IOS Seven tips for speeding up a Iphone and Gestures that can enhance efficiency

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IOS Seven tips for speeding up a Iphone and Gestures that can enhance
efficiency

Over the last few weeks, I have received several very Beneficial tips for
users of Iphones running IOS7. I have gathered all of these together and
put them in easy to follow steps.

I have done all but shutting off “background app refresh” and “system
restore.”

When toggling off the “background app refresh”, a warning of “Tis will
prevent all applications from using location services in the background.”
So I left it on because I was worried that this may affect my GPS and
weather apps.

I didn’t do the system restore since there was no need.

*I. Useful numbers to add in Your contacts and a few finger movements:

1. Turn on “touch typing”

a. Hold down the Home key until hearing Siri’s welcome ding.

b. say the following without quotations, “open phone.”

c. Slide one finger from left to righ along the screen’s bottom edge until
reaching “keyboard and double tap this option.

If you prefer to use split tapping, keep one finger on “keyboard” and tap
anywhere else on the screen with another finger to activate this option.

d. Place two fingers together and twist to the right once. You will be
moving through a roter. You may hear “characters.” For example.

Repeat the picking up your two fingers and making a quick twist right until
reaching “typing mode.”

If you hear “typing mode” and accidently twist right again, just twist once
to the right to move back one option.

e. When reaching “typing mode”, flick up in the middle of the phone with
one finger until hearing “touch typing.”

f. Press the home button once.

Now when entering numbers on the keypad, you only need to touch a number and
lift up for the digit to be added in a phone number.

However, remember when moving around in search of a specific number, do not
lift up your finger. If you do the last number under that finger will be
added. So only lift up once reaching a desired number or letter in the case
of texting.

2. emergency number of 112:

The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out

of the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an Emergency, dial

112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the

emergency number for you, and interestingly, this number 112 can be dialed

even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

This one I added in my contacts. Now if needed, I can bring up Siri and say
“call emergency.” Here is how to add the number in your contacts. I am
going to use Siri as much as possible in these steps.

a. Press and hold the home button until hearing the Siri ding.

b. Say, “open contacts” without the quotations.

c. Slide one finger down from top to bottom on the screen’s right side
until reaching “add.”

d. Double tap this option.

If you prefer to use split tapping, keep one finger on “add” and tap
anywhere else on the screen with another finger to activate this option.

e. Slide down from top to bottom on the screen’s right side when in
portrait mode until reaching “first.”

f. Double tap this option.

If you prefer to use split tapping, keep one finger on “first” and tap
anywhere else on the screen with another finger to activate this option.

g. Touch one finger in the middle of the screen’s face and you will find
the keyboard.

h. Slide around and find the letters in emergency. Lift up your finger
after reaching each letter in emergency.

i. When finished, slide down from top to bottom on the phone’s right side
in portrait mode until reaching “”add phone.”

j. Double tap this option.

If you prefer to use split tapping, keep one finger on “add phone” and tap
anywhere else on the screen with another finger to activate this option.

k. There is now a keyboard in the same place as explained above. Locate
this keyboard with one finger and move to each number in “112.”

L Once reaching each number, lift up your finger for it to be added in.
You will hear a beep just like a touch tone phone indicating the number
registered.

m. Once finished adding all of “112”, move to the top right ccorner of the
phone when in portrait mode. You should hear “done.”

n. Double tap this option.

If you prefer to use split tapping, keep one finger on “done” and tap
anywhere else on the screen with another finger to activate this option.

o. Move to the top left corner and slide down a very little bit to “back.”

Double tap this option to leave the just entered contact screen.

If you prefer to use split tapping, keep one finger on “back” and tap
anywhere else on the screen with another finger to activate this option.

p. Now if there is an emergency, press and hold the home button until
hearing Siri’s welcome ding and say without quotations, “call emergency.”

3. How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?

To check your Mobile phone’s serial number, do the following:

a. Hold the home b button down until h earing the Siri’s awsome welcome
ding.

b. Say without quotations, “open phone.”

c. Slide across the phone’s bottom edge until reaching “keypad.”

d. Double tap this option.

If you prefer to use split tapping, keep one finger on “keypad” and tap
anywhere else on the screen with another finger to activate this option.

e. key in the following Digits on

your phone *#06# and the 15 digit serial number will appear immediately.

This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere
safe.

If your phone is stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them

this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the

thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You

probably won’t get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole

it can’t use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no

point in people stealing mobile phones.

4. Free Directory Service for Cells

Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more for 411

information calls when they don’t have to. Most of us do not carry a

telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes this situation even more of

a problem. When you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial:

(800) FREE411 or (800) 373-3411 without incurring any charge at all.

Program this into your cell phone now.

Here is how I programed this number into contacts. Now I tell Siri to call
“information” and the free directory service comes up.

a. Press and hold the home button until hearing the Siri ding.

b. Say, “open contacts” without the quotations.

c. Slide one finger down from top to bottom on the screen’s right side
until reaching “add.”

d. Double tap this option.

If you prefer to use split tapping, keep one finger on “add” and tap
anywhere else on the screen with another finger to activate this option.

e. Slide down from top to bottom on the screen’s right side when in
portrait mode until reaching “first.”

f. Double tap this option.

If you prefer to use split tapping, keep one finger on “first” and tap
anywhere else on the screen with another finger to activate this option.

g. Touch one finger in the middle of the screen’s face and you will find
the keyboard.

h. Slide around and find the letters in information. Lift up your finger
after reaching each letter in information.

i. When finished, slide down from top to bottom on the phone’s right side
in portrait mode until reaching “”add phone.”

j. Double tap this option.

If you prefer to use split tapping, keep one finger on “add phone” and tap
anywhere else on the screen with another finger to activate this option.

k. There is now a keyboard in the same place as explained above. Locate
this keyboard with one finger and move to each number in “8003733411.”

L Once reaching each number, lift up your finger for it to be added in.
You will hear a beep just like a touch tone phone indicating the number
registered.

m. Once finished adding all of “8003733411”, move to the top right ccorner
of the phone when in portrait mode. You should hear “done.”

n. Double tap this option.

If you prefer to use split tapping, keep one finger on “done” and tap
anywhere else on the screen with another finger to activate this option.

o. Move to the top left corner and slide down a very little bit to “back.”

Double tap this option to leave the just entered contact screen.

If you prefer to use split tapping, keep one finger on “back” and tap
anywhere else on the screen with another finger to activate this option.

p. Now if you wish to use directory information, press and hold the home
button until hearing Siri’s welcome ding and say without quotations, “call
information.”

5. Three fingers tap four times reads a dictated message in another app.
For example, maybe you are in a text message and you wouldlike to check a
note you dictated. This command will allow for this to happen.

6. Four finger double tap when the phone is in landscape view will toggle
on/off help. You can practice any swipe, flick etc command here. Using the
four finger double tap again toggles off this option.

, help

7. In order to take apps out of app switcher, do the following.

a. Press the home key twice.

b. Move your finger to an app you wish to close.

c. Three finger swipe up from the app will provide a “close” option. If
you experience difficulty reaching the close button, a three finger flick up
from the screen’s middle of is very useful.

d. Once reaching the close button, double tap and it is closed. The split
tap method can also be used here.

8. When in the phone, and have the keypad selected, typing in *data# will
provide data used in the current billing cycle.

9. Change voice of siri

a. Hold down the home key until Siri appears.

b. Say without quotes, “open settings.

c. Swipe right or left until reaching “general” and double tap or use split
tapping to access this feature.

d. Swipe right until reaching “siri” and double tap or split tap to open
this option.

e. Slide down the phone to “voice gender female.” And double tap or use
split tapping to access this feature. I say to look for “voice gender
female” because that is the default.

f. Move down to “male” and double tap or use split tapping to activate this
option.

g. Place one finger in the top left of the phone screen when in portrait
mode.

h. Double tap or use split tapping to exit this screen.

i. Return to the home screen by pressing the home key once.

*II. Hints For Speeding Up Your Phone:

Most users are satisfied with iOS 7 performance, but some iPhone and iPad
owners have discovered the major update has impacted the speed of their
devices. If you feel like iOS 7 has

made your hardware slower than it was before the update, there are some
changes you can make that will likely speed things up a bit. These tricks
will make the biggest difference on older

device hardware running iOS 7, so if your device feels a bit sluggish after
updating take a

moment to make a few settings adjustments. The first few tricks may also
boost your battery

life too.

1. Use “Increase Contrast” to Eliminate Transparency & Blur Effects

The widespread transparencies, blurs, and fancy overlays throughout iOS 7
look fantastic, but

on older hardware they can also make devices run slower by using up system
resources.

a. Press and hold the home button until Siri comes up and say without
quotes, “open settings.”

b. Swipe to the right or left until reaching “General”

c. Double tap this option or use split tapping as explained above.

d. Swipe right or left until reaching “Accessibility”

e. Double this option. If You prefer split tapping, follow the directions
given previously.

f. Swipe right until reaching “Increase Contrast” and double this option.
Use the split tapping method explained above if you wish.

g. Slide down the left side of the screen’s face until reaching “high
contrast off” and toggle it to ON by double tapping the button or split
tapping if you prefer.

This makes the Notification Center, Control Center, folders, and some other
UI elements a bit

less attractive since it takes away the eye candy, removing the transparent
effects and changing

their respective backgrounds to a solid color. If you notice any sort of lag
with opening the aforementioned features, you’ll notice a nice speed boost
by turning the contrast on.

Note that some hardware doesn’t support as many transparencies to begin
with, but you can still toggle the setting to reduce it further.

2. Turn Off Background App Refresh

I did not do this one because I wont the apps to refresh. This is
especially use for GPS and weather apps.

However, ifyou wish to try it, follow the steps below.

This feature lets apps update in the background, and while it’s handy, it
also slows down older iOS devices and is one of the biggest battery draining
elements of iOS 7 with devices we’ve used

it on, so sorry Background App Refresh, you have to go:

a. Hold down the home key until Siri appears.

b. Say without quotes, “open settings.”

c. Swipe to the right until reaching “Background App Refresh” If you pass
by it, simply swipe left until the option is selected.

d. Double tape this option to open the option. Use split tapping if you
wish as explained earily.

d. Switch “Background App Refresh” to the OFF position

e. Slide down the left phone’s left side until reaching the but ton for
toggling the option off/on.

f. Double tape hear to change the setting. You will get a warning if it is
toggled off.

g. When finished making your choice, place one finger on the phone’s top
left corner in portrait mode.

Slide down to “back” and double tap or use split tapping to exit this
screen.

Turning this off basically means that apps will only refresh once they are
active, which is the

same behavior that existed prior to iOS 7 anyway. Toggling this setting has
a noticeable impact on iPhone 4 performance in particular.

3. Turn On Motion Reduction

Like most other eye candy, the snazzy motion effects in iOS 7 are pleasant
to look at but can tax system resources a bit. Thus, turning the feature off
will reduce the system load and can speed

up performance on some hardware:

a. Press and hold the home key until Siri appears.

b. Say without quotes, “open settings.”

c. Swipe right to “General” and double tape this option or use split
tapping as explained above.

d. Swipe right until reaching “Accessibility”

e. Double this option or use split tapping to activate this option.

f. Swipe right until reaching “Reduce Motion”

g. Double tap this choice or use split tapping.

h. Swipe right until reaching the tbutton for toggling this option off/on.

i. Double tape the button or use the split tapping method.

j. Place on finger in the top left corner of the phone’s face while in
portrait mode.

k. Slide down to “back” and double tap or use split tapping to exit this
screen.

l. return to the home screen by pressing the home key once.

Note that some older iPhone and iPad models won’t even have this setting
available to them, because it’s turned OFF by default. If you don’t see the
“Reduce Motion” setting in your Accessibility panel, it’s because it is not
supported on your device ,likely for performance reasons.

4. Lose Automatic Updates & Downloads

I must admit, I left this one on.

The reason for turning this off is simple: anything running in the
background uses system resources to do so, the same theory behind disabling
Background App Refresh. Turn off

Automatic Downloads and Updates for everything:

a. Press and hold the home key until Siri appears.

b. Say without quotes, “open settings.”

c. Swipe right or left until reaching “iTunes & App Store”

d. Double tape this option or use split tapping as explained above.

e. Swipe right or left until reaching “Automatic Downloads.”

f. Double this option or use split tapping to activate this option.

g. Move through the options on this screen by swiping to each. Then toggle
each one off by double tapping or using the split tapping option.

h. When finished, place one finger on the top left corner of the phone’s
screen when in portrait mode.

i. Slide down to “back” and double tap or use split tapping to exit this
screen.

j. Return to the home screen by pressing the home key once. home key
Turning these settings off means you will have to manually update your apps
through the App

Store, and you will also need to manually download songs and apps on this
particular device if you started downloading the same apps on other iOS
devices. Three useful features indeed, but

ones that aren’t hard to live without in the name of better device
performance.

5. Consider a Complete Restore to Factory Defaults

A bit extreme, but sometimes you can boost performance on virtually any
iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch simply by clearing off everything and resetting
it to factory default settings. Be sure to back up your device before you do
this, and then you can restore from a backup when it’s

finished, or just start with a clean slate.

Admittedly this is a pain in the rear, but there is a long history of
positive reports ever since the earliest days of iOS (and OS X or Windows
for that matter.) of wiping everything out and clean

installing an operating system.

For extreme cases this may resolve some lingering performance issues, but
for most users we would not recommend this simply because it’s a nuisance.

a. Press and hold the home key until Siri appears.

b. Say wihout quotes, “open settings.”

c. Swipe right until reaching “general” and double tape this option or use
the split tap method.

d. Swipe right until reaching “reset” button and double tape or use the
split tapping method to activate this option.

e. Follow the one screen prompts.

6. Update to iOS 7.1 (or Whatever) When It Arrives

iOS 7 is a major update and there are some bugs and performance issues that
shipped with the first release. This is why it has b been recommended some
users hold off on the first 7.0 release, since

history has long informed us that initial releasees of major updates are
often buggy and can impact performance in a negative way. Whether you’re
waiting to update or not, be sure to jump on the iOS update releases when
they come out, as it will almost certainly contain significant improvements
and bug fixes, refining the iOS 7 experience considerably.

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