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iPad For Dummies, 9th Edition

iPad For Dummies, 9th Edition

Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

ISBN: 978-1-119-28320-1

Nov 2016

384 pages


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Set up and use your iPad like a boss!

When your coworkers or friends attempt to explain the latest functions and features of the iPad, do you feel as if they're speaking a foreign language? We've all been there. And seriously, you spent a lot of money on your new device, so why not get the plain-English guidance you need to maximize its performance and capabilities? In iPad For Dummies, you'll find easy-to-follow instructions on everything you need to operate your tablet with the skills of an iPad guru.

In this updated edition, you'll find out how to operate your iPad with ease, including setting up your new iPad, using the multi-touch interface, synching your data, using iCloud, setting up your iTunes account, surfing the web, accessing your email account, and navigating iOS 10. The latest iPad is loaded with features and functions you'll be eager to explore, and this full-color guide makes it a breeze!

  • Set up your iPad preferences
  • Connect with family and friends with iMessage and FaceTime
  • Capture and create memories with photos and videos
  • Keep your day on track with the calendar, reminders, and more

Whether you've just purchased your first iPad or have been an avid supporter since the product's launch, iPad For Dummies keeps you up to date on the features and functions of the latest model.


About This Book 1

Foolish Assumptions 2

Icons Used in This Book 2

Where to Go from Here 3


CHAPTER 1: Unveiling the iPad 7

Exploring the iPad’s Big Picture 8

The iPad as a media player 8

The iPad as an Internet communications device 9

The iPad as an e-book reader 10

The iPad as a multimedia powerhouse 10

The iPad as a platform for third-party apps 10

What do you need to use an iPad? 11

Touring the iPad Exterior 11

On the top 11

On the bottom 12

On the right side 13

On the front and back 14

Status bar 15

Discovering the Delectable Home Screen and Dock Icons 18

Home is where the screen is 18

Sittin’ on the dock of the iPad 21

CHAPTER 2: iPad Basic Training 23

Getting Started on Getting Started 24

Turning On and Setting Up the iPad 26

Locking the iPad 31

Mastering the Multitouch Interface 31

Training your digits 32

Navigating beyond the Home screen 33

Select, cut, copy, and paste 34

Multitasking 36

Splitting the screen 37

Picture-in-picture 39

Organizing icons into folders 39

Printing 40

Proactive search 41

The Incredible, Intelligent, and Virtual iPad Keyboard 42

Anticipating what comes next 44

Discovering the special-use keys 44

Choosing an alternative keyboard 46

Finger-typing on the virtual keyboards 47

Editing mistakes 51

CHAPTER 3: Synchronicity: Getting Stuff to and from Your iPad 53

A Brief iCloud Primer 54

Syncing with iTunes 57

Backing Up Your iPad 61

Disconnecting the iPad 63

Synchronizing Your Data 64

Contacts 64

Calendars 65

Advanced 66

Synchronizing Your Media 66

Music, music videos, and voice memos 67

Movies 69

TV shows 69

Podcasts, iTunes U, and books 70

Tones 71

Photos 71

Manual Syncing 73


CHAPTER 4: Going on a Mobile Safari 77

Surfin’ Dude 77

Exploring the browser 78

Blasting off into cyberspace 78

Zoom, zoom, zoom 80

Reading clutter-free web pages 81

Finding Your Way around Cyberspace 82

Looking at lovable links 82

Tabbed browsing 83

iCloud tabs 84

Doing the splits 85

Revisiting Web Pages Time and Again 85

Book(mark) ’em, Dano 85

Altering bookmarks 86

Saving to your reading list 87

Clipping a web page 88

Letting history repeat itself 88

Saving web pictures 89

Sharing Your Web Experiences 89

Launching a Mobile Search Mission 91

Private Browsing 92

Smart Safari Settings 93

CHAPTER 5: The Email Must Get Through 97

Prep Work: Setting Up Your Accounts 98

Setting up your account the easy way 98

Setting up your account the less-easy way 99

See Me, Read Me, File Me, Delete Me: Working with Messages 103

Reading messages 103

Threading messages 106

Managing messages 107

Searching emails 108

Don’t grow too attached to attachments 108

More things you can do with messages 110

Darling, You Send Me (Email) 111

Sending an all-text message 111

Formatting text in an email 113

Sending a photo with an email message 113

Adding attachments 114

Marking up attachments 114

Saving an email to send later 115

Replying to, forwarding, or printing an email message 116

Settings for sending email 117

Setting Your Message and Account Settings 118

Checking and viewing email settings 118

Altering account settings 120

Getting the iMessage 121

Sending iMessages 121

Group messages 122

Adding voice to an iMessage 123

Massive multimedia effects overhaul 123

Being a golden receiver: Receiving iMessages 127

Sending pix and vids in a message 128

Smart messaging tricks 129

CHAPTER 6: Maps Are Where It’s At 131

Finding Your Current Location with Maps 132

Searching 133

Finding a person, place, or thing 133

Connecting maps and contacts 134

Viewing, Zooming, and Panning 135

Saving Time with Favorites, Categories, and Recents 136

Favorites 136

Categories & Recents 137

Smart Map tricks 138

Getting route maps and driving directions 138

Getting traffic info in real time 141

Getting more info about a location 141


CHAPTER 7: Get in Tune(s): Audio on Your iPad 145

Introducing Your iPad’s Music Player 146

It’s music, just not YOUR music 147

Your Music Library 150

A library without library cards 151

Play it again, list 153

Share and share alike 155

Taking Control of Your Tunes 157

Customizing Your Audio Experience 160

Setting preferences 160

Setting a sleep timer 161

Using your voice to control your music 162

Shopping with the iTunes Store app 163

CHAPTER 8: iPad Videography 165

Finding Stuff to Watch 166

Playing Video 170

Finding and Working the Video Controls 172

Watching Video on a Big TV 173

Restricting Video Usage 174

Deleting Video from Your iPad 174

Shooting Your Own Videos 175

Going slow 176

Going fast 177

Editing what you shot 177

Sharing video 178

Seeing Is Believing with FaceTime 179

Getting started with FaceTime 179

Making a FaceTime call 180

Receiving a FaceTime call 181

CHAPTER 9: Photography on a Larger Scale 183

Shooting Pictures 184

Syncing pix 188

Connecting a digital camera or memory card 188

Saving images from emails and the web 188

Tracking Down Your Pictures 189

Choosing albums 189

Categorizing your pics 191

Making memories 193

Searching for pictures 194

Sharing your photos 195

Admiring Your Pictures 196

Maneuvering and manipulating photos 197

Launching slideshows 197

Storing pictures in the (i)Cloud 198

Editing and Deleting Photos 199

More (Not So) Stupid Picture Tricks 201

Entering the Photo Booth 205

CHAPTER 10: Curling Up with a Good iBook 207

Why E-Books? 208

Beginning the iBook Story 209

Reading a Book 211

Turning pages 212

Jumping to a specific page 214

Going to the table of contents 214

Adding bookmarks 214

Adding highlights and notes 215

Changing the type size, font, and page color 217

Searching inside and outside a book 218

Shopping for E-Books 218

Just browsing the iBooks Store 219

Searching the iBooks Store 220

Deciding whether a book is worth it 220

Buying a book from the iBooks Store 221

Buying books beyond Apple 222

Finding free books outside the iBooks Store 222

Reading Newspapers and Magazines 223


CHAPTER 11: App-solutely! 227

Tapping the Magic of Apps 227

Using Your Computer to Find Apps 230

Browsing the App Store from your computer 230

Using the search field in the iTunes Store 232

Getting more information about an app in the iTunes Store 233

Downloading an app from the iTunes Store 236

Updating an app from the iTunes Store 237

Using Your iPad to Find Apps 237

Browsing the App Store on your iPad 237

Using the search field in the App Store 238

Finding details about an app in the App Store 239

Downloading an app from the App Store 239

Updating an app from the App Store 240

Working with Apps 241

Deleting an app 241

Writing an app review 243

CHAPTER 12: People, Places, and Appointments 245

Working with the Calendar 245

Year view 246

Month view 246

Day view 246

Week view 247

List view 248

Adding Calendar Entries 249

Managing your calendars 251

Letting your calendar push you around 252

Displaying multiple calendars 253

Responding to meeting invitations 253

Subscribing to calendars 254

Sifting through Contacts 254

Adding and viewing contacts 255

Searching contacts 256

Contacting and sharing your contacts 256

Linking contacts 257

Removing a contact 257

CHAPTER 13: Indispensable iPad Utilities 259

Taking Note of Notes 259

Remembering with Reminders 261

Working with lists 262

Setting up reminders 263

Viewing and checking off reminders 264

Negotiating Notification Center 264

Punching the Clock 266

World clock 266

Alarm 267

Bedtime 268

Stopwatch 269

Timer 269

Controlling Smart Appliances 269

Socializing with Social Media Apps 270

Facebook 270

Twitter 271

Sharing Your Connection (Personal Hotspot) 272

Dropping In on AirDrop 273

CHAPTER 14: Taking iPad Controls Siri-ously 275

Controlling Control Center 276

Summoning Siri 277

Figuring Out What to Ask 279

Correcting Mistakes 280

Using Dictation 280

Making Siri Smarter 282


CHAPTER 15: Setting You Straight on Settings 285

Checking Out the Settings Screen 286

Flying with Sky-High Settings 286

Controlling Wi-Fi Connections 287

Getting Fired Up over Bluetooth 288

Roaming among Cellular Data Options 290

Managing Notifications 291

Controlling Control Center 294

Location, Location, Location Services 294

Settings for Your Senses 295

Display & Brightness 295

Wallpaper 296

Sounds 297

Transactional Settings 298

iTunes & App Store 298

Wallet & Apple Pay 298

Exploring Settings in General                 .298

About About 298

Software Update 300

Siri 300

Spotlight Search 300

Handoff 300

Multitasking 301

Accessibility 301

Storage & iCloud Usage 306

Battery 306

Background App Refresh 306

Restrictions 306

Use Side Switch 307

Date & Time 308

Keyboard 308

Language & Region 309

iTunes Wi-Fi Sync 309

VPN 310

Reset 310

Touch ID & Passcode 311

Promoting Harmony through Family Sharing 312

Settings for Social Media 313

Twitter 313

Facebook 313

Flickr, Vimeo, Sina Weibo, Tencent Weibo 314

Sorting and displaying contacts              .314

Find My iPad 314

CHAPTER 16: When Good iPads Go Bad 317

Resuscitating an iPad with Issues 318

Recharge 319

Restart 320

Reset your iPad 320

Remove content 321

Reset settings and content 321

Restore 322

Recovery mode 323

Problems with Networks 324

Sync, Computer, or iTunes Issues 325

More Help on the Apple Website 326

If Nothing We Suggest Helps 327

Dude, Where’s My Stuff? 328

CHAPTER 17: Accessorize Your iPad 329

Accessories from Apple 329

Listening and Talking 331

Wired headphones, earphones, and headsets 331

Bluetooth stereo headphones, earphones, and headsets 331

Listening with Speakers 332

Desktop speakers 332

Bluetooth speakers 333

AirPlay speakers                     .333

Wrapping Your iPad in Third-Party Cases 333

Standing up Your iPad 334


CHAPTER 18: Ten Appetizing and Free Apps 339

TripCase 340

Shazam 341

Flipboard 342

Movies by Flixster 343

IMDb Movies & TV 343

Netflix 344

Comixology 344

Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List 345

Evernote 346

Pandora Radio 347

CHAPTER 19: Ten Apps Worth Paying For 349

Bill Atkinson PhotoCard 349

Words with Friends HD 350

ArtStudio — Draw and Paint 351

Pinball Crystal Caliburn II 352

Art Authority for iPad 352

Solar Walk 353

Action Movie FX 354

Facetune for iPad 356

Dark Sky Weather 356

Parallels Access 357