Getting a new gadget is an exciting venture! The only problem is that you have to figure out how to use it, and that can be frustrating and time-consuming. If you’ve got a new iPad and need some help figuring it out, look over the following article; it’s full of useful tips and tricks on the iPad.

Buy a good-quality case and screen protector for your iPad. You probably paid a lot of money for your iPad, so you need to ensure that you keep it protected against damage. A good-quality case will protect your iPad from minor accidental falls, while a screen protector will stop the screen from getting scratched.

What You Must Know About Using Your New iPad
What You Must Know About Using Your New iPad

Wait until your battery is low before you begin to charge your device. Batteries have something referred to as memory. If you charge the battery too early, it’s memory will then record a smaller life, and this can occur repeatedly, leading to the device needing to be on the charger to be used.

Sensitive Data on iPad

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 iPad to its factory default settings.

Do you want to prevent your device from automatically syncing when you hook it up to your computer? That is easy to accomplish. Make sure you are in iTunes, then hold down the Shift-Control or Command-Option buttons when you plug the iPad in. If you forget to do that step, then just swipe, the unlock during the sync, and it will stop.

Know how to take a screenshot with your iPad. Simply depress the Power and Home buttons simultaneously for just a second. A photo of your screen’s contents will automatically appear in your photo folder for easy access. Be careful not to depress the buttons too long, however, because the device will reboot.

Change the passcode on your iPad. 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 iPad 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.

Viewing Web Content

When viewing web content on your iPad, you may have to scroll down for what seems like forever. Scrolling your way back to the top of the page is time-consuming and annoying. To move instantly back to the top without scrolling, simply tap on the title bar, which is located at the top of your screen.

If your iPad turn by turn directions are too soft or loud, change them in settings. Some people may need a little extra volume for these directions, while others like them softer. No matter your need, you can make adjustments right in your iPad settings. You can even turn off the voice if you don’t want it.

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.

Many people are aware of the iTunes store on their iPads, but they don’t always know about all the features. One of the more interesting is iTunes U or iTunes University. There are many educational podcasts and you can learn a lot.

Apps for iPad

Take advantage of free apps for your device. Although there are a number of sites that offer apps at reasonable prices, there are also those that give them to you for free. Be sure to check the reputability of the site you download from and read the fine print. You should have no problem getting nearly everything you need at no cost.

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.

If you enjoy listening to audiobooks, you’ll love the VoiceOver application under Accessibility settings. This feature will read aloud any text displayed on the screen. Open your favorite e-book or blog and your iPad will read it to you! This is perfect for listening in your car or while you are doing work around the house.

Do you want your emails to stop saying at the end that they were sent from your device? That is actually an email signature, and you can change it to anything you want. Go to your Mail section under your Settings. Then select Calendars under Contacts and use the Signature setting.

The Spotlight search feature searches everything you have, including the songs on you iPod, apps, events and podcasts. If you want to restrict what it searches, you can go to Settings, then General and then Spotlight Search. Here, you can pick which categories you do want it to search and which you don’t.

iPad AirPrint

Print right from your device. You don’t have to email a document anymore. If you have the right kind of printer, you can simply print from your Share menu with AirPrinter. Many Hewlett Packard printers are compatible, and you can also use Printopia for printers that are connected to Macs.

You can turn on Caps Lock on an iPad. To type a capital letter with the onscreen keyboard, you’d tap the right or left shift key and the letter you need. This is a bit of a hassle if you need an entire word capitalized. The easiest thing to do is use Caps Lock. To turn it on, just double tap on either the right or left shift key.

Hopefully, this article leaves you with a greater understanding of the iPad and how to use it. Understand that it will take time before you become a pro at using it. Even the so-called experts need manuals and tutorials, given the complexity of this amazing gadget. But all of this can be half the fun of the iPad: there is always something new to learn about it!