How to Get HTML5 on an iPad


The iPad's operating system automatically supports HTML5, so you do not need to do anything to get HTML5 on your iPad. When you visit a website that uses this type of encoding for animations or video, your iPad can view the video in its standard Safari mobile browser or most other browsers you can download from the App Store. Where things get tricky is on websites that use Flash for their computer-based interfaces but HTML5 or other iPad-supported formats for their mobile device interfaces. In this case, you simply need to download the appropriate app to access the mobile Interface from your iPad.

Things You'll Need

  • Wi-Fi connection
  • Connect to the Internet via your iPad's Wi-Fi connection, which will perform better for app downloads and HTML5 streaming than a 3G connection.

  • Tap the "App Store" icon on your iPad. Enter the name of the video website or service you are trying to access. For example, Netflix, Hulu and YouTube use Flash video on their computer-based sites, but you can download apps for each of these services that use HTML5 or other iPad-compatible formats. The apps are free, but Netflix and Hulu Plus (Hulu's iPad and computer premium service) both require paid subscriptions to their services.

  • Tap the app's "Free" button, then tap "Install" and enter your iTunes password to download the HTML5-friendly version of these services onto your iPad.

  • Connect to the services through the app instead of your web browser to view HTML5 versions of the videos.

  • Search for "SkyFire browser" in the App Store if you want to download a browser that can convert some Web-based Flash to HTML5 for your iPad. This browser costs a small one-time fee, but it can convert some Flash content to HTML5 so your iPad can view it. This does not work for all content, so you cannot use it for Flash-heavy gaming or the Hulu website, but it can help you view animations in HTML5. Download and install this browser, and then use it as your iPad's Web browser when you want to view content in HTML5.

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