30 tips and tricks for the iPad 4
We should show you iPad owners some love with 30 tips and tricks that will help you get more from your fantastic device
If you've just bought or been gifted an iPad 4, but are struggling to make the most of its high-end feature set, look no further than our tips and tricks roundup -- 30 nuggets of the finest advice you'll ever find.
Multi-touch is your friend: Use four fingers to swipe left or right on your iPad 4 to switch seamlessly between your previously used/running apps, pinch all of your fingers together to return to the Home screen, or swipe up to access your multi-tasking menu. Toggle the function on by tapping ‘Settings’ and choosing ‘General.’
Lock down your orientation: If you’re sick and tired of your screen automatically rotating when you lean then you need to lock your display’s orientation. To do this simply double tap on the ‘Home’ button to bring up the app screen, and swipe until you find the little circular arrow icon – tap it and you’re good to go.
Dictate and save time: Whenever your on-screen keyboard pops up, tap the microphone icon and say what you wish to type aloud. When you’re done, tap the icon again. Siri will then transcribe your comments, leaving your hands free to do other things.
Take a screengrab: This is an oldie but a goodie: Press the ‘Home’ button and the ‘Sleep/Wake’ button at the same time to snap a screenshot, which you can use in place of transcribing text…or for saving things for posterity.
Secure your iPad: If you travel with your tablet often then you’ll want to secure it with a passcode to protect your data. Simply tap ‘Settings,’ select ‘General’ and choose ‘Passcode Lock’ to apply a code of your choosing. You can even set your iPad to delete your precious data if someone inputs the wrong code 10 times.
Create folders: Organize your apps into relevant groups by placing them in folders. To do this, press and hold on an app until they start to shimmy, then drag the icon on to another relevant one.
Mute in a hurry: If you need to lower your volume in a rush simply press and hold the ‘Volume Down’ button for a second.
Stream your home media: Sure, iTunes can stream your media but it isn’t the shiniest penny in the jar when it comes to handling mixed file types. Try downloading ‘Plex’ from the App Store, and then installing the desktop client on your PC or Mac. Follow the on-screen prompts and you’ll be up and streaming in no time, with no drawbacks.
Shake it like a Polaroid picture: To delete large bodies of text in a hurry try shaking your iPad 4 like an Etch-a-Sketch to bring up a handy ‘Undo Typing’ option.
Erase and Rewind: If you’ve run into problems with your device one sure-fire way of remedying them is to wipe your iPad 4. To do this tap ‘Settings,’ choose ‘General,’ scroll down to ‘Reset’ and choose ‘Erase All Content and Settings.’
Remove the risk of RSI: Try pairing a Bluetooth keyboard with your iPad, and marry it with a case that has a stand to take the strain off your wrists and type like a regular Joe using a laptop.
Tone it down: If you want to make your battery last longer then turn down your brightness and switch off ‘Auto-Brightness’ by tapping ‘Settings’ and choosing ‘Brightness & Wallpaper.’
iCloud is your friend: Ensure that your iPad is set to sync with iCloud to make sure all of your photos and media are available across your devices and, of course, to make sure you don’t lose them should something dreadful occur.
Tweet the easy way: iOS supports Twitter and Facebook out of the box; to set them up tap ‘Settings’ and scroll down to ‘Twitter’ or ‘Facebook.’ You can now Tweet or update your Facebook status from the drag-down notifications menu.
Add a new keyboard or two: If you’re multilingual or you just love to add an Emoji to the end of your messages you’re well catered to with the iPad 4. You can add non-English and emoticon keyboards by hitting ‘Settings’, tapping ‘General’ and navigating your way down to ‘Keyboard’. Once there tap ‘Keyboards’ to begin adding new ones.