For all those who have purchased a slick new iPad and aren’t able to get their hands off it, here is a bare-bone tutorial about managing your apps on iPad. The App store on iOS is comparable to  a vault of applications, being home to a wide-ranging applications that Apple likes to classify under glossy categories like Lifestyle, Productivity and what not.

Nevertheless, the point here is that if you keep on installing apps from the App store without a bit of foresight, you will soon be looking at a situation where you have to swipe between multiple home screens to get to your desired app. Doesn’t it sound time-consuming and cumbersome?

To all the tech-illiterates out there, we will begin from the grounds-up; that is how to install apps on your iPad.

1. INSTALLING APPS ON YOUR iPAD – You just need to head to the App Store, which is a pre-installed application. The app Store will show you various listings of apps, which can be grouped under categories to make selection and installation easier. You just need to keep an eye for the pricing of the app; some are free whereas the rest aren’t.

When you have found the App you are looking for, just click on its price and it will start downloading. iOS, Steve Job’s holy grail, will choose a spot for the App on the screen automatically, but you do have the ability to manually override that choice.

2. MOVING APPS – If you don’t like the way iOS arranges your apps, well then its time to give them a shake. One needs to press and hold the icon of the desired app until all the app icons start to jiggle. The desired app icon can then be dragged on to a position of choice on the same home screen. If you want it to place it on another home screen, you will need to drag it to the edge of the screen. Once you reach your desired coordinates, let go of the touch and watch as the app icon settles comfortably into its place.

3. DELETING APPS – A new found enthusiasm always encircles the owners of brand new iPads. They are keen to show off the astronomical capabilities and the glossy sheen of their latest acquisition. This often leads to a shortage in the Flash storage capabilities of the device, and one needs to free up space then.

To do so, touch and hold the icon of the app that you want to discard. Hold it till all the apps start to jingle. You will notice that a “red cross mark” comes up on each of the icons. Position your finger on the cross mark that is on the ico of the app that you want to say goodbye to, and it will be deleted in no time.


4. SORTING APPS – Sometimes, it just makes a whole lot sense to club together similar apps into one folder. For example, I have Angry Birds, Dead Trigger, Temple Run and quite a few more huddled close together in a folder that goes by the name of TIME WASTE. To do that, press and hold an icon until all the icons start to perform their crazy-but-rhythmic moves. Now drag the desired app onto the top of the app which you want to group it with. You will be provided with a choice to name the folder.

To remove an app from a folder, touch and hold its icon until it starts to jiggle and then drag it out of the folder. You can also move folders between screens by repeating the same Touch-Hold-Drag-Leave sequence.

5. ACCESSING FREQUENTLY USED APPS – There are some apps that are used everyday, while the others just end up gathering virtual dust, or iDust if you say. To make access to these frequently-used apps easier, you can palce them in the Dock. The Dock is an area at the bottom of the iPad screen, that houses four icons by default. You have the option to add two more, and also the ability to choose what stays in the dock and what doesn’t. Simply repeat the Touch-Hold sequence, and then drag and drop theapp icon in the Dock area at the bottom of the screen.    

 6. UPDATING APPS – App Store periodically releases updates for the various apps you have installed on your device. To check if your apps need an update, open the App Store and click on Updates. All the available updates will be shown here, and you have the choice of installing them together or one at a time. Another way to update apps is to sync the iPad to your PC using the Lightning Connector and then installing updates via iTunes.

This, we feel, is a basic guide to getting a hold of your slick-looking iPad that you can’t get your hands off. Do you have any specific queries?? Feel free to let us know in the Comments. 

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