Take your iPhone know-how from zero to sixty!

Macworld iPhone 4S Superguide


Join the experts at Macworld to learn the ins and outs of your iPhone in this 268-page guide. You’ll find setup advice; details on most of Apple’s apps; insider suggestions for working more efficiently; ways to work with music, photos, and video; a thorough troubleshooting chapter; and recommendations for cases, headphones, speakers, and more.

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Questions that you’ll find answers to include:

  • What do all the symbols that appear at the top of my screen mean?
  • What are the basics of connecting my iPhone to iCloud?
  • How can I set up my Contacts so that Siri knows who my mother is?
  • How do I create a Reminder using Siri?
  • How do I sync media between my Mac and my iPhone?
  • How do I make my own ringtones?
  • How can I take a photo and then share it with Twitter?
  • How do I add and delete bookmarks from Safari?
  • How do I stream audio and video from my iPhone to some other device?
  • How do I stream audio and video from my computer to my iPhone?
  • How do I know if I need to force-quit an app?
  • What should I do if I get the Connect to iTunes screen?
  • How can I make the battery last longer?

About Macworld

Take Control Books previously sold the Macworld Superguide series, which was written by Macworld contributors including Karissa Bell, Chris Breen, Serenity Caldwell, Alexandra Chang, Jason Cook, David Chartier, Lauren Crabbe, Jim Dalrymple, Jackie Dove, Glenn Fleishman, Dan Frakes, Lex Friedman, Adam Goldstein, Michael Gowan, Rob Griffiths, Jim Heid, Mat Honan, Andy Ihnatko, Dave Johnson, Heather Kelly, Joe Kissell, Greg Knauss, Ted Laudau, Roman Loyola, Kirk McElhearn, Scott McNulty, Dan Miller, Sarah Milstein, Dan Moren, Tim Moynihan, Chris Pepper, Rich Mogull, Michael Scalisi, Jon Seff, Derrick Story, Marco Tabini, Gina Trapani, Ben Waldie, Bill Wiecking, Leah Yamshon, and Sharon Zardetto.

Get Started

The iPhone 4S at a Glance
Familiarize yourself with your device’s hardware features, including every button, switch, slot, and plug.
Activate the iPhone
Register and set up your iPhone and get it synced with your computer.
Change Your Settings
Set your device’s wallpaper, alert sounds, third-party app preferences, and more.
Work with iOS
Learn basic gestures, manage your apps with ease, multitask, sync wirelessly, set up your notifications, and start talking to Siri.
Enter the iCloud
Sign up with iCloud and store your documents, photos, music, and more in Apple’s wireless syncing and backup service.
Download More Apps
Master the App Store: Browse offerings, sign up for an account, and buy and update apps.

Connect and Communicate

Manage Contacts
Import, add, and share contacts on your iPhone.
Use the Phone
Master making and managing calls, customize phone settings, and check voicemail.
Chat with Friends
Chat with your fellow iPhone, iPhone and iPod touch users using Facetime and iMessage.
Get Connected
Learn about connecting over Wi-Fi and 3G, Internet hot spots, and secure networks
Browse the Web
Get familiar with mobile safari; navigate the Web; share, sync, and add bookmarks; and more.
Check and Send Email
set up your email accounts, navigate your inbox, organize messages, and share files.
Navigate with Maps
Put your iPhone’s screen to use with Maps search, view traffic, get directions, and add bookmarks.


Get Organized
Use the iPhone’s built-in Calendar, notes, and Contacts apps to file and arrange your digital life.
Get the skinny on Apple’s productivity apps Create documents in Pages, spreadsheets in numbers, and presentations in Keynote.
Microsoft Office and Google Docs
Work with your office files and unify your documents in the cloud using Google Docs.
Sync and Open Files
share files with third-party apps Add and delete documents, import files to and export them from iWork, and use services like Dropbox and iCloud to harmonize your files.
Print from the iPhone
Print wirelessly using AirPrint, or use one of several third-party printing apps.


Sync and Load
Learn the best ways to sync your media using itunes, make content iPhone-friendly, and stream from the cloud.
take your musical collection for a spin with the Music app Play music, make playlists, and create tunes in GarageBand.
Watch your movies and tV shows in the Videos app, and make some of your own with Apple’s iMovie for the iPhone.
Photos and Video
take, edit, view, and share photos and videos with the Camera and Photos apps Keep your iPhone photos synced with Photo Stream.
Reading on the iPhone
Read a book on your iPhone Download iBooks and browse the iBookstore, or take advantage of the many third-party ebook apps in the App Store.
Game Center is Apple’s multiplayer gaming service Connect with other players online or in your group of friends, battle for high scores, and buy more games.
Share and Stream
Project your music, videos, photos, and games on your television and beyond.

Troubleshooting Tips

Quick-Fix Tips
Learn essential tricks for fixing a misbehaving iPhone.
Common Questions
Browse this list of the most common iPhone problems and questions, and find some handy solutions.
Power Issues
Learn what to do to squeeze the most life out of your iPhone’s battery charge.
Seek Outside Help
When your own expertise isn’t enough, find the folks who can help.
Security Tips
Secure your device: utilize passcodes, VPns, and services like MobileMe to protect your iPhone from potential problems.


Keep your device safe from drops, scrapes, and other mishaps with these cases. Whether you want something stylish, practical, or rugged, there's a case here for you.
Get better sound quality, Bluetooth support, and other interesting features, such as noise-canceling technology, when you invest in a good pair of third-party headphones.
Find the right iPhone speakers for any setup with our recommendations for every size and budget.
Other Accessories
Check out an assortment of other important iPhone accessories: battery packs, car chargers, video cables, and more.

The Macworld iPhone 4S Superguide was written by Christopher Breen, Alexandra Chang, Dan Frakes, Lex Friedman, Philip Michaels, Dan Moren, Jonathan Seff, and Jason Snell, with Serenity Caldwell taking up the reins as editor.