Cheat Sheet

iPad For Seniors For Dummies

The iPad is cool and perfect for many seniors because it provides a very simple, intuitive interface for doing things like checking e-mail and scheduling appointments. With the easy-to-use tables in this guide, you can get up to speed with various iPad settings. In no time, you’ll start mastering the skills you need to become a confident iPad user.

What You Can Do with iPad General Settings

Use iPad’s General settings to set up basic functionality for your everyday use. You access the General settings in the following table by tapping the Settings app icon on the Home screen and then tapping General.

Setting Description
About Information about downloaded content, apps, memory, iPad serial number and model, and your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth addresses, plus support, and legal and regulatory jargon.
Software Update Check this for updates to the iPad operating system.
Usage Displays total iCloud storage, battery usage, and if you have a Wi-Fi and 3G/4G iPad model, shows data usage on the cellular network.
Siri Settings for turning the Siri voice command assistant on, changing the language, choosing handsfree only or all voice feedback, and choosing whose information Siri uses from the Contacts app.
iTunes Wi-Fi Sync Settings for syncing with iTunes on a computer on a local network.
Spotlight Search Access settings for the types of content the iPad search feature returns in search results and the order in which results are presented.
Auto-Lock Set the amount of time for inactivity at which iPad automatically auto-locks the screen.
Passcode Lock Set a passcode and turn the feature on to require a passcode to unlock iPad. Turn Picture Frame on/off. Set iPad to erase all data after ten failed attempts to enter the correct passcode.
Restrictions Set restrictions on Safari, YouTube, and iTunes, as well as restrict installation of applications and location services. Specify allowed content for music, podcasts, movies, TV shows, and apps.
Lock Rotation Tap to set up the Side Switch to lock screen rotation.
Mute Tap to set up the Side Switch to mute sounds.
Multitasking Gestures Enable Multitasking Gestures to use four or five fingers for certain actions.
Date & Time Choose 24-hour time and time zone and set the correct date and time.
Keyboard Set correction features of the keyboard such as Auto-Capitalization and spelling check.
International Specify the language for onscreen information and keyboard. Choose region format for date, time, and phone numbers.
Accessibility Set features for people with visual, hearing, or dexterity challenges.
Reset Reset all settings or selected settings to factory defaults, such as network or keyboard.

iPad Mail, Contacts, and Calendar Settings

For the social and organizational parts of your brain, iPad makes available Mail, Contacts, and Calendar apps; the settings for these apps are covered in the following table. You access the settings listed here by tapping the Settings app icon on the Home screen and then tapping Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

Setting Description
Add Account Add and manage e-mail accounts.
Fetch New Data Turn on/off the feature to push new e-mails and contacts and calendar info for Microsoft Exchange and iCloud accounts to you automatically.
Show Set how many recent messages to show in Mail.
Preview Set how many lines in e-mail messages are to show in the Inbox preview.
Show To/Cc Label Turn display of To/Cc label on or off in e-mails.
Ask Before Deleting Turn on to display a confirmation dialog before deleting e-mails.
Load Remote Images Control whether images on websites are displayed; displaying such images can allow a site to gather some information about you and your iPad.
Organize by Thread Turn on a feature to organize e-mail messages among the same group of correspondents so those messages appear together in a subfolder.
Always Bcc Myself Turn on to send a copy of every e-mail to yourself. (This is in addition to saving a copy in the Sent folder.)
Increase Quote Level Turn on to automatically indent text when forwarding or replying to a message in Mail.
Signature Change the signature at the end of all your messages. ("Sent from my iPad" is the default message.)
Default Account Specify which account other apps use by default when you share data from them via e-mail.
Sort Order Specify sort order for contacts (first/last or last/first names).
Display Order Specify display order for contacts (first/last or last/first).
My Info Associate your iPad with a specific contact.
New Invitation Alerts Turn on alerts when you get a new invitation in Mail.
Shared Calendar Alerts Enables alerts from various calendars you're sharing with the Calendar app.
Time Zone Support Turn on Time Zone Support to show event data and times in your time zone; set your time zone.
Sync Control how far back events are synced via iCloud or when you connect to your computer and iTunes.
Default Alert Times Set up how far ahead you should be alerted for various events such as birthdays and all-day events.
Default Calendar Choose whether to use the preinstalled Calendar program or a calendar synced from your computer, managed in iCloud, or synced from services such as Gmail or AOL.
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