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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.

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

  • 2circ.jpg Tap a 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.

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

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

  • 3circ.jpg 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.

  • 4circ.jpg Tap Notifications to return to the previous screen.

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

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

  • 7circ.jpg Show notifications from this app on the Lock Screen by tapping to select Lock Screen. Deselect this option to not show notifications on the Lock Screen.

  • 8circ.jpg Show notifications from this app in the Notification Center by tapping to select Notification Center. Deselect this option to not show notifications in the Notification Center.

  • 9circ.jpg To display alerts as banners, tap to select Banners and then select a banner style. Temporary banners go away automatically after a few seconds. Persistent banners stay onscreen until you interact with them.

  • 10circ.jpg Tap Sounds to choose a notification sound for this app or turn off notification sounds. (Not all apps have notification sounds.)

  • 11circ.jpg 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.

  • 12circ.jpg 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.

  • 13circ.jpg 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.

  • 14circ.jpg To repeat an alert if you don’t hear it or act on it, tap Repeat Alerts and make a selection. (This option is not available for all apps.)

Choose Light or Dark Mode

iPadOS 13 introduces two different modes for your iPad display. Light mode presents most screens with the traditional light background and black text. Dark mode displays most screens with a black background and white text, which some people find easier to view at night.

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

  • 2circ.jpg Tap Light to select Light mode.

  • 3circ.jpg Tap Dark to select Dark mode.

  • 4circ.jpg Tap “on” the Automatic switch to have your iPad switch to Dark mode at sunset and Light mode at sunrise. (You can then tap Options to choose a custom schedule for Light and Dark modes.)

Configure the Display and Brightness

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

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

  • 2circ.jpg 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.)

  • 3circ.jpg To have your iPad adapt its display for different ambient lighting conditions, tap “on” the True Tone switch. (True Tone is not available on all models.)

  • 4circ.jpg To let your iPad automatically shift the display colors warmer (more reddish) after dark, tap Night Shift. You see the Night Shift panel.

  • 5circ.jpg Schedule when Night Shift is enabled by tapping “on” the Scheduled switch and making a selection.

  • 6circ.jpg Manually enable Night Shift from now to daylight tomorrow by tapping on the Manually Enable Until Tomorrow switch.

  • 7circ.jpg Adjust how warm the Night Shift colors appear by dragging the Color Temperature slider to the left (less warm) or right (warmer).

  • 8circ.jpg Tap Display & Brightness to return to the Display & Brightness screen.

  • 9circ.jpg 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).

  • 10circ.jpg If you’re using your iPad with a smart cover, tap “on” the Lock/Unlock switch to let the cover automatically lock and unlock your iPad.

  • 11circ.jpg To make the text for icons and other system elements bold (and thus, perhaps, easier to read), tap “on” the Bold Text switch.

  • 12circ.jpg Tap Text Size to change the size of the text you see onscreen.

  • 13circ.jpg Drag the slider to the left to make the text smaller or to the right to make the text larger.

Change System Sounds

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5circ.jpg 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.)

  • 6circ.jpg 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 individual settings you can configure. Use the Settings screen to adjust settings for any app.

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

  • 2circ.jpg Tap an app to display and configure its settings.

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