8 Things Inexperienced iPad Owners Should Know

Between the most popular tablets on the market, the choice for new owners usually comes down between an Android tablet and an iPad.

Both have their pros and cons. However, for someone who is an Apple aficionado, the iPad is a clear-cut winner.

Let’s take a look at some neat tips that come in useful when you are still learning how to make the most out of your new tablet.


  1. Check the App Store


The first item on the list is to check out the app store. Your iPad will come with some useful built-in applications that are worth checking out. At the same time, as you become more familiar with the device, remember that the official App Store has a plethora of neat applications.

Some apps are free, while others have a recurring or one-time fee. Whether you are looking for work-related apps or something to entertain yourself, there is more than enough to choose from. 

Browse through different app categories to check the best and most popular apps, or use the search feature and enter relevant keywords to discover new applications.


  1. Disable Notifications


You may find yourself getting too distracted from all the applications bombarding you with notifications. The Settings menu lets you tinker with app notifications. You can disable everything completely or choose exemptions for specific apps.


  1. Keep an Eye on Available Updates


The iPad’s operating system receives an update on a regular basis. You will see a notification window telling you that a new version is available.

It’s up to you whether you want to schedule an update overnight or download it right away. The most important thing is to not delay and make sure that your tablet is up to date. Missing an OS update means missing:

  • The latest security upgrades
  • New features
  • Overall performance improvements


  1. Get a Protective Cover

Even if you are confident in your digital device handling skills, it is better to be safe than sorry. A protective case is a small investment in the safety of the iPad. 

Accidental damage, like a cracked screen, will likely cost you much more than what you spend on a protective tablet cover.


  1. Be Wary of Cybersecurity Threats

Browsing on your tablet, you may encounter some suspicious links. If somebody sends an email with a suspicious attachment or shares a shady URL via a text message, report it.

Of course, being aware of such threats is just one part of ensuring your device and personal information are safe.

Tablets don’t have as many security features as something like computers, so it’s recommended to be extra cautious about how you use the device.


  1. Reset the iPad

A new tablet should not show signs of performance issues. Still, in case that happens, the first step is to do a soft restart. Press and hold the home and top buttons at the same time and wait for the Apple logo to appear on the screen.

Once you see the image, release the buttons and wait for the tablet to load. Once it finishes loading, you should notice an improvement in the overall performance.

In more extreme cases, you will need to do a factory reset, but again, if you have a brand-new iPad, it shouldn’t lead to that.


  1. Consider Getting Tablet Accessories

The tablet itself is great as it lets you do different things. Having said that, some people are not the biggest fans of the touchscreen feature. If you are one of them, buy an Apple Pencil that works as a navigation stick. The pen is one of the best tablet accessories you can get.

Another great accessory example is external storage. The iPad itself has a decent amount of internal storage, but if you like to hoard files, you will need an external solution. After all, a cluttered device begins to underperform, and you want to avoid that.

Finally, if you prefer, there are also plenty of compatible mice and keyboards that you can connect to the iPad.


  1. Be Mindful of the Battery

The last bit of information to consider is the state of your iPad’s battery. Early on, you should not notice any issues with the battery lifespan.

Unfortunately, that will not last. Sooner or later, the battery will show signs of draining faster. You need to identify the energy hogs, such as redundant background processes or digital clutter, and eliminate them.


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