Have you ever wanted to learn more about the iPad? You see people carry one around wherever you go. You see kids using it for school and adults using it for work. People of all ages can entertain themselves on it. If you want to learn more about what the iPad can do for you, read this article.
If you don’t have a lot of time, avoid using your iPhone charger in order to charge your iPad. This is because it has a different wattage than an iPad charger. If you use that iPhone battery charger, it will be twice the time to charge. To save time, charge your iPad with the included charger.
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.
Default Search Engine
Do you not like having Google set as the default search engine? If so, there is a way for you to change this. In the Settings app, navigate to Safari > Search Engine. You have the choice of switching the search engine to something more user-friendly if you would like.
Change the passcode on your device. You automatically are prompted for only a four-digit password. However, this is not as secure as you would like since this not only gets you into your device but also is used to encrypt your data. Therefore, go to Passcode Lock under your General Settings and turn off Simple Passcode. After that, you will be able to make the password any length you like using any keyboard characters.
Taking screenshots is simple. Press the Home and Sleep buttons simultaneously. This takes the shot and places it with your other photos.
Turn on multitasking gestures in your device 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.
When checking out any new applications, don’t overlook free options. Many times they are just as good as the paid version, although they may include advertisements. This is also a great way to have a type of trial before purchasing the full version that doesn’t have any obtrusive ads on it.
You do not have to save documents to your device to share them. Access them via the Internet and open your share menu. You will then have access to a list of all the documents you opened. Tap on the document you want to share. If you want to share an entire page, you will be able to send it as a Word document or as a PDF.
Do you need to type something in all caps? Instead of tapping on the shift key before every letter, turn the caps lock on by tapping your shift key twice. This works on both shift keys. This function is also available on wireless keyboards but most keyboards have a caps lock key.
Sync Your iPad
If you are preparing to sync your device with your computer for the first time, choose wisely. If you indicate that you want to sync ALL of your pictures, videos, and music, be prepared. Depending on how much you have, it could take a long time to fully transfer everything over. Instead, use your discretion and only sync those items which you know you will need on the iPad.
Unlike a personal computer where you need to constantly worry about viruses and spyware, the iPad is incredibly well protected against these things. Be sure to update your device as often as possible, but in general, you need not worry about destroying your iPad with unsafe web-surfing or downloaded applications.
Use iTunes to backup your data. You do not want to lose all of your music, apps pictures, and other data if your device was to crash. Use iTunes to store by going to your Summary tab, then checking the Encrypt iPad backup that is found under the Options. This way, all of your information is stored safely somewhere other than your iPad.
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.
Post on forums like MacRumors and iPad forums. You can learn so much from others who already know how to use the device. This lets you learn and share, too. If you’re having any problems using your iPad, you should be able to find solutions on one of these forums.
You can use Google Maps as an alternative to a GPS, even though there is no built-in satellite navigation in your device. Launch Google Maps and do a search for directions. You only have to enter your destination and your iPad will automatically figure out your current location. You will then have access to step by step directions.
If you have a child or a minor using your device, 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.
Now that you know a little more about the iPad, you can see how it can enhance your life’s daily routines. The more you use it, the more you realize how very versatile this piece of machinery can be. Talk to people who own one, and you will appreciate the potential of this wonderful tool.