Set Your iPad's Clock to 24-Hour Time

  Matt Cone       January 29, 2021

Many people use a 24-hour clock, also known as “military time,” to keep track of time. This is the most commonly used time notation in the world today, and it’s the international standard notation for time of day. The 24-hour clock is especially popular in military and health care environments. Here’s how to set your iPad’s clock to 24-hour time (military time): From the iPad’s home screen, tap Settings.

How to Check Your iPad's Storage

  Matt Cone       January 25, 2021

Your iPad has a finite amount of storage space and when it’s gone, it’s gone. Fortunately, there’s a quick and easy way to check your iPad’s total and available storage space. You can also use a feature built into your iPad to see which apps are taking up the most space. The feature allows you to “offload” apps and delete them if necessary. Here’s how to check your iPad’s storage space:

How to Disable Siri on Your iPad

  Matt Cone       January 21, 2021

Siri is Apple’s virtual voice assistant. Freely available on all of Apple’s devices, including iPads, Siri can help you find information, add calendar events, and send email. While many people find Siri helpful, some people find it distracting. Others worry about the privacy implications of their voice commands being sent to Apple. In any event, there’s a quick and easy way to turn off Siri on your iPad. Here’s how to disable Siri on your iPad:

How to Change Your iPad's DNS Servers

  Matt Cone       January 19, 2021

Just like in macOS, you can change the DNS servers on your iPad. This can significantly speed up Safari and other iPad apps that use the internet. For a general introduction to DNS, and to learn why you would want to change the DNS servers on your iPad, see How to Change Your Mac’s DNS Servers. Before we start, you should know a couple things about how your iPad handles DNS.

How to Change the Default Search Engine on iPad

  Matt Cone       January 19, 2021

By default, your iPad’s search engine is set to Google when using the Safari web browser. Fortunately, there’s a quick way to change your iPad’s default search engine from Google to another search engine like DuckDuckGo or Ecosia. Here’s how to change the default search engine on your iPad: From the iPad’s home screen, tap Settings. Tap Safari. Tap Search Engine. Tap the name of the search engine you want to use on your iPad.

How to Forward Text Messages to Your iPad

  Matt Cone       January 17, 2021

Many text messages are still sent as SMS/MMS text messages, and you can forward these text messages from your iPhone to your iPad so they appear in the Messages application on your iPad (you can also respond to the text messages from your iPad). This is a great feature for people who want to do all of their texting from their iPad. Here’s how to forward text messages to from your iPhone to your iPad:

How to Find Your iPad's IP Address

  Matt Cone       January 17, 2021

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 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 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.

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