The iPad and the iPad 2 are amazing and powerful devices. To help you do amazing things with it, we offer this collection of tips and tricks and how-to articles.
Some of these are iPad Basics sort of stuff that are helpful for newer users- for instance, how to instantly jump to the top of a web or email page, how to save images from the iPad web browser or email apps. Others are how-to’s that are useful even for iPad power users – things like how to print from the iPad, or the best ways to get photos and videos transferred from an iPhone to the iPad without having to connect to a PC, or how to disable In-App purchases so your kids can’t inadvertently run up your App Store spending.
I hope some of these iPad tips will help you get the most out of your iPad.
With iOS 8 we have more control over the settings of our apps then ever before. Sometimes individual app settings are easy to find, and sometimes they are buried deep within the app, several layers in. To find what you’re looking for, it could take you several tries, no to mention the time you spend researching on the internet. It doesn’t have t be this way–not anymore. Apple has actually made it rather simple to adjust settings for each app all in one place.
Start by opening the Settings App. As you scroll down the side-bar menu on the left side of the page, you will eventually se a running list of all of your installed apps. Opening/selecting any one of your apps from the side-bar will display all the settings that you can interact with and adjust. Not all of your apps are going to display the same settings. That’s because not all apps are capable of providing the same services. As a result, there will be a wide variety of changes that you can make to each app.
If you have an iPad with cellular data/LTE capabilities it can be a real life saver at times. I know I use my iPad as a personal hotspot more often then I ever thought I would. Sometimes I just want to save my iPhone battery for the rest of the day. Sometimes I might rather have that larger screen to view videos, or check email or surf the internet–or whatever else I’m in the mood for on any given day. If you have a shared family data plan, like many of us do now-a-days, then the device you use to consume the data isn’t as big of a concern as it once was.
However, one thing I have noticed as of late, is that I have been using my iPad to tether to my computer much more often that I thought I was. What’s even more concerning is that sometimes I’m tethering without even realizing it at first. When I’m away from home, or working at my day job, I often have my laptop with me. In addition, I never turn Wi-Fi off in the computer settings. If I forget to turn my personal hot-spot off on my iPad my computer automatically connects and begins sharing the cellular connection. I might not be aware of this at first since I am using the computer and not looking at the iPad. Tethering is a great convenience. However, in times like these I need to be more aware and sensible about how I use it. If I’m not careful I will end up exceeding my monthly data limits and incur additional data charges.
I used to be a really loyal Instapaper user because I loved the reading experience inside of the app. I still do,
and it’s still great, but I find myself slowly preferring Safari’s Reading List more. If you’re not familiar with Instapaper, it’s a read-later service for storing articles (like this one) for reading later on, at your leisure. Throwing something into Instapaper is different than just bookmarking, because each article has a read status, and you can archive articles you’ve already read. In addition, Instapaper crawls the page for just the content, and strips it away from the website’s UI, providing a clean and consistent reading experience. Instapaper can also intelligently save your content intermittently in the background, so it’s available for reading even without an Internet connection.
In comparison, Reading List is a feature that lives within the Safari browser. A quick tap on the bookmark icon and another tap on the glasses icon will get you to your Reading List. Adding links is as easy as tapping and holding them within any app that detects hyperlinks.
I find myself using fewer and fewer apps these days, and one of the reasons that Reading List is appealing is because it lives right inside of Safari. It also mimics (Sherlocked?) many of Instapaper’s features, right down to the offline reading, “Reader view”, and read vs. unread status. The big difference is that Reading List can cache an entire webpage for offline reading, which means that I can see a 1:1 version of the article in the way that the author wanted me to see it — pictures, themes, and all. I like this because it’s a great way to see sites I don’t normally follow, and I know the article layout is as it should be. Instapaper has refined its text crawling over the years, but it still has occasional hiccups with captions. Some image captions can read like they’re paragraphs, and some sites (like the New York Times) actively work against serviceslike Instapaper.
I haven’t had to change my habits much in adjusting to Reading List. It’s available most anywhere that I can tap and hold on a link, and it’s available on all of my iOS and OS X devices, just like Instapaper. One of the noticeable tradeoffs has been that Instapaper remembers where you left off in a longer article, whereas Reading List does not. However, seeing as I don’t read long form New Yorker articles every week, this hasn’t affected me too much.
Instapaper is still awesome, but I’m really surprised how useful Reading List has turned out to be. I’d recommend it as a great, lightweight alternative to the dedicated Read-Later apps on the App Store.
There are more and more free Wi-Fi hot spots available to us than ever before. However, for the most part, coverage is generally spotty and/or intermittent on free public Wi-Fi networks. In addition, there can be privacy concerns, not to mention overloaded networks that easily become more trouble than they’re worth in the first place. In situations like these what options do you have if you want to surf the internet on your iPad and you’re away from your fast, secure and reliable home network? For the sake of argument, we are going to assume that your iPad is a Wi-Fi only version, but the process is the same regardless which iPad you own.
Now with Continuity on iOS 8 you can actually make and receive phone calls on your iPad. Want to hear more? It’s actually pretty simple, and it can be very helpful and convenient for those times when you hear your iPhone ringing, but realize it is in the other room. Maybe you can’t answer the call in time, or you just don’t feel like getting up to go retrieve it to see who is calling you. It’s situations like these that make continuity such a great feature. As long as your iPad and iPhone are both running iOS 8, and are on the same Wi-fi connection, making and receiving calls on your iPad is both simple and convenient.
Spotlight Search is probably one of the most under used tools on the iPad. I know I have taken it for granted for years. I know it’s there. I know it can be a very useful search tool, and I know that it was enhanced with iOS 8. But, how often do we really ever […]
iOS prides itself on obscuring its file system. That design choice can make it easier for tech-wary people to approach computing, but it can also make file management a much bigger pain than it needs to be. Case in point: the Photos app. Remember the iOS 6 days of scrolling through a seemingly-endless grid of […]
I don’t know about you, but in my line of work, I often find myself off the beaten path in the middle of nowhere. In times like these it’s super helpful to have maps that I can still reference, even without an active internet connection. For the most part, if you don’t already have the […]
If you’ve ever signed into an account through your Safari browser on your iPad, you’ve been offered the opportunity to save usernames and passwords before. The same goes for your credit card information when you decide to purchase an item on your iPad. Did you know that your credit card information is stored in the Settings app? […]
Apple Maps have come along way since Scott Forestall first introduced them with iOS 6 in 2012. I prefer them over Google Maps most of the time, especially with regard to navigation. However, as one might suspect, they still are not on the same playing field with Google Maps when it comes to search results […]
Ever wonder how much storage space your iPad has available? How about how many apps you have installed on your device, or how much space those apps occupy? Ever want to know what apps take up the most space, or how you can manage all of the above in one place? Look no further–app management […]