Kit Guide: Apple iPhone 6s Plus - using it

This guide will take you through the core features of your iPhone 6s Plus, including how to make calls, send texts and set alarms. We've also included a few tips to help you get the most from your phone, including 3D Touch gestures. To do a 3D Touch, press harder on your screen until you feel a vibration, and extra options will pop up.

1. Making phone calls

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Calls are handled by the Phone app, which is in the bottom left-corner of the Home screen.

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

  • Favourites: shows you 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.

 
 
 
 
1.

If the phone is unlocked, you'll see a red Decline button, and a green Answer button.

2.

If the phone is locked, you'll need to slide the phone icon left-to-right across the screen.

3.

If you've missed a call, swipe across it on the lock screen to call the person back.

Quickly call a contact

You can quickly call a favourite contact, or go straight to contact search by using 3D Touch. Do a 3D Touch on the Phone app, and then tap a contact to call them.

2. Sending texts & multimedia messages (MMS)

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Your phone can send texts and attachments using the Messages app, which is on the Home screen.

Sending texts

 
 
 
 
1.

Open the Messages app from the Home screen.

2.

Tap the new message button in the top-right corner, or tap a person's name to reply to them.

3.

If you're writing a new message, tap the To box, and start typing a contact's name or number. Suggestions will show as you type - tap one to choose them. Or, tap the button to see your contacts, and tap one to choose them.

4.

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

5.

Tap the send button on the right of the message box to send the message.

Sending attachments & multimedia messages (MMS)

Follow steps 1-4 (above) to get your message ready, and then follow these steps to add an attachment.

 
 
 
 
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Tap one of the attachment buttons on the left of the message box:

  • Camera: lets you take a new picture, or choose one from your photo library.
  • Digital Touch: lets you create sketches, or send a heartbeat picture.
  • Apps: lots of apps have things you can send in messages, like pictures, icons and animations.
2.

Once you've added your attachment, tap the send button.

 
 
 
 
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1.

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

2.

Press and hold on the message.

3.

Tap More...

4.

Tap the bin icon in the bottom-left.

Quickly create new messages

You can use 3D Touch to quickly create a new message from the Home screen. Do a 3D Touch on the Messages app icon, and 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 Plus Set up guide to see how.

Sending an email

 
 
 
 
1.

Tap the Email app from the Home screen.

2.

Tap the new message button in the bottom-right corner.

3.

If you have more than one email account, tap Cc/Bcc, From box to change which account the email will be sent from.

 
 
 
 
4.

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

5.

Type a subject for your email.

6.

Type your message into the box at the bottom.

7.

Tap Send in the top-right to send the message.

Adding an attachment

Follow steps 1-6 above to get your email ready, and then the next steps will show you how to add an attachment.

 
 
 
 
1.

Press and hold an empty space in the message box.

2.

On the pop up menu, tap the right arrow to see the attachment options:

  • Insert Photo or Video: lets you choose a photo or video from your Photo Library.
  • Add attachment: lets you insert a file from a cloud storage app.
 
 
 
 
3.

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

4.

Tap on an item to add it to your email.

5.

Tap Send to get the email on its way.

Viewing your email folders

You can use your phone to see all the email folders on your account, like the inbox, sent items and trash.

 
 
 
 
1.

Open the Mail app from the Home screen.

2.

Tap the arrow in the top-right corner.

3.

Scroll through your accounts and tap a folder to go into it.

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

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

 
 
 
 
1.

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

2.

Press the button in the top-right corner.

3.

Use the hour and minute sliders to set the time you want the alarm to go off.

4.

Tap Repeat, and choose the days you want the alarm to go off, then tap Back.

 
 
 
 
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Tap Sound to change the noise the alarm will make.

6.

Tap Label and give the alarm a name, like 'school' or 'work'.

7.

Use the switch to turn snooze on or off.

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

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Now that you know how to do some of the basics on your phone, read through these tips to learn a bit more about using your phone.

Using notifications

A lot of your apps can send you notifications - about new messages, new emails, weather updates, news reports and many 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.

 
 
 
 
1.

Allow Notifications: use the switch to turn notifications on or off for the app.

2.

Show in Notification Centre: turn this on to see items in the Notification Centre.

3.

Sounds: this lets the app notifications make a noise to get your attention.

4.

Badge App Icon: lets you see a small badge on some app icons - for example the messages one can show the number of unread messages.

 
 
 
 
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Show on Lock Screen: turn on to see notifications without having to unlock the phone.

You can change the 'Alert Style', which changes the way notifications pop up when the phone is unlocked. You can choose from:

  • None: notifications won't show.
  • Banner: notifications will show at the top, and disappear after a few seconds.
  • Alerts: they'll pop up in the middle of the screen, and you'll need to press an option to dismiss it.

Swipe down from the top of the screen to show the Notification Centre. This will show you any notifications you haven't interacted with. Tap one to go to the app it relates to, or swipe across it to get other options - such as dismissing it.

 

Updating iOS

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

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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