General Techy Tips for iPhone and iPad users

  • Swipe down from the battery icon at the top right of the screen to access the ‘control centre’. This will allow you to quickly turn off bluetooth and wifi (this will only last until the end of the day), change the brightness of your screen, lock the orientation of your screen and change the volume – amongst other things.  
  • To switch between apps – 1) Slowly swipe up from the bottom of the screen (to the middle of the screen) and hold before releasing, or alternatively press the home button twice in quick succession (if you have a home button on the edge of your device) 2) A little preview of each of the apps you have open will appear – this is called ‘the app switcher’ 3) Tap on the app that you’d like to use. 
  • To close windows and apps – 1) Launch ‘the app switcher’ (as above) 2) Swipe up on the window or app that you’d like to close.
  • To search for something – 1) Swipe down from the middle of the homes screen and a little search bar will appear at the top of the screen 2) As you begin typing in the search box, your search results will appear in real time – tap on a search result to open it. 
  • Taking a screenshot – 1) Simultaneously press and release both the home button and the sleep/wake button on the edge of the iPad or iPhone. For more recent models that don’t have a home button, the same applies but substitute the volume up button for the home button. 2) Your screenshots will be saved in the Photos App.
  • To copy and paste – 1) Press and hold down on the text so that two blue lolly pop icons (one inverted) appear either side of your text 2) Move each lolly pop icon in any direction to ensure that the text you would like to copy is selected in blue 3) Tap ‘Copy’ in the black menu 4) Go to the place that you’d like to copy the text to, press and hold down and tap ‘Paste’ in the black menu.
  • Rearranging apps – 1) Tap and hold down on any one app until all the apps start jiggling about 2) Drag any one app to a new location. Note that you can move an app to a new page by holding it over the edge of a page until you jump to the new page and position the app. You can also drag the app into position in the dock at the bottom of the screen (this is a good place to keep apps that you regularly use) 3) Tap ‘Done’ (top right) or the home button when you are done.
  • To group apps together – 1) Tap and hold down on any one app until all the apps start jiggling about 2) Drag one app over another app 2) The apps will appear in a folder – tap in the box above the folder to rename the folder 3) Tap away from the folder and then ‘Done’ (top right) or the home button when you are done.
  • To delete an app – 1) Tap and hold down on any one app until all the apps start jiggling about 2) Tap on the ‘x’ at the top left of the app that you’d like to delete 3) Tap ‘Delete’.