How to Mute the Sound on an iPad

  Matt Cone       January 16, 2021

iPads play a variety of sounds by default. That can be nice when you’re using the iPad in the comfort of your home, but potentially awkward when you’re sitting in the office or airport. Many of the newer iPads don’t have physical switches to mute sound, so you have to use software to mute the sound. Here’s how to mute the sound on an iPad: Placing your finger on the top-right corner of the screen, pull down, as shown below.

How to Lock the Screen Rotation on an iPad

  Matt Cone       January 15, 2021

By default, your iPad will switch around the screen rotation to adjust to whatever orientation you’re holding the iPad. You can disable this feature to temporarily lock the screen rotation on your iPad. That way, the screen won’t rotate when you adjust the iPad. Here’s how to lock the screen rotation on an iPad: Adjust the iPad so the screen rotation is the way you want it. Placing your finger on the top-right corner of the screen, pull down, as shown below.

How to Find Your iPad's MAC Address

  Matt Cone       March 28, 2013

Your iPad’s Wi-Fi interface has a permanent, unique serial number called a media access control (MAC) address. Some universities and employers may request your iPad’s MAC address to monitor or limit your access to certain Wi-Fi networks. MAC addresses can also be used for less nefarious purposes. For example, if your iPad is stolen on a university’s campus, the IT department may be able to use its MAC address to trigger an alert when the criminal connects your iPad to a university network.

How to Find Your iPad's IP Address

  Matt Cone       March 26, 2013

Your iPad is assigned something called an IP address when it connects to a Wi-Fi network. Other devices that are connected to the same Wi-Fi network can use this unique identifier to transfer information to and from your iPad. If this sounds confusing, it might help to think of an IP address as your iPad’s home mailing address. Just like physical mail, which is routed to your home via a unique address, digital information is routed to your iPad using an IP address.

How to Take a Screenshot on Your iPad

  Matt Cone       February 23, 2013

Taking a screenshot of your iPad allows you to capture whatever is on your iPad’s screen. It’s a great way to share your high game scores, message conversations, or setting configurations. Screenshots are saved as photos on your iPad, and if you use Photo Stream, they’re automatically shared with all of your other Apple devices. An example screenshot is shown below. Here’s how to take a screenshot of your iPad:

Make Your iPad Ask to Join Wi-Fi Networks

  Matt Cone       February 19, 2013

By default, your iPad automatically connects to known wi-fi networks. (To stop an iPad from automatically connecting, you can tell your iPad to forget a wi-fi network.) But what happens if you take your iPad to a new location? You’ll need to manually connect your iPad to a wi-fi network. That’s a hassle. But if you have the foresight and inclination, you can save yourself time in the future by making your iPad ask to join wi-fi networks when no known networks are available.

Tell Your iPad to Forget a Wireless Network

  Matt Cone       February 18, 2013

When you connect an iPad to a wi-fi network, the iPad remembers that network and will automatically attempt to connect to it in the future. This is a great feature for wi-fi networks you trust and use frequently. But mistakes happen. If you connect to the wrong network at a coffee shop, your iPad will automatically attempt to join that network every time you visit the coffee shop in the future.

How to Connect an iPad to a Wi-Fi Network

  Matt Cone       February 15, 2013

If you’re a new iPad owner, one of the first things you’ll need to learn how to do is connect your iPad to a wireless network. That’s because the iPad, being the small and portable device it is, just screams to be taken to the coffee shop. And the airport. And your friend’s house. All of which have wireless networks, or wi-fi networks as they’re referred to in iOS. Fortunately, it’s a relatively simple process to connect an iPad to a wi-fi network.

How to Enable Siri on an iPad

  Matt Cone       December 10, 2012

You’ve heard of Siri, the hands-free virtual assistant built into iOS. It used to be exclusively available on the iPhone, but with the release of iOS 6, Siri is now available on certain iPad models as well. As of December 2012, it works on the third and fourth generation iPad, as well as the iPad mini. Here’s how to enable Siri on your iPad: From the iPad’s home screen, tap Settings.

How to Send a Message to Your iPad Remotely

  Matt Cone       June 25, 2012

Did you misplace your iPad? If you enabled Find My iPad, you can make the iPad play a sound and display a message, increasing the chances that it will be found and returned to you. Note that the iPad must be turned on and connected to a cellular or wireless network for this to work. Of course, this feature also has other potential applications. If you’ve left the iPad with a spouse, friend, or child, you could use this feature to send them an important message.

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