Since the iPad launched back in 2010, it has been the go-to choice for millions of consumers around the world. Like with any product, you have to know the ins and outs to get the most of the iPad - and here, we list 41 of our top tips for using your iPad.

There are tips here for everyone, from beginners to masters of iOS; there are bound to be secret features you were unaware of. Whatever your level of expertise, we feel confident that at least some of the tips and tricks we'll be revealing will be new to you, and will be helpful in some way.

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The basics

How to change the wallpaper on your iPad

You can (of course) easily change the wallpaper of your iPad, both on the lock screen and home screen. Simply head to Settings, tap 'Wallpaper' and then tap 'Choose a New Wallpaper'. You can browse from a selection of Apple's own wallpapers, with 'Dynamic' wallpapers moving slowly in the background, or browse for a photo from your photo library.

How to use an iPad: Brilliant iPad tips

Once you've found the wallpaper you'd like to use, tap it to bring up a lock screen wallpaper preview. From here, you can preview what your wallpaper will look like, along with specifying whether you want to set it as a universal wallpaper, or if you want it specifically for the lock screen or home screen.

How to manage storage on your iPad

Maybe your iPad won't let you snap another image. Perhaps it refuses to let you download one more app. Because iOS storage space isn't expandable, it's important to monitor what's gobbling up the available gigabytes on your device. Here's how.

Go to General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage in Settings, and wait for a moment or three as iOS calculates which apps are using the most space internally and in iCloud.

Often, Music and Photos & Camera are the two biggest offenders. If you use a service like Apple Music or Spotify, you can safely delete the Music cache on your device to free up space. If you back up photos and videos to your PC or Mac, you can delete them too.

Elsewhere on the list, you'll see the apps you use, sorted with the most storage-intensive ones at the top. If apps that you rarely use take up a lot of space, tap on them in the list, then tap Delete App to remove them in an instant.

How to set up location-based reminders for specific locations

If you want to be reminded to do something when you leave your home, work, current location, or any address in your address book, that's pretty easy to get with iOS's Reminders app. But what if you want to remember to buy something when you're at the shops? You probably don't want to add their locations in your address book just to get that feature.

Fortunately, you don't have to. When you create a reminder, tap it and turn on Remind Me at a Location. By default, Reminders will populate your current address – tap that and you'll get a host of options, including, at the bottom, a text box to enter a custom address.

Get your iPad to read to you

Enabling the Speak option makes it possible for your iPad to read aloud any selectable text. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility. Scroll down to Speak Selection, and tap to turn it on. You can also adjust the speaking rate, choose from a wide variety of voices and highlight words as they are spoken.

Now, go into any app that lets you highlight text. Your options include Mail, as well as Safari, Notes and a fair few others. Select some text, and you'll see a new option appear in the contextual menu (you may have to tap the right arrow to view more options). Tap the Speak command, and your iOS device will start reading the text aloud.

Enable the Emoji keyboard on your iPad: get access to special characters and animal icons

The Emoji keyboard lets you insert all kinds of fun images wherever you can type, including the recent additions of tacos, unicorns and y'know, the middle finger. Your iOS device can speak the names of those symbols, too.

Perhaps you've seen these iconographic symbols in emails, iMessages and tweets, and wondered how on earth people managed to type them. Maybe you've mistakenly assumed that you need to purchase a third-party app to gain access to those special symbols.

You don't: Apple treats those symbols, called Emoji, as an international keyboard. Go to Settings > General > International > Keyboards. Then tap Add New Keyboard and find Emoji. Now open an app where you can type some text.

Next to the spacebar, you'll see a little globe icon. Tap it to switch between your normal keyboard and the Emoji one.

How to multitask on an iPad

Now, this tip only applies to those using fairly recent iPads - and by recent, we mean iPad mini 2 or later, iPad Air or later and, of course, the iPad Pro. The multi-tasking features are split into three groups; slide over, split view and picture-in-picture. All iPads mentioned can use slide over, which brings up a small side pane (using 1/3 of the screen) displaying an iPhone-esque app, alongside the first. You can then change the app by swiping from the top of the app, and selecting a new one.

The only downside is that you can't interact with both apps at the same time, and if you want to use the app you originally had open, you have to close the 'slide over' app first.

Split view is more impressive, but is limited to the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro. When using slide over, applicable users can 'pull' the app into a split screen mode where both apps can be used at the same time, and the amount of space can be adjusted by tapping and holding the divider between the apps.

Finally, 'Picture-in-picture' mode allows recent iPad users to watch videos or FaceTime people while using other apps. When in a FaceTime call, or watching a movie (not just in Videos - some third-party apps are supported) simply tap the home button and the video will be minimised and displayed in the bottom corner of your iPad. Feel free to drag it to the other corners of the iPad if needed, and pinching the video will expand it.  

Tap to top

You won't believe how much time this will save you. If you're halfway down a web page in Safari, tap the top bar to jump back to the top of the page. Try it in other apps too - lots of them, third-party apps included, use this navigational trick.

Take photos with volume

Did you know you can take photos using either of the volume buttons? Their location is much more convenient when shooting in landscape mode, especially when using an iPad.

How to share your current location

With iOS, it's easy to let loved ones know where you are at any given time – and this can be achieved in a number of ways. First of all, you can open Maps, tap a pin (or your current location marker), tap the arrow, and finally tap the Share button. You can then choose where to share your location to, with options including Messages, as well as Facebook and Twitter (which we wouldn't recommend).

Of course, that method becomes irrelevant if you want constant location information. For that, you have to open Find my Friends and invite the person you want to share your location with, by entering their Apple ID when prompted. Once accepted, they'll be able to see your location whenever they desire – unless of course, you disable Location Services.

How to download a single track from Apple Music

Apple Music users can stream music from the internet to their mobiles wherever there's signal – but what about when you're on the tube or on a plane with no connection? Thankfully, you can download any individual track from the streaming service onto your iOS device – just tap the menu button displayed next to each song in the 'My Music' tab and tap “Make available offline”.

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