When did you buy your iPad? How often do you use it? You don’t want to be attached to it completely, but you do need to get your money’s worth. There are so many things you can do with your iPad that you should be getting more than your money’s worth. Keep reading to find out more.

When you are looking into purchasing an iPad you need to consider a few things to get the best price possible. If you want to use the iPad outside of your home or office, then you will want to purchase the more expensive version that includes 3g as well as WIFI.

Wondering What You Can Do With An iPad, Start Here!
Wondering What You Can Do With An iPad, Start Here!

Do you want to prevent your device from automatically syncing when you hook it up to your computer? That is easy to accomplish. Make sure you are in iTunes, then hold down the Shift-Control or Command-Option buttons when you plug the iPad in. If you forget to do that step, then just swipe, the unlock during the sync, and it will stop.

Since an iPad is a significant investment, it is wise to provide proper care for it. A lot of people get screen protectors. This thin protective sheet provides additional protection for the oil-resistant coating on the iPad’s screen. Get a soft cloth and dampen it with water if you need to clean your screen. Refrain from using any household or window cleaners when cleaning your device.

iPad View Photos

Most people know that an SD card can be plugged into the iPad directly from their camera to view photos. Many people do not know that a connection kit can be purchased to connect your camera to your device. You can search the online Apple Store to find one for your camera.

Become an avid e-reader with you iPad. Of course, it will already have a few free books for you, however; it’s capable of importing and displaying ebooks from virtually everywhere! Formats may be limited, so find a site offering compatible options and start reading all the books that have been gathering dust on your to-do list!

Video calls are an excellent feature of the iPad. Did you know that you can move the picture-in-picture around to a better location? First, start a video call on the iPad. Then just tap the window and drag it around the screen with your finger. This will help you get a better view of your subject.

You get to choose whether the lock key silences your device or freezes your screen’s orientation. The early iPad’s cannot perform this function. You have this option if you are using iOS 4.3 or above. Holding down the “volume down” key allows you to mute the iPad as well.

Strongest Emotions

You can show the web your strongest emotions by simply turning your caps lock on with new iOS devices, such as the iPad. Rather than fighting the shift key over and over again, you can now double tap the button and enter caps-lock mode. This setting is great for typing an entire sentence or paragraph in a capital font.

Do you need to include a quotation in the text you are typing? You could either access the second screen of your keyboard or save time and use the hidden quotation mark on the first screen. Tap and hold on the interrogation point key and a quotation mark will appear. You can select it by sliding your finger.

Control your notifications. If you have some apps running, you will receive notifications all the time. Go to Settings, then Notifications. You can use this to manage the different applications and turn off the alerts for those that aren’t needed. This will keep your alerts for things that actually matter.

If you’d like to see a list of all apps which are running, press the home (square) button twice. All the running apps will appear at the bottom of the screen, allowing you to close those which aren’t in use by touching and holding them until they jiggle, then clicking the minus icon.

Listening to Music

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!

Is your device full of sensitive data? If you’re afraid that, someone will steal it and access your precious information, you can set the iPad to erase it all if your passcode is entered 10 times wrong. You’ll find this setting in Settings ~ General ~ Passcode Lock ~ Erase Data.

Your iPad’s battery power percentage display is meant to keep you informed of how much battery power your device 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 find yourself using the same phrases over and over? If so, there is an easy way to create shortcuts for your most common phrases. Go to the Keyboard Settings of your device and click Add New Shortcut. Type your common phrase in the field named Phrase; then, simply add a shorthand version in the field named Shortcut. For example, if you use the sentence: How are you doing today? Type it in the box and use a shortcut such as haydt. Every time you type “haydt” the iPad will know to type out the complete sentence.

You can share music between your computer and iPad through Home Sharing. Go to iTunes on your computer and set Home Sharing to on and then go to Settings on the iPad and enter your Apple ID in the Music/Video area. Open the music or video app on your device and you’ll be good to go.

Now that you have a better idea of how to go about using your device, you should be able to use it for more things. Have fun using the apps, track your workout program, use it to help your kids learn, and more. The iPad is a great tool for just about anything!