Ultimate Guide to Using Siri on iPad and iPhone

Ultimate Guide to Siri

When Siri was initially released for the iPhone and then the iPad it did a few things, but its functionality was limited. Over the years since it was released it has become much more feature rich. The problem is that although Siri has grown to have much more functionality, Apple has turned its attention away from publicizing these features. Luckily, iMore has an excellent article describing everything you can do with Siri on the iPad and iPhone.

If you haven't used Siri recently on your iPad or iPhone, I recommend browsing through iMore's article for reminders on some of things you can do. The good news is that with iOS 8 even more functionality will be added, including being able to launch Siri hands free while your iPad or iPhone is being charged.

This post was written by Steven Butler. Steven is a full-time Delaware attorney that limits his practice to Social Security Disability. Along with being an editor for iPlugDelaware, he is a partner at Linarducci & Butler, PA.


iMore’s Ultimate Guide to Using iPhone and iPad Features

Yesterday I posted an in-depth description of using Notification Center on your iPhone and iPad, today iMore posted an excellent guide for using all the basic features of iOS. Included in iMore's article are instructions for deleting apps, using the Control Center, creating folders, quitting apps, multi-tasking, and using Siri among other things.

This is a great article for any lawyer that is new to using an iPhone or iPad or who just feels like they can't use their device to its full extent. Keep your eyes on our site for further in-depth articles on features like these to come.

This post was written by Steven Butler. Steven is a full-time Delaware attorney that limits his practice to Social Security Disability. Along with being an editor at iPlug Delaware, he is a partner at Linarducci & Butler, PA.


Tip for Organizing Your iPad or iPhone Apps

Joe Caiati has a great tip on his blog, dot.info, explaining how to get the majority of your apps organized in alphabetical order. I was recently having a conversation with a colleague on this exact issue and was expressing my disappointment that Apple has not introduced a new UI for organizing apps. This isn’t quite what I would suggest, but it is an alternative for individuals that want an easy way to organize apps on their iPad or iPhone in mostly alphabetical order. It basically resets your home screen layout, then arranges all non-natives apps automatically. (The problem is that after you install any new apps, they just get added to your last page, out of order)

My Solution: Use Folders and Search

iPad Home ScreenAnyone that has seen my iPhone or iPad knows that I am obsessed with folders. Instead of using Joe’s tip, I basically organize all apps into folders based on labels that make sense to me. After I have all my apps in folders, I use Spotlight Search to find apps that I cannot easily locate.

Spotlight Search on iPadIn iOS 7, you access Spotlight search by dragging your finger down on any of your home screens (the screens with the grid of apps), and then a search field will appear from the top. The important thing is that you begin to drag your finger on a spot on the screen below the taskbar, or else you will access the navigation center. I usually just drag from the middle of the screen down.

Once the search box is on your screen, you can begin typing the name of any app, and if your apps are enabled for search, the app will appear in the list. Once the app is showing in the spotlight search results, you can simply click on the app in the results to launch it (it also gives you a hint on the right side of the results on the folder that the application is stored in, so you may not have to search next time).

Spotlight Search Results on iPad

If your apps on not showing when you do a Spotlight Search, check your settings to make sure that you have applications selected for search results. Launch the Settings App on your iPhone or iPad, then go into the General Settings, then Spotlight Search. Make sure that a check mark is next to Applications.

Search Setting on an iPad running iOS 7

Since I usually use search to launch applications, I also have Applications selected to appear on the top of my results. The results show based on the order they are listed in the Spotlight Search settings. To move a category higher in the search results, use your finger and hold it down over the hamburger symbol (the three horizontal lines on the right side of the screen next to the category name), and move the category up or down the list.

Neither of these methods are ideal, but based on the current user interface of the iPhone and iPad, this is the best that we have. I am hoping that future editions of iOS provide users with more freedom of organizing apps. It would be much more convenient if there was a launcher with all the apps automatically added to it, with the option to organize by name, by last used, by date installed, or by most used. It would also be nice if you had this same option in any folder you created. For now, if you want to have this type of freedom, you would have to switch to an Android device. But in the meantime, I hope these tips make navigating your device easier.


Use Emoji on Your iPad or iPhone

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Place this link strictly in the “for fun” (or effectively communicating with the youth) category. Apple Insider has an article explaining how to enable an Emoji keyboard on iOS devices. If you don’t know what Emoji are, consider yourself lucky, but so you feel more hip, they are the “cute” little smiley faces and other pictures that you see in text messages and email.

If you enable the Emoji keyboard, just remember that use the globe icon on the keyboard to switch keyboards, and that once you are in the Emoji keyboard, there are several categories of Emoji available, each with several different screens of “cute” smiley faces or pictures (just swipe left or right on the keyboard to get to the additional screens).

Tips and Tricks to Get the Most out of your iPhone or iPad

No matter if you have been using your iPhone for days or for years, there are normally features you haven’t learned yet.  Macworld has an excellent list of 33 tips and tricks for iOS 7 that help you fully take advantage of all the features of your iPhone or iPad.