Outfitting Your iPhone 6 plus for Work {tips}

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I was issued an iPhone 6 plus at work and being a Samsung user for my personal cell phone, the adjustment has been a bit difficult.  I look forward to upgrading to the new Samsung Edge in a few weeks but this iPhone is mine for the next year.

I took a few crash courses, watched a few tutorials, and after transferring files from my previous device I was ready to start outfitting my phone with apps and settings to help maximize my production (and keep me sane).

Here are my top 7 tips and settings for optimizing your iPhone for work!

1) Enable Siri – not just for laughs but also for quick and easy answers with a side of access to information.  Using voice commands also allows for hands free use. Find nearby restaurants, read texts, make appointments, etc.
Directions: Navigate to Settings >General>Siri – slide button to On.
{Hint: Siri’s voice can be Male or Female just select voice gender to change}

2) Set-up a signature for emails - signature blocks are important because they provide contact information to your email recipients. Save yourself some time and energy and just set-up a standard email signature.  Include your name, email address, cell phone number and website links (if applicable). I also include a message in mine apologizing for typos in messages sent via my iPhone.
Directions: Navigate to Settings >Mail, Contacts, Calendars>Signature – type in your message.

3) Turn on your battery % indicator - having the battery icon is great but it doesn't tell you what you need to know (actual percentage left). Eliminate the guessing and just turn on the numeral indicator.
Directions: Navigate to Settings >General>Usage – slide button for battery percentage.

4) Calendar set-up – use your calendar, set-up color codes for events, sync to your email calendar, add notes to your entries, show the US holidays calendar, and figure out your preferred view. I also recommend setting your weekly start day to Monday (trust me it helps) and using alerts for appointments you make.

5) Set-up find my iPhone – I can’t stress enough how important this tip is, especially if you keep important information on your device.  Find my iPhone allows you to remotely track your phone if it is lost or stolen.
Directions: Navigate to Settings >iCloud>Find My iPhone – slide button to turn on

6) Organize your apps and home screenI find it much easier to use my iPhone after I grouped the similar apps together. I made a background using word and PicMonkey editing to add in labels for my app rows! Now when I download new apps I can organize them quickly and consistently.
Directions: To move apps just hold your figure on one until they all start to jiggle; once this happens you can move the apps anywhere you like.  Once you have located them push the home button to turn off the movability feature.

7) Get a functional case or protective cover - the last thing you want to do is break your work phone. Get yourself a case and keep your phone safe! Cases can be fun and customizable if you want to spice it up a notch. I use a wallet case that covers my screen and holds my credit cards, but there is something out there for everyone. 
This is the Cellto case I bought on Amazon

I'm still getting used to all of my features (I just found my flashlight this morning) but I hope this helps those of you in device transition like me! 


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