Category Archives: How to

How to change my iPhone search engine

Google, Bing or Yahoo! Which will you choose….

Have you ever decided to change your iPhone’s default search engine? You can choose between Google (obviously), Bing and Yahoo! You may have accidentally changed your search engine and just want to get it back to Google. Follow the below steps to get you on your way….

Follow these simple steps to change your iPhone default search engine:

  • Firstly go to the Settings app

  • Then scroll down to Safari

  • The first option will read ‘Search Engine’

  • Tap on this and you can select your desired search engine from Google, Bing or Yahoo!

  • Now when you go to search in Safari, you should see your desired search engine box in the top right corner

With these simple steps you can change your search engine on your iPhone. Have you ever used Bing or Yahoo!, or is Google your thing? Let me know in the box below…

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How to use AirPrint on your iPad

Print from your iPad to your wireless printer

Have you ever wished you could print a webpage from your iPad without the use of any wires? Well now you dont have to send yourself an email to print out an article or news story. Follow the below steps to get you on your way to printing from your iPad…

These few steps will guide you on how to print from your iPad to your wireless printer:

  • Firstly, make sure that your wireless printer is connected to your router via an Ethernet cable, which connects your printer to the network

  • Go to Safari and visit the web page that you want to print out

  • Tap on the Share icon which is located in the top left of the screen next to the URL address field

  • Tap on Print and select your printer from the list, and choose how many copies you would like print

  • Finally, tap on Print and your web page should be printing on your wireless printer

With these few simple steps you can easily print wirelessly from your iPad. What will you print first? Let me know in the comment box below….

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How to use Google Maps using Siri

Tell Siri where you want to go using Google Maps

Ever wanted to use Siri to get directions but always get the route via the Apple’s Maps app? Well fear not! Now you can use the new Google Maps app for iPhone and use Siri to guide you. Follow the below steps to get you on your way…

By using this guide you should be able to use Google Maps with Siri:

1. Firstly make sure you are on iOS 6 and have Google Maps for iPhone downloaded on your device. Heres the link Google Maps for iPhone

2. Next, hold down the home button and ask Siri a simple direction, but ensure to add the words ‘VIA TRANSIT’ after your instruction. E.g. ‘Get me directions to Buckingham Palace VIA TRANSIT.’

3. Siri will calculate your instructions and open Apple Maps, but then open a new window where you can select ‘ROUTE’ next to Google Maps.

4. Tap on ‘ROUTE’ and this will open your directions in the Google Maps for iPhone app.

And thats all you have to do! Its as easy as adding two words to your instruction and you can use Google Maps with Siri!

Did this work for you? Let me know your thoughts in the comment box below…

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How to Tweet using iOS 5

Tweeting using iOS 5

Like to tweet? Have an iPad or iPhone? Well now it is now easy to tweet pictures, videos, links and more, with the integration of Twitter into iOS 5. Apple recently released iOS 5, its updated operating system for iPhone and iPad, and Twitter integration is a big feature.

You no longer need to go to the Twitter app to tweet media to your followers. It’s now easy to tweet photos, videos, maps, YouTube videos, and even reply to your friends with Twitter integration. Below are a few tips on how to tweet using iOS 5:

  • Make sure you have iOS 5 installed on your iPhone or iPad
  • Go to the Settings on you iOS device, scroll down to Twitter, and sign in with your Twitter login details (which you only need to do once)
  • If you want to tweet a picture, first take a photo using the camera
  • Then open the picture and tap the options icon at the bottom of the screen
  • You will now see many options pop-up. Tap the Tweet option and you will now see a tweet sheet to compose your tweet along with your attached photo
  • Compose your tweet, and tap Send. Your tweet will be sent along with your photo. That’s how simple it is!
  • You can do the same for your videos, links in Safari, YouTube videos and Google Map links

With Twitter integration into iOS 5 it is now really simple to tweet your media. You no longer need to open the Twitter app and attach a photo or video. This is a great feature within iOS 5, and I am sure many users will find tweeting much more exciting.

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How to customise your iPhone notifications

How to customise the notifications on your iPhone

Do you want to receive alerts from your iPhone apps in more than one way? Do you want to reduce the way you get notified from certain apps? Follow this simple guide on how to customise your iPhone notifications.

This step-by-step guide will show you how to customise your iPhone notifications:

1. Firstly, go to ‘Settings’ on you iPhone home screen

2. Tap on ‘Notifications’ near the top

3. At the top, make sure your ‘Notifications’ tab is ‘On’

4. Now you can customise all your notifications for all your downloaded apps

5. There are 3 ways of being notified:

    • Sounds – A sound plays to alert you

    • Alerts – A pop-up message appears to alert you

    • Badges – A red number badge appears on the app icon

6. You can use a combination of the 3 types if you like

So by following this simple guide, you can change the types of notifications you receive from your apps. This should help you either reduce the times you are interrupted, or increase the activity you see from your apps.

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How to create a music playlist on your iPhone

Creating a music playlist on your iPhone

Do you have lots of songs on your iPhone and find it difficult to find the songs you like playing the most? Ever thought of making a simple playlist so you can access a group of songs instantly? This guide will help you create a music playlist.

Follow the below guide on how to create a music playlist on your iPhone:

1. Firstly, tap on the ‘iPod’ application on your iPhone

2. Select the ‘Playlists’ tab in the bottom left of the screen

3. Then, tap on ‘Add Playlist’

4. Enter a name for your new playlist

5. Then select all the songs you want to put into that playlist. You can select as many songs as you wish

6. Once you have selected all the songs you want, tap ‘Done’ in the top-right corner

7. And you’re done! Now you can quickly access that group of songs by instantly tap on the ‘Playlists’ tab

Now you will be able to access the songs you want on your iPhone with ease! So if you just want to organise your songs, or create a cool new playlist, follow this simple guide.

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How to password protect your iPhone

How to protect your iPhone with a password

Have you ever been out and thought that if someone got hold of your iPhone, they will be able to gain instant access to all your personal information? That can easily be fixed by making sure that a password is required before gaining access to your iPhone’s data. Follow this simple guide to ensure your iPhone is safe.

The below guide will show you how to protect your iPhone:

1. Firstly, from the home screen tap on ‘Settings’ then ‘General’

2. Scroll down and tap on ‘Passcode Lock’

3. At the top of the screen tap on ‘Turn Passcode On’

4. Now enter a 4 digit number that you want as your passcode, then re-enter it when prompted

5. Your passcode is now set for your iPhone

6. From this menu, you can change your passcode at any time, along with other settings

7. Now when you wake your iPhone, you will need to enter your passcode to gain access to it

By following this guide you can ensure that your iPhone will be safe from unwanted access. Your iPhone’s information will be secure and only be visible to who ever enters the correct password. Make sure you keep you iPhone safe….

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How to email multiple photos from your iPhone

How to email many iPhone photos

Ever wanted to send your friend some photos of your trip around the world, or that special event that they missed? Why not email them straight from your iPhone?

Follow this step-by-step guide on how to email multiple photos from your iPhone:

1. Firstly tap on the ‘Photos’ application on your iPhone home screen

2. Then tap on the album you want to send some pictures from, or select the ‘Camera Roll’ album

3. In the top-right corner of the screen, tap on the Options button

4. Here you can Share, Copy, Print and even Delete multiple photos

5. Select up to 5 photos in the album and tap on ‘Share’

6. Choose ‘Email’ from the pop-up option, and the mail template will appear with the photos you selected

7. Enter the recipient’s email address, along with the subject and any personal message

8. Finally, tap ‘Send’ and your done!

By following the above steps, you will easily be able to send many photos to your friends and family in no time! So start taking some amazing photos and begin sharing them instantly from your iPhone.

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How to gift an iPhone App

How to send an iPhone App as a gift

It’s your friend’s birthday, and you know they just bought an iPhone. Don’t want to send them a boring present? Why not send them an iPhone App as a gift?

Follow the below steps on how you can gift someone an iPhone App:

1. Firstly, on your iPhone find the App you want to send to your friend

2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap on ‘Gift This App’

3. You will then see details of App you chose, and the price it will cost you. Tap ‘Next’

4. Enter the details that is required, such as your name and the recipient’s details

5. Then you need to confirm the details and send to your friend

6. Now your friend will receive an email that explains that you sent them a gift

7. For your friend to obtain their gift, they need to click on the ‘Redeem Now’ button

8. They will then need to sign into iTunes to obtain a code

9. Once signed in, they will receive an iTunes redemption code

10. When that code is entered, the App will begin to download right onto their iPhone

By following this simple guide, you will be able to send an iPhone App as a gift. So, the next time you discover a great new App and want your friend to have it, why not send it to them as a gift. By following this guide, they will be exploring that great App in no time!

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How to save your iPhone battery life

Tips on how to get the most out of your iPhone battery

The Apple iPhone is a fantastic smartphone and is regarded as one of the best devices to use. However, the biggest criticism people have about it, is that the battery life is quite poor. As many iPhone users are constantly using their devices, the power begins to drain and the next time you look at the battery percentage, it’s on its last legs.

Below are 4 tips on how to save your iPhone battery power:

1. Close Unnecessary Apps – With the iPhone now capable of multi-tasking, when you open an application, it remains open in the backgroud. This reduces your battery life significantly. To close these unused apps:

  • Firstly double tap the home button and you will see the apps you have most recently used pop up

  • Then, hold down on any one of these apps until they begin to wiggle

  • Tap the red close icon on all of the apps that are open and they should disappear

This will close all of your open applications that were running in the background and this should significantly improve your iPhone battery life.

2. Reduce watching many videos – Constantly watching videos on YouTube or other video sharing apps significantly reduces your battery life. The video along with the sound exerts a lot of power out of your battery, leaving you will very little power left to make an urgent phone call.

3. Adjust the brightness – Changing the brightness on your iPhone display will help save its power. The brightness is often set too high resulting in a drained battery. To reduce the iPhone’s brightness:

  • Open up ‘Settings’, tap on ‘Brightness’

  • Scroll the brightness scroll bar to the left to reduce the brightness of the screen

  • Also make sure the ‘Auto-Brightness’ is on – This will automatically reduce the brightness in well lit areas

4. Get a portable battery charger – If you need to top up your battery on the go or just want it full of power, purchase a portable battery charger. Below are some suggestions:

All the above tips will ensure that your iPhone battery doesn’t run out of power. The next time you need to make an urgent phone call, FaceTime your friend in America, or send an important email; you can be sure that your iPhone has plently of life in it.

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