The iPad is an amazing gadget. The iPad will allow you to type, play music, create art, or stay in touch with friends right out of the box. Unfortunately, though, you can’t really max out its usefulness unless you have some basic knowledge about it. Read below to figure out how you can get the most out of your tablet.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that iPads are only useful if you are into gaming or entertainment. There is really an application for anything you can possibly imagine. This includes home organization apps like personal budgets as well as recipe books, calculators, and anything else you can possibly imagine.

Learn About The iPad To Get The Most Of It
Learn About The iPad To Get The Most Of It

Whenever possible, use your screen lock to prevent the iPad from switching between portrait and landscape orientation. If you repeatedly pick up and put down the device, the constant switching and adjusting will consume more battery power. You can lock the orientation under the General setting’s screen from your home screen.

VPN

VPN networks are used to access remote servers. To activate your iPad’s VPN feature, head to settings and click on the network tab. You will be asked to provide a server address and a username. If you are unsure about the address, talk to your network administrator.

There is a feature you can use on your phone that will erase all the data on the phone if someone inputs the correct passcode. While this may seem like a good idea, be careful. You may put the wrong passcode yourself and end up losing all of your information.

It’s essential that you know how to treat your iPad. The first thing to keep in mind is that it should never be placed in direct sunlight or inside a place that is extremely hot. Also, your battery will be drained faster than usual. Don’t leave your iPad anywhere that it will encounter dampness or liquids. For extra protection, you may want to buy a padded cover.

iPad at The Beach

Be careful with your iPad 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.

There is now an easy way to mute your iPad. When the iPad first came out, you couldn’t quickly mute it. Prior to iOS 4.3, you had to use the lock switch to mute the sound or lock your iPad’s orientation. To perform a fast mute, all that you need to do is press and hold the volume-down button.

Find out about other Apple products. You may be able to use your iPad in tandem with other devices in the Apple family, making your use of all of them much easier. You can look at the Apple site, or you can just search on the internet for ways that you may be able to use other Apple devices.

Copy & Paste

It is possible to copy text and then paste it. Tap on the text and hold to copy. Next choose select for the text you would like to copy. Once the text is yellow, select copy. Finally, to paste the text, hold at the target location and choose “paste” from the popup menu.

You get to choose whether the lock key silences your iPad or freezes your screen’s orientation. Remember that earlier versions of the iPad did not offer this capability. You have this option if you are using iOS 4.3 or above. Holding the volume down button will mute your iPad.

Screenshot

It is very easy to capture a screenshot on your iPad. Just press on Home and Sleep/Wake. You will see the screen flash then you will hear a click. Your iPad has taken a picture of the screen. The shot will appear in the Photos app where it can be emailed or viewed.

If you are writing a lengthy article or submission, finding the best hotkeys is a necessity. A quick double tap of the space and you’ll find a full stop and space appear in its place. This is a commonly used tool when writing on the iPad and saves a lot of time in the process.

While you may be tempted to hack your device to add extra applications to it, you should really think twice. The official store has thousands of legit applications, and once you unlock your device you may lose support from the official Apple store. Think carefully about doing something like this!

Keyboard

Filling out long forms using the iPad’s touch-sensitive keyboard is time-consuming and frustrating. Access the settings for the Safari browser, then select the AutoFill feature. Whenever you need to fill out a form while browsing with Safari, you can have your information plugged in automatically. This makes signing up and providing basic information much more convenient.

If you have a child or a minor using your iPad, you may be interested in turning off mature content. To do this, tap on general, restrictions, and then enable restrictions. This feature will block TV shows, movies, and apps that are “mature audience” rated. Also, podcasts that have an “explicit” tag will be blocked.

Battery Percentage

Do you find it distracting to see the percentage of the battery charge of your iPad? Thankfully, there is a way for you to easily turn this feature off. Simply navigate to the Settings tab, then General, and finally Usage. It is here that you can turn the feature off.

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.

Now that you’ve read this article, your iPad should be a far more useful gadget than it was before. Remember the tips here and make sure you share them with others who own iPads. With increased knowledge comes increased ability to assist others, which makes you feel great.