Oprah called the iPad a great modern invention. If you are new to it, you might be overwhelmed with just how much it can do for you. Read on to maximize the usefulness of the Apple iPad. You’ll be surprised at what this small little gizmo can do.
If you love to utilize your iPad for media, your battery life can deplete fast. Adjust the brightness of your screen if you would like to extend the battery’s life. In most cases, there is no need to keep the maximum brightness level to read, surf the Internet or tinker with apps.
It easy to access the currently running apps on your iPad. If you double-click on the Home button, it will show you all running apps in a bar on the bottom of your screen. Just click the app you wish to switch to, if you so desire. To remove the bar, swipe your screen downwards.
To add your Google Calendar to your iPad calendar app, select Mail, Contacts and Calendars. Then just Add An Account, choosing Other. Use the Add CalDAV icon to input your information for Google. After you’ve done this, leave the settings, then tap the calendar app. All of the information from your Google Calendar should now be at your fingertips.
The iPad can use VPN networks for accessing servers in a remote location. If this is something that you need to do, just go to Settings, click Network, and then turn the VPN feature on. A server address and username will be required to use this. If you are unsure about the address, talk to your network administrator.
Hate having to view your iPad’s battery charge percentage? If you want to, you can turn it off easily. First, you will want to locate the Settings option. Once there, go to General and locate Usage. Here, you can turn off the display for battery usage easily.
Do you find the Wi-Fi notifications increasingly annoying? Get rid of this by going into the settings menu. You can easily turn this off in the Wi-Fi settings.
Is clicking the Bookmarks button driving you nuts? It is possible to leave the bookmark bar up permanently. This can be done in Settings, Safari, Always Show Bookmarks.
Did you accidentally start a noisy app? Press volume down for a few seconds to mute quickly. You can also set another button to do this in the Settings menu.
Take the time to set up your contacts in FaceTime. By default, FaceTime on your iPad will include the email that you set the iPad up with, but you can add more. If you need FaceTime to recognize additional numbers or addresses, it is possible to use the “settings” area to accomplish that.
If you are concerned about someone seeing private information on your phone, you may set a password to erase the data after several failed attempts. If they don’t get it right, the iPad is factory fresh again.
You can synch the pages of your iPad with iTunes and easily share your iPad documents with a Mac or PC. It’s very easy to interact with iTunes now and share documents. Functions like emailing and downloading PDFs have become very easy.
The iPad lets you see 2 lines of an email before viewing it in full. It might be desirable to view more before opening the email. Go to the Settings and then tap on Mail. Go to Mail, pick Contacts and then tap Calender. Then, preview mail options to change the lines.
Your new iPad comes preloaded with a lot of apps that you might not wish to use. Many of them cannot be deleted. You can put them in a folder and location where they won’t be in your way. Then you have more screen space for useful apps.
If you would like to include your Google Calender on your iPad’s calender app, go to mail, then contacts and then calenders. Switch to Add An Account and then tap the Other button. Hit your “Add CalDAV” icon and add in the relevant Google information. Then exit the settings appplication. Next, tap your calendar app. Now you should have everything you need there!
You may be tempted to hold your iPad by its sides when you take pictures. Doing this will make the shutter button move, and you will be unsteady when you take the photograph. You can always push the lock for the orientation. This feature will cause the button to remain within thumb’s reach. When you have taken your shot, you can make use of the image editor for rotation of your images and/or videos.
What happens if your iPad is stolen or lost? Go into your Settings menu and pick iCloud. Add your account’s Apple ID and turn on the app. This way, if your iPad does get lost, all you have to do is visit iCloud.com.
You get to choose whether the lock key silences your iPad or freezes your screen’s orientation. This is a new feature on the newer iPads. The operating system must be at least iOS 4.3. Holding down the “volume down” key allows you to mute the iPad as well.
FaceTime phone numbers and emails should be set up. When you set up FaceTime, it will remember the email you use to access iTunes, but additional emails can be added. If you have multiple emails or numbers, each one can be recognized by FaceTime.
Your battery will last longer if you reduce the brightness of your screen. This is extremely helpful if you’re expecting a message or email of great importance and your battery is running low. To do this, double-click the Home button, swipe to the left and adjust the slide with the sun icon.
You can paste and copy text using the iPad. Tap on the section of text that you want to reproduce and choose the select function. If the text has a yellow highlight, you’ve done it correctly. Choose “copy” to save the text to the clipboard. You can now paste in the text if you just tap, hold and select “paste.”
You should adapt the brightness settings to suit the environment you are in. Screens that are typically bright are dimmable through two taps of the Home button, followed by a swipe to get the setting tool. This allows you to control your brightness level.
A lot of people know that their iPads have iTunes, but they do not know all that they can do with it. One of the more interesting is iTunes U, or iTunes University. In this section, there are various educational audio podcasts on a variety of different subjects. You can learn nearly anything.
Join a special iPad forum or online community. There is much to be learned from others who have been using the device much longer than you and perhaps in different ways. This is also a good opportunity for you to share what you can do on it. IF you are having issues with the iPad you can go here as well.
Like most computers and electronics, the new iPad comes with pre-installed apps that are of no use to you. However, many of these can’t be deleted. Just group them in a folder and stick it on the last page of your apps. This will allow you to focus on what you do use much more.
You cannot move from day-to-day by swiping on the calendar. It requires that you use the navigation icons that are near the bottom to get to the date you need. The current day is marked in blue and should be easy to notice.
Decide whether you want the lock key to lock the orientation of your tablet or mute the sound. This is a new feature on the newer iPads. The operating system must be at least iOS 4.3. You can also mute your iPad by pressing on the volume down button.
Do you want to connect your TV and iPad? You can purchase an adapter to do this. A digital AV adapter will do the trick and so will an Apple VGA adapter. Both products function with the iPad but you need to choose the adapter that corresponds to the ports of your TV.
Make the most of tabs when you are on the Internet. You don’t have to leave the website you are currently on just because you want to follow a link. Hold your link rather than tapping it to see a menu of options. Then just click on the Open in New Tab option, and the device will create a new page for you to view seperately from the one you are currently on.
You can view the street with the Google Maps app. A search will make a red pin show up for your location on your map. Click the pin and then the person and you’ll be in Street View.
Does your screen get scratched? You should protect your device if you notice it getting scratched. This avoids damage to both the iPad and your fingers.
You can use your iPad to listen to the iTunes music you have. There is a simple way to access your iTunes account without having to reinvent the wheel on your new device. Select Home sharing in both your iPad and iTunes account. Then go to your music, click More, then Shared. Now you can start listening.
Have you wondered why your iPad is slowly getting a little bit slower when you’re trying to navigate with it? Even after clearing out information that you no longer use or need, is it still taking longer than you would like it to when you are trying to get things done? If so, then transfer some of your pictures and media to the cloud so that you can have even more free space. This gets your iPad back up to speed.
Some people don’t want to know how much charge remains in their iPad’s battery. Fortunately, there is a way to easily remove this feature. To turn off, simply go into your General Settings and click Usage. You will find an option to turn it off. If you later wish to replace it, visit the same places.
You should turn on the iPad finding feature in case you lose your iPad. This will show you the exact position of your iPad, and you will be able to remove any information from it, even if you don’t have it in your possession. It sounds like a pain to set up, but it could be a godsend if you ever misplace your iPad.
Partcipate in online communities of iPad users. You will learn a lot from other users who have had their device for a while. You can also share your own tips and ask some questions. Not only that, but if you have problems with the device, the forum can help you fix those problems.
It is not hard to share podcasts with all of your family and friends. You can even do it while you are still listening to the podcast. Just tap the Email icon to share. You’ll have the opportunity to pick recipients and send it right away.
Did you know you can connect your TV to your iPad? Purchasing a separate adapter will allow you to do this. You want either Apple’s VGA adapter or a digital AV adapter. Both are fine.
You may wish to purchase an external keyboard to use with your iPad. If you plan on typing a lot with your iPad, such as tons of emails or long documents, the keyboard will save you a lot of time. They are usually connected wirelessly and they’re simpler to use versus the iPad’s onscreen keyboard.
Now that you’re familiar with the iPad, it’s time to get your feet wet and start using it! Apply what you have learned here to maximize your usage of your iPad. Be sure you’re aware of everything it has to offer so you can get the most out of your investment!
Keep in mind that an outlet is not necessary to add charge to the device. Additionally, any USB including device can charge it. So, you can charge your iPad from your netbook or laptop at any time.