Many people who own an iPad have but one major complaint: it’s way too complicated to figure out! If you find yourself of the same mindset with your new Apple, check out the following article. It contains useful tips and tricks on how to master your iPad quickly and use if for all its worth.
Folders are now supported by the iPad’s iOS. Tap an app and hold the icon until it jiggles. Then, drag the app onto a second app and let go. This creates a folder with both apps inside. Then, you can rename the folder.
Some newer iPads have a mute button instead of a lock orientation one. If you prefer the lock orientation feature, you should go into your settings and tap on the general section. You will be able to choose which function you want to associate with this button. Save your changes when you are done.
Mistakenly Opened a Noisy App
Have you ever mistakenly opened a noisy app? Mute the volume quick by pressing and then holding your volume down button. Do this until you can’t hear anything. If you use mute often, you can set your lock orientation button as a muting alternative.
You can scroll back to the top of a long page in your browser without repeatedly dragging your finger across the screen. There is a much more efficient method. All you have to do is tap a finger on the title bar one time. You will zoom right back to the top of the page.
Battery Draining Fast
If you’re the 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.
Turn on Apple’s iCloud as soon as you get an iPad. iCloud acts as an important backup to your most critical documents, photos, music, and more. The beauty of it is that it just works. No need to manually force it to back your items up; it does it behind the scenes.
Lots of people know about the iTunes store, but some may not understand its full capability. There is an interesting feature of the iTunes store called iTunes U. This will give you podcasts that are educational in nature so that you can broaden your learning base.
Take advantage of the iPad’s brightness features to extend battery life. The iPad senses ambient lighting and makes necessary adjustments automatically. This technique gives you longer battery life without the need to recharge so often. To set this up, look in the settings for Brightness and Wallpaper.
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.
Did you just make a typo? Tap and hold on the misspelled word, choose select and you will have access to a replace function. Tap on replace and a list of suggestions will appear. Select the right spelling and the word will be replaced. If the proper selection does not appear, you will have to use backspace and retype the word.
Configure Home Button
You can configure your iPad’s home button to perform a given action by being triple clicked. To do this, simply bring up the Settings tab and then click on General, followed by Accessibility. Then go ahead and triple-click your home button and go on to select what you want your home button to do. This will enable you to triple-click and access a chosen function.
Google on iPad
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.
You can control notifications. Having many apps means you will receive alerts all the time. You can manage this by navigating to Settings and then Notifications. That way, you are able to manage the apps that alert you and disable app notifications for those you don’t really use. Once you do this, only the most important apps will give notifications.
While this wasn’t possible on the previous generations, it is very simple to make a folder on your main page now. Simply drag one icon onto another, and you will be presented with the option of creating a new folder. This is a great way to organize and clean up your main screen.
One of the most amazing features of the iPad is the Maps app that runs off of Google’s street view. Many people get confused trying to use it so it is often overlooked. Simply open Google Maps and when you have a red pin drop after a search, simply tap the icon to enter street view.
Display a PDF in Two Ways
You can display a PDF in either of two ways. You can open it within iTunes and sync the file with your iPad, or you have the option of emailing it to yourself. Either way works well, so try both and see which you prefer.
Are you looking for the iPad’s guide? Since it did not come with a manual, you will have to get it for yourself. You can do this by going to Apple’s website and downloading the PDF version. Or, if you have the free iBooks app, you can even download it there.
If you’re like most people, the love you have for your iPad is somewhat off-set by your frustrations at learning to use it! Hopefully, the tips from this article make mastering the iPad a little bit easier for you. Once you become familiar with all that it can do, you will fall in love with it all over again!