MY IPAD AIR TIPS AND TRICKS
Apple has made a big change by splitting the IOS operating systems into iOS for iPhones and iPadOS for the latest iPad offerings. As a result of this change, there are now some iPad-specific functions tablet owners should know about. Since there are lots of functions that only work with the larger screen, that separate code would be taking up space on iPhones for functions that are only feasible for use on iPads. With that in mind, I discuss here some tips and tricks I learned and will share them with you.
Accessing Running Background Apps
I didn’t realize how much mobile data was being consumed by my my iPhone until I made a trip to New Orleans a few years ago and I received a message from Verizon that my subscription storage capacity was almost empty. My wife informed me that I might want to check the number of apps running in the background. Since I did not clear them on a regular basis, I was shocked by the number of items were still running and consuming my available plan storage like wildfire.
When I obtained a new iPad Air courtesy of a generous gift from our son, Eric, one of the first roadblocks to my having full knowledge of how to use said device was that I couldn’t figure out how to access all the Apps running in the background. Finally I went online and found the answer as follows:
- Hold your finger at the bottom of the screen and swipe up without lifting your finger. This will cause everything running in the background to appear. Then you just put your finger on each App or Internet page showing (or ones you choose to delete) and move it up with your finger quickly and it will disappear.
- Even if you are using an App, you can access the Apps Toolbar by swiping up from the bottom of the page slowly while keeping your finger on the screen
Saving Battery Life
I next found that certain Apps draw an enormous amount of data for what they provide. One was the Weather Channel app which sucked up a whopping 4.5 gigabytes of data. When I researched the other weather Apps, I found that The Weather Bug only consumes 6.3 megabytes. So I deleted the Weather Channel App and use the other weather apps instead. So I present the following solutions:
- Delete all unnecessary background Apps on a daily basis, or at least once or twice a week, especially if you are using them regularly.
- Reduce display brightness by 75% to 50% and you will probably double your battery life time. I finally did that and was able to go most of the day without a recharge with constant usage.
- Review the data requirements for each App listed and decide if you want to keep the ones that use up a lot of data.
Charging The Batteries
My new iPad came with a Fast Charging Module that used a USB-C to USB-C charging cable. Since I wanted more cables to charge the iPad with, and had a number of USB-A charging modules that I use for the iPhones and the old iPad mini 2, I ordered new cables with USB-C connector on one end and a USB-C connector on the other end. I noticed right away that the fast charger charged the iPad battery 2 to 3 times faster than the USB-A module. So, I make the following suggestions:
- Buy additional fast charging modules with the USB-C input connector slot and cables with USB-C connectors on both ends.
- If you want to fast charge your iPhone 8 (or later models), get a USB C to Lightning Cable (iPhone connector end) charging cord. Not recommended for any earlier iPhone models.
- Get braided cords so that they will last much longer and not fray the wires where the cord meets the connector.
Edit A Live Photo
- Tap EDIT
- Then tap the Multi Circle Icon on the left
- Drag the frame in the video clip that you want
- Then tap the Make Key Photo icon above the chosen frame.
Take A Screen Shot
- Press and quickly release the Top Button and the Volume Up Button simultaneously with a quick motion.
- Tap the screen shot right away to enlarge it for a better view and possible editing. Or just leave it alone, in which case it will automatically move into Your Photo Storage icon within a few seconds.
Place Calls on Your iPad Using FaceTime
- Open the FaceTime app.
- Tap the plus sign (+) to choose someone to call from your contacts. You can include multiple contacts in your call. You can also start typing the name of a contact on the keyboard, and FaceTime completes it automatically.
- When you’ve selected everyone you want to contact, press one of the call buttons to make an Audio (voice-only) or Video call.
- FaceTime places the call.
- Other iPad phone call options can be found on Lifewire.com at the following link: https://www.lifewire.com/use-your-ipad-as-phone.
To take a quick note on any screen, swipe up from the bottom right corner with your finger.
- Write what ever you want on the quick note
- When finished hit Done.
- Note will disappear and be stored at the top of your NOTES FOLDERS LIST as QUICK NOTES.
Add Widgets To Your Home Screen
- Touch and hold finger on Home Screen
- Then tap the + Symbol at the upper left hand corner
- when Widgets Box opens up, choose a suggested widget or one from the Apps Gallery on left side of box
- Choose a size
- Hit Save
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