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Sleeping and Driving with your iPhone - Exploring Do Not Disturb
105Sleeping and Driving with your iPhone – Exploring Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb is a function of your iPhone that provides the ability to turn off call and notifications from your device while your live your life. Life would include times where you do not want your iPhone to ring including when you sleep, church services, movies, concerts, meetings and more.

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iPhone Typing Tips for Seniors
111iPhone Typing Tips for Seniors

Most typing on the iPad comes naturally. However, there are shortcuts and hidden functions (like caps lock) that will make typing easier. Another key tips is how to position the cursor exactly where you need it. This is essential material.

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Share Photos with iCloud Photo Sharing
454Share Photos with iCloud Photo Sharing

Imagine that you have been taking photos while on vacation with a friend. With iCloud Photo Sharing, you can invite others to view and share a collection of photos. You can also make the sharing public by publishing your album to a website for anyone to view.

This recipe will show you how to use iCloud Photo Sharing.

Crop & Edit Photos with the Photos App
453Crop & Edit Photos with the Photos App

The Photos app includes significant photo editing capabilities that allows you to edit and modify a photo in your library. Included are functions to Remove red eye, crop, rotate, and add text.
This recipe will review the key edit functions.

A Getting Started Tour of your iPhone
126A Getting Started Tour of your iPhone

The purpose of the recipe is to provide a tour of your device. You will learn some of the essential functions of your device. As we explore, you will see lots of references to other Recipes and Nuggets that cover topics in more detail.

iPhone Touchscreen Basics
127iPhone Touchscreen Basics

Using an iPhone is pretty intuitive.  But there are some actions that are unique to the device.  Some of the gestures and basic screen functions are  important to effective use of your iPhone.

This recipe will take us through the basic touchscreen actions for the iPhone.

Making and Receiving Calls with the Phone App
125Making and Receiving Calls with the Phone App

The most basic function of your iPhone is using the Phone app to make and receive calls. It is probably the first way that you used your iPhone and probably requires no introductory training.

This recipe will review the essential functions and provide tips that help make the process of making and receiving calls easy and quick.

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iWork for iPhone and iPad - The Basics
430iWork for iPhone and iPad – The Basics

iWork for iPhone and iPad is Apple’s suite of office apps. The suite is comprised of three primary tools:
Pages for word processing, Numbers for spreadsheets and Keynote for presentations.

The iWork Suite is very capable and is perfect for seniors and their typical home use. This recipe will provide help with the basic concepts.

The iWork suite is FREE and is installed from the App Store.

Beyond Point and Shoot with iPhone Photography
451Beyond Point and Shoot with iPhone Photography

A great many iPhone users will use their iPhone cameras in a point and shoot fashion. They will pull out their camera, aim at their subject and press the shutter button to snap the photo.
With later iPhone models, the iPhone’s camera has included modes and features that take it into new territory. If you are only doing point and shoot, you may be missing some great photo opportunities.
The purpose of this recipe is to deliver quick tips for iPhone Photography. It includes Flash, Live Photo, HDR, Zoom, Focus and Exposure and all of the Modes including photo, square, pano, video, time-lapse, and slo-mo.

The Basics of iPhone Photography - Let's Point and Shoot
450The Basics of iPhone Photography – Let’s Point and Shoot

The camera on your iPhone has grown up in a hurry.  The camera in your pocket or purse has plenty of features that make it a camera worthy of capturing the pictures of your life. 

The purpose of this recipe is to deliver quick tips for iPhone Photography. It includes:

Five ways to launch your camera.
Four ways to press the shutter.
Explore how to work with Bursts photos. 

Use Libby to Read Books from your Library
414Use Libby to Read Books from your Library

What could be better than FREE books to read? And we are not talking about the old classics like you can get from the Gutenberg Project. We are talking about the latest New York Times bestsellers that you can read for free from your public library using the Libby app to access eBooks from your local library.

This recipe will get your started.

Stay Connected with Help from the News App
422Stay Connected with Help from the News App

Better than your morning newspaper. The News app collects and compiles stories and articles on your favorite topics and from your favorite sources and makes it easy to read.

This recipe will introduce you to the news app, demonstrate how to use the News app to read publication via channels. You can also be notified of important stories from favorite channels, search for specific topics, save and share your favorite stories, and more

Use the Notes App for Everyday Notes
420Use the Notes App for Everyday Notes

Notes are good reminders, memory tools and a system for filing information. The Notes app on your iPhone or iPad is a note taking app that is good for capturing all kinds of notes including shopping lists, to-do lists
, trip itineraries, plans,
meeting notes and more

When you combine the app with the other tools on your device including Siri, dictation and even your finger, the app becomes a powerhouse tool for helping you stay organized and engaged.

This recipe will get you started in the Notes app.

Read Books with the Kindle App
413Read Books with the Kindle App

Many people would recognize that Amazon really built the eBook marketplace with the release of the original Kindle readers in 2007. The Kindle app from Amazon is a leading eBook app from the Amazon. You will need the Kindle app if you want to read books acquired from Amazon on your iPhone or iPad.
This recipe will show you how to install and use the Kindle app on your iPhone or iPad.

Texting and Messaging with your iPhone and iPad
124Texting and Messaging with your iPhone and iPad

Texting with your phone has become essential in order to communicate with families and friends. In addition to basic communication, we are now seeing all kinds of services offered via text or text-like services. This includes text banking, numerous payment services, delivery notifications, restaurant reservations and more. For Seniors, texting is also a way that children and grandchildren can send the pictures of their lives.

The Messages apps on your iPhone provides access to the world of texting and iMessages.  This recipe will review the basics.

Reading Books with iBooks
410Reading Books with iBooks

Reading books is good for you.  There are even health studies that suggest that reading books can help you live longer.

And many people are discovering the convenience and power of eBooks.  And the device in your hand, your iPhone or iPad are one of  the preferred platform for reading eBooks.

If you are thinking about reading eBooks on your iPad or iPhone, the iBooks app comes with your device and may be the first reading app that you want to explore.

This recipe provides tips and the basics for using your device as an eBook reader.

Find Free or Affordable Books for iBooks
412Find Free or Affordable Books for iBooks

Are you into reading books?

You might be surprised to learn that there are many sources for free books that you can read on your iPhone or iPad.  This includes free and affordable books for the iBooks app.

This recipe will show you how to get free and affordable books from the Apple store for iBooks.  It also cover using the Gutenberg Project in order to access 54,000 free books for download.

Setting Up Passcodes and Touch ID
017Setting Up Passcodes and Touch ID

The Senior Tech Club, we recommends two basic security approaches for securing your iPhone or iPad:

Use a Passcode
Set Up Touch ID
This recipe will provide the steps to set up, change passcodes and set up Touch ID.

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Managing Email: Trash versus Archive
406Managing Email: Trash versus Archive

When you look to keep your Mail Inbox tidy, depending on the email provider you use, you may either see Trash or Archive presented as the default “delete” action. This recipe will define the difference between the Archive and Trash actions and show how to change the default action.

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Organize your Email Inbox with Flags, VIP &  Folders
405Organize your Email Inbox with Flags, VIP & Folders

If you are an active email user and you get a lot of email and may begin to feel the need to organize your inbox. Or perhaps you would simply like to add some categories of email that you could organize into folders. The Mail app has the ability to create a filing system that can organize your inbox into folders and categories.
This recipe will give you the ingredients and actions to add organization to your Mail inboxes.

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Dictate Text Instead of Typing - Great for those small keyboards!
016Dictate Text Instead of Typing – Great for those small keyboards!

Dictating text instead of typing is a wonderful feature of your iPhone or iPad.  It is a great accommodation if you, like many, have fingers that don’t work the keyboard well for typing,

This recipe will give you the easy three-step approach and some tips to make the most of your devices dictation capabilities.

Six Common Shared Icons with Shared Purpose and Shared Tasks
015Six Common Shared Icons with Shared Purpose and Shared Tasks

As you navigate and explore your favorite apps, you find a number of built-in icons that will provide access to common tasks and functions.

The purpose of this recipe is to help you identify common icons and understand the common tasks and functions they provide.

What Version of IOS am I running?
013What Version of IOS am I running?

IOS is the Apple software that runs your iPhone or iPad.  Apple regularly updates IOS in order to provide more functions, make improvements and fix security flaws.

If you want to take advantage of the latest iPhone or iPad features, you may need to know what version of IOS you are running.  This recipe will show you how. 

How to Perform an IOS Software Update
014How to Perform an IOS Software Update

IOS is the Apple software that runs your iPhone or iPad.  Apple regularly updates IOS in order to provide more functions, make improvements and fix security flaws.

This recipe identifies the basic steps to an update and provides a checklist of steps that will aide the process.

How to use iCloud to expand and optimize storage
404How to use iCloud to expand and optimize storage

Using iCloud offers a number of benefits for iPhone and iPad users. iCloud can securely store your photos, videos, documents, music, apps, and more. It allows you to easily share photos, videos and more with friends and family. It can backup your device’s data to help if your’s is every lost or stolen. Finally, you can even use iCloud to help you find your device if you lose it. Even if it is lost between the cushions in our couch!
This recipe provides the details about how to take advantage of iCloud.

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Using the Control Center for Quick Access to Essential Functions
103Using the Control Center for Quick Access to Essential Functions

The Control Center is an essential tool on your Iphone and iPad. It provides the easiest and quickest method for accessing functions like airplane mode, flashlight, calculator, camera and more.

In this recipe, we will demonstrate how to access the Control Center and review some of those useful functions.

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How to use the iPhone Magnifier
130How to use the iPhone Magnifier

Since IOS 10, the iPhone has an easy to access Magnifier that will use your iPhones camera and flash as a Magnifier that you can use to read fine print or detail. This recipe will identify how to access the Magnifier, verify the Settings needed to make it available and a couple of essential options for lighting and focus.

Making Video Calls with Facetime
108Making Video Calls with Facetime

Making video calls with FaceTime is a great way to connect with friends and family. And it is installed and ready to connect with a single tap. This recipe will demonstrate the basic call functions.

Make a Family  Conference Call with your iPhone
109Make a Family Conference Call with your iPhone

If you are a family event organizer, you might occasionally need to make a conference call that includes family members or some combination of friends, family and colleagues. The iPhone allows you to make conference calls. It only requires a two-step recipe. It’s easy

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How to Use the iPhone Health App  --  It could Save your Life!
118How to Use the iPhone Health App — It could Save your Life!

The iPhone Health app has one function, the Medical ID, that could be a life saver for you in a medical emergency. This recipe will also show you how and show you how your iPhone can help you by tracking your activity likes steps and stairs.

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How to control and silence your iPhone ringer
101How to control and silence your iPhone ringer

An essential skill with your iPhone is controlling the ringer of your phone.  This Tech Recipe will make sure that your phone doesn’t ring during a solemn religious service or at the worst possible time. Learn to manage your iPhone ringer!

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How to Fly with your iPhone
104How to Fly with your iPhone

You can use your iPhone on an airplane as long as it is in airplane mode. When in airplane mode, use it for reading books and playing games and music. This recipe will show you how to use airplane mode. It’s easy with the Control Center.

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Sending Texts & iMessages with Special Effects
403Sending Texts & iMessages with Special Effects

Many of us use texting as a basic communication tool.  Even our children and grandchildren seem to respond better to texts than phone calls. We can also use texting to stay connected with friends. It’s just an easy way to stay in touch.

The Message app on your iPhone and iPad is able to take our texts beyond the basics and allow you to add celebratory flair to a standard text message.

In this recipe, you will learn about three enhancements that will add flair to text messaging, 1) Special Animation Effects, 2) Tapback Responses and 3) Handwriting a message.

Sleep and Shutdown - How to know the difference on your iPhone
100Sleep and Shutdown – How to know the difference on your iPhone

There is frequent confusion about the difference between Sleep and Shutdown of your iPhone.   You need to know how to put your phone to sleep and what it does.  You need to know how to completely shutdown your iPhone when this is required.
This is essential stuff!

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How to manage storage on the iphone
123How to manage storage on the iphone

This recipe provides the actions to perform when you run out of storage and cannot take pictures or install apps.

Use your iPad to Send and Receive Email
204Use your iPad to Send and Receive Email

Email is essential for connected Seniors. It is a free and fast way to send and receive messages with friends, families and more. It is essential for online shopping, banking and engaging with the Senior Tech Club. Let’s get started with this email recipe.

Finding Places with the Maps App
110Finding Places with the Maps App

The Maps app is a comprehensive map that not only provides maps, but adds directions, satellite view, traffic, transit routes and interesting places.  And it’s best feature might be allowing you to get turn-by-turn directions using Siri, making it a great GPS for your car.

This recipe will provide the basic tools for using the Maps app.

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Getting to Know Siri
012Getting to Know Siri

If you use an iPhone or iPad you can get many things done faster and more easily using Siri.  Siri comes with many great functions. You can ask Siri questions, get directions, send text messages and emails, set timers and alarms, get recommendations and more. Best of all is is simple and only takes a little practice to master it.  And for Seniors who find it difficult to type on their device, it expands their capabilities.

This recipe will get you going with Siri.

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How to find your (lost) Parked Car
122How to find your (lost) Parked Car

Have you ever been embarrassed because you can’t find your parked car. With Bluetooth in your car, your iPhone can automatically provide you a map to your parked car. It’s awesome.

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My iPhone is misbehaving!  How do I Force Restart my iPhone
102My iPhone is misbehaving! How do I Force Restart my iPhone

Restarting your phone is a fact of life. This recipe describes normal and forced restarts and identifies the process required to do a force restart of your iPhone

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