Are you getting a new iPad for a loved one or friend this holiday season? Or maybe receiving one as a gift yourself? If so, you may find it handy to know how to go through the basic setup to get your shiny new iPad ready to start being used.
Luckily, this is a very simple process and does not require a computer. Here’s how it goes:
— Wake the iPad up by pressing the Home button or Power button, and slide to configure as prompted on the screen.
— Choose your language on the next screen.
— Choose your country next.
— Next you’ll need to choose a local WiFi network to join, and enter a password if required for the network.
— Next you’ll see a screen that says ‘Activating iPad’. It advises you that this may take a few minutes and it usually does.
— Once activating completes, you’ll see a screen where you can choose whether or not to enable location services. Generally, it is a good thing to enable these as they are useful for a variety of purposes – including tracking your iPad if it is lost or stolen, helping Maps and other apps determine your location, and allowing photos apps to export full details along with your images.
— Next you will choose whether to setup as a new iPad or restore from either an iCloud or iTunes backup. We’re talking here about setting up a new iPad – so you just choose the ‘Setup as New iPad’ option.
— The next screen will ask you to sign in with an existing Apple ID or create a new one. This is an important step as this ID is used to download and install apps, music, books, and movies on the iPad. It is required even for installing free apps and items. Although you can skip this step, it is worth taking the time to sign in or create a new ID so that the iPad is ready to use to install apps and content.
— Next you’ll need to agree to Apple’s terms and conditions.
— After agreeing to the T&Cs you’ll get to choose whether or not you would like to use Siri. Siri is the intelligent voice assistant for the iPad. She can be used for voice dictation in apps and looking up useful information for you. You can choose to turn the feature on and off later in the Settings app too once the iPad setup is finished.
— Finally you’ll be asked whether or not you would like the iPad to send diagnostics information as you use it. Though this is useful to assist Apple in discovering and fixing any software issues, I tend to leave this turned off in the hope it will improve battery life and device performance.
That’s it. Now your iPad should show you this screen confirming that setup is complete and your iPad is ready to use, and then the iPad home screen itself.
Once you tap ‘Start Using iPad’ you’ll see the iPad home screen shown at the top of this post and your iPad is all ready to go.
If you need more iPad tips and how-to guides, be sure to check out our iPad Tips & Tricks section.
I hope this post was helpful and that your new iPads serve you well.