Here are a few pointers that will help you get the most out of your iPhone or iPod touch.

Restarting To Clear Out The Operating Memory
These devices are actually mini-computers and as such occasionally suffer from overloaded memory demands. The most obvious symptom is an app that repeatedly crashes and takes you back to the device s home screen. The first, and most successful, fix is to power down your iPhone/touch and restart it to clear out the operating memory. To do this simply hold down the power button on top of the device and the home button on the front at the same time until you see the words  slide to power off . Do that and once the device has shut down completely, press and hold the same buttons until you see the white Apple icon. Release the buttons and when the home screen comes up you re ready to go.

Large Apps Are Best Downloaded On The Computer
Even over WiFi, large applications, anything over 5MB or so, take a lot longer to download than getting them through the computer and then syncing to the device.

iPod touch Limitations
Most of the apps in the App Store work on both the iPhone and the iPod touch but there are some that require features that are only on the iPhone, such as GPS, mic and camera. Generally speaking, photography apps require a camera. If the app is only used to manipulate images, not to take photos, you can download your own images to the touch and play around with them that way.
  Any application that uses the mic for sound in won t work very well on the touch. You can use mic d earphones like the ones that come with the iPhone but the sound isn t quite as reliable. The navigation and travel apps or anything that has location-aware capabilities can be used as long as there is a WiFi connection available.

Periodically, the developers will release updates to their apps and Apple will inform you of their availability. The App Store icon on the device s home screen will have a red circle with white numbers on it letting you know how many app updates are available. In iTunes on the computer, the Applications icon will also change to show you that there are updates available.

Deleting Apps
You can remove apps from the device without getting rid of them entirely. Remove an app from your iPhone or iPod touch by tapping and holding on an app icon until they all begin to shake. You ll notice a black circle with a white X. Simply tap the circle and it will bring up a dialog box that asks if you want to delete the app. Tap yes and a new dialog box asks you to rate the app. You don t have to rate it if you choose not to simply tap the  No Thanks  option and the app is removed from the screen. Press the Home button on the bottom of the device to return the shaky icons to their stable selves. Note: You can't delete the apps that came with the device.
  To remove an app completely, you will need to delete the files from your iTunes library. This is done by opening the Applications icon in iTunes (NOT the App Store) and selecting and deleting the app icons you want. You also need to delete the icons on the iPhone/touch and then sync the device with the computer.

Reorganizing the iPhone or iPod touch s Screens
As you add and remove apps from your device, you will notice empty spots on some screens. All new apps, by default, are added to the last screen. The iPhone and iPod touch are limited to a maximum of nine screens for the app icons so you ll need to consolidate and organize your app icons onto the fewest screens possible. Organizing the app icons is handled in the same way as deleting them off of your device simply tap and hold an app icon until they begin to shake. Then you can drag an icon around and reorder the list to your own preferences even dragging icons from one screen to another. You can even change the app icons in the grey main menu bar at the bottom of the screen.

You may also be interested in reading some of the other informative iPhone app articles in our Learning Center. Be sure to read up on the latest reviewed apps as well.

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