The iPhone 5 is possibly the most intuitive phone on the market right now. However, these eleven simple tips may help you get more out of your iPhone than ever thought of before. You can save money, be more efficient, or even give it a stylish edge.
Save Money on Heating and Cooling Costs
Take charge of your energy use with The Nest Learning Thermostat and App for your iPhone 5. With this second generation thermostat and app you can easily save money right away by creating a heating and cooling schedule for your home.
It is so easy to make a schedule with this device, that 99% of Nest users’ have a schedule. Based on the temperature changes you have made, Nest will remember them and create a personalized schedule just for you. Nest will remember your work schedule, the kids’ soccer practices, and Saturday movie night. It will automatically turn its self down to a temperature that will save you money.
You can also change the temperature on the go with WI-FI and by downloading the free Nest Mobile App.
The Nest Learning Thermostat 2 nd Generation is around $250. Did you know that this device will pay for its self within one year, if not sooner?
There will not be any question to whether or not you are actually saving money. You will not need to wait for your monthly bill to arrive. A leaf will be displayed to show which temperatures will save you money. Also, by checking your monthly Energy Report, you can understand more how The Nest Schedule has saved you money so far. Nest exclusively uses Airwave technology to automatically turn off the cooling unit a few minutes early. Then it will use the fan to spread the cold air through your home. This will reduce AC runtime by 30%.
To make sure this device is compatible with your heating or cooling units, please click here .
Text, Email, Draw, & Write More Efficiently
Although the iPhone 5 offers a seemingly flawless touchscreen, to get the most out of it, consider this stylus and pen in one made by Griffin. This stylus is perfect for writing, drawing, and navigating apps on your iPhone 5. This pen is perfect for any hand to paper event. Ink refills are available. This is also great for times when you wear gloves.
Share Your Content with Multiple Devices
With up to 64gb of storage on the iPhone 5, there is more than enough room for all your movies, music, documents, pictures, books, and apps to store. With iCloud, it is so much easier to manage all that content. You can access all that content from all of your devices.
The most productive tool is the ability for your calendar, contacts, and email to all be updated and streamed to all your devices instantly. This means, if you are out of the office grabbing lunch and you happen to run into an old client, you can set up an appointment right there on your iPhone 5. It will automatically stream right to your computer in the office instantly. You can stream movies, TV shows, pictures, and videos from one device to the next instantly.
The second most productive tool is the ability to back up and restore. All that precious content is now safe from being lost forever. The devices must be hooked to a power source and be connected to WI-FI for it to automatically back up.
If you have lost your device or afraid it was stolen, you now have the ability to possibly recover your device, or, at the worst, delete all data remotely. If you have lost your device, Lost Phone Mode in Find My iPhone will help. It offers the ability to lock the device with a four digit pass code and display your phone number right on the screen. While in Lost Mode, you can track where your phone has been.
Easily Access Passports, Coupons, Tickets, and More
With this nifty tool, you can store all of your passports, coupons, movie tickets, loyalty cards, and more. You can add items to your passbook through websites, email, apps, stores, etc. So now when you walk into your favorite store, your coupons will appear on the lock screen, when you walk through the door. A bar code or coupon code will be displayed. If your gate changes at the airport, this app will alert you.
Using an ePrint supported printer, you can wirelessly print your photos and documents. Dependent on the brand of the printer, you can download the corresponding app on your iPhone 5. For example, if you have an HP ePrint supported printer, you would do an app search for HP iPrint. Some brands do not have an iPrint app. No worries, you can install the Air Photo WI-FI Printing app. This app only works if your printer is connected to your computer. Now you can find the document or photo you want to print and press connect on the screen.
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Sending and Receiving Faxes
iFax is an app that allows you to send and receive faxes right from or to your iPhone. Once a fax is received, you can print or email it. You can send a fax to a fax number anywhere. Cover page options are included and your can even include your logo or signature. This tool doubles as a scanner too.
Laser Engrave Your iPhone 5
If you have ever dropped a previous iPhone version and cracked the glass back, then you can appreciate that Apple gave the iPhone 5 an aluminum back. To take advantage of this more efficient upgrade and to personalize your device, you can actually have the back laser engraved. Now what image, quote, or text you decide to put on your iPhone is completely up to you.
Close Background Apps
Most iPhone users want to know how to save battery usage. With up to 64gb of space, plenty of content is added and used daily. What most users don’t know is that this content is running in the background and causes most of the battery drainage. This is so each app, picture, or video is opened quickly. By knowing how to close the background content, users should quickly see an increase in battery life. Its this simple; Double tap the home button quickly. This will show a row of all the content running in the background. Press and hold the icons of which you want to close until a red minus sign appears. Tap the minus sign to close the content completely.
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Type More Efficiently
It’s just right down hilarious sometimes when you try to text message or email a friend and the message says something completely different than what you intended to because of that dang auto text. To help solve the auto text dilemma, try tell your iPhone 5 which words you use the most of and create word shortcuts to help you text or email faster. To do this you will need to go into the iPhone 5’s keybaord settings. Tap Settings, General, Keyboard, Add Shortcut. From there, you can add words you commonly use and create shorter words for your iPhone 5 to automatically type for you.
Talk to Email
You may have a long list of people to email today. With the iPhone 5’s dictation tool, that list will be complete in no time. While composing and email, right below the text boxes should be a microphone. By tapping on that, you can tell your iPhone 5 exactly what to type. Now that’s easy.
Use Siri to Remind You
Siri is a very smart virtual assistant. Make sure you use her to her advantage by making sure you enter your home and work addresses into your address book. If your calendar event states that you have a meeting at 3:00 p.m today and you arrive to work at 8:00 a.m., Siri will remind you of that meeting.