Many people are often afraid of using a tablet because they feel unprepared. The Apple iPad is an incredibly simple device for any user, but it can still seem intimidating. If you are considering purchasing one, or if you recently did so, then check out these great tips about the device.
Think carefully before you decide to jailbreak your iPad. The advantage of jailbreaking your iPad is that it will provide you with lots of additional features. However, jailbreaking your iPad can make it more vulnerable to hackers. Furthermore, jailbreaking voids your warranty from Apple, and it can have a considerable impact on your iPad’s battery life.
Open pages in new tabs in order to keep several open at the same time. When you’re in the Safari browser, tap the link and hold it until the menu for options appears. This pop-up menu provides you with the opportunity to use a new tab to open an additional link.
A quicker way to access websites is using the “.com” key. When browsing in Safari, you can save time typing website addresses by just tapping on this key. You can also have other options by holding down on this key. When you tap and hold down, you will have a menu that will give other options to the “.com” address.
Do you need to type something in all caps? Instead of tapping on the shift key before every letter, turn the caps lock on by tapping your shift key twice. This works on both shift keys. This function is also available on wireless keyboards but most keyboards have a caps lock key.
To protect your battery’s life, set the brightness to auto brightness. Using this option, your iPad can adjust its lighting to match the lighting where you are. This will help preserve the battery, which means you can use your iPad longer without having to plug it in. You can enable this option via the “Brightness and Wallpaper” settings.
Your pages can be synced with iTunes to share documents with a Mac or PC. This ability is a godsend for many. Things become even easier as you are able to email your PDF’s across the Internet and download them on a remote system.
Apps for Your iPad
Take advantage of free apps for your iPad. 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.
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.
Use iTunes to backup your data. You do not want to lose all of your music, apps pictures, and other data if your iPad was to crash. Use iTunes to store by going to your Summary tab, then checking the Encrypt iPad backup that is found under the Options. This way, all of your information is stored safely somewhere other than your 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.
Think about getting a screen protector for you iPad, even if you are not keen on them. Despite its technological marvel, the screen of the iPad still collects fingerprints quickly, sometimes even distorting your view. You can pick up a screen protector for a very reasonable price and it will also help minimize scratching.
There may be many apps that you do not use on an iPad, but you are not allowed to delete some of them. The best thing to do to get them out of your way is to move all of them into a folder. This way, you will only see the one folder icon and not a ton of icons for things you don’t use.
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.
Dim or brighten the screen within the iBooks app itself. Rather than entering the Settings menu while you are reading, select the sun-shaped icon in the upper right of the screen. Use the slider to adjust the brightness of the screen. This shortcut allows you to tweak the brightness without navigating away from your book.
What do you want your side switch to do? Do you want it to mute the iPad or lock the rotation? Well, you now have the choice! Go to Settings > General and you’ll find you can choose which the button does by selecting Lock Rotation or Mute under Use Side Switch To.
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.
Is the battery percentage notification making you crazy? There’s a solution! Go to Settings and then General, click on Usage and set Battery Percentage to Off. This will mean you have to watch your battery charge on your own, but it could save you a ton of annoying notifications down the road.
By understanding exactly what your Apple iPad can do, you will feel more prepared to make the right decision about it. There are countless features and apps to this interesting device. So hopefully this article pointed out a few of the interesting and hidden abilities of this user-friendly tablet.