Since it first launched in 2007, the iPhone has played a pivotal role in the daily lives of its users. From the very moment Steve Jobs announced the iPhone’s release, the device’s ability to handle a variety of everyday functions was obvious.
“Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything,” said Jobs. “Well, today, we’re introducing three revolutionary products of this class. The first one is a widescreen iPod with touch controls. The second is a revolutionary mobile phone. The third is a breakthrough internet communications device.”
“These are not three separate devices. This is one device. And we are calling it iPhone.”
More than a decade later, the iPhone continues to take on more responsibilities and play an even more central role in our lives. For users, it’s almost impossible to keep up with everything the iPhone can do for you. To help you out, we put together this comprehensive iPhone user guide to make sure you know how to take advantage of everything the device has to offer.
Your iPhone can handle a lot of complex tasks from AI-powered functions with Siri to capturing breathtaking images with its innovative camera system. But, sometimes, you just need your phone for mundane tasks. Luckily, for such a revolutionary device, the iPhone is pretty darn good at handling the basics.
If you’re like many phone users, you probably spend a good chunk of your day texting. If you’d like to spend less time hunting and pecking on the keyboard, we have the guide for you. Our iPhone texting tutorial runs you through five tips for more efficient texting on the iPhone including:
Check out the full post to learn more: How to Text on iPhone – 5 Pro-Level Tips to Make You a More Efficient Texter
Oh, email. No one seems to like it, yet so many of us are forced to use it. At least, when you have an iPhone, there are a lot of helpful features to make it easier to manage all your email accounts from the Mail app. And it only takes a few simple steps to set up the Mail app and start using all those features.
To learn how to use the Mail app on your iPhone, check out this tutorial: How to Set Up and Manage Your iPhone Email Accounts
Screenshots are a terrific way to capture and share important (or just plain funny) moments on your phone. And, with an iPhone, they’re also super easy to capture, edit and share. Whether you have an older model or a brand-new phone, taking a screenshot with your iPhone is about as easy as it gets.
To learn how to capture screenshots and record your screen on your iPhone, check out this guide: Learn How to Take a Screenshot on iPhone
Whether you’re using the new iPhone Xs and Xs Max or older models like the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, the phones’ dual camera systems allow you to develop stunning portrait photos. These innovative camera systems allow you to create even better portraits for social media profile pics, professional-looking headshots and more.
Say cheese! Learn how to take better portrait images with your iPhone by checking out this blog post: How to Capture Breathtaking Portrait Images with Your iPhone Camera
Sometimes the most basic thing you want in life is a little peace and quiet. Your iPhone makes it easy to unplug and take some time away from it all with the Do Not Disturb feature. With Do Not Disturb, you can block notifications and alerts from popping up when you’re busy or during times when you’re just trying to unwind.
do Learn how to set up Do Not Disturb mode on your iPhone and disconnect for a while with this blog post: How to Use the New iPhone Do Not Disturb Mode on iOS 12
With the release of iOS 12, Apple has made it much easier for you to use certain apps on your iPhone with helpful shortcuts that you can run with voice commands. The shortcut functionality is powered by the iPhone’s digital assistant Siri. When you set up shortcuts, you can complete several tasks like opening apps, playing music and managing your calendar with a few simple voice commands.
For everything you need to know about getting started with Siri, check out this overview: Siri Shortcuts – How to Streamline Common Tasks on Your New iPhone
Of course, it’s impossible for your iPhone to complete even the most basic tasks if it runs out of juice. If you want to keep your iPhone running for longer, there are plenty of things you can do to extend the battery life. We put together a guide that includes a few of these battery-saving habits including making sure you’re running the latest operating system to keeping your phone shielded from the elements.
To learn more ways to extend the battery life of your iPhone, check out the full guide: How to Save Battery on iPhone – 8 Tips to Boost Battery Life
Your iPhone features a variety of ways to help you live a healthier life. You can monitor your physical activity, manage your diet, track your sleep habits and even control how much time you spend on your phone.
With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be tough to get to all the things you know you should be doing to stay healthy. Diet, exercise and sleep often get put on the back burner in favor of more pressing needs like work, family or school. But don’t worry, iPhone has an app for that.
If you’ve upgraded to iPhone’s latest operating system – iOS 12 – then, you have full access to an array of features to help you live healthier. The iPhone health app can track:
To get started using your iPhone to live healthier, check out the full post: How Your iPhone Can Help You Live a Healthy Lifestyle
If you’re worried that your phone is taking over your life, you need to check out the Screen Time feature on your iPhone. Apple rolled out Screen Time as part of its iOS 12 operating system. The feature helps you to take control of your smartphone usage by allowing you to monitor the time you spend with your phone, set time limits for certain apps and schedule downtime.
To learn more, check out this tutorial: How to Use Screen Time on iPhone to Manage Your Smartphone Usage
For parents, sound mental health is often contingent on knowing that your kids are staying out of trouble. If you’ve recently given in and decided to get your child an iPhone, there are plenty of settings to protect them from accessing inappropriate or explicit content.
Check out this blog post to set up iPhone parental controls and keep your kids safe: The Best iPhone Parental Controls You Might Not Know About
We already covered how your iPhone can make basic tasks easier, but what about more complex daily activities? Turns out, this is where your iPhone really shines.
Tired of having to remember a bunch of passwords to access your social media, mobile apps and email on your phone? If you have an iPhone X or newer, you can ditch passwords for good with Face ID. Thanks to Face ID, you can now just look at your iPhone and get easy access to all those accounts.
To learn how to set up Face ID and get the most out of the feature, check out this article: How to Use iPhone Face ID to Unlock Your Phone, Log into Apps and So Much More
If you’re tired of having to remember an entire checklist of items every time you leave the house – wallet/purse, keys and your phone – then Apple Pay is your new best friend. With Apple Pay, you can use your iPhone to quickly and easily make purchases online and in stores. And Apple Pay is even easier when you set up Face ID to allow you to confirm payments with just a glance.
If you need help getting started with Apple Pay, check out our full post to learn more: Dump Your Wallet – How to Use Apple Pay on iPhone
If you think Google Maps is the only way to get around, then you don’t know about Apple Maps. You can use Apple Maps to navigate your way to your favorite places, discover new destinations and find businesses along your routes like gas stations and restaurants. And, thanks to Apple Maps’ Siri integration, you can do it all with the sound of your voice.
To find all the directions you need to start using Apple Maps, check out this post: How to Use Apple Maps Like a Pro (and Ditch Google Maps for Good)
What would an iPhone user guide be without a little fun, right? iPhone has so many ways to get the most out of the entertainment you love and share your favorite moments with friends and family.
If you’re a music lover, your iPhone offers plenty of ways to take your listening experience to the next level. Whether you’re listening to music to stay motivated at the gym, concentrate at work or rock out Carpool Karaoke-style on your way home, it’s easy to sync your iPhone to an array of headphones and sound systems.
Check out this post for everything you need to know about syncing your iPhone to headphones, earbuds, car audio systems and wireless speakers to keep the music going: How to Sync Your iPhone for an Amazing Listening Experience
While you can sync your iPhone to a lot of different wireless earbuds, pairing your phone with some new AirPods produces some truly amazing sound. Not only is it easy to sync your AirPods to your iPhone, but you’re also automatically connected with any device that you’re logged into with your Apple ID.
If you want to take your music to the next level with a new pair of AirPods, here’s how to use them with your iPhone: Apple AirPod Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Your Music
While you’re out living it up, don’t worry about carrying around a camera to capture the fun. Your iPhone already comes equipped with a world-class camera system capable of taking stunning images and video. Naturally, when you capture an amazing photo, you want to share it and send it to others. Now, you could text or email that picture, but that can be cumbersome. With your iPhone, you can just use iCloud and AirDrop to easily share images with your friends and family.
Make it easier to capture and share the most important (or even the slightly trivial) moments by reading this guide: How to Share Photos on iPhone with iCloud and AirDrop
Phone calls are a terrific way to stay in touch with family and friends when you can’t chat with them in person. But the problem with regular calls is that they’re one-dimensional, only allowing you to hear the other person. Thankfully, with your new iPhone, you can take standard calls to another level with FaceTime video chats.
Read this tutorial to learn how to use FaceTime to stay connected with friends and family from anywhere: How to Use FaceTime on Your iPhone to Make Video Calls
Ready to enjoy all of this functionality on a new iPhone? Head to your local AT&T store or browse our online selection to check out the latest and greatest iPhone models including the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.