iPhone 6 Guide for Starters: Working with primary buttons and controls

The iPhone 6 has been officially rolled out to public just recently, with the European market as the first to get a share and hold of this latest iOS smartphone. 

We would like to help you get to know more of your new Apple device, so we offer you this starter guide on how to work with the primary buttons and controls on the iPhone 6.

By the end of this guide, you should be able to know at least the basic functions of the iPhone 6 -- it's primary (physical) buttons and controls including Sleep/Wake Up button, Home button, Volume Up/Down buttons, as well as the Ring/Silent switch.

You may refer to this guide whenever you want to familiarize with the physical buttons and controls on your new iPhone 6 smartphone:

  1. Sleep  and Wake button - Located in on the topmost corner of the device, this button is used to lock your iPhone, when it's not in use.

How to lock/unlock your iPhone 6?

To lock your device, just press the Sleep/Wake button. To unlock it, press either the Sleep/Wake or Home button, and then drag the slider.

You can also require or set a passcode to unlock your iPhone for additional security. To do this, go to Settings, and select ID & Passcode option.

We'll also provide a more detailed and simplified content on how to use a passcode with data protection on your iPhone 6, soon in this site.

When the iPhone is locked, the display is set to sleep, thus it helps save battery and prevents any unnecessary actions to occur if you touch the display unintentionally. While the phone is locked, you will still be able receive phone calls, text messages, alarms, FaceTime calls and notifications. You can even listen to music and adjust the volume level as you desire.

By default, iPhone automatically locks if the screen is idle for more than a minute or so, or if you don't touch the screen for quite some time. You can get to the phone Settings to set or adjust the timing. Here's how:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Tap Auto-Lock. Here you can adjust the screen timer options for your device screen to timeout.

Aside from locking the iPhone, the Sleep/Wake button is also the same button you will use to turn the iPhone on and off.

How to turn the iPhone 6 ON/OFF

To turn on your iPhone 6, simply press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until you will see the Apple logo on the display.

To turn it off, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until you will see the slider. When you see the slider, simply drag it.

  1. Home button - Like other smartphones do, Home button is also present in your iPhone 6. As the name implies, this button is used to get you to the Home screen wherein you can use other convenient shortcuts to apps available on your device. With the Home button, you'll never get lost.

Other uses of the Home button on the iPhone 6 include viewing of all opened apps, using Siri or Voice Control, or turn accessibility features on/off. You can also use the sensor in the Home button to read your fingerprint, particularly on iPhone models with Touch ID feature. It's another way to use or make online purchases in the iTunes Store, iBooks Store or App Store.

To view all opened apps, double-tap on the Home button. .To use Siri or Voice Control, press and hold the Home button.

  1. Volume Controls - Your iPhone 6 has physical Volume controls including Volume Up and Volume Down.

Volume controls are necessary when you are using the phone for music or video streaming. To adjust the volume level, simply press the volume button (up/down) located on the side of the iPhone. These buttons can also be used to control the volume for alerts, ringer and other sound effects on your device.

You can also use the Volume Up/Down buttons to lock the ringer and alert volumes on your iPhone 6, with the following steps:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select Sounds.
  3. Turn off the Change with Buttons option.

You can also limit the volume for music and videos using the iPhone settings. Here's how:

  1. Go to Settings.
  1. Select Music.
  1. Tap Volume Limit, to adjust volume settings.

For hearing safety, your iPhone may warn you if you're setting the volume above the recommended or safe level. It is important to adhere with this warning to help you avoid hearing loss.

If you are in Europe, you can use the EU Volume Limit on your device to limit the maximum headset volume according to the recommended level. Just enable this function, with the following steps:

  1. Go to Settings.
  1. Select Music.
  1. Tap Volume Limit.
  1. Turn on EU Volume Limit.

You can also prevent changes to the volume limit on your iPhone 6 by going to your phone Settings-> General->Restrictions.

Another use of the Volume Up/Down buttons on your iPhone 6 is for taking pictures or recording videos.

  1. Ring/Silent Switch - This switch is used to put your iPhone in ring or silent mode.

When the iPhone is in ring mode, it plays all sounds or alerts but in silent mode, it doesn't. The iPhone may still vibrate even though it's set to silent mode. Other applications that play sounds via built-in speaker like clock alarms, audio apps like Music and other games can still play sound when in silent mode.

Another way to change sound and vibration settings on your iPhone 6 is through enabling Do Not Disturb function. When enabled, calls, alerts and notifications can be set to silent. We'll be offering a relevant content on how to use Do Not Disturb feature on the iPhone 6 in a more detailed manner, in our upcoming articles. So please keep posted.

That's all for now!

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