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iPhone Camera App from the lock screen iOS 5.1

With the release of iOS 5.1 yesterday, it just got easier to bring up the Camera App. This is true even if you use the lock screen.


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Start by pressing the Home button or the power button. You will see the lock screen and just to the right of the “slide to unlock” slider you will see a small camera icon. Just press and swipe upward and the Camera App will open. This way you do not have to unlock the phone to use the Camera App.
Note: In the previous version you could double click the home button and you would see the camera icon as well and pressing it would bring up the Camera App. But the icon would not be present if you just pressed the power button.


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To exit the Camera App, just press the top of the screen and swipe downward. At this point you can unlock the screen. Otherwise, you can just press the power button and power off.


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If you try to access the Camera Roll, you will be informed the phone is locked. Also, as the previous iOS release would allow, if you double click the home button, the iPod controls come up.
Try it! It is a faster way to bring up the camera!

No Signal

Aghh! No signal!
How often have you been in the middle of civilization and yet you can’t make a call? There is a local store we shop at and for some reason there is NO cell signal inside. It doesn’t matter who’s carrier you are on. But, the store like many, has complimentary wifi while you are shopping!
So, here is a free work around for the lack of coverage!


If you have an iPhone (of course this will work on the iPod Touch and iPad as well) just head over to iTunes and download the free Magic Jack app. You can make free calls (outbound) and if you sign up you can even receive calls.

Once loaded, start the app and select the option you want (so far I use the free one, but know folks that have signed up and love it and use it as their primary number at home as well.)

While I would of course prefer cell coverage, this is a great work around!

Note to Droid users, there is an app for you too. It isn’t by Magic Jack, but if you have an account with them you can follow this link to an app that lets you use the account.


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