Here are a few must-know tech tips for your iPhone and iPad to make your life easier
Tip 1: Faster battery charging in airplane mode
If you're in a time crunch and need to charge your device quickly (when do you not, right?) you can always switch on airplane mode while on the charger for a faster charge. Airplane mode blocks all incoming and outgoing signals (internet and cellular) so if you're expecting an important phone call this may not be ideal. However, if you're not expecting anything important and have a few minutes to kill, why not give it a shot?
Tip 2: Faster typing with thumb keyboard mode
This little known iOS trick helps a lot for those who find it tedious to type on the iPad. When typing with the keyboard in view, tap and hold the keyboard icon towards the bottom to reveal the "undock" and "split" keyboard options. The split keyboard enables you to get around having to reach your fingers to the middle of the device to quickly type notes and emails.
Tip 3: Keep your device child-friendly
If the kids keep asking to use your iPad but you're worried they might accidentally delete something important, you can always use the device's "Guided Access" function for peace of mind. Once you turn it on, you can pull up your child's favorite app and triple-click the circular home button to keep them there so that being in the Angry Birds app doesn't segue into your Contacts app. Whew!
Tip 4: Tell Siri you're taking a nap (seriously)
Just because you're starting out 2014 with your most productive foot forward doesn't mean you can take a little power nap every now and then! Just let Siri know when to wake you up by giving her a time or how long you'd like to sleep. She'll confirm and add it to your alarms so you can get your sleep on. It's too bad there's no "airplane mode" on our brains, right?
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