Whether you’re an iPad veteran or newcomer, Apple’s tablet packs so many features that some of them might have gone unnoticed. Let’s take a look at ten great features that all iPad owners should use.
Use your iPad as a second Mac screen
With a feature called Sidecar, you can use your iPad as a second monitor for your Mac that mirrors or extends your desktop. It doesn’t work with all iPads or Macs (Apple provides the latest system requirements), but if your devices support it, it works great. The iPad and Mac must be signed in to the same Apple account, and Handoff must be enabled. Once connected, Apple provides a handy sidebar that makes it easy to use Mac apps on iPad. You can even use your iPad as a graphics tablet if you have an Apple Pencil.
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Take a screenshot of the full page website
Using your iPad’s screenshot feature, you can capture a full page screenshot of an entire web page. To do this, first trigger a screenshot: press the Top button and the Volume Up button (on an iPad without a Home button) or press the Home button and the Top button (on an iPad with a Home button). When you see the thumbnail in the corner, tap on it and then select the “Full Page” tab. Finally, choose “Save PDF to Files” and you’ll get a full page screenshot that you can view later in the Files app.
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Send photos, videos or files with AirDrop
You can easily share photos, videos, and other files from your iPad to other nearby Apple devices wirelessly using AirDrop. AirDrop uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and can be found in the Share menu. To use it, turn on Bluetooth and set up AirDrop on both devices. In the app you want to send files or media from, tap the Share button (a square with an arrow pointing up) and select “AirDrop.” Choose the nearby Apple device you want to send the file(s) to, and they will be wirelessly transmitted to the other device.
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iPad keyboard shortcuts
If you’re using a physical keyboard with your iPad, you may not be getting the full keyboard experience. iPad apps support many useful Command shortcuts similar to those found on the Mac, such as Command + C to copy and Command + V to paste. If you can’t remember the shortcuts for a particular app, hold down Command to see a cheat sheet at any time.
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Achieving peace with “Focus”
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Customize your mouse buttons
If you use a mouse with your iPad, you can customize how its buttons work, including assigning useful functions to any additional buttons it may have. To do this, you need to enable an accessibility feature called AssistiveTouch, then navigate to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Devices and select the name of the connected mouse device. There, you can choose “Customize additional buttons”, click a mouse button, and then choose a function from the list, such as “Start” or “Switch apps”. This way you can quickly switch between apps using just your mouse.
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Use multitasking to be more productive
If you use your iPad as a work machine, mastering multitasking can enhance your iPad experience. Starting with iPadOS 15, multitasking is easier with the multitasking menu. To use it, tap the three dots at the top center of your screen and you’ll see a small menu that lets you select Full Screen, Split View, or Swipe View. iPadOS 16 will take this a step further when it introduces Stage Manager, a desktop-like environment with windowed iPad apps, later in 2022.
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Use picture in picture for video
If you’re watching an important video or having a FaceTime call on your iPad, you can keep watching while you do other things thanks to Picture in Picture (PiP) mode. Shrinks the video to a resizable thumbnail that continues to play in the corner of the screen. To use it, tap the Picture-in-Picture icon in a compatible app (it looks like two overlapping rectangles with a diagonal arrow pointing down and to the right). Once the video screen appears, you can use your finger to drag it to different corners of the screen or resize it. To close it, tap the Picture-in-Picture window and select the “X” button.
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Lock your iPad screen orientation
Tired of your iPad screen flipping all over the place (from portrait to landscape and vice versa) every time you change position in bed or on the couch? If so, you can easily lock the screen rotation in place so it doesn’t change when you physically rotate the iPad. To do so, open Control Center and tap the orientation lock icon, which looks like a padlock with a circular arrow around it. To turn it off later, launch Control Center and tap the orientation lock icon again.
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Use the night shift to relax your eyes
If you use your iPad to read at night, the bright blue light from the screen can sometimes strain your eyes. Thankfully, Apple includes a feature called Night Shift with the iPad that tints the screen a warmer orange hue that reduces eye strain and potentially reduces sleep problems from nighttime screen exposure. To use it, open Control Center and press and hold the brightness slider until another menu appears. Tap the “Night Shift” button to enable it, and you can turn it off the same way later. Sweet dreams!