60 iPad Tips and Tricks – Ultimate List

So, you bought an iPad recently. Now you want to know everything about it and learn a few tips, apply a few tricks. You are probably trying to figure out how everything works and fits into place. You even asked a few of your buddies about some iPad tips. You want to learn even more iPad tips. This is exactly the place you should be.


Apple has made their range of iPads ridiculously simple to use. We have even seen 2 year olds work effortlessly on an iPad. However, it doesn’t mean there aren’t some tips to be learned and tricks to be used to get the most of your brand new iPad. We have collected 60 iPad Tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your iPad experience. These iPad tips range from amateur to advanced. These iPad tips and hints are definitely something you should be aware of.

1. Connect to an HD TV

With the help of Apple’s new Digital AV Adapter  you can connect your iPad 2 to your HD television to enjoy not only the movies but also the full home screen. You can also use a plain old Apple VGA adapter and both of these are available at Apple store.

2. AirPlay

AirPlay

Airplay was first limited to iDevices but then extended to other devices considering the plethora of cool gadgets available from Apple. The AirPlay feature on your iPad helps you to stream media on your Apple TV from your iPad by just a single click on rectangular AirPlay icon.

3. iPad Screen Shot

Screen shot is the most used feature by bloggers/reviewers and on iPad this can be done simply by pressing Home and then the Sleep/Wake button. A click sound confirms that the photo has been taken and saved automatically in photo-gallery for later viewing or mailing.

4.  Add Google Calendar

Add Google Calendar

If you want to synchronize your Google calender with your iPad you can simply  go to Settings> Mail> Contacts, Calendars. Once in  the calenders window all you need to do is add an account and tap on other. After this, Tap on Add CalDAV Account and enter your Google Account credentials ( Server: www.google.com) and you’re done.

5. Find My iPad

Find My iPad

You can set this feature on your iPad for free by navigating to  Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and then tapping the Add Account button, once you’re there select MobileMe. Next, enter your iTunes or MobileMe account details. If you don’t have one,  you can alternatively tap on Create Free Apple ID and therefrom after confirmation through mail you need to return back to MobileMe screen and switch on the Find My iPad.

You can verify and keep track of your iPad now by signing into me.com or alternatively download Find My iPad from Apple store.

6. Create folders

Create folders

Just like iPhone, iPad now supports folders for better management and access. Adding a folder is simple and all you need to do is hold on any App icon until they all start to wobble, when this occurs swipe the app on another app and the two apps will merge together into a folder. The newly created folder will be named on the basis of the apps it contains but you can always rename it.

7. Access or Close All Running Apps

Access or Close All Running Apps

To see and access which apps are currently running your iPad, press and hold the home button and the list will appear as a bar near the bottom. You can click on any of them to resume the app or alternatively you can hold onto any icon until the icons start jiggling. After this you can close individual running apps tapping on their separate close buttons. This is a nice little iPad tip.

8. Erase if Tampered

Erase if Tampered

If you carry too much sensitive data in your iPad and have a safe backup of it somewhere else you can make sure that your iPad gives the tamperers a tough time. You can enable a feature on iPad that will delete all the data on your iPad in case someone tries and enters wrong password 10 times. To do this Navigate to Settings > General > Passcode Lock > Erase Data.

9. Control iPad notifications

Control iPad notifications

iPad notifications can some times become very annoying especially when the notifications are unimportant and numerous. Turns out you can control how you get notifications on your iPad from different applications. You can do so  by going to settings>notifications and customize which alerts and accompanying sounds will appear.

10. Configure VPN

Configure VPN

VPN access is available on your iPad and you can configure it in Network Settings under the General category in the main Settings menu. Select the VPN from there and move the slider to on, then you can configure it with your server and account details.

11. Turn battery percentage off

Turn battery percentage off

Battery percentage meter makes you feel a little anxious but you can easily turn it off anytime by going to Settings, General, Usage and turning it off there. This is one of the easiest iPad tips that you can learn

12. Quick volume mute

Quick volume mute

iPad has no separate mute button to kill the sound when the moment demands. But the iOS 4.3 takes care of this anomaly by recognizing the long hold on volume down button as a mute command.

13. Stop asking to join Wi-Fi networks

Stop asking to join Wi-Fi networks

There are so many Wi-fi networks available when you are on the go and many times the constant notification about the available networks is noisome. Well! you can easily turn it off by going to Setting>Wi-Fi and turn off Ask to Join Networks. You can still join networks whenever you like but it won’t bug you all the time.

14. Avoid underpowered USB docks

The iPad does not charge efficiently from under-powered USB docks. So you need to know which docks get the maximum power. As a principal, the USB docks on the front are under-powered and vice versa.

15. Use Multitasking Gestures

iPad already allows you to efficiently perform multi-touch multi-functions but with Xcode from the Mac App Store, you are able to maneuver your way through multiple apps using multiple gestures. You just have to download this app from Mac App Store and install it, then from the Xcode home screen, select your iPad and click on the Use for Development button.

16. Maximize iPad’s Battery Life

iPad has appreciable battery back up but its never enough. There are some simple tricks that will allows you to maximize your battery backup. You can get them by clicking on the link below.

17.  Lock your iPad’s  Screen with iOS 4.x

 Lock your iPad's Screen with iOS 4.x

The problem with the latest iOS upgrade is that you loose the screen orientation lock. But you can easily lock this again by following the steps given in the below link.

Lock your iPad’s  Screen with iOS 4.x

18. Pause/Resume App install on iPad

Pause/Resume App install on iPad

iPad actually has an option to pause App installation and you can resume them eventually whenever you like by following the link below.

Pause/Resume App install on iPad

19. Enable MultiTasking on iPad

Enable MultiTasking on iPad

iOS 4.2 enables multitasking on your iPad but with the tip in the below link, you will be able to switch between apps without having to close them while you are at it.

Enable MultiTasking on iPad

20. Mute Clicking Keystroke Keyboard Sound

Mute Clicking Keystroke Keyboard Sound

Click sound is stylish but to some people, at times it becomes pretty annoying. To disable this clicking sound all you need to do is simply follow these ease steps given in the below link.

Mute Clicking Keystroke Keyboard Sound

21. Save Web images while browsing

Saving images that appear on the web pages is an easy task with iPad. All you have to do is tap and hold the image that interests you and you will be prompted to save it.

22. Scroll quickly to top of page

You can quickly scroll to the top of any page by simply tapping the title bar located at the top of every window and you’re done.

23. Add and enable bookmarks to Safari Bookmark bar on iPad

Add and enable bookmarks to Safari Bookmark bar on iPad

By default, you are not able to add bookmarks on iPad’s Safari browser. To do so you need to follow the tips given in the below link.

Add and enable bookmarks to Safari Bookmark bar on iPad

24. Copy/Paste text between two or more iPad apps

Copying text between apps is easy on iPad. All you have to do is tap and hols and word then drag till you select the text you want to copy. When you have completed this you can tap copy and once you are in the App where you want to copy this text just tap and hold in the input box, and then use Paste.

25. Copy Entire Paragraph

To copy an entire paragraph you just have to tap the desired paragraph 4 times and the whole paragraph will be highlighted for copying.

26. Add PDF file from DropBox to iBooks

You can add PDF books from your already genius DropBox to iBooks on your iPad by simply clicking on the link below and following the easy steps therefrom.

Add PDF file from DropBox to iBooks

27. Erase History, Cache and Cookies in Safari browser on iPad

In standard Mac Safari browser, you are able to perform these functions within the browser but things get a little more typical with iPad. Follow the link below to Erase History, Cache, and Cookies in Safari browser on your iPad.

Erase History, Cache, and Cookies in Safari browser on iPad

28. Add more Apps to your iPad dock

Add more Apps to your iPad dock

By default, you are able to have only 4 apps on your iPad dock but by following the iPad tips given in the below link you will able to add 2 more.

Add more Apps to your iPad dock

29. Read PDF files through iBooks on iPad

By following precisely the steps given in the below link you will be able to read PDF files in iBooks on your iPad at ease.

Read PDF files through iBooks on iPad

30. Convert Pdf files into ePub for efficient reading with iBooks on iPad

Convert PDf files into ePub for efficient reading with iBooks on iPad

PDF is the most common and most abundant source of eBooks from the very beginning. But iBooks on iPad reads ePub format and in order to keep up with it all you will need to do is convert your PDF treasure into ePub format by following simple steps given in the below link.

Convert PDf files into ePub for efficient reading with iBooks on iPad

31. Force restart your iPad

Sometimes when you are stuck with some horrendous app or a hang Forcing restart becomes inevitable. You can easily force restart your iPad by following the steps in the below link.

Force restart your iPad

32. Import Keynote from iPad to your Mac or PC

Import Keynote from iPad to your Mac or PC

It may seem an easy task but with iPad it is a pretty much complex thing to do. Worry not! In the tips listed below, you will be able to do so with absolute precision.

Import Keynote from iPad to your Mac or PC

33. Print from your iPad

There are many printers which are not officially recognized by iPad but in iOS 4.2 you can use the AirPrint to print from any printer.To know more about how to do this just follow the steps given in the below link.

Print from your iPad

34. Rename iPad folders

Here in the link below, you will be guided through certain steps that will allow you to rename a folder on your iPad.

Rename iPad folders

35. Stream Video from your Desktop on iPad

Stream Video from your Desktop on iPad

You can easily stream videos from your Desktop on your iPad via Wi-Fi or the internet by following the easy steps given in the below link.

Stream Video from your Desktop on iPad

36. Watch all Video formats on iPad

 

Unfortunately, VLC was removed from Apple App store after some complaints about licensing and DRM so the number of Video formats that can be played on iPad was considerably reduced. But by following the steps given in the below link you will enable your iPad with a capacity to play almost all type of Video formats.

Watch all Video formats on iPad

37. Transfer Documents to your iPad

By following the iPad tips given in the below link you will be able to transfer MS Word or Pages from PC/Mac to your iPad.

Transfer Documents to your iPad

38. Insert Image into a Pages document and Convert into PDF

With this tutorial, you can insert an Image into your Pages document just to spice things up. You can then convert it into PDF for further transfer and sharing.

Insert Image into a Pages document and Convert into PDF

39. Lock iPad

Lock iPad

Who wants people to mess up with something as personal as an iPad. Well! by following the steps in the below link you will be to Lock you iPad so that its contents remain private.

Lock iPad

40. Convert Your iPhone into a wireless iPad camera

This fun trick will allow you to use your iPhone as a wireless camera for your iPad to have some extra fun.

Convert Your iPhone into a wireless iPad camera

41. Fix “There is not enough memory” error for the iPad

Fix “There is not enough memory” error for the iPad

Follow the link below to get rid of  “There is not enough memory” error message.

Fix “There is not enough memory” error for the iPad

42. Disable Installing Unnecessary Apps

There are people that will get hold of your iPad and bombard your little iPad with enormous unnecessary apps. Turns out, you can actually disable this by following the steps listed in the link below.

Disable Installing Unnecessary Apps

43. Enable Repeat and Shuffle Track while Playing

To do this, tap on the Album art to bring forth the icons for corresponding commands. Tap on either Repeat or Shuffle as you desire without having to stop the music .

44. Determine the iPad ECID on Windows and Mac

The link below shows us how to determine the iPad’s ECID code – something you’ll want to have at Jailbreak time.

Determine the iPad ECID on Windows and Mac

45. View How a Website Looks on iPad

View How a Website Looks on iPad

A useful tip for website oowners whodon’t have an iPad . This allows you to view a Website on Safari the same way as it appears on an iPad.

46. Stream Music and Videos from Mac on your iPad

Stream Music and Videos from Mac on your iPad

StreamToMe is the name of the app available at $3 that allows you to stream music and videos on your iPad via local network.

Stream Music and Videos from Mac on your iPad

47. Connect Your iPad to Wireless Keyboard

If you already have a wireless keyboard and you would like to use it with your iPad you can watch the video below to learn how to do so.

48. Transfer directly Photos from Camera to iPad

All you will need is a special adapter and you are ready to directly download pictures from your camera into your iPad.

49. Make an iPad Icon for Your Website or Blog

This tutorial will help you to make a beautiful iPad icon that will be stored on your website visitors iPad’s once they select “Add to Home Screen”. If you are a blogger or a website owner, this is a good iPad trick to be learnt.

Make an iPad Icon for Your Website or Blog

50. Turn iPad caps lock on

Turn iPad caps lock on

To write words or sentences in higher case, that is, to write with caps lock turned on, you need to double tap either of the shift keys.

51. Replace a Word

Replace a Word

The problem with on screen keyboards is that you often make mistakes. But iPad takes care of this by suggesting few alternative words to choose from. To bring on this replace option you just have to tap the word and then tap replace to see suggestions and choose the appropriate one from there.

52. Insert an apostrophe without going to Another screen

Insert an apostrophe without going to Another screen

We often use apostrophe and on iPad you have to go to a different screen to enter it which can be annoying. To tap into this apostrophe quickly tap and hold ! key on your virtual keyboard and the apostrophe will appear. Next you need to tap on it and it is done.

53. Insert quotes quickly

Insert quotes quickly

Just like apostrophe you can also insert Quotes by tapping and holding onto ‘?’ key to see and then enter it.

54. Dim Backlight in iBooks

Dim Backlight in iBooks

During long reading hours your display is constantly squeezing your iPad’s battery and to carry on reading for some extra hours you can Dim the lights in iBooks. To do so you will have to tap on the icon located at the top right corner of the iBooks and then swipe the slider to desired brightness.

55. Google Map Street View

Google Map Street View

Tapping into street view on cool Google maps is a bit confusing. You actually can do it by tapping on the red pin on the map (which happens when you do a search). Next,  tap the red and white icon of a person to enter Street View.

56. Find Text

Find Text

While you are browsing using Safari  you can find any text in a particular web page by simply typing the word you want to find in Google search box. Then you will have to wait till a list of suggestions appear as a drop down where from you can choose the option “On this Page”. Next, you can tap Find to go to first instance of that word.

57. Preview more of your emails

Preview more of your emails

By default you only see 2 lines of email before tapping on it. You can customize this by navigating to Settings app, then tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars and change the Preview options to add up-to 5 lines.

58. Turning off the iPad Push Mail

Turning off the iPad Push Mail

By default your new emails are instantly are Pushed on your iPad as soon as they are received which sometimes can be pretty annoying. To change this to manual or interval select the Settings app and Mail> Contacts>Calendars and choose Fetch New Data, then turn Push on or off.

59. iPad Backup

iPad Backup

It’s smart to backup the precious iPad data on a Mac or a PC. You can do this using iTunes by connecting your iPad to your Mac or PC, then opening up iTunes. Once the iTunes is open, right-click on your iPad in the Devices list and select Back up.

60. Meter and Camera focus

Meter and Camera focus

In the Camera app you can get brilliant shots by tapping on your subject to both focus on and meter the light properly.

You can also check our list of cool iPad cases and iPad TV apps. If you bought a new iPad, check retina iPad apps and games.

We hope that you liked this list of iPad Tips and tricks. These should make you an expert at using the iPad. If you want to share a tips or if you would like us to link to another useful iPad tip, let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

17 Comments

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    Unfortunately it did not address my only problem with my iPad2. I’m a 78 year old man who lives alone. There are never any chlildren in my house. My memory is not very well.

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  8. The quick mute is making my life miserable; automatically muting CONSTANTLY. How do I get rid of it? Thanks.

  9. Lots of great info. Looking for info on how to take photos taken with iPad camera and maximize on screen permanently

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