iPhone 101 (iOS 7 Version)
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iPhone 101 (iOS 7 Version)

Learn the Basics of Using your iPhone with the brand new iOS 7 software. You'll even find hidden Tips and Tricks.
4.6 (22 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
3,933 students enrolled
Created by Arlen Nagata
Last updated 10/2013
Price: Free
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Discover the new features of iOS 7
  • New users of the iPhone will learn how to use a touchscreen
  • Learn all the major iPhone Apps (Phone, Messages, Mail, Siri, Camera, and Photos)
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  • An iPhone upgraded to iOS 7

Whether you have a new iPhone 5c or you just upgraded your existing iPhone to iOS 7. We're here to show you the new features and help you get the most out of your iPhone.

You'll also appreciate our clear teaching style which makes the iPhone easy to understand and use, even if you're new to smartphones.

Who is the target audience?
  • New purchasers of an iPhone
  • Novice tech users looking for understandable training on the iPhone
  • Existing iPhone users upgrading to iOS 7
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Curriculum For This Course
29 Lectures
Introduction to The Course
2 Lectures 05:41
Introduction to The Course

Tips and tricks to help you learn with this video class.

Learning with this Video Class
8 Lectures 18:56
PDF eBook Notes
20 pages

Learn to touch the screen.

Touch slightly below where you would normally think to touch

Make your Taps deliberate, but don’t move your finger

Don’t use wet or dirty fingers

Beginning Tips

From the Lock Screen on iOS 7, you can do four things:

  • Access the camera

    Control Center

    Notification Center

    Slide to unlock

The Lock Screen

Quick Access to Common Features

Airplane Mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, Portrait Orientation Lock


Audio Controls

Air DRop, Air Play

Flashlight, Clock & TImers, Calculator, Camera

Control Center (The Best iOS 7 Feature of Them All)

Quickly view your calendar and upcoming events and see what your Apps are saying to you.

Notification Center

Here's what you'll find on your Home Screen

Pages of apps

Tap to launch app

Hold and Drag to rearrange icons

Drag icons onto another icon to make a folder

Tap x to delete third party apps

Swipe down to search

Advanced Tip- Customize the Search (Settings-General-Spotlight Search)

Home Screen

Tape once to return to the first home screen

Tap twice for Multi-tasking switcher

  • Switch apps by swiping to find an app and tap to switch
  • Close apps by swiping up

Hold for Siri, tell her what you want

Home Button and Multitasking

Some people complain about iOS 7 because of the thin fonts which can be difficult to read and the motion effects that can be dizzying. These settings will help you.

Text Too Small? Change these Settings
15 Lectures 01:13:29

The iPhone is a great Phone.

You can setup your Favorites like a Speed Dial, Access Recent Calls, Dial or Quick Redial, and Access your Visual Voicemail.

The Phone- Basics

When you can't take a call, don't leave your caller's hanging, use these iPhone options.

The Phone- Declining the Call

Some features of Messages:

  • iPhone to iPhone is an iMessage and its *Free (data charges apply)
  • Dictate your texts- Push the Microphone Icon
  • Send pictures or video by tapping the small camera icon next to the bubble.

Setup email on your iPhone in 2 minutes.

Setup Email on your iPhone

Here's some ways you can better manage your email on your iPhone:

  • Make and sort into Folders
  • Swipe to Delete/Archive
  • Manage multiple emails with Edit
  • Add VIPs (Tap Arrow, Custom Notifications)

Manage your Email

Composing an email with formatting and images is really easy to do. Here's a few tips:

  • Dictate Emails
  • Add a photo my holding down in the text area.
  • Add Formatting by Selecting
  • Long email, get back to the top fast.
  • Secret .com shortcut

Compose and Format your Email

Siri is a great Personal Assistant. Please refer to the PDF handout for some great things you can do with Siri.

Using Siri

  • Start from lock screen- slide up from the camera icon
  • Video, Photos, Square Photos, or Panorama, Just Slide
  • Tap to focus, Tap and Hold to Lock Focus and Exposure
  • Zoom with a pinch
  • Tap for Flash
  • Tap HDR for High Dynamic Range Photos
  • Front or rear camera- just tap the rotation icon at the top
  • Add instant Photo “Filter” Effects
  • Turn the Grid on in Settings
  • Hold and release the shutter button for better pictures.
  • Use the iPhone like a Point and Shoot camera with the Volume + button.
  • Plug in headphones for a remote shutter release like the pros
  • Press Power and Home button to take a screenshot
iPhone Camera and Tips

The Photos App on your iPhone does everything from organize your photos, to creating online galleries, to simple photo editing.

Photos on Your iPhone

Apple's Maps App is a great way to get around.

Find Your Way with Maps

Safari is a beautiful way to browse the internet. And integrated with iCloud and Twitter, it makes powerful features readily available to you.

Browse the Internet with Safari

The iPhone is a great device to listen to music. Here's an overview of Music App and iTunes Radio

Music and iTunes Radio

The Calendar App is a great way to manage your schedule. Here are some tips.

Manage your schedule with Calendar App

We all make lists to help us remember things and stay organized. Now you can use Reminders to assist you.

Organize your life with To Do Lists in Reminders

iCloud has a ton of great features, but two incredibly useful features are: iCloud backup and Find My iPhone.

Bonus: The best iCloud features you need to turn on right now!
Favorite Third Party Apps- What's Yours?
2 Lectures 10:37

Purchasing new Applications is simple and easy in the App Store.

Install more Applications with the App Store

The Stock Apple apps are great to start off with, but when you want to be a Power User, you purchase Apps which have special features, and work the way you want to work. Fantastical 2 is one of my Must install apps.

Apps for Power Users- Fantastical 2
Great Links and Resources
1 Lecture 00:02
iOS History by The Verge
Parting Thoughts...
1 Lecture 02:08

Some closing thoughts...

What are your favorites apps or What problem do you need to solve? Leave a question and I'll help find the perfect app for you.

Closing Video
About the Instructor
Arlen Nagata
4.8 Average rating
73 Reviews
6,016 Students
5 Courses
Owner of iSensei.tv & HawaiiWP.com

Making Tech and WordPress web design simple.

If it's all “Geek" to you, you need Arlen. For years, Arlen has been keeping up with the trends of technology and WordPress web design. He provides simple, easy to understand help for others with their technology and design needs.

Arlen is a regular Computer Workshop Instructor at the Kroc Center in Kapolei Hawaii. He also presents at the Hawaii Mac & Apple Users Society. You can find some of Arlen's free videos on Arlen's YouTube channel.

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