Few things are more exciting than getting a new iPad. However, it can be really frustrating to figure out how to optimize your use of it. The following article will detail some interesting tips and tricks for using your new iPad more effectively, and just how to have more fun with it in general.
Make the most of the delete all function that is incorporated into the iPad. For security reasons, you can program the tablet to delete all your sensitive data if your password is entered incorrectly 10 times. This is a perfect feature if your tablet has been lost or stolen and you keep extremely confidential details on it.
Did you know that when you are charging your iPad 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.
Be watchful of all the apps that are running on your iPad. You can run many iPad’s apps on the back while you are doing other things. You can easily see the running apps by double clicking the home button. The currently running apps will appear on a bar. This will be located at the bottom. Swipe down to get rid of the bar when you are done.
If you are irritated by repeated request to join other Wi-Fi networks, get into your settings menu and change it. You will find an option that says to ask if you want to join networks. Simply select this option, and then, those pesky invitations will stop.
Protect your sensitive data with the Delete All function. Worried about losing your identity if your iPad 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.
Do you have an Apple TV? You should be able to stream some of the content stored on your iPad to this TV. Open the content on your iPad while you are next to your Apple TV and wait for the Airplay icon to appear. If you tap it, your content will be sent to your TV.
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.
Get an iPad cover as soon as possible. While the front glass is made of Gorilla Glass (a very strong material), it can still scratch. You want to protect your investment. Get a screen cover that will protect your iPad glass when you have it in your bag. This way you are sure that it is safe.
Using Your iPad
When using your iPad to input a large volume of text, use this time-saving tip. When you get to the end of a sentence, do not type a period. Instead, you can tap the space bar twice in rapid succession. This will automatically insert a period followed by a single space for you to begin your next sentence.
Click Home twice to see which apps are currently in use. A bar with all your running apps will appear and you will be able to tap into the app you want to access. This enables you to know at any given time which apps are using up your energy and keep track of what you have recently worked on.
Want a faster than light screenshot on your iPad? It’s now quicker and easier than ever; simply hold down the home and power buttons simultaneously and your screenshot is instantly saved. Look for it later in the Photos App under saved photos albums. You don’t have to do anything else!
Add quotes to your writing with this shortcut. If you need quotes, simply hold down the question mark key. You will then see quotation marks. This can be a major help when you want to include some dialogue or a direct quote into something that you are writing on your iPad.
Are you getting crummy Google search results on your iPad? You can easily swap it for another. To do this, you’ll need to open up your Settings menu, tap Safari, and then Search Engine. Choose the search engine you want from the list of installed engines. You can use Bing or Yahoo if you don’t like Google.
Snap a Screenshot
Do you want to snap a screenshot fast? It’s much easier than you think. Press the Home button and then press your Sleep/Wake button. You will see a flash, and the screenshot will have been taken. Every screenshot will be saved automatically so you’re not going to have to think about saving it later.
Use “Find My iPad” or “Find My iPhone.” Go to Settings>iCloud, enter your Apple ID and set it up. This way, if you lose your iPad, you simply need to visit iCloud’s site or use the program on another Apple product to locate where your iPad is and find it.
If you have an Internet connection on your iPad, you can get real-time traffic information on it. Simply open the Maps then press the dog-eared page icon found on the lower right. Select the overlay for Traffic icon. Your map will then show real-time traffic right on it.
Do you find yourself using the same phrases over and over? If so, there is an easy way to create shortcuts for your most common phrases. Go to the Keyboard Settings of your iPad and click Add New Shortcut. Type your common phrase in the field named Phrase; then, simply add a shorthand version in the field named Shortcut. For example, if you use the sentence: How are you doing today? Type it in the box and use a shortcut such as haydt. Every time you type “haydt” the iPad will know to type out the complete sentence.
An iPad is truly exciting to own, but only if you can figure out how to make use of its numerous features and fancy apps. Hopefully, this article has given you some great ideas on how to really get into this fantastic little machine and make the most of it. Enjoy!