While you know you want an iPad, do you really know how to make it an exceptional gadget? Can you turn it into all the things you need, from a camera to a camcorder to a computer to a voice recorder? Read on to find tips to turn your iPad into a multi-use machine.
Make the most of the “delete all” function that is incorporated within the iPad. For security reasons, you can program the tablet to delete all your sensitive data if your password is entered incorrectly 10 times. This is a perfect feature if your tablet has been lost or stolen and you keep extremely confidential details on it.
Be aware of the amount you are spending to purchase apps for your iPad. When you have an iPad, you can run up your iTune’s bill quickly because it contains your credit card information and it only takes a few clicks to buy an app. So, always be aware of how much you are spending so that it doesn’t get out of control.
Is that app you just launched making too much noise? Press and hold the volume down feature until you get to mute. You can also set another button to do this in the Settings menu.
Even though your iPad does not come with a user manual, you can download one for free. Apple has a free PDF on their website containing the User Guide for the iPad. It also comes as an e-book you can read in iBooks, which is a free downloadable app available in the App Store.
If you are sick and tired of being notified of a local Wi-Fi connection, change your settings. Look for an option called Ask To Join that is referring to networks. Turn that off, and you won’t see invitations anymore.
If you enjoy frequently using a 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 the battery in your iPad is fully depleted, charge it as quickly as possible. Storing the device for long periods of time with a dead battery can affect its ability to hold a charge in the future. Once per month, allow the battery to run down completely before charging it to 100 percent.
You can change the default search engine to something besides Google if you wish. Go to the Settings menu, choose Safari and then choose Search Engine. You can then change the default search engine if you desire to do so.
It is not necessary to click on your bookmarks icon to access your favorite websites from your iPad. Simply enable your bookmarks bar on a permanent basis to keep your favorite websites a click away. In Settings, open Safari and select the option to always show the bookmarks bar. Simply turn it on.
Choose the functionality you’d like for the lock switch, orientation lock or audio mute. Keep in mind that the original iPads did not have this feature. Check to see what OS your iPad is running. If it is iOS 4.3 or a later version, you should be able to choose what the lock key does. You may mute your iPad by holding the – volume button down.
Private Information on iPad
Does your iPad 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!
The same light settings are not necessary when you are in different environments, which is why you are given the option to change that. The normally bright screen can be dimmed by tapping the Home button twice and swiping until you see the brightness setting. This will allow you to manually adjust the brightness to fit your surroundings.
If you are listening to music on your iPad 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!
Are you aware you can use the Google Maps’ Street View Feature? Search on it and a red pin will show up on your map. Tap this pin and then select the little red and white person icon. Next, you will see the “Street View” feature.
If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate situation of a frozen iPad, don’t worry. Apple built in a hidden reset function to the device. All you need to do is hold the home button while holding the power button. This will do a hard reset that should work even when frozen.
Your iPad’s battery power percentage display is meant to keep you informed of how much battery power your iPad 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.
You can take better pictures by focusing on your subject and improving the metering of the light. All you have to do is tap on your subject and your iPad will focus on this area and meter the light to make your subject more visible. Experiment with this tool to take some artsy picture!
Whether you want to replace your laptop, camera, recipe book or telephone, the iPad can do it all and more. It can be your gaming system, timer or voice recorder, but only if you know how to get it working for you. Keep the advice here in mind as you use your iPad and you’ll find you love it even more.
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