The iPhone: Without Sight and Hearing
Chapter 4: Making the iPhone Your Own
You have now gotten an idea of the kinds of apps that your iPhone has by default or that come with the iPhone. You probably already have an idea of what apps you need, want, or don’t want to use based on your interests and lifestyle. Unfortunately, the default apps from Apple cannot be removed. However, you can move these apps around to where you can find them easily or move them completely out of your way, so you don’t have to scroll through them if you don’t need them. You won’t be able to do this organization alone without any sight or hearing, but I will go through the process with you. In this way, you will be able to describe the process to someone who will help you, and in having a limited understanding of the process, you can better understand how to plan your phone’s organization.
The iPhone comes with the one screen called the Home screen. As you get more apps, that screen will fill up and more screens will be created to the right of your home screen. Remember, to the left is the Search screen. You can think of these like pages that you flip through. To begin with, you have the Search page to the left and the Home screen. You don’t need additional pages to organize your phone. You can simply move the apps around in a better order, or place similar apps in a group. However, you can easily create a new screen if you want some of the apps that you will never use, but you can’t delete totally out of your way.
To begin organizing your phone, start on the Home screen or page. Tap and hold an app for a few seconds. Visually, what happens is the apps will all start to jiggle or vibrate. Visually, you can also identify your apps as default Apple apps that cannot be deleted and third-party apps that can be deleted. You won’t have any of the apps that can be deleted at first, but you will eventually, I am sure. The ones that can be deleted have a little “x” to the top left of the app’s icon or image. Now when the apps jiggle or vibrate, this enables you to touch an app and move it around the screen or push it toward the right edge to push it off the screen and create another page. You can also take two similar apps and move one on top of another app to create a group. The group looks like a box without a lid from the top view. When you first make a group, it will create a text field with a suggested name based on what you put together. You can keep the name or select the field to delete and type a new one. You touch outside of the group to get back to the main page. You can add more apps to that group by sliding an app on top of the box. If you decide later that you don’t want that group anymore, simply touch and hold that box or any app to get the apps jiggling again or in the organize mode. Open the group you want to delete and slide all of the apps out of the group one at a time. When empty, the group will disappear automatically. An organization tip is to move the apps you want to use most of the time to places that you can find even with touch by putting them along edges or down in the bottom row that stays visible no matter which app page you are own. (Note: these four apps do not show up on the search screen because the virtual keyboard comes up for sighted users or hearing blind users.) If there are apps you don’t want to use, you can push them to a new page. You can even plan ahead and move the unwanted apps to a third or fourth page if you think you will be addling lots of apps from the app store.
You will also need to know that you will probably need or want to re-organize your phone’s apps from time to time as the number and types of apps grow, and you become better acquainted with the navigation of your iPhone. For the first time, plan your organization based on the apps you have now that you need constantly. Place them where you can find them even by touch. Some of the most important ones can be placed in the menu row at the bottom. For example, you may put Notes, Mail, Messages, and Safari in that row, so you can get to them quickly by touch no matter which app screen you are on at the time. You could then put Contacts, Calendar, and Weather in the other corners or in a row at the top. You could push You Tube, Videos, Camera, and any other apps you may not think you will need to a new page or two pages away from the Home screen. No one can or should tell you what you will use or where you should put the apps, so you can find them easily through the display navigation and touch gestures. Try a few placements out first of the apps you know you will use until you have them where you can find them quickly. Then you can decide about the other apps in time. At first, finding apps by touch may only be possible for you in a corner. With practice, you will probably be able to learn to touch apps easily down an edge. In time, you might be able to touch apps that you know are in the middle or the third one from the top, but one column over from the left or right edge. If you do find yourself able to learn your phone by touch that way, great. Use the iPhone’s app moving to organize your phone to help you do that well. If not, organize the phone by whatever touch or display navigation works for you. In a few months, you may find that you use an app like Photos more than you thought you would. With this manual, you will learn that you can shoot photos if you want and then share them with sighted friends and family. Be willing to adapt your phone’s organization as you learn more about how to use and navigate your phone. After all, it is your iPhone, so make it truly yours easy to use without sight and sound.