After spending hundred of dollars on your iPhone or iPod Touch, you probably want to get the most out of it. Here are some great tips and tricks that will unveil some of the hidden features of the iPhone or iPod Touch. You should check back on iPhonespies often as we will keep updating with new iphone or iPod Touch tips and tricks as we learn of them.
Tip: Turn-Off/ Reset
By holding the sleep button on your iPhone or iPod Touch for approximately 5 seconds, you will be prompted with the shut-off menu, simply drag the slider to the right if you wish to turn off your iPhone or iPod Touch.
To turn do a soft reset of the iPhone or iPod Touch, simply hold down the home and sleep buttons until the apple logo appears and wait. Be patient as the iPhone and iPod Touch can both take a while to boot up. This trick will solve the issue of an unresponsive iPhone or iPod Touch most of the time.
Tip: Taking a screenshot
To take a screenshot (a picture of what is on the iPhone or iPod Touch screen), simply hold the home button and click the sleep button. You should see a flash and hear a camera click on your iPhone or iPod Touch. The shots can be found in your camera! This tip is great for showing other people your iPhone functions and apps online.
Tip: Silence a call without the Silent switch
Say you are sitting in a meeting and your iPhone starts ringing because you forgot to switch to silent mode. No need to fret, there is a trick to silence your call and even send the caller directly to voicemail! When the iPhone is ringing simply hit the sleep button once to silence the ringer! Hit the sleep button one more time to send the caller to voicemail.
Tip: iPod Cover Flow
Your iPod Touch and the iPod function on the iPhone can both have the same coverflow function that you see in iTunes. Simply go to the album menu and turn the iPhone or iPod Touch to landscape mode and the accelerometer will do the rest! This is a neat trick to make browsing through albums more intuitive.
Tip: Moving and Deleting Apps
If you’ve had your iPhone or iPod Touch for a while, you’ll notice that it tends to get cluttered up pretty quickly. You can move all the app icons on your iPhone or iPod Touch by simply holding down on an app until the screen begins to shake. Once all the apps start shaking, you can drag apps around or push on the little “X” that appears on them to delete the app from your iPhone or iPod touch. This tip can help make your iPhone or iPod Touch a little cleaner and rid it of unused apps. When you’re done, simply hit the home button once and you will be back to business.
Tip: Safari Tricks
The iPhone and iPod Touch both come with an excellent version of the Safari browser. To go to a specific website, simply touch the address bar and type in the name of the website, you don’t have to type “www.” or “.com”. You can save images you find online by holding down on the image. It will prompt you to save and should you choose to save it, the image will be in your camera folder. If you are done surfing a site and wish to return to the top of the page, simply double tap the top bar to return to the top of the page, the trick to this is to double tap on the clock.
On the iPhone or iPod Touch keyboard, you can quickly end sentences with a period by double tapping the space bar. This will automatically put a period as well as give you one space to begin your next sentence. To put down something else such as a question mark, there is the slide trick. This trick is done by simply holding down the numbers and punctuation marks menu then sliding ur finger to the character that you want, once you release your finger, the character will displayed and your keyboard will be back to the normal letters. Finally, you can access special characters on your iPhone or iPod Touch keyboard by holding down specific letters, this will give you additional variations of that letter. This is a great tip for typing in a foreign language.
Tip: iPhone Ear buds
If you haven’t noticed, the iPhone ear buds are slightly different fromregular iPod ear buds. There is an extra little piece located below the right earbud. This clicker is a mic so you can actually use it as a handsfree headset for your iPhone. Another trick is to click down on the piece. One click pauses the track that is playing on your ipod, two clicks will skip forward a track while three clicks will go back one. It even works with macbooks!
So thats all the tips we have for now. Check back often as we will continously post up tips and tricks for the iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPod Touch! If you guys know of any additional tips or tricks, please share them in the comments section or visit our forums! Thanks guys and have a great Christmas with your iPhone or iPod Touch!