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This chapter is all about using the iPhone to place, receive, and manage phone calls because after all, it's called the iPhone, so it had better deliver in the area of making calls. Now since the iPad Touch and the iPad aren't phones, most of the movies in this chapter won't apply to them. Although one or two movies like the one on sharing contacts and the ones on using FaceTime and iMessage are relevant to all iOS devices. Let's begin with a look at the basic features of the iPhone's phone capabilities. Do do most things phone related, you have to start by opening up the phone app. The phone app is divided into five sections across the bottom.
We have favorites, recent, contacts, keypad, and voicemail. Favorites is where you store your most frequently called numbers. We'll look at how to manage this area in an upcoming movie. Recents is a list of every call you've placed, received, or missed. Tapping any of these numbers instantly dials that person back. And the app is smart enough to know whether the call was a voice call, a Facetime call, or even a Facetime audio call. And it will call the person back using the method they called you. Tapping the blue i or Info button next to a name gives you the details of that call, and that can be useful if you want to see the time and date when the call was placed, received or missed.
I'll tap Recents to go back. Now you could also filter the list to just see your missed calls by tapping Missed at the top of the screen. You can remove numbers from the recents list by sliding your finger to the left across an entry to reveal the Delete button, and then tap Delete. And you can do that whether you're looking at missed or all. Alternately, you can tap the Edit button. And here you can tap the red delete icon to reveal the Delete button. You can also tap Clear to delete everything in this list. I'm not going to do that right now. I'll just tap Done. Next we have the Contacts area, and this is essentially your address book.
From here you can access the numbers and addresses of all the people you've added to the contacts on your computer, if you've synced your iPhone to your computer, as well as the contacts you've created on the phone. Now this contact section of the phone app is identical to the contacts app you can find either on your home screen or which ever screen you might have moved it to. By default in iOS 7, it's found here in this folder labeled extras. Personally, I never use the contacts app since I can get to it from the phone app, but some people like being able to access contacts from their home screen. Just know that they both lead you to the same place. Next we have the keypad, and as its name implies, it's the keypad for dialing out from your phone.
Just tap out the number that you want to call. Now if you make a mistake just tap the Delete button. And once you have the number entered you can tap the big, green Call button to place the call. Notice, under the phone number there's a place a tab if you want to add the number to your contacts. We'll talk more about adding contacts later. So I'm just going to cancel that for now. The fifth and final section is for checking your Voicemail messages. And this is where you can view and listen to the messages left for you by people whose calls you either missed or didn't answer. We'll take an in depth look at Voicemail in an upcoming movie. But for now those are the five section of the iPhone's phone app. You might have noticed that you can dial your phone from each one of these areas.
So once you understand what each area is for, you'll then figure out the best section to use when you need to place a call.
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