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  • Apps that come with your iPhone

    In this course, you’ll learn about the apps that come pre-installed on an Apple iPhone. These are free, and include apps that help you in everyday life, help you communicate, help keep you organised, and help to get you where you’re going. You'll also learn how to keep these apps up to date.

    This course is for people who are already familiar with how their smartphone works, know how to find and launch an app from the Home screen, and how to use the App Store. You can get a refresher on the basics of apps in our All about apps course.


    Welcome to "Exploring your iPhone's built-in apps". An iPhone comes with lots of useful built-in apps that help you stay organised, keep in touch, and find your way around. An iPad comes with a similar set of apps. Built-in apps are pre-installed on your Apple mobile device, and are ready to use as soon as you've finished setting it up. If you can't find them on your iPhone or iPad, you can download them from the App Store. Gerano uses several built-in apps every day. The Calendar app shows his appointments, when bills are due and who's birthday it is. The Weather app reports conditions for today and up to a week ahead. He can find information for his location and for locations he'd rather be. With the Notes app, Gerano can type to-do lists, phone numbers and addresses he needs to remember. The Safari web browser lets him search the internet and browse his favourite websites. Because he has set up the Apple Wallet app, he can use his iPhone to make contactless payments at stores, just like a credit or debit card. The Apple Wallet app has been designed to be very secure, so it's safe to enter your banking details. These aren't shared with the device manufacturer or other third parties. For communicating with others, Gerano uses the Mail app for emails, FaceTime for video calling other Apple devices, and the Messages app for sending text messages and images to other mobile devices. He uses the Contacts app to store people's numbers, email addresses, and personal notes. The Files app lets him store and organise important documents and images downloaded from the web or received by email. Because they are saved to his phone, Gerano always knows where to find them, and can open them even when there's no internet connection. For managing his many photos and videos, he uses the Photos app, which has options to sort by date, album and more. Gerano gets the most from the Photos app by using iCloud. He set this up for free using his Apple ID, and now the photos and videos on his iPhone automatically back up to the cloud, and synchronise to his other Apple devices. So when he takes a new photo on his iPhone, he can also view it on his computer and iPad. If he edits the photo, the change will sync across all devices too. The Calendar app works with iCloud in a similar way. As does Notes, Contacts, Calendar, Mail and Safari. The Find My app also uses iCloud, and helps Gerano find the location of his phone if it goes missing. With the Maps app, he can type in an address or the name of a place he's looking for and see the route drawn on a map. It will show the distance and travel time to get there, and provide directions for driving, walking or public transport. Apps that use maps require the Location Services feature. You can switch this on and off in iPhone Settings, and control which other apps have access to your location. When it comes to getting around, staying in contact with others or keeping his life and files in order, the built-in apps on Gerano's iPhone are helping to show the way, every day.