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7 best iPad tips for using the device to the fullest

7 best iPad tips for using the device to the fullest
iPad is one of the best available tablets in the market, giving lots of opportunity to its users. Today in this article we are bringing you 7 best tips for iPad which will help you get the maximum out of your device.

Tap to top

You won't believe how much time this will save you. If you're halfway down a web page in Safari, tap the top bar to jump back to the top of the page. Try it in other apps too - lots of them, third-party apps included, use this navigational trick.

Take photos with volume

Did you know you can take photos using either of the volume buttons? Their location is much more convenient when shooting in landscape mode, especially when using an iPad.

How to share your current location

With iOS, it's easy to let loved ones know where you are at any given time – and this can be achieved in a number of ways. First of all, you can open Maps, tap a pin (or your current location marker), tap the arrow, and finally tap the Share button. You can then choose where to share your location to, with options including Messages, as well as Facebook and Twitter (which we wouldn't recommend).

Of course, that method becomes irrelevant if you want constant location information. For that, you have to open Find my Friends and invite the person you want to share your location with, by entering their Apple ID when prompted. Once accepted, they'll be able to see your location whenever they desire – unless of course, you disable Location Services.

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How to download a single track from Apple Music

Apple Music users can stream music from the internet to their mobiles wherever there's signal – but what about when you're on the tube or on a plane with no connection? Thankfully, you can download any individual track from the streaming service onto your iOS device – just tap the menu button displayed next to each song in the 'My Music' tab and tap “Make available offline”.

Get your iPad to read to you

Enabling the Speak option makes it possible for your iPad to read aloud any selectable text. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility. Scroll down to Speak Selection, and tap to turn it on. You can also adjust the speaking rate, choose from a wide variety of voices and highlight words as they are spoken.

Now, go into any app that lets you highlight text. Your options include Mail, as well as Safari, Notes and a fair few others. Select some text, and you'll see a new option appear in the contextual menu (you may have to tap the right arrow to view more options). Tap the Speak command, and your iOS device will start reading the text aloud.

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Enable the Emoji keyboard on your iPad

The Emoji keyboard lets you insert all kinds of fun images wherever you can type, including the recent additions of tacos, unicorns, and y'know, the middle finger. Your iOS device can speak the names of those symbols, too.

Perhaps you've seen these iconographic symbols in emails, iMessages, and tweets, and wondered how on earth people managed to type them. Maybe you've mistakenly assumed that you need to purchase a third-party app to gain access to those special symbols.

Apple treats those symbols, called Emoji, as an international keyboard. Go to Settings > General > International > Keyboards. Then tap Add New Keyboard and find Emoji. Now open an app where you can type some text.

Next, to the spacebar, you'll see a little globe icon. Tap it to switch between your normal keyboard and the Emoji one.

How to manage storage on your iPad

Maybe your iPad won't let you snap another image. Perhaps it refuses to let you download one more app. Because iOS storage space isn't expandable, it's important to monitor what's gobbling up the available gigabytes on your device. Here's how.

Go to General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage in Settings, and wait for a moment or three as iOS calculates which apps are using the most space internally and in iCloud.

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Often, Music and Photos & Camera are the two biggest offenders. If you use a service like Apple Music or Spotify, you can safely delete the Music cache on your device to free up space. If you back up photos and videos to your PC or Mac, you can delete them too.

Elsewhere on the list, you'll see the apps you use, sorted with the most storage-intensive ones at the top. If apps that you rarely use take up a lot of space, tap on them in the list, then tap Delete App to remove them in an instant.

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