iPhone 4 tips and tricks

User guides Clare Hopping 16:25, May 13 2013

We round up the essential tips and tricks for the iPhone 4

The iPhone 4 may have been released quite a while, but now it's available on a plan with no upfront fee, it's a great choice to get into the Apple world.

If you have just bought an iPhone 4, check out our top tips and tricks to get your started.

How to download and install iOS 6.1 on your iPhone 4 right now

For iPhone 4 owners, today is a great day as the iOS 6.1 upgrade is finally available for download and install! iOS 6 is a significant step forward for the OS, adding several new features for Apple's premier smartphone.

The update brings LTE support to more markets around the world, so even more users can enjoy ultra-fast Safari browsing, FaceTime video calls, iCloud services and iTunes and App Store downloads. iOS 6.1 also lets users buy movie tickets through Fandango via Apple's voice-assistant Siri, which is really nice.

For those new to the iPhone however, there may be some difficulty in knowing exactly what to do in order to upgrade your device. This brief guide aims to address that and help novice users update their smartphone with ease.

In order to update your iPhone 4 to iOS 6.1, proceed with the following:

  • Launch the Settings app, then General>Software update.
  • Tap Download and Install.
  • Agree to terms and conditions.
  • Click download iOS 6.1 update.
  • Once the download completes, tap install.
  • iOS 6.1 will now install on your iPhone 4. The device will reboot once the process is complete.

To install iOS 6.1 via iTunes, follow this additional guide below:

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer via USB.
  • Open iTunes.
  • An iOS 6.1 availability message will appear.
  • Click download and install iOS 6.1 update.
  • Now iTunes will download and install your update.

How to make your own free ringtones and then install them on your iPhone 4

Making ringtones and installing them on the iPhone4 isn't nearly as easy as it is on other devices, but it's still simple enough for most people to pull it off.

The problem, however, is that most people simply don't know all of the steps involved.

In this guide, we'll show you How to make your own ringtones, convert them to an iPhone-friendly format, and then transfer them to your iPhone 4 using iTunes.

Make a ringtone

First, you need to find a song or other audio file you like and pull a 1 to 30-second clip from the file. There are two easy ways to do this:

  • If your track is already in iTunes, right-click it and choose Get Info. Then, on the Options tab, choose a start and stop time no longer than 30 seconds.
  • If you have a wave or MP3 file you'd like to pull a more precise clip from, we recommend using Audacity for Mac or Windows. Be sure to export the finished file as an MP3.

Convert the ringtone

Now that you have an audio clip that is between 1 and 30 seconds long, you need to convert it to the appropriate format.

  1. Drag your file into iTunes if it's not already in your music library
  2. Highlight the file and click Advanced in the top menu
  3. Choose Create Apple Lossless Version
  4. Find the newly-created M4A file in your iTunes library
    1. On a Mac: User > Music > iTunes > iTunes Music > [Artist Name]
    2. On a Windows PC: My Documents > My Music > iTunes Media > Music > [Artist Name] (make sure "Hide extensions for known file types" within "Folder Options" is unchecked)
  5. Rename the file so that the extension is M4R instead of M4A (ex: "ringtone.m4a" becomes "ringtone.m4r")
  6. Drag the renamed file into iTunes

Sync the ringtone to your iPhone 4

Now you're ready to transfer the file to your iPhone 4.

  1. Click on the Ringtones item in the left-hand menu column in iTunes — your new ringtone should already be there
  2. Connect your iPhone 4 to your computer using the supplied USB cable
  3. Once it appears, click on your iPhone in the left-hand menu column in iTunes
  4. Go to the Ringtones tab and ensure that ringtones are set to sync
  5. Sync your iPhone

That's it! Your new ringtone will now be transferred to your iPhone 4. To configure it as your current ringtone, simply go to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone on your iPhone and choose the new file by name.

How to transfer all of your iTunes music, movies and other data and sync your iPhone when you get a new Mac or Windows PC

Getting a new computer, whether it's a Windows PCor a Mac, is a stressful experience. New kit is always great, of course, but moving all of you programs and files from your old machine to your new one can be a pain.

If you're an iPhone user, the task can be downright daunting.

Luckily, we're here to walk you through the process one step at a time. So follow this guide if you need to transfer your iTunes library from one computer to another along with all of the purchases you made on your iPhone.

On your old computer:

  1. First and foremost, connect your iPhone to your old machine using the suppliedUSB cable
  2. Click on the device name in the menu on the left, then on the main tab uncheck the box next to "Automatically Sync When This iPhone Is Connected"
  3. Apply the changes and sync your iPhone

Now you'll need to physically move your music, ringtones, photos, movies and TV shows from your old computer to your new one. There are several different ways to do this, but click here for your best bet. The linked guide even includes a video tutorial.

Once you've followed the guide linked above, you're ready for the last part.

On your new computer:

Do not connect your iPhone to your computer yet.

  1. On your new computer, open iTunes
  2. From the Store menu, click Authorize Computer
  3. Enter your user name and password, then click the Authorize button

Now, connect your iPhone to your new computer via the supplied USB cable.

  1. A dialog box will appear
  2. Click the Transfer Purchases button
  3. If the dialog box does not appear, right-click on your iPhone's name in the menu on the left and choose Transfer Purchases

That's it! All of your purchases, including music, movies, TV shows and Apps (free and paid) will now be copied from your iPhone to your new computer. You can now sync freely without worrying about losing all your data.

How to jailbreak the Apple iPhone 4 right from within the mobile Safari browser - no computer needed!

After a surprisingly lengthy wait, it's finally happened -- a group of iPhone hackers has released an iPhone 4jailbreak to the public.

But this new jailbreak method isn't special just because it's the first available jailbreak for the iPhone 4. It's also the first jailbreak that can be performed right from the mobile Safari browser!

No computers, no cables and no complicated procedures... Just a few quick steps and you're done!

Warning: Please use the following guide at your own risk. Jailbreaking your iPhone is not authorized by Apple and may therefore void your warranty. Jailbreaking may also cause irreversible damage to your phone.

  1. It is recommended that update your iPhone 4 to iOS 4.0.1 and sync with iTunes prior to jailbreaking
  2. Once synced, disconnect your phone from your computer and connect to a Wi-Finetwork if available
  3. Open Safari on your iPhone 4 and go to jailbreakme.com
  4. Slide the slider at the bottom of the homepage to jailbreak your iPhone
  5. Confirm, then wait while your iPhone is jailbroken
  6. Once the process is complete, reboot your iPhone

That's it!

Your iPhone 4 is now jailbroken and Cydia will appear on one of your home screens. Cydia is like the App Store, but it contains apps that have not been tested by Apple.

Remember, you should not update your iOS software until the Dev Team gives the go-ahead.

If you ever want to remove the jailbreak, it couldn't be easier. Simply sync your iPhone 4 and then press the Restore button in iTunes.

How to lock the orientation on your iPhone 4 to prevent accidental rotations

The iPhone4 can automatically switch between portrait and landscape orientations in many areas of the iOS interface.

This can be tremendously useful. For example, many people find that viewing Web pages is better in portrait mode, but typing a URL into the address bar is much easier in landscape mode.

There are many cases, however, when you'd rather have your iPhone stay in portrait mode even when it is tilted to the side. In these instances, you can easily lock your iPhone's orientation so it will no longer rotate.

Follow these simple steps to lock the orientation of your iPhone 4:

  1. From any screen, double-tap the home button
  2. Scroll as far left as you can on the multitasking dock
  3. The first symbol to the left will be a circular arrow
  4. Select this to either lock or unlock the orientation of your iPhone 4

That's it!

How to set a passcode lock to protect your personal data on the iPhone 4

The expression "better safe than sorry" applies to many things when it comes to mobile security, and setting a passcode lock on your iPhone 4is no exception.

Apple's iOS includes a feature that lets you block access to your iPhone until a password -- either numeric or alphanumeric -- is entered on the device.

It might be a bit annoying at first, but this minor nuisance is far better than having all of your personal data compromised in the event that your iPhone 4 is lost or stolen.

Follow these simple steps to set-up Passcode Lock:

  1. Go into Settings
  2. Open General
  3. Scroll down and tap on Passcode Lock
    1. The default passcode in iOS is four digits -- if you would like to set an alphanumeric passcode, slide the Simple Passcode toggle to Off
  4. Now, select Turn Passcode On
  5. Enter a four-digit passcode, or an alphanumeric passcode of any length
  6. Re-type your passcode to confirm
  7. Set Require Passcode to the desired time -- this will be the amount of idle time before your iPhone will require you to enter the passcode

That's it!

How to sync your iPhone 4 with iTunes

When you first receive your new iPhone 4, Apple requires that you use iTunes to activate the device. Syncing your iPhone's content with iTunes is completely optional, however.

There are many benefits to syncing your iPhone 4 data with iTunes, not the least of which is ensuring that all of your Contacts, Calendars, Email settings, Web page Bookmarks, Notes, Ringtones, Music, Photos and Videos, Podcasts, Books and Audio Books are backed up. This way, if something goes wrong and you lose data on your iPhone, a quick restore is all you need to recover your files.

To set-up syncing between your iPhone 4 and iTunes, follow these simple steps:

  1. Connect the iPhone 4 to your PC and launch iTunes
  2. Select iPhone Option in the iTunes sidebar
  3. Now, select which things you’d like to have synced – so, music, email and contacts for example
  4. Once you’ve done this, click Apply – it’s in the bottom right corner of iTunes
  5. Wait for Syncing to complete

That's it!

We recommend that you sync your iPhone 4 with iTunes at least once a week. In the unfortunate event that data on your iPhone is lost, this will ensure that you have a recent backup file to restore with.

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