How well do you utilize your iPad? These suggestions can help you save time, energy, and, most importantly, your sanity! From teaching Siri to pay attention to details to synchronizing podcasts across devices, these are some of our favorites, yet often-overlooked features of Apple’s iPads and iPhones.
While you may be familiar with the fundamentals of the iPad, there are very certainly thousands of features and “hacks” that you have never even heard of let alone tried. Knowing a few extra features can make your life easier, more productive, and, let’s be honest, a lot more fun, without requiring you to be a tech whiz or know everything. Here are five tips and tricks for the iPad that you shouldn’t be without.
1. Get Siri to Really Listen
Thanks to iOS 8, the iPad now offers a number of useful new features, such as the ability to call up the virtual assistant Siri with the simple phrase, “Hey Siri.” The only catch is that when you utilize this function, your iPad must be plugged into a power source. Fortunately, there is a workaround: if the Siri UI is visible (and auto lock is disabled), you can still ask Siri questions while you’re driving or cooking.
2. Axe Battery Killers
With iOS 8, you can now check how much power each app is consuming on your iPad. To get there, tap “Battery Usage” under “General” under “Settings.” Quickly identifying what is worthwhile and what is a battery drain is essential.
3. Add Favorite Sites as Links on Home
By tapping the “share” button (a square with an up arrow), you can add frequently visited websites to your home screen. You can have a shortcut to your preferred site shown on the main menu.
4. Sync Your Podcasts Across Devices
Perhaps you enjoy listening to podcasts, but you often lose your place and have to start listening from the beginning. Your podcast feed, stations, and playback progress may be synchronized across your iOS devices, computers running iTunes, and Apple TV.
5. Eliminate Distractions
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6. Get Free Ebooks
iPad users get access to 46,000 free ebooks from Project Gutenberg, many of which are classics.
7. Master Your Trackpad Movements
Most of us have perfected the art of learning by doing through trial and error. What I’m getting at, do you see the parallel? Have you ever wasted an inordinate amount of time attempting to recall the steps required to check your notifications or switch between previously used apps? Instead, you may save yourself a lot of time and hassle by getting to grips with a few fundamental trackpad gestures.
To check out your alerts, for instance, just scroll up from the very bottom of the screen. A third option is to use three fingers to swipe right or left to switch between recently used apps. As an added bonus, you can scroll in either way by swiping with two fingers. At last, the Search Bar can be accessed by swiping down with two fingers from the Home Screen.
8. Take Customer Service on the Go
Are you prepared to provide your clients with more advanced technological service options? You should already be using social media to anticipate consumer demands, but there are also a number of customer care tools available to make responding to customer inquiries easy and efficient.
9. Get More Productive
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10. Know What Song is Playing
If you hear a song you enjoy while out at a restaurant or bar and want to know the name of the artist, Siri now has Shazam built in and should be able to tell you!
11. Never Lose Your iPad
Many iPad owners have found the “locate my phone” function to be extremely helpful. Did you know your iPad may be programmed to report its last known position to Apple in the event of a power outage? Good news for those times when you can’t find your iPad in the couch cushions. Simply enable “send the last location” under iCloud/Find my iPad in “Settings.”
12. Use a Split View On Your Screen
Have you ever found yourself constantly switching between pages on your iPad because you needed to look at both at once? Holy crap, that’s frustrating. There is a tonne of situations in which you’ll need to glance at two displays at once, such as while you’re working or when you’re trying to arrange a side gig or a much-needed vacation.
This is simple to accomplish with the help of Split View, which allows you to use two applications side by side. Sliding from the first app to the second from right to left will open the second app. Next, move the divider till it’s in the center of your display.
When you need to switch programs, just slide down from above to access your right-hand apps. You can also switch apps by swiping left, or by double-clicking the home button. Simply slide the divider over the app you want to close when you’re done using it.
13. Upgrade Your To-Do List Game
A change is coming if you routinely scribble to-do lists on scraps of paper. There are numerous effective to-do list apps that may be easily integrated into your routine to boost your productivity and efficiency. TeuxDeux, Todoist, Remember the Milk, Wunderlist, Notion, and OmniFocus are a handful of the many excellent alternatives.
Learning the software and getting it set up may take some time, but in the long run, having a central location for all your tasks means less time spent trying to remember them and more time spent getting things done.
Finally, keep in mind that it’s not about knowing as many iPad hacks as possible for the sake of it; it’s about knowing and using hacks that will increase your productivity and free up more time for the things that really matter to you. Pick a strategy from the list above, use it, and watch your success soar.