So, you’ve got yourself one of those new fancy iPad mini 4 tablets from Apple, we think you’re going to be satisfied with your purchase. Join us now to make sure you are getting the most out of your iOS 9 powered device with our quick list of the best iPad mini 4 tips and tricks.
Before we really dive into this list, there are a few basics you probably already know that all iPad users should be comfortable with. Luckily, we’ve talked about a few of these recently.
Sorry, I know this is not really what you were looking for, but if you just took your new iPad mini 4 out of the box, there is going to be at least two updates already available for you. Head into Settings -> General -> Software Update to get started.
While your mini iPad shipped with iOS 9, you should be able to update to at least iOS 9.1 by this point.
Arrange your apps on the screen (how to uninstall apps)
Another tool found in older versions of iOS is the ability to long press on an app icon on the home screen to access a couple features. First, you can drag the icons around to re-arrange your screen, pull them to the edge of the display to create or move them to another page and drop them on top of one another to create folders. When you are done with an app, the long press will also enable a little “X” in the top corner of the app icon, tap it to delete the app from your device.
Configure screen timeout and security
If you did not configure a password, pass code or your fingerprint as a security measure during the initial setup process, like I didn’t, now is a good time to rethink that. I won’t bore you with security warnings, you know the risks involved when anyone can access your device and data.
In the General Settings on your iPad mini 4 is the ability to change your Auto-Lock timeout. This also controls how long your display will stay on before it shuts itself off.
Quick settings panel
As is the case with most of your previous iPads, you can still swipe up from the very bottom of the display to quickly access a small panel of settings and links. Personally, the built-in media player controls in this control panel are a huge bonus.
Recent apps (how to close apps)
The iPad mini 4 has a new design and slightly different functionality to the recent apps list, but you still simply double tap your Home button to access it. With your recent apps in view, simply swipe them up off the screen to effectively close the app.
Looking for that voice controlled personal assistant? No worries, the service is still here. I almost said “she’s still here” but let’s be honest, that’s bordering on creepy. Hold down your Home button for a second to be greeted by the double beep and a squiggly purple lined screen ready to take your voice commands.
There is a new trick as well, from your default home screens swipe over to the left until you get to the new convenient Siri, Search and News screen. I hope my descriptive name explains it all, with a convenient top row of your most used apps and relevant news trickling to the top based on your Apple News settings and regular search and viewing history.
Stay in the know with Apple News
Apple News is a new app and service introduced alongside iOS 9. The idea is simple, at least if you are familiar with news and feed readers like Feedly or Google’s Newstand. Specify your interests and favorite news sources, Apple news will bring you the stories in an easy to read, all the fluff stripped away, format.
Multitask like a pro
iOS 9 introduced a few new multi-tasking features that truly take iOS to the next level of productivity. Initially, the iPad Air 2 was slated as the only iPad to rock all of Apple’s new features in their latest software update, then along came the iPad mini 4. Look for Split-view, Picture-in-Picture and more.
Perhaps it would just be easiest to send you over to our iOS 9 review, let you see the goodies for yourself.
That’s all we’re covering here today, as you might imagine there are a more than just these few things you can do with your new iPad mini 4. The thing is, if we must be blunt, there is very little that is new to this new tablet, I think you’ll find that most everything that we covered here today exists on previous iOS powered devices. I suppose you might conclude that you can’t get enough of a good thing.
What do you say, are there any nifty tips or tricks that you have and would like to share for your iPad mini 4?