How to Care For an iPad

The iPad is an amazing technology that brings the applications and style of an iPhone and the usability of a Mac into one portable, handheld tablet. The iPad allows users to browse the web, watch movies, or even take care of business on the go. However, the iPad can be somewhat difficult to care for, especially for those that are use to the durability of a laptop.

How to Make You iPad More Durable:

iPads can be easily breakable if handled improperly or not effectively protected. The best way to protect an iPad is to purchase a sturdy case to protect the outside of the product. There are two main types of cases, hard shell and silicone. A hard case will most thoroughly protect the product, but may look bulky to some users. A silicone case will offer some protection against everyday use, but will not offer much support if the iPad were to fall. Therefore, users can choose a suitable case depending on the level of protection and look that they desire.

Another great way to protect an iPad is to purchase a screen protector. A screen protector is a thin, transparent barrier that is placed over the screen. While each iPad screen is oil and fingerprint resistant, they are still able to scratch or shatter. A screen protector will keep the screen from becoming scratched and will offer some support a user were to drop the product. These products are even more effective when used in combination with a durable case.

Proper iPad Storage:

iPads also need to be stored properly when not in use. While it may be convenient to slip the product into a backpack or purse, this can damage the iPad if not properly stored. Before placing an iPad into a bag with other objects, users should slip it into a cushioned pouch that will help absorb any impacts that it may suffer will being transported.

When storing the iPad in a home, car, or office, users need to be sure to keep if safe from extreme conditions. The iPad should not be kept in temperatures exceeding 95 degrees Fahrenheit or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit for long periods, as this can damage the product. The iPad should also be kept dry and out of humid weather. If the iPad does become wet, it is better to stick it in a bowl of rice, than to attempt to dry it using high heat, like with a blow dryer.

Keeping the Battery in Good Condition:

iPads come with a lithium polymer battery that allows users to recharge it when it’s power begins to run out. However, this type of battery weakens with time. Therefore, it is important for iPad users to properly care for the battery, in order to keep it in working order for as long as possible.

To keep the battery in good shape, be sure to fully charge the battery and allow it to completely run out, at least once every few weeks. Always charging the battery when it reaches around 50% will lessen it’s capacity faster than sometimes allowing it to drain completely. iPad users should also take the time to update their iPad when Apple offers a new software update. While many of these updates will have no affect on the battery life, some updates will help improve it’s software so that the iPad is more power efficient.

How to Clean an iPad:

If an iPad is not protected by a screen protector or simply looks dirty, it will need to be cleaned properly. While the screen is made of glass, regular glass cleaners, like Windex, should not be used to clean the screen. Instead, dampen a soft cloth with water and gently clear the screen of smudges. There are also special screen cleaners that users can purchase if water is not getting the screen as clean as they would like. The outside of the iPad should be cleaned the same way, while avoiding getting the product too wet. While an iPad may require more care than a regular laptop, the advanced technology, portability, and style is worth the additional effort.