Get Started with Installing and Managing your Apps on iPad

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Your iPad is as helpful and handy as the kind of apps installed in it. More and more users are shifting their work and personal data on the numerous apps available on the app store. iPad apps are easy to download from the App Store. So we ended up testing and managing many apps to get you the best you deserve.

But when it’s time to look for an app on your home screen. Do you have to scroll through a lot of apps to find what you are looking for? Do you often wish that your home screen was a little more organized? Well, if the answer to any of the questions is yes, then you need help with managing your apps so that they can be easily accessed with fast search times. After all, organizing and managing your apps can lead to faster access times and an overall cleaner and sharp-looking device.

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Downloading and installing apps

Downloading and installing apps on the iPad is easy. The Apple App Store provides you with access to hundreds of safe and verified apps that can range from games to productivity apps. You can also find apps that can help you with everyday tasks like making some to-do lists to help you cook a delicious meal. You can download most apps for free, but some other apps can cost as little as $0.99. If you’re not sure which apps to try first, the App Store can help you by recommending what’s popular with other iPad users.

Note: You can use the search button on the App Store for quicker access to downloading or browsing apps.

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Managing and organizing apps

There are two significant aspects of app management, and they are organizing apps and managing apps. Organizing your apps includes the basics of arranging apps on the home screen so that it is easy for you to find or spot them in an instant. On the other hand, managing apps have much other stuff associated with them. Some of these are updating apps and deleting unused apps so that your iPad performs the best it did when you bought it. So, let’s tackle the basics and start with the complete guide on getting started managing your apps.

Organizing apps

Generally, organizing apps is an easy task, but if you’re a quote and quote app hoarder, then my friend, you need a lot of help getting through your app list. So, to make it easy, let’s get started with some standard practices that will make your home screen clean and clutter-free.

Note: You need to hold down the app icon so that they can be moved to any other location.

Arrange apps according to app usage – You should always keep the most used apps handy, and this will enable you to have the fastest access rates to your most-used apps. However, it will suffer from a cluttered look if you don’t use the other organizing methods listed below.

Arranging the app icons with similar functionality – The first thing you can do is sort out your apps and organize the icons of apps that do similar things. If you have Safari and Chrome installed, you can club them together in a Browser folder and similarly for Games.

Arranging apps in alphabetical order – If you are used to alphabetical lists, you can also set your apps alphabetically (A to Z), which will help you glide through apps with the names as the sorting factor. This means that you could jump to “C” to find your Contacts app.

Arranging apps with a standard color scheme – Color coding is a typical process used for sorting notes, emails, and a lot more. Since we are visually stimulated beings who can remember an object’s color and quickly identify it, colors can be a great way to categorize multiple apps. Most of the icons of apps are designed with a specific color palette in mind, which helps them convey a distinct character. Hence, sorting them by colors could be an excellent method to improve your overall experience.

Making folders for the same developers – This process is helpful if you have many apps developed by the same developer. Let’s say you have YouTube, Chrome, Google Maps, and Gmail installed, then you can club them together in a folder named Google, and similarly, you can do this for Word, Powerpoint, or Excel and club them as Microsoft. This will make it easy to find the apps and help cut down the clutter and space needed to store the icons.

Note: If you’re still unsatisfied or if you did something wrong, you can reset the layout by the following step. Head on to Settings  > General > Reset and tap on Reset Home Screen Layout.

Managing apps

Managing apps can take up a lot of time as it involves choosing and maintaining apps to suit your needs and demands better. It compromises three fundamental processes:

Keep your apps updated – This is the most crucial step that you should be aware of. Updating your apps helps you remove any problems or issues that the app may bring, and regular updates also help maintain compatibility and mitigate bugs and errors.

Delete unwanted or unused apps – Always keep an eye on what apps you are using and what apps are just hogging your storage without any use. If you have any such one-time use apps still on your iPad. It’s high time to delete and uninstall those so that your device storage can remain healthy.

Multi-tasking and other basic features – Although you can’t simultaneously use multiple apps at the same time, you can easily keep them in memory and switch between apps without going to the Home screen. Multi-tasking with the large display on the iPad is impressive and easy, but many other features can get a little practice to be perfect at. These are:

  • Switch between apps: You can switch between apps by swiping up from the bottom of the screen or quickly pressing the Home button twice to open the dock. Here, you can preview your current apps and click on any to switch to them or swipe up to close them.
  • Background App Refresh: iPads also come with a “Background App Refresh” feature which helps constantly update certain apps in the background. This will affect battery life, but to our notice, the effect was negligible. You can modify and enable this option by opening “Settings” and then tapping on “General”, then enabling “Background App Refresh” to work with all or specific apps.

Final words

If you follow all the steps and mix and match them according to your needs and likings, then we’re sure that you’re going to make your device clutter-free and smooth. App management and organization are the bread and butter to keeping all devices running with excellent performance. However, we would recommend you put your favorite apps at the start straight off and enable Background App Refresh as it helps maintain apps in memory and smooth out your multi-tasking experience.

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