10 Smart Tips and Tricks for iPad Owners – Optimize the Use of Your Device

The fourth generation iPad is now available on the market, which speaks volumes about the kind of evolution that this device has undergone and the new features that it continues to bring to the table. There is absolutely no doubt that whether it’s the second generation iPad, the new iPad or the 4th generation iPad, this Apple tablet is one of the best devices available on the market. But as the proud owner of the iPad, you will even have a better time of using it, if you are able to keep certain tips and tricks in mind. These are the kind of tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your iPad. In the meanwhile you may want to read some of our mobile related articles.

In the meanwhile you may want to read some of our other mobile related articles

10 Tips and tricks for iPad

Enable ‘Find My iPad’

The ‘Find My iPad’ feature allows you to locate or track your iPad on a map in case it gets lost and provides you the option to send messages and remotely wipe your data. To use this feature, go to Settings>iCloud>Find My iPad> ON. This will stop you from worrying constantly about losing your iPad and someone misusing your personal data!

Change your Apple ID

Changing your Apple ID on iPad is quite easy. All you need to do, is go to Settings>Scroll down to Sections in left sidebar> tap on ‘Store’. This will open the iTunes and App Stores screen in the main window on your right. At the top of that screen, you’ll view a bar ‘Apple ID: username’. Tap on this bar to get a pop up menu and tap on ‘Sign Out’ button given on the pop up screen. This will take you back to the iTunes and App Stores screen, with a blank Apple ID and Password fields. That’s it, now fill-in these fields and tap on the Sign In bar. To create a New ID, just tap on the Create New Apple ID bar and follow the instructions on your screen. Easy!

Use Mute button as Orientation Lock

Did you know you can use the Mute button on your iPad as Orientation Lock? Just go to Settings>General>Use Side Switch to: Lock Orientation.

Adjust Brightness

By default, the iPad screen is bright, which sometimes strains the eyes when the user is in a dimly lit area. So, you need to manually adjust the brightness of your iPad. This is quite easy; double tap the Home button and swipe right till you find the ‘Brightness Indicator’ and then adjust the brightness of your iPad. Simple!

Split the keyboard

Typing becomes easier when you use split up the keyboard of your iPad. To do this, pull apart the keyboard by swiping it with both thumbs from center. Alternatively, you can also tap the little keyboard icon at the lower right corner and pull it up to split up the keyboard into two parts.

Make your backups secure

You can easily encrypt the backup data of your iPad on iTunes. For this, open iTunes, click the Summary> Options and check Encrypt iPad backup. This will make your iPad backup secure.

Create a complex passcode

iOS by default, allows you to set a four-number passcode for your iPad. However, for some users, this passcode is way too simple and they need a more complex passcode to secure their iPads. If you too want to set a complex passcode for your iPad, turn off this four-number passcode by going to – Settings>General>Passcode Lock>Simple Passcode. This will allow you to create and use a more complicated password to lock your iPad.

Control notifications

Don’t like getting irked by endless notifications from apps you don’t even use? Fret not, you can simply go to Settings>Notifications and choose the apps, which can pop up alerts that appear in the Notifications Center. A quick and simple solution, isn’t it?

Disable in-app purchases on iTunes

Many a times, you or others who use your iPad, may accidentally make in-app purchases, shooting up your bill on the iTunes Store! To avoid such scenarios, disable ‘in-app purchases’ on iTunes by going to Settings>General>Restrictions>Enable Restrictions and scroll down to “Allowed Content” and swipe the In-App Purchases ‘OFF’.

Four finger Swipe

Did you know you can use Four Finger Swipe – a multitasking gesture for various tasks apart from switching apps? Here’s what you can use it for: Return to the Home Screen Reveal the multitasking bar Switch between the apps that you are currently using


These are some of the best tips and tricks, which you can use on your new iPad. I am sure you’ll find them useful and share them with your family and friends as well.

Carlos is a developer with MyFirstMobileApp.com and is passionate about learning about the latest mobile development trends. He has extensive experience in iOS based projects and uses his knowledge and in-depth research to write for different guest blogging websites. Follow him on Facebook and Google+.

Carlos Wilson – who has written posts on Artatm – Creative Art Magazine.

One Response to “10 Smart Tips and Tricks for iPad Owners – Optimize the Use of Your Device”
  1. Jessica Simmons

    I never thought iPads can be optimize. I’ve been reading this 2 times and now, can’t help myself to try this at home later.

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