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Charging the iPhone or iPod Touch

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The iPhone and iPod Touch both have large internal batteries that cannot be removed. This means that unlike with other mobile phones, you can't have a spare battery charging on the side to swap in when the one in your phone or iPod becomes depleted. So, managing battery life is an especially important part of owning iPhone or iPod Touch. In the chapter on troubleshooting, I'll cover several techniques on extending the charge of your battery, but here I just want to make sure you understand the options for charging your iPhone or iPod Touch. The iPhone comes with a USB cable for connecting to your computer, as well as a power adapter for charging your phone from a regular wall outlet.

Charging the iPhone or iPod Touch

The iPhone and iPod Touch both have large internal batteries that cannot be removed. This means that unlike with other mobile phones, you can't have a spare battery charging on the side to swap in when the one in your phone or iPod becomes depleted. So, managing battery life is an especially important part of owning iPhone or iPod Touch. In the chapter on troubleshooting, I'll cover several techniques on extending the charge of your battery, but here I just want to make sure you understand the options for charging your iPhone or iPod Touch. The iPhone comes with a USB cable for connecting to your computer, as well as a power adapter for charging your phone from a regular wall outlet.

If you have an older iPhone, you might have a slightly larger power adapter. The iPod Touch does not come with this power adapter, so initially you can only charge it by plugging it into your computer. But you can purchase one of these adapters from Apple, or something similar from a third-party vendor. So, to charge your iPhone or iPod Touch, plug the dock connector end into the dock connector port of the device. Then plug the USB end into either your computer or into the power adapter. Then plug the power adapter into a wall outlet.

Once plugged in, you'll see a large charge level indicator appear when you wake up your iPhone or iPod Touch. When you unlock the phone, the battery indicator in the upper right-hand corner shows a little lightning bulb symbol, indicating that the phone is charging. Once the phone reaches a full charge, the bulb changes to a plug icon, indicating that the charge is complete, but that it still knows it's plugged into a power source. Your device will warn you if your battery level is getting so low that your device will no longer function. First, you'll see a message saying that your battery life is at about 20%, and you get a similar message when it reaches about 10%.

That's where you queue to plug in your device as soon as possible. Finally, when there's just no power left, the device will shut off and be unusable until you plug it in. In cases of extreme depletion, you won't be even to use the device while it's plugged into a power source until its charge comes up to a usable level. You can get a more accurate read on your battery level by going into Settings > General > Usage, and here you can turn on Battery Percentage. This gives you a percentage display next to your battery icon. So again, with no removable battery, it's important to have the basic tools to keep your iPhone or iPod Touch charged.

Many people keep an extra power adapter and cable by their nightstand and let their phone charge overnight. For me, charging overnight is all I generally need, unless I'm traveling and using my iPhone to watch videos on a plane, or using its GPS capabilities to get me where I need to be. In addition to having an extra charger for your nightstand, you should also pick up one of many available chargers for your car, and you may even want to look into an accessory like an external battery pack. Many manufacturers make battery that plug directly into the iPhone or iPod Touch's dock connector, which is the same connector the regular USB cable connects to.

And you can even find cases for your device with batteries built-in. These are especially nice, because you don't have something hanging out of the phone that you might accidentally snap off, and some of these models can almost double your usage time. As you spend more time with your iPhone or iPod Touch, you'll get a better idea of how often you really need to charge it. It does depend on how frequently use it, as well as whether or not you have other settings turned on or off. Again, see the movie on extending your battery's life in the Troubleshooting chapter at the end of this course for more information.

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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 4 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 52s
    2. Upgrading to iOS 4
      2m 8s
  2. 34m 12s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and the iPod Touch
      6m 54s
    2. The Home screen and the Home button
      2m 56s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 16s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      4m 1s
    5. Choosing and controlling sounds
      3m 17s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 53s
    7. Connecting to a wi-fi network
      2m 55s
    8. Charging the iPhone or iPod Touch
      3m 11s
    9. Setting up an iTunes Store account on an iPhone or iPod Touch
      3m 24s
    10. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 25s
  3. 15m 3s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      1m 59s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting auto-correction
      6m 44s
    3. Select, Copy, Paste, and Undo
      3m 13s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 29s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      1m 38s
  4. 26m 34s
    1. Making sure you have the latest version of iTunes
      1m 27s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 20s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 16s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      4m 56s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 48s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 0s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      2m 47s
  5. 1h 3m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 17s
    2. Adding and managing Favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 45s
    4. Receiving calls
      2m 41s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 9s
    6. Using FaceTime for video calls
      3m 55s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 27s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      2m 5s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 20s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      2m 49s
    11. Using the speakerphone
      1m 23s
    12. Using the included headset
      2m 52s
    13. Connecting a Bluetooth headset
      3m 51s
    14. Forwarding your calls
      1m 41s
    15. Turning call waiting on and off
      1m 1s
    16. Turning caller ID on and off
      1m 8s
    17. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      6m 17s
    18. Creating a vibrate-then-ring ringtone
      5m 13s
    19. Voice dialing
      3m 6s
    20. Sending, receiving, and managing text and MMS messages
      6m 34s
  6. 30m 9s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 3s
    2. Setting up Exchange, MobileMe, Gmail, Yahoo, and AOL email accounts
      3m 42s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 23s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod Touch email synced with your computer
      4m 47s
    5. Composing email
      3m 9s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      6m 4s
    7. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 37s
    8. Setting mail options
      5m 24s
  7. 37m 36s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 20s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 55s
    3. Saving images
      2m 44s
    4. Filling out forms and using auto-fill
      3m 51s
    5. Creating Web Clips
      2m 32s
    6. Internet tethering (Mac)
      7m 22s
    7. Internet tethering (Windows)
      7m 52s
  8. 36m 16s
    1. Browsing your library
      3m 25s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 49s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 19s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 3s
    5. Voice-controlling your music
      3m 22s
    6. Adjusting your iPod settings
      4m 42s
    7. Creating On-The-Go and Genius playlists
      3m 48s
    8. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 58s
    9. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to and AppleTV or Airport Express
      3m 50s
  9. 30m 29s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      5m 51s
    2. Viewing still images
      5m 52s
    3. Customizing your wallpaper
      3m 45s
    4. Shooting video
      1m 19s
    5. Viewing and editing video
      2m 49s
    6. Taking screenshots
      1m 15s
    7. Sharing photos and video
      5m 17s
    8. Geotagging your photos
      4m 21s
  10. 20m 49s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      3m 57s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      2m 51s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      2m 32s
    4. Getting directions
      5m 7s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 0s
    6. Using Street View
      2m 20s
    7. Using the Compass app (iPhone 3GS only)
      2m 2s
  11. 15m 44s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 38s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      1m 55s
    3. Setting Time Zone support
      2m 8s
    4. The Clock app
      6m 3s
  12. 6m 23s
    1. The Notes app
      2m 37s
    2. The Voice Memos app
      3m 46s
  13. 17m 26s
    1. The Stocks app
      2m 36s
    2. The Calculator app
      52s
    3. The Nike+ app
      9m 20s
    4. The YouTube app
      3m 5s
    5. The Weather app
      1m 33s
  14. 16m 40s
    1. Browsing the App Store from iTunes
      4m 28s
    2. Browsing the App Store from your device
      5m 44s
    3. Purchasing and installing apps
      5m 48s
    4. Finding App settings
      40s
  15. 17m 52s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 41s
    2. Wi-fi
      3m 26s
    3. Notifications
      1m 24s
    4. Brightness
      59s
    5. About
      2m 25s
    6. Usage
      1m 46s
    7. Date and time settings
      1m 12s
    8. International settings
      2m 17s
    9. Restrictions
      2m 42s
  16. 18m 54s
    1. Auto-Lock
      1m 22s
    2. Passcode Lock
      4m 37s
    3. Displaying contact information
      2m 31s
    4. Find My iPhone with MobileMe
      10m 24s
  17. 17m 48s
    1. About accessibility on the iPhone and iPod Touch
      52s
    2. VoiceOver
      8m 2s
    3. Zoom
      2m 2s
    4. Setting the display to Large Text
      39s
    5. Setting the display to White On Black
      1m 7s
    6. Mono Audio
      54s
    7. Speak Auto-text
      1m 39s
    8. Triple-Click Home
      2m 33s
  18. 15m 58s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 4s
    2. Force-quitting applications
      36s
    3. Rebooting the iPhone or iPod Touch
      44s
    4. Resetting the iPhone or iPod Touch
      1m 44s
    5. Erasing the iPhone or iPod Touch
      2m 31s
    6. Restoring the iPhone or iPod Touch
      2m 2s
    7. Checking for updates
      57s
    8. Disabling 3G
      2m 3s
    9. Extending battery life
      4m 17s
  19. 17s
    1. Goodbye
      17s

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