A few buttons make it easy to lock iPad and adjust the volume.
You can lock iPad by putting it to sleep when you’re not using it. When you lock iPad, nothing
happens if you touch the screen, but music continues playing and you can use the volume buttons.
Press the Sleep/Wake button.
Press the Home button or the Sleep/Wake button, then drag the slider.
Turn iPad off
Hold down the Sleep/Wake button for a few seconds until the red slider
appears, then drag the onscreen slider.
Turn iPad on
Hold down the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears.
If you don’t touch the screen for a minute or two, iPad locks automatically. You can change how
long it takes the screen to lock, or set a passcode to unlock iPad.
Set the Auto-Lock time: In Settings, go to General > Auto-Lock, then set a time for iPad to
Set a passcode: In Settings, go to General > Passcode Lock, then tap On or Off.
Use an iPad Smart Cover, sold separately, with iPad 2 or later to automatically unlock iPad when
you open the cover and lock iPad when you close it.
Use an iPad Smart Cover: In Settings, go to General > iPad Cover Lock/Unlock, then tap On.
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The Home button lets you get back to the Home screen at any time. It also provides other
Go to the Home screen: Press the Home button .
On the Home screen, tap an app to open it. See “Opening and switching apps” on page 24.
Display the multitasking bar to see
recently used apps
When iPad is unlocked, double-click the Home button .
Display audio playback controls
When iPad is locked: Double-click the Home button . See “Playing songs
and other audio” on page 85.
When using another app: Double-click the Home button , then flick the
multitasking bar from left to right.
Use the volume buttons to adjust the volume of songs and other media, and of alerts and
Increase the volume
Press the Volume Up button.
Decrease the volume
Press the Volume Down button.
Set a volume limit
In Settings, go to Music > Volume Limit.
Mute the sound
Hold down the Volume Down button.
For important information about avoiding hearing loss, see the iPad Important
Product Information Guide at support.apple.com/manuals/ipad.
You can use the Side Switch to disable audio alerts and notifications. You can also use it to lock the
screen rotation and prevent the iPad display from switching between portrait and landscape mode.
Mute notifications, alerts, and
Slide the Side Switch down to mute notifications, alerts, and sound effects.
This switch doesn’t mute audio playback, such as music, podcasts, movies,
and TV shows. See “Side Switch” on page 127.
Lock the screen rotation
In Settings, go to General > Use Side Switch to, then tap Lock Rotation. See
“Side Switch” on page 127.
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