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  • Start a conversation. Tap new message, then enter a phone number or email address, or tap plus icon, then choose a contact. You can also start a conversation by tapping a phone number in Contacts, Calendar, or Safari, or from a recent or favorite contact in the multitasking screen.

    Note: An alert appears if a message can’t be sent. Tap the alert in a conversation to try sending the message again.

    Use Siri. Say something like:
    •• “Send a message to Emily saying how about tomorrow”
    •• “Read my messages”
    •• “Read my last message from Bob”
    •• “Reply that’s great news”
    Resume a conversation. Tap the conversation in the Messages list.

    Use picture characters. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard,
    then tap Emoji to make that keyboard available. When you type a message, tap globe icon to change to
    the Emoji keyboard.

    Tap to Talk. Touch and hold microphone icon to record an audio message, then swipe up to send it. To delete it, swipe left.

    To save space, Tap to Talk audio messages that you receive are deleted automatically two minutes after you listen to them, unless you tap Keep. To keep them automatically, go to Settings > Messages > Expire (under Audio Messages), then tap Never.

    Raise iPhone to listen or reply to an audio message. Raise iPhone to your ear, as if you were talking on the phone, to play incoming audio messages automatically. Raise iPhone to your ear again to reply to an audio message. Turn this feature on or off at Settings > Messages, under Audio Messages.

    See what time a message was sent or received. Drag any bubble to the left.

    See a person’s contact info. In a conversation, tap Details, then tap information icon. Tap the info items to perform actions, such as making a voice or FaceTime call.

    Send messages to a group (iMessage and MMS). Tap create new message icon, then enter multiple recipients. With MMS, group messaging must also be turned on in Settings > Messages, and replies are sent only to you—they aren’t copied to the other people in the group.

    Give a group a name. While viewing the conversation, tap Details, drag down, then enter the name in the Subject line.

    Add someone to a group. Tap the To field, then tap Add Contact.

    Leave a group. Tap Details, then tap Leave this Conversation.

    Keep it quiet. Tap Details, then turn on Do Not Disturb to mute notifications for the conversation.

    Block unwanted messages. On a contact card, tap Block this Caller. You can see someone’s contact card while viewing a message by tapping Details, then tapping information icon. You can also block callers in Settings > Messages > Blocked. You will not receive voice calls, FaceTime calls, or text messages from blocked callers.

  • Add an event. Tap plus icon, then fill in the event details. If you add a location and choose Alert > Time to leave, Calendar reminds you of the event based on the current travel time to get there.

    Use Siri. Say, for example, “Set up a meeting with Barry at 9.”

    Search for events. Tap search icon, then enter text in the search field. The titles, invitees, locations, and notes for the calendars you’re viewing are searched.

    View a weekly calendar. Rotate iPhone sideways.

    Change your view. Tap a year, month, or day to zoom in or out on your calendar. In week or day view, pinch to zoom in or out.

    View a list of events. In month view, tap month list to see a day’s events. In day view, tap day list icon.

    Use Siri. Say, for example, “What’s on my calendar for Friday?”

    Change the color of a calendar. Tap Calendars, tap information icon next to the calendar, then choose a color from the list. For some calendar accounts, such as Google, the color is set by the server.

    Adjust an event. Touch and hold the event, then drag it to a new time, or adjust the grab points.

    Use Siri. Say, for example, “Reschedule my appointment with Barry to next Monday at 9 a.m.”

  • View photos and videos

    The Photos app lets you view the photos and videos:

    •• Taken with Camera on iPhone
    •• Stored in iCloud
    •• Shared from others
    •• Synced from your computer
    •• Saved from an email, text message, webpage, or screenshot

    The Photos app includes tabs for Photos, Shared, and Albums.

    •• Tap Photos to see all your photos and videos, organized by Years, Collections, and Moments. To quickly browse the photos in a collection or year, touch and hold for a moment, then drag.
    •• Tap Shared to see photos and videos you shared with others or that others shared with you.
    •• Tap Albums to see how photos and videos are organized into albums on your iPhone.

    View all your photos and videos. By default, Photos displays a representative subset of your photos when you view by year or by collection. To see all your photos and videos, go to Settings > Photos & Camera, then turn off Summarize Photos.

    View by location. While viewing by year or by collection, tap . Photos and videos that include location information appear on a map, showing where they were taken.

    While viewing a photo or video, tap to show and hide the controls. Swipe left or right to go forward or backward.

    Search photos. From Albums or Photos, tap to search by date (month and year), or place (city and state). Search also keeps your Recent Searches on hand and gives you a list of suggested searches.

    Zoom in or out. Double-tap, or pinch a photo. When you zoom in, you can drag to see other parts of the photo.

    Play a video. Tap . To toggle between full screen and fit-to-screen, double-tap the screen.

    Play a slideshow. While viewing a photo, tap , then tap Slideshow. Select options, then tap Start Slideshow. To stop the slideshow, tap the screen. To set other slideshow options, go to Settings > Photos & Camera.

  • Camera at a glance

    Quick! Get the camera! From the Lock screen, just swipe camera up. Or swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen to open Control Center, then tap camera.

    Note: When you open Camera from the Lock screen, you can view and edit photos and videos you take while the device is locked by tapping the thumbnail at the lower-left corner of the screen. To share photos and videos, first unlock iPhone.

    With iPhone, you can take both still photos and HD videos. And, there are two cameras—in addition to the iSight camera on the back of iPhone, there’s a camera on the front that you can use for FaceTime calls and selfies.


    HDR (High Dynamic Range) helps you get great shots in high-contrast situations. iPhone takes multiple photos in rapid succession, at different exposure settings—and blends them together. The resulting photo has better detail in the bright and midtone areas.

    Use HDR. (iSight cameras and the FaceTime camera on iPhone 5s or later) Tap the HDR button. For best results, keep iPhone steady and avoid subject motion.

    On iPhone 5s or later, you can choose HDR Auto, and iPhone uses HDR when it’s most effective.

    Keep the normal photo and the HDR version. Go to Settings > Photos & Camera > Keep Normal Photo. Both the normal and HDR versions of the photo appear in Photos. HDR versions of photos in your albums are marked with “HDR” in the corner.

  • Get the current temperature and ten-day forecast for one or more cities around the world, with hourly forecasts for the next 12 hours. Weather uses Location Services to get the forecast for your current location.

    Swipe up to see your detailed forecast. Swipe left or right to see weather for another city, or tap list, then choose a city from the list. The leftmost screen shows your local weather when Location Services is on (Settings > Privacy > Location Services).

    Add a city or make other changes. Tap list.

    •• Add a city: Tap plus icon. Enter a city or zip code, then tap Search.
    •• Rearrange the order of cities: Touch and hold a city, then drag it up or down.
    •• Delete a city: Slide the city to the left, then tap Delete.
    •• Choose Fahrenheit or Celsius: Tap °F or °C.

    View the current hourly forecast. Swipe the hourly display left or right.

    Use Siri. Say something like:

    •• “What’s the weather for today?”
    •• “How windy is it out there?”
    •• “When is sunrise in Paris?”

    See all cities at once. Pinch the screen or tap list.

    Turn local weather on or off. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services.

    Use iCloud to push your list of cities to your other iOS devices. Go to Settings > iCloud, then make sure iCloud Drive or Documents & Data is on.

  • Clock at a glance

    The first clock displays the time based on your location when you set up iPhone. Add other clocks to show the time in other major cities and time zones.

    Alarms and timers

    Want iPhone to wake you? Tap Alarm, then tap . Set your wake-up time and other options, then give the alarm a name (like “Good morning”).

    No wasting time! You can also use the stopwatch to keep time, record lap times, or set a timer to alert you when time’s up.

    Want to fall asleep to music or a podcast? Tap Timer, tap When Timer Ends, then choose Stop Playing at the bottom.

    Get quick access to clock features. Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen to open Control Center, then tap . You can access Timer from Control Center even when iPhone is locked. You can also navigate to the other clock features.

    Use Siri. Say something like:

    •• “Set the timer for 3 minutes”
    •• “Wake me up tomorrow at 7 a.m.”
    •• “What alarms do I have set?”

  • Find places

    Move around Maps by dragging the screen. To face a different direction, rotate with two fingers. To return to north, tap the compass in the upper right.

    Zoom in or out. Double-tap with one finger to zoom in, and tap with two fingers to zoom out—or pinch open or closed. The scale appears in the upper left while zooming, or if you touch the screen with two fingers. To change how distance is shown (miles or kilometers), go to Settings > Maps.

    Search for a location. Tap the search field. You can search for a location in different ways. For example:

    •• Intersection (“8th and market”)
    •• Area (“greenwich village”)
    •• Landmark (“guggenheim”)
    •• Zip code
    •• Business (“movies,” “restaurants san francisco ca,” “apple inc new york”)

    Maps may also list recent locations, searches, or directions that you can choose from.

    Use Siri. Say, for example, “Find coffee near me.”

    Find the location of a contact, or of a favorite or recent search. Tap Favorites.

    Choose your view. Tap information icon, then choose Standard, Hybrid, or Satellite.

    Manually mark a location. Touch and hold the map until the dropped pin appears.

  • Videos at a glance

    Open the Videos app to watch movies, TV shows, and music videos. To watch video podcasts, open the Podcasts app—see Podcasts at a glance on page 139. To watch videos you record using Camera on iPhone, open the Photos app.

    Watch a video. Tap the video in the list of videos.

    What about videos you shot with iPhone? Open the Photos app.

    Stream or download? If a clound icon appears on a video thumbnail, you can watch it without downloading it to iPhone, if you have an Internet connection. To download the video to iPhone so you can watch without using a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, tap download in the video details.

    Looking for podcasts or iTunes U videos? Open the Podcasts app or download the free iTunes U app from the App Store.

    Set a sleep timer. Open the Clock app and tap Timer, then swipe to set the number of hours and minutes. Tap When Timer Ends and choose Stop Playing, tap Set, then tap Start.

  • Notes at a glance

    Type notes on iPhone, and iCloud automatically makes them available on your other iOS devices and Mac computers. You can also read and create notes in other accounts, such as Gmail or Yahoo!.

    See your notes on your other devices. If you use an icloud.com, me.com, or mac.com email address for iCloud, go to Settings > iCloud, then turn on Notes. If you use Gmail or another IMAP account for iCloud, go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars, then turn on Notes for the account. Your notes appear in Notes on all your other iOS devices and Mac computers that use the same Apple ID.

    Search for a note. Scroll to the top of a list of notes (or tap the top of the screen) to reveal the search field, then tap the field and type what you’re looking for. You can also search for notes from the Home screen—just drag down the middle of the screen.

    Share or print. Tap share at the bottom of the note. You can share via Messages, Mail, or AirDrop (iPhone 5 or later).

    Delete a note. Swipe left over the note in the list of notes.

    Use Siri. Say something like:

    •• “Create new note travel items”
    •• “Add toothbrush to travel items”
    •• “Add umbrella”

  • Reminders at a glance

    Reminders lets you keep track of all the things you need to do.

    Add a reminder. Tap a list, then tap a blank line.

    Share a list. Tap a list, then tap Edit. Tap Sharing, then tap Add Person. The people you share with also need to be iCloud users. After they accept your invitation to share the list, you’ll all be able to add, delete, and mark items as completed. Family members can also share a list.

    Use Siri. Say something like:

    •• “Remember to take an umbrella”
    •• “Add artichokes to my groceries list”
    •• “Read my work to-do list”

    Delete a list. While viewing a list, tap Edit, then tap Delete List. All of the reminders in the list are also deleted.

    Delete a reminder. Swipe the reminder left, then tap Delete.

    Change the order of lists. Touch and hold the list name, then drag the list to a new location. To change the order of items in a list, tap Edit.

  • Make and answer calls

    Make a FaceTime call. Make sure FaceTime is turned on in Settings > FaceTime. Tap FaceTime, then type the name or number you want to call in the entry field at the top. Tap video camera icon to make a video call, or tap phone icon to make a FaceTime audio call. Or tap the plus icon to open Contacts and start your call from there.

    Use your voice to start the call. Press and hold the Home button, then say “FaceTime,” followed
    by the name of the person to call.

    Want to call again? Tap FaceTime to see your call history on the screen. Tap Audio or Video to refine your search, then tap a name or number to call again. Tap to open the name or number in Contacts.

    Delete a call from call history. Tap FaceTime to see your call history on the screen. Swipe to the left, then tap Delete to delete the name or number from your call history.

    Can’t take a call right now? When a FaceTime call comes in, you can answer, decline, or choose another option.

    Use Siri. Say, for example, “Make a FaceTime call.”

  • Add contacts

    Besides entering contacts, you can:
    •• Use your iCloud contacts: Go to Settings > iCloud, then turn on Contacts.
    •• Import your Facebook Friends: Go to Settings > Facebook, then turn on Contacts in the “Allow These Apps to Use Your Accounts” list. This creates a Facebook group in Contacts.
    •• Use your Google contacts: Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars, tap your Google account, then turn on Contacts.
    •• Access a Microsoft Exchange Global Address List: Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars, tap your Exchange account, then turn on Contacts.
    •• Set up an LDAP or CardDAV account to access business or school directories: Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account > Other. Tap Add LDAP account or Add CardDAV account, then enter the account information.
    •• Sync contacts from your computer: In iTunes on your computer, turn on contact syncing in the device info pane. For information, see iTunes Help.
    •• Import contacts from a SIM card (GSM): Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Import SIM Contacts.
    •• Import contacts from a vCard: Tap a .vcf attachment in an email or message.

    Search a directory. Tap Groups, tap the GAL, CardDAV, or LDAP directory you want to search, then enter your search. To save a person’s info to your contacts, tap Add Contact.

    Show or hide a group. Tap Groups, then select the groups you want to see. This button appears only if you have more than one source of contacts.

    Update your contacts using Twitter, Facebook, and Sina Weibo. Go to Settings > Twitter, Settings > Facebook, or Settings > Sina Weibo, then tap Update Contacts. This updates contact photos and social media account names in Contacts.

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