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Video: Usage

Now let's go to Settings>General>Usage. This section contains info on things like how much space your apps are taking up and how much iCloud storage you're using, if you're an iCloud user. And the iPhone has settings here that the iPod touch doesn't, but we'll get to those momentarily. Now when you first open Usage, your device might take a few moments to think. What it's doing is scanning itself and figuring out how much space each of your apps is taking up. It then lists the apps in order of the ones using the most space on your device. For example, I can see here that the game Infinity Blade is taking up 946 megabytes of space on my iPhone, GarageBand is taking up 706 megabytes, Angry Birds 46.8 megabytes.

Usage

Now let's go to Settings>General>Usage. This section contains info on things like how much space your apps are taking up and how much iCloud storage you're using, if you're an iCloud user. And the iPhone has settings here that the iPod touch doesn't, but we'll get to those momentarily. Now when you first open Usage, your device might take a few moments to think. What it's doing is scanning itself and figuring out how much space each of your apps is taking up. It then lists the apps in order of the ones using the most space on your device. For example, I can see here that the game Infinity Blade is taking up 946 megabytes of space on my iPhone, GarageBand is taking up 706 megabytes, Angry Birds 46.8 megabytes.

Tapping an app gives you more details. In the case of Music, I can see that all of my music takes up 123 megabytes of space and that Audiobooks take up 45. The next thing is you can delete items right from here. So if I'm done listening to this audio book and I want to free up the space, I can tap Edit and then delete it. I'll tap Done. I can also go back and delete entire apps I've installed, just by tapping them and then selecting Delete App.

So that's how to manage the space on your device that's used up apps and their documents. Next we have iCloud settings. You can see how much Total Storage space you have and how much free space is available. Tap Manage Storage and here you can see what specific items are taking up the space. I can see here that my current iPhone backup is taking up 163 megabytes of space. My old iPhone 4S backup is taking up 146 megabytes of space and Mail is taking up 64 megabytes of space of my account. This is also where you can purchase more Storage Space on iCloud if the free 5 gigabytes of space isn't enough or if you want to downgrade your plan if you have previously purchased more space.

You can do so by tapping Change Storage Plan. In here, you'll see your current plan, you can choose to upgrade or you can check your downgrade options. You'll be asked to log in. So you can see here, I'm currently on the 20 gigabyte plan, but if I wasn't using nearly that much space, I might want to downgrade to the 5 gigabyte plan. I'll just cancel this and go back to the main Usage page. The next option is the Battery Percentage Indicator. The default setting on your iPhone is this little icon of battery life remaining with a bar filling in the Battery icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

If you want a more precise readout, you can turn on the Battery Percentage Indicator, which will give you a slightly better idea of how much battery power you have left. Next, the Time since last full charge field lets you know how long your iPhone screen has been unlocked and in use since the last full charge. The Standby field lets you know much time your phone has been locked, but turned on since the last full charge. If you've plugged in your phone, but not reached a full charge, there will be an indicator that says, iPhone has been plugged in since the last full charge, beneath those two lines. When you do fully recharge your battery, those numbers are reset.

This is useful if you're trying to get a good idea of your iPhone's battery life or if you're a parent, trying to keep track of your child's iPhone or iPod touch usage. Next, we have the category for Cellular Usage. Under Call Time, you've got the amount of time ou spent on phone calls for the Current Period and the Lifetime of your iPhone. If you've never reset the stats on your phone, these numbers will be identical. Below that you have the Cellular Network Data, which tells you how much data you've transmitted over your mobile carrier's data connection. This doesn't include data transferred over Wi-Fi, so this is a good way to track your data usage if you don't have an unlimited data plan.

You can reset the data statistics anytime you want. So if you want to keep track of your data, just reset it every billing cycle. To reset all the statistics, simply hit the Reset Statistics button at the bottom of the screen. Above that button, you'll see an indicator of the last time you reset your statistics. So those are the options available under the Usage settings of your iPhone.

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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

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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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