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The Complete iPhone 13 Starter Guide: All Your Questions Answered

The Complete iPhone 13 Starter Guide: All Your Questions Answered

New to iPhone 13? Our beginner-friendly guides cover everything from setting up your device to mastering its features. No fuff, no BS – just actionable answers to the most common iPhone 13 questions


The Complete iPhone 13 Starter Guide: All Your Questions Answered

Device Management and Settings 📱

The Complete iPhone 13 Starter Guide: All Your Questions Answered

Turning On & Off

How to turn off iPhone 13: Press and hold the side button and either volume button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn off your iPhone.

How to restart iPhone 13: Press and hold the side button and either volume button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider, then wait 30 seconds. Press and hold the side button to turn your iPhone back on.

How to close apps on iPhone 13: Swipe up from the bottom to the middle of your screen and pause to open the App Switcher. Swipe up on an app’s preview to close it.

Resetting / Restarting

How to hard reset iPhone 13: Quickly press and release the volume up button, then volume down button, then press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.

How to reset iPhone 13: Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset and choose the reset option you want.

How to force restart iPhone 13: Same as hard reset – quickly press volume up, volume down, then hold side button until Apple logo appears.

How to turn on iPhone 13: Press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.

Passwords & Do Not Disturb

How to change passcode on iPhone 13: Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode > Change Passcode. Enter your current passcode, then enter a new passcode twice.

Do Not Disturb on iPhone 13: Open Control Center and tap the crescent moon icon to toggle Do Not Disturb off. Or go to Settings > Focus > Do Not Disturb and turn it off. To turn it on, repeat the steps but toggle it on.


Device Features & Usage 🔍

The Complete iPhone 13 Starter Guide: All Your Questions Answered

Screenshots & Screen Recording

How to screenshot on iPhone 13: Press the side button and volume up button simultaneously. The screenshot will be saved in Photos.

How to screen record on iPhone 13: Open Control Center and press the record button (circle within a circle). Wait for the 3-second countdown, then start recording. Tap the red status bar to stop.

Text Messages, Voicemail & Caller ID

How to schedule a text on iPhone 13: The Messages app doesn’t have a native scheduled messaging feature. You’ll need a third-party app like Scheduled or Moxy to schedule texts.

How to show battery percentage on iPhone 13: Go to Settings > Battery and turn on Battery Percentage to show it in the status bar.

How to retrieve deleted text messages on iPhone 13: Texts can’t be retrieved once deleted unless you have an iCloud or iTunes backup from before they were erased.

How to set up voicemail on iPhone 13: Go to the Phone app > Voicemail > Set Up Now. Create a voicemail password, choose default or custom greeting, then tap Save.

How to turn off flashlight on iPhone 13: Tap the flashlight icon in Control Center to turn it off. If it’s already off, the icon will be grayed out.

How to hide caller ID on iPhone 13: Go to Settings > Phone > Show My Caller ID and turn it off. This will hide your number when making outgoing calls.


iPhone 13 Series Specifications & Cost 💰

Release Date: The iPhone 13 series was launched on September 24, 2021.

Models and Pricing:

  • iPhone 13: Available starting at $799 for the 128GB model, with the 256GB model at $899 and the 512GB model at $1,099.
  • iPhone 13 Pro: Offered starting at $999 for the 128GB model, with options for 256GB at $1,099, 512GB at $1,299, and a 1TB model at $1,499.
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max: Started at $1,099 for 128GB, $1,199 for 256GB, $1,399 for 512GB, and $1,599 for the 1TB version.
  • iPhone 13 Mini: Priced from $699 for the 128GB version, presenting a more compact and affordable option.

Dimensions and Screen Size:

  • The iPhone 13 measured approximately 146.7 mm in height, 71.5 mm in width, and 7.65 mm in depth, with a screen size of 6.1 inches diagonally.
  • The iPhone 13 Pro Max featured a 6.7-inch diagonal screen size, with body dimensions of approximately 160.8 mm tall, 78.1 mm wide, and 7.65 mm deep.
  • The iPhone 13 Mini offered a smaller frame at about 131.5 mm tall, 64.2 mm wide, and 7.65 mm deep, featuring a 5.4-inch screen.
  • The height for both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro matched the standard model at about 146.7 mm.

Connectivity and Networking 📶

The Complete iPhone 13 Starter Guide: All Your Questions Answered

WiFi & 5G

How to connect iPhone 13 to Wi-Fi networks: Go to Settings > Wi-Fi, turn on Wi-Fi, and select the network you want to join. Enter the password if prompted.

How to use 5G on iPhone 13: If your carrier supports 5G and you’re in a 5G coverage area, your iPhone will automatically use 5G when available. You can turn 5G on or off in Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options.

Bluetooth & Connectivity Issues

Managing Bluetooth connections on iPhone 13: Go to Settings > Bluetooth to pair new devices and manage existing connections. Tap a device to connect or disconnect it, or tap the “i” icon for more options.

How to troubleshoot connectivity issues on iPhone 13: Try toggling Wi-Fi or Cellular Data off and on, restarting your iPhone, updating iOS, resetting network settings (Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset Network Settings), or contacting your carrier for help.


Camera and Photography 📸

The Complete iPhone 13 Starter Guide: All Your Questions Answered

Tips for taking professional photos with iPhone 13: Use grid lines for better composition, experiment with different angles and perspectives, adjust exposure by tapping and sliding, and use portrait mode for stunning depth effects.

How to use night mode on iPhone 13 camera: Night mode automatically activates in low light conditions. You can tap the moon icon to adjust the exposure time or turn night mode off.

Exploring the iPhone 13 Pro Max camera zoom features: The Pro Max has 3x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out, and up to 15x digital zoom. Pinch the screen or use the zoom wheel to adjust zoom level.

How to edit photos directly on iPhone 13: Open a photo in the Photos app and tap Edit. You can adjust exposure, contrast, saturation, and more, or use auto-enhance and filters for quick tweaks.


Battery and Charging 🔋

The Complete iPhone 13 Starter Guide: All Your Questions Answered

How to improve battery life on iPhone 13: Enable Low Power Mode (Settings > Battery), reduce screen brightness, limit background app refresh (Settings > General > Background App Refresh), and turn off location services for apps that don’t need it (Settings > Privacy > Location Services).

Best practices for charging your iPhone 13: Use Apple-certified chargers and cables, avoid extreme temperatures, and remove thick cases before wireless charging.

Optimized Battery Charging (Settings > Battery > Battery Health) learns your charging habits to delay charging past 80% when the iPhone predicts it will be plugged in for a long time.

Understanding iPhone 13 battery health features: Go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health to see your battery’s maximum capacity and peak performance capability. Optimized Battery Charging helps slow the rate of battery aging.

How to use wireless charging with iPhone 13: Place your iPhone on a Qi-certified wireless charger with the screen facing up. For best performance, center your iPhone on the charger and remove credit cards, transit passes, or anything else between your iPhone and the charger.


Accessories and Compatibility 🎧

Best accessories for iPhone 13: Cases, screen protectors, and more: Look for MagSafe-compatible cases and accessories for easy attachment and optimal wireless charging. Tempered glass screen protectors offer the best protection. For design and overall protection, we recommend these phone case brands.

How to use AirPods with iPhone 13: Open the AirPods case near your iPhone and tap Connect on the popup. If you don’t see a popup, go to Settings > Bluetooth and select your AirPods. Once connected, they will automatically pair with your iPhone whenever you open the case.

Compatibility of iPhone 13 with Apple Watch: iPhone 13 is compatible with Apple Watch Series 3 and later, running the latest version of watchOS.

Exploring MagSafe accessories for iPhone 13: MagSafe is a magnetic technology that allows for easy attachment and alignment of accessories. Popular MagSafe accessories include cases, wallets, chargers, and car mounts.


Software and Updates 🛠️

The Complete iPhone 13 Starter Guide: All Your Questions Answered

How to update iOS on iPhone 13: Go to Settings > General > Software Update. If an update is available, tap Download and Install. Make sure your iPhone is plugged in and connected to Wi-Fi for the smoothest update experience.

Tips for managing storage space on iPhone 13: Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage to see a breakdown of how your storage is being used. You can offload unused apps (which removes the app but keeps its data), delete unwanted apps and media, and enable iCloud Photos to optimize local storage.

Setting up and using Face ID on iPhone 13: Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode. Tap Set Up Face ID and follow the prompts to enroll your face. You can use Face ID to unlock your iPhone, authenticate purchases, and sign in to apps.

Troubleshooting common software issues on iPhone 13: Try restarting your iPhone, updating iOS, and resetting settings (Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset). If issues persist, contact Apple Support or visit an Apple Store or Authorized Service Provider.


Security and Privacy 🔒

How to enable and use Find My iPhone on iPhone 13: Go to Settings > [Your Name] > Find My > Find My iPhone and turn it on. You can then use the Find My app on another Apple device or go to icloud.com/find to locate your missing iPhone, play a sound, display a message, or remotely erase it.

Tips for securing your iPhone 13 against malware and theft: Keep iOS updated, use a strong passcode, enable Face ID or Touch ID, and be cautious when downloading apps or clicking links. Consider enabling Find My iPhone and using a privacy screen protector in public.

How to manage app permissions on iPhone 13 for privacy: Go to Settings > Privacy to see which apps have requested access to your location, contacts, photos, and more. You can grant or revoke permissions individually. Regularly review these permissions and adjust as needed.

Understanding iPhone 13’s privacy features in iOS: iOS offers many privacy features, including App Tracking Transparency (which lets you control which apps can track your activity across other companies’ apps and websites), Safari Intelligent Tracking Prevention, and the ability to share approximate location instead of precise location.


Entertainment and Media 🎥

The Complete iPhone 13 Starter Guide: All Your Questions Answered

How to stream music and videos on iPhone 13: Use apps like Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, and Netflix to stream content. Connect to Wi-Fi or cellular data, search for the content you want, and press play.

Setting up and using Apple Arcade on iPhone 13: Apple Arcade is a game subscription service. Go to the App Store, tap the Arcade tab, and sign up for a free trial or subscription. You can then download and play any Apple Arcade game without ads or in-app purchases.

How to download and manage apps on iPhone 13: Open the App Store, browse or search for the app you want, and tap Get or the price to download it. To manage your apps, go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage, where you can offload or delete apps. You can also manage and monitor charges to your account here too.

Using the Wallet app and Apple Pay on iPhone 13: Open the Wallet app and tap the plus sign to add credit or debit cards. You can then use Apple Pay to make secure purchases in stores (by double-clicking the side button and holding your iPhone near the card reader), in apps, and on websites. The Wallet app can also store boarding passes, event tickets, and more.