iPads are reliable and easy-to-use devices. But what are the use cases? You can watch YouTube on it, but you can also do it on your iPhone or Macbook. I’m a person who has all three – iPhone, iPad & Mac and some friends have asked me what the point is? It’s overkill. You don’t need all three. I can partly agree, that you don’t need all three devices, but each one has its own use case.
I personally like to use my iPad as a productivity device where I plan my work – to-do list, notes, plans, etc. But I also use it for entertainment – it’s hard for me to sleep without my iPad. I like to watch Netflix in my bed before I fall asleep. Oh, and the TikTok app has dragged me into the rabbit hole.
I use my iPad more than just for Netflix & TikTok and I want to share it in this article, plus some other ideas about how other people use it.
18 Enjoyable Activities on iPad to Keep You Entertained
I’ve curated a delightful list of 17 enjoyable activities that will keep you entertained for hours on your iPad.
My student days are way behind me, but I still take notes. I find it easier to remember if I handwrite them down. Whenever I have a business call I just open up a new page on Notability and write down the important things so I don’t forget anything. No need to waste paper. P.S. You will need an Apple Pencil for this activity.
I know that a lot of people use it as a journal, where they write down summaries of their day, their feelings, etc. I’ve tried that, but I couldn’t stay consistent. It’s fun to look back at how you felt 2-years before and what you were thinking.
You can really organize your notes however you like. You can create a Personal Journal, you can create a Heading for school/college, and sub-headings for each subject. It’s quite easy to keep organized. It’s great to organize your personal work, too.
The best part is that you will never lose your notes again.
Related: Best Note-Taking Tablets
Best Note-Taking Apps for iPad
Honestly, there are like 10+ note-taking apps. I know 10+ people with iPads, and either they use Notability just like me, or they use GoodNotes 5. There is no in-between. Feels like GoodNotes and Notability have conquered the note-taking app space.
2. Play iOS Games
I’m not a big iPad gamer, but I do like games, and I’m more of a console gamer myself, but from time to time, I like to play games on my iPad as well.
I came to the conclusion that it’s a great way to relax. These games don’t require much time to be enjoyable, and that’s what I like about them – a great way to kill some time when needed.
Whether you’re into action-packed adventures, brain-teasing puzzles, or friendly competitions with friends and family, the iPad offers a wide range of games to cater to every gaming preference.
Here are some of the games I play:
These are all free games. It’s also a great way to spend time with friends, especially if you live in a different country, a great way to get in touch with your old friends and spend some time together.
3. Video Calls – Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts and FaceTime
Honestly, I think video calls have made the world a better place. You had to get dressed, go to the city to meet a person for 1 hour, where you actually talked business for 5 minutes. Now you get on a video call to discuss the call’s agenda, make a plan, execute, and you’re done.
Honestly, I can’t describe how many hours I’ve saved. I’ve talked to many people over the years and still someone requests a meeting my response is immediate: how about we do it over a Zoom call? A time saver.
Of course, there are some advantages of meetings a person face to face, but in many cases, video call is enough.
4. Listen To Music
Yes, yes I know you can do it on your iPhone or Laptop.
I’ve been trying to get in better shape and honestly, music has helped a lot, it makes the training more fun. If the Gym gets boring, create a new playlist. Life gets boring? Create a new playlist. Spice things up a little. Music determines your mood, so don’t make the same mistake as I did – don’t choose depressing music. You can just hit “good mood” in the search bar and boost your mood.
I personally use Spotify and often I create new playlists before I go to sleep so I’ve something to listen to when I go to the gym, and yes I do it on my iPad. All the changes I make sync across my iPhone and MacBook.
Yes, some people still read, and you can also do it from your iPad, which is incredibly convenient. Especially if you are reading before bed time, no need for a nightlight.
There are some great apps – Amazon Kindle, Libby & Apple Books. Although if your only purpose for buying a tablet is reading, I would recommend an e-reader. iPad emits blue light and it may cause discomfort reading before bedtime from an iPad so you have to be careful with that.
I personally love Audible. I actually listen to books more than I read them. Great way to consume knowledge. I do this often when I go for a run or go to the gym. Multi-tasking. Getting your body in shape and getting your mind in shape.
I don’t really like to recommend books because we all have different tastes, but I really liked 48 Laws of power.
7. Social Media
Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, TikTok, etc. You can also enjoy these apps on the iPad. I personally try not to use any app that doesn’t add value to my life. I know you can spend hours on Instagram looking at pretty pictures. I often use TikTok to get some good healthy recipes because it can get boring when you try to eat healthily. There are some very creative people that figure out how to make healthy food tasty.
You save those recipes and when it’s time to cook you just put your iPad on the kitchen table and start. This has really helped me step up my cooking game.
8. Photo & Video Editing
This is something I used to do, but not anymore. I guess I got tired of this hobby. It’s quite convenient to take some pictures and just upload all of them on your iPad, get comfortable and edit them the way you want to. Apple Pencil is sort of a must if you want to edit your pictures and get the most out of it.
You do the heavy lifting with your camera and then you sit back comfortably on your couch with an iPad and edit your pictures properly.
9. Draw & Create Art – Release your inner Picasso
I’m not really the guy you should be taking advice from when it comes to art. But there are some crazy, talented people out there who create art with their iPads & Apple Pencils. I know a thing or two about the Apps, but I’m not into drawing myself.
Also if you plan to get a tablet for art – pick an iPad. Not an Android Tablet. You can’t get Procreate on Android tablets.
There are some pretty cool and fun drawing games to try out, too and they are quite enjoyable, especially if you are playing with friends. Kids love them too, another activity you can do together.
I already mentioned the fact that I like to watch Netflix before I fall asleep, but sometimes I like to watch a podcast before sleep. I’m into blogging and like to check some podcasts that talk about blog creating/SEO/marketing that gives you a new perspective.
I watch podcasts on YouTube
I also often multi-task with this – if I’ve to work, I just set up my iPad as a second monitor and add a podcast to it. You don’t need to set it up as a second monitor. You can just open up the YouTube app or whatever, but if I do it my way, I can control both screens with a single mouse, which is pretty convenient.
11. Scanning Documents
A very underrated quality of iPads and devices alike is their ability to scan documents. Apple iPads have an inbuilt scanner, so you can use the back camera of the tablet – to scan the document and then share or send it wherever. You can scan notes and documents, resize the documents and notes via the scanner, and then send it.
The process is pretty smooth. You can scan any paper document, and you can, later on, make notes on the document with Apple Pencil.
If you work a lot with documents – this can be a real game changer.
12. To-Do List (Planning)
To-Do lists help me keep organized and focused on only one thing at a time. I used to use the Notability app for this purpose, but I realized it’s more productive to use Apple’s built-in app – Reminders. Which honestly is being underused. I often tell people about it, and most of them haven’t noticed that they even have this app on their iPhones/iPads.
You can make reminders on specific dates & times, you can use it as a to-do list, you can use it as groceries list, etc.
It’s pretty straightforward, to be honest, and this simple little habit helps you to keep on track. It also sync across all your Apple devices – iPhone, iPad, Mac.
I always try to plan my day ahead and before bedtime I open up my iPad and add my next days to-do list and in the morning when I open up my Mac the list is there and I don’t have to waste energy coming up with things I need to do.
Another thing you can do is from iPhone and Mac, but I don’t like to keep work emails on my iPhone because it’s more of a consumer device, I consume information, and I’m never productive on my phone. So often, I read work emails and forget about them, but if I read them on my iPad/Mac I instantly reply.
Visualization helps us express our thoughts and ideas, or just it’s easier to explain ourselves. Definitely, it’s easier to make a sale if you have a presentation, and showing a quick presentation on your iPad is quite convenient for both parties.
Prepare a couple of visualizations, add some numbers, and drop them into Microsoft PowerPoint so you have something to show. And, of course, make it look pretty. Otherwise, it will just look lazy.
Honestly, creating them on an iPad compared to a laptop is a real b*tch. But it’s pretty cool to present on an iPad and that’s the best part. That’s how I use it. Tip: create a presentation on your laptop or MacBook and then send it over to your iPad.
15. Web Surfing
A simple function that almost all smart devices have – is web surfing. You can read your favorite news outlet, you check on your favorite sports pages, see how your favorite team is doing, and of course, you can Google some stuff.
I often check the news and sports news on my iPad. It’s just so more convenient than using my laptop or phone for it.
It’s also convenient to do some online shopping with an iPad.
16. Blogging, Writing, Typing
I guess you can call me a blogger. I don’t often write on my iPad because I find it more convenient to write on my MacBook, but sometimes I do. If I travel outside the city, I don’t really want to work, but I grab my iPad just in case inspiration strikes. If you have an iPad without a keyboard, it won’t be really productive; it’s hard to type on it, but if you have a Magic Keyboard or an alternative keyboard for an iPad – it’s quite convenient.
I personally use Magic Keyboard, and it’s great. You attach it, and it’s connected, I also use it as a stand to watch some TV.
17. Collaboration and Brainstorming
Freeform is like this cool tool that helps you organize stuff in a fun way. It’s like having a big canvas where you can put all your things without worrying about how they look or fit. You can add different files and see them right there, without going to another page. And guess what? You can work on it with your friends too, even when you’re on a FaceTime call. Plus, all your Freeform stuff is saved in iCloud, so you can access it on any device you want.”
It’s really great if you work in a team and you are working from home, great way to collaborate. It’s like a white board that’s always accessible.
18. Watching Movies
Saved the best one for the last.
iPads/Tablets make it extremely convenient to watch your favorite TV-Show or a movie. I have a tablet holder for bed, so I just throw my iPad on my bed, get comfortable and watch an episode or two.
Related: Best Tablets For Netflix
Some shows I would like to recommend:
- Rick and Morty
- BoJack Horseman
- Better Call Saul
- The IT Crowd
- House of Cards
- Stranger Things
Should You Buy an iPad If You Already Have a Mac and iPhone?
If you look at it the other way around, then if you do have an iPhone and a MacBook, then why not buy an iPad as well? The iPad gives you a totally different user experience than an iPhone and the MacBook.
Look, it is a personal choice if you want to buy an iPad. MacBook is almost capable of running every iPad app competently with some exclusions. There are still other reasons why you should go for an iPad, and here are those reasons.
You can draw and build sketches on the iPad, which you cannot do conveniently on either the iPhone or the MacBook. You already have an inbuilt system to create art on the iPad and then you can transfer those drawings or art to your MacBook.
Handwritten notes are different. Sure, you can type notes with Mac and iPhone, but when you handwrite, it just feels different. It’s also a lot easier to memorize handwritten notes. Plus, you’re not wasting any paper. Good for the environment.
Granted, the iPhone obviously is a more portable device, but the iPad is more portable than the MacBook, on the other hand. When you’re traveling, and you want to travel light but have work to finish, then the iPad makes much more sense to carry around than the MacBook.
The reason is, that the iPad can do all the work that a MacBook would(well almost), and the iPhone can’t do the job of the MacBook. Hence, it is convenient to travel around with an iPad.
Now, this is not a bonafide reason to buy an iPad, it still may be a reason enough for some people to buy, though. You can create an Apple ecosystem if you already have an iPhone and a MacBook. It is always convenient when you own devices from a single company. You can create your own ecosystem and keep your things secure because you will always have a backup of one of the three devices.
I personally love the fact that I can take notes, and I know I’ll also have them on my iPhone. Notability syncs with my iPhone and also my to-do list, grocery list, etc.
Related: Why Are iPads Cheaper Than iPhones?
Final Thoughts – Should You Get an iPad?
I can only recommend getting an iPad – will it make your life better? Probably not. But it can definitely help you do some fun things, and it can definitely help you keep organized, but it’s just a gadget. It’s up to you how you use it.
iPads have long longevity. iPads can last up to 10 years.
Honestly, I’ve no reason to convince you to buy it or not. There is no benefit for me in it. I’m just here to share how I use the iPad and how it can be used.
I hope the article was helpful and you got some new insights.
I'm a writer and editor in iPads & Android Tablets, Windows Tablet section. I'm passionate about technology, especially about tablets. I'm on a mission to assist people in discovering their ideal tablets. In addition, I'm dedicated to producing helpful how-to guides and sharing top-notch tips and tricks. In my early carrier I founded and became and editor at worldoftablet and have been a guest author at many other tech blogs. In wolfoftablet I'm focusing on iPads, Tablets, Apple Pencil, Apps, Reviews, Buyers Guides and Tablet Accessories. In free time I like to play games on my PS5 or iOS.