Apple iPhone 4s - Tutorials & Guides

Getting Started

Understanding the Device Buttons and Features
Explore an interactive view of the Home screen and buttons on your device. Learn about various icons, buttons, and features on the front of your device to find where they're located and what they do.

Getting to Know the Back of Your Device
Discover features on the back of your device with an interactive view. Learn the location of your camera, buttons, and more.

Understanding Indicator Icons
Learn about the icons on your main home screen in the favorites tray. The favorites tray will stay at the bottom of your screen no matter which home screen you are on.

Unlocking the Screen
Follow along to unlock the screen on your device. Screen locks secure your device and protect your device from being accessed by other people. Your device may automatically lock after a certain amount of time depending on your screen timeout settings.

Inserting and Removing the SIM Card
Learn how to insert and remove a SIM card from your device. Your cellular service is activated through your SIM card; without it you cannot use cellular features. Note that a SIM card tray removal tool may be needed.

Changing the Language
Discover how to change the language settings on your device. You can have multiple languages on your device or you can change the main language on your device.

Charging Your Device
Learn how to charge your device to avoid running out of battery power. Keeping your device's battery well-charged will allow you to use it throughout the day without interruption.

Home Screen

Creating Folders
Learn how to create a folder on the home screen to help organize your applications. You can create folders for categories of apps such as Banking, Travel, Utilities, Social Media and more to customize your device.

Managing Open Apps
Learn how to manage your open applications. This guide will explain how to switch between and close any apps that are running on your device. You can also see all of your currently running apps by accessing the Recents screen.

Managing Apps and Widgets
Learn how to use modules, also known as widgets, to help you keep important information at the tips of your fingers. Widgets allow you to do things such as preview upcoming events, see recent emails, and have access to your favorite contacts. You can place apps on your home screen similar to how you place widgets to your home screen.

Adding and Removing Home Screen Pages
You can rearrange or move applications to a new or different home screen. Your device can have multiple home screens to suit your needs.

Changing the Wallpaper
Learn how to change the background of the home screen on your device.

Changing iPhone's Name
You can change the name of your device. This name will show up when you connect your device to a computer or wirelessly connect to another device.

Restarting Your Phone
Learn how to turn your device off and back on again. Restarting your device is often the first step when troubleshooting a device issue.

Removing Apps from the Home Screen
Clear up space on your device by removing and deleting apps from your devices home screen.


Accessing Settings
Explore how to access settings on your device to change alert sounds, turn off GPS, adjust network settings, change the time and more. Access your device's Settings application to customize your device.

Managing the Battery
Learn how to manage the battery on your device. Taking care of your battery will extend your battery life.

Managing iPhone's Memory
Clearing your device's memory can help improve your device's speed to make it go faster. Your device may become slow because it is low on memory.

Managing Background App Refresh
You can set battery usage allowances for certain apps on your device. If an app is using too much battery life or is behaving incorrectly, you can force stop the application.

Managing Data Usage
Discover how to manage cellular data usage on your device. You can set up a data limit or a data warning on your device to help you manage your data usage and prevent overages.

Checking for and Installing System Updates
You can check for system updates on your device to make sure you are up to date with your software. Using the newest software can help keep your device healthy.

Changing Lock Screen Security
Setting up a lock on your device will help keep your information secure. A screen lock will prevent others from getting into your device unless they have the necessary credentials. If your device is requesting a PUK code, you need to contact your carrier to unlock your device. Removing your security lock will allow anyone to be able to unlock your device.

Adjusting the Screen Timeout
Changing the length of time before the lock screen shows up, known as screen timeout, and brightness of your device can impact your battery life. Decreasing the time of inactivity before your device goes to sleep and lowering the brightness of your device can help extend your device's battery life.

Changing Roaming Settings for a Trip
When traveling internationally, your device settings may require an update to conserve data and minimize unwanted fees. Learn how to change your roaming settings on the device ahead of your next trip. You can enable or disable roaming.

Configuring Location Settings
Sharing your GPS location with applications such as Maps can be turned on or off. You can change these location settings across your entire device or per app. Learn how to update location settings on your device.

Changing Your Ringtone
You can personalize the sound your device makes when you receive a phone call, email, or text message. Learn how you can change your default ringtone.

Setting the Phone to Silent
You can turn silent mode on to quiet your device's notifications. When your device is in silent mode, it will not make a sound to notify you of incoming notifications. You can set it to vibrate to alert you to incoming notifications.

Performing a Factory Reset
A factory reset will erase all data from your device and is irreversible. Learn how to delete all personal information, apps and other information from your device.

Backing Up iPhone from iCloud
Your device can automatically back up your data - including contacts, photos, videos, documents and more - to iCloud. Regularly backing up your device to iCloud will allow you to easily restore your data onto a new device.

Resetting Network Settings
If you are having trouble connecting to the Internet you may need to reset your network connections. Resetting your network connections will disconnect any Bluetooth devices connected to your device and disconnect your device from any Wi-Fi networks it is connected to.

Adding an Account
You can set up all of your email accounts on your device. When an email account is set up on your device you will be able to receive notification for incoming emails, check your email, as well as send email from the accounts on your device.

Removing an Account
You able to remove any email accounts that you have set up on your device. Removing an email account from your device does not delete the email account.

Changing Account Settings
When you set up an email account on your device, it may also sync your contacts or your calendar to your device. You can change those settings to only sync the data from the account that you want on the device.


Using Your Phone
Find out how to make a call using your device. You can dial a new phone number or place a call to an existing contact.

Changing Call Settings
Learn how to change the call settings on your device.

Adding a Phone Number as a Contact
You can call a phone number that is associated with a contact without having to use the dial pad in the phone app.


Importing and Exporting Contacts
Import your contacts from a vcf file or from your SIM card. A vcf file can be exported from your old device and imported to your new device.

Adding a Contact
Create a new contact to store that person's information in your contacts. In addition to saving their phone number, you can store information like email, address and more unique to each contact.

Assigning a Ringtone to a Contact
Customize your contacts to have unique ring tones to make it easier to tell who a text, email, or phone call is from by sound. You can change the ringtone for individual contacts.

Adding a Picture to a Contact
Set pictures to the contacts on your device to make it easier to tell who a text, email, or phone call is from at a glance.

Adding a Contact to Favourites
Add or remove contacts from your favorites list to keep your favorite contacts easily accessible. Removing contacts from your favorites list does not remove them from your device.

Blocking and Unblocking a Contact
If you no longer want to receive text messages or phone calls from a contact, you can block their number on your device.


Sending a Text with an Attachment
Review how to compose and send a standard SMS message with your device's text messaging app. You can send a text message to an individual or a group.

Changing Message Settings
Change the text messaging settings for your device. You can change your notification settings, change your default SMS app, auto-download MMS text, and more.

Deleting Conversations
Learn how to remove a text from your device. Removing a text message from your device will not remove it from the device of your correspondents.

Turning iMessage On or Off
iMessages can be sent between Apple devices such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac devices. iMessages may have some additional effects depending on your device such as text effects or Memojis.

Turning Off Group Message Notifications
Learn how you can send a text message or multimedia message to a multiple contacts at once. You can attached a picture, video, or other media file to a text message.


Taking a Picture
Learn how you can take a picture with your device's built in camera app.

Editing a Photo
You can do some basic photo editing from your device. Learn how to crop, add a filter, and more from your device.

Capturing a Video
Learn how you can record a video with your device's built in camera app.

Capturing a Time-Lapse Video
Learn how to take a time lapse with your device. A time lapse speeds up a long video to show change over time.

Switching Between Rear and Front Cameras
Learn how you can use the front facing camera of your device to take a selfie picture or video.


Connecting to Wi-Fi™
Connecting to a Wi-Fi network can decrease your usage of cellular data. Learn how to join a Wi-Fi network. Note that you may need to enter a password to connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Pairing with a Bluetooth® Device
Learn how you can connect to a bluetooth device. Bluetooth devices can be anything from your stereo in your car to a keyboard to type on your mobile device with.

Using Airplane Mode
Airplane mode, also sometimes referred to as flight mode, can be used to quickly disable cellular service, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity while flying. Learn how to turn airplane mode on and off for the device for your next plane trip.

Accessing Mobile Network Settings
When traveling internationally, your device settings may require an update to conserve data and minimize unwanted fees. Learn how to change roaming settings on your device ahead of your next international trip, including how to enable and disable roaming.

Web Browser

Clearing Browsing Data
Learn how to clear your web browsing history for the browser on your device.

Bookmarking Websites
Customize your web browsing experience by bookmarking websites that you frequently visit for quick access.

Changing Content Settings
You can change settings on your device's web browser such as the search engine it uses, auto-fill form information, saved passwords, and more.

Managing Browser Tabs
You can switch between multiple tabs inside your web browsing app. This allows you to keep several websites open at once to quickly switch between. You can clear your open browser tabs by pressing X on the tabs you want to close.

Social Networking

Adding a Facebook Account
Discover how to access your Facebook account on your device. You can browse Facebook, make status updates, and more from your device.

Posting Facebook Status Updates
Learn how to make a status post to Facebook. You can post text, photos, videos, and more to your timeline.

Logging Out of Facebook
Learn how to log out of Facebook on your device to help protect your account.

Adding a Twitter Account
You can log into your Twitter account on your device. Once your Twitter account has been added, you can post Tweets, view your feed, search Twitter, and more.

If your Twitter account has been set up on your device, you can post Tweets from your device.

App Store

Downloading an App
Learn how to download an app or widget onto your device. Once downloaded onto your device, you will be able to use that application or widget.

Uninstalling an App
Remove applications or widgets that you no longer use to free up space. Once you remove an application or widget you will not be able to use it again unless it is downloaded again.

Changing Settings
Explore the settings of your device's app store. Depending on your device you can change things such as video autoplay, when to use cellular data to download an app, parental controls, and more.


Using Turn-by-Turn Directions
The Maps application can help guide you to your destination. Learn how to use Maps on your device to navigate to any location with turn-by-turn directions.

Adding Map Layers
Turn on the traffic layer to see the current traffic conditions to help you plan your trip.


Using Siri
Once enabled, you can use a device button to launch Siri. Siri can do things like send a text, send an email, or start a phone call for you.

Turning Siri On and Off
Enable pressing a button to access Siri on your device. Siri can do things like send a text, send an email, or start a phone call for you.

Using Siri Hands-Free
Enable "Hey Siri" to access Siri hands free on your device. Siri can do things like send a text, send an email, or start a phone call for you.


Creating a Medical ID
Be prepared for an emergency by setting up your Medical ID to give first responders access to life saving information.

Viewing Health Data
Keep track of your health and wellness by monitoring highlights in steps, heart rate and more.


Placing a Video Call
Place a FaceTime call to another iPhone. This can be done using a phone number or the registered email address on your contact's icloud account.

Changing FaceTime Settings
Discover how to change your FaceTime settings. You can manage your FaceTime caller ID, blocked contacts, and other FaceTime preferences.