iPhone Settings To Change Right Before You Leave the USA

Your big trip has finally arrived! You have reservations in hotels with Wi-Fi. You have a Google Voice account for your cell phone’s voicemail while you’re away and you’ve recorded your voicemail greeting. You’ve joined Skype, downloaded the Skype app to your iPhone, set up your Skype contacts, purchased Skype credit and practiced. Now, what are all those pesky settings that need to be changed on your iPhone right before you leave so that you don’t have an unpleasant surprise on your phone bill next month? Change these iPhone settings while waiting at the gate or right after you board the plane.

  1. (This one’s optional!) If you are a Facetime user and plan to use it abroad, touch Settings>>FacetimeFacetime should be ON and Use Cellular Data OFF.
  2. Touch the Home button.
  3. Touch iPhone-phone-icon.
  4. Touch Favorites.
  5. Touch Call Forwarding On (which you previously created).  Listen for the three beeps that indicate calls to your cell phone will be forwarded to your Google Voice voicemail.
  6. Touch the Home button.
  7. Touch Settings.
  8. Turn Airplane Mode ON. (In airplane mode, no phone, wi-fi or bluetooth signals are emitted. If your airplane offers wi-fi service that you’d like to use, go to Settings>>Wi-Fi ON.)
  9. When you arrive at your foreign destination, leave Airplane Mode ON. Turn on Wi-Fi access by touching Settings>>Wi-Fi ON.
  10. If you need to activate Bluetooth, touch Settings>>Bluetooth ON.
  11. You MUST leave Airplane Mode ON the whole time you are abroad to prevent any cellular usage of your phone.
  12. Now, have a great trip!


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