You may have had an iPad for years, or maybe you are just getting your first one. Maybe even a rental? You are probably pretty familiar with your device, and even if you aren’t, Apple’s operating system is probably pretty easy for those of you who are tech savvy to navigate. But not everything is so cut and dry when it comes to tweaking the way your settings should be. I’m here to let you in on a few tricks when it comes to operating your device.
First, disable your phone calls. A small number of users might find this handy if they have their iPad paired with an iPhone and their cellular device is in another room, but for the most part this setting should be turned off. If you’re watching a video, playing a game, or are just really into what you’re working on on your iPad, your activity can and will be disrupted by a phone call. Which is why this particular setting may be better off disabled. After all, that’s why you have an iPad in the first place, NOT to talk on it. Luckily, it’s pretty simple to turn this setting off. Just go to Settings>FaceTime and tap the toggle switch to turn off “Calls from iPhone.”
Second and perhaps most important, enabling find my iPad. Your iPad is precious to you, but sometimes you might put it down and forget where you left it, or even the inconceivable could happen: it could get stolen. This setting is easy to enable, just go to Settings>iCloud, then scroll down to Find My iPad. You may also want to enable “Send Last Location,” that way if your iPad dies and is lost, you can get its last known location before it was powered down.
So you’ve enabled Find My iPad and now your iPad has gone missing, how do you find it? Easy, if you have an iPhone, you can use the “Find My iPhone” application. If you don’t have an iPhone, just sign in to your iCloud.com account and then access Find My iPhone from there.
This next tip has to do with the iPad’s Touch ID, the fingerprint sensor that makes for fast and easy lock-screen security. But, if you just use your thumb, or perhaps pointer finger, you can’t always get into your iPad as quickly as you might want. That’s why we recommend that you add more fingers to Touch ID. You can actually log up to five fingers. All you have to do is tap Settings>Touch ID & Passcode, then enter your numeric passcode. Now tap Add a Fingerprint and follow the prompts as many times as you would like (up to 5).
For some reason or other Apple’s default setting for the battery gauge doesn’t include numbers, meaning there is no percentage displayed to show you how long your battery will last. Perhaps it’s so it looks like your iPad’s charge lasts longer than it truly does, but who really knows. Fortunately, you can add a numeric gauge and know exactly when your iPad will die. Fix this by going to Settings>Battery then turn on Battery Percentage.
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