How to set up your ipad ?

So you finally got your new iPad. The next step, after taking it out of its glorious box and admiring how lightweight and shiny it is, is to charge it and turn it on. It is time to set it up. You will have to turn it on and wait for the apple logo to come on. There are two options. The first will be to set it up using a Wi-Fi internet connection if you have access to one or by connecting it to a computer with an internet connection.

In order to set up your iPad using a computer, the first step will be to download and install iTunes from the apple website ( You will need to have at least version 9.1 otherwise your device will not be recognized. The second thing you will need to do will be to set up an apple ID. This can be done using the apple website. This is absolutely necessary because it will be the information you use for iCloud, mobile me, the app store, and all other apple services.

Once iTunes has completed its installation and updates, you will need to connect your iPad to the computer using the USB cable provided. iTunes should automatically detect that your iPad has been plugged in. You can either choose to click on register later or register now on the popup which appears. For this tutorial, we will choose to register later.

You will then receive a popup that says set up as new iPad or restore from backup. We will choose to go ahead and set up as new iPad. Your iTunes will then ask you which settings you would like to sync. After doing all this, you will receive a message that says iPad sync is complete. OK to disconnect. Once this is done, you can unplug the iPad and it is ready to use.

Our second method will be to set up your iPad without a computer, using only the Wi-Fi connection. After charging up your iPad you will be asked to select your language. After selecting the language you will need to select the country you are living in because this will determine which apple store you will have access to. This can always be changed later in the settings app. After you have selected your country, you will need to choose whether to set up your iPad using a computer or through a wireless network. You will go ahead and choose whichever network you have available and enter the password if necessary.

When you have selected the network and entered your password, you will be asked whether you want to set it up as a new iPad or if you would like to restore it from an iCloud backup if you have one. For the purposes of this article, we will choose to set it up as a new iPad. You will then need to sign in using your apple id or create one if you have not yet done so. After completing all these steps, you will be asked if you would like to use iCloud (a wireless storage service that gives you 5 GB of storage space for free).

It is a good idea if you want to back up your iPad wirelessly in case something goes wrong and you lose your data. Next, you will be asked about another service which apple offers called "Find My iPad" which allows you to check on your iPads location through another iOS device or your computer if you lose it. I highly recommend this feature because if you leave it somewhere or lose it, you will be able to find where it is. Lastly, you will be asked if you want your iPad to automatically send diagnostics and usage data to apple. You can choose "no" if you do not feel comfortable with this. Congratulations, you are now ready to start exploring the app store, listening to music, watching videos and playing with your newly set up iPad.

Written by : Martin and Jennifer H., Mexico

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Edited by: Rajesh Bihani ( Find me on Google+ )

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