Apple iPhone 3G user guides, email settings and walkthroughs - Smartphone Tracker en Wed, 31 Oct 2012 01:58 +0000 <![CDATA[How to boost the iPhone's battery life]]> iPhone battery life
We show you some easy ways to get more mileage out of your iPhone's battery

The Apple iPhone 3G's battery life has been a topic of some debate - but it's not all Apple's fault.

Because the iPhone's battery isn't user replaceable and lithium-ion batteries inevitably degrade a little every time they're recharged it's vital you get the most out of iPhone's non-replaceable battery while it lasts.

The key way to maximise your iPhone's battery life is to know that if you iPhone is less active, the longer the battery will last. So if you're always playing games or watching videos - both processor-intensive tasks - don't be surprised to see the red battery low icon sooner rather than later.

But there are also some background processes - such as 3G signal polling, push email, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, even audible keyboard clicks - that draw a lot of power from the battery.

Do you really need any feature to be in an always-on state? If the answer's no, then turn it off and enable it only when you need it.

10 ways to get better battery life

1. Store and use the iPhone at room temperature

The iPhone functions well between 0 degrees centigrade and 35 degrees centigrade (32-95° F).

You should ideally store your iPhone in conditions between -20° C and 45° C (-4° F to 113° F).

The best battery life environment for both usage and storage is room temperature, approx. 22° C (72° F).

So keep your iPhone out of hot places - such as the glove box of a car - or especially direct sunshine.


2. Turn off Wi-fi

If you don't need to use Wi-Fi then you will get better battery life by turning it off and then enabling it when you need it.

  • Go to Settings
  • Click Wi-Fi
  • Click Off


3. Change Mail autochecking from every 15 minutes to every 60 minutes

  • Go to Settings
  • Click Mail
  • Click Auto-check and widen the interval or turn it off completely


4. Turn off Bluetooth

  • Go to Settings
  • Click General
  • Click Bluetooth
  • Select Off


5. Reduce the display brightness

  • Go to Settings
  • Click Brightness
  • Drag the slider to the left to reduce brightness


6. Enable the display Auto-Brightness

  • Go to Settings
  • Click Brightness
  • Switch Auto-Brightness to On

7. Lock the iPhone

Locking the iPhone as soon as you've finished using it will turn off the display and stop it making persistent calls while it's in your pocket - both of which draw battery power. Simply click on the Sleep/Wake button on the upper right hand of the iPhone until the display dims.


8. Turn off Keyboard Clicks

The noise keyboard click make actually uses up precious power - as well as being irritating! To turn off keyboard clicks:

  • Go to Settings
  • Click Sounds
  • Switch Keyboard Clicks to Off


9. Enable Auto-Lock

Better still, if you can get into the habit of locking your iPhone yourself simply turn on the Auto-Lock feature:

  • Go to Settings
  • Click General
  • Click Auto-Lock
  • Select a duration before the Auto-Lock kicks in

10. Turn off the music equalizer (EQ)

The iPhone's audio equalizer uses a lot of battery juice and is not really a useful feature unless you're trying to sell a rubbish hi-fi in Dixons (RIP). Turn it off:

  • Go to Settings
  • Click iPod
  • Select EQ and click Flat


Wed, 27 Jan 2010 16:04 +0000 User Guides
<![CDATA[What to do when your iPhone gets wet]]> Water-damaged iPhone
What do you do if you drop your iPhone in the sink and Apple refuses to fix it? Find out with these tips and tricks to dry out a water-damaged iPhone

Whatever you do - don't get your iPhone wet. Because odds are it will stop working and Apple specifically refuses to cover water damage in its warranty.

Don't try to go to Apple Store and plead ignorance either. The iPhone has a 'Liquid Submersion indicator' inside it that turns pink on contact with H20 - so they can see through your fake smile.

So if Apple won't help, do you simply have to cut your losses and buy a new one? Not so fast. Plenty of people have successfully dried out soaked iPhone and are happily using them post water-gate (sorry).

Remember, if you have completely drenched your iPhone don't try to restart it by plugging it into a power source. Be patient and follow the steps below first.

The best method is to get hold of some packets of Silica gel - which is extremely moisture-absorbent - that is often in the packing of expensive and water-sensitive electronics components. Check your old hi-fi or Blu-ray player boxes: you may find one these distinctive small sealed packages lying amidst the styrofoam.

Otherwise you can find it at most Arts & Crafts shops - it's used for drying flowers - or you may be able to blag it from an electronics store. You can also order it online from places like

Pack the iPhone in a sealed plastic bag with the packets of Silica gel and store it in a dry place for three days or so. That should ensure all the moisture is extracted from your iPhone.

If you can't get hold of the Silica gel quickly place your iPhone in an airtight bag or box of uncooked rice. This will keep it as dry as possible while you wait for your Silica gel bags to arrive.

Finally connect up your iPhone to your PC via USB, then boot up iTunes and do a complete software Restore. This should provide you with the best chance of resurrecting your drowned iPhone.

Wed, 27 Jan 2010 13:57 +0000 User Guides
<![CDATA[How to revive an unresponsive iPhone that won't switch on]]> Apple iPhone 3G
If your Apple iPhone is dead and won't start up at all you can try these various remedies to bring it back to life

1. Recharge

If you see the red empty battery icon your iPhone may not be able to work at all until there is a minimum charge in the battery.

If the iPhone's battery is totally drained you may not see the battery recharge image for several minutes. If the display is blank when you plug it in wait a while to see if the icon makes an appearance.

If you see the red 'filler' of the battery icon flash three times and then the screen goes black, it means that iPhone is not receiving power to charge.

Remember: always plug the iPhone into a high-powered USB source such as the mains charger or one of the main USB ports on a computer that is plugged in. Firewire chargers will not work.

2. Restart

To restart your iPhone press and keep holding down the Sleep/Wake button on the top of the handset until the red slider appears onscreen. Slide it across to turn it off then repeat to turn the phone back on.

If the iPhone is frozen and can't be restarted in the normal way do the following:

  • Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button simultaneously for at least 10 seconds
  • If the red slider appears or the screen dims, keep pressing the two buttons until the Apple logo appears.

3. Reset

Click on Settings then General then Reset All Settings

This will perform a reset of all the settings to the factory defaults. The data or content on the iPhone is unaffected.

4. Restore

If all else fails, you will need to perform a full back up and Restore your iPhone.

First of all, make sure you've got the latest version of iTunes. Then connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac and select it when it appears under Devices in iTunes.

If you haven't performed a Sync recently do so now to make sure all your contacts, photos and videos are up to date.

Click on the Summary tab and then click Restore.

If you haven't backed up your iPhone you will be told to do so now. This will back up all the data and settings on your iPhone.

Click on Restore. Wait until your iPhone completes the restore process and resets to the Home screen.

Wed, 27 Jan 2010 10:45 +0000 User Guides
<![CDATA[How to rip DVDs and sync them to your iPhone using iTunes]]> iPhone 3G with Watchmen DVD
This user guide shows you how to rip, re-encode and transfer your DVDs so you can view them on the go on your iPhone

The iPhone is a great device for viewing video content thanks to its large, high resolution screen.

Obviously one great source of video is the iTunes Store - but what if you want to watch something that you've already been bought or given on old-fashioned DVDs?

Well there is now a relatively straightforward way to Rrip your DVDs, inport them into iTunes and sync them to your iPhone for viewing on the go.

Remember, ripping your DVDs - just like ripping your audio CDs - is technically against the law in the UK, even if you own the discs and it's for your own personal use. But no one has been prosecuted - yet.

PC & Mac instructions

On a both the PC and Mac ripping and re-encoding videos for the iPhone is easy thanks to a great program called Handbrake. Go to this page and download the right version of Handbrake for your computer.

But before we start we will need to install another program called VLC media player. Go to this page and also - you guessed it - download the right version of VLC for your computer.

Install VLC then follow these instructions:

  1. Launch Handbrake. Insert the DVD into your PC or Mac. Sometimes a default DVD player will automatically open - make sure you quit it. Then click on the Source button at the top of the Handbrake window and select the DVD you want to convert then click on Open
  2. Handbrake will take a few minutes to extract data from the DVD. When it has finished, open the Presets drawer to the right of the window and click on Apple and then iPhone & iPod Touch. If the drawer isn't visible click on the Toggle Presets button at the top right of the window to open it
  3. Now click on Start button at the top of the window to begin the ripping and encoding process. The Start button will change to a Cancel button and a progress bar will appear at the bottom of the window with an estimated completion time. Encoding can take some seevral hours, but you can leave your PC or Mac to process this in the background
  4. When the encoding is finished you will see an alert message saying 'Put down that cocktail...your HandBrake encode is done!' Click on OK
  5. Find the encoded file - the default destination is your Mac or PC's desktop - and drag it onto the iTunes window to import it into your iTunes library
  6. Connect your iPhone to your computer. If you've set up your iTunes to Sync videos automatically the encoded file should be transferred across to your iPhone immediately. Otherwise click on the Video tab and select the check box next your encoded video then click on Sync to transfer it across to your iPhone
  7. You can now view your encoded DVD on your iPhone - just click on iPod and then Videos
Tue, 04 Aug 2009 15:53 +0000 User Guides
<![CDATA[How to jailbreak and unlock an iPhone 3G]]> How to unlock an iPhone 3G
This guide explains how to 'unlock' and 'jailbreak' an iPhone 3G - as well as the risks involved in doing so


Jailbreaking and unlocking an iPhone 3G will void the guarantee of your iPhone. If you encounter problems with your phone after you have jailbroken or unlocked it neither Apple nor O2 will be able to fix it. In most cases you can 'fix' a phone by doing a full software Restore in iTunes but there is always a risk that you will 'brick' the iPhone - removing some or all of its functionality.

The Apple iPhone is tied into O2 and the iTunes App Store in the UK. However, for as long as the phone has been on the market, industrious programmers have worked hard to bypass these software lock-ins and free up the iPhone to third-party software and non-O2 sim cards.

The two-stage process to freeing up your iPhone is called 'jailbreaking' and 'unlocking'.


Jailbreaking involves downloading an application to your iPhone that frees up the handset's file system to allow third-party applications to be installed that can offer services that Apple or O2 may not. For instance, a jailbroken iPhone can easily be used as a tethered 3G modem - a standard iPhone needs to pay O2 a monthly fee to do the same thing.


Unlocking is the next stage beyond jailbreaking. This allows you to use non-O2 sim cards on your iPhone 3G - effectively breaking the O2 monopoly.

Stage 1 - Jailbreak your iPhone 3G

  1. Make sure you have connected your iPhone 3G to your PC or Mac and updated your iTunes software to the latest version. Then check your iPhone OS is updated to the latest version (3.01)
  2. Create a new folder on your Mac or PC desktop - call it 'jailbreak' or similar, the name doesn't really matter
  3. Download Redsn0w 0.8 for Windowsor Mac OS to the folder you've just created and unzip it
  4. Launch redsn0w and browse to Original iPhone firmware OS 3.0. You can download the .ipsw file from here or locate it on your Hard Drive. On a Mac it can be found at /Macintosh HD/Users/Your User Name/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates/
    Remember: you need to point it at the 3.0 version not 3.01
  5. Redsn0w will verify the file and if it's valid will start to patch it with the jailbreak code
  6. You will then be given some options to install: select Install Cydia on its own
  7. Now comes the fiddly bit - you have to put your iPhone into the 'DFU mode'. First make sure your iPhone 3G is switched off and plugged into your computer. Then click on Next
  8. Then hold down the Power button for 3 seconds
  9. Keep holding the Power button, but also hold down the Home button for 10 seconds
  10. Release the Power button but keeping holding Home for a further 30 seconds. If you've got it right, the app should say: "Please wait while your device is being jailbroken. Waiting for reboot..." If you don't see that message repeat the last three steps to successfully get the iPhone 3G into the DFU mode
  11. Your iPhone 3G will now be jailbroken and reboot - the process can take up to 15 minutes, so be patient. When it has finished the app will show the message "Done!" and the iPhone will restart
  12. When your iPhone has restarted you will see the application Cydia on your Home screen. Your iPhone has been successfully jailbroken

Stage 2 - Unlock your iPhone

  1. Launch Cydia on your jailbroken iPhone 3G
  2. Click on the Manage icon at the bottom of the screen
  3. Click on Sources and then Edit
  4. Click on the Add button at the top of the screen and enter the address '' (Note the zero in sn0w)
  5. When ultrasn0w has finished downloading, click on Install
  6. After ultrasn0w has installed turn off your iPhone 3G and switch the SIM to the one you want to use. Reboot your iPhone and it should now be unlocked and usable on a different carrier
Wed, 05 Aug 2009 12:32 +0000 User Guides
<![CDATA[How to enable and use MMS messaging with iPhone OS 3.0]]> iPhone sending an MMS message
This guide shows you how to activate MMS messaging and then send video, audio and contact information alongside the standard text message

One of the biggest criticism of the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G was its inability to send or receive MMS messages - or text messages that contained additional media such as images, audio or video.

The iPhone 3.0 OS update changes that - although it does require the support of the mobile operator and O2 in the UK offers full MMS functionality.

But to send or receive MMS messages you have to first enable the functionality:

  1. Click on Settings
  2. Click on Messaging
  3. Now switch on MMS Messaging
  4. To send a MMS message you simply click on the Messaging app icon and click on New Message. You will note there is now a camera icon to the left of the text input area. Click on this and you will be prompted whether you want to take a new photo (or video if you have an iPhone 3GS) or use one that is in the Library
  5. Make your selection and a thumbnail of the will appear in the input box (note that MMS images will normally be compressed heavily from the original in order to save bandwidth - typically the maximum size of image or video is just 300k)
  6. Click on Send

Note: MMS messaging can also be used to share contact information (as a .vcf file from the Contacts app) and audio files (from within the Voice Memo app).

Mon, 27 Jul 2009 10:54 +0000 User Guides
<![CDATA[How to get the most out of Spotlight Search in iPhone OS 3.0]]> Spotlight Search on iPhone OS 3.0
This guide shows you how to make the most of the new global Spotlight Search functionality introduced in iPhone OS 3.0

The new iPhone 3.0 update introduces Spotlight Search - a powerful global search of almost all of your iPhone's contents.

You can access Spotlight from the first Home screen simply by scrolling to the left and revealing a search box and on-screen keyboard.

You can access the search box from other screens on the iPhone by clicking the Home button twice - one click to take you back to the first Home screen while the second click takes you to Spotlight.

The search results are grouped by category in the following order: Contacts, Applications, Music, Podcasts, Video, Audiobooks, Notes, Mail, Calendar.

However it's easy to reorder - or even remove - categories to suit your particular preferences.

  1. To do so, follow these instructions:
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Click on General
  4. Click on Home
  5. Scroll down and click on Search Results
  6. This brings up a list of all the searchable categories and shows the order in which they are displayed. Clicking on a category will remove the tick next to it and remove it from the results
  7. Reorder the categories by clicking and dragging them up and down the list until it matches the order you want
Sun, 26 Jul 2009 14:05 +0000 User Guides
<![CDATA[How to use Street View with Google Maps on iPhone]]> iPhone Street View
This quick guide shows you how to use the new 360-degree Street View mode in the latest version of the iPhone's Google Maps application

The iPhone 2.2 and 3.0 updates have added the amazing 360 degree Street View functionality to the iPhone's Maps application that comes bundled with the iPhone.

However the feature is not the easiest one to find and use.

To get the most out of it, do the following:

  1. Open the Maps application
  2. Navigate to the location you want to view in Street View mode In this instance we've used the current location icon - the semi-crosshair at the bottom right of the screen - to highlight our current location
  3. Now click on the red and white figure to the left of the location info
  4. The Google Street View mode will now boot up. (Note: this always defaults to the landscape view on the iPhone)
  5. Simply drag your fingers across the image to rotate the view. Use the standard pinch movement to zoom in and out of the photograph
  6. The mini-map in the circle at the bottom right of the screen shows you the direction of your point of view
  7. To move along in street view rotate the image until you see an arrow superimposed on the street and then click on it to move in that direction
  8. To exit Street View mode just click on the mini-map circle to resturn to the standard map view
Sun, 26 Jul 2009 13:26 +0000 User Guides
<![CDATA[How to enable Internet Tethering with iPhone OS 3.0]]> Internet tethering with iPhone 3.0
How to enable 'Internet Tethering' to enable your iPhone 3G or 3GS to act as a 3G modem for your laptop computer

If you have an iPhone 3G or 3GS you can use your handset as modem for your laptop by a process known as 'tethering'. (You need to upgrade to iPhone OS 3.0 to use this feature).

This enables your computer to access the internet via your iPhone's 3G cellular data connection.

First contact your mobile phone operator to activate tethering. In the UK O2 charges £10 per month for a tethering 'bolt-on' that allows you to download 3GB of data per month.

Remember this is just for the use of the iPhone as a modem - the normal unlimited data plan still applies for data downloaded in the phone mode

Once your operator has enabled tethering:

  • Click on Settings
  • Click on General
  • Click on Network
  • Now click on Internet Tethering and switch it on

You can now connect your laptop to the iPhone via USB or wirelessly via Bluetooth.

The iPhone connection will be listed as an ethernet adapter (En4) connection.

The network setting should be set to Configure: Using DCHP

Don't forget to switch tethering off when you have finished.

Fri, 10 Jul 2009 10:47 +0000 User Guides
<![CDATA[How to create free custom ringtones for your iPhone (PC)]]> iPhone ringtone with GarageBand icon
This illustrated guide shows how to create free ringtones for your iPhone using iTunes on your PC (or indeed Mac)

If you have a PC or are a Mac owner without access to a recent version of GarageBand it is still possible to make custom ringtones for your iPhone - although the process is slightly more convoluted.

To make a custom ringtone for your iPhone you will need to take the following steps:

  1. Open up the iTunes application and find the song you want to be the source of your ringtone. Note: You cannot use a DRM-protected file bought from the iTunes store
  2. Play through the song and identify the section you want to be the ringtone. It has to be under 40 seconds in length
  3. Note down the start and stop times of the clip
  4. Right click on the track and select Get Info
  5. Click on Options
  6. Enter the start time of the clip in the field marked 'Start Time'. Use the following minutes:seconds format - eg 1:45
  7. Enter the stop time of the clip in the field marked 'Stop Time'. Then click OK
  8. Right click on the track and select Convert Selection to AAC. iTunes will create a duplicate version of your selected clip
  9. Drag the duplicated clip to the desktop and replace the .m4a suffix on the file with .m4r (You can do this by clicking slowly on the file name pr right clicking and selecting Rename (PC) or Get Info (Mac). You will be prompted whether you want to use the new extension - confirm that you do
  10. Double click on the renamed file. It will automatically be placed in the Ringtones folder of your iTunes Music Library. Connect your iPhone to the PC and sync it to copy across the ringtone
  11. On your iPhone click on the Settings icon
  12. In the settings screen click on Sounds
  13. In the Sounds screen click on Ringtone
  14. Your new ringtone will appear beneath the subhead Custom. Click on the ringtone to make it active
Fri, 13 Mar 2009 11:37 +0000 User Guides
<![CDATA[How to create free custom ringtones for your iPhone (Mac)]]> iPhone ringtone with GarageBand icon
This illustrated guide shows how to use GarageBand on the Mac to create free, customised ringtones for the Apple iPhone

One of the more annoying things about the iPhone when it launched was the way Apple made it difficult to install custom ringtones unless you bought them through the iTunes Store.

There were several workarounds as well as paid-for applications that circumvented the Apple obstacles. But with the release of the lastest iPhone Operating System it has become a lot easier to make your own free iPhone ringtones - if you own a Mac with iLife 08 or 09. (We will also show how to create ringtones on a Windows PC shortly).

To create an iPhone ringtone on a Mac take the following steps:

  1. Open GarageBand 08 or 09
  2. Click on the Create New Music Project button
  3. Find the track you want to make a ringtone from in iTunes and drag the file onto the GarageBand window. GarageBand will import the track and it will appear in the timeline. Note: this will not work with DRM-protected songs.
  4. Click on the Cycle Region On/Off button in GarageBand - it is identified by two circulating arrows
  5. Select the clip of music you want to use as a ringtone by adjusting the yellow bar that appears above the track. Ringtones must be shorter than 40 seconds. If you press the Play button GarageBand will cycle the extract repeatedly so you can hear how it would sound as a ringtone
  6. When you are happy with the clip, click on the Share menu and select Send ringtone to iTunes option
  7. The ringtone will now appear in the Ringtones folder on iTunes. Connect your iPhone to the Mac and sync it to copy across the ringtone
  8. On your iPhone click on the Settings icon
  9. In the settings screen click on Sounds
  10. In the Sounds screen click on Ringtone
  11. Your new ringtone will appear beneath the subhead Custom. Click on the ringtone to make it active
Fri, 06 Mar 2009 15:10 +0000 User Guides
<![CDATA[How to set up email on the iPhone to access an Exchange account]]> iPhone Exchange Set-up
This guide shows you how to set up your Apple iPhone to access push email, contacts and calendar events from a Microsoft ActiveSync Exchange server

The Apple iPhone now how has the ability to connect to a Microsoft Exchange server and receive push email as well as calendar and contact updates. This guide shows you how to set up your iPhone to connecty to an Exchange server running ActiveSync.

  1. Click on the Settings icon
  2. In the Settings screen click on Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  3. Now click on Add Account... in the Accounts section
  4. Your will be presented with a range of different email accounts - click on Microsoft Exchange
  5. You will now enter your email address, username and password. Click on Next. The iPhone will now try to automatically set up the Exchange server details. However some Exchange servers do not allow this to happen so you may have to enter the server name manually. If in doubt ask your IT department for the name of the ActiveSync Server. Then click on Next
  6. When the account has been successfully verified you can choose which information - Mail, Contacts and Calendars - to sync from the Exchange account to your iPhone. Click on Done and you will now be able to receive push email from your Exchange server. Excellent
Thu, 05 Mar 2009 17:18 +0000 User Guides
<![CDATA[How to take screenshots on your iPhone]]> iPhone screenshot
With the new Apple iPhone Operating Sysyem you can take high resolution screen captures - this guide show you how to get those screenshots

The iPhone may not have cut and paste - yet - but a quick and easy workaround is to take a screenshot of an important piece of information.

With the original iPhone this would involve 'jailbreaking' the handset and hacking into it by a process called SSH. Not for the fainthearted. Thankfully these days Apple has kindly included this feature into the Operating system.

All you need to do to take an iPhone screen shot is:

  1. Navigate to the screen you want to capture
  2. Press down the Home button - the one below the screen - and the power off button - the one on the top right of the handset - simultaneously
  3. The screen will flash white for a moment and you will hear the sound of the camera shutter. A screen capture has been made
  4. The next time you sync your iPhone you can then import those screenshots to your Mac or PC. Sorted!
Thu, 05 Mar 2009 11:29 +0000 User Guides
<![CDATA[How to stop iPhoto auto-launching when connecting the iPhone]]> iPhoto Stop
This illustrated walkthrough shows how to stop iPhoto launching automatically every time you connect your iPhone to your Mac

If you own a Mac and an iPhone you are probably sick to death of seeing iPhoto automatically launch every time you connect your phone to your computer.

It's not obvious how to stop this annoying behaviour: neither the Preferences of iPhoto nor the Settings panel of the iPhone OS offer nay obvious solution.

This is because your Mac has an application called Image Capture which is designed to retrive images from a digital camera. And this app thinks that the iPhone is actually a dital camera - which it is, among other things. And it's the Preferences of Image Capture that you need to modify to stop the auto-launch.

To stop iPhoto launching automatically:

  1. Go to Applications and open Image Capture
  2. When Image Capture launches, click on the Image Capture menu link and select Preferences from the pull-down menu
  3. The Preferences panel will open. Click on the pull-down after 'When a camera is connected, open...' and select No application
  4. Quit Image Capture

The next time you connect your iPhone Image Capture will be conspicuous by its absence.

When you do need to transfer your photos from the iPhone to your Mac you must open the application manually.

Tue, 03 Mar 2009 22:16 +0000 User Guides