Lesson One, Part Two, Big Bite of Apple Course, Getting around on your Apple iPad or iPhone, Learning the Control Centre and Notifications

Tap vs Tap and Hold

Many are comfortable tapping and tapping and holding on touch devices, however, others are getting used to touch devices for the first time, so I thought I would add this little tip for those people.

Here’s a simple rule of thumb for knowing how to tap something and how to tap and hold.

When you tap, pretend it’s like a hot plate. You wouldn’t press your finger on a hotplate. you would gently tap it

Tapping and holding on these devices can sometimes perform other actions. Try it, you will know if it does something because something new will pop up, such as a new menu. Tap anywhere else on the screen to make the new menu go away. There is also a long tap and hold. If you want to delete an app, you tap and hold until all the apps jiggle and this can take a few seconds of tap and hold to happen.

Let’s start with the home button

If your device has a home button, you use it for the following:

  • Opening your device, or starting your device and using the thumb scanner for security. I’ll get into setting up the thumb scanner in next weeks lesson.
  • Going back to the first screen from wherever you are.
  • Double tapping enables you to see what other apps are open and move to them or close them. It’s a good idea to close them when you can, saves battery and memory.

For devices without a home button

  • Raise your device and the screen should appear.
  • Swipe up quickly from the bottom of the screen to unlock your iPhone or iPad.
  • Just swipe up quickly to go back to the home screen from any other screen.
  • If you have Face ID setup, and you are looking at your device, it will unlock it for you automatically.

What is the Control Centre and how does it work?

The Control Centre gives you quick access to handy controls on your device that you use all the time, such as your camera, torch, magnifier, Bluetooth, WiFi and more.

To access the control panel on iPads and iPhones without a home button

  • Pull down from top right, starting, just above the top of the screen where you see the non-screen area, or white area of your device the device below. On some iPads you pull up from the bottom.
  • If your phone or iPad has a black frame around the screen, start from the black area and pull down.

All iPhones with a home button

  • Pull up from the devices white or black frame (just outside of the screen area) from the bottom.

You can change which controls appear in your control centre

  1. Go to settings

2. Scroll down until you see Control Centre, just below General, in your settings.

3. Make sure Access Within Apps is on

4. Tap Customise Controls

In the image below, the items at the top have already been added to your control centre and as such, only show you a minus icon. If you tap the minus symbol it will remove the app control from your control centre.

Removing does not delete the control, it only removes the control from your control centre. The handles on the right in the image below, move where the control appears in the control centre.

Scroll further down to see the controls you can add to your control centre, under the More Controls section. These have a plus next to them, meaning you can add these to your control centre.

Watch this video on how to use the control centre from the Apple Support YouTube Channel

Just click or tap anywhere in the video below to watch. Tap again to stop.

You can browse all the videos on the Apple YouTube Channel by clicking or tapping the link below, which opens a new tab is Safari or whatever browser you are using.

Here is the link to the Apple Support Channel on YouTube

Notifications

  1. Swipe down from the top, starting on the devices frame, just about the glass.

2. If you tap any of these notifications you will go straight to the app where the notification came from.

3. Slowly swipe right to left to clear, manage or view each notification. If you have multiple notifications, you tap the first one and all the notifications will expand.

4. Manage your notifications by tapping manage. You can turn them off or deliver them quietly.

If you deliver quietly, they will not show on your lock screen, which is the screen that is locked, before you unlock it. They will show in your notifications once you screen is unlocked, or you pull down from the top as shown in the previous image.

Making sure notifications don’t appear in the lock screen is is good for security. If your phone is lost, sometimes your messages will appear even if it is locked. New phones, like the iPhone 11 won’t do this if you have Face ID setup.

View this video on notifications from the Apple Support YouTube Channel

Just click or tap anywhere in the video below to watch. Tap again to stop.

You can browse all the videos on the Apple YouTube Channel by clicking or tapping the link below, which opens a new tab is Safari or whatever browser you are using.

Here is the link to the Apple Support Channel on YouTube

Moving, deleting and grouping Apps

Grouping Apps

  1. Tap and hold until all the apps start jiggling.
  2. Tap and hold the app you want to move.
  3. Drag it over the other app you want to group it with.

Deleting Apps

  1. Tap and hold until all the apps start jiggling.
  2. Tap the little x that appears in the left hand corner of the app

Moving Apps

  1. Tap and hold until all the apps start jiggling.
  2. Tap and hold the app you want to move and move it to another location
  3. If you want to move it to another screen, follow the first two steps but drag it to the left or right edge of the screen.

Watch this video on moving and grouping your apps on your iPhone and iPad

Just click or tap anywhere in the video below to watch. Tap again to stop.

You can browse all the videos on the Apple YouTube Channel by clicking or tapping the link below, which opens a new tab is Safari or whatever browser you are using.

Here is the link to the Apple Support Channel on YouTube

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2 thoughts on “Lesson One, Part Two, Big Bite of Apple Course, Getting around on your Apple iPad or iPhone, Learning the Control Centre and Notifications”

  1. 1 – Could you go through the symbols at bottom of phone please, when messaging.
    2- How to get rid of iPad controls on left side of screen.
    3- Could you quickly go over the outside of the controls at the side of the phone.
    Thanks

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