50 really useful iPad 2 tips and tricks
An absolute gem of an article by John Brandon and Graham Barlow from MacLife on 30th March over at TechRadar. This is going to become my iPad manual from here on in. Customised iPads for all
iPad 2 tips and original iPad tips - get 'em here!
With great new features like two video cameras, a faster processor and a
thinner design, the iPad 2 is the world's best tablet device.
also fully capable of running the latest version of Apple's iOS
operating system and great apps like iMovie and GarageBand. Here we
present 50 really useful iPad 2 tips. We cover everything from
customising your Home screen through to getting more from built-in apps
like Mail and Safari. The vast majority of these tips will also work on
the original iPad, so owners of the first generation device shouldn't
feel neglected. For 50 more iPad tips, check out a new iPad app called 100 Tricks & Tips for iPad 2, brought to you by our colleagues on MacFormat.
now supports folders. To create a folder all you need to do is tap and
hold on an app until they all start to jiggle, then drag the app over
another icon and release. Your iPad will create a folder with both the
apps in. The folder will be named according to the category of the apps
it contains, but you can rename it as you like.
the Home button shows you all the apps that are running on your iPad in
a bar along the bottom of the screen. To switch to a running app just
tap on it here in this bar. Just swipe the screen downwards to remove
internet got mightily upset when Orientation Lock was replaced with
Mute on the iPad during the last iOS update. Apple listened, and now you
can head to Settings > General to choose between Lock Rotation and
you're carrying around sensitive data, you can now enable a feature
that'll erase all the data on the device if someone inputs the incorrect
passcode 10 times. Navigate to Settings > General > Passcode Lock
> Erase Data.
turn on Home Sharing in iTunes (Advanced menu) and on your iPad
(Settings > iPod and enter your Apple ID). Next, launch the iPod app
on your iPad. In the left column, find the little house with "Library"
next to it. Tap on that and then on one of the Shared Libraries. It
might take a few minutes to update, but then you can watch and listen to
all of that Library's media on your iPad.
you ever played Tap Tap Revenge on the iPhone? Good, then you know how
annoying notifications can be. These messages pop up on the iPad as
well. but you can control them. Go to Settings, Notifications, and
configure which alerts (and accompanying sounds) will appear.
iPad supports a VPN connection. To configure it, go to Settings, then
General > Network. Select the VPN and move the slider to On, then add
a VPN configuration with your server and account details.
you're fed up of getting bugged by messages asking if you'd like to
join this or that Wi- Fi network all the time then head to Settings,
Wi-Fi and turn off Ask to Join Networks. You can still join any network
that will have you from this same screen, it just won't bug you
constantly when the opportunity arises.
you find the battery charge percentage distracting? The good news is
you can turn it off very easily. Go to Settings, General, Usage and you
can turn it off here.
the iPad first launched, there was no dedicated mute button anywhere on
the device. However, with iOS 4.3 Apple has given you the choice of
using the lock switch to mute the sound or lock the iPad's orientation.
Either way, a good tip for quickly muting your iPad is to press and hold
the Volume-down button.
a real keyboard? Any Apple Wireless Keyboard will work with the iPad.
In fact, your iPad will work with any Bluetooth keyboard. Some iPad
cases have a keyboard built in, which can be handy.
can connect the iPad 2 to your HD television using Apple's new Digital
AV Adapter (which connects from your 30-pin Dock adaptor to a HDMI port)
or a plain old Apple VGA Adaptor. Both are available from the Apple
Store. The iPad 2 supports video mirroring, so your entire Home screen
will appear on the TV, not just the videos you play.
you see the AirPlay icon on your iPad it means you can stream whatever
media you're viewing to your Apple TV, which is usually connected to
your living room TV. All you need to do is tap the AirPlay icon (which
looks like a rectangle with a triangle in it) and it starts playing
automatically - it's so simple!
can take a screenshot on your iPad by pressing Home and then the
Sleep/Wake button. The screen will flash and you'll hear a click,
indicating that a photo has been taken. Your screen shots are saved
automatically in your Photos gallery. Here, you can view or email them
as you see fit.
iPad does not charge when you connect it to some USB docks or even
certain ports on some notebooks. Instead, plug in to a high power USB
port (check you computer's specs, or use a powered USB dock). On some
PCs, USB ports on the front of the computer are lower power, so you will
need to plug into one on the back.
Gestures, which utilise four and five finger gestures, are available in
Settings only to iPad owners who have installed Xcode on a Mac. You
need to buy Xcode from the Mac App Store ($5/£2.99) and install it, then
from the Xcode homescreen, select your iPad and click on the Use for
Development button. You'll be asked for your developer account details,
but if you click on Cancel at this stage it still works.
left on the Home screen to reveal the Spotlight search. By default it
searches everything including songs in your iPod, podcasts, apps and
events. To restrict the areas it searches, since you may not want all
these categories included, look in Settings > General > Spotlight
to add your Google Calendar to the iPad's Calendar app? No problem. In
Settings open Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Add an account and tap on
Other. Tap on Add CalDAV Account and enter your Google Account
credentials (the Server is www.google.com). Exit the Settings app and
tap on the Calendar app and all your events should appear. By default
all calendars are displayed, but you can tap on the Calendars button to
choose which ones are shown.
Find My iPad works for MobileMe subscribers, but you can set it up for
free on your iPad. In Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars tap the
Add Account button and select MobileMe.
you have an iTunes or MobileMe account then enter it here.
Alternatively, tap on Create Free Apple ID. You may need to check your
inbox and verify your account now. Return to the MobileMe screen and
switch on Find My iPad. Now sign into me.com to see your iPad on a map,
or install the Find My iPhone app from the App Store.
to AirPrint you can print right from your iPad, provided you've got a
compatible printer, of course. If you've got an AirPrint ready printer
then you just choose Print from the Share menu for virtually any open
document. AirPrint works with the new range of printers from HP, and you
can use a Mac app called Printopia (www.ecamm.com) to print to any
printer connected to a Mac.
new iPad Smart Cover (from £35/$39) is a must have iPad accessory -
it's not just a dumb cover. When you draw it over the iPad's screen it
puts it to sleep for you, and wakes it up when you open it. Also, it
latches onto special magnets built into the side of the iPad 2, so it's a
Pages documents from your iPad by syncing with iTunes on your Mac or PC
is a real hassle. It's much quicker to use the Share menu to email the
finished document to wherever you need it to be. Also, you can email it
as a Word or PDF document if you like.
type a capital letter on the onscreen keyboard you first tap the left
or right shift key, then the letter. If you need to type a whole word in
caps this can be painful. Save time typing in caps by turning the caps
lock on. To do this double tap on either shift key.
can quickly copy and paste text by tapping and holding down, and then
choosing Select to select the exact portion of text you'd like the copy.
Next tap Copy, then go to a different app, and tap and hold down again,
then tap Paste from the menu that appears. Top tip: To select an entire
paragraph of text you need to tap four times.
you hold down on a word to copy it, choose Select, then you will see a
new option: Replace. Tap this and, you can see suggestions for
alternative words that have similar spellings. It's a good way of
quickly correcting typos.
26. Hidden apostrophe key on the keyboard
is a great tip for any app, such as Notes, Pages or Mail, that you type
into using the iPad's virtual keyboard. Rather than having to go to the
second screen of the keyboard every time you want to type an apostrophe
(which is a real pain) just tap and hold on the ! key and a hidden
apostrophe option will appear - then just slide your finger up to access
don't have to move the iPad's second keyboard screen to enter a
quotation mark either. Simply tap and hold over the ? key and a
quotation symbol appears, which you can select by moving your finger
great keyboard tip for typing in apps such as Pages, Notes or Mail is
to doubletap the space bar at the end of a sentence. This adds a full
stop and a space for you, which can be enormously time-saving when
you're writing long articles.
can lower the brightness setting down to a low level using the
Brightness option under Settings. But the iBooks app has its own
brightness slider, which you can use to lower the level down more
no way to swipe to change between days in the Calendar app, but don't
forget the navigation bar along the bottom of the screen - this can be
used to switch to different days (or weeks/months, depending on the view
you've chosen). The current day is always shown in blue, or you can
just tap the Today button to return to the current day.
Maps app running Google's Street View is one of the coolest features of
the iPad, yet accessing it is so confusing few people even know it's
there. To access Street View you need to have dropped a red pin on the
map (which happens when you do a search). You then tap the red and white
icon of a person to enter Street View.
no free sat nav for the iPad, but directions in Maps are a substitute
if you're walking, driving or taking the bus. Just tap Directions on the
top left of Maps and the iPad even works out where you are right now,
then takes you step-by-step through each stage of your journey.
are two ways to display PDFs on your iPad: you can either email them to
your iPad, in which case you get an Open in iBooks button appear, or
you can sync PDFs from your Mac or PC via the Books tab in iTunes.
do this just drag and drop the PDF into iTunes, then when you sync your
iPad click on the Books tab and select the PDFs you'd like to sync. In
iBooks you click on PDFs in your library to see the PDFs you have ready
the Camera app, tap on your subject to both focus on and meter the
light properly. In this shot, notice how the chair is dark and the boy
outside is properly metered. You can reverse that by simply tapping on
probably hold the iPad by its sides, but it'll rotate to put the
shutter button at the bottom, making you wobble when you reach for it.
So use the orientation lock to put the shutter where you can easily
thumb it, then just rotate your images or videos afterward in an image
you've started a video call, you can move the picture-in-picture window
that shows you by simply dragging it around with your finger.
you're great, but Photo Booth is even more fun if you point it at
friends or family. Simply tap the 'twirly camera' icon in the bottom
right. to use the camera on the back You can also snap stills by hitting
the shutter button, but Photo Booth doesn't do video.
can't plug an SD card from a digital camera straight into your iPad to
view the photos, but you can purchase the iPad Camera Connection kit
from Apple. With this device attached you can transfer photos straight
from your camera's memory card. Get it from the Apple Store online.
time typing web addresses in Safari by using the iPad's ".com" key when
typing in a URL. A little-known timesaver is that if you hold down the
.com key you get access to a menu that offers a .co.uk and other options
can jump up to the top of any web site - indeed any list - by tapping
on the top of the title window. It's much faster than scrolling by hand.
can zoom in on any website by pinching out with two fingers on the
screen. This also makes it easier to select words and tap links. To zoom
out again, just pinch in with two fingers. Double-tap on any text or
image to auto-zoom so it fills the screen.
all know you can tap the bookmarks icon in the Safari toolbar to access
your bookmarks, but you can significantly cut down the number of taps
it takes to get to them by turning on your Safari Bookmarks Bar
permanently. In the Settings app, tap Safari, then turn Always Show
Bookmarks Bar to ON.
to cover your tracks online? You can delete your Safari browser history
in a flash. Just open the Settings app, then tap Safari and tap on
Clear History. Note you can also wipe your Cookies and clear your Cache
can open links in a new Safari window, rather than always opening them
in the current one. Just tap and hold on the link and a pop-over menu
appears giving you the option to open the link in a new page.
can search for a particular word on an open page in Safari. Type your
word into the Google search box. You'll see a list of suggestions
appear, and near the bottom you'll see "On This Page", showing how many
times that word appears on the page. Tap the Find option to go to the
first instance of the word.
can turn off the chime for new emails. Go to Settings, then General,
then Sounds and turn off the New Mail sound. You can also adjust sound
iPad's Mail app defaults to previewing two lines of each email before
you tap on it. Sometimes however it would be handier to be able to see
more of an email before loading the whole thing in, especially if you
are on a slow connection. To do this open the Settings app, then tap on
Mail, Contacts, Calendars and change the Preview options to add more
mail accounts default to Push as a delivery mechanism, if available.
This automatically 'pushes' any new emails your way as soon as they are
available. If you find this annoying or distracting you can set your
Mail accounts to check for new messages at intervals, or manually so
they only check for new messages when you tap the Refresh button. To
turn off Push, select the Settings app and Mail, Contacts, Calendars and
choose Fetch New Data, then turn Push on or off.
you want to make sure your iPad's data is properly backed up then you
can force iTunes to back it up. When you're conencted to your Mac or PC,
open up iTunes and right-click on your iPad in the Devices list and
select Back up.
your iPad battery is completely flat then it can take a while for the
red battery symbol to appear when you plug it in to charge, indicating
that it is charging. Don't panic, just leave it plugged in and wait -
the charging symbol will appear eventually.