iPad iPhone Settings Overview


To introduce you to the iPad iPhone Settings area, how it can tailor how your iDevice works and looks, the basic settings items for configuring and getting your iDevice working, while noting shortcuts for the most used settings. I’ll show you how to access App specific settings, and provide links to articles showing the most useful explanations and refinements of iDevice settings.


IMG_0193The Settings icon/App is a basic function on your iDevice, and you cannot delete it (though it can be moved to subsequent screens). It manages all the tailoring options for your iDevice. You need to use some caution as some of the areas you can change in Settings will fundamentally change how your iDevice operates, its functionality and the services available.

Frequently Used Settings

IMG_0181The quick Settings (Control Center) are accessed by sliding your finger up from just off the bottom of the screen. The window will pop up, and allow you to immediately access the most used areas of settings. This is very useful for items like turning on Airplane Mode, changing Screen Brightness, Music Volume, Play and Pause, WiFi and Bluetooth, Timer and Alarm, Camera and Screen Rotation Lock. Practice with changing these Settings will save you time later on.

General Settings

IMG_0198By far the most significant group of Settings are available in the “General” area. From Software Update (when a number appears on the Settings icon it frequently means that the iOS Operating System has an update pending and this) can be managed here. Settings for Siri, Search, are also available.

If you need to see LARGER TEXT, or more CONTRAST, use the Text Size and Accessibility options in Settings General.

IMG_0197Locking your device settings are Also Handled here. Auto-Lock will put your iDevice to sleep after a set period, that can be changed here. You can also set device App restrictions, useful if you have casual users of your iDevice.

General Settings is also where you set the Sync mode for your iDevice so you can enable WiFi sync when your iDevice is plugged into power.

IMG_0200When in the Settings area, look for the right arrow against a listed option. It tells you there are a lot more setting options for that item, and when you press it, they will show. When you do this, the way back to the previous level of options is shown at the top of the Setting Options screen (see picture).

Work your way though the General Settings Options to get familiar with what you can change. If you change something, take a note so you can go back and restore the setting later if it proves a problem. Once you get the hang of this it becomes a little less daunting 🙂

Mail, Contacts and Calendars

This is where you set up an account record for each of the email services you want to access on your iDevice. You can have many accounts, for multiple services. And each account can access all or some of the services that are available from that account. For instance, you could set up your Google GMail account here to access Google Mail, Calendars, and Contacts. You could also add your Spouse’s account, but only access Calendars. For each account you want to access you need the account user ID and password.

For less common accounts you may also need to specify the type of access you need (this information is usually provided by the service provider). If you are just starting, concentrate first on getting your one, main, email service up and running before getting fancy with other or related accounts. Once you have it working, make a note of the settings you have in place (so you can revert later to these settings if needed).

You can then add other services if necessary.


IMG_0203Your mail, contacts and calendar accounts HAVE TO INCLUDE your iCloud account (which is USUALLY also your Apple ID Account (see below)). When you set up your iDevice, this information is one of the first things you need to supply (either by entering the info, or creating an account). This account will show in your Mail, Contacts and Calendar settings. But you can switch off Mail etc for this account. This allows you to have common iCloud Account (for storage, Photo Stream etc.) while maintaining separate email and calendar services. Very useful, but a tad confusing. Heres what Apple says

[stextbox id=”download”]An Apple ID is your user name for everything you do with Apple: Shop the iTunes Store, enable iCloud on all your devices, buy from the Apple Online Store, make a reservation at an Apple Retail Store, access the Apple Support website, and more.

Apple provide more information and Q&A lists here[/stextbox]

iTunes and App Store

This is where you maintain your Apple ID account. Information about this account is held online by Apple (not in your device) for security reasons. It is this Account, and its password, that give you access to all your Apple purchases, the App, music and video parts of the Apple store, and a whole lot more. This is the same account as your iCloud account.

Each iDevice that has this Apple ID account automatically has access to all your purchases and data. So a family can have one Apple Account, sharing all the purchases (and Data), but still have tailored (or shared) email, contacts and calendar services for individual iDevices. This is extremely useful 🙂 Note in the picture most of the iCloud account mail etc features are off.

About Apple ID and iCloud Account Names Choices

Apple ID Accounts and iCloud Accounts must be complete email addresses. People usually provide their main email address for this purpose. This makes the iD easy to remember. But by far the biggest problem I have seen is confusion about Apple ID’s and passwords. If you provide your normal email address as your Apple ID, you also have to set an Apple ID password. BUT your Apple ID is a separate account from your email account, and this is easily and quickly forgotten. Change one password, and it is difficult to remember which one applies to which account.

There are two solutions to this. Either create an Apple iCloud Account (and therefore email) when(or after) you sign up, and use this separate email ID as your Apple ID. Or, make sure you always cahnge both passwords whenever you need to change either. The separate iCloud email address is probably the better solution.

Apple Apps

The next group of Apps on the Settings menu are Apple specific Apps. You can set your preferences for these here. We’ll cover these Apps and their settings in later Units.

Apple Integrated Apps

Apple has progressively integrated a number of the most popular social apps into its iOS operating system. The level of functionality of these Apps is now embedded and this means they operate very smoothly on your iDevice. These Apps include Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Vimeo, and they appear as a separate group in the Settings area. More about these apps in later Units.

Other Apps

Each App that you install will (usually) have some settings that can be adjusted in these items.

Useful Links

Apple ID Support

AppleSettings Search


The best way to get familiar with the Settings of your device is to explore the Settings area. Make changes, one at a time. Make a note of these changes (including the menu path you used to get to them) so you can reverse them if necessary. And tke a little extra care with iCloud, iTunes and email accounts.