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Configuring Device Settings

There are many other settings you can configure to better personalize your iPad. You configure all these settings from the iPad’s Settings page.

Display the Settings Page

The Settings page is organized into a series of tabs, which are accessible from the left column. Tap a tab to view the individual settings of a given type.

  1. From the Dock or Home screen, tap the Settings icon to open the Settings screen.

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  2. Tap the tab on the left to display related settings.

Configure Notifications

Many apps display notifications for various types of events. The Mail app, for example, can display notifications when you receive new emails; the News app can display notifications with recent news headlines.

You can determine what types of notifications you receive on an app-by-app basis. For that matter, you can opt to turn off all notifications for specific apps, thus reducing the number of annoying notifications you have to deal with.

  1. From the Settings screen, tap Notifications in the left column to display the Notifications tab.

  2. To change when previews for notifications are displayed, tap Show Previews.

  3. Tap Always to always display notification previews. Tap When Unlocked to display notification previews only when your iPad is unlocked. Tap Never to never display notification previews.

  4. Tap Notifications to return to the previous screen.

  5. To configure notifications for a specific app, tap that app.

  6. Tap “on” the Allow Notifications switch to display notifications from this app. Tap “off” this control to disable all notifications from this app.

  7. Show notifications from this app on the Lock Screen by tapping “on” the Lock Screen switch. Tap “off” this switch to not show notifications on the Lock Screen.

  8. Show notifications from this app in the Notification Center by tapping “on” the Notification Center switch. Tap “off” this switch to not show notifications in the Notification Center.

  9. To display alerts as banners, tap “on” the Banners switch and then select a banner style. Temporary banners go away automatically after a few seconds. Persistent banners stay onscreen until you interact with them.

  10. Tap “on” the Sounds switch to enable notification sounds for this app. Tap “off” this control to turn off these sounds. (Not all apps have notification sounds.)

  11. Some apps display a number on top of the icon to indicate the number of notifications or actions pending. (For example, the icon for the Mail app displays a red “2” if there are two unread emails in the inbox.) Turn on this numbering by tapping “on” the Badges switch.

  12. To show previews from this app (not available with all apps) in the notifications, tap Show Previews and then select what type of preview: Always, When Unlocked, or Never.

  13. To change how similar notifications are grouped, tap Notification Grouping and then select Automatic (your iPad groups them in a logical order, by topic), By App (all notifications from a given app are grouped together), or Off.

Configure the Display and Brightness

You can adjust how bright your iPad’s display appears, along with several other display-related settings.

  1. From the Settings screen, tap Display & Brightness in the left column.

  2. Drag the Brightness slider to the left to make the screen less bright or to the right to make it brighter. (Remember, the brighter the screen, the faster it drains your battery.)

  3. To let your iPad automatically shift the display colors warmer (more reddish) after dark, tap Night Shift. You see the Night Shift panel.

  4. Schedule when Night Shift is enabled by tapping “on” the Scheduled switch and making a selection.

  5. Manually enable Night Shift from now to daylight tomorrow by tapping on the Manually Enable Until Tomorrow switch.

  6. Adjust how warm the Night Shift colors appear by dragging the Color Temperature slider to the left (less warm) or right (warmer).

  7. Tap Back to return to the Display & Brightness screen.

  8. Change the amount of idle time that must elapse before your iPad automatically locks by tapping Auto-Lock and making a new selection (2 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, or never).

  9. If you have a Smart Cover on your iPad, you can disable it so that your device doesn’t automatically unlock when the cover is opened—just tap “off” the Lock/Unlock switch.

  10. Tap Text Size to change the size of the text you see onscreen.

  11. Drag the slider to the left to make the text smaller or to the right to make the text larger. Tap Back to return to the previous screen.

  12. To make the text for icons and other system elements bold (and thus, perhaps, easier to read), tap “on” the Bold Text switch. When reminded that applying this setting will restart your iPad, tap Continue; your iPad then restarts.

Change System Sounds

You can select different sounds for different system actions, such as sending an email or making a Facebook post. You can also opt to hear sounds when your iPad locks or when you tap the keys of the onscreen keyboard.

  1. From the Settings screen, tap Sounds in the left column.

  2. Drag the Ringer and Alerts slider to the left to decrease the volume; drag to the right to make them louder.

  3. To control these system sounds with your iPad’s physical volume buttons, tap “on” the Change with Buttons switch. (Otherwise, the volume buttons only control the volume of music and videos you’re listening to or watching.)

  4. Change the sound for any specific system function by going to the Sounds section, tapping that function, and selecting a new sound.

  5. Tap “off” the Keyboard Clicks switch to turn off sounds when you tap your iPad’s onscreen keyboard. (Some people find all these clickity clacks annoying when they type.)

  6. Tap “off” the Lock Sound switch to turn off sounds when you lock or unlock your iPad.

Configure Individual Apps

Most of the apps installed on your iPad have their own individual settings you can configure. Use the Settings screen to adjust settings for any app.

  1. From the Settings screen, scroll down to the list of individual apps in the left column.

  2. Tap an app to display and configure its settings.

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