Newbie with silly questions.

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by leftofcenter, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. leftofcenter macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2009
    i just bought an unlocked iPhone on eBay - it is my first experience with an iPhone - couple of questions.
    1. Does it have an on off button?
    2. The back feels warm alot
    3. How long should i have between charges?
    4. Is there a way to turn Safari off when i am not using it?

    Thanks for any and all help...
  2. guydude193 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2009
    1. Hold the top button until you see the slider that says "Power Off"
    2. It won't hurt you, if that's what you're worried about.
    3. A day.
    4. The home button
  3. AiralynRose macrumors 6502a

    Jun 3, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    1. Hold down the top lock button to turn it on/off. Hold down the lock button and the home button at the same time if it freezes and you need to do a hard restart.
    2. How hot? The phone does get pretty hot if you are holding it and doing something that requires lots of power. Like using the GPS, Bluetooth, internet, etc for awhile. If you're not running anything, then it shouldn't be hot.
    3. Depends on what you're doing and what your power saving settings are. Generally, it should last a full day with normal usage. Turn wifi off when you don't need it. Turn 3G off if you're going to be in an area that doesn't have it for long periods of time. Turn on airplane mode if you need the phone to last a long time but not use it as a phone (calls/txt). Have your screen lock automatically after 1 minute. Don't run apps in the background. Don't have your email fetching more than necessary.
    4. Safari doesn't run in the background. Nothing runs in the background unless you tell it to (and are jailbroken).
  4. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    How long the battery lasts all depends on what you do with the phone. If you have the wifi turned on all the time and Bluetooth, and are listening to music with the speakers and surfing the net then obviously your battery life isn't going to last as long as if you are just listening to music and have other services turned off. Also turning off 3G when it isn't being used helps increase battery life.
  5. leftofcenter thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2009
    thank you everyone for your responses - if you have any tips i gladly will accept them. It appears the hotness is usual.
    1.How do i turn the 3g off and how do i know if it is on?
    2.How do i know if programs are running in the background?

    Even tho i don't know what i am doing i love it so much better than my G1!!
  6. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    1. Normally, you don't every turn it fully off, you just to put it to "sleep." Click the top button, and the screen goes dark. The dark screen is how you know it's asleep. Sleep is a low-power mode that can last for many hours and still receive calls and check email (if you've set automatic email-checking). This is the same as closing a flip-phone: it's still "on" for taking calls, but is in power-saving mode.

    If you want to turn it completely off so it's non-functional (to store it without using any battery power at all), you hold the sleep button until you see the red slider. Slide that, and it will power down. But that's not something you would normally do.

    2. You don't need to worry about managing apps. It's all automatic. (Typical background programs are the phone app, the iTunes player app, the mail app, and the browser. Third-party apps/games do not run in the background, although their push notifications keep on working anyway--so you can get AIMs for instance, even when AIM is not really running.)

    If an app starts crashing, it's possible that RAM is being hogged by something, but the simplest answer is just to power your phone down completely and turn it back on. This is rare, but some games do run out of RAM sometimes.

    Enjoy :)
  7. AiralynRose macrumors 6502a

    Jun 3, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    First. What country are you in? Is this a factory unlocked phone or a jailbroken and unlocked phone? If you're in the US are you using the phone on TMobile or AT&T?

    1. Settings > General > Network > Enable 3G
    2. Programs will only run in the background if the phone is jailbroken and has a backgrounder installed that will allow them to.

    (If you are in the US and using the phone on TMobile, then you might as well turn 3G off all the time because TMobile's 3G is not compatible. If you're using it on AT&T then there isn't any reason for you to have an unlocked phone. If you don't really know what you're doing, then I'd advise you that you'd be better off if the phone was not jailbroke/unlocked.)
  8. leftofcenter thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2009
    I'm in the US and i have T Mobile service - it is an unlocked phone running on TMobile.

    Since it is T Mobile then i don't have 3g? Ugh, disappointing but i will get over it! LOL The important thing is i have a phone i like instead of my T Mobile G1.

    I think most of my "confusion" is trying to sort out what is usual for the phone and what may be limitations due to being Jailbroken...

    once again thanks for all th help!
  9. leftofcenter thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2009
    Since i don't have 3g access should i enable Data Roaming?

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