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Jake’s iPhone Tips: Part Five


This is the fifth in a series of articles on how to get the most out of your iPhone.  I have been using iPhones for more than five years and have discovered hundreds of useful features within this marvelous device.  These articles will help you discover the hidden power of your iPhone.


The iPhone is, after all, primarily a mobile phone, although it is much more than that. Let’s examine the basic features of the Phone app.

Make a call: tap a phone number in the Phone app in Favorites, Recents, Contacts, or from the keypad, or in an email, a text message, a Web page — or almost anywhere in iPhone where a phone number is displayed in text format.

Answer a call when the iPhone is asleep: slide the slide to answer button to the right. When the iPhone is not asleep, tap the Accept button; tap Decline to send the call directly to voicemail.

Tap Remind Me to create a reminder one hour from now in the Reminders app.

Tap Message to reply with a preset or custom text message. (Create up to three custom messages in Settings –> Phone –> Respond with Text).

Now for some additional useful features. You are in a meeting, classroom, or theatre and your iPhone rings. You want to stop the ringing or vibrating, but not lose the incoming call.  To silence the incoming call, press the Sleep/Wake (AKA power) button once (the iPhone will continue to “ring” silently). After you walk out of the room, swipe slide to answer. To decline the call and send it directly to voicemail, press Sleep/Wake button twice.

To listen to a voicemail message in the Phone app, tap Voicemail at the bottom right side of the Phone app.

How do you save or share a precious voicemail? Tap the share  button at the top right of an opened voicemail message to share it in Messages, Mail, Notes, Voice Memos Messenger, WhatsApp, Dropbox, One Drive or others. It will be saved as an audio file that can be replayed later.

New in iOS 10, you have the option to read the transcribed text of the voice message instead of merely listening to it, which is useful in a noisy environment.

Jake Jacobs
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