Very few iPad users have unlocked an iPad’s full potential. Learning how to operate the iPad in the way that it was developed to be used is essential to gaining a full understanding of its capabilities. Continue reading to unlock your iPad’s potential through the help of the tips and tricks listed below.
The user reviews are generally incredibly accurate in representations of the quality of the application. Of course, you need to make sure that there are more than just one or two reviews, but if there are, and if the app has four or five stars, you should be good to go.
Keep an eye on the amount of downloadable space available on your iPad. After a few years of using an iPad, many people find that they go to download something they want only to find that they do not have space available. Remove unwanted apps and music from time to time so this does not happen to you.
iPad Side Switch
Learn all the things the side switch can do on your device. It is a handy way to turn your audio alerts on and off without affecting your playback sound. You can also use it to lock your screen so that it does not automatically rotate. If you want to use it for some other function, you can change this in the General Settings menu.
Here is a quick tip to finding text on a page with your device. When you are in Safari, type your search word into the Google box. This will give you a list of suggestions. Near the bottom of these suggestions, you will see “on this page” and tap on it to show the word on the page you are viewing.
Make sure you set up your browser’s auto-fill settings on your device. 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.
A neat feature in Safari on the iPad is the quick scroll. Many people do not know about this and waste time scrolling by hand up the page to get back to the beginning. All you have to do to get back to the top of any page is to tap on the title window at the top.
Let your children play with the iPad. Because the functions run on a touch screen, even small toddlers can have fun with it. This is a great way to introduce the computer to your young children. Watch how they use this tool, and you will be amazed at how quickly they learn on it.
Do you like to email your device pictures to friends and family? There is a really simple way to do this. Just pick the photo you want to share, then press the arrow button in the top right corner. You will see a selection there that you can use to email the photo.
Most people know that an SD card can be plugged into the iPad directly from their camera to view photos. Many people do not know that a connection kit can be purchased to connect your camera to your device. You can search the online Apple Store to find one for your camera.
Talk to your friends about what applications they use. You may not know that a certain app exists, but your friend’s might and that app might end up being your favorite. Every now and then, check out what your friends are using, and it might give you some ideas for yourself.
Do not dismiss the iPad’s cloud function if you are always connected online. You can store extra information this way without it using up space in the iPad’s flash memory. You can store your important documents both on your device and on the cloud.
One of the neat features of the iPad is the Photo Booth. You can get more enjoyment out of this feature if you use it on your friends and family. Tapping the “twirly camera” icon will let you use the camera on the back and take photos by tapping the shutter button.
The best case truly insures your device against damage. You should invest more than a few dollars in a strong, protective hard or soft case. A folio is another excellent choice as it protects both the screen and the iPad itself. $50-80 is a good estimate of the cost of a truly protective case, so don’t cheap out!
You should adapt the brightness settings to suit the environment you are in. The screen is naturally bright, but you can dim it through the brightness controls. You can find these settings by double clicking your Home button, then swipe through. You will then be able to adjust the brightness in function of the environment.
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.
The iPad’s second keyboard is full of special characters, but it can be tiresome attempting to engage this new window over and over again. Holding the “?” key and quotations will pop up in their place. This is a quick save that prevents wasted time and unneeded button presses. If you are quoting a reference or part of speech, this will become a handy hotkey.
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.
You are now equipped with some of the best tips and tricks are known for using an iPad. Give them each a try and you will soon have the iPad experience you are meant to have. Continue to learn about your device and you will see that the possibilities are nearly limitless in what it can do.