The iPad is a fantastic piece of technology that gets rave reviews. If you have purchased an iPad, you want to make the most of this state-of-the-art device. There are a lot of hidden features and little known uses. Keep reading for some great shortcuts and other advice on using your iPad.

Be watchful of all the apps that are running on your iPad. You’ll find they quickly build up in numbers. If you aren’t sure what you have left open, push the home button twice. The apps currently running will appear in a bar at the bottom of your screen. When you are finished, swipe down to make the bar disappear.

Is that app you just launched making too much noise? You can quickly turn the sound down by holding down the “vol -” button until it is muted. If you need it often, you can set it up so your lock button can also work as a button mute the iPad.

Iphone Charger

Your iPad will charge slower if you are using your iPhone charger. The two devices both operate at different wattages – the iPhone at 5 watts and the iPad at 10 watts. And their chargers follow suit. The iPhone charger will take much longer to fully charge your iPad. Just use the original charger that was given with the iPad.

If privacy is a big concern for you, you can set the iPad to erase its data if too many login attempts fail in a row. This will enable erasure of all data on your phone after 10 unsuccessful login attempts.

Want a manual for your iPad? You’ll have to download it. It is the Apple policy to provide minimal paper and give you the choice of downloading a manual or not.

Google Calendar

If you want to sync your Google Calendar with the iPad’s native calendar app, open the settings menu and navigate to Mail > Contacts > Calendars. Click on Add Account and choose the Other option. You will see an icon that says Add CalDAV Account. Tap this to enter your Google information. Click the home button to exit the settings menu and enter your calendar application. All of the information from your Google Calendar should now be at your fingertips.

Given your new knowledge of the iPad, using it to its full advantage should be easy. The information from this article is your ticket to hours and fun with your iPad. Find out all that you can in order to get all that you can out of your iPad investment.