An iPad is a great piece of technology. It is portable, easy to use and multifunctional. Getting the hang of your new gadget can sometimes be tricky though, and that is when it is helpful to have a few tricks up your sleeve. Here are some of the best tips, most often used by iPad professionals, that can help you to improve your iPad experience.
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.
If you do a lot of typing on your device, consider buying a portable Bluetooth keyboard. Doing a lot of typing on a virtual on-screen keyboard will most likely cause a lot of pain in your finger joints. Buying a portable Bluetooth keyboard for your device will make it possible for you to type long documents on your tablet comfortably.
To protect your sensitive data the iPad has a feature that will erase all data if the password is entered incorrectly ten times. To access this feature go to Settings and click Passcode Lock; then click Erase Data. This privacy feature will restore your device to its factory default settings.
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 device. You will still be able to use your tablet to read e-books, play games and use certain apps without draining the battery.
If you own an iPad, it is a good idea to make a backup. You can force iTunes to make a back up 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.
If you are getting irritated by a number of times that you are being asked to join Wi-Fi networks, go into your settings and change it. There is an option labeled “Ask to Join Networks.” Select that and you will no longer be bugged by all of the incoming invites.
Protect your sensitive data with the Delete All function. Worried about losing your identity if your device is ever lost or stolen? Simply enable the Erase Data security setting. In the event of 10 incorrect passcode entries, the iPad will automatically erase all personal data. You can find this option in the Settings menu, under General > Passcode Lock.
The default setting on the iPad is to preview two lines of each new email before you select it. It can be helpful to see more of the content prior to opening. Go to the Settings and then tap on Mail. Under Mail select Contacts, then Calendar to change the Preview email options for more lines.
Do you need some help with organizing your busy schedule? Install a Google calendar on your device. Tap on the email section of your settings and select calendars. Choose to add a calendar, select Google as your server and enter your Google account information. Your Google calendar will then be exported to your device calendar.
Did you know that you can create folders on your iPad? Just tap any app and hold it until it starts to begin jiggling. When it does, drag the app over top of any other icon and let it go. The iPad will then make a folder for you with both of the apps involved inside.
Don’t forget about multitasking gestures. There are three to be aware of. These include a four finger swipe (either to the left or to the right) to move seamlessly between apps that you are using and a four finger swipe to take you back to the home screen. These make your life easier, so take advantage of them.
Get a warranty. You may not think that a warranty is something you need, but consider this: An iPad is not a cheap toy. It is an electronic investment and you need to make sure that you can get it repaired or replaced should you need that. A warranty can give you peace of mind.
Web Browsing Experience
Multitask your web browsing experience using tabs. You don’t have to leave the website you are currently on just because you want to follow a link. By holding the link instead of tapping it, you will bring up an options menu. From here, you can opt to open the link in a new tab, allowing you to keep your current page as well as open the new one.
You may not have realized it, but you can move your application icons anywhere on the screen that you want. To do so, simply hold the icon for one second and when it pops up you can move it where you want. This is also the way to delete an application.
When you first purchased your iPad, pages loaded quickly. Now, you are noticing your machine is not as snappy in it responses as it used to be. Over time, the installation of data and apps will slow down your device. To keep your device at optimum speed, periodically review the information and apps you have installed and deleted those that are no longer being used. By doing this, your iPad will become snappier in its response again.
You can easily take a screenshot with your iPad. Press your Home button and then the Sleep/Wake button. There will be a flash on the screen and an audible click. This indicates that it has taken a photo. Screenshots will be saved automatically in the Photos gallery, where they can be easily viewed or emailed.
If you have just purchased an iPad, you are no doubt amazed, and you might also feel a little confused. While it can take awhile to get the hang of your new gadget, having a few tips to turn to can make your experience better. Keep these tips handy, and use them to make your device more user-friendly. Before you know it, your device might just become your “go to” device!