Chapter 2: How Do I Configure My iPhone?

The iPhone is justly famous for its stylish design and its effortless touchscreen. However, although good looks and ease of use are important for any smartphone, it’s what you do with that phone that’s important. The iPhone helps by offering a lot of features, but chances are those features aren’t set up to suit the way you work. Maybe your most-used Home screen icons aren’t at the top of the screen where they should be, or perhaps your iPhone goes to sleep too soon. This chapter shows you how to configure your iPhone to solve these and many other annoyances so the phone works the way you do.

Customizing the Home Screen

Working with App Notifications

More Useful iPhone Configuration Techniques

Protecting Your iPhone

Enhancing Your iPhone with Apps

Customizing the Home Screen

The Home screen is your starting point for all things iPhone, and what could be simpler? Just tap the icon you want, and the app loads lickety-split. Ah, but things are never so simple, are they? In fact, there are a couple of hairs in the Home screen soup:

  • The icons in the top row and the left column are a bit easier to find and a bit easier to tap.
  • When you have more than 24 icons on the iPhone 6 (or 20 icons on the iPhone 5 or 16 on earlier iPhones), they extend onto a second (or third or fourth) Home screen. If the app you want isn’t on the main Home screen, you must first flick to the screen that has the app’s icon (or tap its dot) and then tap the icon. Note, ...

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