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Filling out forms and using AutoFill

From: iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

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Because browsing on your iPhone or iPod touch is so similar an experience to browsing on your computer, you'll probably find yourself visiting and using all the sites you normally visit on your desktop computer such as your banking website or online stores. When it comes to ordering items or managing various bank or credit card accounts you often have to fill in various form fields, which frankly can get a little tedious and time-consuming on the iPhone keyboard. Fortunately, like its full-fledged counterpart on your computer, Safari for the iPhone and iPod touch includes an autofill feature, which fills in your name, address and passwords automatically when you type in the form fields.

Filling out forms and using AutoFill

Because browsing on your iPhone or iPod touch is so similar an experience to browsing on your computer, you'll probably find yourself visiting and using all the sites you normally visit on your desktop computer such as your banking website or online stores. When it comes to ordering items or managing various bank or credit card accounts you often have to fill in various form fields, which frankly can get a little tedious and time-consuming on the iPhone keyboard. Fortunately, like its full-fledged counterpart on your computer, Safari for the iPhone and iPod touch includes an autofill feature, which fills in your name, address and passwords automatically when you type in the form fields.

To activate the autofill feature go to Settings>Safari, then tap AutoFill. Here you have two options to turn On or Off. The first is Use Contact Info. By tapping it on you're telling Safari to use the contact information for yourself in your list of contacts. Make sure it's your name that appears in the My Info area. If it doesn't tap My Info, which opens up your contact list. Then find your personal info and tap it. I'm just going to cancel since it is using my info. As long as you leave Use Contact Info on, anytime you tap into a field where you have to enter your name, address, phone number, and so on you'll be able to tap an Autofill button, which will fill out the form with the info from your contact.

We'll see this in action in a moment. The second option here is names and passwords. With this option on Safari will offer to remember names and passwords you enter on websites. So you won't have to type them in manually again in the future. So let's leave both of these options On for now and press the Home button to close settings and let's go into Safari. Here I have a form at lynda.com for signing up for a promotional pass to the online training library. As you can see there are several fields to fill out here. I'll tap in the first Name field and notice in addition to the keyboard appearing above it I have some buttons that include AutoFill.

I'll tap AutoFill and just like that most of the information has been completed. Conveniently, the fields that Safari fills out for you are highlighted in yellow. So you can make sure your information went into the correct fields. If you need to change anything just tap into the field you need to edit and make the necessary changes. You can also use the previous and next buttons to jump from field to field so you don't have to constantly tap the field before you type into them. So again this information is pulled from your contact information so only the info you have in contacts can be used to autofill a form. Now let's look at the names and passwords feature in action.

Let's tap Done here. I have the Yahoo! homepage open here and I want to check my Yahoo! email. So I'll tap Mail and here I need to enter my username and password to access my account and I'll tap Sign In. Now I'm asked by Safari if I want to store this information. You can tap Yes to accept; or Never for this Website, which will set it so Safari will never bug you to remember this password again; or Not Now, if you don't want to save the username and password at this time, but want the option to do so in the future. I'll select Yes.

If you do have Safari save your passwords you should be cautious about which sites you allow. If your iPhone or iPod touch is lost or stolen, you probably don't want anyone being able to access your bank account info automatically. Also, be sure to check out the movies and the chapter on keeping your device safe, especially the movie on passcode protecting your phone if you intend on storing the passwords to sensitive sites on your device. But for non-sensitive sites, storing your log in information can be a major convenience and save you the time of having to type in your log in info manually each time. For example, I'll sign out of my account.

The next time I want to check my email, you'll notice that my ID and password are already filled in here. Even if they weren't I can just tap AutoFill to automatically enter the info and sign in very easily and quickly. Now if you ever change your mind about which items you want Safari remembering, return to the AutoFill settings where you can turn one or both options off. This is also where you can tap Clear All, which will cause Safari to forget all the names and passwords you previously had it remember.

That's how you use the AutoFill feature of Safari in iOS 6.

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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

129 video lessons · 17487 viewers

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  1. 1m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
  2. 45m 36s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 33s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 49s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 10s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 59s
    5. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      4m 36s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 36s
    7. Connecting to wi-fi networks
      3m 12s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      3m 48s
    9. Using Twitter and Facebook
      4m 37s
    10. Charging the iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 31s
    11. Setting up an Apple ID account on an iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 18s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 11s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      2m 16s
  3. 19m 19s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      3m 10s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrection
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      2m 12s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 28s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      2m 9s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 21s
  4. 37m 35s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 27s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      5m 2s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 59s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 7s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 9s
    8. Backup options
      3m 25s
    9. Wireless syncing
      2m 33s
    10. Using iTunes Match
      3m 59s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 56s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 59s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 31s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 21s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 49s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 52s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 46s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 46s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      3m 20s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 42s
    12. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 33s
    13. Forwarding calls
      1m 47s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 13s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 19s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      5m 53s
    17. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 52s
  6. 36m 25s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 0s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, or AOL email accounts
      3m 36s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 10s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod touch email synced with your computer
      5m 4s
    5. Composing email
      4m 6s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      7m 4s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 41s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 56s
    9. Setting mail options
      6m 48s
  7. 31m 42s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 28s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 15s
    3. Saving images
      2m 41s
    4. Filling out forms and using AutoFill
      4m 4s
    5. Creating web clips
      2m 30s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 37s
    7. Creating a personal hotspot
      3m 59s
    8. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 8s
  8. 28m 3s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 43s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 20s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 34s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 36s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 0s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 37s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 50m 59s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      8m 0s
    2. Improving your photos using HDR and gridlines
      3m 19s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 54s
    4. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 29s
    5. Customizing your wallpaper
      2m 44s
    6. Shooting video
      3m 5s
    7. Viewing and editing video
      2m 52s
    8. Taking screenshots
      1m 19s
    9. Sharing photos and video
      5m 50s
    10. Geotagging your photos
      4m 45s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 16s
    12. Creating a Shared Photo Stream
      6m 26s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      4m 20s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 11s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 3s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 35s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 46s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 31s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 13s
  11. 19m 26s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 35s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 3s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Clock app
      6m 7s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 18s
  12. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Notes app
      4m 12s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      4m 30s
  13. 12m 29s
    1. Passbook
      6m 35s
    2. Stocks
      3m 6s
    3. Calculator
      44s
    4. Weather
      2m 4s
  14. 17m 8s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      4m 50s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 9s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      45s
  15. 22m 41s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 42s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 1s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      3m 16s
    4. About
      2m 32s
    5. Usage
      3m 52s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 30s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 25s
    8. Privacy
      3m 23s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 15s
    2. Exploring Passcode Lock
      5m 16s
    3. Using Find My iPhone
      5m 38s
  17. 20m 38s
    1. Introducing Siri
      7m 25s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      2m 37s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 48s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 40s
    5. Voice control for non-Siri-capable iPhones
      6m 8s
  18. 16m 41s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 29s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 16s
    3. Rebooting
      45s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      5m 12s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 27s
    7. Extending battery life
      4m 45s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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