Chapter 13. Setting You Straight on Settings

In This Chapter

  • Taking off in airplane mode

  • Preparing networks

  • Uncovering usage statistics

  • Seeking sensible sounds and screen brightness

  • Brushing up on Bluetooth

  • Finding a lost iPad

Do you consider yourself a control freak? The type of person who has to have it your way? Boy, have you landed in the right chapter.

Settings is kind of the makeover factory for the iPad. You open Settings by tapping its Home screen icon, and from there, you can do things like change the tablet's background or wallpaper and specify Google or Yahoo! as the search engine of choice. You can also alter security settings in Safari, tailor e-mail to your liking (among other modifications), and get a handle on how to fetch or push new data.


The Settings area on the iPad is roughly analogous to the Control Panel in Windows and System Preferences on a Mac.

Setting You Straight on Settings

Because we cover some settings elsewhere in this book, we don't dwell on every setting here. But you still have plenty to discover to help you make the iPad your own.

Checking Out the Settings Screen

When you first open Settings, you'll see a display that looks something like Figure 13-1, with a scrollable list on the left side of the screen and a panel on the right that corresponds to whichever setting is highlighted in blue. We say "something like this" because the Settings on your iPad may differ slightly from those of your ...

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