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Take Control of Your iPhone

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This is the Safari online edition of the printed book.

Get the most out of your iPhone! Avoid trouble, solve problems, discover hidden tricks, and use your iPhone like a pro.

The iPhone shoehorns a lot of snazzy features into a shiny package, but if you want to feel more in control of core features like syncing to your computer, setting up Mail accounts, and connecting to wireless networks, Take Control of Your iPhone explains what's happening under the hood so you can use your iPhone more effectively and with less hassle. If, for instance, you have questions about activating your iPhone, the nuances of the touchscreen and virtual keyboard, or customizing the settings for applications, this book has the answers.

Written by best-selling Mac troubleshooting author Ted Landau, where this title especially shines, where it outdistances what's found in competing books, is in its coverage of solving problems. Should your iPhone experience be less than stellar, you'll benefit from Ted's many years of experience, whether you're suffering a syncing feeling, having trouble getting a charge out of a battery, or need to resuscitate a dead iPhone. The ebook walks you through dozens of step-by-step problem-solving procedures, while offering tips for smart ways to use the iPhone along the way.

For the adventurous, Ted also covers iPhone hacking and how to deal with updating (or not updating) a hacked iPhone.

Important lessons you'll learn from this book include:

  • What to do if iTunes won't see your iPhone or activation won't work

  • What to do if you get misbehavior, hanging, or error messages while syncing

  • Various ways to create ringtones and put them on an iPhone

  • Detailed advice on how to cope with crashing and hanging problems

  • Thorough steps for resetting and restoring an iPhone

  • How EDGE and Wi-Fi network connections work and interact

  • How the iPhone works with Bluetooth devices

  • Tips and tricks for getting the most out of the Phone application

  • Smart ways to set up email accounts on the iPhone, and how to solve many common problems that can arise

  • How to more fluidly and enjoyably use the built-in Safari Web browser

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Read Me First
    1. Updates
    2. Basics
    3. What’s New in This Version
  3. Introduction
  4. Quick Start to Taking Control of an iPhone
  5. 8 Quick Troubleshooting Steps
  6. Avoid Trouble from the Start
    1. Get iTunes to Recognize Your iPhone
    2. Solve iPhone Activation Problems
      1. Try the basics
      2. Try more problem-solving tips
  7. Use Home and Settings
    1. Home
      1. Customize your Home screen
        1. Add Web Clips
        2. Add multiple Home screens
    2. Settings
  8. Avoid Navigation and Typing Hassles
    1. Understand iPhone Gestures
    2. Make Text More Readable
    3. Master the Onscreen Keyboard
      1. Use landscape if you can
      2. Learn your tapping bias
      3. Hold your finger down until you “see” the correct key
      4. Hold down keys for “hidden” options
      5. Use the alphabet-to-numbers keyboard trick
      6. Use the Space bar double-tap
      7. Use options in Settings > General > Keyboard
      8. Use the Keyboard Dictionary
      9. Reset the Keyboard Dictionary
      10. Use the magnifying glass
  9. Manage iPhone Syncing
    1. Understand Sync Basics
      1. Music and podcasts
      2. Video
      3. Rented movies
      4. Photos
      5. Contacts, calendars, and bookmarks
      6. Mail accounts
      7. The backup and everything else
      8. Import photos from your iPhone
        1. Importing photos into Mac OS X
        2. Importing photos into Windows
    2. Choose Manual over Automatic Syncing
    3. Manage Syncing with Multiple Computers
      1. Music, video, and podcasts
      2. Photos
      3. Contacts, calendar events, Mail accounts, and bookmarks
    4. Solve “Not enough free space” Errors
    5. Resolve Sync Failures
      1. Find the cause of the problem
      2. Fix the cause of the sync failure
        1. Mac OS X suggestions
        2. Windows suggestions
    6. Resolve Sync Conflicts
  10. Create and Sync Custom Ringtones
    1. Install iTunes Store Ringtones
    2. Solve Problems with Ringtones
    3. Roll Your Own Ringtones
      1. The GarageBand method
      2. The “hacked” methods
      3. Solve problems with “hacked” ringtones
  11. Fix and Prevent Freezes and Crashes
    1. Handle Freezes
    2. Handle Crashes
    3. Restart
    4. Force Restart
    5. Prevent Freezes and Crashes
      1. Update your iPhone
      2. Update iTunes too
      3. Provide sufficient “breathing room”
      4. Go beyond the basics...
  12. Reset or Restore Your iPhone
    1. How to Proceed
    2. Reset the iPhone
    3. Reset All Settings
    4. Erase All Content and Settings
    5. Restore the iPhone from iTunes
    6. Use Recovery Mode
    7. Resolve Restore Errors
    8. If Everything Fails...
  13. Manage Your Passwords
    1. Use Passcode Lock
    2. If You Forgot Your Passcode...
    3. Use SIM PIN
    4. If You Forgot Your SIM PIN...
    5. Voicemail (and Other) Passwords
  14. iPhone Networking
    1. Understand the Networks: EDGE vs. Wi-Fi
      1. EDGE
      2. Wi-Fi
    2. Select a Wi-Fi network
    3. Choose a Wi-Fi Network
    4. Use a VPN Network
    5. Access More Info for a Network
      1. Join a Closed Network
    6. Solve Network Connection Problems
      1. First try toggling Airplane Mode
      2. Solve generic network connection problems
      3. Solve Wi-Fi connection problems
      4. Solve EDGE connection problems
    7. Disable EDGE access
      1. iPhone 1.0.2 software and earlier
      2. iPhone 1.1.1 software and later
      3. Hack EDGE off
  15. Use Bluetooth
    1. Understand the iPhone’s Bluetooth’s Limits
    2. Pairing a Bluetooth Headset and Your iPhone
    3. Unpairing a Bluetooth Headset
  16. Applications
    1. Phone
      1. Make and receive calls
      2. Troubleshoot Phone
      3. Contacts
      4. Voicemail
        1. Play Voicemail messages
        2. Delete Voicemail messages
        3. Get Voicemail from another phone
    2. Mail
      1. Sync Mail accounts
      2. Set up Mail accounts from the iPhone
      3. Edit Mail accounts from the iPhone
      4. Configure Mail
      5. Send email
      6. Receive email
      7. View email
      8. Delete email
      9. Solve Problems with Mail
        1. How to “sync” email between your iPhone and your computer
        2. Password errors
        3. Sending and receiving email
        4. Attachment problems
        5. Spam problems
    3. Safari
      1. Use Safari’s settings to fix problems
        1. Clear buttons
        2. Security
        3. Debug Safari
      2. Solve other Safari problems
        1. Web pages won’t load, or load but don’t fully work
        2. Safari crashes, or seems to cause a crash
        3. Can’t find something on a Web page
        4. Can’t play a Web-based game in Airplane Mode
    4. iPod
      1. Understand iPod features
        1. Play audio
        2. Adjust the volume
        3. Play video
      2. Solve compatibility problems
        1. Convert a video file
        2. Convert an audio file
      3. Use the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store
        1. Shop at the store
        2. Handle downloads
        3. Restrictions and limitations
      4. Solve more problems
    5. Maps
  17. Handle the Hardware
    1. Docks and Dock Cables
      1. Match dock and dock cables to the iPhone
      2. Use third-party iPod peripherals
      3. “This accessory is not made to work with iPhone”
    2. Stereo Headsets
      1. The iPhone stereo headset
      2. The iPhone headset jack
      3. Other stereo headsets
    3. Cases
    4. Battery
      1. Conserve battery life
      2. Conserve battery lifespan
      3. Charging tips
      4. Replace the battery
    5. Removing the SIM Card
      1. Decide if you should remove your SIM card
      2. How to remove or replace a SIM card
    6. Decide if Your iPhone Needs Repair
  18. The iPod touch
  19. A. Hack Your iPhone
    1. Read Me First!
    2. Why Hack?
    3. How to Hack
  20. Learn More
    1. Ebooks
    2. Printed Books
    3. Web Sites
  21. About This Book
    1. About the Author
    2. Author’s Acknowledgments
    3. Shameless Plugs
    4. About the Publisher
    5. Production Credits
  22. Featured Titles