Few things are more exciting than getting a new iPad. However, it can be really frustrating to figure out how to optimize your use of it. The following article will detail some interesting tips and tricks on using your new iPad more effectively, and just how to have more fun with it in general.
Turn off your Wi-Fi when not in use. Your iPad will constantly search for Wi-Fi signals even when you don’t want it to. That is if your Wi-Fi is turned on. When you are out and about and don’t need Wi-Fi, simply turn it off. It will extend your battery.
Do you want to prevent your iPad from automatically syncing when you hook it up to your computer? That is easy to accomplish. Make sure you are in iTunes, then hold down the Shift-Control or Command-Option buttons when you plug the iPad in. If you forget to do that step, then just swipe, the unlock during the sync, and it will stop.
Know how to take a screenshot with your iPad. Simply depress the Power and Home buttons simultaneously for just a second. A photo of your screen’s contents will automatically appear in your photo folder for easy access. Be careful not to depress the buttons too long, however, because the device will reboot.
Do you need to switch from one app to another? You should activate the multitasking gestures in the general tab of your settings. You will then be able to swipe left or right to switch apps, swipe up to see your multitasking bar and pinch your fingers if you want to access your home.
Practice your iPad typing. One of the toughest things to get used to on the iPad is typing on a digital keyboard. It feels weird for most people to start, but you can get used to it with practice. Sit down for a few minutes every day and just type in your favorite word processing program. Soon you’ll feel at home.
iPad Search Engine
If you would rather not have Google as a default search engine, that can be changed. Go to the Settings menu, choose Safari and then choose Search Engine. You can use alternatives like Bing or Yahoo instead of Google.
Don’t forget about multitasking gestures. There are three to be aware of. These include a four finger swipe (either to the left or to the right) to move seamlessly between apps that you are using and a four finger swipe to take you back to the home screen. These make your life easier, so take advantage of them.
You can use a keyboard with your iPad. Some people love their iPad but miss the actual keyboard. The good news is that any Apple wireless keyboard will work with it. It will also work with any keyboard that uses Bluetooth. There are some iPads that already have a handy keyboard built in too.
Sync iPad Documents
Sync pages using iTunes to share documents with both a Mac and a PC. You can trade pages back and forth through iTunes. This makes sharing convenient and iTunes works with almost any brand on the market. In addition, you can send your PDF documents through email and download them via a remote system.
Holding your iPad on its sides when shooting photographs is comfortable for many. If you do this, the shutter button will wobble naturally due to your body movements. Consider setting the orientation lock. This keeps your shutter button within an easier reach of a thumb. Once you’ve taken the pictures, use an application like Photoshop to edit them.
Never waste time wandering aimlessly through your library of music looking for the one tune you hope to hear. Use the Spotlight search feature. Just flick to the right on your Home screen to get to Searchlight. Alternatively, you can press the Home button. This feature is also helpful in launching apps and can help you find contacts too.
iPad Screen Protector
Protect the screen of your iPad with a special screen protector. These are made of a clear, adhesive film or plastic and cover the entire screen from nicks, scratches, and smudges. Screen protectors do not interfere with use in any way. Most can be purchased for well under $10. Many are already perfectly cut to fit the iPad screen.
Even though you may not want them, security features are a smart idea. You never know when you may accidentally lose it, and it generally has access to a lot of secure information like emails, phone numbers, addresses and possibly even bank information.
Set up your notifications to meet your needs. To do this just go to settings and then click notifications. Here you can customize your iPad to alert you of what you think could be important. This way, you will not be flooded with too many notifications and do not have to miss the ones that you need.
If you want to add extra security to your iPad, you have a few options. The first is built into your device in the setting’s tab. If you want further security, you can download a variety of free or paid apps that will add extra layers of protection to your iPad.
You can take a screenshot of your iPad in a very simple one-step process. Hold down on your home button as well as the power button at the same time. Release both after about one second. You should hear a camera sound go off, and your screen should go white. This means that a screenshot was taken, and it will be stored in your photos’ section.
Find online communities dedicated to the use of iPads. There is lots of information available this way. It is a great way for you to give back to the community too! These forums are also great for peer-to-peer tech support.
An iPad is truly exciting to own, but only if you can figure out how to make use of its numerous features and fancy apps. Hopefully, this article has given you some great ideas on how to really get into this fantastic little machine and make the most of it. Enjoy!