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The Home screen and the Home button

From: iPhone and iPod touch iOS 4 Essential Training

Video: The Home screen and the Home button

In this video, I want to look at the Home button on the iPhone and iPod touch. This is the Home button here on the front of the iPhone, and its primary purpose is to immediately get you back to your home screen. Now when the screen is locked, as it currently is here, pressing the Home button is like pressing the Sleep/Wake button. It activates your screen, but you still have to slide your finger across this area to unlock the phone. This is the home screen of the iPhone, where you can access the various functions and apps that are available. As we will see later, you can install additional apps, which can be spread across multiple screens, which you can access by flicking the screens to the left.

The Home screen and the Home button

In this video, I want to look at the Home button on the iPhone and iPod touch. This is the Home button here on the front of the iPhone, and its primary purpose is to immediately get you back to your home screen. Now when the screen is locked, as it currently is here, pressing the Home button is like pressing the Sleep/Wake button. It activates your screen, but you still have to slide your finger across this area to unlock the phone. This is the home screen of the iPhone, where you can access the various functions and apps that are available. As we will see later, you can install additional apps, which can be spread across multiple screens, which you can access by flicking the screens to the left.

Pressing the Home button instantly brings you back to the first and main screen, no matter how many screens deep you are. If you are running an app, pressing the Home button always brings you back to the home screen. Pressing the Home button while on the home screen brings up the spotlight search screen, where you can search your entire phone for words or phrases. This is useful for quickly looking up info in some email or finding an address for one of the people in your contact. Pressing the Home button again takes you back to the home screen. New to the iOS 4 operating system, and available on the iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4, and the second generation iPod touch, double-clicking the Home button, meaning giving it two quick clicks opens the Multitasking bar at the bottom of the screen allowing you to switch among different apps.

We will take a closer look at the Multitasking bar in its own movie later in this chapter. Double-clicking the Home button again closes the Multitasking bar. And again, multitasking is only available on the iPhone 3GS and second-generation iPod, or later. While we are here on the Home screen, I just want to take a moment to discuss how things work here. We've already seen that tapping an icon opens that app or feature, and that you can page through your multiple screens of apps, if you have multiple screens, by flicking left and right. Notice as I do that the four icons at the bottom stay where they are. This is where you can store up to four apps that you always want immediate access to, no matter which screen of applications you are on.

We will talk about how to customize your app placement in the chapter on apps. Across the top of iPhone's home screen is where we see the name of the wireless carrier, in this case AT&T. Next to that, we see the WiFi symbol, indicating I am currently connected to a WiFi network. You will see the same thing on the iPod touch. On the iPhone, however, you may also see a 3G here, indicating that you are on a 3G cellular network, or possibly the letter E indicating you are on AT&T's slower EDGE data network. If you are not on the US, you may see other icons or representations of your wireless carrier's network.

On the iPod touch, you will only ever see the WiFi symbol if you have WiFi turned on, which we will talk about how to do in an upcoming movie. In the center, is the current time, and to the right of that is the Battery Indicator, which will show you how much battery time remains, or if you are currently plugged into a charger. Other icons may appear across the top from time to time, depending on what you are doing. For instance, if you've turned on the Alarm Clock function in the Clock app, you will see a small clock, letting you know the alarm is set. Or if you have a Bluetooth headset connected, you will see Bluetooth icon. I will be pointing more of these out as they come up throughout the course.

But for now, that's the extent of what I wanted to cover about the Home button and home screen in this movie.

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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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