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.
If you want to organize your apps, create some folders. You can create a folder by tapping one of your apps and holding until all the apps are moving. Drag this app over a second app you want to place in the same folder and a folder containing both apps will appear. Drag other apps to the folder.
If you use your device to store sensitive information, you can turn on a feature that will delete all this data in case a wrong password is entered ten times. Go to your Settings, tap on General and select the passcode lock feature. Use a password you will not easily forget.
Your iPad will charge slower if you are using your iPhone charger. The iPad has a totally different wattage than the iPhone (10 watts compared to 5 watts). It takes much longer to fully charge the iPad with an iPhone charger. Instead, just use the charger that came with the iPad.
Know how to take a screenshot with your device. 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 device. 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 device 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.
Before allowing your children to use your device, restrict access to adult content. Under Settings, navigate to General and then to Restrictions. Select the Enable Restrictions option. This setting can protect young eyes and ears from explicit language and mature content in apps, games, podcasts, movies, TV shows and more.
Did you know that you can create folders on your device? Just tap any app and hold it until it starts to begin jiggling. When it does, drag the app over top of any other icon and let it go. The iPad will then make a folder for you with both of the apps involved inside.
If you are always on the go, you should get a Smart Cover for your device. These covers will put your iPad to sleep right away when you close them. These cover fit better than any other product on the market, and you will be able to choose from many different colors.
Password protect your device. This can be a great way to keep prying eyes away from your information and your device. Think of a password you can remember, and make sure that it is not the same password as the one you use everywhere else. Write it down so that you can retrieve it if you forget.
Does your device contain private information that you don’t want other people to access? If so, then your iPad has a feature that will erase all its data whenever the passcode has been incorrectly inputted ten times. Simply go to the Settings tab, go to General, Passcode Lock, and finally Erase Data. Just make sure you don’t forget your passcode!
Most people do not know that you are allowed to add more than four items to the dock on an iPad. You are allowed to hold up to six at a time. To add something to the dock, press and hold the icon until it shakes, then drag it into the dock.
If you are listening to music on your device while doing something else, you don’t need to wake it up completely to change the song. Simply double click the home button and you will have access to shuffling your music, volume control, and the next and previous song buttons. This saves energy as well!
When taking a picture, tap the screen to set the focus and meter. If you are taking a picture of a person sitting indoors, for example, you may find that their face is washed out because of the light. You may get a better shot by tapping the screen so that the camera focuses on the face and creates the picture you want.
If you keep important personal data stored on your device, be sure you have a backup of that information stored on another drive. If your information is truly private, you should turn on your iPad’s security system. Go to Settings, General and then turn on Password Lock so that the data on your iPad will be wiped if someone tries to break into it.
Google Maps is a graphic intensive program on many computers, but the iPad handles it perfectly and allows in-depth street views. The GUI seems confusing at first, but navigation is straightforward and a red pin designates an area for street view. With this new view, you will be able to get up close and personal with your favorite locations through the iPad.
Do you want to enable restrictions on your device? If so, go to settings, then general, then restrictions, and finally, enable restrictions. This is effective for your game center, content, apps and much more. To disable in-app purchases, all you have to do is go to the “allowed content” setting and disable “in-app” purchases.
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.