iPads are incredibly simple to use. All you have to do is start playing around, right? But, there are a lot of hidden features, tips and tricks that will help you use your iPad more efficiently.
To create folders on an iPad is easy. Simply hold your finger over an application icon until it starts jiggling. Once it starts jiggling, you simply drag and drop it on another application icon. The iPad names the application at the time it is made; however, you can rename the folder to your liking.
It’s simple to find out which apps are currently running on your iPad. Press the Home button twice and a bar with the running apps will appear. Tapping on an app in this bar will allow you to easily switch focus to that particular app. Swipe downward on the screen to make the bar disappear.
If you do a lot of typing on your iPad, consider buying a portable Bluetooth keyboard. Doing a lot of typing on a virtual on-screen keyboard will most likely cause a lot of pain in your finger joints. Buying a portable Bluetooth keyboard for your iPad will make it possible for you to type long documents on your tablet comfortably.
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 you enjoy frequently using smiley face or alternate emoticons, have the Emoji keyboard. To get this keyboard, tap settings, then General, and finally, Keyboard. Tap the international keyboards’ icon and look for Emoji. To add it, all you have to do is simply tap it. The next time you see the onscreen keyboard, it will be there.
If you use your iPad to play games for long periods of time, your battery will not last as long. However, you can extend its like by disabling the vibration feature used by many shooter or racing games. If you only spend a few minutes at a time playing these games, it is okay to leave this feature on.
A great way to keep pages open is to open new pages in a new tab. When in Safari, tap and hold a URL to see a popup menu. In that pop-up menu, you may choose to open your new link inside a new tab.
Auto correct is a wonderful feature on the iPad for those of use that are spelling challenge. Your auto correct feature is automatically enabled. To use it, simply hit enter as soon as you see the spelling correction pop up on your screen. This is an easy way to reduce your editing time and keep yourself from having to look up every word you spell.
Hate having to tap the Bookmarks icon whenever you are wanting to visit your go-to sites? You can permanently turn on your Bookmarks bar. Go to Settings, Safari, and then select Always Show Bookmarks Bar and turn it to On.
Create folders to better organize your iPad screens. Just get your screen to jiggle mode and then place the icons on each other if you would like them in the same folder and repeat until you have everything where you want it. This feature is great when you have twenty or more icons.
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.
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.
Try to avoid keeping your iPad screen set at 100 percent brightness. Keeping your screen set at maximum brightness can diminish your battery life significantly. This means you have to spend more time plugging your iPad in, and less time using it. It’s easy to change your screen settings, and a setting of 30 or 40 percent is usually adequate for most iPad usage.
Use iTunes to back up 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.
Even though you may not want them, security features are a smart idea. If you happen to lose it, you wouldn’t want those with nefarious intentions having access to your personal information. So, take the necessary precautions to keep your info safe.
If you have the choice, use Wi-Fi instead of a 3G connection with your iPad. Apple has said that the average battery draw with a Wi-Fi connection is significantly less than with a 3G connection. You will get approximately 10 hours of usage with Wi-Fi, rather than about 6 hours with 3G.
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.
While iPads are simple to use, they’re a lot more useful when you know everything it can do. Use what you learned here to make your iPad experience even better. You’ll find any need you have can be met with this tablet, as long as you learn how to do it right.