Category Archives: iPad Tips & Tricks

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.

Evernote at the Office: Round 2

  
I recently started a new job and have decided, once again, to use Evernote as my main note taking system. I know OneNote isn’t the best for me, and although I was strongly considering the default Notes app, the lack of Windows support keeps me on Evernote.

This time around I wanted to avoid doing what I did at my last job: logging into my personal Evernote account on my office machine. I have thousands of notes in my account and only a quarter of them ever applied to work, so it slowed me down to have them appear in search results while at work. There are Saved Searches to filter specifically for a notebook, but they require an extra tap every time I initiate a search. I’d rather just tap the search bar and be done.

When I first used Evernote at work, I was hoping to selectively sync specific notebooks to the machine (similarly to how Dropbox works on desktop machines). However, that kind of data splitting isn’t possible within the same Evernote account. OneNote can selectively sync notebooks to a device, but Evernote only online notebooks — which sync to every logged-in device — and offline notebooks, which don’t sync at all.

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How to monitor battery usage on your iPad

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Check this feature off in the very helpful, but wish I would have discovered it sooner category.  Perhaps you were searching for how to turn your battery percentage on in your iPad status bar and were lucky enough to stumble across it sooner than me. No matter how you might, or might not have gotten there, knowing how you spend your valuable iPad battery charge can be very empowering.

To navigate to the battery settings go to Settings–>Battery. Not only can you monitor your battery usage over the last 24 hours, but you can also see a snapshot of what your activity level was over the last 7 days, and the proportion of the battery used by each app you interacted with.  In addition, by selecting the clock icon to the far right of the battery usage menu you can view the actual amount of on screen hours the app was active as well as the amount of time each app was running in the background.

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(9) of the most useful Safari shortcuts on the iPad

SafariWho doesn’t love a great shortcut?  If there’s an easier way to accomplish a task on my iPad or iPhone, I’m all for it. One of the apps I use the most on my iPad is Safari. From browsing the internet, to blogging on iPad Insight, to managing my finances, Safari on the iPad is a workhorse for me. There are many shortcuts that make your experience on Safari more enjoyable and easier to navigate., While some of these shortcuts might be known to many of us, hopefully you will find a few in this list that haven’t previously known.

Re-order, Dismiss and remotely delete tabs

This shortcut is 3-in-one bonus that makes it easier to keep your Safari tabs in order. After you have launched the Safari app, select the tabs button in the upper right corner of your screen. To re-order your active tabs, tap and hold on any page and move it to the desired order of your choice.  To dismiss a tab, once again select the tabs button in the upper right corner and slide the active page of your choice to the left off the screen.  It will disappear from your active tab window.

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iPad Apps with Night Mode / Dark Theme Support

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Before the release of the iOS 9.3 beta and Apple’s Night Shift feature (which warms the screen’s colour temperature at night), I had spent months looking to re-haul the apps I used on a daily basis. I wanted to optimize my home screen for apps that worked just as well in the day time as at night. This meant the inclusion of some sort of night mode or dark theme, which is a strangely under-served feature on the App Store. I have a lot of wonderful apps in my App Store account, but I’d reckon that only about 10-20% of them have thought about how the apps appear at different times of day.

If you aren’t familiar with night mode, it usually involves switching up the colour scheme and contrast levels in apps, turning whites into blacks, and vice versa. Many times this simply involves inverting all of the colours on the screen, but the best apps choose colours that suit light and dark themes equally.

A lot of this was inspired by my experience with iBooks and the dark theme in that app. I like to do an hour of reading when I get into bed, and iBooks is my main app for devouring ePub files. The default theme tends to blind me when the lights are low (or off), whereas the black theme feels easier on my eyes. It’s not so dim that I have to struggle to read, but it isn’t so bright that I’m being blasted by light as I’m trying to go to sleep.

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How to delete unwanted stock apps from your iPad

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Let’s be honest, we’ve all got them–those annoying stock apps that we never intend on using that come pre-installed on our iPads.  Each of us have our preferred way to deal with them.  Some of us seclude them on the last of our Home screen pages, while others cram them all in one folder so you don’t have to look at them again.  While these are perfectly acceptable solutions for many of us, there is a large percentage of iOS users who would rather get rid of them, or at least out of site, forever.  We’ve got the solution for you–sorta…

There currently exists a method to hide these undesirable apps.  It’s more of a stop-gap for now, since Apple currently doesn’t let you remove stock apps from the iPhone, but it works none-the-less. First, if you don’t have one already, create a folder with 2 or more apps you would like to remove. This was easy since I already had created such a folder.  Next, hold down one of the apps until it begins to wiggle just like you would if you were going to delete it.

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How to transfer your notes from Evernote to Apple Notes

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I have always struggled with the concept of a “Notes” app.  What is the definition of a notes app; what information is tracked here?  Is this a place to catch all my ideas and outline my future plans? Should I use it as a to-do list aggregator?  What about images, websites, sketches?  Where do those go?

Why switch from Evernote to Apple Notes?

Sound familiar?  I wasted more time contemplating my options then I ever seemed to spend using any of them.  I’ve tried Wunderlist, Evernote and Trello; but until now, I never could seem to commit to any one of them for an extended period of time.  They all have their merits, and are all capable apps.  Eventually, I  decided to use Evernote as my go-to notes app for the last 9-10 months.  I would describe my experience as “ok” but I have never been completely happy with the Evernote mobile app.  As a result, I still wasn’t completely satisfied with the overall experience, and have been on the lookout for a replacement.

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Juggling Software and Bluetooth Keyboards on the iPad

   
I’ve been testing a Smart Cover + Magic Keyboard combo with my iPad Pro; partly because the Smart Keyboard is nearly impossible to find, but also because I really like the drawing angle provided by the Smart Cover, and that feature is completely absent on the Smart Keyboard (it only ever props the iPad up like a laptop screen). The Smart Cover lets me maintain the flexibility I love so much about the iPad form factor, and the Magic Keyboard gives me a good low-impact keyboard to use in the day-to-day. However, this setup has re-introduced me to the First-iest of First World Problems.

Picture this: you’ve been typing away your desk on your iPad and paired Bluetooth keyboard for a few hours. Your stomach grumbles and you realize you need to make dinner. You pick up the iPad and bring it to the kitchen and load up Safari to search for a quick recipe. There’s just one problem: the software keyboard won’t pop up.

That’s because the iPad is still paired to your Bluetooth keyboard. You can still see the Shortcut bar across the bottom of the screen, but there’s no on-screen prompt to help you get the software keyboard to pop back up. You can’t even use Siri to dictate text into a field because you’d need the keyboard for that, too!

Panic starts to settle in. But then you realize you still have a few options at your disposal:

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How to Recover Lost or Deleted Notes from the Notes App on your iPad

iOS9-Notes-appWe all make mistakes, it’s inevitable, especially when it come to our reliance on electronic devices to store and retrieve important documents and data in the Cloud.  So what happens after you have spent a whole afternoon taking notes at a convention, for example, only to discover the next day, that all your information is now missing from your iPad?  This can be a paralyzing feeling that will probably generate a physical response in the form of anxiety or worse.

Before we progress any further, I’m assuming that you hadn’t backed up your iPad shortly after the Notes were created?  If you had, the answer to retrieving them may be as simple as restoring your iPad to the last saved version.  This can be done with both iCloud and iTunes, depending on how you back-up your device.  If you hadn’t backed-up your iPad after creating the missing Notes, not all is lost–at least not all of the time.  Unfortunately in my experiments, the methods for retrieving the information was not completely consistent, though.  However, there is hope if you follow these steps  to retrieve lost or missing Notes on your iPad.

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How to get an additional 30GB of iCloud storage for free

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When Apple first introduced the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus back in September they also, without much fanfare,  increased iCloud storage plans. Although they didn’t upgrade the standard 5GB of iCloud storage that comes with every iOS device, Apple did drastically improve the cloud storage limits of their existing plans.

New iCloud Storage Plans

  • 50GB –> $0.99 / month (2.5X more storage for the same price).
  • 200GB –> $2.99 / month (cost reduced by 25%).
  • 500GB –> $9.99 / month (discontinued).
  • 1TB–>  $9.99 / month (cost reduced by 50%).

Finally, Apple’s new iCloud plans are much more competitive and can compete with the likes of Google, Microsoft and Dropbox. Unfortunately, these upgrades, while offered at the same cost or even lower than previous iCloud plans, do not upgrade automatically for existing users. So how can you upgrade your current iCloud plan to one of the new storage plans at no additional cost to you?

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Using iOS 9 Split View for Productivity

  
I’ve been trying out a few different iOS 9 enabled workflows on my iPad, and one of the ideas I stumbled upon was maintaining an always-on Split View app. The choice of this app would is very important, of course. One of the major advantages of working on the iPad has long been the one–app–at–a–time approach. The iPad is supposed to just become whatever musical keyboard, game, or writing machine you want it to be…and the rest is supposed to fade away. That effect is reduced by the presence of a Split View app on my Air 2, and that case is especially evident if the Split View app is dynamic in nature.

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How to save and edit your Safari passwords on your iPad

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These days most websites you open in your Safari browser have a password associated with them. I don’t know about you, but I find it tough to keep track of them all. This is especially true if you don’t use a password utility app like 1Password to manage your growing, overwhelming unmanageable list. Luckily, Safari offers a solution where you can store your passwords so you don’t have to remember them each time you visit a website requiring further authentication. You have to opt-in each time a new password is entered before Safari will save the info, and you also have to activate Safari in iCloud to share your passwords across multiple devices. Here’s how to get started.

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