Learn How To Use Internet On iPad (For Seniors)

You can find out just about everything you need to know on the internet, from what time the film starts tonight, to how you can make a journey from A-Z at the cheapest possible price. It can help you do your shopping, speak to people you know and even have a rough go at diagnosing your health problems. Also it’s very simple to use as all that’s required of you, is to type whatever it is you’re looking for into Safari’s search bar.

Safari is what you need to access the internet from your iPad, so in this post, I’m going to have a look at, how to find Safari, how to search for items or knowledge on a subject, as well as how to organize the information you find, so that you can come back to it again at a later date. Firstly, you’ll need to find the Safari icon and tap on it.

Safari - icon on homescreen

You will be taken to a screen with a search bar at the top. All you need to do is simply type what you’re looking for into the search bar.

safari - home

Private Browsing

You can enter private browsing where it says “Private” in the bottom left hand corner. It prevents Safari from remembering every web page you look at and publishing it in your browser history, which is Safari’s default action. Whilst in private browsing mode you won’t get tracked by cookies, and your personal data won’t be remembered. This means you will have to fill out any online forms in their entirety from scratch.

If you’re not in private browsing, but you’d like to clear your history at any point, tap on the “Settings” icon on your homescreen, before selecting “Safari”, and then “Clear history”.

Returning to bookmarked webpages

When you find a website that you’d like to return to, you can bookmark it to make it easier to find. Press the button in the top left hand corner and tap on “Add Bookmark”.

safari - add bookmark

Bookmarks that you have saved are stored in a list on the right hand side. Tap on the book icon (next to the cloud) to see bookmarks that you have saved. The glasses symbol next to the bookmarks is your reading list. You can save articles here to read later. The @ symbol is for internet users who want to share their website findings on the social media site, Twitter.

safari - bookmarks

Reader Mode

When you want to use your iPad to read website content, adverts can be distracting. Putting your device into reader mode, will turn the website you’re reading into text, photos and videos, without any of the attention-grabbing ads. To switch off the adverts, find the website you want to read, then press the small button on the left of the address bar, with horizontal lines on it.

Safari Preferences

Your Safari preferences can also be changed in the settings menu. There are options for you to block pop-ups or make your device remember your credit card data.

Cookies allow companies to track you and collect data about you, but you can block them if you prefer. Bear in mind that if you do block cookies, this action may prevent some web pages from displaying properly. Tap on the “Settings” icon. Tap on “Safari” then move your finger down the menu until you find “Privacy and Security.” Select “Block Cookies”. It’s up to you to decide between “Always”, “From Third parties and advertisers”, and “Never.”

Safari - settings

A final word on settings: If your grandchildren are going to be using your iPad, you might want to make sure they can’t see any websites that contain adult content. It’s easy enough to switch it off. Simply follow the instructions on my “Parental Restrictions” post.