iPad for newbies

So, you have a new iPad, perhaps it is a gift. And now, you are wondering just what you are supposed to do with it.

Here are some videos which may help you to get started.

First of all, not sure how to turn it on, or how to control the volume? Then this video is for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQdC_hHlS7k&list=PLF61ED46632342CFF

iPad Tutorial

Tutorial 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLzCXB-BD9g

Tutorial 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EjA6tZgSTs

Tutorial 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfqJ955s1XM

Tutorial 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0ozI9xEA1I

 

 

Andoid Phone or iPhone for newbies

OK, so have an Android phone, or an iPhone but you are not sure how to use it. Or you need to set up WiFi, and no-one showed you how to do this in the shop. Maybe you have had a phone for years that only did text and phone calls, but now you have upgraded and it is all different. Don’t worry, you are not alone. Everyone has to start somewhere, and it will take time and practice to get to grips with the new technology.

So here are a carefully curated set of links for novices. These will open in YouTube, because it is better to see someone using the phone. If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then a video is worth at least 10,000.

Android Phone (anything but an iPhone)

ConsumerCellular have a collection of videos which can be viewed online. The videos support a wide range of Android phones, so are a useful resource. These videos begin at the beginning, how to turn the phone on, set up the phone, connect to Wi-Fi etc.

https://www.consumercellular.com/Help/videos-and-manuals

If you do not see your phone, don’t worry. What changes are the buttons and the camera, the basic screen stays the same. Look for a phone which seems similar to your phone. The topics that are covered are:

  • Overview and Tour – The outside of the phone, how to charge it and turn it on
  • Getting Started
  • Making and receiving calls
  • Sending texts
  • Using email and the internet
  • Using the camera
  • Inserting and removing the Sim card, battery and SD card
  • Voicemail

There are some other videos which apply to all phones, such as managing Wi-Fi settings or Managing Apps. So is three is something not listed for your particular phone, try looking at the videos for another phone. The Samsung Galaxy J3 has a large number of videos and can be found here: https://www.consumercellular.com/samsungGalaxyJ32016

iPhone

If you are struggling with an iPhone or an iPad (or you have a relative who is struggling) these videos may be useful

The outside of the iPhone (ports, switches etc) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv5fc7Nq5eQ

This is useful for someone who has an iPad or an iPhone: https://youtu.be/pQnmIjsmx9M

And this is an introduction to the iPad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXBwDa1ohck

How do I get a free email account?

“If you’re not paying for it, then you are the product”

Technically, there is no such thing as a free email account. Email accounts must be paid for somehow, either by advertising or collecting your data. But having said that, free email addresses are very useful.

You may wish to have a back up email account, just in case something happens to your main email account, or you may wish to have an email account independent of your broadband (ISP) provider.

Free to use

Gmail

provided by Google. Gmail offers a mail import from other email. To sign up for Gmail you will need to create a Google account

https://accounts.google.com/signup/v2/webcreateaccount?flowName=GlifWebSignIn&flowEntry=SignUp

Hotmail/Outlook

provided by Microsoft. You will need to create a Microsoft account.

https://outlook.live.com/owa/

iCloud

provided by Apple, great for Apple fans. You will need to create an Apple ID

https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204316

Free (with lots of adverts) but with a paid for version (No Ads)

Yahoo Mail (Ad free – £26.99 a year)

https://login.yahoo.com/account/create?specId=yidReg

 

 

Further reading

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_webmail_providers

How long do free email providers keep your account alive?

https://mashable.com/2009/02/09/webmail-account-dormant-alive/?europe=true

 

 

How do I connect my android phone to Wi-Fi?

From your home screen, tap Settings to see the Settings menu.

Now tap Connections

Make sure the Wi-Fi is turned on

Tap Wi-Fi to see what connections are available.

Select the network you wish to connect to, and then enter the Password/Key from your router

Check Show Password so you can see what you are typing. Click Connect and your phone will connect to your Wi-Fi

How do I… Make Hand Sanitiser?

As anti-viral hand gel seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth, I thought you may like to have a recipe for making your own.

Bear in mind these points:

  1. To be effective, at least 60% of the homemade hand sanitiser must be alcohol. This recipe is for 66% alcohol.
  2. Excessive use will cause skin to dry and crack, so invest in a good hand cream. E45 cream is extremely effective.
  3. Smokers beware, alcohol is extremely flammable, so keep cigarettes away.

What you need

Alcohol – 95% or above. Sold as Surgical Spirit or rubbing alcohol

Aloe Vera Gel or glycerine

A few drops of essential oil if you want some scent (from Holland and Barrett)

Equipment

  • Funnel
  • Jug
  • Whisk
  • Small (plastic) bottles 50 -100ml in size. The sort of size used by Body Shop for travel shower gel will be fine. If you are using recycled bottles, make sure they are clean.

     

Method

Measure out 2 parts alcohol and one part aloe vera (or glycerine) into the jug and whisk together. The aloe vera may clump, but this can be almost dispersed by whisking.

Add a few drops of essential oil (optional).

Decant into your bottles and label.

Where you can get supplies

Surgical spirit – chemist/pharmacy

Rubbing Alcohol – Amazon – often used in soap making. I bought some from the Warehouse Outlet in the High Street in Walton.

Aloe Vera gel – try Holland and Barrett (or Amazon).

Empty plastic bottles – Amazon, eBay or travel sets from supermarkets. Or recycle Body Shop (or similar) small bottles

Problems with Windows Update

Windows Updates are always annoying, just as you want to turn your computer off, or you are in a hurry for your computer to start, your computer goes into update mode.

Very frustrating. But even more frustrating is this message, that these changes are being undone. Many users will find that they are stuck in a repeating cycle of failed updates

Why does this happen?

  1. Windows Update cache has become corrupted
  2. Conflict with AntiVirus program
  3. Not enough disk space or unreliable internet connection
  4. Faulty Windows update.

This article tackles one problem that occurs with regular monotony, that is the twice-yearly Windows 10 feature update. These updates are not optional, but they can be problematic and do not always install automatically.

Your options are

  1. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter
  2. If you use a third party antivirus program, try turning this off and then attempt the update.
  3. Use the Microsoft Update Assistant to update to the latest version of Windows 10. Takes a long time, but it will work.

Windows Update using the Microsoft Update Assistant

  1. If you are using a laptop, make sure that it is plugged in, and not running on battery power.
  2. Create a system image and a recovery disk (Use Back up and Restore (Windows 7) from the Control Panel. This is somewhat buried in the system. Will it be needed? Probably not but it will help to restore your computer if something goes seriously wrong.
  3. Start the Windows 10 update. This will take time, maybe a few hours, so allow for plenty of time, perhaps let it run overnight. Go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
  4. Click on Update Now. Click on Save (saved to Downloads). When the download is finished (it doesn’t take long), run the program, following the instructions.
  5. When it is finished, your computer will restart, and you will be able to log on as normal

More information

10 things you can try: https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-update-failed-here-are-10-fixes-you-can-try/

7 things to try: https://www.drivereasy.com/knowledge/windows-update-fails-fixed/

https://howtofixwindows.com/windows-10-version-1909-failed-to-install/

How do I – back up my data

How often do you back up your data.? Is your back up automated?

Unfortunately, backing up is something that is often put off. One of those things on the to do list. A very simple form of back up is to plug in an external drive and use the built in software to continuously back up your data.

 

Useful videos:

Back up Windows 10 with File History

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=Ese0ARnoZR8

An overview of back up options

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vjd6c7wdOhI

Using an Apple Mac?

This tutorial is a good introduction.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd2YaBCXpaM

And here is a simple guide

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO-bHcnSNVA

What do I need to buy?

Most users will find a 2TB drive sufficient, but if you really do not have much data, a smaller (1TB) drive will suffice.

You will need a USB 3.0 disk. USB 3.0 will give you high transfer speeds. A drive can be bought from PC World or John Lewis.

My iPad will not support the latest iOS

Apple does not support older models of iPad indefinitely. When support stops, there will be no more security updates. Some apps will work indefinitely. But other apps may well stop working, and even disappear from your iPad.

iPads last a long time, especially if well cared for, so the answer to “Can I keep using my out of date iPad?” is “It depends”

  • Do you use your iPad in coffee shops, on the train or in other public places connecting to wi-fi?
  • Do you use your iPad for financial transactions? Or Internet banking?
  • Do you use your iPad to run your business, accessing sensitive customer data?
  • Have your favourite apps stopped working because they are no longer supported?
  • Do your favourite apps keep crashing?

If the answer to these questions is “Yes”, then it may be time to swap your old iPad for a new iPad.

Each release of iOS addresses various security concerns, so theoretically, the more recent the iOS, the more secure it is.

What iOS is running on your iPad?

To find out more about your iPad, see Find my iOS

How old is your iPad?

If you have an old iPad (or iPad mini) you may well find that, bit at a time, apps will stop working, crash or may even disappear from your iPad. If this is happening to you, then it may be time to get another iPad, especially if you use your iPad out and about, hooking up to free Wi-Fi services.

The current version of the iPad operating system is iOS 12.4. If your iPad is running on this, then it is up to date, and the Safari browser and email apps are fully supported. Your iPad is secure, and you can use Facebook and Whatsapp with no problems, plus all Google apps.

What iOS is running on your iPad?

To find out more about your iPad, see Find my iOS

Coming soon

Apple are about to release a new version of iOS specifically for iPads later this year, iPadOS

 

 

Older iPads (and iPad minis) may not support iOS 12, and this is where the problems may start. Bit at a time, apps will disappear or not function properly. There is also the possibility that your iPad will be less secure.

If this is the case, start thinking about replacing your iPad with a more recent model.

iOS

Type

Model

Date available

iPadOS 13

  

  

  

 

Current models

  

  

 

iPad

iPad 6th generation (2018 model)

2018-

 

iPad Mini

iPad mini 5 (2019 model)

2018-

 

iPad Air

iPad Air 3 (2019 model)

2019-

 

iPad Pro

12.9-inch iPad Pro 3rd generation (2018 model)

2018-

   

11-inch iPad Pro (2018 model)

2018-

 

Other models

  

  

 

iPad

iPad 5th generation (2017 model)

2017-2018

 

iPad Mini

iPad mini 4

2015-2018

 

iPad Air

iPad Air 2

2014-2019

 

iPad Pro

12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation

2017-2018

   

12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation

2015-2017

   

10.5-inch iPad Pro

2017-2018

   

9.7-inch iPad Pro

2016-2018

iOS 12, but not iPad iOS 13

  

  

  

 

iPad Mini

iPad mini 3

2014-2015

   

iPad mini 2

2013-2014

 

iPad Air

iPad Air

2013-2014

iOS 10

  

  

  

 

iPad

iPad 4

2012-2016

iOS 9 and below

  

  

  

 

iPad

iPad 3

2012-2012

   

iPad 2

2011-2012

   

iPad (the original)

2010-2011

 

iPad Mini

iPad mini

2012-2013

 

Buying a new iPad

 

At the time of writing, the latest version of iOS is 12.4 (August 2019).

 

 

Why is this important? Having an out of date iPad is rather like having a car where the door locks don’t always work. If you always park your car in your front garden and only visit trusted locations, it may well be fine and none ever breaks into your car.

 

In August 2019, the latest version of iOS was 12.4.

These are the models of iPad which are currently supported and are capable of running the latest iOS.:

 

My iPad will not support the latest iOS

iPads last a long time, especially if well cared for, so the answer to “Can I keep using my out of date iPad?” is “It depends”

  • Do you use your iPad in coffee shops, on the train or in other public places connecting to wi-fi?
  • Do you use your iPad for financial transactions? Or Internet banking?
  • Do you use your iPad to run your business, accessing sensitive customer data?
  • Have your favourite apps stopped working because they are no longer supported?
  • Do your favourite apps keep crashing?

If the answer to these questions is “Yes”, then it may be time to swap your old iPad for a new iPad.

Each release of iOS addresses various security concerns, so theoretically, the more recent the iOS, the more secure it is. If you are concerned about security, consider installing antivirus for your iPad.

Antivirus for iPad

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why should I worry?