How To Use iPad’s iOS 4.2 Features and Other Tips


Here are some tips aimed to help iPad users with their device’s. Most of them are associated with the iOS 4.2 upgrade and a couple were available before the software update.

    1. Folders

      To create a folder: touch and hold an icon until all the icons begin to jiggle, then drag the icon onto another icon.

      The iPad creates a new folder that includes the two icons, and automatically creates the folder’s name based on the first apps category. You can tap the name field to enter a different name.

      To remove the folder, drag the apps out of the folder and the folder is automatically deleted.

    2. Multitasking

      Multitasking allows certain apps to run in the background, so you can quickly switch
      between the apps you’re using.

      To see which apps are running in the background, double tap the home button. Flick left to see more apps, tap a icon to open the app or hold your finger on the app until they jiggle, then tap the minus sign to stop the app from running in the background.

      Touch anywhere above the multitasking bar and the multitasking bar will disappear.

    3. Lock the Screen Orientation

      The physical switch on the iPad above the volume control has changed from a screen orientation switch to a mute switch.

      Now, to lock the screen orientation, double-click the home button, then flick the bottom of the screen from left to right.

      The screen orientation lock, brightness slider, and iPod controls will appear. You can also change the screen brightness and control your iPod from this screen.

    4. AirPrint

      AirPrint lets you print email messages and viewable attachments, photos, webpages, and PDF files.

      The only problem is Apple is only supporting a few printers but there is a way to enable any printer on a Mac or on Windows.

    5. AirPlay

      AirPlay allows you to stream photos, music and videos from a iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch (with iOS 4.2) to the new Apple TV.

      The new Apple TV received a 4.2.1 software update at the same as the iPad. If you haven’t updated your software for Apple TV, do so by going to Settings, then General and click Update Software.

      AirPlay for photos. It is the same icon with music and videos.

      Make sure your iPad is on the same wireless network as the Apple TV, then find photos, music or videos with the AirPlay icon. Tap the icon and choose the Apple TV from the list. The content should start streaming within 10 to 30 seconds.

      Jailbreaker’s can stream any video from their iPad to Apple TV with this tweak.


  • On This Page

    While viewing a web page in Safari, type the text in the Google search bar. Then tap the text under “On This Page”. The text will be highlighted and a bar at the bottom will appear.



  • Find My iPad

    This is now a free feature for the iPad with iOS 4.2 and for the iPhone 4.

    To get this free feature, add the Find My iPhone app to your device.

    Then, on your iPad or iPhone 4, set up a MobileMe Free account:
    In Settings, tap “Mail, Contacts, Calendars.” Tap Add Account, then tap MobileMe. Enter your Apple ID and password, or tap Create Free Apple ID. Follow the onscreen instructions. Verify your email address if required. Confirm that Find My iPad is turned on in the MobileMe settings.

  • Force Quit an App

    To force quit an app:
    Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on top of iPad for a few seconds until a red slider appears, then press and hold the Home button until the app quits.

  • How to Take a Screenshot on the iPad

    Hold the Sleep/Wake button and press home button or vise versa. You will see the screen flash and if your volume is up, you will hear a camera sound. The image will be saved in your photos.

  • Return to the Home screen

    With all the apps available, you may find yourself with several screens of apps. Instead of swiping back several pages to get back to the home screen, just tap the home button to instantly go back to the home screen.

  • Scroll Within a Frame on a Webpage

    The iPad doesn’t normally display a scroll bar on the side or top of a webpage and normally you don’t need one.

    Unless, items are displayed within a Frame. That’s when you will use two fingers to scroll within a frame on a webpage and use one finger to scroll the entire webpage.

    Here is an example to try on your iPad.


  • Al-SaifiU

    I have accidentally updated my ipad to 4.2.1. I was like crying and regretting. But when i read much more about this iOS, i really changed my mind. I am now happy with it. The only thing left, waiting for untethered jailbreak better than redsn0w. I can wait no probs :)

  • Nnnnb

    U really dont have to wait ’cause u dont really turn off ur iPad that often. Install sbsettings and u can respring ur iPad instead.

  • Anita Honeycutt

    Unrelated question. I don’t know what happened, but I’ve lost the “settings” icon on my home screen. How do I get it back?

  • Sondra Monastra

    I was downloading an app and must have touched a wrong button. I did get the app I wanted, but now I have an app that says it is waiting. How do I eliminate the unwanted app?

  • Phil


    All you need to do is sync your iPad to clear up the app that is stuck. I have had this happen a couple of times while trying to install an app.

    If the app shows up in iTunes, you can remove it from there and delete from your iPad.

  • Jenell

    I cannot seem to watch any videos, not even the iPad commercial. Plays for a second then quits, any suggestions

  • Phil

    That’s strange, I’m curious if it does it in a particular app or all videos on the iPad.

    If it’s videos from any app then first try restarting your iPad by holding the sleep/wake button on the top right then slide to power off.

    If that doesn’t work, you can do a restore from iTunes. That will reinstall the latest software and just about always clear up any bugs. You will want to sync your iPad before restoring it and restore from backup when asked.

    If the video problem is only happening while using a 3rd party app, then try reinstalling the app.

  • Leilani

    After updating my iPad to the new iOS, I can import pictures but cannot mail them. No error message pops up, it never makes the swishing sound to indicate a message sent – just nothing happens.

  • Phil

    It sounds like you have an issue with your smtp settings in your mail account. Go to settings> Mail, Contacts, Calendars> your mail account> SMTP> verify your smtp, make sure it’s turned on and even though User Name/ Password says Optional, enter it anyways.

    See if this helps. Thanks.

  • Leilani

    That checked out okay and it will now send photos but they show in the draft email as a rectangle with the words “jpg photo” under it instead of the actual picture. The recipient does get the actual photo embedded in the email. Thanks for the feedback!

  • Phil

    Good, I’m glad it’s working.

    You can also copy and paste photos in your mail app. This allows you to send multiple photos in one email.

  • Zac

    Does anybody know how to turn off the typing suggestions for the iPad they drive me mad?

  • Phil

    Yes, to turn off the typing suggestions go to Settings > General > Keyboard then turn off Auto – Correction.

  • Caryl

    I can’t seem to download IOS 4.2 (upgrade from 3.2 ). I’ve tried everything I can think of…no blocks, instructions word for word from Apple Support, etc. It seems to load, then….. nothing.
    Does it matter if my notebook (Windows) goes into sleep mode during the 80 minute (!!) process. Should the iPad stay on (it shuts off on its own)? Does the upgrade go to my iTunes first, then to the iPad, or is it direct? Help, please. I’ve tried six different ways, lots of time and frustration.

    I’m not a complete tech moron: I had no problem upgrading my iPod Touch recently.


  • Phil


    The upgrade is downloaded to iTunes first which can take 10 – 30 minutes depending on the speed of your connection. You should see the progress of the download under “Downloads”.

    The upgrade process doesn’t start until after the file is downloaded. After the file is download the upgrade should take less than 10 minutes. Once the iPad starts installing the new software neither your computer or iPad should go to sleep. The iPad should’t go to sleep but it will reboot a couple of times.

    You will probably want to stay around when the installation is in progress. That way you can make sure your computer doesn’t go to sleep and everything goes smoothly.

    If the installation is not completing on your iPad (the progress bar gets stuck on the iPad) then check to see if your are using the latest version of iTunes.

    If you need to upgrade iTunes do so and try upgrading your iPad software again. If you already have the current version of iTunes, reinstall iTunes and try the upgrade again.

    Sounds a little strange but it’s worked for me twice.

  • Caryl

    Success! Don’t know if it was the iTunes reinstall, or not letting the notebook go to sleep mode, but it worked. Thanks Phil. Now to explore the changes…

  • Gwen

    how do I move music from my computer to my ipad

  • meilyn

    how do i delete bookmarks on ipad. safari?

  • Phil


    To delete bookmarks on the iPad, in Safari tap the bookmark icon, after the bookmarks appear, tap “Edit” next to bookmarks. To delete, tap the red minus symbol, then tap delete.

    You can also rearrange the bookmarks from here by holding your finger on the area next to the arrow and moving it to a new position.

    Tapping on the arrow allows you to modify the name and url of the bookmark.

  • Phil


    You will need to use iTunes to manage your music, photos, videos, etc.

  • Anna

    I am having the same problem as Mellyn~ unable to edit/delete my bookmarks in Safari on my 1g iPad. The difference is, there IS no EDIT button once I bring up the bookmark icon. Anyone (aka Phil~ LoL) have any idea how I can fix this?? It’s driving me nuts! Thank you!

  • Bjhex

    I changed a video file on my iPad, from Media Kind “movie” to “iTunes U”, just to see if I could arrange my videos more efficiently. I had done it before several times, changing from “movie” to “tv show” and it worked fine, moving the file to that tab when I opened Video. But the file that has been labeled as “iTunes U” has completelyI disappeared. I cannot access it through Video or iPod, or in iTunes. Any ideas about how to recover it? Or has it been deleted?