It’s just after the December holidays, and many people may have received an iPad as a gift. If that’s you and you’re new to the ?iPad? or this is your first update in some time, make sure to check out the tips below to get the most out of your tablet, whether it’s an iPad mini, ?iPad?, iPad Air, or iPad Pro.
Basic Tips for Beginners
If you’re brand new to the ?iPad?, we have some basic articles that will walk you through the fundamentals you need to know to get started with your ?iPad?.
How to Set Up Your New iPhone or iPad Using Automatic Setup
How to Update Apps
How to Delete Apps on iPhone and iPad
How to Back Up Your iPhone and iPad
How to Factory Reset Your iPhone or iPad
How to Shut Down or Force Restart Your iPad Pro
How to Take a Screenshot on Your iPad
How to Send and Receive SMS Messages on iPad via Text Message Forwarding
How to Save or Share a Safari Web Page as a PDF
How to Change the Default Web Browser on iPhone and iPad
How to Use Quick Notes
Beyond the basics, here are 10 more useful tips about your new ?iPad?:
10 Things to Know About Your New iPad
1. Use a Mouse and Keyboard With Your iPad
If you want to turn your ?iPad? into a replacement for a Mac when you’re working at a desk, you can do so with a mouse and a keyboard.
As with a Mac, you can connect any Bluetooth mouse, keyboard, or trackpad to your ?iPad? to use those inputs as an alternative to the touch screen. It’s really as simple as opening up Bluetooth and initiating the pairing process, but we’ve got some handy how tos that cover all the ins and outs of using a keyboard and a mouse with an ?iPad?.
How to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse or Trackpad to Your iPad
How to Use a Bluetooth Mouse or Trackpad With Your iPad
How to Control an iPad With an External Keyboard Using Accessibility Shortcuts
2. Use App Library to Keep Your Home Screen Clean
Have an ?iPad? Home Screen that’s cluttered up with all manner of apps? As of iPadOS 15, the App Library is available on the ?iPad?, which means you have instant access to a well-organized list of all the apps on your ?iPad?.
To get to it, just swipe all the way over to the end of your ?Home Screen? pages. App Library automatically organizes your apps into categories like Games, Entertainment, Health & Fitness, Social, and more.
You can scroll through the categories and tap into each one to see all the apps listed there, or you can take advantage of the search feature.
Tip: If you want to delete your ?Home Screen? pages in bulk or rearrange them, just long press on an empty area of the ?Home Screen? and then tap on the row of dots at the bottom of the display. You can drag ?Home Screen? pages to rearrange, or tap on the checkmark and then the “-” to delete them.
3. Drag and Drop Text Between Apps
If you want to move text from one app to another on the ?iPad?, such as pasting some text from Safari into Notes, you can do so with a drag-and-drop gesture.
Select the text that you want to move from one app to another by long pressing. Drag the two little bars to get exactly the text you want.
On the highlighted text, press and hold to pull it up from the page.
Keep your finger on the text while you use another finger or your other hand to open up the app you want to move the text to.
When the text is situated in the app where you want it to go, release your finger and it will be pasted over.
Tip: This drag-and-drop text gesture is easiest to use in multitasking mode, where you have two app windows open side by side.
4. Use an Apple Pencil
An Apple Pencil is hands down one of the best accessories that you can get to use with an ?iPad?, and all of Apple’s modern iPads support one of the two ?Apple Pencil? models. If you didn’t get an ?Apple Pencil? gifted with your ?iPad?, it’s well worth considering.
With an ?Apple Pencil?, you can sketch and draw within drawing apps, note-taking apps, and more, but you can also navigate with the ?Apple Pencil? and you can write in any text field on the ?iPad?, with the ?iPad? translating it into typed text.
In the built-in Notes app, for example, you can open it up and just start writing with the Pencil. The same goes for Safari searches, Calendar events, Messages, and so much more.
There are two different versions of the ?Apple Pencil?, so the model you need will depend on which iPad you have. To determine your ?iPad? model, open up the Settings app, tap on “General” and then tap on “About.” Your model is listed under “Model name.”
?Apple Pencil? 1 Devices
?iPad? (6th Gen and Later)
?iPad mini? (5th Gen)
12.9-inch ?iPad Pro? (1st and 2nd Gen)
10.5-inch ?iPad Pro?
9.7-inch ?iPad Pro?
?iPad Air? (3rd Gen)
?Apple Pencil? 2 Devices
12.9-inch ?iPad Pro? (3rd Gen and Later)
11-inch ?iPad Pro? (All models)
?iPad Air? (4th Gen)
?iPad mini? (6th Gen)
Learn more about the ?Apple Pencil? in our dedicated guide.
5. Take Advantage of Widgets
Many of Apple’s apps and third-party apps come with widgets, which you can put on your ?Home Screen? or view in the Today Center to get information at a glance.
Here’s how to add a widget to your ?Home Screen?:
Long press on an empty space on the ?Home Screen? to enter “Jiggle” mode where the icons are wiggling.
Tap on the “+” button in the upper left hand corner of the display.
Scroll through the widget suggestions, or search for a specific widget.
Tap on the widget you want, and then swipe through the the different options. For many ?widgets?, you can choose a size, and for others, you can customize the function.
When you’ve customized your widget to your satisfaction, tap “Add Widget.”
It will be placed on the ?Home Screen?, and from there, you can drag it into the position that you want.
Tap “Done” when you’re finished.
Tip: On the ?iPad?, you have access to XL ?widgets?, a larger-sized widget that’s not available on the iPhone. You can also add ?widgets? to the Today View by going to your first ?Home Screen? page and then swiping again from left or right to open the Today View interface.
Add a widget by long pressing on the display and then tapping the “+” button as outlined above. You can drag and drop ?widgets? to rearrange them, or pull one out from Today View to your ?Home Screen?.
6. Use Quick Notes
With iOS 15, Apple added a handy Quick Notes feature to the ?iPad? that’s designed for jotting down notes without having to open up the Notes app. Quick Notes can be used with or without an ?Apple Pencil?, and the interface can be accessed at any time with a simple gesture.
In any app, or on the ?Home Screen?, swipe up diagonally from the right hand corner of the screen.
You can do the diagonal swipe in either portrait or landscape mode – it works the same.
Type your notes or write with the ?Apple Pencil?.
Swipe to collapse the Quick Note to the side if you want to hide it temporarily and bring it back to look something up.
Tap “Done” when you’re finished.
Tip: You can also get to Quick Notes through the Control Center by tapping on the Notes icon, or by using the Globe key + Q keyboard shortcut. If you have an ?Apple Pencil?, you can also tap it on the ?iPad?’s locked screen to bring up a note.
For more tips on how to get the most out of the Quick Notes feature, we have a dedicated Quick Notes how to.
7. Use Your iPad as a Second Screen
If you have a Mac and it’s not too old, you can use your ?iPad? as a second screen with Apple’s Sidecar feature.
Using ?Sidecar? is as simple as accessing the display section of the Control Center on your Mac and beaming your screen to your ?iPad?, but we have a detailed guide with full instructions below.
How to use Sidecar to Turn an iPad Into a Secondary Mac Display
?Sidecar? requires a Mac compatible with macOS Catalina or later, and it works with the following machines:
MacBook Pro introduced in 2016 or later
MacBook introduced in 2016 or later
MacBook Air introduced in 2018 or later
iMac introduced in 2017 or later, or ?iMac? (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015)
Mac mini introduced in 2018 or later
Mac Pro introduced in 2019
Your ?iPad? needs to be compatible with an ?Apple Pencil? and it needs to be running iPadOS 13 or later. That includes the ?iPad mini? 5 or newer, all ?iPad Pro? models, the sixth-generation ?iPad? or newer, and the third-generation ?iPad Air? or newer.
8. Enhance Safari With Extensions
Safari on the ?iPad? supports all of the same extensions that you might get on your Mac, so you can download extensions for turning all webpages to dark mode, using password managers, avoiding AMP pages, and more.
Getting Safari Extensions is as simple as opening up the Settings app, scrolling down to Safari, tapping on Extensions, and then selecting More Extensions to get to the Extensions section in the App Store.
We have a detailed walkthrough on installing extensions and a handy guide on some useful extensions that are worth checking out.
How to Download and Install Safari Web Extensions
iOS 15 Safari Extensions Worth Checking Out
9. Translate Text Anywhere
With iOS and ?iPadOS 15?, Apple introduced system-wide translation, so you can select text anywhere on the ?iPad? and get a translation as long as you have an internet connection.
Select the text that you want to have translated by long pressing and then dragging the blue bars.
Tap on the selected text.
On the bar that pops up, tap on the “Translate” option.
The text will be translated in a small window to the side.
You can translate content in the Notes app, Safari, Messages, or any other app where you can select text on the ?iPad?. With Live Text, a feature that recognizes all of the text in photos, you can also take a photo of text in a foreign language and translate that.
Everything New With Translation in iOS 15: System-Wide Support, Live Text Translation and More
iOS 15: How to Translate Text in Photos
System-wide translation works for Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
10. Find Anything With Spotlight
If you don’t already use Spotlight on your ?iPad?, it’s the best way to find just about anything. To get to it, just go to the ?Home Screen? and swipe down.
In addition to Siri Suggestions, which offers up apps you might want to access based on your usage history, there will be a search bar. Tap into it and you can search for all manner of things. Just some of what you can use Spotlight for:
Finding and launching apps you have installed
Finding new apps in the ?App Store?
Rearranging apps (search for an app and then drag it out of Spotlight to the ?Home Screen?)
Installing apps (after a search, tap on “Get”)
Deleting apps (long press and choose delete)
Looking for photos (search by date, person, or object in the photo)
Facts about actors, actresses, and other well-known people
Information on contacts
Web images (search for [subject] images)
Find content in Notes, Messages, and other apps
Tip: If you swipe down from the Lock Screen on your ?iPad?, you can get to a Spotlight Search interface without having to unlock your device.
If you want to see more on Spotlight Search and how it can be used, we have a dedicated guide highlighting all of the new features that came in ?iOS 15?.
Learn More About Your iPad
We have dedicated roundups for each of Apple’s iPads, with complete feature rundowns.
You’ll also want to take a look at the ?iPadOS 15? roundup to learn how to use all of the ?iPad? functions that were introduced with this year’s software update.Related Roundups: iPad, iPad Air , iPad Pro, iPad miniBuyer’s Guide: iPad (Buy Now), iPad Air (Caution), 11″ iPad Pro (Neutral), 12.9″ iPad Pro (Neutral), iPad Mini (Buy Now)Related Forum: iPadThis article, “10 Things You Need to Know About Your New iPad” first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Author: Juli Clover