Tips and Tricks to iOS 7

September 19, 2013

Tips & Tricks to iOS 7I love my iPhone.  It’s silly, but I really do.  In all it’s broken-ness … it’s great.  🙂  I try to not let my kids have it, but it happens.  It always happens.  The other thing that seems to always happen?  Apple likes to update their iOS.  🙂  My husband is quite tech savvy, and has had the iOS for a while now, and so I feel like it wasn’t TOTALLY foreign to me when I uploaded it yesterday on my phone.  However, I know not everyone has a tech savvy person in their house who has played around with the iOS.  I had a friend suggest I put together a little tutorial of tips and tricks to iOS 7 for you.

If you don’t have iOS 7 on your iPhone/iPad, it’s super easy!  Just go into your Settings, then click on General, then Software Updates and it’ll be there for you.  Just know that it’ll take a little bit of time.  🙂  It’s great and fun!

Here are a few tips and tricks to iOS 7.  If you have more, I’d love to know them in the comments!

1.  Background Apps.  This isn’t new, but how it’s done is slightly different.  Double tap your Home Button (the circle button).  You’ll have all the recent places you’ve been pop up on your phone.  You can swipe through these.  If you have something there, that you don’t really need/want open any more, you just put your finger on it, and swipe it up, and it’s gone.  These things are all open in the background on your phone.  It’s not a problem if you have lots of things open, but sometimes if you’re having a problem with an app, you can close it down this way, and start it up again and it can sometimes fix the problem.
Tips & Tricks to iOS 7

2. Multi paged folders.  If you have folders on your phone (or iPad) then you may have utilized the folder option.  It’s great!  Well, with the new iOS 7, you can open a folder, and swipe to have another page.  So, if you have a lot of games on your phone, then you can put them all in one folder.  You can have up to 100 folders or something crazy … so you probably won’t ever run out of room in your folder.  🙂  You can figure out if you have multiple pages, by the little tiny dots at the bottom of the folder (the picture below has 2 dots, so if I swipe over, I’ll see more apps).
Tips & Tricks to iOS 7

3. Control Center.  LOVE this one.  Alright, if you take your finger, and swipe from the bottom (by your Home button) up, you’ll get a screen that has various settings.  You can switch your phone to airplane mode, turn your WiFi on/off, Bluetooth on/off, Do Not Disturb on/off, and portrait rotation on/off.  You can adjust the brightness.  You can access iTunes or whatever you’d had playing and the volume.  Airplay is there (if you have an Apple TV), and then there is a FLASH LIGHT (finally!!), timer, calculator, and camera quick buttons.  Awesome!  I was so excited about this feature.
Tips & Tricks to iOS 7

4. Notification Center.  This was on the last iOS, but it’s slightly different as well.  You’ll take your finger and swipe from the top of your screen down, and the notification center will come down.  This shows you various notifications you’ve gotten.  There are three options at the top.  Today, All, and Missed.  These are things you’ve set to be notified for in your settings.  If you want to get more notifications for something, or less, just go to your settings and in that app and you should be able to change it.  Or sometimes the settings are right within the app.
Tips & Tricks to iOS 7

5. App Updates: This is great!  If you go into the App Store app, and choose Updates, click on Update All in the upper right corner.  When you do this, you’ll be asked if you’d like to have updates done in the background.  Click YES!!  This is awesome.  Then you won’t forget, have to do it, or get a big ol’ badge number.  🙂  It’ll just do it for you.  Win, win!
Tips & Tricks to iOS 7


6. Search Phone:  You used to be able to just swipe to the right and you’d get a search page come up.  Well, that went away!  I didn’t really notice, but saw someone else comment about that.  It’s actually not  gone though!  All you do is put your finger in the middle of your screen, and then slide your finger down a bit, and it’ll come up.
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Here is some Bonus Info!  Since we’re all not iOS/tech savvy, here are a few other terms you may have seen/heard/had to pick.

Badge: This is the little circle with a number in it that indicates you have a missed call, voicemail, e-mail, FB notification, etc.
Tips & Tricks to iOS 7

Banner: This is the notification that comes down from the top of your screen. Don’t worry, this great text is from my husband.  😉
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Lock Screen Notifications:  These are banner type notifications that are on the lock screen for quick viewing.  If you swipe to the right with your finger, it will open that notification directly.
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Since we’re talking iPhones/iPads … what is your favorite app, for you or you kids?

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4 thoughts on “Tips and Tricks to iOS 7

  1. Evita Summers

    Add this tip to your list. 🙂

    To view message sent/received times, just swipe (and hold) from right to left in the message screen. The times will show up until you release the screen.

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