iPad Tips

How to use stickers in the Messages app on your iPad

iMessage App Store

One of the new messaging features introduced in iOS 10 is Stickers. These are static or animated images that you can attach to text bubbles in the Messages app. Stickers are available in packs on the App Store. You can access sticker packs by either downloading an app that features its own stickers or by downloading specifically created sticker packs from the iMessage App Store.

The access the iMessage App Store, open your Messages app and tap the grey arrow next to the iMessage text box. Tap the App Store icon to open your app drawer, then tap the four grey dots in the lower left hand corner. Finally, tap the blue + sign labeled "Store" and you will not be able to access all the premium and free available sticker packs.

Are you prepared for iOS 10?

iOS 10

iOS 10 is finally being released on Tuesday, September 13th after being in beta since mid-June. The updated software will introduce a variety of new features to supported devices. Apple previewed most of the new features in iOS 10 at WWDC 2016 earlier this year, and we've already discussed the pros and cons of installing iOS 10 on your iPad. Today we will help you prepare your device for the upcoming upgrade launching tomorrow.

Is the 9.7-inch iPad Pro worth buying?

2016 iPad Pro Lineup

It is time for iPad Air owners to decide if they want to upgrade to the new iPad Pro now that Apple has officially unveiled the 9.7-inch tablet. This decision may be easier this year than past years since there has been a significant amount of time between the iPad launches. The iPad Air 2 was released on October 22, 2014 and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro was announced on Monday, March 21, 2016.

How to set up "Hey Siri" in iOS 9

Hey Siri Set Up

You may have noticed that the "Hey Siri" voice activation feature has stopped working on your iPad or iPhone since you have installed iOS 9.0. This is because iOS 9 disables the "Allow Hey Siri" toggle in your Settings when it is installed. iPad and iPhone users running iOS 9 need to set up the feature again by speaking a series of commands to help Siri recognize their voice. To do this you need to open the Settings app on your iPad or iPhone and navigate to General > Siri. From here you can tap the "Allow Hey Siri" slider so it is green, then follow the prompts to set up the feature.

How to Update Your iPad Contacts Using Facebook or Twitter

Keeping your Contacts current on your iOS device can be tedious, but luckily there is a quick way to update all of them by using Facebook or Twitter. Apple has made it easy to add the information your friends and family have listed on both social media sites to their contact cards on your iPad or iPhone. To do this you will of course need the free Facebook and Twitter apps installed on your device. You will also need to be logged in to your account and give Facebook and Twitter access to your Contacts.

Update iPad Contacts

This will also create new contact cards for anyone not listed in your Contacts app, and it will automatically use a person's Facebook photo as their profile photo on your device. This is not recommended for people who have a lot of online friends they do not want listed on their iPad and iPhone.

5 Last Minute Holiday Shopping Ideas for iPad Owners

Here are some last minute shopping ideas for the iPad owner in your life. All the items listed are shipping in 1 to 3 days (at the time of this post, subject to change) and should arrive before Christmas if you order soon. We've also included Amazon links when available.

Pencil by FiftyThree

For the Artist... It may not look like much, but Pencil by FiftyThree is a top of the line stylus that works with the iPad 3 and later. Artists, fashion designers and anyone who likes to sketch on their tablet will love Pencil and its companion app Paper. The stylus features all the latest technology, such as palm rejection, and it even comes equipped with its own built-in eraser. Pencil connects to your iPad using Bluetooth and can be easily charged off any USB port in under 90 minutes. Pencil is available in Graphite and Walnut starting at $49.95 through Amazon.com or directly from FiftyThree.

How to Hide Safari and Other Apps on Your iPad

There are a variety of reasons one might want to hide or restrict access to apps on their iPad or iPhone. For example, you may want to limit the amount of time your child surfs the web on their device, or you may want stop someone from accessing the camera on your iPad. You can do this by removing some select stock apps from your Home screen. Here's how:

iOS Restrictions

Navigate to Settings > General > Restrictions. Your device will ask you to pick a passcode the first time that you open the Restrictions panel. Enter a 4 digit passcode only you will remember and proceed to the Restirctions settings page. From here you will see a list sliders for stock apps such as Safari and FaceTime. Tapping any of these sliders will turn them to OFF / White and will remove that app's icon from your Home screen.


Can I Make In-Store Purchases with Apple Pay on my iPad?

There seems to be some confusion about Apple Pay now that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has released iOS 8.1. The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 do support Apple Pay, but they do not support in-store purchases. Only the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch when paired with an iPhone 5 or later can make in-store payments. Neither the iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 ship with the Near Field Communication antenna that is required to utilize the Apple Pay readers coming to more than 220,000 retail locations.

Apple Pay iPad

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 owners will be able to use Apple Pay and Touch ID to make online and in-app purchases when they begin shipping later this week. For example, you will now be able to pay for stuff within an app, like the Apple Store, by just placing your figder on your Touch ID. This eliminates the need to type in your App Store password every time you want to make an in-app purchase.

How to get a Notification on Your iPad When Someone Responds to Your Email

Thanks to iOS 8 Apple has added several useful features to its Mail app making it once again relevant to iOS devices. For example, users can now skip the VIP list introduced in iOS 6 and receive a notification when any email is answered by using the new Notify Me flag. All you have to do is tap the flag icon when viewing any message in the Mail and you will receive a notification when anyone replies to that email.

Notify Me iOS 8

Another useful feature added to the Mail app in iOS 8 allows users to quickly update their Contacts or Calendar with new information and events contained in an email. For example, if a person updates their phone number in the signature of an email, the Mail app will give you the option to add that new information to the person's contact card in your Contacts app. The same goes for emails that contain dates and times for upcoming events. Just tap the "Add to Contacts" or "Add Events" notification to add the new information to your Contacts and Calendar apps.

How to Access the Undo and Redo Buttons on the iPad and iPhone

New iOS users may not realize that both the iPad and iPhone feature "undo" and "redo" text options. The undo and redo buttons on the iPad are quite easy to access, while the process of undoing and redoing text on the iPhone is kind of silly.

iPad Undo Button

To quickly delete the last thing you typed on the iPad just tap the 123 key and you will see a large "undo" button next the #+= key. You can now tap the #+= key to access the "redo" button. This works in any text field on the iPad that has access to the built-in stock iOS keyboard.


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