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Filling out forms and using auto-fill

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Because browsing the Web on your iPhone or iPod Touch is so similar an experience to browsing on your computer, you'll probably find yourself visiting and using sites you might not otherwise attempt on other mobile devices, such as your banking Web site 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 tap in form fields.

Filling out forms and using auto-fill

Because browsing the Web on your iPhone or iPod Touch is so similar an experience to browsing on your computer, you'll probably find yourself visiting and using sites you might not otherwise attempt on other mobile devices, such as your banking Web site 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 tap in form fields.

To activate the AutoFill feature, go to Settings > Safari, and then tap AutoFill. Here, you have two options to turn on and 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, and then find your personal info and tap it. 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 information.

We'll see this in action in a moment. The second option here is Names & Passwords. With this option on, Safari will offer to remember names and passwords you enter on Web sites, so you won't have to type them manually again in the future. So, let's leave both of these options on for now. I'll press the Home button to close Settings and now I'll open 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. Notice in addition to the keyboard appearing, above it I have some buttons that include AutoFill. I'll tap AutoFill.

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 the information went into the correct fields. If you need to change anything, just tap into the field you need to edit. You could also use the Previous and Next buttons to jump from field to field, so you don't have to constantly tap the fields before you type in them. Again, the information that's filled out here is the information from your contacts, so only the info that you have in contacts can be used to autofill a form. Now, let's look at the Names & Passwords feature in action.

I have the Log In page for Twitter open on another page, so let's switch to that. Here, I need to enter my username and password to access my Twitter account. When I tap Go, I'm asked by Safari if I want to store this information. You want to tap Yes to accept, 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 tap Not Now. If you do have Safari save passwords for you, you should probably 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 in 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 login information could be a major convenience and save you the time of having to type your login information manually each time. Now, I also want to mention here that the Name & Password AutoFill is very inconsistent as of right now. Sometimes, it will offer to save your info; other times it won't pop up at all.

So, don't think your phone or iPod is broken if it doesn't offer to autofill. Sometimes, for some reason, it just doesn't work. Now, that said, if you ever change your mind about which items you want Safari to remember, return to your Settings, go to Safari, tap AutoFill. This is also where you can tap Clear All, which will cause Safari to forget all of the names and passwords you previously had to remember, thereby leaving your iPhone or iPod Touch clear of any sensitive passwords.

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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 4 Essential Training

129 video lessons · 22455 viewers

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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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