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iPhone 4S For Seniors For Dummies [Paperback]

Nancy C. Muir
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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December 27, 2011 1118209613 978-1118209615 1
Who knew a phone could do all this? Get to know your new iPhone with this fantastic full-color guide

Although iPhones now dominate the landscape, it's not a given that you'll instantly know how to use one. And that's where this handy book comes in. Written in the friendly For Dummies style and sporting senior-friendly larger type and full-color illustrations, this book clearly shows you how to use your iPhone, even if it's your first-ever smartphone. Make calls, send e-mail, download videos, read books, FaceTime video chat, discover the wonderful world of apps—it's all here and much more.

  • Covers the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and iPhone 3GS
  • Includes senior-friendly larger type and full-color illustrations
  • Explains how to use the iPhone in the clear, friendly, easy-to-follow language that has defined the Dummies series for two decades
  • Covers iPhone accessibility features, using maps, browsing the web, buying apps, playing music, shooting and sharing video and pictures, texting with iMessage, Reminders, Newsstand, and making calls, of course!

Outsmart your smartphone and take advantage of all it has to offer with iPhone 4S For Seniors For Dummies.

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From the Back Cover

Make the most of your iPhone with this no-nonsense guide written just for you!

New to iPhone? This book is a smart start! Learn to find your way around the Home screen, get online, e-mail and text, download music and movies, explore iBooks and apps, keep your calendar, video chat with FaceTime, and even ask your phone for help with the cool new Siri feature.

  • Pick the perfect iPhone — explore different specs, styles, features, and price ranges

  • It's in the cloud — take advantage of free online storage and sync music, apps, TV shows, and other content to all your devices

  • You're online — browse the web, access e-mail, and video chat with the grandkids

  • Media mania — download and watch movies, listen to music, take pictures, and read e-books and magazines

  • Get organized — find your way with Maps, keep track of all your appointments, and set up alerts

Open the book and find:

  • Built-in apps and how to use them

  • Tips on editing and sharing photos and recording HD video

  • Accessibility features for vision or hearing challenges

  • How to control your phone with your voice

  • Where to get great apps recommended by seniors

  • Fun games to keep you young

  • Why you'll never be lost with your iPhone in hand

  • iPhone troubleshooting tips

Learn to:

  • Make video calls with FaceTime and share your favorite photos

  • Create reminders, send texts, and search the web hands-free with Siri

  • Download apps, watch movies, read e-books, and play games


About the Author

Nancy Muir is a writer and consultant as well as the author of more than 60 books, including Computers For Seniors For Dummies and iPad For Seniors For Dummies. She writes a technology column for and also assists seniors with technology at

Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118209613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118209615
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nancy Muir has written over 60 books on technology and business topics, including several bestsellers and titles that have won awards for excellence from publishing industry organizations. Prior to her writing career Nancy worked for technology publishers IDG Books (now part of Wiley Publishing) and MacMillan Publishing, and was a Training Manager for Symantec Software. She has a certificate in Distance Learning Design from the University of Washington, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in English from Drew University. Nancy has taught Internet Safety and Technical Writing at the university level, and runs the website to support readers of her two iPad titles from Wiley.

Customer Reviews

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect reference for my mom! February 9, 2012
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My mom got a iPhone at Christmas. She needed something for a reference when I wasn't around to help her. It's been great. The color pictures are marvelous because it looks just like what she sees on her phone! I would recommend this for any person who wants a iPhone but may not be tech-savvy (or tech-confident)!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big printing February 19, 2012
By Sandy
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The print is large. The info is very thorough and every idea works. It has a great index and is easy to understand.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars iphone for senior dummies January 31, 2012
By dvoss
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Bought this book for my aunt who just bought the iphone and was very overwhelmed with all its capabilities. She told me she LOVED the book! (gave it to her for Christmas) It explained everything very well in language she could easily understand.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for non-computer types February 10, 2013
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I recently converted my 72 and 78 year old parents to iPhones from their five year old flip phones. I bought them each a different book and they both agree this is the best book we bought. My mother has a working understanding of basic computer functions (Skype and word processing) and my father has never had a computer. They both love their phones and are using this book to learn all sorts of new things on their own. I expect they will soon be teaching me! I consider this book a true gift to our family.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing February 7, 2013
Know before ordering that the discussion and direction by the author in this book, assumes that the user has previous experience with a smart phone and/or computer at some level. The book is also short on info for the iPhone 4, though it states it covers it. The emphasis is on the iPhone 4S. We received iPhone 4's for Christmas with no previous experience. We dove into the book with great hope of learning how to us our new iPhones. After a few basic things, it fizzled for us and did not address very specific questions we had about how to use our iPhone 4. Cannot and would not recommend this for the true beginner. Find yourself an Apple sponsored iPhone class.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand December 7, 2012
By BC1130
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I bought this for my hubby who is a techno flunky and it helped him to learn how to use his first ever smartphone. It helped me remain sane not having to answer his many questions and explain every little detail about how to work his phone.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review iPhone June 18, 2012
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The Dummies book was just what was advertised and arrived within the stated time. So......What more could you ask for?
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars happy reader July 14, 2012
By Barbray
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These technical for seniors for Dummies books are becoming essential in my library. I appreciate these excellent reference books for using the new technology.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars iphone 4S for seniors
Learned basic information and navigation techniques. However, with phone updates parts of the book became outdated quickly. But, a great starter tool.
Published 1 month ago by wisco.
5.0 out of 5 stars iphone 4S for seniors
I just about wore this book out testing and trying on my iphone. Couldn't have done much with my iphone without it.
Published 3 months ago by Doris Reynolds
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This book got me started with my iphone 4S. As a senior I was a little frightened of the phone, but this helped me understand a lot.
Published 6 months ago by Linda A. Landes
3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for my Mom
I bought this for my Mom when I got her an iPhone and it was very helpful when she was stuck or confused.
Published 6 months ago by Dogmom5wdp
4.0 out of 5 stars IPhone 4s for Seniors for DUmmies
I made a mistake as I have only a 4 I phone. Yet I can still use the book. I haven't studied it as much as I should at this point.
Published 7 months ago by Judith Razieli
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Bought for my grandma. She loved it. easy read and big print like they say. A little pricey for what its worth
Published 7 months ago by pintsized00
5.0 out of 5 stars Just right for the real novice
I find this book really helpful in helping one navigate the ins and outs of the iphone 4S. For a real beginner like me, it clarified
in simple terms what the phone does and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Sekey
3.0 out of 5 stars Phone 4S for Senior Dummies
I was disappointed with the book.. It did not address the issues I needed help with. I needed more basics.
Published 9 months ago by Diane Teece
5.0 out of 5 stars Hubby's super reference tool
Thankfully the print was larger than the usual "Dummies" books. Hubby refers to THIS book whenever something comes up on his screen, or he wants to try some new apps. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Geegee Five
3.0 out of 5 stars iPhone for seniors for dummies
I would have liked it a bit simpler. Had to read it over many times and even then I had a hard time
Published 9 months ago by Pearl Zuckerman
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