Posts Tagged ‘IPad tips’

Using Guided Access to Prevent Exiting an App… updated info for 2020

If you will be using an iPad with kids, then Guided Access is your new BFE (Best. Feature. Ever!). It can be used to disable the home button (or swiping to exit on devices without a home button) and lock the child into an app. Especially critical if you will be using the iPad as an AAC device or using it in therapy with kids with poor impulse control. See this info from Apple for the most current info and step by step directions: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202612


If you are using an Android tablet for AAC, learning or therapy, you’ll need to get an app to lock the child into “kiosk mode” (like Guided Access on an iPad). This one is free and has pretty good reviews: SecureME – Android Kiosk Launcher Lockdown Pro: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.unfoldlabs.secureme. Another option is Fully Kiosk Browser & App Lockdown, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.ozerov.fully&hl=en&gl=US. If those become unavailable, don’t work or you want other options, search for “Kiosk” to find similar apps in the Google Play App Store. Be sure to read through reviews and make sure it doesn’t have ads.

I was not able to find anything similar on the Amazon App Store so I suggest researching this if you plan on using a Kindle Fire tablet.


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Looking for a way to get an iOS app when you don’t have access to your iPad or it can’t download that app? How to Download iPad Apps From iTunes on Your PC or Mac.

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How to Download iPad Apps From iTunes on Your PC or Mac. A workaround returns this feature to your computer (article from January 13, 2020). Get the link on this post: https://www.facebook.com/174264525957894/posts/3038496919534626/?d=n

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There were two “iPad only” apps that require iOS 13 that were free last month. But neither of my iPads are running iOS 13. My iPad Mini 2 can’t be updated and I have chosen not to update my iPad Pro beyond iOS 10.3.3 in order to not lose a bunch of older apps that were never updated to be compatible with iOS 11.

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So I tried out the workaround from this article on my Windows laptop and it worked. Woo Hoo! I have to admit I did a tech-geeky happy dance 💃🏼💻

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Now those apps are in my “purchased” area in iTunes and available to download when I eventually get a new iPad.

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I’m sharing this as a workaround for those who may not have an iPad yet or may not have access to it in the midst of the COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic.

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC

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{Teachers Pay Teachers Tip} How to access .zip files on your iPad

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Want to access high quality free clip art .png images and use it directly on your iPad? I’ve been looking for additional clip art to use in the iESLp app and other projects. Most are .zip files meaning they contain subfolders with one image per folder. In order to open a zipped file on your iPad go get this FREE app.

  • Zip Viewer – Archiver Manager Browser Reader of Zip Files, unzip directly from email, Safari, Dropbox or iCloud Drive by Oliver Koehler
    https://appsto.re/us/BcC-J.i

Then choose that app when given a list of options for opening a file.

They also have a free app to create zipped files. I used it to forward two videos that normally would have been too large to send via E-mail.

  •  Zip to Mail Compressor – easily create and upload archives from photos, videos and any other files by Oliver Koehler
    https://appsto.re/us/23TP2.i

Both apps contain ads but they don’t interfere with the functionality of the apps.

Clip art tip: .png images are helpful since the have a transparent background and can be layered.
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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with 27 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.

{ iOS Hack } Free up memory on your iPhone or iPad

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Anybody else out there playing the never ending “app shuffle” where you painstakingly decide what to delete off your device to free up memory? I had been doing this daily to keep at least 1GB of memory free to insure that all of my AAC apps and therapy apps run smoothly. Even with a 128 GB iPad Air the struggle is real.

I’m usually skeptical of “hacks” since they never quite live up to the hype but was intrigued when I saw a post about this one on Lauren Enders’, an AAC and tech guru, Facebook page. I highly recommend following her on Facebook and Pinterest!

CNet post with steps of how to do it:

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/out-of-space-on-your-iphone-try-this-magic-trick-to-free-up-more/

PDF of that post:

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NOTE: I had one person leave a comment on my Facebook page that she was charged after tapping “rent” despite following the steps in the CNET post. She indicated that she suspected that it might have been due to her having an available balance to spend in her iTunes account. So please be advised that this could occur if you have an iTunes balance. I have had many other comments and messages that the steps in the CNET post worked for them and I know that it worked for me.

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This is seriously the best iOS hack ever! I did a hard reboot after following the steps in the post and went from 1.2GB of free space up to 5.0GB of free space (a gain of 3.8 GB additional free space on my iPad Air). That’s huge! I wonder what on earth is going on behind the scenes to hog that much space and then magically free it up?

And nothing seems to be running glitchy after doing this… is it “tech geeky” to be this giddy over the sight of 5.0GB of free space on my main therapy iPad?  Probably so but I’m loving it 😉

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 27 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.

{App Update Tips} Why automatic updates are a bad idea & how to manually update apps

Why automatic app updates are a bad idea and how to manually update iOS apps

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{App Update Tips} There are several reasons why I have “automatic downloads” toggled OFF on all my iPads:

  • Some app updates cause you to lose access to an app. See the “First Nouns” app in this screenshot as an example. The developer has switched to a subscription based model.
  • If an app is working properly with the version of iOS that I’m running on that device, there is no need to update. Doing so may cause problems. The saying “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” applies. As a side note, I always hold off on updating to the latest iOS operating system to allow time for bugs to be worked out and to allow time for app developers to release updates to make their apps compatible with that iOS and work out bugs there too. I use my iPads everyday in speech therapy and especially depend on AAC apps and therapy apps so I can’t afford to take any risks. I look for comments on an app developer’s page and in a variety of FB groups for signs that it’s safe to update the iOS and/or the app.
  • Some updates add content that I’m not interested in. An example of this is when many apps add seasonal content for Halloween.

But there are times that I do need to update an app. I often will look to see if an app has been updated if it is acting glitchy or after I have updated to a more current iOS and apps are acting glitchy with that.

Important reminder: It is always wise to back up any programming that you’ve done on an AAC app BEFORE you install an update. It’s also wise to get any info you need from the data collection area of a therapy app before you install an update.

In order to update apps manually, you go to the App Store, tap “Updates” at the bottom of the screen (or search for the app by name) and read the info closely about the update to decide if you want to install it. NEVER click “update all”. Instead click “update” just on the specific app you have decided to update. Some updates are large and will require a strong WiFi connection and may require you to free up space on your iPad before you install them.
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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 26 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.
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