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iPad Portable Genius, 3rd Edition

Book Description

Learn the Genius tips and tricks that will make your iPad even better - now updated for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3!

iPad Portable Genius is a practical, easy to read guide to getting the most out of your iPad. Written in a clear, no-nonsense style, this full-color resource describes the tips and tricks you may not discover on your own. You'll find helpful information about the most commonly used features, along with techniques that can help you do better things faster. Genius icons throughout the text highlight smarter ways to get things done, and plenty of screenshots provide visual examples of the techniques described. With coverage of the latest iOS and the newer-generation iPad Air and iPad mini, this book is a handy reference for any iPad user.

Apple's iPad is unrivaled as the industry leader. Each generation of the iPad includes even more features than before, and the app store offers a world of ways to further customize your iPad to suit your needs. iPad Portable Genius gives you the fundamental skills that not only enhance your current iPad use, but also carry over into upgrades, new apps and the underlying techniques that can help you make the most of the iOS. Learn to:

  • Find your way around iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, and older models of the iPad and iPad mini

  • Connect to a network and sync your apps, photos, music, and more

  • Organize your contacts and track your appointments

  • Get more out of e-mail, audio, video, and Web surfing

  • Configure your iPad, download apps, and troubleshoot when things go wrong

  • You've got the most coveted tablet on the market—don't you want to see what it can do? If you're only using your iPad for e-mail and the Internet, you haven't even scratched the surface. iPad Portable Genius is your handy guide to full iPad functionality.

    Table of Contents

      1. Acknowledgments
      2. Introduction
      3. Chapter 1: How Do I Start Using My iPad or iPad mini?
        1. Using the Home Button
        2. Working with the Sleep/Wake Button
          1. Sleeping and waking the iPad or iPad mini
          2. Powering the iPad or iPad mini on and off
        3. Working with the Side Switch
        4. Operating the Volume Controls
        5. Getting to Know the Rest of the Tablet
          1. Navigating the touchscreen
          2. Searching your tablet
          3. Typing on the keyboard
        6. Running Your Tablet from the Control Center
      4. Chapter 2: How Do I Connect to a Network?
        1. Connecting to a Wi-Fi Network
          1. Making your first connection
          2. Connecting to known or hidden networks
          3. Stopping incessant Wi-Fi network prompts
          4. Sending a file from your Mac to your tablet
        2. Forgetting a Wi-Fi Network
        3. Turning Off the Wi-Fi Antenna
        4. Tethering to an iPhone Internet Connection
        5. Working with Cellular-Enabled iPads and iPad minis
          1. Tracking cellular data usage
          2. Disabling data roaming
          3. Turning off LTE
          4. Turning off cellular data
          5. Controlling cellular data usage
        6. Switching Your Tablet to Airplane Mode
        7. Connecting Your Tablet to a Bluetooth Device
          1. Making your tablet discoverable
          2. Pairing or unpairing your tablet
          3. Making a paired headset the audio output device
      5. Chapter 3: How Do I Configure My iPad or iPad mini?
        1. Creating a Custom Home Screen
          1. Creating an app folder
          2. Adding a Safari web clip to the Home screen
          3. Resetting the default Home screen layout
        2. Working with App Notifications
          1. Displaying the Notification Center
          2. Handling notifications within the Notification Center
          3. Customizing notifications
          4. Configuring Do Not Disturb settings
        3. More Useful Configuration Techniques
          1. Changing the name of your tablet
          2. Turning sounds on and off
          3. Configuring the Side switch
          4. Customizing the keyboard
          5. Creating text shortcuts
          6. Configuring Siri
          7. Activating and using multitasking gestures
          8. Protecting your privacy
          9. Resetting the iPad or iPad mini
        4. Configuring Your Tablet for Social Networking
          1. Signing in to your Facebook account
          2. Using Siri to update Facebook
          3. Signing in to your Twitter account
          4. Using Siri to send a tweet
      6. Chapter 4: How Do I Keep My iPad or iPad mini in Sync?
        1. Connecting Your Tablet to Your Computer
          1. Connecting via USB
          2. Connecting via Wi-Fi
        2. Syncing Your Tablet Automatically
          1. Bypassing the automatic sync
          2. Troubleshooting automatic syncing
        3. Syncing Your Tablet Manually
        4. Syncing Your Tablet via Wi-Fi
        5. Taking Syncing to a Higher Level
          1. Handling sync conflicts
          2. Handling large tablet-to-computer sync changes
          3. Removing and replacing tablet data
          4. Merging data from two or more computers
          5. Syncing media with two or more computers
        6. Syncing Your Tablet with iCloud
          1. Setting up your iCloud account on your tablet
          2. Setting up iCloud synchronization on your tablet
          3. Setting up iCloud Family Sharing
          4. Setting up iCloud Keychain
          5. Managing your iCloud storage
          6. Changing your iCloud storage plan
          7. Upgrading to iCloud Drive
          8. Setting up iCloud synchronization on your Mac
          9. Configuring iCloud on a Windows PC
      7. Chapter 5: How Can I Get More Out of Web Surfing?
        1. Touchscreen Tips for Surfing
        2. Browsing Tips for Faster Surfing
          1. Browsing with tabs
          2. Working with iCloud tabs
          3. Viewing a page without distractions
          4. Requesting a website’s desktop version
          5. Working with bookmarks
          6. Surfing links from your Twitter feed
          7. Adding pages to your Reading List
          8. Retracing your steps with the History list
        3. Filling in Online Forms
          1. Turning on AutoFill
          2. Saving website login passwords
        4. Getting Even More Out of Safari
          1. Deleting the History list
          2. Deleting website data
          3. Browsing privately
          4. Tweeting a web page
          5. Sharing a link on Facebook
          6. Changing the default search engine
          7. Searching web page text
          8. Searching the web with Siri voice commands
          9. Sharing a link via AirDrop
      8. Chapter 6: How Do I Make the Most of E-mail?
        1. Managing Your E-mail Accounts
          1. Adding an account manually
          2. Specifying the default account
          3. Temporarily disabling an account
          4. Deleting an account
          5. Switching to another account
        2. Configuring E-mail Accounts
          1. Leaving messages on the server
          2. Using a different server port
          3. Configuring authentication for outgoing mail
        3. Configuring E-mail Messages
          1. Creating e-mail VIPs
          2. Formatting an e-mail
          3. E-mailing a link
          4. Creating iCloud message folders
          5. Creating a custom signature
          6. Continuing a Mac e-mail message on your iPhone
          7. Disabling remote images
          8. Preventing Mail from organizing messages by thread
          9. Maintaining messages with gestures
          10. Marking all messages as read
          11. Controlling e-mail with Siri voice commands
      9. Chapter 7: How Do I Manage My E-book Library?
        1. Understanding E-book Formats
        2. Syncing E-books
          1. Syncing via iTunes
          2. Syncing via iCloud
        3. Managing Your iBooks Library
          1. Browsing books in the iBookstore
          2. Adding a PDF attachment to your library
          3. Working with collections
          4. Adding EPUB e-books to your library
          5. Editing the library
          6. Creating a custom e-book cover
        4. Reading with iBooks
          1. Controlling e-books on the reading screen
          2. Formatting e-book text
          3. Adding a bookmark
          4. Looking up a word in the dictionary
          5. Highlighting text or adding a note
        5. Reading Other E-books
        6. Reading Magazines with Newsstand
      10. Chapter 8: How Can I Have Fun with Photos?
        1. Syncing and Importing Photos
          1. Syncing computer photos to your tablet
          2. Syncing iPad or iPad mini photos to your computer
          3. Preventing your tablet from sending photos to your computer
          4. Syncing photos via iCloud
          5. Activating your iCloud photo library
        2. Browsing and Viewing Your Photos
          1. Scrolling, rotating, zooming, and panning
          2. Creating a custom photo slide show
          3. Creating a photo album
          4. Marking a photo as a favorite
          5. Streaming photos to Apple TV
        3. Editing Photos
          1. Enhancing a photo
          2. Cropping and straightening
          3. Applying a filter
        4. Sharing Photos
          1. Sending a photo via e-mail
          2. Saving a photo from an e-mail
          3. Sending and receiving a photo via AirDrop
          4. Posting a photo to Facebook
          5. Tweeting a photo
          6. Texting a photo
          7. Saving a photo from a text message
          8. Controlling photo sharing options
        5. Using the Cameras
          1. Understanding the iPad or iPad mini camera features
          2. Taking a time-delayed photo
          3. Taking time-lapse photos
          4. Preventing blurry iPad photos
      11. Chapter 9: How Can I Get More Out of Listening to Audio?
        1. Preparing iTunes Audio for Your Tablet
          1. Building a standard playlist
          2. Building a Smart Playlist
        2. Syncing Audio
          1. Syncing music and music videos
          2. Syncing music via iCloud
          3. Syncing podcasts
          4. Syncing audiobooks
        3. Working with the Music App
          1. Creating a playlist on your tablet
          2. Creating a Genius playlist on your tablet
          3. Listening to a shared iTunes library
          4. Listening to iTunes Radio
          5. Using AirPlay to stream audio from your tablet
          6. Rating a song on your tablet
        4. Getting More Out of the Audio Features
          1. Redeeming an iTunes gift card
          2. Customizing the iPad audio settings
          3. Controlling music with Siri voice commands
      12. Chapter 10: How Can I Work with Video on My iPad or iPad mini?
        1. Syncing Videos
          1. Making a video compatible with iPad or iPad mini
          2. Syncing movies
          3. Syncing TV shows
        2. Other Ways to Watch Video
          1. Playing videos on your TV
          2. Mirroring your tablet’s screen on your TV
          3. Customizing the video settings
        3. Recording and Editing Video
          1. Recording video with an iPad or iPad mini
          2. Editing a recorded video
          3. Uploading a video to YouTube
        4. Video Calling with FaceTime
          1. Configuring FaceTime
          2. Initiating a FaceTime call
          3. Replying with a message
          4. Setting a callback reminder
          5. Disabling FaceTime
      13. Chapter 11: How Do I Manage Contacts?
        1. Syncing Your Contacts
          1. Creating contact groups
          2. Running the sync
        2. Getting Started with Contacts
        3. Creating and Editing Contacts
          1. Creating a new contact
          2. Editing an existing contact
          3. Assigning phone numbers to a contact
          4. Assigning e-mail addresses to a contact
          5. Assigning web addresses to a contact
          6. Assigning social network data to a contact
          7. Assigning physical addresses to a contact
          8. Deleting a contact
        4. Getting More Out of Contacts
          1. Creating or deleting a custom label
          2. Adding or deleting fields
          3. Creating a new contact from a vCard
          4. Sending and receiving a contact via AirDrop
          5. Sorting contacts
          6. Working with Facebook contacts
          7. Managing contacts with Siri voice commands
      14. Chapter 12: How Do I Track My Appointments?
        1. Syncing Your Calendars
        2. Getting Started with the Calendar App
        3. Tracking Your Events
          1. Adding an event to your calendar
          2. Editing an existing event
          3. Setting up a repeating event
          4. Converting an event to an all-day event
          5. Adding an alert to an event
        4. Getting More Out of the Calendar App
          1. Setting the default calendar
          2. Subscribing to a calendar
          3. Controlling events with Siri voice commands
          4. Handling Microsoft Exchange meeting requests
        5. Working with Reminders
          1. Setting a reminder
          2. Setting a reminder for a specific location
          3. Creating a new list and setting the default list
          4. Completing or deleting a reminder
          5. Setting reminders with Siri voice commands
      15. Chapter 13: How Can I Navigate My World with iPad?
        1. Finding Your Way with Maps and GPS
          1. Getting info about a destination
          2. Flying over your destination
          3. Displaying your current location
          4. Displaying a map of a contact’s location
          5. Mapping an address from an e-mail
          6. Saving a location as a favorite
          7. Specifying a location when you don’t know the address
          8. Getting directions to a location
          9. Getting live traffic information
          10. Controlling Maps with Siri voice commands
        2. Configuring Location Services
          1. Turning off Location Services
          2. Controlling app access to GPS
          3. Enabling or disabling Location Services
        3. Sharing Map Data
      16. Chapter 14: How Do I Protect or Fix My iPad or iPad mini?
        1. Protecting Your Tablet with a Passcode
        2. Unlocking Your iPad with a Fingerprint
        3. Configuring Your Tablet to Sleep Automatically
        4. Backing Up Your Tablet
        5. Configuring Parental Controls
        6. Locating and Protecting a Lost iPad
          1. Activating Find My iPad
          2. Locating your iPad or iPad mini on a map
          3. Playing a sound on your iPad or iPad mini
          4. Remotely locking your iPad or iPad mini
          5. Remotely deleting the data on your tablet
        7. General Troubleshooting Techniques
          1. Troubleshooting connected devices
          2. Updating the iPad or iPad mini operating system
          3. Restoring data and settings
        8. Taking Care of the Battery
          1. Tracking battery usage
          2. Extending battery life
        9. Solving Specific Problems
          1. The screen won’t respond to taps
          2. The battery won’t charge
          3. You can’t access a Wi-Fi network
          4. iTunes doesn’t see your iPad or iPad mini
          5. You have trouble syncing your tablet
          6. Your tablet doesn’t recognize your SIM
          7. An app is taking up too much space
      17. Glossary