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Discover how to get the most out of your iPhone or iPod touch, from making calls, browsing the web, managing your time, and getting around town to taking notes, shooting photos, and listening to music. In this course, author Garrick Chow shows how to perform all of these tasks and more, and introduces the enhancements built into iOS 6, including enhanced language support and commands for Siri, shared photo streams, and the new Reply with Message feature for handling incoming calls. The course also includes hands-on demonstrations on how to accurately type and efficiently use finger gestures, and offers tips for personalizing the setup of the iPhone and iPod touch. An extensive section on troubleshooting helps when the occasional glitch happen.
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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