Get more from your iPhone 4 by turning on character counts in text
messaging, changing fonts for readability, avoiding the "Death Grip,"
Turn on character counts in text messaging.
To keep track of text message character counts, go to Settings ->
Messages -> Character Count, and flip the switch to "on." When you
type a text message, you'll see a character count. The character count
started when I got to 30 characters in a quick test.
Make notes, text messages, and address book entries easier to read by making the font bigger.
Change the font in Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Large Text.
The Accessibility controls have a couple of tricks for everybody,
not just disabled people. For example, you can zoom the screen, set
mono audio for occasions when you're using only one earbud, and
VoiceOver lets you control the iPhone without looking at it. You can
even shut off the screen entirely.
Search Wikipedia and Google using Spotlight.
To get to the Spotlight screen, swipe right from the home screen.
From there, type to search the contents of your phone. Scroll down to
the bottom of the results to see entries for searching Google and
Set Bing as your default search engine.
Go to Settings -> Safari -> Search Engine and set your default
search engine. Choose between Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Bing is new.
"My iPhone has a yellow spot on the screen. What can I do to get rid of it?"
There have been some reports of yellowish discoloring on iPhone screens.
Some people say the yellow fades away late on the first day they have
the iPhone. So wait and see if it goes away on its own. If it doesn't,
call Apple to complain -- and let me know. Leave a comment below.
"My iPhone 4 loses signal strength sometimes for no apparent reason. What's going on and how to I fix it?"
Well, AT&T has notoriously poor service in many areas, so you might just have to live with the problem, or get a new phone.
Or you could move to somewhere with better AT&T service. It's
fine here in San Diego, where I live -- and the weather's great too.
Still, that might be a drastic solution to solving your iPhone
However, you may be experiencing a known bug that some people are calling the "Death Grip."
The problem: The iPhone antenna is embedded in the strip around the
body of the phone, and holding the antenna with your hand can disrupt
the signal. This is true for any antenna, but it's a particular problem
with the iPhone because of the antenna placement.
Apple confirms the problem, and says you can avoid the bug by holding the iPhone
in such a way that you're not gripping the lower left corner of the
phone, writes my colleague Gregg Keizer. Either that, or get an iPhone
It seems to be a rare problem -- most people are reporting
significantly better phone service with the iPhone 4 than with previous
models. Still, it's a significant design flaw from Apple.