10 iPad Tips and Tricks

Here’s How to Make Your Battery Last

Question: I recently purchased my iPad, and I love it! The only problem is that I love it so much that I drain the battery really fast. How can I maximize my battery life?

Answer: You’ll find multiple ways to extend your battery life, based on how you use your iPad:

  • Decrease your screen brightness. Do this by tapping on Settings, then going to the Brightness & Wallpaper option.
  • Use the Airplane Mode when you don’t need the Internet. Suppose you brought your iPad in your purse and only want to use the Kindle app while you’re getting your car serviced. You don’t need the Internet. Go to the settings and turn the Airplane mode on. (Note: Did you know your iPad will constantly search for a WiFi setting? So if you’re mobile or in a place with spotty connections, then using the Airplane Mode feature will increase your battery life.)
  • Does your iPad blurt out a sound when you receive a notification from Apps like Twitter? Turn off Push notifications by heading to Settings and tapping on Notifications. You can also cancel out those blurting/blipping sounds by going to Settings, then General, and then Sounds. Both of these will save you precious battery time.
  •  Finally, avoid leaving your iPad in direct sunlight. As with all batteries, heat kills the battery — even until to the point of a battery no longer holing a charge.

Lock Your Screen Orientation Using This Tip

Question: How do I lock my screen orientation?

Answer: You’ll find that locking the screen orientation is quite simple. Hold the iPad in the direction you want to lock it (either portrait, meaning up-and-down, or landscape, meaning side-to-side). Click on the home button, which is the indented square button on your device. You’ll find the task switcher will show up at bottom of the screen. Slide your finger to the right. This will allow you to see the screen hidden on the left. Click on the button on the bottom left, which displays a small lock.

Avoid Ending Up in Recovery Mode When Rebooting Your iPad

Question: Ack! I was running an App, and then my iPad completely froze. I can’t even power it off. How can I get my iPad to reboot?

Answer: Simply hold down both the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button (the indented button with a square displayed at the bottom of your device). You can let go when you see the Apple logo.

Warning: Make sure you let go of the buttons once the device starts to reboot. Otherwise, you might end up in Recovery Mode.

Note: Sometimes you don’t have to completely reboot the device. You can manually for quit an app by holding down the Sleep/Wake button. A red slider will appear, but don’t slide it. Instead, let go of the Sleep/Wake button. Then you should hold down the home button. This will force quite the app.

Turn Off Those Keyboard Clicks

 Question: I know this is weird, but I can’t stand hearing those clicks when I tap the iPad keyboard. Everyone knows I’m composing an email. Is there a way I can turn it off?

Answer: All you need to do is tap Settings from your iPad dashboard. Tap on the General option, underneath the Settings column. That will take you to a screen on the right listing Sounds. Click on that. You’ll see at the bottom the Keyboard Clicks option. Tap on the button, so it says OFF. That’s it!


Customize Where Your App Icons Appear

Question: I want to put my Weather App on the top left of my screen. How can I do this?

Answer: Tap and hold onto the icon until it wiggles. That’s when you can move it to the preferred spot.

If you use that Weather App all the time, you can add this App to your dock. The iPad dock can hold up to 6 Apps. By default, it includes Safari, Mail, Photos, and iPod. Do the same process as above, holding down your Weather App until it wiggles. Drag the App down until it is hovering over the dock and let go. (Note: You can move the ones you don’t want in your dock onto the home screen.)


Find Your Way Back to the Safari’s Top

Question: I’m a big blog reader, and use my iPad all the time to keep up with my favorites. It’s annoying when I scroll all the way down a Safari page and want to go back to the top. Is there an easy way around this?

Answer: Tap the title bar at the top of the screen. That will take you back to the top of the Safari page.

Bonus Tip: If you’re reading blogs, did you know that you can display your favorites in the Bookmarks Bar in Safari? All you need to do this is to select the Settings icon on the iPad home screen. Tap on Safari option under the Settings column. The screen on the right will show you a “Always Show Bookmarks Bar” option. Tap on the button, so it says ON.

When you launch Safari and visit a Website you want to add to your Bookmarks Bar, click on the + (plus sign). Tap on the space that says Bookmarks. Tap on the Bookmarks Bar option. This will take you back to the previous screen, which will now allow you to save the bookmark. The Website will now show up in the Bookmarks Bar for super-quick access. You’ll be viewing your favorite Websites in no time.

Secure Your iPad with a 4 Digit PIN

Question: I got a new iPad and love it, but the only problem is that my pesky little sister loves it too. Is there any way to lock it, so she’ll leave it alone?

Answer: You can add a 4 digit PIN code to your iPad which will not only keep it secure from pesky little sisters but also from people who may have found or stolen your iPad. We all keep personal information on our devices (such as photos, emails, notes, and calendar items), so it’s wise to protect this information from unwanted users.

Start by selecting Settings from your home screen. On the left side, under the Settings column, select General. The screen on the right will display an option for Passcode Lock. Tap the “Turn Passcode On” button. This will prompt you to enter a 4 digit numerical pin.

Extra protection: If you want to keep your iPad super protected, you can turn the Erase Data feature ON. This means that if an incorrect PIN is entered incorrectly 10 times in a row, then all the data on your iPad will be completely wiped. By default, this setting is disabled.

Learn the Specs of a Workable Wallpaper Image

Question: I bought my iPad for my wife, and before I give it to her, I want to create a Wallpaper of our grandkids. How can I do that?

Answer: Apple’s tech specs say the screen is 1024 pixels on the long side and 768 pixels on the short side. But depending on how you hold the iPad, your Wallpaper will shift to either direction (either 1024 or 768 pixels tall and either 768 or 1024 pixels wide), which means you should take this into account when formatting the image of your grandkids.

Pull up the image. Create a square 1024×1024 image. This will reach the edge of the iPad display no matter the way your wife holds it. Crop the image so the most important part is visible in the 768×768 square. Then save it at 132 dpi.

What Was That? Turn on the Mute

Question: Sometimes when using the iPad, I click onto news stories which show the same annoying commercial before they run the story. How can I quickly turn on the mute?

Answer: Those commercials can be grating, especially when you have to hear them multiple times. To quickly mute the sound, hold down the volume button for 2 seconds. Then you can turn it back on by clicking on the up or down side of the volume button.

Can You Pause an App Install? Find Out

Question: I was installing a bunch of Apps the other day, but one took forever for one of them to finish. Is there a way to pause it, so I can finish later?

Answer: Just tap the installation you want to pause. This will allow the other Apps to install first. You can start it again by tapping on the icon again

About Erin Lang Masercola

As Business Unit Editorial Director at Beckett Media, I lead creative teams in technology, gaming, collecting, autos, home decor, outdoor sports, and more.

Posted on July 22, 2011, in iPad and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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