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 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.

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.

Turn Your iPad into a Digital Picture Frame

  Matt Cone       June 22, 2012

You know those digital photo frames that create a slideshow of all of the photos on a memory stick? Believe it or not, you can set up your iPad to do the same thing. Using your iPad as a picture frame is a great way to enjoy your photos wherever you go. Just prop up your iPad, tap a button on the lock screen, and sit back and enjoy the pictures.

How to Use an iPad in Airplane Mode

  Matt Cone       June 11, 2012

Flying somewhere with your iPad this summer? You may need to learn about an important iOS feature called Airplane Mode. Turn this setting on, and your iPad will be compliant with federal regulations that prohibit the use of certain wireless technologies while the aircraft is flying. This tutorial provides a comprehensive look at Airplane Mode and how you can use an iPad on an aircraft. During Takeoff and Landing, Turn Off the iPad The first and last part of the trip is the most annoying.

How to Remotely Lock Your iPad

  Matt Cone       June 5, 2012

You already know that you can password protect your iPad. But if you have enabled Find My iPad, you can also remotely set a password to lock your iPad. (The iPad must be turned on and connected to a cellular or wireless network.) This can be useful when you’ve misplaced your iPad and need to prevent others from accessing your private information. Of course, this feature also has other potential applications.

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