Using the Apple iPhone 6s


This guide takes you through the basics of your iPhone 6s, like making calls, sending texts and setting alarms. We've also included a few tips to help you get the most from your phone.

1. Making phone calls


Phone calls are handled using the 'Phone' app, which is in the bottom left-corner of the Home screen.

Making calls

When you open the phone app, you'll see five tabs along the bottom:

  • Favourites - shows your favourite contacts. Tap the + in the top-right to choose contacts.
  • Recents - shows recently dialled, received, and missed calls. Tap one to call them back.
  • Contacts - shows all the contacts saved to your phone.
  • Keypad - used to dial a number - type one in, then press the green phone button to call it.
  • Voicemail - shows your voicemails or dials the voicemail number for you.

Answering phone calls

There are a couple of different ways to answer a phone call, depending on whether your phone is locked or not when the call comes through.

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If the phone's unlocked, you'll see green and red buttons onscreen. Tap one to Accept or Decline the call.

2. Sending texts & multimedia messages (MMS)


Your phone can send texts and attachments using the Messages app, which you'll find on the Home screen.

Sending texts

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Open the Messages app from the Home screen.

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Tap the message box at the bottom, and write your text.

Sending attachments & multimedia messages (MMS)

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Follow steps 1-4 (above) to get your message ready.

Deleting messages

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Open Messages, and find the message you want to delete.

Quickly send new messages

You can use 3D Touch to quickly make a new message from the Home screen.

Do a 3D Touch on the Messages app icon, then tap the New Message option on the popup.

3. Sending emails


Before you can send emails, you'll need to have added an email account. If you haven't added one, read our iPhone 6s Set up guide to see how.

Sending an email

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Tap the Email app from the Home screen.

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Tap To, and type a person's email address or name. Suggestions might show as you type - tap one to choose them.

Adding an attachment

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Follow steps 1-6 above to get your email ready.


Go through the phone and find the item you want to send.


Tap on an item to add it to your email.


Tap Send to get the email on its way.

Quickly write a new email

You can use the 3D Touch screen on your phone to quickly get to a new message. Do a 3D Touch on the Mail icon on the Home screen, and then tap New Message on the popup menu.

4. Setting alarms


Alarms are set and changed using the Clock app. Open this up from the Home screen to get started.

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When the Clock app opens, tap the Alarms tab at the bottom.

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Tap Sound to change the noise the alarm will make.

The alarm is set, and will go off at the time set. To change an alarm's settings, tap Edit in the top-right, then tap an alarm to change it.

Quickly set an alarm

You can use 3D Touch to set an alarm quickly. Do a 3D Touch on the Clock app on the Home screen, then tap Create Alarm in the pop-up menu.

5. Tips


Now that you know how to do some of the basics on your phone, here are a few tips to help you get a bit more out of it.


A lot of your apps can send you notifications - about new messages, new emails, weather updates, news reports and lots of other things. You can change how these notifications appear on your phone, or turn them off if you don't want to see them.

Go to Settings Notifications

In here, you'll see a list of all the apps that can send you notifications - tap one to change its settings.

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  • Allow Notifications: use the switch to turn notifications on or off for the app.
  • Show in Notification Centre: turn this on to see what's in the Notification Centre.
  • Sounds: this lets you turn notification sounds on or off.
  • Badge App Icon: shows you a small badge on some app icons to show you how many unread messages you have.
  • Show on Lock Screen: turn on to see notifications without having to unlock the phone.

Updating iOS

Apple release updates for its iPhones a few times a year, and some of these can contain new features.

To check for a new update, go to Settings > General > Software Update

If an update is available, tap Download and Install to get the update. This might take a few minutes, but once it's done your phone will be up to date.

Hopefully, that should be everything you need to know about using your phone, but if you want any extra help, you can get in touch with our Team Knowhow Experts here.

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