My idea behind the iPad Manual is to act as an easy-to-understand reference tool for you to use your iPad in a more productive and straightforward way.
Lots of videos are purposely included to illustrate ways you can use your iPad better. I think gestures such as swiping and pinches, for example, are explained more easily in a video than with lots of descriptive words.
The iPad Manual is grouped together in to manageable chunks, so you can easily digest the information presented.
I want you to be able to use your iPad painlessly and without the frustration that comes with using new technology. Using devices without a keyboard and mouse take a bit of getting use to. Make this page your first steps in your learning quest!
There are other pages on my site that are related to the iPad, including the iPad Revolution, which describes the rise to prominence of the word most popular tablet device, and Find My iPad, which is a service that gives you options to manage your missing device.
The modern iPad comes with various buttons and ports located on the front and sides. Do you know what they do? All of them?
Below are two pictures. One taken of the front of your iPad, and one taken of the back. I have highlighted each button and port, and included a description of what each is and what they do under each picture.
Information is based on an earlier version of the iPad. Other models will vary, (have more or less buttons), but the basic functionality is unlikely to be extremely diverse.
30 Pin Connector
If your iPad or one of your Apps freezes, (it does happen, just like PCs), press and hold the home button and power button together at the same time:
It is uncommon for this action to affect data on your iPad! Use at your own risk.
If this doesn't work on your iPad model, search for how to do it online. The answer is out there.
Now you are aware of the iPad buttons and their use, the next section of the iPad Manual focuses on interaction with your device.
The next section of your iPad Manual is interaction. This is a collection of basic hand and finger movements that enable you to use your device productively. There are loads of these 'gestures' - too many to list here.
However, what I have pulled together is an image depicting the different types of gestures you can perform on your iPad. Most are basic, some a more complex but easy to learn!
Multitasking is how you can use your iPad when multiple applications are running at the same time. Just like on a PC or Laptop, you can easily switch to different applications.
I have pulled together some online video's demonstrating multitasking in practice.
I believe video is the best way to show you both interaction and multitasking, and there are many readily available online. I think the short video's below are providing an excellent introduction to both basic and some advanced features. Enjoy!
Let's take a look at these gestures described in the videos above, and in the image below, in a bit more detail:-
Tap: A basic iPad function used to open web links or applications
Double Tap: A handy shortcut to zoom in/out and shrink your screen. I use this to enlarge web pages or images to focus on specific details
Drag (or Swipe): I think most will be familiar with this gesture as you use it to access your device. You can also use it to re-organise your icons in to an order you are happy with
Flick: Used to navigate web pages or to scroll/view photographs
Pinch: A handy gesture to close applications down or 'zoom out'. I always use this to close my applications
Spread: Another useful gesture I used to stretch or make things bigger (Zoom in)
Press: I use this when I want to delete an application. Press any of your apps icons and all of them will 'wobble' and have an X in the top left-hand corner. Tap the X of the app you want to remove. This is also useful or highlighting text you want to copy
Press and Tap: Honestly, I've never had cause to use this gesture. You could, I suppose, use it to open a 'right click' menu option (Press) then select an option from the resulting menu (Tap)
Press and Drag: As above, only in this example to scroll the resulting menu option with the Drag movement before selecting your option
Rotate: Very useful when editing images
The basic interactions highlighted above enables most beginners to use the iPad on a daily basis. However, there are some very useful multitasking gestures that once you learn them, you'll wonder how you managed without knowing them!
To illustrate this, I have sourced three excellent YouTube video's. They are only a few minutes in duration but packed with lots of information I think you will find very useful. Enjoy!
Are you reading a very long web page? Are you getting Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) from dragging all the way back up to the hop of the page to use the menu?
Simply tap the black border at the top of the screen just above the digital clock, and your iPad will automatically scroll back to the top of the page for you.
I hope you found this section useful. There are other interactions such as editing/highlighting text, copy and paste, and how to accept/reject suggested spelling of words when writing documents or notes.
At the end of this iPad Manual, there is a link to an excellent course I recommend anyone who is serious about their iPad to take. More on this later.
Next, we look at some key settings you need to know about to secure your device and connect to your home broadband.
This section of the iPad Manual is split into 2 sub-sections: Passcode setup and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Set a Passcode
iPads are expensive and are subject to theft and other malicious activity by the scum that walk our streets. There are 2 forms of security for your device:-
Physical Security is common sense! Your device is valuable and may store private information. Therefore, do not leave it in your car or on public transport.
Lock your iPad away securely when not in use. This is particularly important when using in a public place.
Digital security comes in the form of a passcode, and more recently, biometrics. This is secure access to your information and applications. Your pass code should only be known to you. Remember it! Do not write it down or give to anybody else.
Setting up a mandatory passcode on iOS is easy:-
Change your passcode regularly. Ensure it is unique and cannot be guessed easily. Don't use your date of birth. Keep your passcode to yourself and don't write it down anywhere!
Your device is very limited unless it is connected to the Internet. Web browsing or using many of your apps is restricted without it!
Connectivity to the outside world is provided either through your 4G/5G provider or via Wi-Fi.
This could be in your home or somewhere like a coffee house with hot spot coverage or free Wi-Fi for customers.
Hotspots and Public Networks are NOT secure. All other users of these networks could access information you are transmitting (unless you are using a VPN service).
DO NOT use these networks for things like Internet banking or purchasing items using credit cards online. It is simply not worth the risk!
To connect your iPad to a Wireless Network:
Do not underestimate how important keeping your iPad safe and secure is! Particularly when connecting to public Wi-Fi networks.
I tend not to use public networks when I am on my iPad. Whatever needs doing can wait until I get home.
In the next section, our iPad Manual focuses on Applications.
There are thousands upon thousands on iPad applications available for you to download. Whether they are free or cost to purchase, applications require managing to keep your device running smoothly.
In this section of the iPad Manual, we look at:-
Keep Your Apps Up-To-Date!
Most software packages, whether they are written for the iPad, iPhone or a computer, are updated regularly by the publisher or programmer.
These updates are usually to introduce new features or to fix bugs. I aim to update my apps on a weekly basis, unless I get to know of any urgent updates because of security risks. In this case, I update immediately.
To keep your apps up-to-date:-
1. Tap the App Store icon;
2. This shows a number in a red circle if updates are pending;-
3. From here tap Updates which shows you all the Apps to update;
4. Tap Update All (Top Left-hand Corner);
5. Enter your Apple ID Password (If prompted);
6. Each App updates.
Organizing Your Apps
There are several key actions for managing your apps, which are excellently demonstrated in the video below.
As mentioned earlier in this iPad Manual, some actions are better explained via video rather than long-winded text and pictures.
Jonathan Wylie, a technology consultant, demonstrates the following actions:
The video below is a short but excellent demonstration on how to manage your Apps in the iPadOS.
The final thing to mention in this section of the iPad Manual is most apps have settings you can (and should) change.
For example, tap Settings then Safari. Here you can set your preferred search engine, block pop-ups and enable fraudulent website warnings.
Apple iPads and next-generation Tablet devices are going to be around for a while. 2013 showed the biggest drop in worldwide sales of the Personal Computer - a sign of how computing is moving forward!
I have included another excellent tutorial from Christopher Lawley, which provides an excellent iPadOS review. I even found out how to close applications watching their video. I have been trying to find out how to do that for ages!
Also take a look at this simple iPadOS article for further information
I sincerely hope you picked up something useful from this iPad Manual. I have, and I'm the author!