The (5) most useful features in Safari on the iPad

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The iPad really shines as a powerful media consumption device.  It’s also a great tool for finding and interacting with information on the internet as well as a repository for offline browsing of articles and links saved to your Reading List.  But how well are you really acquainted with all the benefits Safari for the iPad has to offer?  In no particular order, here are the (5) most useful features that make interacting with Safari on the iPad an enjoyable and productive experience.

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What to do if you lost or forgot your iPad passcode

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So you created an awesome passcode for your iPad.  You were extremely proud of this passcode, too.  For once, you selected one that wasn’t a birthday, or anniversary or special day that was easy to remember.  You finally listened to all the published articles about how important it is to use arbitrary info with a combination of numbers _and_ letters.  However, for some reason one day you simply forgot it or lost the “cheat-sheet” you typically use to save all your passwords?  For the sake of this tutorial, let’s just assume that you didn’t set-up Touch-ID, no one else knows your code, and you have no other known way to retrieve it.  Now what?

After that sixth time of entering the wrong code, your iPad is now disabled, and you are locked out.  No worries yet–if you just remembered your passcode, you can try again in one minute.  However, if you enter the wrong code one more time–you will now have to wait an additional 5 minutes to try once again.  For the sake of expediency, let’s assume this is where your passcode game ends.  Now you’re locked out of your iPad for good–right?  Now what options do you have–if any?

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How To Manage Which Apps Use Background App Refresh on the iPad

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iOS allows apps to refresh their content in the background. So even when you don’t have your favorite email or news app open, it is updating its content and ready for your next use. This is a very helpful feature, but perhaps not so much when it’s used by all your installed apps, or by apps that you really don’t need to be refreshed in the background.

Turning off the background refresh feature for some of your apps may also help to preserve battery life on the iPad. And it is very simple to do. Here’s how:

— Open the Settings app

— Select the ‘General’ section on the left sidebar

— Select ‘Background App Refresh’ towards the bottom of the General screen

This will show a listing of all of your installed apps that are set to use background app refresh. You simply tap the button to the right of an individual app to toggle the feature on or off for that app.

So this is a feature that’s very easy to manage, and it’s also interesting just to see some of the apps that show up in the listing that you wouldn’t necessarily expect or want to be making use of it.

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How To See Which Apps Are Using the Most Battery on the iPad

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Nothing wrecks the experience of using a great mobile device like having poor battery life. You can have the latest, greatest iPad Air 2 or a flagship smartphone, but if your battery life struggles to keep up with your useof the device, it can quickly become frustrating and also put a dent in your productivity.

iOS 8 gives us a greater ability to manage battery life on the iPad – in addition to standard best practices for improving iPad battery life (adjust brightness, keep unused services turned off etc.), we can now also see which iPad apps are using up the most battery.

Here’s how to do this on an iPad running iOS 8:

— Open the Settings app

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iOS 8: Start Website-Specific Searches From The Safari Address Bar

 

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Here’s a little iOS 8 tip for quickly searching sites you’ve already visited in Safari: while in the address bar, start typing the first four or five letters of a website, add a space, and then type in a search term. You’ll find that the first result in the suggestion list (below the URL bar) will become an option to search that website, and tapping on that line will initiate the search.

The only catch is that you have to manually run a search on the website at least once (which is how Safari learns how the site formats search queries). In our example case, this means visiting www.iPadInsight.com, typing a search into our search bar, and then pressing enter to execute the search. Once you’ve done that once on our site, you’ll see results similar to the one in my screenshot above. This is a really useful feature for power users, since it saves you from having to load a website before actually getting to initiate your search.

This is also a great tip for people who want to keep the number of apps down on their iPads. You could download apps for Yelp and IMDB, but using this trick puts the powerful search results of those websites at your fingertips, without any extra apps to clutter up your home screen.

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Hiding Purchased Music On Your iPad

John Gruber linked to this awesome MacWorld article that details how to use iTunes to hide the free U2 album on your iOS music app. I actually want to listen to this latest U2 album, but I do want to hide the crappy singles I’ve gotten from Starbucks, so this really came in handy for […]

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iPad Tips: Using Smart Mailboxes on iOS 7

One of the killer additions to the Mail app in iOS 7 are Smart Mailboxes, which help organize all sent messages, messages with attachments, and more. The VIP mailbox is displayed by default, but you’ll want to tap on the Edit button on the top-right corner of the Mail app to reveal the other Smart […]

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