Tips to Get Started with iOS 7

iOS 7 is finally here for those people whose devices are supported by the new firmware. It started rolling out yesterday and will continue over the next few hours (depending on your time zone).  In the near future, we’ll be giving you plenty of iOS 7 tips and tricks but to start with, we are going to look at four of the most essential tips that will get you started on iOS 7. LinkDownload iOS 7.0

Control Center :

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The brand new Control Center can be accessed from anywhere on your iOS device with just a simple swipe up gesture from the bottom of the screen.  You can even access it from your new lock screen. Control Center could end up being the single most used native app on iOS 7.

What does Control Center do?  It gives you quick access to the most common settings on your device, along with other features, including:

Image : Swipe up from botton on any screen , including the lock screen to bring up the control center feature .

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  • Wi-Fi – enable or disable wireless
  • Do Not Disturb – Handy setting for those who don’t want to be bothered by incoming calls or texts
  • Bluetooth –  enable or disable feature
  • Airplane Mode – Enable or disable communications radio and cellular
  • Orientation Lock –  Enable or disable the display from changing orientation when the device is turned
  • Brightness – Change screen brightness settings including Auto Brightness
  • Flashlight
  • Music Controls
  • Calculator
  • Stopwatch
  • Camera

All of these, and more, can be accessed in one single place just by swiping up from the bottom of any screen.

Quit Apps through Multitasking :

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If you are looking for a quick way to shut down an app, a simple double tap on your home screen will bring up the new multitasking app. You will be presented with preview panels for all apps that are running at the current time; swipe up the preview panel of the app you want to close down.  Want to shut down more than one? A new feature allows you to close off up to three apps at once. All you do is use up to three fingers – one on each app you want to shut – and swipe up with all three at once. It may take a few attempts to get it right but it will save you time in the long run.  You can also swipe left and right to see what apps are currently up and running.

Search Spotlight

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Prior to iOS 7, to search iOS, you had to open up a separate screen to use Spotlight. Now, if you are on NY of your Home screens you can access Spotlight by pulling down from any icon on the screen. If you swipe down from the top of the screen, you will access the Notification Center so just tap and drag down on any icon instead.

Lock Screen – Unlocking

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On previous firmware’s, to unlock your lock screen you had to use the “Slide to Unlock” bar. On iOS 7, you can unlock your screen by swiping left or right anywhere on the screen. This will either take you straight to the Home screen or bring up your passcode lock – which you should always have set for security purposes.

Bonus – iTunes Radio

This isn’t really anything to do with getting started on iOS 7 but, it’s a great feature for the music lovers among you.  iTunes Radio is a music streaming service that can be accessed through the Music App, just by tapping on the Radio icon.


To use it you can either choose one of the preloaded stations or you can make your own one. You can base it on a particular music genre, a specific artist, whatever your taste in music is, and iTunes Radio will fill up your list with a continuous stream of music for you. If you like a particular song in the list, you can tap on it to buy it. If you don’t like one you can just skip it. And, for those of you who like listening to music on their desktops, iTunes Radio is now available with the download of the latest iTunes, 11.1

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