When it comes to iPads, forms are an essential part of the user experience. The era of filling in forms on a piece of paper with a pencil or pen is coming to an end. The future will comprise of most people completing forms on mobile devices with their index finger.
In order to prepare for tomorrow, businesses and offices need to begin creating digital forms for iPads and other models of tablets. This is because either your office will rely on mobile devices or you know your younger clientele will prefer to complete forms on their own mobile devices. And, of course, we’re doing most of our shopping on the Internet.
Developing forms for the iPad isn’t all too difficult, especially if you’re a tech-savvy person or if you consult with a professional expert.
However, you must ensure that your iPad forms are fully optimized with an incredible user experience and design concept. The goal of any form is to avoid frustrating the user.
Here are five tips to turn you into an iPad guru:
1. Avoid Installing Auto-correct for Your Forms
It may seem counterintuitive, but auto-correction, auto-capitalization and auto-suggestion are more of hindrances to the process than an assistance. It can overcomplicate things, aggravate the user and cause the person to even abandon the forms altogether, which, if you are a virtual merchant, you don’t want to ever happen.
As you develop iPad forms, disable these auto features. It will be the best thing you can do.
2. Label Your Fields Clearly
When the client has an iPad mini, it can sometimes be difficult to read what the form labels are exactly. It takes zooming in and highlighting certain words to grasp the particulars.
During the design phase, you need to create clear and eligible fields so that they can insert their personal details correctly. Otherwise, you will have them deserting the forms altogether.
3. Make Sure Error Messages Are Understandable
The person has filled in the same field multiple times, but they still can’t advance to the next stage. How annoying is that! This is occurring because the user doesn’t comprehend what they are getting wrong, which is partly your fault due to error messages not being clear enough.
If the user has made a mistake, it is up to you to make them understand how to correct the error.
4. Install a Progress Bar at the Top
Let’s be honest: forms can sometimes take too long, especially in a society of one-hour dry cleaning, microwave dinners and one-second YouTube ads. Our attention spans are too short.
To avoid having your customers lose their cool, you should install a progress bar at the top of the page. This allows the users to keep track of where they are in the forms and how much is left.
If a client is unsure where they are, they may abandon the forms, even if they’re 90 percent complete (they didn’t know that).
5. Always Add a Trust Logo at the Bottom
We are still a bit apprehensive about filling in forms online because we don’t know where our information is or if a specific page is legitimate – we have read too many horror stories.
To circumvent these reservations and concerns, a prudent idea is to add a trust logo at the bottom of each page of the form. The logo should be your company’s, or perhaps some form of security symbol from a trusted business. This way, they won’t vacate your forms if they get worried.
It seems like iPads and tablets have reached peak penetration because the technology has remained relatively stagnant. Nonetheless, millions of people own tablets, and is a preferred mobile device for many businessmen, students and busy shoppers who want bigger screens.
Your forms should be optimized for a wide array of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. This is a crucial investment because a growing number of consumers are buying stuff and ordering services with their iPhones and iPads.