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How to Go iPad Only

  • February 1, 2018
  • Blog

If you are wanting to leave your laptop behind for the more portable, convenient, and just pleasant experience that is iOS there is one way to make this transition stick, and it isn’t what you think. The best way is to remove all other options and only have an iPad available.
It may sound simple, but when you limit yourself innovation takes over. This by no means is easy, but it is the best in my opinion. There is somewhat of a learning curve needed to acclimate yourself.

To help you decide if this is right for you, I have come up with 3 things you need to consider when making the conscious choice to leave Mac or PC behind and go iOS only.

  1. Are You Willing to Change Workflows?

Making this change in your workflows will create some hurdles you may not have had to get over before. But know this, it is possible to use iOS exclusively. To do this you need to know what to do to combat issues that may come up. For that I have a few posts that will help when getting started.

  • iCab Mobile – The Best Browser for iPad
  • Why iPad vs Mac
  • Learn How to Use Workflow

I have been using my iPad as my main computer for almost a year and it has become more fluid and second-nature to do nearly everything I could on my Mac. Some things are a little less intuitive but other things I used to do on my Mac seem like they were actually meant for iOS in the first place.

All in all, for me, iOS has made my workflows more intentional and effective than they were on the Mac.

  1. How Important is Automation to You?

Between Applescripts, applications like Hazel, and other automation options you may be using, iOS is a much more sandboxed experience. This may sound like a bad thing to you, it was for me when I started. But here’s how I think of it now: iOS makes you focus more on what is important.

Now, automation is available for iOS. There is an app called Workflow that Apple acquired last year. It provides the bridges to our apps that we needed, but doesn’t run in the background like Hazel or other software can.

Automation for iOS isn’t the same as Mac, not by a long shot, but it doesn’t need to be. I have found the limitations brought to me with iOS automation has actually improved my abilities to work on the things that matter and let the rest fall to the wayside without much hesitation. This is one of the biggest reasons I moved to iOS more and more over the years and why I keep coming back in times of doubt.

  1. Do You Enjoy Trying New Things?

When I made the switch to iOS, I made the decision to start right from the bottom and leave all my previous notions of computing at the virtual doorstep. I wanted a clear head and an open-mind when I took this plunge.

I am not going to lie, there were times when I went back to my Mac, but even when I caved a little I kept remembering all the things that were fun and delightful on my iPad over my Mac and I kept coming back because of it.

I have learned a ton about iOS and about myself through the last year when I started this journey. I feel like I know how I prefer my work done more than I did before, and I spend less time problem solving and more time actually doing. If I hadn’t made that switch to my iPad Air 2 when I did I don’t think I would be as confident in my work as I am now and definitely not as productive.

The iPad offered me what no other computer did: purpose.

So You Want to Use Your iPad More, What Now?

If you have considered the pros and cons for you and want to go all-in on iOS, then I have good news! You can join others in a Facebook Group called The iPad Only Club.

Here you will find me and other like-minded people in the iOS only community that will help you with your problems, encourage you when you are frustrated, and provide useful insight and value to help you make this switch as painless, and dare I say fun as possible.

If you want to join, head over to iPadOnly.club and join. It will redirect you to the Facebook group, from there request to join (the reason we require your request is to keep spammers out, don’t worry we will accept your request).

There may not be many users on there yet (this is the launch announcement after all), but I will be there every day to help you and encourage you throughout this change as the group grows over time. And if you want more people to join, share this with them. They say the best way to do anything life-changing is with a friend.

So, if you are looking to make the switch it iOS as your main operating system join The iPad Only Club over at iPadOnly.club.

See you there.

How to Get 280 Characters on Your iPad

  • November 13, 2017
  • Blog

Twitter has made some big changes to its character limit recently, expanding its limit from 140 characters to now 280 characters.If you are on you Twitter client and see this little circle where you once saw the 140 character count, that means you now have the 280 characters on your phone.

If you are using Tweetbot or Twitterrific you should have gotten an update recently indicating it is implementing the 280 character limit to everyone as well, so check with your app of choice and see if you do indeed have 280 characters now instead of the old 140.

Now, this change hasn’t come without its issues however. Many people are reporting that they are having issues seeing the new 280 character limit on their iPad but they are seeing it on their phones without a problem.

If you are in this group of people there are some fixes you can try to join the #280club on your iPad.

1. Force quit the app and restart it.

To do this just double-press the home button or enter the app-switcher and swipe up on the Twitter app you’re using and reopen it.

2. Uninstall the app and reinstall the app

Some people have still had issues seeing the 280 character limit even after quitting the app and reopening it. So if that doesn’t work the next thing you can try is to uninstall the app entirely and reinstall.

This may require you to login again so make sure you have your password on hand if you don’t know it off the top of your head.

3. Restart your iPad.

Even after reinstalling the app other have said the only fix that worked for them is completely restarting your phone.

So hopefully this fixes your problem with Twitter not allowing you to write with 280 characters, it seems to have helped everyone we have spoken with.

If this doesn’t work let us know in the comments, or mention us on Twitter and we would be happy to help!

3 Ways to Stay Focused on Your iPad

  • November 3, 2017
  • Blog

Many people, like myself, work on an iPad because they love iOS and prefer it over macOS or Windows. They also do it because it inherently makes you focus on one or two applications at a time, leaving distractions behind.However, the human brain is great at finding things you can do to procrastinate from getting things done. If your main machine is an iPad, chances are you don’t just have apps for your work on it. You probably have streaming services, music, games, and more to occupy your free time; but what if you find yourself using those apps instead of doing your important work? Today we are going to look at that and see what options there are to limit this kind of behavior.

1. Delete Unnecessary Apps

The simplest solution could be to remove the distractions entirely. Delete the YouTube app, the games, music and anything else you catch yourself using instead using doing the work that matters.

This can be great for people who live by the mantra “out of sight, out of mind.” However, this can’t always be accomplished because we want to use these apps when we’re not doing work and downloading those apps over and over again when we want them is too much of a hassle. If this is the case for you the next option could be what you need.

2. Move Them to a Different Page on the Home Screen

If you do find yourself needing to keep apps like YouTube, VLC, Twitter, etc. for various reasons you can still keep them “out of sight” by having it on a separate home screen.

This not only allows you to keep the apps for luxury time, but it also puts that barrier up so you have to tell yourself that you are going to this page because you want to do something that is meant for free time.

I am a big on the idea of having different areas on your devices for different goals you want to accomplish, so this is one I recommend to many.

But what if you aren’t too keen on the idea of having a second page on the home screen? Then look not further than the next option you have.

3. Nest Them all in a Folder

If you are one of those types of people who hate a second page on their home screen (like me) you can still keep those distracting apps on the home screen but as its own folder tucked away for when you need those breaks from the hustle and bustle of work.

I suggest naming the folder something that reminds you what you’re doing to yourself if you decide to go rogue on your big plans of work for the day. This is why I have a folder called “Time Waste.”

The name can be anything you want but I recommend it be something that your brain will recognize as something you shouldn’t be doing when you have something on your to-do list that needs to be done.


So if you are like many and mix between work and play on your iPad these tricks can help you stay focused to the tasks at hand.

Let us know what you think, or share your own tips to stay focused on the iPad, in the comments below!

4 Things You Can Do with Your Old iPad

  • October 9, 2017
  • Blog

As we all know, it’s been some time since Apple pulled the plug on supporting the original iPad. With the last update it received being from the iOS 5 era, one would think that the original behemoth is nothing but an expensive paperweight. But, think again! While it may be particularly difficult to find apps that still support the device there are quite a few things that can still be done with it. Here are just a few things we came up with.

Music Player

The biggest use that I still get out of the iPad is music, something extremely simple and easy to pull off. If I am in a music mood and my other tablets are dead or are dying I plug it into my sound system and rock out! Since the tablet is no longer supported by most apps that are around today, most of my music comes from my own personal library and I just loaded them on via iTunes. Aside from that this iPad, mine at least still has a pretty decent battery life.

WEB BROWSING

Sometimes I like to surf the web or post to Facebook before bed and even though it might be a little slow at times it gets the job done. It’s also great for emails, watching a few YouTube videos, and even catching up on your e-books! I check my emails and browse social media via Safari but I do most of my reading on the Amazon Kindle app.

ALARM

Because I usually leave my iPad on my nightstand I sometimes use it as an alarm clock! I went and purchased a metal frame from my local dollar store, something kind of similar to this MoKo stand, to prop it up on and downloaded the Nightstand Central app, one of the few still supported by the original iPad. While you can’t wake up to your favorite song you can still wake up to several other soothing sounds provided by the app itself.

PHOTO  STORAGE

Another great use that I get out of the device is a place to store a few photos. While you can’t  necessarily store much, you can add a few recent vacation photos to the iPad and have it be a digital photo album to pass around with friends and family. For this, I simply use Apple’s Photos app that ships with the iPad.

Conclusion

With all of the above being said, it’s pretty obvious that you can still squeeze a bit of use out of that 1st generation iPad that’s sitting in your nightstand drawer collecting dust. We’d love to hear how our Tablet Habit readers still manage to use their old iPads, sound off in the comments section and let us know how you still use your yours!

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