The iPad is an amazing tool for anyone from a chef to the President of the United States. They all can find use in the millions of apps available, from storing recipes to monitoring international news up to the second. How can you better use your iPad? Read the rest of this article to find out.

If you are new to using an iPad you may initially think it cannot do much. Don’t be fooled, you simply need to start looking through apps. The real capabilities of an iPad come from the additional applications that you are able to download and use directly from your device.

Practical Advice For Using iPad Like A Pro
Practical Advice For Using iPad Like A Pro

Watch your currently running apps carefully. You can run a lot of the apps on an iPad while you are doing other things. In order to view currently running applications, just click your Home button twice. The lower bar will display the currently active apps and some brief information. When you are finished with this area, swipe down and the bar will be gone.

Push Mail

It is a good idea to turn off your iPad’s push mail. A lot of mail accounts default settings go to Push as a delivery mechanism. This automatically will push your new mail as soon as available. This can be distracting and interfere with what you are working on. Turn this feature off.

Isn’t it irritating when you encounter a hyperlink on your iPad, and you are unable to determine where it will take you? The solution is really quite simple. This will tell you the URL and you make it easier for you to decide if you want to visit that site. The URL associated with the hyperlink will be displayed.

Battery Life

Auto brightness can help your iPad’s battery life. The iPad has a convenient feature to adjust the device’s brightness depending on the lighting conditions of the environment it is in. This technique gives you longer battery life without the need to recharge so often. You can find this in settings under the brightness and wallpaper option on your iPad.

Make use of folders. To do this, simply tap and hold on an app until the app shakes. Once you do this, drag this app over an icon and release. Doing this will create a folder that contains both your apps. The name of your folder will depend on the apps’ category. However, if you don’t like this name, you can change it.

Spotlight Search

Never waste time wandering aimlessly through your library of music looking for the one tune you hope to hear. Use the Spotlight search feature. Just flick to the right on your Home screen to get to Searchlight. Alternatively, you can press the Home button. This feature is also helpful in launching apps and can help you find contacts too.

You do not have to access the second screen of your keyboard if you need an apostrophe. You should instead tap and hold the exclamation point key and an apostrophe will appear for you to select. You can also make typing easier by purchasing a wireless keyboard or even a case with a built-in keyboard.

Set up your notifications to meet your needs. To do this just go to settings and then click notifications. Here you can customize your iPad to alert you of what you think could be important. This way, you will not be flooded with too many notifications and do not have to miss the ones that you need.

Airplane Mode

If you will not be using the Internet for some time while on your iPad, take advantage of airplane mode. Airplane mode will essentially shut off your Internet, and this helps to reduce your battery usage. The Internet is a large draw on your battery usage, so using airplane mode can mean that you can use your device longer without having to plug it in.

Would you rather use a search engine other than Google on your iPad? You can easily change the default to your favorite search engine. Under your Safari Settings menu, select Search Engine. Once you are there, you will see options for Yahoo and Bing in addition to the default Google browser.

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.

Google Maps

Were you aware that the Google Maps app lets you use the feature “Street View?” Start with a search and you will see a red pin. Tap the pin and a small icon will appear. Tap this icon and you will be able to access Street View.

Spotlight searches can be easily restricted on an iPad. Start by swiping left to bring up Spotlight. This search is set up by default to look at everything, which also includes events, apps, podcasts, and songs on your iPod. It can be restricted to not include these categories by going to Settings, General, and Spotlight Search.

Have you ever wanted to take a quick screenshot before? It is not hard to do. Press Home followed by the sleep/wake button. There will be a momentary flash and the screenshot will be visible. Screenshots save automatically.

iPad With Dead Battery

Never store your iPad with a dead battery. Storing the device with a battery that is completely drained can essentially kill the battery and make the device useless until that battery is replaced. Store your device with at least a small charge, and always make sure to charge your battery before it is completely drained.

Everyone wants to make their iPad more usable. This means learning the tips and tricks that are public knowledge, such as those in this article. The more you learn, the better able you will be to use your iPad for any need which comes up. This means you can do what you want when you want and where you want – what freedom!