We all know how to use our iPads for the basics. But there are a bunch of hidden tricks that can make using your iPad even more fun and productive. If you’ve just gotten your new iPad, or have had one for a while and want to get more out of it, check out these iPad tips and tricks.
These tips and tricks cover a variety of topics, including how to get the most out of the built-in apps, and how to use the various features of the iPad. Most of these Tricks apply to all newer iPads, like iPad gen. 10, iPad Air or iPad Pro. With these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to get more out of your iPad and make the most of its capabilities. Here are 5 cool iPad tricks that you probably didn’t know existed.
1 Take a screenshot
To take a screenshot on any newer iPad, without a home button, you should do the following. There are two ways to take a screenshot. Did you know that you can take a screenshot with your Apple Pencil?
- Simply press and hold the Side Button and Volume Up button simultaneously. The screen will flash white, and you‘ll hear a camera shutter sound, indicating that a screenshot has been taken and saved to your Photos app.
- iPads running iOS 10 or later support Apple Pencil, and you can use it to take a screenshot on your iPad. First, make sure that your Apple Pencil is charged and ready to go. Then you can just swipe up from the Left Bottom Corner with your Apple Pencil and your screenshot will be taken.
2 Use the Split Screen Feature
The split screen feature allows you to multitask and can improve your productivity. Here’s how to use it:
- Open the first app you want to use in Split View.
- Tap and hold the tree dots on the top and drag the app to the right.
- Then click on the other app you want to use.
- Tap and hold on the divider between the two apps and drag it to adjust the amount of space each app takes up.
- You can now use both apps side by side. To exit Split View, drag the divider all the way to the edge of the screen.
3 Create a Folder
If you want to create a folder on your iPad 10, here‘s what you need to do:
- First, tap and hold on an app icon until all the icons start to jiggle.
- Then, drag one app icon on top of another. Doing so will automatically create a new folder.
- You can then name the folder whatever you‘d like. Simply tap on the folder and then tap on the “X“ icon that appears in the top–left corner.
- Type in a name for the folder and then tap on the “Done“ button.
4 Use Guided Access
Guided Access is a great way to limit your iPad to a single app, so you can avoid getting distracted. It is a great tool for enhancing productivity, especially while doing something for school, uni, or work. Here’s how it goes:
- Go to Settings > Accessibility > Guided Access.
- To turn it on, click on the switch next to Guided Access.
- Then open the app, that you want to use and triple-click the home or the side button, depending on which iPad you have.
- You will be asked to set a passcode if you didn’t set one in the settings.
- To leave Guided Access mode, triple-click the same button and use the passcode set earlier.
5 Use the Assistive Touch Feature
Assistive Touch is an accessibility feature that can be used in place of the Home button. When enabled, a small, movable icon appears on the screen. This icon can be dragged to any location on the screen. When tapped, it performs the same functions as the Home button.
- To enable Assistive Touch, go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Assistive Touch.
- Tap the toggle to turn on Assistive Touch.
- There are a number of ways that Assistive Touch can be customized. You can customize the appearance of the Assistive Touch icon, as well as the actions that are performed when single-tapped, double-tapped, and long-pressed.
Some of the available actions are:
- Home: Return to the Home screen
- Siri: activate Siri
- Control Center: open Control Center
- Notifications: view notifications
- Device Lock: lock your device
- Restart: restart your device
- Shut Down: turn off your device
There are also a number of gestures that can be performed with Assistive Touch. These include:
- Tap: equivalent to a single tap on the screen
- Double Tap: equivalent to a double tap on the screen
- Long Press: equivalent to a long press on the screen
- 3D Touch: equivalent to a 3D Touch on the screen (if supported by your device)
- Drag: move the Assistive Touch icon around the screen
- Flick: perform a flick on the screen
- Pinch: equivalent to a pinch on the screen
- Rotate: equivalent to a rotation on the screen
6 Use the built-in dictionary
Did you know that your iPad has a built-in dictionary? The iPad comes with a built–in dictionary that is constantly being updated with new words and definitions. This is a great resource for looking up words that you come across while reading or browsing the web.
- To use it, just highlight a word and tap on the Define option.
- Or you can use the 3D Touch if supported by your device.
There are a number of great iPad tricks that can help users get the most out of their devices. From using the hidden trackpad to taking advantage of the split screen feature, there are a number of ways to make the iPad even more user–friendly. With a little exploration, you can find even more tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your iPad. And if you have any trouble, you can always contact Apple support.