Category: iPhone Tips

iPhone Basics: How to Attach Multiple Photos to an Email

To send multiple photos on the iPhone, you need to start in the iPhone’s Photo app, not in the Mail app like you’d assume. Below are step-by-step instructions for attaching multiple photos to an email.

1. Launch the Photo App:

2. Tap the album where the photos are located:

3. You’ll see a bunch of thumbnails of the pictures in the album. Tap the Share button in the top right corner:

4. Tap up to 5 photos you want to share. A red check mark will appear on the selected photos:

5. Tape Share in the bottom left.

6. Tap Email:

7. A new email will pop up with your photos inserted into the email. Choose your recipients, write a subject and message if you want, and tap Send. And that’s it.

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How to Make an Em Dash and Ellipsis With the iPhone Keyboard

The iPhone’s keyboard has a few extra characters that only become visible if you press and hold down keys. Two frequently used characters you might find useful to know about are the em dash (–) and the ellipsis (…).

Em Dash–

To make an em dash—often used to interrupt a sentence for parenthetical remarks like this one—hold down the hyphen key until you see an em dash appear next to the hyphen. Slide your finger over to highlight the em dash and release your finger.


To make an ellipsis, hold down the period key until the ellipsis appears next to the period. Slide your finger to highlight and release.

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iPhone Basics: How to Send a Text Message to Multiple People

1. Open the SMS app:

2. If you see a Messages button in the top left, tap it (otherwise, skip to next step):

3. Tap the Compose button in the top right:

4. Tap the plus sign:

5. Select a contact:

If your contact has multiple phone numbers, you may have to choose which number to send the text message to.

6. The contact you selected should appear in the message’s To: field. To add another contact, tap plus sign again:

7. Repeat until you’ve added all the recipients you want.

8. When finished with your message, tap Send:

And that’s it, you’ve sent the SMS text message to multiple people. To get more tips, check out our iPhone Tips and iPhone Basics post categories.

Tip: iPhone Ringer Not Loud Enough? Try This Ringtone

iPhone ringtone icon

One of my complaints with the iPhone is that the ringer never seems loud enough. I’ve missed quite a few calls because I couldn’t hear it ring. Then I came across this ringtone. It’s the loudest one I’ve heard. Try it out yourself by right clicking to save, adding it to iTunes, then syncing to your iPhone:

Right click to save:

Loud iPhone Ringtone

How to Set the iPhone’s Sleep Timer

If you like to listen to music or podcasts on the iPhone as you go to sleep, there is a sleep timer function that can automatically stop playing audio after a set amount of time. The function is sort of hidden within the iPhone’s Clock app. Here’s how to set the sleep timer.

How to Set the iPhone’s Sleep Timer.

1. Open the Clock app.

2. Tap the Timer tab in the bottom right:

3. Set a time you want the iPhone to countdown:

4. Tap When Timer Ends button:

5. Scroll down to the bottom and tap the Stop Playing button:

6. Tap the blue Set button in the top-right corner:

7. Tap Start to start the timer countdown:

When the timer reaches zero, it will close the iPod app, lock the iPhone, and place it in sleep mode.

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How to Rent Movies From iTunes and Watch Them on the iPhone

How to Rent Movies Directly on the iPhone

To rent a movie directly on the iPhone, you’ll need to be connected to a WiFi network. Once connected, follow the steps below.

1. Open the iTunes app and click on the videos tab at the bottom:

Rent Movie Directly onto iPhone

2. Browse or search through the selections. Tap one to select it, then tap Rent:

Tap the Rent Button on the iPhone

3. The button will turn green. Tap it again to confirm, then enter your iTunes store password to confirm the purchase.

Once it finished download, launch the iPod app on the iPhone. You’ll find the movies under the Videos tab.

How to Rent Movies in iTunes and Move Them to the iPhone:

1. In iTunes, select iTunes Store in the left sidebar:

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How to Activate a Used iPhone

If you want to activate a used iPhone, you have a few options. The first option is the easiest: take it to an AT&T Wireless store (or Verizon/Sprint Store for CDMA iPhones), set up a new account, and receive a new SIM card. A second option is to jailbreak the iPhone and use it as an iPod touch without phone service. A third option is to jailbreak and unlock the iPhone for use on another carrier like T-Mobile.

Take the iPhone to AT&T Wireless

If a friend or loved one gives you their old iPhone, you can make it your own by taking it to an AT&T store and telling them you have an old iPhone and would like to use it as your own. You’ll have to sign up for AT&T service, and they’ll give you a new sim card. Once you install the SIM card, you can activate the iPhone at home using iTunes. This is by far the easiest way to activate and reuse an old iPhone.

Inserting New Sim Card Into iPhone

Can I Use a Carrier Other Than AT&T or Verizon?

It is possible to unlock the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, 3GS, and GSM iPhone 4 so that they work on T-Mobile in the US, although they won’t work on T-Mobile’s 3G data network, only T-Mobile’s last-gen EDGE data network. This will mean slightly slower speeds.

The CDMA (Verizon & Sprint) iPhone 4 cannot be unlocked and can only be used on Verizon/Sprint in the US.

We don’t recommend unlocking, but if you want to do it, it is not illegal. An unlocked iPhone can be a hassle, however. For example, you won’t be able to take advantage of Apple’s iPhone software updates until the people who created the unlocking software tell you it’s ok to update.

Someone Wants to Give Me Their Old iPhone. What Do I Need to Do?

If a friend or family member wants to give you their old iPhone, and you want to use it as a phone, ask them to erase all content on the iPhone before giving it to you. This is done on the iPhone by going into Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings > Erase iPhone. Note that this erasing process can take up to two hours.

If you want to use the iPhone just as an iPod touch without phone service, read the section immediately below.

Can I Use the iPhone Without Phone Service (Like an iPod Touch)?

Yes, and it will work with iTunes too, allowing you to buy and synch music and apps from the App Store. But, you should ask the person who’s giving you the used iPhone to keep the original SIM card inside the iPhone. Your friend will have to tell AT&T to disable their old SIM card and get a new one. The reason you should keep the old SIM card inside the iPhone is so that you can take advantage of new software upgrades and restore your iPhone.

Your friend should also restore the iPhone before giving it to you so all his data is erased. Just make sure the iPhone is activated (you can open apps, etc) when it is given to you.

What If There Is No Sim Card Inside the Used iPhone?

As long as the previous owner hasn’t left the iPhone in a restored, unactivated state, you can still use all the iPhone’s features (including synching with iTunes) except for the phone functions.

Without the original SIM card, you won’t be able to install software updates from Apple or restore the iPhone until you get a new SIM card.

If you restore or install one of Apple’s upgrades without a SIM card, the iPhone will stop working. It won’t work again until you activate it with a new SIM card or jailbreak it.

In other words, do not restore or attempt to upgrade the iPhone unless you have the original SIM card inside.

I Have an Unactivated Used iPhone Without a SIM Card. How Do I Activate It?

If you’re not going to take the iPhone to AT&T or Verizon to activate it, your only option is to jailbreak it. The term jailbreaking essentially means hacking the iPhone so that you can do whatever you want with it, including installing applications that are not approved by Apple and then unlocking it for use on other wireless phone carriers.

How Do I Jailbreak and/or Unlock My iPhone?

To jailbreak and unlock your iPhone, you’ll need to download some free software. The jailbreak software you’ll need depends on the software version of your iPhone. Your best bet to find the latest jailbreak and unlocking software is to Google the terms Jailbreak and whatever version of the iPhone software is on your phone (for example, Jailbreak and iPhone 4.2.1). Note that oftentimes, when a new iPhone software update comes out, it can take a while to figure out how to do jailbreak it, so jailbreaking/unlocking software may not be available for your version yet. Some advice: do not ever pay for jailbreaking and unlocking software, as the software is always offered for free. Another suggestion for instructions on how to jailbreak your iPhone is to check out this page on They have step-by-instructions for jailbreaking every version of the iPhone and iOS software.

How to Add Prefixes, Suffixes, Middle Names, Etc, to iPhone Contacts

Adding Prefixes Suffixes to iPhone Contact

You can add prefixes (Dr, Mr, Mrs, Ms), suffixes (Jr, III), middle names, and other information to any iPhone contact. To do this, there’s a special option called Add Field. The option can be hard to find though. Here are instructions on how to find it and how to add prefixes, etc, to contacts:

1. Open the Contacts or Phone app:

Open Contacts or Phone

2. Select a contact from the list by tapping his or her name once.

3. Tap Edit in the top right corner:

Edit iPhone Contact

4. Scroll down through the tabs and select Add Field (it won’t be immediately visible. Scroll down by swiping upward):

Add Field to iPhone Contacts

5. You’ll see a list of fields. Tap any of the fields to add that type of information to your contact:

Add Field to iPhone Contacts

6. Enter text into the field and tap Save:

Adding a Prefix to iPhone Contact’s Name

7. If you want to add more information, repeat steps 4-6. Otherwise, tap Done to finish:

Finish Editing iPhone Contact Prefix

And that’s it. Check out all our posts on iPhone Tips and iPhone Basics.

How to Send a Call to Voicemail With the iPhone

We’ve all been in this situation: the iPhone rings, but you can’t take the call. If you want to immediately silence the call (turn off the ringtone and vibration), press the sleep button once.

If you want to send the call directly to voicemail, press the sleep button again. So in other words, to send a call to voicemail after it rings, press the sleep button twice. The sleep button is located on the top of your iPhone on the righthand side.

Send iPhone Call to Voicemail: Press Sleep Button Twice

If you’re using the iPhone headphones, press the headphone button once to answer the call. Press it twice to send it to voicemail.

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