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The Home screen and Home button

From: iPhone and iPod touch iOS 5 Essential Training

Video: The Home screen and 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'll see later, you can install additional apps which can be spread across multiple screens, which can access by flicking the screens to the left.

The Home screen and 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'll see later, you can install additional apps which can be spread across multiple screens, which 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're 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 and some email or finding an address for one of the people in your contacts. Pressing the Home button again takes you back to the Home screen. 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'll 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. While we're 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're on. We'll talk about how to customize your app placement in the chapter on apps.

Across the top of the 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 Wi-Fi symbol, indicating I'm currently connected to a Wi-Fi network. You'll see the same thing on the iPod touch. On the iPhone however, you may also see a 3G here, indicating that you're on a 3G cellular network or possibly the letter E, indicating you're on AT&T's slower edge data network. If you're not in the US, you may see other icons or representations of your wireless carrier's network. On the iPod touch, you'll only ever see the Wi-Fi symbol if you have Wi-Fi turned on, which we'll 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're currently plugged into a charger. Other icons may appear across the top from time-to-time depending on what you're doing. For instance, if you've turned on the Alarm Clock function in the clock app, you'll see a small clock letting you know the alarm is set or if you have a Bluetooth headset connected, you'll see a Bluetooth icon. I'll 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 5 Essential Training

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  1. 5m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Upgrading to iOS 5
      3m 50s
  2. 42m 59s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 39s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 43s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 11s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 47s
    5. Choosing and controlling sounds
      3m 24s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 35s
    7. Connecting to a Wi-Fi network
      2m 47s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      4m 13s
    9. Using Twitter
      3m 21s
    10. Charging the battery
      2m 54s
    11. Setting up an iTunes account
      3m 15s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 6s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      3m 4s
  3. 14m 16s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      1m 57s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrect
      6m 11s
    3. Select, copy, paste, and undo
      3m 13s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 12s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      1m 43s
  4. 32m 33s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 44s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to a Mac or PC
      5m 10s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      6m 40s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      4m 37s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      3m 30s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      2m 57s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      2m 49s
    8. Backup options
      3m 15s
    9. Wireless syncing
      1m 51s
  5. 59m 55s
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 40s
    2. Adding and managing Favorites
      2m 22s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 39s
    4. Receiving calls
      2m 43s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 17s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 28s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 30s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      2m 37s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 34s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to contacts
      4m 31s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 35s
    12. Connecting a Bluetooth headset
      4m 0s
    13. Forwarding your calls
      1m 43s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 3s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 9s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      6m 16s
    17. Texting, MMS, and iMessage
      9m 48s
  6. 31m 5s
    1. Importing email accounts from a computer
      1m 55s
    2. Setting up Exchange, MobileMe, Gmail, Yahoo, or AOL email accounts
      3m 37s
    3. Setting up other email accounts
      2m 8s
    4. Keeping email synced with your computer
      4m 36s
    5. Composing email
      4m 4s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      6m 47s
    7. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 21s
    8. Setting email options
      5m 37s
  7. 26m 35s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 5s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 22s
    3. Saving images
      2m 34s
    4. Filling out forms and using autofill
      3m 48s
    5. Creating Web Clips
      2m 29s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      1m 47s
    7. Internet tethering
      3m 30s
  8. 27m 9s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 40s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 30s
    3. Playing and controlling videos
      3m 23s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      2m 55s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 13s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 15s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 39m 12s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      7m 32s
    2. Shooting better photos using HDR and grid lines
      2m 56s
    3. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 16s
    4. Customizing your wallpaper
      3m 20s
    5. Shooting video
      2m 53s
    6. Viewing and editing video
      2m 28s
    7. Taking screenshots
      1m 14s
    8. Sharing photos and video
      5m 8s
    9. Geotagging photos
      4m 26s
    10. Creating photo albums
      1m 59s
  10. 19m 7s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      2m 32s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      2m 42s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      2m 26s
    4. Getting directions
      5m 19s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      1m 46s
    6. Using Street View
      2m 11s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 11s
  11. 18m 9s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 14s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      1m 45s
    3. Setting Time Zone support
      2m 8s
    4. Using the Clock app
      5m 27s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 35s
  12. 6m 39s
    1. Using the Notes app
      2m 55s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      3m 44s
  13. 7m 38s
    1. Using the Stocks app
      2m 29s
    2. Using the Calculator app
      50s
    3. Using the YouTube app
      2m 54s
    4. Using the Weather app
      1m 25s
  14. 17m 13s
    1. Understanding the App Store
      4m 36s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 24s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 35s
    4. Finding app settings
      38s
  15. 16m 1s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 40s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 25s
    3. Brightness
      55s
    4. About
      2m 24s
    5. Usage
      3m 46s
    6. Date and time settings
      1m 10s
    7. Restrictions
      2m 41s
  16. 12m 24s
    1. Auto-lock
      1m 22s
    2. Passcode lock
      4m 37s
    3. Find My iPhone
      6m 25s
  17. 17m 22s
    1. Introducing Siri
      6m 8s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      1m 36s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 18s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 50s
    5. Voice control for non-iPhone 4S devices
      5m 30s
  18. 16m 0s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 2s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      35s
    3. Rebooting
      42s
    4. Resetting
      2m 15s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      4m 33s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 39s
    7. Extending battery life
      5m 14s
  19. 29s
    1. Next steps
      29s

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