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Quickstart guide: the most important tips for a new user

If you’re new to the iPhone, an app like this can be invaluable to help explain the basics. But we’ve got more than 200 tips, and it’s hard to digest so much information in one sitting.

Here, then, is a handy quickstart guide to nudge you in the direction of our most useful tips for iOS beginners. Simply read through this article and tap the links to see more information on a particular topic.

Cover Sheet

Notifications are a key part of iOS – the pop-ups that alert you to new activity, whether it’s a missed call, a text message, or an app update. Recent notifications are shown on the Cover Sheet, so it’s important to be familiar with how it works. See full tip

Take note

iPhones are great for jotting down lists, ideas, or any kind of quick thoughts. Learn how to take down typed or handwritten notes on iOS. See full tip

Apple Pay

With Apple Pay, your device will securely remember your card details so you can make contactless payments in many stores. It’s easy to set up – here’s how. See full tip

Low Power Mode

If your iPhone’s running low on battery and you don’t have a charger to hand, Low Power Mode can help the battery last longer without running out of power. See full tip


Talk to your other iPhone- or iPad-owning friends for free using Apple’s text chat service. See full tip


Don’t get left behind – everybody’s using emojis these days. See how to access over 2,000 icons from the iOS keyboard. See full tip

Find my iPhone

It’s important to set this up as soon as possible, to assist if your device is ever lost or stolen. See full tip

Camera button

Taking photos is fun and easy with the iPhone, but this tip shows you how it can be used more like a conventional camera. See full tip

Edit Photos

Once you’ve taken some great photos, you’ll want to know the editing basics: crops and filters are just a tap away. See full tip

Reader view

If you find something good to read online, use this specialist mode to remove all ads and formatting, presenting a clearer view of the content you’re interested in. See full tip

Insert media

Want to share photos with your friends or family? Adding attachments to emails is pretty simple once you know how it’s done. See full tip

What is iCloud?

If you’ve set up an Apple ID, you’re probably already using iCloud. But there are lots of great benefits to the service that you should be aware of. See full tip

Siri commands

Talking to your phone used to be a sign of madness, but nowadays we have virtual assistants to talk back. See what sort of things you can ask Siri. See full tip

Share your location

The Maps app makes it simple to share your exact location with friends if you’re trying to meet up somewhere new. See full tip


Customize the display to your liking to make it easier on the eye, and ensure text is easy to read. See full tip

Cellular usage

Keep track of your cellular data usage to make sure you don’t go over your mobile data cap and get charged by your carrier! See full tip

Restart apps

Learn what to do if something goes wrong and an app stops responding. See full tip