15 Essential useful iPad Tips and Tricks1. Use your iPad as a Digital Picture Frame
You probably have known that iPad doubles as a digital picture frame. You can easily slideshow your collections of photos with this function. When you wake up the iPad, tap the flower icon right beside "slide to unlock" to activate the digital picture frame. You can also set transition effects and choose albums you want to show in the app Settings.
For more detials turn to page How to Use the iPad as a Digital Picture Frame
2. Orientation Lock or Mute
The iPad side switch is for turning on or off mute by default. But we can go to "Settings" > "General" > "Use Side Switch to", choose "Lock Rotation" to lock the screen's orientation in portrait or landscape mode.
3. Double-click the Home Button
Double-clicking the Home button takes you to task switcher shown up at the bottom of the screen. If you slide to the right with your fingers, you can access to the new screen hidden on the left. Here you can adjust the brightness or volume of your iPad and open your music app directly.
4. Split the Keyboard
It's hard to type while holding your iPad with both hands, especially for those girls with small hands. The good news is that you can split and undock a keyboard. You just need to put two fingers in the middle of the keyboard and swipe to opposite side of the screen quickly. To re-engage the full keyboard, just pinch the two parts together with your fingers.
5. Use Voice Input
Splitting keyboard into two parts is still not good for typing? Then you can choose to input via voice. You can input whatever you want by speaking up in English as you click the button shown below. If you can't find it, go to "Settings" > "General" > "Keyboard" and turn on the "diction" button. Upgrade your system if your iPad doesn't have this function.
6. Use Multitasking Gestures
Enable multitasking gesture controls in iPad so you can use four or five fingers to:
* Pinch to the Home Screen
* Swipe up to reveal multitasking bar
* Swipe left or right between apps
7. Put 6 icons in the Dock
The iPad holds 4 icons/apps in the Dock along the bottom of the Home Screen by default. But actually it can store up to 6 apps. Press and hold any icon on the Home Screen until the icons start to wobble, just drag any two more apps to your Dock.
8. Create Folders
Sometimes it's difficult to look for an app to open quickly if you have many icons spreading across a few screens. Why not create a folder to group some apps you don't use frequently together? Thus you can save space for your screen. It's much easier to do it.
Drag an icon over the top of another. The system then will automatically create a named folder, with the two icons put under it. Drag more not-used-frequently apps to the folder. One folder can contain as many as 20 apps, try it right now.
9. Add a Web Page to the iPad Home Screen
If you visit a web page frequently or you have some favorite websites, add it as an icon to your home screen. Tap the "+" icon in Safari and then tap "Add to Home Screen". In this way, you can visit the websites directly by tapping the icons on your home screen instead of inputting them in the Safari.
10. Don't Use Black or Dark Wallpapers
Use bright wallpapers instead of black or dark ones so the grime will not be seen so clearly once it has smudges on the screen.
11. Take an iPad Screenshot
Like the iPhone, you can take a screenshot by pressing Home and then the power button. Images are saved automatically in the Photos library. Then, you can share your photos through iMessage or email them.
12. Turn Off In-App Purchases
If you're worried about other people breaking your bank account on "in-app purchases" especially when your iPad is used by kids, just disable "In-App Purchases". Go to "Settings" > "General" > "Restrictions" and tap "Enable Restrictions" to selectively turn off "In-App Purchases" under the "Allowed Content".
13. Send Instant Messages
IMessages developed by Apple gives you a real-time instant messaging service via Wi-Fi or 3G for all iOS 5 and iOS 6 users. To use this service, you can send an instant message from your iPad for free with other iOS devices. Go to "Settings" > "Messages" and tap the "iMessage" icon, then just sign in your Apple ID.
14. Backup your iPad Using iCloud
You can back up your data, such as messages, emails, bookmarks, photos, videos, app data, device settings and documents son on your iPad using iCloud. Go to "Settings" > "iCloud" > "Storage & Backup", turn "iCloud Backup" on if it's switched off. You can make a backup immediately by tapping "Back Up Now". The only thing you need is an account for Apple ID.
15. Find My iPad
Apple's "Find My iPad" is a fantastic way to locate your iPad if it gets lost or stolen. Through this function, not only possibly can you locate it with your other Apple devices, but you can use the iPad to locate your iPhone, iPod touch and even your Mac.
The most important thing is that you can lock the iPad using its existing pass code once it is lost, or even erase all data on your device remotely with the help of the feature "Find my iPad". Go to "Settings" > "iCloud", enter your Apple ID and then turn "Find My iPad" on near the bottom of the screen. Try it right now, and you'll appreciate it much once it is lost.
All above are 15 essential and useful iPad tips and tricks, hopefully you learned at least a thing or two.