How to Setup Your iPad in Few Easy Steps
The process of setting up your iPad is rather easy, but before you begin setting it up your device, make sure you have an iTunes account. You’ll need iTunes account to register your iPad, use iCloud, buy music, set up FaceTime, iMessage and other services, as well as get many useful apps. So if you don’t already have an iTunes account, set it up.
Then swipe left to right across the iPad’s screen and tap on the region where you plan to use the iPad. Of course it makes sense to choose the country you live in and the language you speak, as these choices are involved in setting the default language for your iPad.
Now, you must connect your iPad to a network in order to activate the device with Apple. You can’t skip this step if you want to use your iPad. If you don’t have a Wi-Fi network to connect to, plug in the USB cable that comes with your iPad into the bottom of the device, then plug the cable into your computer connected to a network.
The iPad will display a message telling you that it is contacting Apple for activation. As soon as it’s done, it will move you on to the next step. Now you’ll choose whether you’ll use Location Services or not. Turning on this feature is not required, but it may be very useful, as Location Services lets it know where you are geographically. This service is useful for apps that make use of your location and for Find My iPad app.
At this point, you can choose to set up your iPad as a new device. However, if you’ve had a previous iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, you can install a backup of that device’s settings and content. If you restore the settings from a backup, choose whether you want to use an iTunes backup or an iCloud backup. At this point, you need to either set up an Apple ID and sign in with your existing account. You can skip this step, but there’s not much worthwhile you can do.
Now, a Terms and Conditions screen appears. This screen covers all the legal details, and you have to agree to these terms to continue. Tap Agree and then Agree again in the pop-up box.
The next step will be to choose whether or not you want to use iCloud, a free online service from Apple. As with other settings, iCloud is optional, but if you have more than one iOS device or computer, using iCloud is strongly recommended. To set it up, you must use your Apple ID as your username and password.
Then, Apple asks about setting up Find My iPad, another free service that lets you locate a lost or stolen iPad. This app may be a big help in recovering your iPad should something happen.
Your next steps in setting up your iPad include enabling iMessage, which lets you send and receive text messages, when connected to the Internet. Then you can set up FaceTime, Apple’s video calling technology.
After that you decide whether to secure your iPad with a four-digit passcode. It’s not required, but it’s valuable if your iPad is lost or stolen. One of the features of iOS 7 is iCloud Keychain, a tool that saves your usernames and passwords (and, if you want, credit card numbers) in your iCloud account. You can choose how to authorize your iPad for iCloud Keychain.
Then, you can choose whether you want to use Apple’s voice-activated digital assistant, Siri. Some people find Siri very useful, so consider about setting it up.
On the next screens you’ll be asked whether you want to share diagnostic information with Apple and to register your iPad.
Now you can decide what content you want to sync from your computer to the iPad. When you’re done, click the Apply button in the bottom right of iTunes to save the changes and sync the content.
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