How to configure each of your app’s settings on your iPad at the same time

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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.


Case in point–With the Weather Channel app, your only options are to turn location services and Notifications off and on.  If you choose to turn on notifications, however, you will then have the option to interact with the lock screen alerts, and the choice of how you want your alerts to look on the screen.


Select another app, like Skype, and your options are plentiful!  In Skype you can choose to allow the app access to the Photos on your iPad and the microphone.  In addition, you can change your Notification preferences and choose whether or not to allow the app to use cellular data.  Lastly, you can decide whether or not you want to allow targeted ads in the app and if you want it to sign in automatically when launching.  I really like to see all of the changes I can make to the settings of my apps all in one place.  Hopefully, you, too will benefit form this simple tip.

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5 thoughts on “How to configure each of your app’s settings on your iPad at the same time”

  1. Am I missing something? Is this really an article that tells us to go into the settings app to configure settings? It’s kind of wrong too.. many apps have their own settings/ preferences that can only be configured whilst using the app. So I’m inclined to call the dung of a male cow on this one.

    1. Ouch. Well, my thought on this was that I don’t think most people know that they can access multiple app settings specific to the iPad end in one place. You’re right–there are “other” settings that can only be configured from within the app as well–and since these settings are not configurable “outside” the specific applications, I did not mention them here. How-to’s generally help the majority of people looking for general info. It’s obvious from your comment that you are a more seasoned reader, so I apologize if this was not helpful for you. Thanks for the comment anyway.

  2. I was expecting how to set the same setting for all the apps (or some subset bigger than 1) “at the same time”. This is how to access the settings for apps from the “same place”.

    1. Hey David. Yes, you are correct. Perhaps I should have worded the title differently. To be honest, I was struggling a little with a representative post title for this article.

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