-Fi Networks to Connect to the Internet........................................................107

Connecting to Open Wi-Fi Networks........................................................107

Connecting to Public Wi-Fi Networks....................................................................112

Using Cellular Data Networks to Connect to the Internet..................................114

Configuring Cellular Data Use..........................................................118

Using Bluetooth to Connect to Other Devices...............................122

Connecting to Bluetooth Devices..............................................123

Connecting Your iPhone to Other iPhones, iPod touches, or iPads........................................126

Using AirDrop to Share Content with Other iPhones, iPod touches, iPads, or a Mac..........127

Enabling AirDrop..............................128

Using AirDrop to Share Your Content..............................129

Using AirDrop to Work with Content Shared with You........................132

Chapter 4: Setting Up and Using iCloud and Other Online Accounts 135

Getting Started........................136

Configuring and Using iCloud............136

Obtaining an iCloud Account...............................138

Signing In To Your iCloud Account...................................140

Enabling iCloud to Store Your Information on the Cloud.......................142

Configuring iCloud Drive.................................144

Configuring iCloud to Store Photos.......................145

Configuring Your iCloud Backup.........................148

Configuring Your iCloud Keychain............................149

Setting Up Other Types of Built-In Online Accounts on Your iPhone........151

Configuring a Google Account..................................152

Configuring Other Types of Built-In Online Accounts on Your iPhone..................154

Configuring Other Types of Online Accounts..................................154

Setting Up an Online Account that Isn’t Built-in....................155

Configuring a Facebook Account...............................157

Setting How and When Your Accounts Are Updated......................................159

Configuring How New Data Is Retrieved for Your Accounts.................................................160

Chapter 5: Customizing How Your iPhone Works 167

Getting Started........................167

Working with the Settings App................................168

Using the Settings App on Any iPhone.......................168

Searching for Settings........................................170

Using the Settings App on an iPhone Plus.............................171

Setting Keyboard, Language, and Format Options...............172

Setting Keyboard Preferences................................173

Creating and Working with Text Replacements.................177

Setting Language and Region Preferences................................179

Setting Privacy and Location Services Preferences................182

Setting a Passcode and Configuring Touch ID.....................188

Configuring Your Passcode and Fingerprints ........................188

Setting Accessibility Options.....................196

Setting Restrictions for Content and Apps.........................202

Using the App Store App to Find and Install iPhone Apps....................208

Configuring Your iPhone to Download and Maintain Apps...............208

Using the App Store App to Find and Install iPhone Apps.................210

Searching for Apps............................211

Browsing for Apps..........................................214

Downloading Apps................................217

Chapter 6: Customizing How Your iPhone Looks and Sounds 221

Getting Started..............................221

Customizing Your Home Screens........................222

Moving Icons Around Your Home Screens...................................223

Creating Folders to Organize Apps on Your Home Screens...................................................226

Placing Icons in Existing Folders......................228

Configuring the Home Screen Dock...............230

Deleting Icons..........................................231

Setting the Screen’s Brightness, Lock/Wake, Text, View, and Wallpaper Options.......233

Setting the Screen Brightness and Night Shift...............234

Setting Auto-Lock and Raise to Wake.........................237

Setting Text Size and Bold....................................238

Choosing a View........................239

Setting the Wallpaper on the Home and Lock Screens............................241

Choosing the Sounds and Vibrations Your iPhone Makes............................246

Chapter 7: Managing Contacts 251

Getting Started.........................251

Setting Your Contacts Preferences.....................252

Creating Contacts on Your iPhone.............................254

Creating New Contacts from Email..........................254

Creating Contacts Manually............................257

Working with Contacts on Your iPhone.............................266

Using the Contacts App..........................................266

Accessing Contacts from Other Apps.....................271

Managing Your Contacts on Your iPhone................................272

Updating Contact Information................................273

Deleting Contacts..............................275

Chapter 8: Communicating with the Phone and FaceTime Apps 277

Getting Started............................278

Configuring Phone Settings................278

Making Voice Calls..............................282

Dialing with the Keypad.................................283

Dialing with Contacts.....................................284

Dialing with Favorites....................................285

Dialing with Recents.........................................286

Dialing from the FAVORITES Widget...............................288

Managing In-Process Voice Calls..................289

Entering Numbers During a Call.....................290

Making Conference Calls......................291

Using Another App During a Voice Call....................295

Receiving Voice Calls......................296

Answering Calls.....................296

Answering Calls During a Call...........................299

Managing Voice Calls............................299

Clearing Recent Calls..........................300

Adding Calling Information to Favorites...............301

Using the iPhone’s Headset for Calls....................................302

Using Visual Voicemail...........................303

Recording a New Greeting.............................304

Listening to, Reading, and Managing Voicemails......307

Finding and Listening to Voicemails...........................308

Listening to and Managing Deleted Voicemails...................310

Communicating with FaceTime.................312

Configuring FaceTime Settings.....................313

Making FaceTime Calls.......................315

Receiving FaceTime Calls.....................319

Managing FaceTime Calls..............................320

Chapter 9: Sending, Receiving, and Managing Email 325

Getting Started.............................325

Setting Mail App Preferences......................................326

Working with Email......................333

Receiving and Reading Email.........................................336

Receiving and Reading Email on an iPhone Plus ......................342

Using 3D Touch for Email .............................345

Sending Email............................348

Using Mail’s Suggested Recipients................352

Replying to Email....................................353

Forwarding Emails..........................355

Managing Email.........................357

Checking for New Email................................357

Understanding the Status of Email........................358

Managing Email from the Message Screen.........................358

Managing Email from an Inbox.....................................360

Managing Multiple Emails at the Same Time.....................362

Organizing Email from the Message Screen.......................364

Organizing Email from the Inbox..................366

Viewing Messages in a Mailbox.......................368

Saving Images Attached to Email...........369

Filtering Email......................371

Searching Your Email..........................373

Working with VIPs......................................374

Designating VIPs....................................375

Accessing VIP Email..........................375

Managing Junk Email...................................377

Marking Junk Email.......................378

Chapter 10: Sending, Receiving, and Managing Texts and iMessages 381

Getting Started..........................................381

Preparing the Messages App for Messaging............................................................................................................382

Setting Your Text and iMessage Preferences................................................................................................383

Blocking People from Messaging or Texting You..................................................................................391

Sending Messages..........................................393

Creating a New Message and Conversation..........................................394

Sending Messages in an Existing Conversation........................................399

Applying Effects to Messages You Send..............................................................401

Including Photos or Video in Messages You Send.......................403

Using Digital Touches in Messages You Send..................................410

Managing Apps in Messages.............................414

Adding Content from Apps to Messages You Send........................418

Including Instant Audio in Messages You Send.........................420

Adding Your Location to Messages You Send....................421

Using Quick Actions to Send Messages .........................423

Receiving, Reading, and Replying to Messages............................423

Receiving Messages.....................................424

Reading Messages..............................................425

Viewing Images or Video You Receive in Messages..............................427

Listening to Audio in Messages You Receive in Messages.........................431

Replying to Messages from the Messages App....................................432

Replying to Messages from a Banner Alert................................434

Having a Messages Conversation............................434

Working with Messages........................436

Managing Messages Conversations........................436

Receiving and Reading Messages on an iPhone Plus.................440

Using 3D Touch for Messages ...............................442

Browsing Attachments to Conversations........................................443

Working with Messages from People You Might Not Know.....................444

Responding to a Message with Icons.............................446

Deleting Messages and Conversations.........................447

Deleting Conversations............................449

Chapter 11: Managing Calendars 451

Getting Started...........................451

Setting Calendar, Date, and Time Preferences........................452

Working with Calendars.......................455

Viewing Calendars and Events......................456

Navigating Calendars......................................460

Viewing Calendars..................................................461

Using 3D Touch for Events (iPhone 6s/6s Plus and Later)...........465

Adding Events to a Calendar....................................467

Using Quick Actions with the Calendar App (iPhone 6s/6s Plus and Later)...479

Searching Calendars...................................479

Working with Invitations...........................482

Sharing Calendars.................................................486

Managing Calendars, Events, and Invitations..............................488

Chapter 12: Working with Siri 491

Getting Started...........................491

Setting Up Siri....................................................492

Understanding Siri’s Personality...............................494

Learning How to Use Siri by Example.....................................500

Using Siri to Make Voice Calls......................................500

Composing New Email with Siri..................................501

Replying to Emails with Siri.............................................503

Having Messages Read to You..................................................505

Replying to Messages with Siri..............................506

Sending New Messages with Siri.................................507

Using Siri to Create Events........................................508

Using Siri to Create Reminders........................509

Using Siri to Get Information..............................512

Using Siri to Play Music...................................513

Using Siri to Get Directions..............................514

Using Siri to Open Apps..........................................516

Using Dictation to Speak Text Instead of Typing.................517

Chapter 13: Surfing the Web 521

Getting Started...................................521

Setting Safari Preferences..........................523

Visiting Websites..............................528

Using Bookmarks to Move to Websites..........................528

Using Your Favorites to Move to Websites........................531

Typing URLs to Move to Websites...............................................534

Using Your Browsing History to Move to Websites....................536

Viewing Websites........................538

Working with Multiple Websites at the Same Time..........................541

Opening New Pages in the Background.............................543

Opening New Pages in a New Tab...........................................543

Using Tab View to Manage Open Web Pages.....................................544

Opening Web Pages That Are Open on Other Devices..........................547

Searching the Web.....................548

Saving and Organizing Bookmarks......................550

Creating Bookmarks.............................550

Organizing Bookmarks............................................552

Deleting Bookmarks or Folders of Bookmarks.........................557

Using 3D Touch with Safari .................................557

Sharing Web Pages.....................................559

Emailing a Link to a Web Page.............................560

Messaging a Web Page....................................561

Signing In to Websites Automatically...............................563

Chapter 14: Taking Photos and Video with Your iPhone 567

Getting Started...................................568

Setting Your Photos & Camera Preferences...........................................569

Using the Camera App to Take Photos and Videos with Your iPhone.................................571

Taking Photos..................................576

Taking Panoramic Photos.............................................580

Taking Telephoto Photos (iPhone 7 Plus Only)..............................581

Taking Portrait Photos (iPhone 7 Plus Only).........................583

Taking Video................................585

Taking Photos and Video from the Lock Screen............................586

Taking Photos and Video from the Control Center...................................587

Taking Photos with Quick Actions (Models with 3D Touch)..................................588

Chapter 15: Viewing and Editing Photos and Video with the Photos App 593

Getting Started...................................593

Viewing, Editing, and Working with Photos on Your iPhone..................................594

Finding Photos to Work With by Browsing................................................594

Finding Photos to Work With by Searching................................602

Viewing Photos Individually...................................................................604

Using 3D Touch with Photos........................................................608

Working with Memories.............................................................................................609

Watching and Changing a Memory’s Slideshow.........................612

Viewing a Memory’s Photos...........................................................615

Viewing a Memory’s Photos by Place....................................616

Working with Burst Mode Photos...........................620

Editing Photos..........................................622

Enhancing Photos...............................................623

Straightening, Rotating, and Cropping Photos....................................625

Applying Filters to Photos................................................628

Removing Red-Eye from Photos.............................................630

Making Smart Adjustments to Photos.....................................631

Marking Up Photos....................................................633

Working with Photos............................................................636

Sharing Photos via Email........................................................637

Organizing Photos in a New Album....................................640

Adding Photos to an Existing Album...................................642

Deleting Photos...........................................643

Viewing, Editing, and Working with Video on Your iPhone...................644

Finding and Watching Videos.....................................645

Editing Video...............................646

Using iCloud with Your Photos.................................648

Sharing Your Photos...................................................648

Adding Photos to a Shared Album.....................................................650

Working with Photo Albums Shared with You.....................................652

Chapter 16: Working with Other Useful iPhone Apps and Features ONLINE

Chapter 17: Maintaining and Protecting Your iPhone and Solving Problems ONLINE

Glossary ONLINE

9780789758170, TOC, 10/25/2016

Brad Miser has written extensively about technology, with his favorite topics being the amazing “i” devices, especially the iPhone, that make it possible to take our lives with us while we are on the move. In addition to My iPhone, Tenth Edition, Brad has written many other books, including My iPhone for Seniors, Third Edition; and My Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. He has also been an author, development editor, or technical editor for more than 50 other titles.

Brad is or has been a sales support specialist, the director of product and customer services, and the manager of education and support services for several software development companies. Previously, he was the lead proposal specialist for an aircraft engine manufacturer, a development editor for a computer book publisher, and a civilian aviation test officer/engineer for the U.S. Army. Brad holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and has received advanced education in maintainability engineering, business, and other topics.

Brad would love to hear about your experiences with this book (the good, the bad, and the ugly). You can write to him at bradmiser@icloud.com.

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