Apple iPhone 7 Starter Guide: What every newbie should know to get started with their new iPhone 7

While this may seem to be a no-brainer piece especially to tenure #iPhone users, we still opted to make it available in order to cater the needs of all iPhone newbies who need further assistance in familiarizing the key functions of Apple’s latest flagship iPhone device. Needless to say, this post is primarily dedicated to those who are new to the iOS 10 (#iOS10) platform including those who just made a switch from an Android device to iOS with the new Apple iPhone 7 (#iPhone7). If you are one of our target audiences who need some help in getting started with this new iPhone, then feel free to refer to this content.


Apple’s latest flagship smartphone the iPhone 7 and the larger iPhone 7 Plus variants are both running on the new iOS 10 platform. With this new operating system, users of iDevices like the iPhone 7 can take advantage of many enhanced features like expressive messaging, broader Siri capabilities, more functional Maps app, and much better camera outputs, to name a few.

In this guide, we demonstrate some of the basics yet essential features of the iPhone 7 from the Home screen components, display settings, as well as some useful apps like Do Not Disturb, Find My Friends, Voice Control, and more. Read on to learn how to use and manage each of these features and get started with your new Apple device.

By the way, if you have issues with your iPhone, visit our iPhone 7 troubleshooting page for we have already addressed the most common issues with this device. Find problems that are similar with yours and use the solutions and troubleshooting procedures we suggested. If they don’t work or if you need more help, fill up our iOS issues questionnaire to contact us.

How to interact with your iPhone 7 – Gestures

Interactions with your new iPhone is done by means of 3D Touch or by pressing the display to see previews, access useful apps shortcuts, and more actions. Here are some actions that require 3D Touch to respond:

  1. Viewing or responding to a notification, just press the notification on the Lock screen.
  2. Viewing email messages by pressing a message in the mailbox and then slide up to see a list of other actions in the Mail app’s screen.
  3. Viewing photos by pressing an image to see preview then swipe up to share or copy.

Among other gestures used to manipulate your new iPhone 7 device would include tapping, dragging, swiping, and pinching.

Working with Apps on your iPhone 7

Applications are usually accessed through the Home screen. Here are some of the most common actions done from the iPhone 7 Home screen using different gestures:

  1. To open an application, just tap on the app.
  2. To view a Quick Actions menu, use 3D Touch or simply press the desired app.
  3. To return to the Home screen, press the Home button.
  4. Swipe left or right on the Home screen to view other Home screens available.
  5. To open an app, double-tap the Home button to see your open apps in the apps switcher. To view more items, swipe left or right. To switch to another app, tap on the new app.
  6. To view open apps using 3D Touch, press the left edge of the screen then swipe right to switch apps.
  7. To force close unnecessary or unresponsive apps, open the app switcher screen and then swipe the app upwards.
  8. To search for any lost apps, use the Search box or swipe the center of the Home screen downwards to view the search field.
  9. To view more items, drag a list up or down. To scroll quickly, swipe the screen. To stop scrolling, tap the screen. To jump ahead to an indexed list, tap a letter.
  10. Drag a map, photo or webpage in any direction to view more items.
  11. Tap the status bar at the top of the screen to quickly jump to the top of a page.
  12. To view an image in a close-up, pinch-open the photo, webpage or map. To zoom back out, pinch on the image. To see other collection or album the photo’s in, keep pinching. Alternatively, you can double-tap a photo or webpage to zoom in and double-tap again to zoom out. While using Maps, double-tap to zoom in and then tap once with your two fingers to zoom out.

Changing your iPhone 7 screen orientation

By default, your iPhone 7 screen is using portrait view or orientation. However, there are many other apps that offer different views when you rotate your iPhone.

If you want, you can lock the screen in portrait orientation by swiping up from the bottom edge of the screen to open the Control Center and then tap the Screen Orientation Lock icon. When the screen orientation is locked, you will see the portrait orientation lock icon in the status bar.

  1. To use your iPhone in landscape orientation, you need to unlock the screen orientation. Some of your iPhone apps require a landscape layout such as Mail, Calendar, and Settings. Make sure the Display Zoom is disabled on your iPhone as some of these special layouts are not available when Display Zoom is enabled.
  2. If you are using your iPhone 7 in portrait orientation and you want to reach everything on the screen with your thumb, lightly tap the Home button twice to slide the screen down. You can also configure your iPhone 7 screen reachability by going to Settings-> General-> Accessibility, and then turn off the switch next to Reachability.
  3. To view the lock screen and quickly access the features and important information on your iPhone, just lift your iPhone or press the Sleep/Wake button. This is one way to view your most recent notifications without unlocking your iPhone screen.

Other Lock screen actions:

  1. View all recent notifications at once in the Notification Center by swiping down from the top of the screen.
  2. Open the Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
  3. Access Today View and get information from your favorite apps by swiping right on the Lock screen.
  4. Open the Camera app by swiping left of the Lock screen.

Manage Notifications on your iPhone 7

Notifications are created to help you keep track of what’s new on your iPhone. For example, they let you know if you missed a FaceTime call, incoming call, or messages. To view all important notifications, you can customize the notification settings on your iPhone 7. Here’s what you can do with your iPhone’s notifications:

  1. Swipe the notification left to respond to it when iPhone is locked.
  2. Use 3D Touch or press a notification to respond to it right from the Lock screen.
  3. Swipe the notification right to open the app to respond.
  4. Pull the notification down when it shows up at the top of the screen to respond without leaving or closing the current app. For example, while texting or viewing email messages, calendar invitations, and more.
  5. Swipe down from the top corner of any screen to open the Notification Center and view all your notifications at once.
  6. Respond to a notification with 3D Touch or by pressing a notification.
  7. Swipe the notification left to clear a notification or tap the X button to clear a group of notifications.

Changing App Notifications on your iPhone 7

You can also set or configure notification preferences on your iPhone 7 by going to Settings-> Notifications, and then tap an app to set its notification options. For example, set to allow notifications from a specific app or turn a sound notification on or off.

  • To select whether to show notifications on the Lock screen, go to Settings-> Touch ID & Passcode, then select whether to allow access when locked.
  • To get alerts from government agencies, go to Settings-> Notifications, and then enable the option to get government alerts. Among the government alerts you can get on your iPhone while in the US are presidential alerts as well as AMBER and Emergency alerts on severe and extreme imminent threat alerts. These alerts are enabled by default.
  • To silence all your notifications, you can enable DND or Do Not Disturb feature on your iPhone by going to Settings-> Do Not Disturb, and then set options according to your preferences. Alternatively, you can use Siri to turn Do Not Disturb feature on or off. To do so, just say “Turn on Do Not Disturb” or “Turn off Do Not Disturb” while using Siri.

To close the notification center, swipe up or press the Home button of your iPhone.

Getting everyday information with Today View

With Today View, you can have a glance on the latest feeds of information about your favorite apps, select from Maps nearby, calendar, notes, news, reminders, and other options.

  • To open and use Today View on your iPhone 7, swipe right from the left corner of the Home screen or Lock screen. You can also add and organize widgets on Today View according to your preferences.
  • To select which widgets to show on the screen, tap Edit at the bottom of the screen, then tap + or to add or remove widgets. To re-arrange or sort your information, tap the Arrange icon then drag to a new position.

You can also include the latest information on traffic conditions in your location for your commute in Today. Just be sure to enable or turn on Frequent Locations on your iPhone Settings-> Privacy-> Location Services-> System Settings-> Frequent Locations menu.

Working with your iPhone 7 Control Center

With the Control Center, you can instantly access other functions and features of your new iPhone including camera, calculator, AirPlay mirroring, control and playback audio controls among other features. It also gives you access to screen brightness settings as well as screen orientation controls and settings you can adjust. Wireless services and AirDrop functions can also be activated or disabled through the Control Center.

  • To open the Control Center, simply swipe up from the bottom corner of any screen including the Lock screen.
  • To view a list of quick actions, use 3D Touch or press the app like Flashlight, Timer, or Camera.
  • To quickly reach audio controls, manage audio settings and change audio output, swipe the Control Center left. If you have set up your iPhone 7 with Bluetooth speakers, headphones or other device, tap the X button to change or switch the output to your preferred audio device. To open the currently playing audio application, just tap the song title.
  • To control home accessories and controls, swipe the Control Center left to reach accessory controls in the Home screen. When you’re done using the Control Center, just swipe down, tap the top of the screen, or press the Home button to close it.

The Control Center can also be accessed through apps or on your iPhone Lock screen. Just go to Settings-> Control Center and then configure your desired options.

Searching Contents on your iPhone 7 with Spotlight Search

Just like other browser apps, you can directly search for certain functions or information from your iPhone using Spotlight Search or Siri. To do so, go to Settings-> General-> Spotlight Search, then tap to remove the apps or contents from the selection. You can also search within apps, particularly in those apps with search fields like the Maps app where you can search for a specific location.

If you don’t want to use Siri suggestions and other Suggestions in search, just turn off relevant search options by going to Settings-> General-> Spotlight Search. You can also turn off Location Services for Spotlight Suggestions by going to Settings-> Privacy-> Location Services, then tap on System Services and turn off Location-Based Suggestions.

Using Siri to make requests on your iPhone 7

Siri is an iPhone application designed for voice command inputs. With this app, you can enter commands by speaking to your iPhone. You can use Siri voice commands to send do a lot of actions including sending text messages, scheduling meetings, making phone calls, and more. All you have to do is speak to your iPhone on what you want your device to do for you.

In order to use Siri, your iPhone must be connected to the Internet.

  • To make your request, press and hold the Home button, release the button and then make your request. If you don’t want Siri to wait until you stop talking, keep holding down the Home button while you speak, and then release it when you’re done.

Another way to make requests without pressing the Home button is to just say “Hey Siri” and then state your request on your iPhone. You can turn the Hey Siri feature on or off by going to Settings-> Siri-> Allow “Hey Siri.”

  • To ask Siri for hints, just say “what can you do,”or tap the ? icon.

In some areas, users are able to change the voice gender for Siri. If you want, you can give it a try on your end by going to Settings-> Siri-> Siri Voice.


  • To adjust the volume for Siri, you can use the Volume buttons while using Siri. Or you can configure voice feedback options through Settings-> Siri-> Voice Feedback.


  • To prevent access to Siri when your iPhone is locked, head on to Settings-> Touch ID & Passcode. Alternatively, you can just disable Siri by setting or turning on restrictions.

When your requests have something to do with knowing your location, Siri will use Location Services. With that said, you will need to enable Location Services on your iPhone beforehand.

In case Siri does not get something right, you can just tap to edit your request, or tap the Microphone icon then clarify or change your request verbally.

  • To cancel command, say “Cancel,” tap the Siri icon, or press the Home button. If you want to make changes to your message before sending, just say “Change it.”

Using Siri Eyes Free

Siri Eyes Free is an iPhone 7 feature that lets you use your phone features in your car without looking at or touching your iPhone, allowing you to control it completely. Here’s how to use it:

  • Press and hold the voice command button on your steering wheel until you hear the Siri tone.
  • Say your command like ask Siri to call people, play music, compose text messages, and more. To use Siri Eyes Free, connect your iPhone to your car using Bluetooth. Once your iPhone and car are successfully connected, you are all set to use Siri Eyes Free.

Note: Siri Eyes Free is only available on select automobiles.

In case you will encounter any problem or error while trying to use any of the aforementioned features of the iPhone 7, be sure to take note of the error message or codes as they are useful hints when diagnosing and troubleshooting the problem. Or if you’re interested you may also reach us for further assistances.

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