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10 useful iPhone tips & tricks

by John Casasanta
December 9, 2008233 comments

tips ’n’ tricks

The iPhone, like the Mac, is extremely simple and intuitive to use. Odds are that you’ve never even cracked open the user manual since the way just about everything works is pretty obvious.

But its simplicity can be a double-edged sword… there are many small “convenience features” that are often hidden away. If Apple exposed them in a more obvious way, it’d take away from the elegance of the device. And its elegance is one of its strongest points.

I’m sure that many of you are “power users” and probably know most of these tips and tricks. But I suspect that a lot of you are more casual iPhone users and will find this list useful. Even our team members that I showed the draft of this post to (people I consider iPhone experts), all picked up at least a tip or two that they weren’t already aware of. So I’ll bet there’s something for everyone here…

1. Scroll to top

Tapping the status bar (the bar at the top with the clock) will make scrollable content scroll to the top. It comes in handy in situations like when you’ve scrolled down a long web page or mail message and you quickly need to get back to the top.

scroll to top

This may be the most convenient, yet hidden feature on the iPhone. I had my phone for months before stumbling upon it (and I didn’t even stumble upon it by playing around with the phone, but by reading the programming documentation on scroll views).

As far as I know, there’s no corresponding way to scroll to the bottom, though.

2. Screenshots

Simultaneously press the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons to take a screenshot of your current screen. You’ll hear a camera shutter sound, your screen will flash white, then the screenshot will appear in the “Saved Photos” library of the Photos app.


3. Saving images in Safari and Mail

Touching an image in Safari or Mail for a couple of seconds will present you with an action sheet which will enable you to save the image. As with taking screenshots, the image will get stored in the “Saved Photos” library of the Photos app.

save image

4. Caps lock

Double-tap the Shift key to lock it.

This one’s actually somewhat intuitive but I was surprised by how many people aren’t aware of it.

shift key

keyboard options

Note: For this to work, you need to make sure Enable Caps Lock is turned on in the Keyboard section of General settings.

Along somewhat similar lines, a handy way of saving a tap when you need to type a capital letter is to touch the Shift key then slide over to the desired key. This behavior also works for the Number key.

quick capitals

5. Extra keys


Do you need to type an umlauted-u (ü) but you’re not using the German keyboard? Touch and hold the U key and you get a set of additional keys to choose from.

This works for several of the alphabetic keys, enabling you access to letters such as éîçåß, etc.

curly quotes

In addition, there are several punctuation keys that behave similarly, so that you can type curly-quotes, etc.

top level domains

And furthermore, when the keyboard is in “URL-mode”, where the “.com” key is available, touching and holding it pops-up additional options for quickly entering .net, .edu, and .org domains.

6. Lock / shut down / force quit / reset

You’d be surprised to know how many people don’t know how to turn their phone completely off. I’m not talking about “locking” the phone where you simply press the Sleep/Wake button on the top of your phone.

For a while, I was under the false impression that locking the phone was equivalent to putting your Mac to sleep. But when your phone is locked, the screen turns off but the app that’s running at the time continues to run. For instance a relaxation app is able to continue playing sound but save battery power with the screen off. So, locking your phone is actually more like “display sleep” on your Mac (⌃⇧⏏ or Control-Shift-Eject for those of you who can’t read Macroglyphics).

So to ensure that your phone is using as little battery as possible, you’re best off always pressing the Home button before locking so that no app remains running.

Note: Most apps do nothing while the phone is locked but I’ve seen too many apps where this isn’t the case, so I say “better safe than sorry” and usually quit before locking.

To turn your phone completely off, press the Sleep/Wake button for a few seconds then drag the red slider that appears.

turn off

When should you turn your phone completely off? The two situation that I usually do this is when I’m almost out of battery and when my phone is acting kind of wonky.

If your battery’s almost dead and you’re nowhere near some way of charging it your best bet is to turn it off if you’re going to need it to make a call or check something on the ‘net (assuming you can forego and incoming calls/SMSs).

And if your phone’s been acting flaky, where apps are starting to get really slow or behave unexpectedly, turning your phone off then back on usually gets things back to normal.

Have you ever been using an app and it’s become very unresponsive or completely frozen? You can force quit it by pressing the Home button for at least six seconds.

force quit

And finally, if your phone seems to be completely frozen where attempting to turn it off or force quit the current app does nothing, you can force a reset of your phone by pressing both the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for at least ten seconds. Note that while Apple technically calls this a “reset”, it’s actually more like a “reboot” and none of your settings will be changed.


7. Home button options

home button options

A very underused, yet convenient feature is that you’re able to set the function for double-clicking the Home button. By default, this just brings you to the Home screen, meaning no different function than clicking the Home button once.

But if you go to the Settings app then navigate to General then Home Button, you’ll find a few handy options. I have mine set to go to my Phone Favorites but you can also set it to open the iPod app, or just show the iPod controls when music is playing.

And something I recently noticed after updgrading to the newest iPhone OS is that when you now click the Home button while already on the Home screen, it’ll quickly take you to the first page of apps. This is a great feature if you have your phone filled with apps… and who doesn’t these days?

8. Swipe to delete

In the Mail app and many others that use lists of items, you’re able to quickly delete an item by swiping your finger across the item… sort of emulating crossing something off a list. Doing so exposes a Delete button so that you’re able to confirm your action.

swipe delete

9. Register your Wi-Fi

can’t determine location

Skyhook WPS is the service that, via Wi-Fi, enables your iPhone and iPod touch to locate where you are if GPS isn’t available. It generally gets you more accuracy than the cell tower triangulation method. The big issue with this method, though is that if the router that you’re currently connected to isn’t in the Skyhook database, you’re out of luck.

But after a ton of digging I was able to find the web page where you can add your router to its database:


After a few simple steps and an “up to 7 days” waiting period, the router should be available to help you and others get improved location positioning. This helps us all so do your part and register your router, especially if you live outside a major metropolitan area (since Skyhook usually has the big metro areas covered already).

10. AIM mobile options

If you’re like me, you find the AIM app for the iPhone to be pretty useless. AIM (iChat on the Mac) is my main form of communication these days but if I’m not actually online, I don’t want to be seen as being “online”. One thing I find pretty annoying is IMing someone then not getting a response until like half an hour later. This is the nature of the AIM app on the iPhone so I don’t subject others to behavior I don’t like myself.

There’s a much better way of being “connected” to AIM without having to appear as if you’re there. With AIM (the service, not the app), you’re able to setup your account with a service called AIM Mobile Forwarding so that IMs to you when you’re offline get forwarded to your phone as SMS messages. This isn’t something specific to the iPhone but I found it to be most useful once I got my iPhone because of the iChat-like way that the SMS app works.

AIM Mobile Forwarding can be invaluable in emergency situations if someone has your AIM screenname but doesn’t have your phone number. This actually happened to me recently where the domain accidentally expired and I was immediately notified while I was on the road… thanks, Cindy! (In my defense, there’s a long story involving a stolen credit card, defunct phone numbers, and some weirdness with an email address.)

When you have AIM Mobile Forwarding setup and you’re offline, here’s how you appear to others in their buddy lists:

SMS buddy in list

If you’d like to set a custom staus, simply change your status to what you desire before you go offline and it’ll remain while you’re offline:

SMS buddy in list with custom status

The beauty of this is that it instantly conveys, “don’t bug me unless it’s really important”.

Note: It’d be nice if your mobile status got set automatically when you went offline but there’s no simple way I know of doing this. I tried creating a small AppleScript that sets the desired status and set it to run when I logged out. But it needs to run right before logging out so it doesn’t work here. If anyone knows of a non-convoluted way of doing this, I’d really appreciate it if you’d post how in the comments below.

log out script

So how do you setup AIM Mobile Forwarding? Simple… if you use iChat, open Preferences and just click the Configure AIM Mobile Forwarding… button in the Accounts tab. This will open a web page where you can enter your info and get it rolling. For those of you who don’t use iChat, the web page is here (warning: will foolishly resize your browser window).

AIM Mobile Forwarding

Similar to AIM Mobile Forwarding, you’re also able to send SMS messages to other’s phones right from iChat (or any AIM client). Just use the Send SMS… item from the File menu.

send SMS

And you can also setup “mobile buddies” so that your buddies who haven’t setup AIM Mobile Forwarding function as if they have. All you have to do is add their mobile phone number as an AIM account, beginning with a “+1”.

setup SMS buddy

And while you’re at it, you may as well add yourself to your buddy list like this. This is very handy for when you’re about to hit the road and you need to send yourself a quick note. It’s definitely one of the easiest ways to to send yourself a note and is a few less steps than sending yourself a note via email.

SMS to self

mobile AIM numbers

Note: SMS messages that come from AIM Mobile forwarding come from the numbers 265-060, 265-061, and 265-080 through 265-089 (possibly more but I haven’t seen any others). So if you have these numbers in your contacts and use a name like “Mobile AIM” for the contact, the incoming messages will look a lot neater and will be more easily identifiable to you since they won’t be listed with some seemingly random phone number.

I created a vCard so that you can easily set this up. Simply download it on your Mac, open it to add the contact to your Address Book, then sync to your iPhone and you’ll be good to go.

Mobile AIM.vcf Mobile AIM.vcf

Post your tips

Hopefully you’ve found many of these tips useful. Feel free to post your “score” for the ones you knew in the comments below. And if you know of any others, or if you can expand on the ones I’ve listed here, please also add them in the comments.

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  1. Oyvind Solstad
    7:18am, December 9, 2008

    The “scroll to top” tip was new to me! Great! Saves me lots of time in apps like Tweetie.

    Do you know if AIM SMS forwarding works outside the US? I guess it don’t…

  2. Peter
    7:48am, December 9, 2008

    Amazing tips, I didn’t know I can write typographic quotation marks, thanks! I wish they added some more characters, like –, —, ≤, ≥, °, ≠ using the same technique.

    Some more:

    1. Mic/clicker vs iPod – you can double click mic on your iPhone headphones to go the next track, triple click it to go to the previous (or the very beginning of the track if it’s playing for more than 3 seconds, just like in iTunes), press it once to pause and press it again to resume. However, sometimes iPod times out, especially if iPhone is low on memory and you can’t resume song after a longer while.

    2. You can also create one contact with multiple numbers and name each of them. It’s useful for your operator short codes – like turning GPRS off, enabling roaming, etc. You simply have to create a new label for each number. And then you can add some of them to Favorites.

    3. Calculator turns to scientific mode after turning your iPhone by 90°.


    Ad 4: You can double tap space to get period + space.

    Ad 7: If you double click Home button while the screen is locked, you will get an option to [play / pause] the [last picked / playing] song (it’s very useful when iPod will timeout after stopping it through mic clicker - see above for explanation) and controls.

  3. JPDyson
    8:13am, December 9, 2008

    Knew most of these, but the slide-to-caps, extra characters on symbols, and skyhook registration were new finds for me. Thanks for the article - it’s a great resource.

  4. Matt Crest
    9:49am, December 9, 2008

    Really solid explanations of these tips - and thanks for the vCard.

    I knew most of these, but wasn’t aware of the shift-slide to capitalize a letter, and sadly for me, didn’t know about the force quit (I’ve just used the reset when apps crash).

    One to add, when entering a URL in Safari, you don’t need the http://www. or the .com - it figures all that out for you (only works for .com though I believe). So, to get to you would just need to enter taptaptap.

  5. Scott
    10:28am, December 9, 2008

    i can’t seem to get iChat to send an SMS, every time it says “the other person appears to be currently offline.”

    am i missing something?

  6. Derrik
    7:36pm, December 9, 2008

    The mic on the earbuds is also a button. Squeeze once to start music, again to pause. Or if a call is coming in, squeeze once to answer and once to hang up. When listening to music a double squeeze will advance the track.

  7. Derrik
    7:37pm, December 9, 2008

    The mic on the earbuds is also a button. Squeeze once to answer a call, and again to hang up. If there is no call, squeeze once to start music and again to pause. A double squeeze will advance to the next track.

  8. Brian
    11:27pm, December 9, 2008

    Is it possible to download the Apple Script that you are using?

  9. Melek
    12:09am, December 10, 2008

    Fantastic tips! I only knew one of them. Thanks for sharing.

  10. rick Smith
    12:26am, December 10, 2008

    thanks! There were a few in here I didn’t know about!

  11. Mark
    5:00am, December 10, 2008


    What an awesome repository of useful info. And I thought I knew my way around an iPhone.

  12. sakshi
    6:28am, December 10, 2008

    I dont have the options for different domain names (.com/.net etc) on my iphone
    I also cudnt take the screenshot
    also cudnt save images from web.
    are these only available in iphone 3G?

  13. John Corey
    7:49am, December 10, 2008

    Thanks for the tips. Some old and well used by me. Most were new or ones I forgot. Very well presented.

  14. James
    8:42am, December 10, 2008

    This is a fantastic post…some great info in here. Thank you SO much for sharing!

  15. Rob Sanders
    8:54am, December 10, 2008

    Great tips, knew most of them but some are really cool. Especially the special characters and the Slide-to-Caps technique.

    Thanks a lot for this great article.

  16. Jeffrey
    9:31am, December 10, 2008

    @sakshi: Make sure your iPhone is updated to the latest firmware. These should work if you have.

  17. martin
    9:56am, December 10, 2008

    Thanks for the tips. I bought your “Classics” App in return.. :D

  18. Zhen Sun
    10:53am, December 10, 2008

    Thanks a lot for these useful tips.

  19. Andy
    11:09am, December 10, 2008

    You can scroll to the bottom by holding down the Alt key and tapping the status bar.

    (that was a joke :D )

    I actually didn’t know about the Mac display sleep shortcut, thanks.

  20. iphone 3g blog
    11:31am, December 10, 2008

    Nice compilation and the work done with pictures is really amazing.

  21. Marla Erwin
    11:49am, December 10, 2008

    Nice work on the screenshots!

  22. Andrew
    11:53am, December 10, 2008

    My iChat doesn’t have the “Configure AIM Mobile Forwarding” button in the Accounts tab – wonder if my older version (3.1.9) doesn’t support it?

  23. Zach
    11:58am, December 10, 2008

    Thanks for the AIM Mobile Forwarding tip—works great!

  24. Harry
    12:01pm, December 10, 2008

    The best tip of all here was ⌃⇧⏏ to sleep the screen of my Mac… how did I not know that?

  25. Sean Cooper
    12:06pm, December 10, 2008

    Same tip for quick Caps can be applied to punctuation.

    Double tapping the space bar while typing will add a period and a leading space!

  26. Steve Zec
    12:18pm, December 10, 2008

    Nice compilation of Iphone tips. I really appreciate your efforts in putting this information out on the web. Thanks!!

  27. Chris
    12:50pm, December 10, 2008

    Use this link to refresh tap/tap/tap page you are on now, and watch my video posts here:
    Great job, and fantastic design! Much appreciated.

  28. Gary
    12:56pm, December 10, 2008

    Terrific stuff. Not sure why there isn’t univerasl consistency with this stuff, but I can’t emulate the .com thingie in Safeari (Touch), nor does my Touch/General Settings have a home button. Hmmm…

  29. Todd
    1:13pm, December 10, 2008

    I only knew 2 of these. What a treasure. I’m bookmarking this blog on my phone. Thanks!

  30. dishpish
    1:25pm, December 10, 2008

    exshellent shtuff dude - shome totally shweet tipsh! The shcreenshot tip shpeshifically…


  31. Peter
    1:27pm, December 10, 2008

    When using headphones and use the mic/button to pause your music for over a minute or two, the music sometimes will not start again by pressing the mic/button. Simply press the hold button once and then press the mic/button. This is useful if you don’t want to pull your iPhone out of your pocket. This works on my 1gen iPhone.

  32. Jerryc
    2:57pm, December 10, 2008

    I’m unable to add myself as a Buddy in iChat. What am I missing??

    many thanks for the hints.

  33. Lance
    2:58pm, December 10, 2008

    Tapping on the right or left of the row of page indicator dots just above the dock quickly takes you through pages of apps rather than swiping. It seems quicker.

  34. Andrew
    3:06pm, December 10, 2008

    Since double tapping the Home button is a short cut to phone favorites, so I removed the Phone app from thr dock. Good spot for the SMS app.

  35. Alex
    3:10pm, December 10, 2008

    Here are my tips:

    1. Hold down your finger on a hyperlink while viewing a webpage and you get a pop up notification showing you the full URL of the link you are about to click on.

    2. For less blurry iPhone camera shots, hold down the camera button while you frame your shot and steady your hand. It won’t take the picture until you let go of the button or tap the screen with another finger. This method is more instant and reduces the blur from your hand moving.

    3. Most major urban areas and cities now have Google Street view in the newest firmware. BUT NOT ALL PLACES HAVE IT. If you search an address or city in Google maps, there should be an orange icon above the pin denoting that the area you searched supports street view. Hit that icon to launch street view, and hit the circle map at the bottom of the screen while in street view to return to the normal map.

    3. Sick of the iPhone constantly trying to change the word “Fucking” to “Ducking”? Make a contact in your address book called “Bad Words” and fill the contact information with swear words and other uncommon terms the iPhone is constantly trying to auto correct. It will think it’s a person’s name or info about a contact and won’t try to suggest a different word! Works wonderfully!

    4. In 2.1 they took away the ability to update all your apps with the click of the “Update All” button. They brought that feature back in 2.2 THANK GOD! Updating 10 apps one by one was just stupid. So if you don’t have 2.2, connect the iPhone to iTunes and update it!

    5. Tapping to the right or left the highlighted little white circle (the circles that represent how many pages are on your homescreen) on the home screen will take you forwards or backwards to other screens instead of having to swipe your finger 7 times to get to all your apps! Then once you get to the last page, hit the home button to go all the way back to the first screen.

    6. To silence a call, press the Sleep/Wake or either volume button. You can still answer the call after silencing it, until it goes to voicemail.

    7. To send a call directly to voicemail.

    Press the Sleep/Wake button twice quickly.

    Press and hold the mic button on the headset for about two seconds. Two low beeps confirm that the call was declined.

    8. While on a phone call, you can use all the features of your phone that don’t require the use of your cell data connection. If someone asks you what Bobby’s number is you can simply hit the Home button and go to your address book and get the number.

    9. Scroll within a frame on a webpage: Use two fingers to scroll within a frame on a webpage. Use one finger to scroll the entire webpage.

  36. megapenguinx
    3:18pm, December 10, 2008

    408? That’s my area code!

  37. John Corey
    4:02pm, December 10, 2008

    A bit of a Twitter debate going on. It seems that the font color/contrast makes it hard for some to read the text. Better would be a shift to something with more contrast. Gray is not a great choice. Impact varies based on reader, their display and maybe other variables. Not worth the lost readers is my view.

  38. Sara
    4:09pm, December 10, 2008

    Double click the home button while on your wallpaper screen (the one that where you need to slide to unlock) brings up a stripped down iPod menu (back, play, forward) where you can start or pause songs without having to unlock your phone or go the iPod app.

  39. Scott
    4:14pm, December 10, 2008

    I couldn’t get the screenshot to work. It just tries to turn the phone off when I press both the Wake/Sleep and Home buttons. I have been upgraded to 2.2 - could that be the problem? Or is there something else I am not doing correctly?

  40. Kristofer
    4:17pm, December 10, 2008


    Thanks for your second number 3 tip! I’ve always been annoyed by that Ducking correction. Another way I’ve found to get around it is to send an SMS repeating the bad word over and over. The iPhone eventually learns that you’re not trying to say “duck” anymore and will even auto correct if you type “fuvk” or something of the sort.

    Just be careful when choosing who to send your bad word SMS to.

  41. Barb
    4:22pm, December 10, 2008

    AWESOME article - thanks!

  42. User
    4:48pm, December 10, 2008

    The customisable home button shortcut does not work on 1st gen iPod touch with 2.2 firmware

  43. Brendan
    4:49pm, December 10, 2008

    I’m sorry, i haven’t read though all of the other posts, so I’m not sure if this has been posted, but it wasn’t in the Top Ten.

    If you want to just listen to some video you have on your iPhone, if you try to put it to sleep while watching, it will pause the video. But if you are to double tap the home button while its in sleep, hit the play button that appears to get audio only of videos.

  44. Diederik
    5:08pm, December 10, 2008

    Love your work guys!
    It just gets better and better ;-)
    Thanks to Scott in Wellington for sending this link through!!

  45. AdamR
    5:39pm, December 10, 2008

    I didn’t want to set up Mobile AIM so others could IM me on my phone, but I liked the idea of being able to send myself a note quickly on my phone. So I set up an iChat buddy with my phone number (just make the account name +1 and your phone number, like +12065551212) and called it iPhone and now I can easily text myself.

  46. Kevin Merritt
    7:52pm, December 10, 2008

    Really useful tips. Thanks for compiling them into one coherent list.

    Love the design of the blog, too, by the way. Keep up the great work.

  47. dOGHAIR
    10:25pm, December 10, 2008

    You do not need to add words to contacts that are auto corrected. Simply hit the “x” next to the auto correction that pops up. (or anywhere on that pop up actually) The next time you type the word the iPhone has learned it’s lesson.
    In fact, try typing Fuckinh after you have done so and the iPhone will auto correct to Fucking!

  48. JAM PET
    11:12pm, December 10, 2008

    this one i just stumbled upon after frustration…

    when i was opening a .pdf file on my school website it opens right in the browser but only a small area of the page so it doesnt seem like theres a way to scroll thru the pages within the pdf file except there is!

    you have to use two fingers within the file & drag it up and down!

    this works in other types of things but all ive experienced it on so far is pdf & comment boxes on my fantasy yahoo..

  49. Perry
    11:17pm, December 10, 2008

    I’ll just pile on with what everyone else is saying with this… Great post, love the tips, love the great illustrations for the tips, and the blog looks great too.

  50. Steve Trefethen
    11:18pm, December 10, 2008

    Great list, several were new to me so very useful. Thanks!

  51. felipesiny
    11:28pm, December 10, 2008

    this was very helpful thank you

  52. Allan L.
    11:58pm, December 10, 2008

    “So to ensure that your phone is using as little battery as possible, you’re best off always pressing the Home button before locking so that no app remains running.”

    That’s new to me, thanks for the tip!

  53. Paul
    12:01am, December 11, 2008

    I have a first gen iPhone with latest 2.2 firmware, and all the tips (customizable home button, .net/.edu/.com button etc) work.

  54. Jeremy Ricketts
    12:07am, December 11, 2008

    This just changed the way I type on my phone. I’m not even kidding. Awesome.

  55. John
    12:14am, December 11, 2008

    Fav Tip: Info in the lyrics tags of an MP3 file will be displayed as a scrolling overlay over the album cover when a song is played.

  56. Kimberly
    12:35am, December 11, 2008

    Thank you, great info!!!

  57. Dotty
    12:40am, December 11, 2008

    To make make a conference call while already on a call. You can hold down the keypad icon for 5-7 seconds.Which is in between mute and speaker. If you have done it right it will flip over and in the top right there will be a send box underneath the call timer. Dial your number then hit send. As far as I know it’s been around since 2.0. With the addition of 2.2. It now takes the caller info and drops it in the way of the number your dialing. Where as in previous 2.x updates the caller ID info would stay put. Just a little annoying.

  58. EVula
    12:57am, December 11, 2008

    The Safari image saving was the only iPhone trick I didn’t already know.

    *However*, I also didn’t know the Control-Shift-Eject trick, and I’ve been using Macs for… a while. Good one to know. :)

    The only thing I would have mentioned in addition is the fact that the click-and-hold keyboard trick also works on the currency characters, but that whole bag is pretty well covered in the very well-written article. Good work.

  59. Mike Swarts
    1:00am, December 11, 2008

    Surprised no one mentioned holding down the star key on the old-fashioned keypad to add a comma (pause) to a phone number.

    Using this trick, you can change your credit card phone number to 999-999-9999,0,0,0 (or whatever prompts you want) and get straight through to a person when you call.

    Can’t believe I didn’t know about smart quotes/top-level domains.

    @ John, didn’t know about the lyrics trick either.

    @Alex, didn’t know about 2-finger scrolling in frames and holding the camera button.

  60. Jay W.
    1:07am, December 11, 2008

    Re: setting user status on logout, something along the lines of the following almost works. If you used some more standard additions, you could read and write the times from a file, which should solve the communication issue. You might even be able to schedule a timer to tell iChat to log out, thus dodging the seeming issue of not being able to log out from within the handlers themselves. But I’ve spent enough time playing with this already, so I leave working out the solution to another.

    This DOES NOT WORK. Properties appear not to be properly interpreted. As well, “say” and “display alert” statements act as no-ops. You also seem to be unable to log out from a log out handler; the log in handler seemed unable to log out, as well, though when I checked, it seemed the script had been unchecked from there, so further testing is needed.

    After testing for a while, AIM decided my account had been too busy. It began booting me off, but not till iChat thought I had logged in. This led to a vicious cycle that proved that the lastRunTime property was not preserving its value across runs - it seems iChat was recompiling at each run.

    —! Last run time in seconds since reference time.
    * Used to keep the handler from triggering itself.
    property lastRunTime : 0

    —! Only set status if |timeSinceLast| run is greater than this.
    property statusRecentlySetTime : 5 — unit is seconds

    using terms from application “iChat”
    —! Sets the user’s mobile status on logout.
    * Requires that the user’s password be
    * stored in the keychain.
    * The user might have to grant
    * permission for the |current date|
    * reference to succeed.
    * \attention The script must be saved as
    * a compiled script (extension .scpt)
    * for the property to not be reset with
    * each run.
    on logout finished for aService
    set thisRunTime to time of (current date)
    set timeSinceLastRun to thisRunTime - lastRunTime
    set shouldSetStatus to aService’s service type is AIM
    set alreadySetStatus to timeSinceLastRun ≤ statusRecentlySetTime
    if shouldSetStatus and not alreadySetStatus then
    log in aService
    set the status message to “Via iPhone.”
    — Can’t log out from this handler.
    —log out aService
    end if
    set lastRunTime to time of (current date)
    end logout finished

    on login finished for aService
    set thisRunTime to time of (current date)
    set timeSinceLastRun to thisRunTime - lastRunTime
    set shouldLogOut to aService’s service type is AIM and timeSinceLastRun ≥ statusRecentlySetTime
    if shouldLogOut then
    set lastRunTime to time of (current date)
    log out aService
    end if
    end login finished
    end using terms from

  61. EBrown
    1:10am, December 11, 2008

    Thank you. Really helpful information/

  62. Y
    1:11am, December 11, 2008

    I second Harry. How did I not know control-shift-eject put the display to sleep? I’ve wanted that every night for years.

    1:49am, December 11, 2008

    Thanks tons,
    I left blackberry for iphone and completely regret it. But those comments are sure a big help. Thanks alot.

  64. Lesile Kaminoff
    1:54am, December 11, 2008

    Adding myself to my AIM Buddy List is a stroke of genius - thanks. I’ve discovered that I can copy an appointment out of iCal and paste it into the IM I send myself, and it shows up complete with all the associated info (including links). Easier than digging it out of the iPhone’s calendar app. - especially since it may be new info that hasn’t synced yet thru MoribundMe.

  65. Giles
    1:58am, December 11, 2008

    I didn’t know any of these tricks because I bought an iPod touch yesterday only, but after reading these I have two remarks: Apple Manuals are lacking a lot, and your tricks add at lot of value to my iPod.

    By the way, most of your iPhone tricks also work on an iPod touch (I was trying them as I was reading your post).

  66. Alan Wolk
    3:50am, December 11, 2008

    Just wanted to add to the chorus of thank yous.

    So many useful tips in here from you and other commenters.

    To Giles’ point: any notion why Apple doesn’t publish this stuff in a guide that comes with the phone? Or do they and Giles and I just threw it out before reading it?

  67. Olafur
    3:57am, December 11, 2008

    Great post. Thanks! Btw. love the sushi deco.

  68. Mike
    4:58am, December 11, 2008

    Great tips! Thank you all!

  69. pradeep
    5:34am, December 11, 2008

    iPhone tips are great info, thanks

  70. Jim
    5:50am, December 11, 2008

    Some nice tips I didnt know about

  71. Marcelo Wolfgang
    6:12am, December 11, 2008

    If you want to start the ipod after sometime that the phone is off/locked without taking it out of your pocket, you can press the home button once, wait a sec and them press it twice, and press the mic button once, it will start the ipod where you left it.

    (this only works if you configure your home button to open the ipod on double click)

  72. David Chartier
    6:25am, December 11, 2008

    I think the reason that many people aren’t aware of the caps-lock trick is that it isn’t enabled by default. You have to dig into the Settings > General > Keyboard to turn it in. This is also where the new “auto-correction” toggle for spelling is located, and also where you can turn off the “type two spaces to get a period” shortcut.

  73. Killol Virani
    6:28am, December 11, 2008

    Does anyone know where I can download few apps / games (like Mario) or Nitendo games?

    I tried to Google it but no use.


  74. Killol Virani
    6:33am, December 11, 2008

    I am looking for a site where I can download apps / games for the iPhone.

    I am looking for NES - Mario games. I tried to Googel it with no luck.

    Is there a site where I can dowload these games / apps?

    Any ideas are welcome.


  75. cbartolo
    6:43am, December 11, 2008

    for what i understand most of you are americans, so this function could be something that you don’t use a lot, and then…
    when writing sms the iphone use the dictionary and correct or complete what you are writing using the english (or whatever language you normaly use) dictionary
    but it’s possible to write in different languages with the same ability, without leaving the sms that you are writing
    before that you need to go to the”general”/”international”/”keyboards” and choose the languages that you know or want to use, as many as you want
    then in the sms keyboard a new button will appear between the numbers and space butons, representing the earth, and then you just click on them and change the language that you want to use
    all the keyboard will change to that language keyboard, and that language dictionary will begin to correct whatever you are writing in the same language (it’s possible to know what is the language that is on, as the “space” button will say “espace”, “espacio”, “espaço”, etc according to the chosen one)
    that way is always easy to say “je t’aime” to the loved one, or “mi casa es su casa” to a friend without making errors

    and by the way, thanks for the tips, some i knew, some are new

  76. XCool
    8:48am, December 11, 2008

    The Home button tip works on my 2nd Gen iPod touch, but I can’t seem to find the settings for it.

  77. torin
    8:48am, December 11, 2008

    to send an incoming call to voicemail, just hit the wake / sleep screen button on the top of your iphone. screen turns off, call is in voicemail.

    great list, learnt one i didn’t know the ctrl / shift / eject. which is strange, i use ctrl / eject all the time to put the mac to sleep.

  78. Rud Bobbins
    9:34am, December 11, 2008

    That screenshot tip begs for the ole gag of setting your wallpaper to a screenshot like we used to do on the Mac. “I’m tapping but nothing is happening!”

  79. Peter
    10:10am, December 11, 2008

    Thanks for some very good tricks! But not all of them work on the 2G like (at least with my hacked OS 1.1.4) e.g. picture save, screenshot and some more. When using German as default language it ads to the .com button the country domain .de - very useful indeed.

  80. Suresh
    10:17am, December 11, 2008

    Great tips. I have an iPod touch and many of the tips are applicable to that as well. Thanks a lot.

    By the way, does anybody here have an idea of how to view track information on the iPhone/iPod touch (the equivalent of Cmd+I in iTunes)? Maybe some hidden trick that I am missing.

  81. Dan Keldsen
    10:36am, December 11, 2008

    Wow, great list of tips, and incredibly well done on the presentation front. Consider me subscribed!

    BTW - any way to pre-load shortcuts/signatures for frequently typed people, companies, etc.? An auto-expander essentially. If it doesn’t exist yet, someone get thee to the App Store stat!

  82. Mark
    12:07pm, December 11, 2008

    First of all, thanks so much!

    Now, regarding my favorite tip, AIM call forwarding, I’m running into an old AIM problem. Even though iChat offers me the options illustrated above, AIM doesn’t seem to recognize my login (presumable because it’s not an actual AIM account).

    Has anyone found a workaround to this?

  83. Mark
    12:18pm, December 11, 2008

    OK I’m Mactarded. Your MobileMe password is now your AIM password. Not sure when that changed, but it works. Continue.

  84. Jamie
    12:26pm, December 11, 2008

    The Skyhook stuff is great, except when you move. At home my iPhone constantly thinks I’m living at my old address. I’ve gone to the Skyhook webpage and registered the new address, but it never seems to change. Oh well, I guess when I’m at home I know where I am, but I often use “Current Location” when getting directions and it can be a little irritating.

  85. len
    1:17pm, December 11, 2008

    Any way to jump to the middle or bottom of a photo album? Takes forever to scroll down through a couple thousand photos to get to the latest ones. Why can’t I do this like I can in Contacts by using the side scroller?

  86. Chris
    1:31pm, December 11, 2008

    One tip not mentioned that was just introduced in the 2.2 firmware is that you can click the home button to return to the first page of apps from any other page. Useful for people with many pages of applications like me.

  87. Chris
    1:33pm, December 11, 2008

    Correction on my previous comment - The home button trick to return to the first pages of apps was mentioned. My apologies.

  88. scott
    1:57pm, December 11, 2008

    Great tips. Like the simple site-design layout - very effective. Really love the graphics.

    How did you capture not only the screen shots, but also shown them with the whole iPhone device as a single graphic?

  89. Mike
    2:00pm, December 11, 2008

    Another tip: You can import vcards from email. Found this one out the hard way when turning off mobileme wiped out my address book. Luckily I had just emailed an export of my address book to my wife when she was setting up Outlook, so a copy of my contacts was in my sent items.

  90. Brian Richmond
    3:23pm, December 11, 2008

    I had the same issue with Skyhook as JPDyson. I submitted my router to their service and it still shows my old address. It’s really annoying when locating myself in an application.

    Great collection of tips here. I had heard of most of them, but learned a couple of other new things in the process of reading this post.

  91. MTE
    5:14pm, December 11, 2008

    I must admit I didn’t think I would pick anything up from this list, but, yes even I picked up 1 tip. Good work.

    Nice layout, and good screenies.

  92. kyle
    5:26pm, December 11, 2008

    As a blogger with an iPhone I really appreciate the screenshot capture funciton. It helps for recording all them high scores.

  93. allan jamie
    8:08pm, December 11, 2008

    me gustaria tener un iphone para poder probar las funciones

  94. Greg Ostravich
    11:50pm, December 11, 2008

    Thanks! I knew some but not all. These tips are great! Anybody know how to get to the “Saved Photos” from iTunes or otherwise? I want to reorganize them into my photo albums.

    I’ve got one for you for any iPod.
    If you’re listening to a book on CD you’ve ripped into your iPod do this:
    1) Get Info - change tracks to not shuffle in with music and to remember playback position.
    2) Make a Smart Playlist using Name of the book as 1 criteria (album name) *AND* playcount = 0 so that as you listen to a track it falls off the playlist because the playcount becomes 1.

    Thanks again - great stuff!

  95. BigSpender
    8:48am, December 12, 2008

    Hey guys does anyone know how to “mark as read” a mail from the inbox screen, I mean without actually opening the message, better still do a bulk thing like the delete option

  96. Dave Cortright
    12:15pm, December 12, 2008

    To zoom out in Maps, single tap with multiple fingers (which is NOT the same as a double tap).

    I spread my index and middle fingers into a victory V, and use that to tap. If the fingertips are too close together, it won’t work.

  97. Chris Wilson
    12:30pm, December 12, 2008

    Great list. Stumbled.

    Here’s another one. A quick Double-click of the home button brings up the music controls over the current app.

  98. lolec
    2:07pm, December 12, 2008

    When you are in the springboard, no matter what page, if you press the home button you will go to the first page. 2.2 and after

  99. Steve Lininger
    9:34am, December 13, 2008

    “Go To Date” workaround for Calendar.

    In Month or Day view press and hold either , Cal. will *rapidly* scroll forward or backward in time.

  100. Steve Lininger
    9:35am, December 13, 2008

    Re above;

    Press either of the arrows on the top bar that shows the date.

  101. Rupi
    8:29am, December 15, 2008

    Cool. I didn’t know all the tips.

    Bookmarked this page :P

  102. Jane
    10:40pm, December 16, 2008

    Very very useful tips for us!

    Thanks a lot!

    Apple also provides tips. But there lists too much… (iPhone tips from Apple:

  103. Mark Aplet
    2:24am, December 17, 2008

    Another tip:
    From your application pages, press and hold an icon until they all start to wiggle a little bit. Now you can delete them by hitting the “x” above the icon, or you can move icons to other pages and organize your apps by subject, productivity, or my personal favorite, by color. ;) Press the home button to accept your changes.

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    10:15am, December 17, 2008

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  105. Shalmanese
    7:53am, December 19, 2008

    If you want to play a video but only listen to the audio portion of it:

    Start the video on your device.
    Turn off the iPhone, this will stop the video from playing.
    Turn on the iPhone but do NOT slide the slider
    Double tap the home button and then hit play
    Turn off the iPhone again.

  106. Cagatay de
    4:25pm, December 19, 2008

    on mail application, there’s no option to archive mails. (gmail). when i click delete, it really deletes. any trick? :)

  107. Arjan
    8:37am, December 21, 2008

    You can archive gmail messages by moving them to the folder ‘All Mail’ using the second button in the bottom toolbar.

  108. bdiesel
    9:57am, December 21, 2008

    Thanks for the tips

  109. sariska
    10:27am, December 21, 2008

    some morw tips:
    doubleclicking in the center of a text in a website will enlarge the text to the exact width of your iphonescreen.
    Doubleclicking on the bottom will scroll down for you.
    Doubleclicking on top of the text will scroll up!
    very handy when reading laege amounts of text. Works also for reading ebooks!

  110. Sebastian Dreijer
    11:01am, December 22, 2008

    If you want to make a stopmotion video on your iPhone, you can do so by taken one picture at a time, and when you’re done shooying, you can play the stopmotion movie by tapping the first picture in your galleri and tab and hold the right arrow.

    Merry Christmas from
    Sebastian Dreijer

  111. jeff
    12:52am, December 25, 2008

    great post! wanted to find out what wallpaper image is on the mac screenshots at the end of the post in the aim settings section! thanks.

  112. John's Brother
    7:13pm, December 29, 2008

    As the PC wielding brother of the infamous John Casasanta, I am pleased by these tips that John has posted. John was nice enough to buy me and my wife iPhones and my 3 kids each an iPod Touch for Christmas. I have switched my Samsung SCH-i760 to the iPhone and couldn’t be happier.

  113. Marco
    8:47pm, December 30, 2008

    @Killol Virani
    Don’t know if you’re kidding : just connect to iTunes Store with your computer… 10 000 apps there (many are free) !

  114. Patrick Poulain
    1:00pm, January 1, 2009

    Good evening,
    Do you know if there is an App favourite for Bluetooth who lead us faster when it took my car ?
    Free or not, it’s not a problem.

    Thank’s for your answer.

  115. Daniel
    12:57am, January 4, 2009

    Not sure if this was mentioned above yet, but tapping on the corner of each screen above the task bar allows you to navigate through different screens.

  116. gillian Ashmead
    11:29pm, January 6, 2009

    I have just done an update on my Iphone.All my contact numbers have gone.The names are still there ? Help plz

  117. Lizzan
    11:44pm, January 6, 2009


    To organize your pictures, just open iPhoto with the iPhone connected, then you can import and organize as much as you want! You’ll then need to sync the photos back onto your iPhone from iTunes.

  118. Ria
    10:06am, January 21, 2009

    Can anyone help me please!
    I’ve put some apps onto the home screen and i want to take them off but don’t know how to?


  119. Samantha Armacost
    5:11pm, January 22, 2009

    Thanks so much for this information. I was getting highly irked by having to scroll so much.

  120. Lee Munroe
    8:58pm, January 26, 2009

    Some great tips. Can’t believe I didn’t know about a few of these. Thanks!

  121. Catherine
    6:09pm, February 2, 2009

    Is it possible to forward text messges?

  122. donnamck
    4:37am, February 24, 2009

    fantastic site. I am a novice iphone user and have learnt heaps. I am in Australia.

    Is there anyway you can make the font bigger in things like notes, contacts, sms ect

  123. Jason
    6:35pm, March 22, 2009

    Thanks heaps to everyone’s tips, many I knew but did learn quite a few. We all would find it much harder to use an iPhone/iTouch if it weren’t for people being kind enough to share their tips.

    On that note, one trick I learnt is one of my favourites, if you want learn how to have a custom ringtone of any song you want, go to this page!

    You can do it all yourself in iTunes.
    Takes a bit to get used to on the first go, but becomes really easy.

  124. Deepurple
    7:45pm, March 27, 2009

    Please help.The lower keyboard of my unlocked Iphone 2G is not functioning anymore(space,number and return keys).I have searched the web, many people have the exact same problem.No one knows why is happening and how to solve it.Looks like you may help us.I appreciate your time.Thank you.

  125. Ashli Norton
    7:06am, April 2, 2009


    Also add, double clicking the home screen brings up the controls for the iPod.

  126. jckrbbt
    3:47pm, April 8, 2009

    I’m new to the iPhone, so i don’t know if this is assumed knowledge, but on any text you’ve typed, if you hold your finger over it, you will get a magnifying glass that allows you to move the cursor between letters. Much more useful than having to backspace, erasing all your written text.

  127. ryan powell
    3:43pm, April 10, 2009

    this is really cool but i think you should know that this guy called macboy 123456 on youtube is using this website’s tips and some more website’s tips aswell. that bastard!

  128. wakuwaku
    1:42am, April 13, 2009

    great post! Always wanted to find out what wallpaper image is on the mac screenshots at the end of the post in the aim settings section! mny thanks.

  129. DjPan
    4:15pm, May 26, 2009

    very usefull tips..thank u all guys! ;)

  130. Terry
    7:13am, May 31, 2009

    Holding onto one of the apps in the home screen will cause all apps to start “wiggling” when this happens, you can move the apps around, and delete any apps you don’t want.

  131. alice
    5:52am, June 3, 2009

    Is there a way to enlarge the font when reading/sending mms?

  132. modeless
    4:32pm, June 15, 2009

    Force Quit via holding the home button no longer works in iPhone OS 3.0 since that action triggers the new Voice Control feature instead. (Force Quit was removed on all phone even though Voice Control only works on 3GS phones). Luckily Apple made quitting apps the normal way more responsive, so Force Quit is less necessary, but Apple’s own built-in apps that run in the background (Mail, Phone, iPod, and Safari) can no longer be killed with Force Quit. In 3.0 the only way to manually quit these apps is a reboot.

  133. arlee
    4:39pm, June 25, 2009

    Thanks for the great tips! I just discovered the other day that you can shake your iphone to delete all text that you are typing.

  134. arlee
    4:49pm, June 25, 2009

    Shake it again to redo typing.

  135. Tom
    9:04am, July 3, 2009

    Double pressing the home button while the phone is locked automatically brings up the iPod.

  136. wakuwaku
    4:29pm, July 19, 2009

    Awesome tips very helpful. Thanks for sharing these.

  137. ktn
    9:04am, July 28, 2009

    Good tips,
    Other question, anyone know how to turn of the “passcode” ?

  138. ktn
    10:06am, July 29, 2009

    Pls ignore, got it.

  139. Leafyfire_ch82
    3:38am, August 17, 2009

    Great tips…
    but improve more
    on the operation tips

  140. wakuwaku
    10:09am, August 20, 2009

    very usefull tips..thank u all guys!

  141. Geri
    4:06pm, September 2, 2009

    please tell me how to lower my orange or other memory on my iphone 2g.

  142. Per Tormod
    1:36am, September 13, 2009

    Iphone and MacBookPro would not communicate with bluetooth. Can not send files from Iphone 3gs to mac

  143. Dan
    8:21pm, October 6, 2009

    If your listening to music and want to stop quickly (for some reason) than pulling the headphones out of the jack is the quickest method. Found this out accidentally but it’s a very nice feature and you won’t miss a beat of the track your playing.

  144. Bilal
    4:13pm, October 9, 2009

    Does any one know the shortcut to display lyrics on iphone video in a playlist?

    I have added lyrics to music videos using itunes. When the videos are played in the portrait mode from the beginning the lyrics show up. Once you change to landscape mode and come back to portrait mode to only way to get the lyrics is to skip to next track and get back to the track. Is there a shortcut to display the lyrics again?

  145. Wendy
    9:16am, October 26, 2009

    I can’t seem to get messages to send tooffline buddies in AIM on my Iphone. I’ve checked settings in AIM. Any suggestions?

  146. wilmer
    8:07pm, November 11, 2009

    la verdad este telefone es una maravilla mi telefono lo livere y no se si sea x eso q no puedo conectarme con otros dispositivos por medio de via bluetoothy mi wi-fi no me responde

  147. satrap
    1:32am, November 16, 2009

    Thanks for the post, i enjoyed reading it. blogging is not as easy as many think it is, it’s hardwork. any how thanks.

  148. Karin Hansonnum
    3:35pm, December 4, 2009

    After I last updated my iPhone, the ability to see who is caling me is gone…every call now shows caller unknown. This is driving me crazy…is there a fix for this?

  149. John
    3:55pm, December 9, 2009

    Can I go back to listening to music on my iphone ipod feature after answering a call while wearing the headset, without restarting the app?

  150. Lampiri
    2:21am, December 12, 2009

    Nice tips , thanks !

  151. WilhelmR
    7:05am, December 13, 2009

    A massive THANK YOU for the Skyhook tip!


  152. mazen
    3:48pm, December 13, 2009

    This occured with me on my iphone 3gs once, when talking on phone, whenever I remove phone from my ear, it automatically open speaker on an when I approaches it to my ear, it go back ot normal ear speaker. Any one knows how to reactivate this?

    One tip to add for you guys, shake your iphone while writing, it will ask you to undo or redo… enjoy

  153. Jon h
    4:33am, December 18, 2009

    When typing anything if u make a mistake u can shake ur iPod/iPhone and an undo popup option will appear

  154. Thiago Placidino
    2:10am, December 19, 2009

    great tips….please post some more when
    possible thanks

  155. Tina
    7:36pm, December 23, 2009

    Okay. You guys are really stupid if you are just gonna sit around all day and type about some “cool” apps. Really.

  156. Angelo
    1:23am, January 2, 2010

    How do I adjust the colors on my screen? I accidentally did it last Tuesday and thought; oh, i can do that trick later. Now I can’t remember what I did and I can’t find it in settings. Help.

  157. Angelo
    1:35am, January 2, 2010

    BTW. Love this blog! Learned a lot! And I agree…art deco sushi is fantastic!

  158. Tanya Mc
    1:27pm, January 3, 2010

    Just purchased my first iphone and these tips r fantastic! Don’t feel like a total beginner now - cheers

  159. Adam Carroll
    4:54pm, January 6, 2010

    Heres a good one….

    On the iphone 3Gs which has voice dialling , if you hold down the middle button on your handsfree for about 5 secs you hear a beep, when you hear this just say the name of who you want to dial and it picks the entry out of your phonebook and dials it, if you get it wrong press the middle button to hang up and try again!…. awesome when your phone is in your pocket and your listening to music and want to call someone without getting your phone out!

  160. Holly Castles
    2:29am, January 13, 2010

    I am actually suprise no1 mentioned how to re-arrange your apps to move them around / sort them. hold your finger on the app until is starts “shivering” and then move them around, then press home once finished.

  161. ravi
    9:28am, January 18, 2010

    my iphone slider every time struck then power/sleep button press double time pressing then relese the slider any solution please send

  162. Lyn
    1:27pm, January 19, 2010

    Thank you very much! It was very comprehensive!

  163. Aaron C
    8:16pm, January 21, 2010

    Thank you so much for the scroll up tip! This is a HUGE help to me when browsing forum threads with lots of posts that don’t have a “top” button at the bottom, like on Rivals.

  164. ipod next generation
    1:11am, January 29, 2010

    these useful tips to put on my web content… thanks.
    iPhone tips and tricks

  165. David
    1:32pm, January 29, 2010

    i went to sleep and lay on the phone. when I awoke the screen is unresponsive to tapping; except that now a voice tells me what app I have touched and then askes me to double tap to get into that app. I cannot expand the screen, and i cannot work ot how to turn this vexacious “thing” off. Help please?

  166. David
    1:40pm, January 29, 2010

    it is OK. I fixed it but it took time thanks

  167. Sheila
    2:52pm, February 1, 2010

    Loved all the tips, I’m very new at this - just bought my iphone on Friday! On the mail icon there is a number 7 in a red circle - any idea what this means? It doesn’t mean I have seven emails!

  168. Ashim
    3:19am, February 2, 2010

    Great post. Great tips.

    Have an addition for the headphone mic-clicker.

    While playing music:
    If you double click and hold on the second click it will start scrubbing forward.
    And triple click and hold on the third will start rewinding.

    Takes a little getting used to, but great addition to the simplicity of the single button!

  169. castle
    9:07pm, February 25, 2010

    Good Tip of iPhone Thanks

  170. Zoni
    12:25pm, April 5, 2010

    I found a trick to create fre rigtone here

  171. iPhone spy app
    9:23am, April 24, 2010

    Thanks for the tips! Actually there’s a couple new to me and this is were i figured that out. Thanks to you guys. Now that will make my day with my IPhone more comfortable.

  172. bomberH
    9:59am, April 26, 2010

    Cheers for this. Very useful.

    Can anyone tell me how i can get lyrics on to the ipod when i play the tunes? It looks like some of you have this and i have no idea this exists. Thanks in advance….

  173. K
    8:44am, April 28, 2010

    I am signed on to Aim but if i get a phone call it goes off the app. The messages don’t come through unless i am on the app

  174. Wade
    5:33pm, May 10, 2010

    More tips (thanks for the good ones!)

    To scroll in items embedded on webpage instead of scrolling whole page use two fingers. one to hold on embedded item, one to scroll.

    You can send someone a location from google maps, by selecting drop pin, click dropped pin, then click share and choose mms.

    if you shake your phone up and down it works as an “undo” feature when you type.

    App stuff:
    qik video pro is a free video camera ap for the iphone 3G (since it doesnt come with one), works great

    iphone can also be used as a kindle, and you can download books with their ap so you always have one with you

    att has a manage your account ap where you can pay your bill and watch your usage for free

  175. Clyde
    10:43pm, May 13, 2010

    Who is energetic enough to put all the tips in a bullet point format? That would be great. As a newbie, I found all these helpful. Thanks to all, especially the Blog host.

  176. norm wales
    5:24am, May 15, 2010

    Just fantastic bit of gear I had a Nokia before,didnt like the Iphone because it was too big but thank goodness water came along and it did not work too good so I purchased the Iphone and it is just awesome and I have learnt a lot ot tips from here still going, very happy with it thanks

  177. Roc
    12:33am, June 11, 2010

    I found a website. More tips & tricks for your iPhone here:

  178. Terry
    4:25am, June 25, 2010

    How do i block a number using my iphone?

  179. Chlo
    4:10am, June 29, 2010

    When on any webpage, shaking your iPhone will reload/ refresh the page. Same works on facebook. Thanks for all other tips!!!

  180. enable99
    10:46am, July 30, 2010

    Is there a tip to lock the phone while
    a video is being played, so that my 2 yr
    old can watch without any interrupions :) ?

  181. jaron
    9:52pm, September 3, 2010

    hi my name is jaron my mother bought an
    iphone but than iphone4 came out what a
    long than can buy

  182. RM
    1:29am, September 10, 2010

    Hey thanks for all the tips!

    Is there a way to tap my way back to the homescreen? I noticed most apps if not all will require you to use the home button. call me picky but I was wondering if this functionality was developed. That way you can exit an app with less effort! It’s like having a hotkey on your keyboard like alt+F4 vs having to reach for the mouse to click on the X button on the upper right corner of your browser.

    Valid point or is it just me??? :-)

  183. iphone oyunlari
    12:01pm, February 17, 2011

    thats great article. thanks a lot…

  184. Fruit Machine Sales
    1:32pm, February 19, 2011

    Thanks for the list , it has been a great help

  185. safraz
    6:05am, February 22, 2011

    I knew all of this time a go so nothing was new to me !!!

  186. Panini Badescu
    11:40pm, February 22, 2011

    I think someone should give safraz a Bozo button for having previous knowledge of the tips. After all the rest of us should be chicken-whipped for sharing info that safraz already knows!!! (Please note sarcasm as intended)
    Personally, I would like to THANK everyone for sharing! Because SOME of us don’t have a built in knowledge base of all things iPhone. Sorry safraz, I’ll take my turn on the whipping post now.

  187. sacssoldes
    6:06am, March 24, 2011

    sacs en Suisse.

  188. Marcus
    11:50pm, March 26, 2011

    In contacts you can add nick names to your contacts this allows you to type in a nick name instead the contact’s real name but it shows you there real name you can do this by going in to your contacts and choosing a contact then press edit, go all the way to the bottom and press add field and press nick name (You can do this when adding a new contact as well)

  189. Blair F
    2:52pm, April 5, 2011

    Someone has probably already covered it but anyway VOICE CONTROL its very simple hold the HOME button till it beeps or hold the HEADSET BUTTON till it beeps its awesome for lazy people like me lol

  190. Robert
    3:23pm, April 5, 2011

    Good stuff. Thanks

  191. Franky
    6:58am, April 6, 2011

    Check out the free iCademy app! There are tons of tips&tricks for the iPhone and iOS.. Quite comprehensive!

  192. Harv
    9:25pm, April 25, 2011

    If you drop your phone in the toilet as it’s flushing, you can follow its journey to the local wastewater treatment centre by using a GPS application running on another iPhone.

  193. cal
    11:26pm, April 26, 2011

    is it possible to search a webpage for a particular word?
    Find word function?

  194. Ahmad
    7:30am, April 30, 2011

    very nice tips and tricks that you share

  195. Mark
    11:14am, May 1, 2011

    Thanks - really useful stuff.

    Has anyone got a tip for making your fingers smaller. This is the main problem I’m having with my new iPhone.

    This post is a great help though.

  196. Sunny
    9:40pm, May 10, 2011

    Is there anyway you can turn off an iPhone with a broken power button?

  197. Bryan Hunter
    6:02pm, May 20, 2011

    If anyone is looking for a great source of Tips and Tricks for not just the iPhone, but loads of other phones click on my name. Thanks for the great article…

    1:49pm, May 28, 2011

    nice and clear collection of tips and tricks,,
    i tried alot of things mentioned above…great and keep it up

  199. Fruit Machine Sales
    4:27pm, June 18, 2011

    Some great tips. Thank you

    7:28am, July 1, 2011

    thats great article. thanks a lot…

  201. Michael Marshall
    4:38pm, July 8, 2011

    I’ll have to keep this in mind. Thx

  202. luffy
    7:12pm, August 16, 2011
    checkout this iphone tips app, it is total Free and contains many helpful tips, found it in appstore

  203. jingxiamnh
    10:41pm, September 5, 2011

    I discovered your weblog internet site on google and examine a number of of your early posts. Proceed to maintain up the superb operate. I just extra up your RSS feed to my MSN Information Reader. In search of forward to studying extra from you afterward!

  204. iPhone 5
    9:03pm, October 9, 2011

    These are some really great, yet easy to implement iPhone tips, can’t believe i didnt know some of these >_<

  205. Sergio
    9:28pm, October 28, 2011

    my question is this every time i watch
    a video on my iphone 4 for some reason some time i can hear it but for the most time can not hear anything at all and my volume is all the way up can any one help me with what i need to do so that as i am watching a video i can hear it also.thank you very much

  206. Jackster
    6:13am, October 30, 2011

    Great iphone tips - how do you force quit the application to bypass siri? I held it for 6 seconds and did not work.

  207. Michelle
    8:03pm, November 4, 2011

    I’m a rookie IPhone 3S user that just applied the ICloud update… now all of the photos I sync from my computer are doubled in my photos app so there’s a copy in the folder from my computer and a copy in the photo library… Anyone know how to eliminate the extra copy? (Thanks for all of the other tips! I actually knew about half of them… and the other half are beyond what I can comprehend! Ha, ha!)

  208. iFIx
    5:20am, November 8, 2011

    Great Post mate. EVery Body loves thier iPhone :)

  209. Chelle
    11:24pm, November 16, 2011

    Really cool tips. I wasn’t aware of at least a couple of them.

  210. mark gray
    1:30am, November 20, 2011

    great stuff iv been looking for a sit like this, gooodwork!

  211. Dana Munoz
    8:34am, December 13, 2011

    Does it help push, or aid in the signal strength if you shake the phone while its searching, or sending a message that is taking longer then normal?

  212. Mrs.allen
    7:02am, December 19, 2011

    Good tricks

  213. Bond
    8:40am, January 14, 2012

    AmazIng tips dude. Really helpfull.

  214. Holly
    12:18pm, March 4, 2012

    Nice! I love these tips. They were super helpful to me. One tip that I have is to speed up your ipod’s speed. What you do it double tap the home button. Then all the apps you have gone to are there. What you have to do is hold one of them until a little minus sign appears, then just tap the minus sign on all of them and it will speed up your ipod touch!

  215. Alun Davies
    4:04pm, March 21, 2012

    Here’s a quick little trick - unfortunately for the time being it is just a trick :)

  216. Robert Hawks
    1:43pm, March 27, 2012

    Oh Man, I miss my iPhone. It decided to take a Bath one day.

  217. Mimi
    7:14am, March 31, 2012

    Do you care if I repost this article?

  218. iLab
    11:06am, April 7, 2012

    nice tips, everybody can learn from it (:

  219. jappelt
    4:26am, April 29, 2012

    Hi, thanks for the usefull tips!

  220. Creative Character
    1:20am, June 4, 2012

    where my post go? ain’t writing it out again lol

  221. Brenda Evans
    4:08am, June 5, 2012

    Thank you for a great website. I knew only four of these tips. One of your readers commented that they wanted an inclusion on the keypad of the ‘degrees’ symbol - well if you tap and hold the zero it gives you the choice of degrees. I also found out by mistake that when I go to type a message, the curser automatically starts flashing in the address bar when I always want it in the message bar (in case I press send to early). Then it can be quite slow to respond to the tap to change it to the message bar, well if you tap the ‘return’ the curser jumps straight down to the message bar - great. Keep up the good work.

  222. marc
    8:07pm, June 20, 2012

    very useful info … thank you

  223. joey
    11:20pm, June 20, 2012

    If you press home button 3 times screen turns negative,hold down home button turns on voice control

  224. Sherika Lambros
    8:30pm, July 19, 2012

    The report is actually a excellent kind of this.

  225. Kaylee Hylan
    11:58pm, July 30, 2012

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  226. B B
    5:08pm, August 6, 2012

    i want to same my incoming and outgoing SMS; how do i do that?

  227. MW
    9:39am, August 11, 2012

    Bad news. Need immediate assistance.
    How to download Camera plus photos to my Dell laptop?

    Please help as soon as possible as I will soon have a replacement iPhone.

    (Note: Camera Plus photos will not upload to iCloud; they need to be uploaded to a computer.)

    Help soon please. Do you have a telephone support number?

    Thank you,


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  229. eli
    6:25am, September 25, 2012

    i love it

  230. DR YANTO
    1:02am, October 12, 2012

    nice share..
    every iphone user should have tips n trik for their amazing phone..

    keep share

  231. Matt logan
    8:01am, October 18, 2012

    The amazing tips of iPhone 4 is not enough to handle it but what aboutiPhone4case we totally need it for full protection . its unbelievable to buy this phone with great features and bear any scratches or dust on it .

  232. Lewis Gordis
    8:48am, November 4, 2012

    I just did it, You can rollback, I did it. First you put your phone into that special mode (forget name) by holding power and home button for 10 seconds, then just the home button for another 15 seconds, then iTunes will go into restore mode. Hold down OPTION and click restore, and it will open a browser to select your firmware. Download 5.1.1 and pick that, then you are back to 5.1.1 I just did it

  233. iphone-fix
    9:45am, November 10, 2012

    i need to egree with you fox

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