When used well, your iPad is a powerful tool that can make you rethink how you do things in life. You should take the time to learn all about the features and abilities of it. Optimize your abilities when using your iPad by reading this informative article.

Did you know that when you are charging your device on a flat surface, it can take a while for the battery light to appear? Don’t panic! Plug it in and wait for a bit. The charging symbol will eventually appear and your iPad has been charging the entire time.

iPad Advice That You Can Use
iPad Advice That You Can Use

The chime on the iPad that alerts you of new email can be very annoying. Were you aware that this feature can be disabled? Under the Settings menu, choose “General”. Once you get there, select Sounds. You can shut off the new mail alert or reduce its level.

If you want to secure your iPad’s backups, you can do it by opening your iPad in iTunes, going to the summary tab and choosing Encrypt Data. That way, you will have all of your information, safe in case something happens, and you lose all the information on your iPad.

Multiple Users

Do you have multiple users on the same iPad? You may not want them to view your online history. You can delete the browser history quickly. Open the Settings app and tap on Safari. Once Safari is open, then tap on the Clear History button. This will clear the cache and all cookies.

Be careful with your device at the beach. Sand is a pretty dangerous thing for an iPad. Not only can it get caught in the little crevices of the device, it can also easily scratch your screen where few other things can. It’s best to use a screen cover in these situations, or better yet, leave the iPad at home for your beach time.

Multitasking Gestures

Turn on multitasking gestures in your iPad settings. These multitasking gestures give you ways to control your screen with a few flicks. You can switch windows, switch applications, and more. It makes your iPad feel very sci-fi as your touch becomes your only control. If you don’t like the gestures, you can always turn them off again in settings.

You can use a keyboard with your device. 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.

Have you ever wondered how many apps are running on your device all at once? This is valuable information to keep your iPad running efficiently. All you have to do is to double tap the home button, and a list will appear. Tapping on each one can pull the app up, and swiping downward can remove the list.

Battery Power

There are times when battery power must be saved, and a quick way to do this is to shut down all running apps. Double press the home (square) button and you’ll see a row of apps appear at the bottom of the screen. Press the red minus circle to remove those you’re not using and save battery power.

Buy a cloth made of microfiber to wipe the screen of your device as often as you can. This may seem excessive, but it is much harder to see if everything is not clear. If you use a wipe made of something else, there is a huge chance that it may scratch the screen.

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.

Do you use the video call feature a lot? If the small screen where your own image is displayed gets in the way and prevents you from seeing what your friend is showing you, you can use your finger to move this small screen by simply dragging it to a different area of your screen.

The iPad is a great device, but you don’t need to upgrade every time Apple releases a new one. While they do have some nice changes between generations, you can generally skip a generation or two without losing out on too much. Save yourself stress and money by buying one generation behind.

Photo Booth

Do you enjoy playing with the Photo Booth feature? You can take pictures of others by tapping on the twirly camera icon located at the bottom of your screen, and the camera located on the back of your iPad will become active. Use the shutter button to take your pictures.

To prevent unwanted app purchases, turn off your in-app purchases. Visit your Settings menu, then General, followed by Restrictions and select Enable Restrictions. You can select what you would like to restrict. Your options include content, game center, apps and others. Disable the In-app purchases under the setting Allowed content to protect your credit card information.

Check iTunes for any available downloads. This can help you in the situation of losing your Internet half way through a download. Use the Store menu and select available downloads. You will be presented with a list of downloads that are ready for you to complete or begin downloading as soon as you have the Internet.

Sound of iPad

Do you hate having to constantly listen to the sound of your iPad? If so, you can now mute it. The older iPads do not have this option, but the iOS 4.3 Apple will allow you to do this. Simply press and hold the Volume Down button, and your sound will mute.

For those who have experienced the iPad, there can be no denying how truly incredible it is. You can use an iPad more effectively by understanding all its features. Follow this information to have the very best iPad experience.