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My iPad® for Seniors, Fourth Edition

Book Description

Covers iOS 10 for all models of iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Pro, and iPad 4th generation

My iPad for Seniors, 4th Edition, is a comprehensive guide to using all of Apple’s iPad models. It includes everything from basic setup information to finding and installing new apps to using the iPad for communication, entertainment, and productivity. The information presented in this book is targeted at users aged 50 and up; whenever possible, one best way for any given task is presented, and instructions are simplified with older users in mind. In addition, much  content specific for people 50+ is included.

Step-by-step instructions for the tasks you care about most
Large, full-color, close-up photos show you exactly what to do
Common-sense help whenever you run into problems
Tips and notes to help you get the most from your iPad

Learn how to:

  • Connect your iPad to the Internet via Wi-Fi

  • Personalize the way your iPad looks and works

  • Make your iPad easier to use if you have trouble seeing or tapping the screen

  • Make the data on your iPad more secure with fingerprint login

  • Control frequently used settings with your iPad’s Control Center

  • Browse and search the Internet with Safari

  • Use Siri’s voice commands to control your iPad and find useful information

  • Find fun and useful apps and games in Apple’s App Store

  • Communicate with friends and family via email, text messaging, and FaceTime video chats

  • Shoot, share, and view photos and videos

  • Listen to music and watch movies and TV shows over the Internet

  • Share music and videos with other devices via AirDrop and AirPlay

  • Use iCloud to store and share your photos and other important data online

  • Discover the most popular health, travel, and productivity apps

  • Troubleshoot common iPad problems



  • Table of Contents

    1. About This E-Book
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. Contents at a Glance
    5. Table of Contents
    6. About the Author
    7. Dedication
    8. Acknowledgments
    9. About AARP and AARP TEK
    10. We Want to Hear from You!
    11. Reader Services
    12. 1. Buying and Unboxing Your iPad
      1. What Is an iPad?
      2. Choosing the Right iPad for You
        1. iPad mini
        2. iPad Air
        3. iPad Pro
        4. Which iPad Should You Buy?
      3. Unboxing Your New iPad
        1. What’s Inside the Box
        2. Turn It On—For the First Time
    13. 2. Getting Started with Your iPad
      1. Getting to Know Your iPad
        1. Front
        2. Top
        3. Sides
        4. Bottom
        5. Back
      2. Turning Your iPad On and Off
        1. Power On Your iPad
        2. Lock Your iPad
        3. Unlock Your iPad
        4. Power Off Your iPad
        5. Force a Restart
      3. Using Your iPad
        1. Learn Essential Multi-Touch Gestures
        2. Navigate the Home Screen
        3. View the Search Screen
        4. View and Close Open Apps
        5. Understand the Status Bar
      4. Performing Basic Operations
        1. View and Respond to Alerts
        2. Display the Control Center
        3. Adjust the Brightness
        4. Change the Volume Level
        5. Rotate the iPad
        6. Activate Do Not Disturb Mode
        7. Enter Text with the Onscreen Keyboard
        8. Copy and Paste Text
        9. Set an Alarm
        10. Set a Timer
        11. Use the Stopwatch
      5. Managing Your iPad’s Battery
        1. Recharge the Battery
        2. Monitor Battery Usage
    14. 3. Personalizing the Way Your iPad Looks and Works
      1. Personalizing Your Home Screens
        1. Change the Wallpaper
        2. Arrange App Icons
        3. Move an Icon to the Dock
        4. Organize Apps with Folders
        5. Configure the Search Screen
      2. Configuring Device Settings
        1. Display the Settings Page
        2. Configure Notifications
        3. Hide the Control Center
        4. Configure the Display and Brightness
        5. Change System Sounds
        6. Configure Individual Apps
      3. Managing System Settings
        1. Display and Manage General Settings
    15. 4. Making Your iPad More Accessible
      1. Making the iPad Easier to Use for the Vision Impaired
        1. Read the Screen with VoiceOver
        2. Magnify the Screen with Zoom
        3. Invert Screen Colors
        4. Make Onscreen Text Larger and Bolder
      2. Making the iPad Easier to Use for the Hearing Impaired
        1. Use a Hearing Aid with Your iPad
        2. Mix Stereo Audio to Mono
        3. Turn On Closed Captioning When Watching Videos
      3. Making the iPad Easier to Operate
        1. Adjust the Touchscreen Display
        2. Enable AssistiveTouch
        3. Use Siri
    16. 5. Connecting to the Internet and Browsing the Web
      1. Connecting to a Wi-Fi Network
        1. Connect to Your Home Wireless Network
        2. Connect to a Public Wireless Hotspot
        3. Change Networks
        4. Connect to a Network You’ve Previously Connected To
      2. Using the Safari Web Browser
        1. Launch the Safari Browser
        2. Enter a Web Address
        3. Use Web Links
        4. View Multiple Pages in Tabs
        5. Bookmark Pages
        6. Revisit Past Pages
        7. Browse the Web in Private
        8. Configure Safari Settings
      3. Making the Web More Readable
        1. Zoom into a Page
        2. Read Articles with Safari Reader
      4. Searching the Web
        1. Search the Web with Google
        2. Change Your Search Engine
    17. 6. Keeping Your iPad Safe and Secure
      1. Creating a Safer Lock Screen
        1. Set a Simple Passcode
        2. Use Fingerprint Recognition with TouchID
        3. Erase Data After Too Many Passcode Attempts
      2. Reducing the Risk of Theft
        1. Keep Your iPad Safe
        2. Enable iPad Tracking
        3. Track a Lost or Stolen iPad
      3. Staying Safe Online
        1. Protect Against Identity Theft
        2. Keep Your Private Information Private
        3. Protect Against Online Fraud
        4. Shop Safely
    18. 7. Controlling Your iPad—and More—with Siri
      1. Getting to Know Siri, Your iPad’s Virtual Personal Assistant
        1. Enable Siri
        2. Configure Siri
        3. Summon Siri
      2. Using Siri to Control Your iPad and Apps
        1. Launch Apps
        2. Control System Functions
        3. Send and Receive Messages
        4. Manage Meetings, Events, and Reminders
        5. Take and View Pictures
        6. Listen to Music
      3. Using Siri to Find Interesting and Useful Information
        1. Find Information
        2. Solve Equations and Make Conversions
        3. Find Businesses and Get Directions
    19. 8. Installing and Using Apps
      1. Working with Apps
        1. Launch an App
        2. Search for an App
        3. Switch Between Apps
        4. Close an App
      2. Finding New Apps in the App Store
        1. Browse and Search the App Store
        2. Purchase and Download Apps
      3. Managing Installed Apps
        1. View and Manage Purchased Apps
        2. Update Your Apps
        3. Delete an App
      4. Multitasking on Your iPad
        1. Open a Second App with Slide Over
        2. Display Two Apps at Once with Split View
    20. 9. Sending and Receiving Email
      1. Configuring the Mail App
        1. Add an Email Account
        2. Get Notified of New Messages
        3. Create a Signature
      2. Sending and Receiving Messages
        1. Select an Inbox
        2. Read a Message
        3. Reply to a Message
        4. Create and Send a New Message
        5. Attach a Photo to a Message
        6. Delete a Message
        7. Organize Messages in Files
        8. Deal with Junk Email (Spam)
    21. 10. Managing Your Contacts
      1. Using the Contacts App
        1. Add a New Contact
        2. Edit a Contact
        3. Delete a Contact
        4. Consolidate Contacts from Multiple Sources
      2. Viewing and Contacting Your Contacts
        1. Display a Contact
        2. Search for a Contact
        3. Change How Contacts Are Displayed
        4. Contact a Contact
    22. 11. Video Chatting and Texting
      1. Text Messaging with the Messages App
        1. Send and Receive Text Messages
        2. Send an Audio Message
        3. Send a Video Message
        4. Send a Scribble
        5. Send a Photo
      2. Video Chatting and More with FaceTime
        1. Start a Video Chat
        2. Answer a Video Chat Request
        3. Make an Audio Call
      3. Calling Other Friends with Skype
        1. Log into Skype
        2. Add Contacts
        3. Make a Video Call
    23. 12. Getting Social with Facebook, Pinterest, and Other Social Networks
      1. Understanding Social Networking
      2. Using Facebook on Your iPad
        1. Navigate Facebook’s iPad App
        2. Read and Respond to Posts
        3. Post a Status Update
      3. Using Pinterest on Your iPad
        1. View and Repin Pins
        2. Pin from a Website
      4. Using Twitter on Your iPad
        1. Read Tweets
        2. Create a New Tweet
      5. Using LinkedIn on Your iPad
        1. Navigate the LinkedIn App
        2. Create a New Post
    24. 13. Staying Organized with Calendar and Reminders
      1. Using the Calendar App
        1. View Events
        2. Add a New Event
        3. Create a Recurring Event
        4. Create an Alert for an Event
        5. Invite Others to an Event
      2. Using the Reminders App
        1. View and Manage Your Reminders
        2. Add a New Reminder
        3. Delete a Reminder
    25. 14. Reading eBooks, Magazines, and Newspapers
      1. Reading eBooks on Your iPad
        1. Find and Purchase Books with the iBooks App
        2. Read a Book with the iBooks App
        3. Find and Purchase Books with the Kindle Book Browser
        4. Read a Book with Barnes & Noble’s Nook App
      2. Reading News Stories with the News App
        1. Personalize What News You Receive
        2. Read News Stories
    26. 15. Shooting, Editing, and Sharing Photos and Videos
      1. Shooting Digital Photos
        1. Launch the Camera App
        2. Take a Picture
        3. Take a Selfie
        4. Take a Panoramic Photo
      2. Viewing and Editing Your Photos
        1. View Your Photos
        2. Organize Photos in Albums
        3. Crop and Straighten a Picture
        4. Apply Auto-Enhance
        5. Apply a Filter
        6. Adjust Brightness and Color
        7. Mark Up a Photo
      3. Shooting and Editing Videos
        1. Shoot a Video
        2. Trim a Video
      4. Sharing Photos and Videos
        1. Share via Text Message
        2. Share via Email
        3. Share via Facebook
    27. 16. Listening to Music
      1. Listening to Streaming Music
        1. Listen to Pandora
        2. Listen to Spotify
        3. Listen to Apple Music
      2. Buying and Playing Music from the iTunes Store
        1. Purchase Music from the iTunes Store
        2. Play Your Tunes
    28. 17. Watching TV Shows, Movies, and Other Videos
      1. Watching Netflix
        1. Use the Netflix App
      2. Watching Hulu
        1. Use the Hulu App
      3. Watching Amazon Video
        1. Use the Amazon Video App
      4. Watching YouTube
        1. Use the YouTube App
      5. Buying and Renting Videos in the iTunes Store
        1. Rent or Purchase a Video
        2. Watch a Video
    29. 18. Traveling with Maps and Other Travel Apps
      1. Traveling with the Maps App
        1. Display a Map
        2. Generate Driving Directions
      2. Exploring Other Travel-Related Apps
        1. Discover Travel Apps
    30. 19. Keeping Fit and Healthy
      1. Exploring Health and Fitness Apps
        1. Discover Exercise Apps
        2. Discover Yoga Apps
      2. Exploring Food and Nutrition Apps
        1. Discover Dieting Apps
        2. Discover Cooking and Recipe Apps
      3. Exploring Medical Apps
        1. Discover Medical-Related Apps
    31. 20. Playing Games
      1. Finding Games to Play
        1. Download Games from the App Store
      2. Discovering Popular Games
        1. Action Games
        2. Adventure Games
        3. Arcade Games
        4. Board Games
        5. Card Games
        6. Casino Games
        7. Dice Games
        8. Educational Games
        9. Family Games
        10. Music Games
        11. Puzzle Games
        12. Racing Games
        13. Role-Playing Games
        14. Simulation Games
        15. Sports Games
        16. Strategy Games
        17. Trivia Games
        18. Word Games
    32. 21. Getting Productive
      1. Using Your iPad’s Built-In Productivity Apps
        1. Pages
        2. Numbers
        3. Keynote
      2. Discovering More Productivity Apps
        1. Evernote
        2. Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
        3. Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
        4. Paper
    33. 22. Managing Files on Your iPad and in the Cloud
      1. Managing Your iPad Storage
        1. Examine Available Storage
        2. Manage Available Storage Space
      2. Storing and Sharing Files on iCloud
        1. Configure iCloud on Your iPad
        2. Use the iCloud Drive App
      3. Syncing Files Between Your iPad and Your Computer
        1. Connect to Your Computer
        2. Sync with iTunes
      4. Using AirDrop and AirPlay to Share Content with Other Devices
        1. Share Files with AirDrop
        2. Stream Media with AirPlay
      5. Backing Up Your iPad
        1. Back Up to iCloud
        2. Back Up to Your Computer via iTunes
    34. 23. Accessorizing Your iPad
      1. Protecting Your iPad with Cases and Covers
        1. Smart Covers
        2. Other Covers and Cases
      2. Adding Functionality with Keyboards and Styli
        1. Apple’s Smart Keyboard
        2. Other Wireless Keyboards
        3. Apple Pencil
        4. Other Styli
      3. Extending Your iPad with Bluetooth Devices
        1. Wireless Headphones and Earphones
        2. Wireless Speakers
    35. 24. Fixing Common Problems
      1. Troubleshooting iPad Problems
        1. Your iPad Is Frozen
        2. Your iPad Won’t Turn On
        3. Your iPad Won’t Turn Off
        4. An Individual App Freezes or Doesn’t Work Right
        5. Your iPad Runs Slow
        6. Your iPad’s Wi-Fi Connection Doesn’t Work
        7. Your iPad Charges Slowly or Not at All
        8. Your iPad Doesn’t Rotate
        9. Your iPad Doesn’t Appear in iTunes
        10. Your iPad Keeps Asking for Your iCloud Password
        11. You Forgot Your iPad Passcode
      2. Updating and Resetting Your iPad
        1. Update to the Latest Version of iOS
        2. Factory Reset Your Device to “Like New” Condition
        3. Restore from an iCloud Backup
        4. Restore from iTunes Backup
    36. A. Glossary
    37. Index