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Just Turn It Off

Just Turn It Off
by Gary Woods

One of the most appealing features of the iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches is that they turn on instantly. The truth is that they turn on instantly because they never really turn off. The screen goes blank but they're still on.

If you find that when you attempt to open an Application and it crashes right away the memory is too full. I turn my devices off daily because it clears out the memory and generally makes everything run smoother.

To turn the devices off you hold the on/off button on top and in a few seconds a red strip appears and you swipe it. When the device shuts down you need to count to five and press and hold the on/off button again and it will re-boot.

Another thing that slows down your device is that since iOS 4 showed up your device is multi-tasking which means that every time you open a program it stays open grabbing off more of that precious memory. Having a lot of programs open slows down your device and sucks the life out of your battery.

To close programs double tap on the round home button and press and hold on one of the icons that has appeared at the bottom of the screen. When the icons start to jiggle, press the minus sign on the programs that you want to close and they will disappear.

A third way to clear out memory is with an App called XSysinfo. It costs $1.99 in the App Store and displays a lot of information about your device. But the cool thing it does when configured correctly is to clear out the unused memory on your device so that everything runs better.

So there you have it, I know you love your iPad but for your sake and that of your device "Just Shut it Off" occasionally.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc