iPads are real game changers for work and play. But learning how to operate them efficiently can be very tricky if you don’t know how. There are so many different features that no one really knows about unless they’re a bit of a geek. A good way to get more familiar with your iPad is to take a local course, however if you want a few cool settings to check out right now then read on…
For when you keep going over your data cap
If you have a SIM card enabled iPad and find yourself going over your data cap on your plan all the time, you need this tip! You can limit which of your apps are using SIM data and which ones only use a Wi-Fi connection. To switch off data for specific apps, go to Settings, then Cellular, then Use Cellular Data For and switch off any apps you don’t want using data on your plan. This can be games or other things you don’t use very regularly.
Charge your iPad more quickly
This is one of those hints that we wish we had known a long time ago! If you are looking to charge your iPad more quickly, all you have to do is turn off your Wi-Fi and enable Airplane Mode. This will disable your network connections which chew power. To do this, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to access the Control Centre, then de-select the Wi-Fi symbol (that’s the one that looks a bit like a sonar) so it is greyed, and then select the Airplane Mode symbol (funnily enough, the one that looks like a plane) so it is lit up. Once you are all charged up again, make sure you go back and do the reverse!
Delete an app
If you find that you are running out of space on your iPad, this one is very handy. It’s very easy to delete apps on your iPad for good once you know how. Press and hold any app on your Home screen until all the apps start to wiggle about. Now you’ll see little X’s at the top left corner of each. Tap the X of the app you’d like to delete and then confirm by selecting Delete from the text pop up. If you decide you want the app back, you can reinstall it from the App store.
Let your iPad read to you
This nifty setting allows your iPad to read the text on your screen aloud to you instead of reading it yourself. You can do this by opening your Settings app, then choose General, then Accessibility – then flick on VoiceOver. This might want to be a feature you use every now and then instead of all the time.