Simply owning an iPad is lovely, but making that iPad work for you is the best idea. This article has a plethora of tips, tricks, hints, ideas, advice, and strategies which will turn your iPad from a cute toy into a real workhorse. Keep reading to learn all you can.

Did you open too many apps? You can access all your open apps by tapping on the home button of your iPad and bar will appear at the bottom of your screen. Tap the app you want to access and repeat this process later to access your other running apps.

Bought An iPad, Read These Tips First
Bought An iPad, Read These Tips First

If you do not yet own an iPad, consider buying a refurbished iPad from Apple’s online store. Buying a refurbished iPad can save you a lot of money. What’s more, most of the refurbished iPads that Apple sell come with generous warranties and it can be difficult to tell that they are not brand new.

Orientation Lock or Mute

Choose between Orientation Lock and Mute. Older versions of the iPad featured an “Orientation Lock” button on the side of the device. The button remained on later versions, but its function was switched to “Mute.” If you preferred the older function, you can access a setting in the General Settings menu to set it back to its original function.

The iPad shows the first two lines of an email by default. Sometimes, you may want to have a larger preview. Just visit SETTINGS and tap MAIL. From Mail, choose Contacts, then go to Calendar where you can change the options to preview mail.

Your iPad will not charge through a USB port unless you have a high power port. High power ports are usually found on the back of a desktop computer and most laptops do not have one. This also means that USB docks will not charge your iPad unless you own a powered dock.

Put an end to WiFi connect messages. Tired of being notified every time you stray into a WiFi zone? In the Wi-Fi section of Settings, there is an option to turn off “Ask to Join Networks.” You can still manually join any network, the iPad will just stop notifying you of every time one is in range.

Spotlight Search

Are your spotlight searches taking too long? You can restrict the folders that are searched by going into your settings. Tap on general and select Spotlight search. You can then choose which folders will be included in your search, which is very useful if you only use this search feature to find media content.

Before allowing your children to use your iPad, restrict access to adult content. Under Settings, navigate to General and then to Restrictions. Select the Enable Restrictions option. This setting can protect young eyes and ears from explicit language and mature content in apps, games, podcasts, movies, TV shows and more.

Make sure you set up your browser’s auto fill settings on your iPad. Go to Safari’s Settings menu and select AutoFill. Once you are there, you can enable Safari to automatically fill forms using your contact information. You can also select an option to automatically remember your login IDs and passwords for websites you visit frequently.

USB Keyboard

Get a USB keyboard. When you get a keyboard, you expand your abilities with the iPad. Keyboards are often more comfortable for posting on Facebook, forums and doing other online writing. That allows you to be more efficient. Some keyboards double as a case, so check out the options available.

If you are preparing to sync your iPad with your computer for the first time, choose wisely. If you indicate that you want to sync ALL of your pictures, videos, and music, be prepared. Depending on how much you have, it could take a long time to fully transfer everything over. Instead, use your discretion and only sync those items which you know you will need on the iPad.

You do not have to access the second screen of your keyboard if you need an apostrophe. You should instead tap and hold the exclamation point key and an apostrophe will appear for you to select. You can also make typing easier by purchasing a wireless keyboard or even a case with a built-in keyboard.

Accessories

Wait until accessories are on sale until you buy. Your iPad comes with what you need up front – the iPad and a charging cable – and everything else can wait. If you want a standing charger, case, keyboard, screen protection or any such item, they go on sale frequently online, so keep your eyes peeled and be patient.

Copy and paste are no longer a feature only accessible on your home computer. With a simple tap of the button, you can select any area of text and copy it to your clipboard. When you’re ready to paste, tap the button once more and select the “paste” option. This is perfect for duplicate messages or sharing an idea more than once.

iPad Maps

One of the most amazing features of the iPad is the Maps app that runs off of Google’s street view. Many people get confused trying to use it so it is often overlooked. Simply open Google Maps and when you have a red pin drop after a search, simply tap the icon to enter street view.

Double-clicking the home key will allow you to change open apps very quickly. Choose the one you would like to go to and you will be there instantly. To go back to the previous app, repeat the procedure.

Are you aware that you don’t need to use the keyboard on your iPad? It can be hard typing on a tiny keyboard that is on a screen. There are many different Bluetooth keyboards you can use, instead. This allows you a high level of flexibility and comfort with your device.

Now that you know how to take your simple iPad and make it into a real tool which provides great utility, put your knowledge to use. The more you learn, the better, so keep reading expert advice online as well. You’ll make your iPad the tool you’ve wished it could be.