Despite the numerous write-ups and reviews on the iPhone 4s, there are some other things you need to know about it. Here are some tips that will help you maximize the use of your iPhone 4s:
Maximizing Battery Life
If you’re always on the go and you barely have time to charge your phone, it’s important that you maximize your phone’s battery life. Bear these in mind to prolong the precious life of your battery:
- The iCloud can take its toll on your battery especially if you have more data and use more e-mail accounts. To save on battery, just back-up your files by syncing your iPhone with iTunes in your computer.
- Reduce your phone’s brightness.
- Reduce the time for auto-lock to take effect so your phone’s screen can switch off earlier when idle.
- Use Siri wisely as it takes up a large percentage of your battery’s life. Thus, use it only when necessary.
- Minimize radio use as it’s one of the major reasons for draining a phone’s battery.
- Select only push notifications that you need as they can drain your battery quickly.
Locking the Orientation
When reading a book or a website, it’s irritating when the iPhone’s screen keeps on switching from landscape to portrait orientations and vice versa. Follow these easy steps to lock your iPhone’s screen orientation:
- Tap the Home button twice. All running applications will be revealed at the bottom part of the screen.
- Swipe the bottom part of the screen to the right. The iPhone controls will be revealed.
- Tap the screen orientation lock button. It’s the one on the leftmost part.
Closing Running Apps
If you’re the type who only wants to keep the necessary applications running and to close the other unused apps, then here’s what you should do:
- Tap the Home button twice. The open apps will be revealed at the bottom part of the screen.
- Long press on any running app and a “-“ mark will appear on the upper left hand corner of each running app.
- Tap on the “-“ mark on the applications you want to close.
Activating Caps Lock
I’m sure you all know that you need to tap on the Shift or upward arrow button to capitalize a letter. But there are times when you need to type in all capital letters and it’s tedious to tap on the Shift button after typing each letter. To activate the caps lock features, here’s what you should do:
- Tap on the Shift button twice. It turns blue to indicate that caps lock is activated.
- Tap on the Shift button to deactivate the caps lock feature.
Organizing Your Folders
If you’re the type of person who wants to keep your phone’s desktop organized, then follow these steps to create folders on your iPhone so you can group together similar apps:
- Long press on any app. The app buttons will start wiggling.
- Drag apps on top of each other if you want to put them in one folder.
- Your iPhone will suggest an intelligent name for the folder such as Photography, Games, etc. You may replace the name as you see fit.