Tablets are becoming more and more popular, and the iPad is at the top of the list. Many people, however, aren’t familiar with how to use this piece of technology. Even those that have experience with Apple products often are unaware of a few tricks that could make their experience more enjoyable. This article will outline a few things that you can do to make the most of your iPad.
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.
The percentage of battery you have left is rarely accurate. You can turn this feature off by going to the general tab in your settings and tapping on usage. You will then be able to turn off the battery percentage feature. Your iPad will display a battery with a certain level of power without calculating a percentage.
Traveling with iPad
For the devoted iPad user who spends a lot of time traveling, it is essential to carry an extra battery that has been charged. It is very inconvenient to run out of juice while on a plane or train, with no hope of plugging in a charger until the destination has been reached.
Turn on Apple’s iCloud as soon as you get an iPad. iCloud acts as an important backup to your most critical documents, photos, music, and more. The beauty of it is that it just works. No need to manually force it to back your items up; it does it behind the scenes.
You can change the default search engine if you are not fond of Google. Access Safari and then Search Engine from the Settings menu. If you’d rather use Yahoo or Bing, this is where you’d make those changes.
Taking a screenshot while using your iPad is extremely easy to do. All you need to do is press the Home button and the Sleep button at the same time. You will then find the photo in your normal photo album.
If a four-digit passcode is not substantial enough for you, change it. Under the Settings menu, navigate to General and then to Passcode Lock. Disable the Simple Passcode option. This allows you to use any password to lock and unlock your device. Your email and attachments will also be more secure with a more complex passcode.
When checking out any new applications, don’t overlook free options. Many times they are just as good as the paid version, although they may include advertisements. This is also a great way to have a type of trial before purchasing the full version that doesn’t have any obtrusive ads on it.
You do not have to save documents to your iPad to share them. Access them via the Internet and open your share menu. You will then have access to a list of all the documents you opened. Tap on the document you want to share. If you want to share an entire page, you will be able to send it as a Word document or as a PDF.
Be selective about your notifications. Under the Settings menu, navigate to Notifications. Adjust the settings until you are satisfied with which apps trigger notifications and which ones don’t. This keeps you from being nagged by rarely used apps. It also keeps important notifications from being buried by less important ones.
You should be concerned about hitting links on your iPad that may not be from legitimate sites. The best way to stop that from happening to you is by holding down the link before you click on it. This will let you know the actual URL the link is coming from.
By clicking two times on your iPad’s Home button you can quickly view a list of the applications that are currently running. They will appear in a bar located at the bottom of your iPad’s screen. If you want to change to a new app, just tap on it once. You can remove this bar by swiping the screen down.
When using your iPad to take pictures, many people grasp the sides. This will cause your shutter button to go in and out, resulting in blurry pictures. Check out the orientation lock. This will keep the shutter button within easy reach of your thumb. The photo can be rotated in image editor afterward.
Do you want your emails to stop saying at the end that they were sent from your iPad? That is actually an email signature, and you can change it to anything you want. Go to your Mail section under your Settings. Then select Calendars under Contacts and use the Signature setting.
Think about getting a screen protector for you iPad, even if you are not keen on them. Despite its technological marvel, the screen of the iPad still collects fingerprints quickly, sometimes even distorting your view. You can pick up a screen protector for a very reasonable price and it will also help minimize scratching.
If you have the choice, use Wi-Fi instead of a 3G connection with your iPad. Apple has said that the average battery draw with a Wi-Fi connection is significantly less than with a 3G connection. You will get approximately 10 hours of usage with Wi-Fi, rather than about 6 hours with 3G.
Did you know you can change the apps at the bottom of your screen? If you find you’re not using those which are there, or you’d just like to switch them out, press and hold an icon until they begin to wiggle. Drag out those you don’t want and drag in those you do want.
The iPad is actually much more complex than it appears on the surface. Take the information included in this article and use it to make your experience with the machine more enjoyable. Before you know it, your friends, family, and coworkers will all be turning to you for advice on navigating the iPad!