Top tips and tricks to master your iPad

While there are quite a few tips that are common to both the iPhone and the iPad, here are a few more that could make using your iPad just a little bit more fun and intuitive.

 

Multitasking Gestures – You can enable multi-tasking gesture controls through General -> Settings -> Multitasking Gestures. By setting toggling multitasking gestures to ON, it is possible to swap 4 to 5 applications on the screen by swapping your fingers.

Wireless Sync  – After plugging the iPad to your personal computer, you should ensure that both iPad and PC are connected to the same wireless network. You should enable iTunes on your PC and then select Settings -> General -> iTunes Wi-Fi Sync. You should select from the list, the computer with which you wish to connect. All the data between iPad and PC will be synchronized everytime both the computer and the iPad are on the same WiFi network

Data destruction – If your iPad lands into the wrong hands and if you don’t want to let loose the sensitive information contained in it, the only option will be to kill the data. This can be achieved when a person unsuccessfully tries to login after a set number of times. You can select the erase option under Settings -> General -> Password Lock.

Side switch – You can assign different functionality to the side switch. The functionality can be toggled by selecting from the menu, Settings -> General -> Use side switch to. Whatever function you would like to assign to the side switch can be selected at ‘use side switch to’.

Encrypted backup – It is possible to take a backup of your iPad’s data in encrypted form through iTunes. After opening iTunes, select Summary Tab and select the option under ‘Encrypt iPad Backup’.

To set restrictions on usage – You can set restrictions on usage of applications, content, games, etc by using Settings -> General -> Restrictions. You can enable restrictions to whichever application you want.

To bypass the default password – Usually iPad comes with 4 digit default password. You can remove the default password and apply a choice of your own that will be more difficult to crack. This can be achieved through Settings -> General -> Passcode Lock. By setting a new encrypted password, you will be able to encrypt your emails as well.

To remove Wi-Fi network – It is possible that your iPad might have been connected to a Wireless network accidentally. As a matter of fact, the connection will be stored forever in your iPad. If you wish to remove that connection, you can do so by going through Settings -> Wi-Fi -> Choose the Network. Tap the button which says ‘Forget this Network’.

To control iPad notifications – If you wish to control annoying notifications that appear on top of your iPad, you can follow these steps. Settings -> Notifications. Here, you should configure alerts as per your requirements including the audio tone.

5 Android tips you need to know…and 5 lesser known ones

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We’re back and this time we’re talking Android Tips and Tricks. If you own an Android phone (and there are plenty), there are certain tips and tricks you really should know. We’ve listed these below and we hope they’re useful.

If you’re more of a power user or want to delve deeper into your phone’s functionality, we’ve listed some lesser-well-known tips that should make your phone live more interesting.

5 need-to-know tips:

Create a contact bookmark on your homescreen
If you call someone regularly it can be useful to have a shortcut on your homescreen. To do this, long press on the Background, select Shortcuts, then Direct dial

Delete multiple emails at once
Go into your emails
Press Menu and then Delete
Then select the message you want to delete by pressing the X next to the message
Then press Delete

Increase your security with a custom unlock pattern
Instead of the simple swipe gesture to unlock your phone, you can set a custom one which can be extremely difficult for a thief to guess
Go to Menu – Settings – Security
Then press Unlock pattern to set one up

Remove a whole text message conversation
If you have some text that you no longer need, or don’t want anyone to find, then you can remove an entire text message thread
Go into Messages and look for the thread
Then long press on it and select Delete thread

Put your phone in silent / vibrate mode with the volume buttons
You can use the volume buttons to put the phone in silent or vibrate mode
Keep pressing the Down volume until it reaches 0%
Then press it again to enter Silent mode
Then press it once more to enter Vibrate mode

5 lesser well-known tips:

Calibrate your keyboard for improved performance
Calibrating your keyboard will significantly improve the experience using your phone
To calibrate go to Settings – Language and Keyboard – Touch Input – Text Input – Calibration Tool

Don’t use the Task Killer app
Android handles background applications and memory allocation very well and you shouldn’t need to end any tasks. Task Killer can also drain battery life faster than normal, therefore it is recommended you don’t use this app

Manually close an application
Android manages you applications so if the phone is running low on memory, it will close the oldest running app
If you do need to manually close an application go to Settings – Applications – Manage Applications – Running
Choose the application you want to stop and select Force Stop

Install a new keyboard on your phone
If you want a different keyboard from the default one, go to the Android Marketplace and install one you would like to use
Then open the Applications Launcher. Press Settings – Language and keyboard – Input method
Then select the keyboard you would like to use

Remove large applications
If you are running low on phone memory, you can look for your largest applications to uninstall. Go to Settings – Applications – Manage Applications and press Menu. This will then filter your apps by memory use

We hope you like these tips. They all provided courtesy of PhoneTipsAndTricks.com. Feel free to visit their website and look in the Android Tips and Tricks section.

5 iPhone tips you need to know…and 5 lesser known ones

If you own an iPhone, there are certain tips and tricks you really should know. We’ve listed these below and hopefully they will make your life easier. If you’re more of a power user, we’ve listed some lesser-well-known tips that will improve the experience of using your iPhone.

5 need-to-know tips:

Add another language
If you speak more than one language you can add an additional keyboard language:
– Go to Settings – General
– Then scroll down and press Keyboard
– Then select International Keyboards and add the language you want
– Then when you use your keyboard, a small globe icon should appear
– If you press this, you can switch between your chosen languages

Clean up unwanted applications
If you have applications that you no longer use:
– Press and hold on the icon for that application
– The applications will then start shaking
– You can either move them around, or press the X that appears on each one to remove that application
– When finished, press the Home button

Auto focus the camera
– When taking photos or videos, tap the screen where you want to focus on
– The phone will automatically adjust the settings to improve the image or video

Using the scrubber bar to skip music / videos
You can use the scrubber bar to skip through music or videos:
– Simply press and drag the bar from left to right
– You can also move your finger up or down at the same time to control the scrub rate from fast to slow

Avoid syncing interruptions
While your iPhone is syncing with your computer you may receive a phone call which can interrupt the sync. To avoid this, put the phone in Airplane mode (in Settings)

5 lesser well-known tips:

Leave out the .com when entering website URLs
When entering a website address you don’t need to press the .com button if the site is a .com. Safari will add it for you automatically

Change the font in Notes
The default font for Notes is not very attractive. There isn’t a way to directly change this, but there is a work-around:
– Add a symbol-based keyboard language (like Japanese, Chinese etc)
– Then when you go into Notes press the little globe icon and change the language to the one you just added
– Type something, then press the globe icon again to select English
– This will then change the font to Helvetica, which is easier on the eye

Double tap for a full stop (period)
While typing emails or notes, you can simply tap the space key twice and the phone will insert a full stop / period

Move quickly between home screens
You can move between home screens by swiping left or right. To jump from one to another however, click on the little white dots beneath the icons. This will jump you straight to that homescreen page. You can also tap the bottom left or right blank areas to go to the left or right homescreens

Restrict explicit / adult content
If you have kids in the house that you don’t want to look at certain content, you can disable applications from showing explicit content (like Youtube videos or music):
– Go to Settings – General – Restrictions – Enable Restrictions.
– Then enter a 4 digit code to restrict the content

We hope you like these tips. They all provided courtesy of PhoneTipsAndTricks.com. Feel free to visit their website and look in the iPhone Tips and Tricks section

 

 

5 iPhone tips you need to know…and 5 lesser know ones

If you own an iPhone, there are certain tips and tricks you really should know. We’ve listed these below and hopefully they will make your life easier.

If you’re more of a power user, we’ve listed some lesser-well-known tips that will improve the experience of using your iPhone.


5 need-to-know tips

Add another language

If you speak more than one language you can add an additional keyboard language:

– Go to Settings – General

– Then scroll down and press Keyboard

– Then select International Keyboards and add the language you want

– Then when you use your keyboard, a small globe icon should appear

– If you press this, you can switch between your chosen languages

Clean up unwanted applications

If you have applications that you no longer use:

– Press and hold on the icon for that application

– The applications will then start shaking

– You can either move them around, or press the X that appears on each one to remove that application

– When finished, press the Home button

Auto focus the camera

– When taking photos or videos, tap the screen where you want to focus on

– The phone will automatically adjust the settings to improve the image or video

Using the scrubber bar to skip music / videos

You can use the scrubber bar to skip through music or videos:

– Simply press and drag the bar from left to right

– You can also move your finger up or down at the same time to control the scrub rate from fast to slow

Avoid syncing interruptions

While your iPhone is syncing with your computer you may receive a phone call which can interrupt the sync. To avoid this, put the phone in Airplane mode (in Settings)

5 lesser well-known

Leave out the .com when entering website URLs

When entering a website address you don’t need to press the .com button if the site is a .com. Safari will add it for you automatically

Change the font in Notes

The default font for Notes is not very attractive. There isn’t a way to directly change this, but there is a work-around:

– Add a symbol-based keyboard language (like Japanese, Chinese etc)

– Then when you go into Notes press the little globe icon and change the language to the one you just added

– Type something, then press the globe icon again to select English

– This will then change the font to Helvetica, which is easier on the eye

Double tap for a full stop (period)

While typing emails or notes, you can simply tap the space key twice and the phone will insert a full stop / period

Move quickly between home screens

You can move between home screens by swiping left or right. To jump from one to another however, click on the little white dots beneath the icons. This will jump you straight to that homescreen page. You can also tap the bottom left or right blank areas to go to the left or right homescreens

Restrict explicit / adult content

If you have kids in the house that you don’t want to look at certain content, you can disable applications from showing explicit content (like Youtube videos or music):

– Go to Settings – General – Restrictions – Enable Restrictions.

– Then enter a 4 digit code to restrict the content

We hope you like these tips. They all provided courtesy of www.PhoneTipsAndTricks.com. Feel free to visit their website and look in the iPhone Tips and Tricks section