All the Things the iPad Can Do (2023)

If you're thinking of buying an iPad, or if you just bought one and you're still exploring the device, it might be handy to find out precisely what it can do for you. This list covers some of the many ways to use iPads for business and entertainment.

Replace Your Laptop

The iPad is efficient at fulfilling most basic computing tasks. Can it replace your laptop or desktop PC? That depends on your personal needs. Some people use proprietary software that's not available for the iPad.

All the Things the iPad Can Do (1)

For general use, the iPad can complete many of the miscellaneous tasks you perform on laptops or PCs. Search for information on the web, check email, and stay productive with tools such as the Notes app. Add accessories such as a keyboard and mouse to mimic a laptop or desktop setup.

Stay Connected on Social Media

Most social networks have a corresponding iOS or iPadOS app. For social media apps like Instagram, the iPad can add to the experience. Features such as Retina Display and True Tone technology render photographs and other visual content vividly. Enjoy more room than a smartphone but less bulk compared to a laptop for sharing updates.

Play Games

While the best-known iPad games like Candy Crushand Temple Run appeal to casual players, the iPad supports titles that would even satisfy a hardcore gamer. The newest iPad packs in as much graphics power as an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, along with the processing power of most laptops, so it delivers a deep gaming experience.

All the Things the iPad Can Do (2)

Apple also offers support for some wireless controllers and keyboard and mouse play with certain iPad games.

Watch Movies, TV, and YouTube

The iPad excels as a media player, with the ability to buy or rent from iTunes, stream movies from Netflix or Hulu Plus, or watch free movies on Crackle.

But it doesn't stop with video streaming apps. You can also watch TV on an iPad. Use your cable provider's app or stream cable over the internet with services such as Sling TV or YouTube TV.

Create Your Own Custom Radio Station

The iPad makes a great music player, and it's as fully functional as the iPhone or iPod. Sync it with iTunes or your PC and gain access to your custom playlists. Or use the Genius feature to create a custom on-the-fly playlist.

Stream music or internet radio withiHeartRadio or create your own radio station on Pandora by selecting songs or artists you love.And with an Apple Music subscription, you can stream most songs and listen to curated radio stations in the app.

(Video) NEW IPAD! First 12 Things To Do!

Read a Good Book

The iPad makes a great ebook reader. In addition to buying books in Apple's Books app, you can access your Barnes & Noble's books with the NOOK app or your Kindle titles via the iPad Kindle app. Sync content to the iPad in the respective app, so you can pick up where you left off no matter which device you use.

All the Things the iPad Can Do (3)

One nice bonus: You can find a number of free ebooks from Project Gutenberg, a group dedicated to creating digital versions of books in the public domain. Some of those titles are classics like Sherlock Holmes's short stories or Pride and Prejudice.

Help Out in the Kitchen

The ​iPad can also do great things in the kitchen. There are various apps like Epicurious that take the idea of a cookbook to the next level. Use these apps to find recipes with certain ingredients or search based on dietary needs, such as gluten-free recipes.

Video Conferencing

Take advantage of the iPad's front-facing camera for video chatting with friends and family over FaceTime. If you want to use your iPad for professional meetings, download a corresponding video conferencing app for platforms such as Skype or Zoom.

All the Things the iPad Can Do (4)

Use It Like a Camera

The newest iPads have smartphone-quality, built-in front-facing and rear cameras. Use the various shooting and lighting modes to capture crisp photos. Even older iPads with the 8 MP iSight camera do well in the camera department, delivering fantastic photos.

There are several ways you can improve the iPad's camera to take even better photos.

You can also use iMovie to enhance the videos you take with your iPad and use iCloud to share iPad photos between devices or friends and family.

(Video) How to get the MOST from your iPad

Load Pictures Into It

Load your pictures into the iPad using Apple's Lightning to USB, Lightning to USB-3 Camera Adapter, or Camera Connection Kit. These adapters support most digital cameras and can import videos as well as photos. You can also use photo editing apps or the iPad's built-in Photo app to do touch-ups to the images you import.

All the Things the iPad Can Do (5)

Stream Movies/Music From Your PC

One great iTunes feature is Home Sharing, which allows you to stream music and movies from your desktop PC or laptop to your other devices, including your iPad. When you enable this feature, you can access your entire music and movie collection without eating up storage or requiring extra storage space.

Connect It to Your TV

There are several ways to connect your iPad to a TV. Use Apple Airplay mirroring with your Apple TV or another smart TV to connect wirelessly. For a wired connection, use Apple's Digital AV Adapter to connect via HDMI.

All the Things the iPad Can Do (6)

Once connected, you can stream videos to your TV and also play games on the big screen. Some games fully support video out, maximizing your TV's graphics while using the iPad as a controller.

Replace Your GPS

If you prefer a more prominent display to follow turn-by-turn directions in your vehicle, use your iPad and Apple Maps to replace the GPS in your car. You will need an iPad with a cellular connection or a data-tethered iPad. A supportive iPad mount will also help.

All the Things the iPad Can Do (7)

Act as a Personal Assistant

Siri, Apple's voice recognition software, has many great uses that add to the iPad experience. One thing Siri can do is act as a personal assistant. You can use it to schedule appointments and events, set reminders, or use it as a timer. Siri also helps with tasks such as launching apps, playing music, finding nearby stores and restaurants, and providing the weather forecast.

Connect a Keyboard

A tablet's biggest drawback is the lack of a physical keyboard. The on-screen keyboard isn't bad, and you can adjust iPad keyboard settings, but few people type as fast on a touchscreen as they can on a real keyboard.

All the Things the iPad Can Do (8)

(Video) M1 iPad Air 5 (2022) - First 18 Things To Do!

There are several options for connecting a physical keyboard to the iPad, which works with most wireless keyboards. Some keyboard cases can turn your iPad into a device that looks more like a laptop.

Write a Letter

While the iPad is often called a media consumption device, it has many business uses as well. Microsoft Word is available for the iPad for word processing (with a Microsoft 365 account). You can also download Apple's free word processing tool, Pages.

Edit a Spreadsheet

Do you need to edit Microsoft Excel spreadsheets? No problem. Microsoft has a version of Excel for the iPad. You can also download Apple's equivalent, Numbers, for free. Numbers is a capable spreadsheet app. It also reads both Microsoft Excel files and comma-delimited files, making it easy to transfer data from different spreadsheet software.

Create a Presentation

Rounding out Apple's office suite is Keynote, their free presentation software solution for the iPad. Keynote is fully capable of both creating and displaying great presentations.

Microsoft PowerPoint is also available if you need more advanced presentation software. And when you combine these solutions with the ability to connect the iPad to an HDTV or projector, you get an excellent presentation solution.

Print Documents

What good does it do to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations if you can't print them? AirPrint allows the iPad to work wirelessly with a range of printers, including Lexmark, HP, Epson, Canon, and Brother printers. You can access the print capability in many apps.

Accept Credit Cards

One popular business function an iPad can perform is to act as a cash register and accept credit cards. Select and download your preferred credit card app and use the companion reader to register payments.

All the Things the iPad Can Do (9)

Connect Your Guitar

IK Multimedia was an early adopter of the iPad in the music industry, creating the iRig guitar interface that allows guitars to plug into the iPad. Using the AmpliTube app, iRig can turn your iPad into a multi-effects processor. And while it may not be gig-ready, it's a great way to practice when you don't have easy access to all of your gear.

Create Music

With the ability to accept MIDI signals, the music industry has taken the iPad to a new level with some cool apps and accessories. The iPad is now a regular at NAMM, the annual music festival where the music industry showcases the latest gadgets and devices. It's not uncommon for music workstations to have an iPad companion app.

(Video) iPad Pro (2020) - First 15 Things To Do!

Hook up a MIDI keyboard and use the tablet for making music or use the iPad keyboard to play the piano.

All the Things the iPad Can Do (10)

Record Music

Let's not forget the iPad's ability to record music. Apple Garage Band allows you to record and manipulate multiple tracks. Combined with the ability to hook a mic into the iPad, you can easily use the tablet as a multi-track recorder or as an addition to a practice session.

Use as an Additional Monitor

Apps like AirDisplay and DuetDisplay transform your iPad into a second monitor for your PC or Mac. Macs with macOS Catalina (10.15) and iPad models with the Sidecar feature make using your iPad as a second display simple. Activate the feature from System Preferences on your Mac.

All the Things the iPad Can Do (11)

Control Your Home PC (iTeleport)

Want to do more than use your iPad as an additional monitor? You can take it another step and remote control your PC with your iPad. Apps like GoToMyPC, iTeleport, and Remote Desktop let you bring up your PC's desktop and control it through your iPad's screen.

Make It Kid-Friendly

Are you planning to use the iPad as a family device? Turn on iPad parental controls and apply restrictions on the type of apps, music, and movie downloads. You can also remove in-app purchases or the app store entirely and limit access to apps such as Safari.

All the Things the iPad Can Do (12)

Turn the iPad Into an Old-Fashioned Arcade Game

If you miss the days of coin-op arcade games like Asteroids and Pac-Man, consider accessories that turn your iPad into an arcade game. Gadgets like ION iCade include a gaming cabinet complete with joysticks and buttons.

Scan Documents

It's easy to turn the iPad into a scanner with a helpful scanner app. Most scanner apps do the heavy lifting for you, including auto-focusing and straightening the document to appear as it would through a traditional scanner.

The Virtual Touchpad

The iPad's touchscreen generally does the work of a mouse, but when you need fine control, such as moving the cursor to a particular letter in a word processor, use the iPad's virtual touchpad.

(Video) iPad Tips & Tricks - Everything You Need To Know!

FAQs

What are all the things an iPad can do? ›

Here are just a few of the countless things you can do with iPad.
  • Get the tough things done easily. Run powerful apps effortlessly. ...
  • Write it down. Mark it up. ...
  • Create on the ultimate canvas for any project. Draw a masterpiece with Apple Pencil. ...
  • Snap a photo. Scan a doc. ...
  • Lifelong learning made magical.

Is iPad good enough for students? ›

So, is the iPad Pro good for college? Sure. It will do everything you need it to do. But for the average student's budget and daily use cases — note taking, reading, video calls, watching lectures (and Netflix) — we think the extra bells and whistles aren't worth the price.

How do you get into an iPad without the password? ›

If you can't remember your passcode when you try again, you need to use a computer to put your iPad in recovery mode. This process deletes your data and settings, including your passcode, giving you access to set up your iPad again. After you erase your iPad, you can restore your data and settings from backup.

Is iPad 6th worth buying in 2022? ›

Most people should get the new Air, but this gives you that added screen size. The sixth-gen, 2018 iPad can be found for under $200. For basic use, as long as you don't intend to play immersive games or use a lot of video creation apps, this iPad still has all the power you'd need for the next three years or so.

Is iPhone better than iPad? ›

Purchase an iPhone if you're looking for a smaller device that's easy to carry around and you need access to a cellular network. Alternatively, if you want a more traditional laptop-like, large-screen experience for media consumption and productivity, the iPad would be better.

Can iPad replace laptop? ›

Apple iPad Pro 2021 review: It can replace the laptop, but we don't want it to. The new Apple iPad Pro 2021 is a solid alternative to a laptop, but you might still want to hold on to your bigger machine.

Which is better iPad or laptop? ›

Higher capacity, quicker functioning, and better multitasking. Using a laptop makes more demanding tasks such as HD graphics and even multi-app usage easy. iPads, on the other hand perform better with more basic tasks. You can use them for tasks such as web browsing, social media, or even music or movie streaming.

Is getting an iPad worth it? ›

The iPad is a high-quality tablet that can be useful regardless of what other hardware you own. It comes alive if you're already in the Apple Ecosystem. If you use an iPhone, wear an Apple Watch, and do most of your work on an iMac or MacBook, you'll find that an iPad is a natural extension of that family of devices.

Is an iPad cheaper than a laptop? ›

iPads are less expensive than laptops. For example, the iPad Pro 12.9 inch (the most powerful iPad) costs half as much as the corresponding MacBook Pro. even if you were to buy a wireless keyboard and mouse the iPad would still be able to likely cost less than most MacBooks.

Can I unlock an iPad I found? ›

Basically, Apple will treat this iPad as "lost" or "stolen." Without access to the original owner, it cannot be unlocked. That's the way it was designed. Otherwise, anyone "finding" an iOS device (regardless of the circumstance) can easily thwart the security measures that Apple has built into their devices.

Is it possible to unlock an iPad? ›

To unlock a disabled iPad if you forgot the password, you can restore it with Finder or iTunes. You can also unlock your iPad by doing a system restore using the Find My website or app. You'll need a recent iPad backup to get your data back after you restore and unlock it.

Can stolen iPad be unlocked? ›

Steps to Unlock Apple ID of Stolen iPhone/iPad Using iDelock

Step 1: Open iDelock on your computer. You need to click on Unlock Apple ID option. Step 2: Now, connect your iPad/iPhone to your computer and trust the PC. Step 3: If the Find My iPhone is disabled, iDelock will start unlocking Apple ID immediately.

How long does an iPad last? ›

How Many Years Should an iPad Last? Apple usually supports a new iPad with iPadOS updates for at least five years and often several years longer. Most iPad models hold up well in performance, features, and storage over this timeframe which means that five years is a standard lifespan for any iPad.

Which is better an iPad or a tablet? ›

Compared to competing tablets, the iPad is more stable, easier to use, and works more smoothly. In terms of overall user experience for a non-technical user, Apple's iOS has a distinct advantage over Google's Android OS. It's a robust, user-friendly operating system with a simple UI.

Is 32gb enough for iPad? ›

For offline entertainment enthusiasts, 32 GB will fill up in no time. If you plan to go on a road trip, there's a limit to the movies you can download on your device. Your best option would be choosing between 64 and 128 GB. If you don't intend to be offline, then 32 GB and a couple of streaming apps are enough.

Why do I need iPad? ›

If you have an iPhone, you'll need an iPad when you need the power of a laptop and the mobility of an iPhone. You'll be saving your phone's battery while having a larger display for watching movies, note-taking, reading books, social media videos and web browsing.

Why should I buy an iPad over an iPhone? ›

First, unlike an iPhone, an iPad can run two apps side-by-side, which provides more flexibility in how you use the device. Due to its larger screen, an iPad can do things that aren't as easy to do on an iPhone, such as operating Excel or Word. Other than making calls, the iPad is better for just about every task.

What are the benefits of owning an iPad? ›

Get the tough things done easily.
  • Run powerful apps effortlessly. iPad works with the powerful apps you're familiar with, like Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Office, with the added ease of using them with touch. ...
  • Use multiple apps at once and work between them. ...
  • Store and share all your stuff with Files.

Which iPad is closest to a laptop? ›

Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 2021)

Software improvements have been a big part of the last couple of iPad updates. Apple added cursor and trackpad support to make the iPad Pro is a true laptop replacement for some users.

What does an iPad do that a laptop doesn t? ›

The iPad comes with apps capable of handling many routine tasks. These include a web browser, mail client, calendar, alarm clock, maps package, notepad, video conferencing app, and contacts list. It also includes tablet-specific apps, such as a camera, photo app, video library, and an app for playing music.

Can you install Word on an iPad? ›

Download Microsoft Word now and get the best way to create, share and edit documents from your iPhone or iPad. To create or edit documents, sign in with a free Microsoft account on devices with a screen size smaller than 10.1 inches.

What are the disadvantages of iPad? ›

The cost of iPad devices is expensive than that of android tablets. You also have to buy apps to use on your device. The accessories of the iPad are also expensive. For example, the external keyboard, touchpad, Apple pencil, card reader are expensive devices.

Is iPad 64GB enough? ›

An iPad with 64GB storage or less is suitable if you want to browse the internet, check your email, Facetime, or watch series. It's enough storage capacity to download apps and play some games.

Is iPad just a big iPhone? ›

Apple unveiled a new iPad Mini on Tuesday. It's a glorified iPhone. The device clocks in at 8.3 inches, just a tad bigger than the iPhone 13 Pro Max's 6.7 inches.

Can I use the iPad as a phone? ›

A common way to make calls on an iPad is with Facetime but you can also use your iPhone's cell number or the Messages app. iPhone calls on iPad sync the two devices and rout calls through your iPhone even without an Apple ID. You can also use third-party apps like Skype or Talkatone with Google Voice.

What is the difference between iPad and iPad Air? ›

On paper, the Air is the better device. It offers more impressive specifications, including a larger screen and faster processor. On the other hand, the standard iPad is cheaper – by quite a margin – and still delivers an excellent experience.

Is an iPad safer than a laptop? ›

Security. The iPad is actually quite secure when compared to a PC. It's almost impossible for a virus to infect an iPad because viruses work by jumping from one app to the next. The architecture of iPadOS puts a wall around each app, which prevents one piece of software from overwriting a portion of another.

Which tablet can replace a laptop? ›

RANKED: The 4 best tablets to replace your laptop
  • #4 The 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Apple's latest attempt at the laptop-replacement tablet, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro (starting at $599) is a beautiful, amazing, incredibly frustrating machine. ...
  • #3 The 12.9-inch iPad Pro. ...
  • #2 The Microsoft Surface Pro 4. ...
  • #1 The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S.
8 Apr 2016

Can you use a mouse with an iPad? ›

You can connect Magic Mouse, another Bluetooth mouse, or a USB mouse to your iPad. Note: Mouse devices are sold separately. Not all mouse devices are fully compatible with all models of iPad.

Can you reset a stolen iPhone? ›

If your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or Apple Watch is lost or stolen, you can erase it in Find My iPhone on iCloud.com. To sign in to Find My iPhone, go to icloud.com/find.

Is it possible to unlock an iPad without Apple ID? ›

Use LockAway. LockAway is a software that you can install on your computer and unlock your iPad when you don't have the Apple ID. This tool is easy to use, and you can acquire it for free by simply downloading it.

How do I reset a stolen iPad? ›

  1. Turn off iPad.
  2. Turn on computer and launch iTunes (make sure you have the latest version of iTune)
  3. Plug USB cable into computer's USB port.
  4. Hold Home button down and plug the other end of cable into docking port. ...
  5. Release Home button. ...
  6. iTunes has detected iPad in recovery mode. ...
  7. Select "Restore iPad"...
2 Mar 2014

How do I factory reset my iPad with buttons? ›

​iPad with Home button​: Hold down the Top or Side button until the Power Off slider appears on the screen. Drag the slider to turn off the iPad. Then hold down the Home button while connecting the iPad to your computer. Release the Home button only after the recovery mode screen appears.

How do I reset my iPad Without the passcode or iTunes? ›

Go to iCloud.com on a computer or another device > Log in to your iCloud account (Apple ID). Click on “Find iPhone” > Click on the “All Devices” option > Select the device that has been disabled > Click “Erase iPhone”. Afterward, your device will reset back to factory settings and all data will be removed.

How do I reset my iPad without Apple ID? ›

If you want to factory reset your iPhone/iPad but don't remember the Apple ID and password and your 'Find My' is turned off, then you can unlock your iPhone/iPad using the iTunes app. Using iTunes on your computer, you can factory reset your iPhone/iPad without your Apple ID and password.

Can a wiped iPad be tracked? ›

You cannot track, lock or wipe iPad with serial number. Apple do not track stolen device. Once reset, you can't track it with Find My iPad. Suggest you change your password quickly.

Can Apple track a stolen iPad? ›

Look for your device on a map

To find your device, sign in to iCloud.com/find. Or use the Find My app on another Apple device that you own. If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch doesn't appear in the list of devices, Find My was not turned on. But you can still protect your account if Find My was not turned on.

How do I unlock a used iPad? ›

Tell the friend to use Apple's iForgot service, or contact their Account Security team, or if they're the iPad's original owner, supply Apple with its purchase receipt and ask them to remove the lock. An activation lock can only be removed using information for the account that applied the lock.

Is getting an iPad worth it? ›

The iPad is a high-quality tablet that can be useful regardless of what other hardware you own. It comes alive if you're already in the Apple Ecosystem. If you use an iPhone, wear an Apple Watch, and do most of your work on an iMac or MacBook, you'll find that an iPad is a natural extension of that family of devices.

What can an iPad do that iPhone can t? ›

iPads also have bigger screens, making them much better choices for apps that requires much bigger screens. games and some of productivity apps work much better on iPad. Reading experience on iPad is much superior to iphone. typing in iPad is much easier than iPhone.

What do you need an iPad for? ›

If you have an iPhone, you'll need an iPad when you need the power of a laptop and the mobility of an iPhone. You'll be saving your phone's battery while having a larger display for watching movies, note-taking, reading books, social media videos and web browsing.

Can you use an iPad like an iPhone? ›

Tap Wi-Fi Calling, then turn on Add Wi-Fi Calling For Other Devices. This allows iPad and other devices where you're signed in with the same Apple ID to make and receive calls even when your iPhone isn't nearby.

How long do iPads last for? ›

How Many Years Should an iPad Last? Apple usually supports a new iPad with iPadOS updates for at least five years and often several years longer. Most iPad models hold up well in performance, features, and storage over this timeframe which means that five years is a standard lifespan for any iPad.

Is iPad just a big iPhone? ›

Apple unveiled a new iPad Mini on Tuesday. It's a glorified iPhone. The device clocks in at 8.3 inches, just a tad bigger than the iPhone 13 Pro Max's 6.7 inches.

Can I use my iPad as a phone? ›

A common way to make calls on an iPad is with Facetime but you can also use your iPhone's cell number or the Messages app. iPhone calls on iPad sync the two devices and rout calls through your iPhone even without an Apple ID. You can also use third-party apps like Skype or Talkatone with Google Voice.

Why are iPads better than laptops? ›

Higher capacity, quicker functioning, and better multitasking. Using a laptop makes more demanding tasks such as HD graphics and even multi-app usage easy. iPads, on the other hand perform better with more basic tasks. You can use them for tasks such as web browsing, social media, or even music or movie streaming.

Is iPad 64GB enough? ›

An iPad with 64GB storage or less is suitable if you want to browse the internet, check your email, Facetime, or watch series. It's enough storage capacity to download apps and play some games.

How can I use my iPad in everyday life? ›

How I use my iPad in my daily life - 5 WAYS - YouTube

What is the difference between iPad and iPad air? ›

On paper, the Air is the better device. It offers more impressive specifications, including a larger screen and faster processor. On the other hand, the standard iPad is cheaper – by quite a margin – and still delivers an excellent experience.

What's the difference between iPad air and iPad pro? ›

The iPad Air's Liquid Retina display measures 10.9-inches and is an LED panel. It has a resolution of 2360x1640, with True Tone support and 500nits of total brightness. The smaller iPad Pro has an 11-inch Liquid Retina Display that's resolution is 2388x1668, with True Tone, ProMotion, and a max brightness of 600 nits.

Can you call 911 from an iPad? ›

iPads can call 911 when connected to Wi-Fi, even if the service in that area is weak or non-existent. It utilizes a feature known as “Wi-Fi Calling” that is found in all iPad models created since 2015. However, you must have a VOIP telephone app, like Facetime, Skype, etc. to make this call.

Can you text on an iPad? ›

When you set up text forwarding between your iPad and iPhone, you can text people from your iPad even if they have an Android device or a phone without smart features.

Will my iPad work without a phone number? ›

If you don't need it to access the internet when away from Wi-Fi, then you don't need to do anything. Also, note that you don't get an actual phone line with the iPad. It cannot on its own make calls or receive SMS messages even when connected to cellular service, only access the internet.

Videos

1. iPad Tricks You Probably Didn’t know!
(iDeviceHelp)
2. iPad - Complete Beginners Guide
(AppFind)
3. iPad - 10 Hidden Features That You Aren't Using
(sakitech)
4. M1 iPad Pro (2021) - First 12 Things To Do!
(Brandon Butch)
5. Meet the all-new iPad and iPad Pro | Apple
(Apple)
6. iPad customization + organization tips/tricks!! *aesthetic & easy* MUST DO!
(julia k crist)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Greg O'Connell

Last Updated: 09/20/2022

Views: 6133

Rating: 4.1 / 5 (62 voted)

Reviews: 85% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Greg O'Connell

Birthday: 1992-01-10

Address: Suite 517 2436 Jefferey Pass, Shanitaside, UT 27519

Phone: +2614651609714

Job: Education Developer

Hobby: Cooking, Gambling, Pottery, Shooting, Baseball, Singing, Snowboarding

Introduction: My name is Greg O'Connell, I am a delightful, colorful, talented, kind, lively, modern, tender person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.