General settings include network, sharing, security, and other iOS settings. You can also find
information about your iPhone, and reset various iPhone settings.
Go to Settings > General > About to get information about iPhone, including available storage
space, serial numbers, network addresses, IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) and
ICCID (Integrated Circuit Card Identifier, or Smart Card) (GSM), MEID (Mobile Equipment Identifier)
(CDMA), and legal and regulatory information.
Change the device name: Go to Settings > General > About, then tap Name.
The device name appears in the sidebar when it’s connected to iTunes, and it’s used by iCloud.
Software Update lets you download and install iOS updates from Apple.
Update to the latest iOS version: Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
If a newer version of iOS is available, follow the onscreen instructions to download and install
Note: Make sure iPhone is connected to a power source so that the installation, which can take
several minutes, completes successfully.
Usage lets you view cellular usage, battery status, and available storage. You can also view and
manage iCloud storage.
View cellular network usage, battery status, and available storage: Go to Settings > General >
See your cellular usage
Go to Settings > General > Usage > Cellular Usage.
Manage iCloud storage
Go to Settings > General > Usage > Manage Storage. You can view and
delete backups, and turn off backing up your Camera Roll. You can also buy
additional iCloud storage.
For information, see “iCloud” on page 16.
View app storage
Go to Settings > General > Usage. Each installed app’s total storage space is
shown. For more details, tap the app’s name.
Reset your usage statistics
Go to Settings > General > Usage > Cellular Usage, then tap Reset Statistics
to clear the data and cumulative time statistics.
Show battery percentage
Go to Settings > General > Usage and turn on Battery Percentage.
Enable Siri: Go to Settings > General > Siri.
For information about using Siri and changing Siri settings, see “Setting options for Siri” on
Use Network settings to configure a VPN (virtual private network) connection, access Wi-Fi
settings, or turn cellular data roaming on or off.
When an app needs to use the Internet, iPhone does the following, in order, until connected:
Connects over the most recently used available Wi-Fi network
Shows a list of Wi-Fi networks in range, and connects using the one you choose.
Connects over the cellular data network, if available.
If iPhone is connected to the Internet via the cellular data network, the , , , or icon appears
in the status bar.
The 4G and 3G GSM cellular networks support simultaneous voice and data communications.
For all other cellular connections, you can’t use Internet services while you’re talking on the
phone unless iPhone also has a Wi-Fi connection to the Internet. Depending on your network
connection, you may not be able to receive calls while iPhone transfers data over the cellular
network—when downloading a webpage, for example.
GSM networks: On an EDGE or GPRS connection, incoming calls may go directly to voicemail
during data transfers. For incoming calls that you answer, data transfers are paused.
CDMA: On EV-DO connections, data transfers are paused when you answer incoming calls.
On 1xRTT connections, incoming calls may go directly to voicemail during data transfers. For
incoming calls that you answer, data transfers are paused.
Data transfer resumes when you end the call.
Turn Cellular Data on or off: Go to Settings > General > Network, then turn Cellular Data on
If Cellular Data is turned off, all data services will use only Wi-Fi—including email, web browsing,
push notifications, and other services. If Cellular Data is turned on, carrier charges may apply. For
example, certain features and services such as Siri and Messages transfer data, and your use of
these features and services could impact charges to your data plan.
Turn Voice Roaming on or off
Go to Settings > General > Network. Turn Voice Roaming off to avoid
charges from using other carrier’s networks. When your carrier’s network
isn’t available, iPhone won’t have cellular (data or voice) service.
Turn Data Roaming on or off
Go to Settings > General > Network.
Data Roaming permits Internet access over a cellular data network when
you’re in an area not covered by your carrier’s network. When you’re
traveling, you can turn off Data Roaming to avoid roaming charges. See
“Carrier” on page 161.
Enable or disable 3G
Go to Settings > General > Network. This option is not available in all areas.
Using 3G loads Internet data faster in some cases, but may decrease battery
performance. If you’re making a lot of phone calls, you may want to turn 3G
off to extend battery life.
Turn Personal Hotspot on or off
Go to Settings > General > Network > Personal Hotspot. See “Personal
Hotspot” on page 160.
Add a new VPN configuration
Go to Settings > General > Network > VPN > Add VPN Configuration.
Ask your network administrator which settings to use. In most cases, if
you set up VPN on your computer, you can use the same VPN settings
See “VPN” on page 160.
iPhone can connect wirelessly to Bluetooth devices such as headsets, headphones, and car kits
for music listening and and hands-free talking. You can also connect the Apple Wireless Keyboard
with Bluetooth. See “Using an Apple Wireless Keyboard” on page 27.
Turn Bluetooth on or off: Go to Settings > General > Bluetooth and turn Bluetooth on or off.
Connect to a Bluetooth device
Tap the device in the Devices list, then follow the onscreen instructions
to connect to it. See the documentation that came with the device for
instructions about Bluetooth pairing.
iTunes Wi-Fi Sync
You can sync iPhone with iTunes on a computer that is connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Enable iTunes Wi-Fi Sync: To set up Wi-Fi syncing for the first time, connect iPhone to the
computer that you want to sync with. For instructions see “Syncing with iTunes” on page 18.
After you configure Wi-Fi Sync, iPhone syncs with iTunes automatically, once a day, when it’s
connected to a power source and:
iPhone and your computer are both connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
iTunes on your computer is running.
See the date and time of the
Go to Settings > General > iTunes Wi-Fi Sync.
Immediately sync with iTunes
Go to Settings > General > iTunes Wi-Fi Sync, then tap Sync Now.
The Spotlight Search setting lets you specify the content areas searched by Search, and rearrange
the order of the results.
Set which content areas are searched by Search: Go to Settings > General > Spotlight Search,
then select the items to search.
Set the order of search result
Go to Settings > General > Spotlight Search. Touch next to an item, then
drag up or down.
Locking iPhone turns off the display in order to save your battery and prevent unintended
operation of iPhone. You can still receive calls and text messages, and you can adjust the volume
and use the mic button on the iPhone earphones when listening to music or on a call.
Set the amount of time before iPhone locks: Go to Settings > General > Auto-Lock, then choose
By default, iPhone doesn’t require you to enter a passcode to unlock it.
Set a passcode: Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and set a 4-digit passcode.
If you forget your passcode, you must restore the iPhone software. See “Updating and restoring
iPhone software” on page 175.
Turn passcode lock off or
change your passcode
Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock.
Set how long before your
passcode is required
Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and enter your passcode. Tap
Require Passcode, then select how long iPhone will wait after being locked
before it requires your passcode in order to be unlocked again.
Turn Simple Passcode on or off
Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock.
A simple passcode is a four-digit number. To increase security, turn off
Simple Passcode and use a longer passcode with a combination of
numbers, letters, punctuation, and special characters.
Prevent access to Siri when
iPhone is locked
Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock > Siri. See “Setting options for
Siri” on page 42.
Turn Voice Dial on or off
Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock.
Turning off Voice Dial prevents someone from placing a call when iPhone is
locked. This setting is available only when Siri is turned off. For information
about dialing using Siri, see “Phone” on page 44.
Erase data after ten failed
Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and tap Erase Data.
After ten failed passcode attempts, all settings are reset, and all your
information and media are erased by removing the encryption key to the
data (which is encrypted using 256-bit AES encryption).
You can set restrictions for some apps and for purchased content. For example, parents can
restrict explicit music from being seen on playlists, or turn off YouTube access entirely.
Turn on restrictions: Go to Settings > General > Restrictions, then tap Enable Restrictions.
If you forget your passcode, you must restore the iPhone software. See “Updating and
restoring iPhone software” on page 175.
You can set the following restrictions:
Safari is disabled and its icon is removed from the Home screen. You cannot use Safari to browse
the web or access web clips.
YouTube is disabled and its icon is removed from the Home screen.
Camera is disabled and its icon is removed from the Home screen. You cannot take photos.
You cannot make or receive FaceTime video calls.
The iTunes Store is disabled and its icon is removed from the Home screen. You cannot preview,
purchase, or download content.
You cannot access Ping or any of its features.
Installing Apps The App Store is disabled and its icon is removed from the Home screen. You cannot install apps
You cannot delete apps from iPhone.
doesn’t appear on app icons when you’re customizing
the Home screen.
You cannot use Siri. Voice commands and dictation are disabled.
Siri attempts to replace explicit words you speak by replacing them with asterisks and beep
Turn off Location Services for individual apps. You can also lock Location Services so that
changes to the settings can’t be made, including authorizing additional apps to use the services.
The current Mail, Contacts, Calendar settings are locked. You cannot add, modify, or delete
accounts. You also cannot modify iCloud settings.
Turn off In-App Purchases. When enabled, this feature lets you purchase additional content or
functionality within apps you download from the App Store.
Requires you to enter your Apple ID for in-app purchases after the time period you specify.
Tap Ratings For, then select a country from the list. You can set restrictions using a country’s
ratings system for music, podcasts, movies, TV shows, and apps. Content that doesn’t meet the
rating you select won’t appear on iPhone.
When Multiplayer Games is off, you can’t request a match, send or receive invitations to play
games, or add friends in Game Center.
Adding Friends When Adding Friends is off, you can’t make or receive friend requests in Game Center. If
Multiplayer Games is turned on, you can continue to play with existing friends.
Date & Time
These settings affect the time shown in the status bar at the top of the screen, and in world clocks
Set whether iPhone shows 24-hour time or 12-hour time: Go to Settings > General > Date &
Time, then turn 24-Hour Time on or off. (24-Hour Time may not be available in all areas.)
Set whether iPhone updates the
date and time automatically
Go to Settings > General > Date & Time, then turn Set Automatically on or off.
If iPhone is set to update the time automatically, it gets the correct time
over the cellular network and updates it for the time zone you’re in.
Some carriers don’t support network time in all areas. If you’re traveling,
iPhone may not be able to automatically set the local time.
Set the date and time manually
Go to Settings > General > Date & Time, then turn Set Automatically off. Tap
Time Zone to set your time zone. Tap the Date & Time button, then tap Set
Date & Time and enter the date and time.
You can turn on keyboards for writing in different languages, and you can turn typing features,
such as spell-checking, on or off. For information about the keyboard, see “Typing” on page 24.
For information about international keyboards, see Appendix A, “International Keyboards,” on
Use International settings to set the language for iPhone, turn keyboards for different languages
on or off, and set the date, time, and telephone number formats for your area.
Set the language for iPhone: Go to Settings > General > International > Language.
Set the calendar format
Go to General > International > Calendar, then choose the format.
Set the language for Siri and
Go to Settings > General > International > Voice Control, then choose a
Set the date, time, and telephone
Go to Settings > General > International > Region Format, then choose
The Region Format also determines the language used for the days and
months that appear in apps.
To turn on accessibility features, choose Accessibility and choose the features you want. See
Chapter 31, “Accessibility,” on page 142.
This setting appears if you install one or more profiles on iPhone. Tap Profiles to see information
about the profiles you’ve installed.
You can reset the word dictionary, network settings, home screen layout, and location warnings.
You can also erase all of your content and settings.
Erase all content and settings: Go to Settings > General > Reset, then tap Erase All Content
After confirming that you want to reset iPhone, all content, your information, and settings are
removed. iPhone cannot be used until it’s set up again.
Reset all settings
Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset All Settings.
All your preferences and settings are reset.
Reset network settings
Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset Network Settings.
When you reset network settings, your list of previously used networks and
VPN settings not installed by a configuration profile are removed. Wi-Fi is
turned off and then back on, disconnecting you from any network you’re
on. The Wi-Fi and “Ask to Join Networks” settings remain turned on.
To remove VPN settings installed by a configuration profile, go to Settings >
General > Profile, then select the profile and tap Remove. This also removes
other settings or accounts provided by the profile.
Reset the keyboard dictionary
Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset Keyboard Dictionary.
You add words to the keyboard dictionary by rejecting words iPhone
suggests as you type. Tap a word to reject the correction and add the word
to the keyboard dictionary. Resetting the keyboard dictionary erases all
words you’ve added.
Reset the Home screen layout
Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset Home Screen Layout.
Reset location warnings
Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset Location Warnings.
Location warnings are requests made by apps to use Location Services.
iPhone presents a location warning for an app the first time the app
makes a request to use Location Services. If you tap Cancel in response, the
request isn’t presented again. To reset the location warnings so you get a
request for each app, tap Reset Location Warnings.