Wednesday, April 10, 2013

iPhone tips and tricks

8:47 AM

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Here are some cool things you can do with your iPhone or iPad

Your iPhone and iPad are full of hidden treasures, and whether you're a casual smartphon or tablet user, or a die-hard tech junkie, there are always tips and tricks that can be discovered. The folks over on Quora are now sharing their iPhone tips and tricks with each other, and I'll admit that a few of them were a little new to me. So you can head over there to see all the goodies yourself, and maybe share a few secrets of your own, too.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Display signal strength as a numerical number rather than signal bars

This trick is actually pretty old, but it's the top-voted trick on Quora. Here's how you show your signal as dBm instead of bars:
  • 1. Open the Phone keyboard.
  • 2. Type *3001#12345#* and then hit call
  • 3. As soon as you tap the Call button, the Field Test app will open
  • 4. You’ll notice that instead of the standard reception bars in the upper left-hand corner of your screen, you’ve got a negative number indicating the decibels referenced to one milliwatt (dBm).
  • 5. While in Field Test app, hold down the Sleep/Turn Off button until the Slide to power off screen comes up. Now, instead off the phone, hold Home button for a couple of seconds until it sends you back to the Home Screen.
Guided Access1.
Introduced in iOS 6 (I think), it's a good solution to use when you are giving your iPod, iPad or iPhone to someone to use (especially kids).
Guided access forces the end user to use the iDevice in the specific app or way.
It can be enabled by going into Settings --> General --> Accessibility.
You can enable guided access by pressing the home button thrice (triple click).2. Once you triple click, you will see this screen and then you can select an area on the screen which you want to disable. This area may contain buttons or anything. You can also disable the touchscreen completely, disable the hardware home button and disable motion.
3. The Guided Access can be stopped upon entry of a password.
This feature opens up quite a few possibilities for usage of the iDevice like teaching, POS, interactive apps for malls, shopping centers, experience zones.

Now you can hand your iPad to your child to read a book and can make sure that he is doing that. ;)

Assistive Touch (this is particularly great for busted home buttons)1. Go into Settings > General > Accessibility2. If you have a broken home button or have trouble touching the screen. Once you enable it from Accessibility settings, you will see a big white dot on the screen.3. Touching the big white dot will bring up a virtual home button, a button for Siri, lock screen orientation and a whole lot more.Siri TricksThis is more of a novel trick than something useful, but it's really cool"Activate Siri and say "planes overhead", it will show you flights-in-progress above your current location.BONUS: Found this one later, should please any nerd proper:Activate Siri and say Show Map"For more iPhone and iPad tips and tricks, head over to the Quora thread and add your own if you have any!

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