Education, Hints & Tips, Travel

How to set up an iPhone: The Seven Step Guide

Smartphones and more specifically iPhone’s are rapidly becoming part of people’s everyday life. With many people unable to function without them, they are an essential tool in both working and social life’s of almost every modern day individual- although there is nothing wrong with a face to face conversation (every now and then!).  With the clear importance of the iPhone highlighted, the following  Seven Step guide , aims to walk you through setting up your device- after all you can’t use a phone without setting it up, can you?


1) Turn on your device: The first step on the ladder to set up your iPhone is (need we say it, we probably should!) is to turn on your device. This step is achieved by pressing the button at the top of your phone on the right hand side. Whilst a simple and straightforward step, this is the most important stage in the set up process and kick starts your setting up process.

2) Internet Access: Following on from this, you can now begin with the more technical side of the set up process. To set up your device, regardless of the generation or model you will need access to the internet. With that said, it is advised that if possible you connect the device to a WiFi connection. After all you wouldn’t want to eat into your monthly data plan before you can actually use your iPhone! Would you? Of course not, how else are you going to send selfies on the move?

3) Selecting a WiFi connection: You surely know how to connect to a WiFi by now don’t you? (we’ll tell you anyway!). Connecting to your chosen WiFi connection is a relatively straightforward procedure, with available WiFi connections within close proximity being easily located. These can be found by opening Settings  > WiFi, having opened the WiFi icon simply tap the network of your choice. You will often find a range of different WiFi connections listed as available with certain networks requiring you to enter the password before granting access.


4) Insert your SIM Card: Following this it is essential to ensure that you insert your SIM Card into the device before proceeding further (this might seem too obvious, believe us it’s not!). Firstly identify the hole on the SIM Card Tray, using the SIM eject tool readily provided in the box your phone arrived in pull out the SIM card tray. After having done this place your SIM Card on the top of the tray. It is paramount that the SIM Card is correctly aligned otherwise the Tray cannot be reinserted, with the said gently place the SIM Card tray back in its original location. Whoever said inserting a SIM Card was an obvious procedure!

5) Create Touch ID/Passcode: The next step you will be greeted with is the option to create a Touch ID or Passcode. The touch ID is the preferred option for the technologically curious, whilst some of us (myself included!) are still getting to grips with the Passcode side of things! Whilst neither option is mandatory, it is recommended as a security measure to prevent people accessing your personal contacts and information in a case of theft or loft (or the wandering eye of friends!). In terms of security, both options are relatively secure, that is assuming you’ve not opted for the Passcode ‘1234’- in which case there’s still time to change to a less obvious Passcode. With the Touch ID being Fingerprint based it is almost impossible for anyone else to access your device even with 7.6 billion people in the world!


6) Sign in/Create Apple ID: Once completing your Touch ID or Passcode, you will be asked to Sign in with your Apple ID. For existing users of iPhones or individuals who already have an Apple ID, this is merely a case of entering your Apple ID and typing your password before proceeding. However, those who are new to the concept of an Apple ID will need to create their own Apple ID before continuing- don’t worry, it’s not as scary as it sounds! The main function of an Apple ID is to facilitate the sign in process of Apple’s online services such as the App Store, iTunes, and iCloud. To create your Apple ID you need to provide your existing email address which is unrestricted and can be from any email provider. Told you it wasn’t too daunting!

7) Set up Siri/ other services: The final stage of your iPhone set up guide is designed to help you make the most of the features available to all iPhone users including email and location services- it is essential you enable location services for navigational purposes and if you are likely to use transport based apps such as Uber! At this stage you can enable your very own Personal Assistant in Siri, to activate Siri select the option on the Siri set up screen entitled Turn on Siri. Once the entire set up process has been completed, future use of Siri can be accessed by holding down the Home Button or saying “Hey Siri”. This stage of the iPhone set up process is optional and is not compulsory, but you surely wouldn’t want to surpass the opportunity of asking Siri to say Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, would you?


Hints & Tips, Travel

What does send as text message mean on iPhone?

Have you ever sent a message to your friend or colleague, but instead of the usual blue text bubble, you’re greeted with green. This is because your iPhone has sent your message as an SMS over your mobile network, rather than iMessage on an internet connection.

Why would I want to send as a text message?

There are situations where it will be preferable to send a text as SMS and not via iMessage. If you want to text someone that is not connected to the internet, an iMessage will send but not deliver until the recipient turns on their connection. By forcing your phone to send as a text message, the recipient will be able to receive the message as long as they have a mobile network connection.

When traveling abroad, you may not have a data plan and therefore would have to pay large data roaming costs if you sent an iMessage. By selecting Settings > Messages > Turn off iMessage, this enables you to text and call abroad without worrying about a large data bill. If you’re looking to only use calls and texts abroad then you can benefit from a local SIM card and save when traveling.

Can I use iMessage abroad?

Yes! The great thing about iMessage and FaceTime is that they operate over an internet connection and therefore only need a WiFi or mobile data connection. To ensure that you only send via iMessage select Settings > Messages > Turn off Send as SMS. Please be aware that when messaging a non-Apple device, your phone will still send as SMS unless using a free internet messaging service such as WhatsApp. Here’s the great news… using mobile data abroad doesn’t have to result in expensive bills! An International Data SIM card combines both high speed mobile data worldwide with worry-free billing. Mobile data is now more popular than ever as it lets you communicate worldwide using iMessage, WhatsApp, Skype and FaceTime without having to pay roaming fees for calls and texts.

Hints & Tips

How to put the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch into Recovery Mode

You may need to restore your iOS device using the recovery-mode feature if iTunes can’t recognize your device.

IMPORTANT: You will lose all data on your iPhone, iPad or iPod when you restore it. Unless you have a back-up of your device in iTunes or the iCloud you should consider other options. This guide should only be used as a final resort.

To perform a recovery-mode restore:


  1. Turn off your device using the ‘Sleep/Wake’ button as normal. If you cannot turn your device off because it is ‘frozen’ or ‘stuck’, press and hold the ‘Sleep/Wake’ button and ‘Home button’ at the same time. When the device is off, release all buttons.
  2. Press and hold the ‘Home’ button and then connect your device via USB to your PC or Mac, keep holding the ‘Home’ button.
  3. When the ‘Connect to iTunes’ screen appears on your device, release the ‘Home button.’
  4. After 2 minutes iTunes will automatically launch. If iTunes doesn’t automatically open after this time please manually open it.
  5. A message will appear informing you that your iPhone, iPad or iPod is in Recovery Mode. Please click the ‘OK’ button.
  6. You will now have the option to restore your iOS device (you will lose all data on your iPhone, iPad or iPod), click the ‘Restore’ button to begin the restore process.
  7. After the device has been restored, please follow the set up instructions on the device or restore from backup (if you have one).
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3 Hidden iPhone iOS7 Tricks

How to take a screenshot with the iPhone

iPhone Screenshot

Step 1: Identify the screen to capture.

Step 2: Identify the Home Button and Power Button (see image).

Step 3: Press both buttons at the same time. Don’t hold then down as this will restart the iPhone.

Step 4: Watch the screen. If your screen capture is successful, the screen will blink and you’ll hear a camera click sound.

Step 5: Check your Camera Roll; this is where the screenshot will be saved.


How to close iPhone apps

Step 1: Double-click your Home Button; this will cause small screenshots of each app to appear.

Step 2: Swipe from side to side until you located the app you’d like to close.

Step 3: Swipe the screenshot up of the app you want to close. This will cause the app to disappear off the screen. Once the screenshot has disappeared you have successfully closed the app.


Resetting a sticky iPhone home button

Step 1: Open the default app Calculator.

Step 2: While the app is open Hold down the Power Button. After a few moments, the “slide to power off” message will appear, at this point Release the Power Button.

Step 3: Press and hold the Home Button. After a few moments the “Slide to Power Off” message will disappear, the calculator app will be forced to close. The Home Button will now be calibrated; the ‘sticky’ responsiveness will have been successfully fixed.


What do the green and blue colors mean on iPhone Messages?

What do the green and blue colors mean on iPhone Messages?
(and how can this save me money when roaming abroad?)

When you message someone on an iPhone you’ll notice that sometimes the messages are blue and sometimes they are green. Why the different colors? Well, it’s all to do with something that Apple calls iMessage.

Green means the message was sent via SMS/Text across the mobile phone network
Blue means the message was sent via iMessage across the internet

When you write a message, the iPhone will first check to see if it can send the message using data (across the internet). If your phone is connected to the internet and the person you are messaging is also connected (and using iMessage) then the message will squirt across the internet. This is what makes iPhone to iPhone SMS free – it’s not really using SMS at all! If the message is green then it means you aren’t connected to the internet and the message will instead go by traditional SMS.

So how can this help you save money roaming? Well – when you’re roaming abroad, SMS can become pretty expensive. You might find yourself spending 50c per message in some countries. But, if you connect to local free WiFi or get yourself  something like a roaming data bundle and MiFi Device then the iPhone will do the rest and attempt to deliver your messages over the internet instead. And it uses next to no data.

You can even change the settings on your iPhone to ONLY use iMessage and not use SMS at all. Just go into Settings/messages and change “Send as SMS” to Off. If you combine this with the setting to turn off Cellular Data (and only use wifi) then you will protect yourself from most of the “easy” ways to run up large bills when abroad.