The iPad is a creation so amazing that few other tablets can compare. The vast number of apps on iTunes truly blows away the competition. That said, do you truly know what you can do with the iPad? If not, keep reading and we’ll guide you through tips to become a better iPad owner.
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 iPad. You will still be able to use your tablet to read e-books, play games and use certain apps without draining the battery.
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.
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.
For the devoted iPad user who spends a lot of time traveling, it is essential to carry an extra battery that has been charged. It is very inconvenient to run out of juice while on a plane or train, with no hope of plugging in a charger until the destination has been reached.
If your battery is draining fast than you’d like, turn off some notifications and location-based items. Your iPad is constantly monitoring where you are (as long as it’s on wifi, 3G, or LTE). This monitoring sucks the life out of your battery. If you don’t need the features, then you can extend your battery time with a few flicks of a button.
Your iPad will not charge through a USB port unless you have a high power port. High power ports are usually found on the back of a desktop computer and most laptops do not have one. This also means that USB docks will not charge your iPad unless you own a powered dock.
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.
Lots of people know about the store for iTunes on the iPad, but don’t really know what all it offers. One great feature is iTunes U. It contains podcasts that focus on a variety of professional topics and is perfect for the ride home.
Most people find it helpful to hold the iPad along with its sides whenever they are taking pictures. Doing this will make the shutter button move, and you will be unsteady when you take the photograph. To get around this issue, use the orientation lock instead. This feature will cause the button to remain within thumb’s reach. After you take the photograph, you can rotate the image with an image editor.
Turn down the brightness of the screen. This has the dual advantages of being easier on your eyes and extending your effective battery life. Recent iPads are typically fully readable at around sixty percent of their standard brightness. Night time use can sometimes be done with half that. You can get to the brightness setting by swiping towards the left, or double-tapping on your home button.
Buy a custom case to hold your device. These cases look like book covers, and they enable you to use the iPad without taking it out. The case protects your expensive equipment if you accidentally drop it. It also makes it easier for you to carry around your fragile equipment.
Alter the amount of brightness that you have on your device during the day. Just hit the Home button two times and swipe to the brightness adjuster. This lets you adjust your brightness for your surroundings.
iPad Power Percentage
Your iPad’s battery power percentage display is meant to keep you informed of how much battery power your iPad has remained so that you never run out of power unexpectedly. If you are like many users, however, and this display distracts or irritates you, you can easily remove it. To turn it off just go to settings, then general, then usage.
Do you want to turn off your notifications for connecting to a Wi-Fi network? You can stop this annoyance for good. Tap settings, Wi-Fi, and then turn off the feature that asks you to join networks. There is no need to worry if you would still like to join networks. This will only eliminate the notifications that you will get.
Do you want the ability to read PDF files on your device? If so, then email yourself the PDF files so that your iPad will open it via the iBooks function. You can also sync your computer’s PDFs and your iPad. There is a tab for books on your iTunes app.
Have you heard about the new smart covers available for your device? You can use one that utilizes magnets within your device, allowing you to much more easily power down and wake up your iPad. It fits great, looks great, and is a very useful and valuable tool for your device.
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.
While you may have thought that iPad ownership is no more than just downloading apps and using them, you should now know it’s more than that. What you’ve read here will get you started down the road to iPad mastery. The more you know, the better you’ll find the iPad works out for you.