Few things are more exciting than getting a new iPad. However, it can be really frustrating to figure out how to optimize your use of it. The following article will detail some interesting tips and tricks on using your new iPad more effectively, and just how to have more fun with it in general. If you are new to using an iPad you may initially think it cannot do much. Dont be fooled, you simply need to start looking through apps. The real capabilities of an iPad come from the additional applications that you are able to download and use directly from your device. To protect your sensitive data the iPad has a feature that will erase all data if the password is entered incorrectly ten times. To access this feature go to Settings and click Passcode Lock; then click Erase Data. This privacy feature will restore your iPad to its factory default settings. Turn on what google did to me Apples iCloud as soon as you get an iPad. iCloud acts as an important backup to your most critical documents, photos, music, and more. The beauty of it is that it just works. No need to manually force it to back your items up; it does it behind the scenes. If you own an iPad, it is a good idea to make a backup. You can force iTunes to make a back up so that your data is properly saved. Go to iTunes and right-click on devices list and select backup. You can also use the same feature in iCloud to backup as well. Your iPad will not charge through a USB port unless you have a high power port. High power ports are usually found in the back of a desktop computer and most laptops do not have one. This also means that USB docks will not charge your iPad unless you own a powered dock. Its very important that you know what youre doing when youre taking care of your iPad. Never use your iPad in bright sunlight and do not leave it in your hot car. The heat will kill your battery. Dont leave your iPad anywhere that it will encounter dampness or liquids. For extra protection, you may want to buy a padded cover. By using tabs to open websites, its easy to keep all the pages you need open. Instead of tapping a link quickly, hold it until a menu appears. Then just pick to open the page in a brand new tab. Youll still have your other page handy. The new iPad and iPad 2 can be connected to an HD television. This can be done with an Apple Digital AV Adapter that is connected from the 30-pin Dock adapter to the HDMI port or even a regular Apple VGA Adaptor. Both of these iPads support video mirroring, which allows your whole Home screen to appear on the television, not just your videos. Have you ever wondered how many apps are running on your iPad all at once? This is valuable information to keep your iPad running efficiently. All you have to do is to double tap the home button, and a list will appear. Tapping on each one can pull the app up, and swiping downward can remove the list. Google Maps lets you view addresses using street view. Do a search so a red pin appears on your map. Just tap the pin, the person icon, and then you will be in street view. Use tabs to multitask when you use the browser. Following a link or opening another page doesnt mean you have to exit your current page. Just hold the link rather than tapping it. This will give you a menu of options. From this point, opt to open that link inside a new tab to remain on your current tab while the new one opens. When reading on iBooks, sometimes it can be a strain on your eyes if you are in a dark location. You can adjust the brightness of your screen in iBook easily. Go to Settings and then select Brightness. IBooks also has a separate brightness slider which can be used more conveniently. The iPad calendar is a tool created specifically for those busy bodies that need to keep a tight schedule. A navigation bar is located along the screens lower margin that allows for quick jumps from one day to the other. People may now utilize this calendar to schedule events weeks or months in advance. There are also various audible and visual alarms that guarantees they will remember. An iPad is truly exciting to own, but only if you can figure out how to make use of its numerous features and fancy apps. Hopefully this article has given you some great ideas on how to really get into this fantastic little machine and make the most of it. Enjoy!