Have you tried using your iPad for certain things, and it hasn’t quite worked out the way you wanted? Well, it’s probably because you just need a little more help understanding what exactly you can do to make things more efficient. A few tips and tricks should help point you in the right direction.

You can extend the life of your iPad’s battery by using the device in Airplane Mode. In Airplane Mode, WiFi and wireless radio are disabled. This is ideal if you do not require an Internet connection to use your iPad. You will still be able to use your tablet to read e-books, play games and use certain apps without draining the battery.

How To Get More Mileage Out Of Your iPad
How To Get More Mileage Out Of Your iPad

If you own an iPad, it is a good idea to make a backup. You can force iTunes to make a backup so that your data is properly saved. Go to iTunes and right-click on devices list and select backup. You can also use the same feature in iCloud to backup as well.

Orientation Lock

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.

Don’t automatically go for the newest version. You may find that the features you want are on older versions, and you will find that the older versions are significantly cheaper. Compare and find out which version of the iPad suit you best, and you may save a little money while you’re at it.

Mute iPad

Now you can quickly mute your iPad. When iPads were first out, there weren’t any buttons on it specifically for mute. The iOS 4.3 allowed its users to utilize the switch-lock. Holding down the volume button helps to mute your phone fast.

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.

Use iTunes to sync your iPad with your personal computer or Mac. Sharing the documents you have isn’t that big of a deal anymore because there’s the ability for iTunes to work with any platform. You can email PDF’s and then download them to another computer.

Junk Third-party Apps

Apple is good about not loading your new iPad with a bunch of junk third-party apps. They do pre-load many of their own tools including music, maps, iTunes, and Newsstand. That said, they can’t be removed, either. Place them into a separate folder and move them so that it is far from where you spend your time. That allows you to concentrate on what you want.

Are you having trouble with small print on certain websites? Then you need to zoom in. To do this, use two fingers to pinch outward. You will also be able to tap links and select words better. When you are ready to zoom out, use two fingers to pitch inward.

If you only like to type on your iPad using your thumbs, there is a simple way for you to split your keyboard. When you have your keyboard pop up, simply touch both sides of it with your thumbs and swipe towards the outside. This will split your keyboard instantly, and you can make it whole again by swiping inwards.

There may be many apps that you do not use on an iPad, but you are not allowed to delete some of them. The best thing to do to get them out of your way is to move all of them into a folder. This way, you will only see the one folder icon and not a ton of icons for things you don’t use.

Join an online forum for iPad users. There are lots to learn from experienced users of the device. You can also give people pointers that they might not have picked up on their own. In the event that you experience trouble with you iPad, there will be many willing and able forum members waiting to assist you.

Running Apps

If you’d like to see a list of all apps which are running, press the home (square) button twice. All the running apps will appear at the bottom of the screen, allowing you to close those which aren’t in use by touching and holding them until they jiggle, then clicking the minus icon.

Your iPad will automatically retrieve emails from your various email accounts, and this is quite convenient. To improve your battery life, however, set your iPad to retrieve your emails a minimum amount of times. Unless you need access to your emails immediately, this can be a great way to increase the amount of time you will be able to use your iPad before it becomes necessary to plug it in.

Screen Protector

Do you notice that your screen is getting badly scratched? The iPad is very durable, but use a screen protector if you notice any scratches or other damages. This avoids damage to both the iPad and your fingers.

An iPad is a great resource for almost any kind of need. If you are a photographer, there are lots of applications that help you modify pictures on an amateur or even small-scale professional level. Additionally, you can use these same applications to share your pictures with others through social media.

Google Maps is a graphic intensive program on many computers, but the iPad handles it perfectly and allows in-depth street views. The GUI seems confusing at first, but navigation is straightforward and a red pin designates an area for street view. With this new view, you will be able to get up close and personal with your favorite locations through the iPad.

Maybe you didn’t have a good background of information for using your iPad efficiently before, but now you’re ready! Utilize the advice you’ve read, and continue to expand your knowledge. You will be using your iPad for just about everything. Have fun, enjoy yourself, and take your iPad with you everywhere!