10 really useful iPad tips and tricks
Saturday 19 August 2017

10 really useful iPad tips and tricks

We love our iPads, and from time to time we’ll discover a new thing that makes us love them even more. From Siri’s skewed sense of humor to the smart multitasking of the most recent models, every iPad has something to excite and delight its users.

In fact, there’s so much good stuff in iOS that many of us don’t know about some of the most useful, clever or entertaining things our devices can do.

That’s why we’ve put together this guide, covering everything from simple tweaks to really clever computing. Do you have a favorite we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments.

1. Create folders


You can create a new folder by clicking on an app, holding your finger down and then dragging it over another app. Let go and the two apps will now appear in a folder. Rather brilliantly you can put folders in the Dock for fast access to your favorite apps.

2. See what’s running

Double-clicking the home button shows you everything that’s currently running. To close an app that’s misbehaving or that you no longer need, just flick it upwards to get rid of it.

3. Use Control Center


Swiping up from the very bottom of the screen brings up Control Center, which gives you easy access to key features such as mute, orientation lock, Airplane Mode and so on. When iOS 11 drops, Control Center will get a simpler design and the ability to customize what it offers.

4. Booby-trap your data


Worried about your personal data falling into the wrong hands? In Settings > Touch ID & Passcode you can get your iPad to erase everything if there are 10 consecutive failures to enter the correct passcode.

5. Use the secret trackpad

If you touch the on-screen keyboard with two fingers in an app such as Mail, it becomes a trackpad: as your fingers move so does the cursor. It’s a real boon for editing documents.

6. Control what notifications you get


It’s easy to let notifications get out of control: it seems that every app wants to notify you about everything it notices.

If it all gets a bit too much you can go into Settings > Notifications and turn off the ones you don’t want. You can also change how specific notifications are delivered and whether they should make a sound.

7. Connect to a VPN

If you have access to a virtual private network, your iPad can connect to it. Just go into Settings > General > VPN and enter the relevant details. Unlike VPN apps, which may only protect data from within those apps, this setting applies system-wide.

8. Silence Wi-Fi network prompts


Are you troubled by endless offers of Wi-Fi networks you don’t want to connect to? Go into Settings > Wi-Fi > Ask to Join Networks and toggle the switch off. That’s better.

9. Explore your battery


Settings > Battery enables you to turn off the percentage display if you don’t want it, but it also does something more useful: it shows you which apps have been using the most energy, and it offers power-saving tips too.

10. Use text shortcuts


If you tend to use the same blocks of text again and again, set them up as Text Replacement items in Settings > General > Keyboards. This enables you to create shortcuts, so for example we’ve got a semicolon followed by “sorryno” to automate polite replies to product pitches.