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.

How to control when apps refresh in the background on your iPad

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One of the more convenient features of iOS is called background app refresh.  The process pretty much works like it sounds  Apps can refresh their content in the background when on Wi-Fi or cellular.  While this can be very helpful, because apps in this state will run for a short amount of time before they enter a suspended state in which they aren’t actively being used.  Turning on Background App Refresh will use additional battery capacity despite the fact that they aren’t open or running, because they can still update new content in the background.  While this might not be a deal breaker for the most part, there have been some apps that have been known to continue to run in the background and use more than their fair share of power.

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Troubleshooting iOS 9.3 activation on your iPad

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When Apple released iOS 9.3 there have been some notable bugs that have created issues for some users after they installed the latest update.  The main issue was with iPad Air and earlier models required entering the Apple ID and password to used to set-up the device to complete the software installation.  If for some reason, iPad owners couldn’t remember their password, their devices were stuck in an inactivated state until they could either recall the password or were able to reset it.  As a result, Apple temporarily disabled updates for the older iPads (and iPhones older the the 5s) until they could release an updated version of iOS 9.3 that didn’t create the same issues.  Apple has created a support document for those iPad owners who are currently stuck in the activation state.

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How to use iCloud Keychain to generate a password on your iPad

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We all know how important password management is these days. It’s bad enough when “evil-doers” are able to break into databases that are built to keep your most private information safe.  So there’s no need to give them a head start by using your “favorite” password to sign into all, or the majority of your protected online accounts.  Luckily, you can use iCloud Keychain to create random passwords for your online accounts.  If you’ve haven’t set-up iCloud Keychain yet, here is a quick and easy tutorial.

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What to do if your iPad screen is frozen or won’t turn on

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After years of experience using multiple platforms and devices, there’s one thing I’ve learned–screens on mobile devices freeze and/or becomes unresponsive every once in a while.  There are  various reasons this can happen.  Sometimes you might be using an older iPad or iPhone with the most recent version of iOS, and the user experience isn’t always ideal.  Sometimes you have a rogue app that isn’t behaving like it should, and the OS hiccups.  Whatever the reason, until you’ve been faced with the predicament yourself, you might not know exactly what you can do to fix it.

What to do if your screen is black or frozen

The first option to remedy the situation is to force your iPad to restart.  In my experience, this process tends to fix most situations, and it is really easy to initiate.  A forced restart will work even if  your iPad screen is black and non-responsive.  To trigger a forced start press and hold the Home button and the Sleep/Wake buttons at the same time until your device restarts.  Continue to hold this button combination until the Apple logo appears on the screen.  Your device has now restarted, and most likely will be behaving appropriately once again.

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How to Transfer Content from an iPad to a new Device

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Every time you make the decision to update an older iPad and purchase a new one of your first considerations is how we you can  seamlessly transfer your current data to a new device without fail.  When approaching this process you have two choices in how to proceed.  You can either use iCloud or iTunes to transfer your selected content between the two devices.

How to Create an iCloud backup of your iPad

If you choose to utilize an iCloud backup to transfer your content to a new iPad the first thing you need to do is to make sure you have a recent iCloud backup. Open the Settings App–> iCloud–>Backup.  Here you can see if/when the most recent iCloud backup was created.  Additionally, at this time you can also choose to initiate a new backup on the fly.

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What to do if your iPad is lost or stolen

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Even the most diligent, and careful individuals might misplace their iPad or iPhone from time to time.  A while back I was guilty of leaving my iPhone on a rollercoaster at Disney World.  So I know first hand the overwhelming panic that can wash over you, and how helpless it can feel.  Luckily I was able to reclaim my iPhone from the lost and found.  It could have gone very differently for me that day.  The experience definitely made me rethink the steps I would have needed to take to recover my iPhone, or possibly remote wipe the data in the event that I wasn’t able to locate it.

Turn on Find my iPad

I know this isn’t of any comfort for those of you who neglected to turn on Find my iPad–but, this is a biggie.  You have many more opportunities to get you iPad back if you have this feature activated. When you first buy and activate your iPad you will be prompted to turn it on.  However, in the event that you decided not to then, please turn it on now by going to Settings–> iCloud–>Find my iPad/iPhone and turn the toggle to on.  Additionally, while you are already on this screen, toggle on the Send Last Location to automatically send the location of your device when the battery is critically low.

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How to wipe the data from your iPad and prepare it for sale

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Earlier this week, Apple sent out invitations for their Let Us Loop You In Keynote on March 21 @ 1 pm EST.  It’s no secret that we finally expect to see a new, updated version of the iPad Air.  However, rumors have suggested that the new iPad will now be called the iPad Pro, like its big brother, instead of following the previous iPad Air naming convention.  The new iPad is expected to contain many of the features that we saw introduced on the larger iPad Pro. These include a Smart Connector for connecting accessories, a four-speaker”stereo” design, a possible LED flash on the rear camera, and the much sought after display support for an Apple Pencil.

If you’ve been itching to upgrade your current iPad, and you want to sell it to have some extra cash toward a new one, there are a few items you need to take care of to prepare your device for sale. Most importantly, you will need to remove any personal data and return the iPad to its factory settings so that there is no trace of your information left behind.

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How to unify your Contacts list on your iPad

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Let’s face it, we’ve all gotten a little sloppy from time to time when it came to keeping our contacts in order. Perhaps it’s a product of how we import our contacts to our iPad or iPhone in the first place.  If we simply started from scratch, and entered them all one-by-one everything would be copacetic–but who has time for that anyway?  Unfortunately, what we end up doing is importing all of our contact information from the various email accounts we have accumulated over the years, because we haven’y taken the time to simplify all that information into one account.  The resulting eclectic mix of half backed contact, while a “solution” is really not what most of us want.

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Launch Apps With A Keyboard in iOS 9.3

  

I’ve never had a keyboard attached as often as the Smart Keyboard has been on this iPad Pro. iOS 9.3 beta 4 came out four days ago, and even this incremental beta has new changes over iOS 9.3 b3. I can now CMD + Tab between applications and have the text cursor follow me to the new active app, even in Split View mode. I’m also seeing little bug fixes for iMessage displaying properly as the keyboard is dismissed during Split View. 

What all this means is that iOS is just feeling more reliable, and I’m feeling more and more confident about working and writing on the iPad Pro. As I spend more time on this gigantic slab of glass, I’m settling into a new habit for launching apps.

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How to install the iOS 9 Public Beta on your iPad

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With the release of iOS 9, Apple introduced the iOS Public Beta Software Program. This was a big change for Apple and how they previously guarded new features that had yet to be released on iOS. For the first time they were welcoming input from the typical user, and not just from developers. This was a well thought out decision on their part, as there are millions of active users who could prove to be invaluable. iOS users could assist Apple in detecting bugs and unforeseen issues that can arise in the wild, and then provide feedback to Apple engineers through an app that is downloaded to their device during the installation process.

The Public Beta Program is available to anyone willing to install beta software on their iOS devices.  As with any beta software, there may be times when the stability of the operating system might not be ideal.  You could potentially experience occasional to frequent crashes and re-springs. While this may not happen during your experience, it is the trade-off for early access to new features. Continue reading

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iOS 9.3 Allows You To Delete Photos Within Albums

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iOS 9.3 has a great feature that seems to have flown under the radar: the ability to delete (not just remove) photos inside of albums. Previous to this, the only thing you could do to a photo within an album was remove it by tapping on the trash can button. However, removing photos from an album does only that: remove a metatag that associated those photos with a particular album. Those photos will still exist on your camera roll and take up space.

This is an issue if you’re re-reviewing old albums and you happen upon some pictures you don’t really like or need any more. It was easy to pick out the images I wanted to delete, but instead of deleting them from right within the album, I had to find them in the Photos tab (under a specific Moment) and delete them there. It was a silly extra step.

This limitation is what prompted me to use Favorites (the hearts on iOS) to tag photos for deletion. I would previously add a heart to any photo I didn’t want to keep, and then I’d head to my Favorites album, select all items, and delete everything. Specifying an item as a Favorite is really just another way of adding a metatag, but Apple gave this folder the extra special privilege of being able to delete photos within it. If you press on the trash can while viewing Favorites you won’t see an option to remove photos, you’ll just be prompted to delete them.

However, as of iOS 9.3, were now given a choice of whether you want to remove a photo from an album, or simply delete it altogether. This is a simple, lovely change that makes a lot of sense.

My new workflow in iOS 9.3 for culling large numbers of photos is to add them to an album called Rejected. This is working better than Favorites because I could only ever tag one photo as a Favorite at a time. This meant moving from picture to picture and tapping on the Favorite button to tag each one for deletion. Today I can select multiple thumbnails from the Photos tab and add them all at once to a Rejected album.
Once that’s done, I head to the Rejected album in the Albums tab, select everything, and tap on the trash can. This is a wonderfully easy way to cull shots after a day of shooting.

This has also freed up the Favorites button for its intended use: for tagging the pictures I like the most. I’ll be using this Favorites list for tagging shots for Instagram or 500px because the Favorites album tends to have a favoured spot in iOS 9. It’s usually near the top, just under the All Photos view in any photo picker, and it also displays its pictures in chronological order (unlike user-created albums).

It’s really feeling like Apple is listening to user feedback and is paying attention to the little trouble spots in iOS, and I’m really impressed by how much has made it into iOS 9.3 thus far. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a few hundred pictures to delete.

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