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Smartphones are a necessity this day and age, and it’s crucial to understand all facets of the device on hand.  Whether it be a personal or professional environment, it’s never a bad idea to maximize efficiency with your device.  In this brief tutorial, I’m going to touch base with two of the most important services for iOS devices; Wi-Fi Configuration and Email Configuration.


 

Configuring Wi-Fi on iOS Devices

There are three types of Wi-Fi networks available to iOS Devices:

  1. Unprotected Wi-Fi Network [Doesn’t require password to access]
  2. Secure Wi-Fi Network [Requires password credentials to access network]
  3. Hidden Wi-Fi Network [Requires exact network name and password to access]

 

In order to access any of these, you must access the Settings built-in app on your iOS Device.

iOS 8.1.4 Settings App

iOS 8.1.4 Settings App

 


 

Within the Settings app, the second option from the top will be named Wi-Fi.  Tap on this to open the Wi-Fi interface.

Wi-Fi Interface

Wi-Fi Interface

 


 

This is where the steps will vary according to what type of network you are attempting to access.  If the network is Unprotected, simply tap on the name and it should automatically connect. Secure networks will request a password to access the network.  If you don’t have this information, you will need to inquire about it to someone who does.  Finally, Hidden Wi-Fi networks will not show up immediately on the list provided.  In order to get on these types of networks, you will need to tap on the “Other Network” option.

 

Other Network Interface

“Other Network” Interface

This will prompt an interface that asks for the network name [Must be exact] and the security protocol.  All of this information must be obtained from a network administrator if you’re unsure. After those two steps, enter the password given and access will be granted. Once you have gained access to your Wi-Fi network, efficiency will increase noticeably.  Without Wi-Fi or unlimited data, your phone bill will drastically increase as well.  Now that we’re connected to Wi-Fi, lets take a look at arguably one of the most important functions of smartphones today from a business perspective.


 

Configuring Email Accounts on iOS Devices Mail

Regardless of what Email service you use, it’s detrimental to not have access to it on your smartphone.  Having the ability to read and reply to business oriented emails on the fly is truly a game changer.  My father, who is technologically inept, upgraded to a smartphone specifically for this feature.  That being said, it’s evident how important configuring your email is.

First, you will have to go to the Settings app on your iOS device.  From there, swipe downwards until you see Mail, Contacts, Calendars. 

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Tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars and it will bring you to another interface where it shows you the accounts that are already accessible on your device. Tap Add Account.

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The last step of the process is tapping on the Email provider that is associated with the account you want to configure.  Once that is done, simply type the credentials needed and verify the authenticity via desktop computer.


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After the steps followed above, your iOS device will be a lot more capable and efficient.  Apple made these processes very user friendly, so it is pretty difficult to mess this up.