10 iPadOS 13 Tips You Should Know for iPad
Whether you have an iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air, or iPad mini, read on to learn some of the new must-know features and tips to try out in iPadOS 13.
1: Try Dark Mode
Dark Mode changes the entire interface of iPadOS to be much darker (unsurprisingly as the name implies) which can make the visual appearance easier on the eyes for some users, and others may just prefer the way it looks in general.
You can change from Dark Mode (and Light Mode) appearance themes at anytime by going to:
Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Choose “Dark”
Some people may want to use Dark Mode all the time, but otherwise Dark Mode works particularly well when set on a schedule to turn on and off automatically from sunset to sunrise.
2: Get Home Screen Widgets with Today View
The Today section can now be pinned to the iPad Home Screen, letting you get a quick glance on the Home Screen for things like weather, Reminders, upcoming appointments in Calendar, stocks, Shortcuts, and so much more. If it’s a widget available in the Today section, you can now have it always visible on your Home Screen with the latest iPadOS.
Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Set “Keep Today View on Home Screen” to the ON position
3: Change Home Screen Icon Size
You can now change the size of app icons on the iPadOS Home Screen. Currently there are only two options available; smaller / “More” and “Bigger” / fewer, but if you’ve ever felt like the iPad home screen icons were too small or too big, now you can adjust them.
Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > under Home Screen Layout choose “More” or “Bigger”
4: Use a Mouse with iPad
One of the best features of iPadOS for many power users is the ability to connect a mouse to iPad. This works best with a Bluetooth mouse, though if you have a USB cable and appropriate adapter you can use a USB mouse with iPad now too.
But first you have to enable this feature (be sure the mouse you want to use is in Bluetooth discover mode):
Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > AssistiveTouch > Devices > tap on the Mouse to add it to the iPad
5: Learn How to Update Apps
Many users who have updated to the latest iPadOS and iOS releases are wondering how to update apps, or if the ability is no longer available. Updating apps in iPadOS 13 is still done through the App Store, but now it’s tucked into a different section of the app.
Go to App Store > tap your profile icon in the upper corner > scroll down to find available app updates
6: Connect to File Shares & Servers in Files App (Mac, Linux, Windows PCs!)
You can now connect to remote file servers on the same network and browse network shares directly through the Files app. Any SMB share can be connected to:
Files app > tap the triple dots button > choose “Connect to Server” and enter the destination IP and login credentials
7: Access External Storage in Files App
Got a USB storage device, SD card, a USB flash drive or external disk, or some other storage medium you want to access directly from Files app on iPad?
Now you can, just connect it to iPad and it’ll show up in the Files app.
Note you may need a separate Lightning to USB cable to USB-C to USB adapter, depending on what your storage device is.
8: Try the New Image & Video Editing Tools in Photos App
Photos app has revised powerful capabilities for making quick adjustments and edits to images and videos.
Go to Photos app > choose a video or photo > tap “Edit” > make the adjustments as needed to things like Brilliance, Saturation, Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, Tint, and much more.
9: Take Full Webpage Screenshots
Now you can easily take full screenshots of an entire webpage right from Safari. Here’s how it works:
Go to Safari > open a website (like osxdaily.com) > take a screenshot as usual > tap “Full Page” at the top of the preview screen
Remember that snapping screen captures varies per iPad device:
- Take screenshots on new iPad Pro models by pressing use Volume Up and Power button concurrently
- Take a screenshot all iPad models with a Home button by pressing Home button and Power button concurrently
- Take a screenshot with any iPad using external keyboard by pressing the keystroke Command+Shift+3
10: Download Files from Safari to iPad iCloud Drive
Now you can easily download files directly from Safari to the iPad and iCloud Drive.
Tap and hold on any linked item you want to download, then choose “Download” and confirm that you want to download the file.
Or, if the file is something like a PDF document that is already open, tap the Share icon (box with an arrow flying out of the top of it), then locate and choose “Save to Files” in the list.
You can find the file(s) you download from Safari on the iPad by opening the Files app, going to “iCloud Drive” and then looking in the “Downloads” folder.
What do you think of iPadOS 13 on iPad? Do you have any favorite tips, tricks, or new features? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.
And if you haven’t installed iPadOS 13.1 yet, consider taking some steps to prepare for iPadOS 13 before jumping in and updating to the latest iPad operating system.