iOS 7 tips and tricks


Apple’s iOS 7 has been available to download for a few weeks and is loaded with new features. However, you’d be forgiven if you needed some helpful tips and tricks to get started. If you’re still getting used to it, or are struggling to set it up, we’ve made this handy guide full of iPhone tricks

Whether you want to simply get iOS 7 installed on your device, or maybe set up an iCloud email address, we’re here to help. Read on for useful tips on what’s new, plus check out the video below for some nifty tricks you might have missed.

iOS 7 tips & tricks: 10 how tos in the new iOS

How to download iOS 7

Downloading and installing Apple’s new iOS 7 software update is really simple and you have two ways of doing it. First off, the quickest way is to do it is on the phone itself. Just head on over to settings, then onto ‘general’ and tap on ‘software update’. Assuming you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network, the update should pop up and let you download and install it in all its pastel glory.

Route number two is a tad more long winded, though still rather straightforward. You’ll have to have a computer running iTunes and a sync cable handy. Plug in your iPhone (or iPad or iPod Touch) and iTunes should spring to life, giving you the chance to update to the latest version of iOS. Once you’ve clicked ‘OK’ the update will begin downloading through iTunes and when it’s done you’ll be notified and everything will be up and running.

How to set up iCloud and get your iCloud Login

iCloud is Apple’s online storage and mail system. It’s a free service and gives you an email address, along with space to store all your phone data. Setting up an account is easy and can be done during the initial installation of a new device, or from the ‘iCloud’ option in settings.

New additions to iCloud since the release of iOS 7 is a refresh to the web based homepage, along with the ability to edit and create Keynote, Numbers and Pages files all from a browser.

How to set up iMessage?

iMessage is a great communication tool if you spend much of your time chatting to other people who use an iPhone, iPad, Mac or iPod Touch. Getting it set up is pretty straightforward too; all you need is your Apple ID – the same log-in details you use for iTunes and App Store purchases.

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iOS 7 includes a great addition to the Messages app in the ability to check the exact time a message was sent or received. While this may seem a rather small update, it was something missing before and we’re glad it’s finally here.



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