Published on June 17th, 2014


Top tips and tricks for the iPad Mini

1. Accents and special characters

Tap and hold on any keyboard letter to bring up accents and other variations.

2. Turn off ‘Sent from my iPad’

By default the iPad mini appends ‘Sent from my iPad’ to the end of your emails. Deactivate this via Mail, Contacts, Calendars in Settings, or tap the Signature option to clear or change the message.

3. Audio equalizer

The iPad mini includes a variety of audio equalizer settings for changing the sound of your music. You can find it on the Music screen in Settings.

4. Take a screenshot

Take a picture of whatever’s on your screen by pressing the Sleep/Wake button and Home button together.

5. Start the countdown

In the Clock app is a Timer feature you might not know about – you’ll find it handy whenever you need an accurate countdown.

6. Turn your iPad mini into a Kindle

The iPad mini’s smaller size makes it perfect for catching up on your reading. If your ebook collection is locked away on your Kindle, install Amazon’s iPad Kindle app to get at all your literature.

7. Add a keyboard

Typing for extended periods of time can be a struggle on the iPad mini. If you’re composing a lengthy email, or your next novel, invest in a compact Bluetooth keyboard — you’ll find a wide selection online.

8. Reset your iPad mini

A reset is like a PC reboot and can fix numerous errors and crashes without losing your apps and data. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button together for at least 10 seconds until you see the Apple logo appear.

9. Make your own wallpaper

You can load any image in your Photo Stream as a background via Brightness & Wallpaper in Settings. Set your source image as 1,024×768 pixels for a perfect fit.

10. App folders

If you’re new to iOS you might not know you can create folders of apps. Tap and hold on an app then drag it on top of another one to create a folder. Tap, hold and drag other apps to move them to the same location. Folders can be a useful alternative to having to swipe through multiple home screens.

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