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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know Your iPad Could Do

standard April 30, 2013 4 responses

I’ve had an iPad since Mother’s Day 2011 and I have used it religiously ever since. I use it for work, for fun, for kid distractions, for organization, and for pretty much anything else I can get it to do.

I never read any manuals or tutorials. I mean, the beauty of the iPad is that it’s really quite self-explanatory. Pretty much anyone can charge it up, turn it on, and start using it. With a few swipes of a finger you can figure out how to open apps, go from one page to the next, and manipulate the iPad to do your bidding.

So, I’ll admit it fully, I didn’t think I was going to learn a lot when I cracked open iPad all-in-one For Dummies.

Guess who’s a Dummy?

As I flipped through the pages I kept finding myself saying “No way! I can do that?” and grabbing the iPad to test it out.

I’m not going to reveal all the goodies the book has to offer, but I will share 5 tips that I was really glad to discover. So, without further ado…

1) Using iMessage to connect
The iPad comes pre-loaded with a few apps and it seems like every time I do an iOS update a few more get installed. Other than whining about the fact that these apps take up some of my precious storage space, I rarely click on them to see what they do.

Thus I had never taken the time to open iMessage.

Silly me.

Instead of always needing to use my phone to communicate with either of my sisters I can just iMessage them! It’s super easy and just as fast as a text message, without, you know, the added cost of a text message.

Message to my sister… and some poor stranger.

 2) Staying on time with the clock
I knew the iPad had a clock, but, much like the message app, I’d never bothered to open it.
It might come as a shock, but I have a touch of ADD and I often have trouble staying on task. (I know! Shocking!) I can easily use the clock to set time limits for tasks as I’m working. Bonus? I can make it quack like a duck when time is up! Nothing says “time to get off Facebook” better than a duck quack!

3) Using Safari Reading List
More often than not I use Pinterest as my general bookmarking tool. I use it to make note of blogs I want to read, of websites I want to remember, and for everything else it’s meant to be used for. What I can’t do is read these blogs and websites when I’m offline and out and about, or, you know, when I’m patiently waiting and watching at gymnastics for an hour every week.

Little did I know I can use the iPad’s Safari Reading list to read bookmarked items when I’m offline.

I know. It’s like magic. I can’t wait to do something other than watch little girls try different ways to break their necks come Friday.

4) Using Safari Reader
You know how some sites don’t have nice streamlined mobile ready sites? And how it’s sometimes annoying to read articles that meander around ads and images? The Safari Reader option (which I had neither heard of or even noticed until now) allows you, with one click of a button, to get just the text and nothing but the text for the article you’re trying to read.

Another magical miracle.

5) Printing from the iPad
I was told when I got my iPad that I would never be able to print from the device. I grumbled for a bit and then I got on with my day. Whatever. Small hurdle. I can always email myself documents to print from my laptop.

It was fine, a bit tedious at times, but fine.

And then I learned that with the current model of printer that I have and the latest iOS update… lo and behold… I can too print from my iPad.

I have to admit that I have yet to find anything more technologically satisfying than sitting on my couch, clicking Print, and hearing the printer start to clunk. Of course moments later I’m informed that the printer is out of paper and I still have to get up and come to the office, but STILL, in theory it’s a game changer.

So, there you have it. You might think you know everything there is to know about your iPad, but odds are there are a few tips and tricks that might just surprise you. And if you’re a total iPad newbie? Well then this book is definitely the manual you want. It’s well written, well explained, and will get you up and running in no time at all!

(Please note: I received a copy of this book for review purposes, but I was not otherwise compensated for this post. That said, the links presented on this page are affiliate links)

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4 responses

  • I don’t have an ipad, but I do have an iphone which all of these things apply to! Though some of them I already knew I never pressed add to reading list before and didn’t realize what it does. LOVE.

  • Anonymous

    The Dummies series is really good they also mention a printing app called print n share, in order to print from an ipad or iphone you need an airprint enabled printer which i assume you have, if you dont you can use this app.
    also didn’t know that about the clock timer, will check that out for sure
    thanks for useful tips 🙂

  • Here is another tip:

    Most popular bookmarks that are used on the PC and Mac can be used in Safari on the iPad.

    Examples are Amazon wishlist, Evernote web clipper, Pinterest button

    Bookmarklets for iPad and iPhone

  • *Looks away, shyly* I don’t often read manuals either. That clock? I NEED to start using that pronto.

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