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How to Set Up Your New iPad Air or Retina iPad Mini

If you – or your family or friends – have just unwrapped a brand new iPad, or retina iPad mini for Christmas, especially if it’s your first one, you’re in for a treat. In this article we’ll show you how to set up your new iPad and get things going so you can enjoy your new iPad to the fullest on a fun filled mobile tech journey. How you begin that journey depends on whether this is your first iPad or you’ve been an iPad owner before.


Setting up new iPad

  1. Slide your finger across the bottom of the screen where it says slide to set up.
  2. Now choose your language on the next screen.
  3. Choose your country in the next list.
  4. If you have WiFi, tap on your WiFi network on the next menu. Alternately, you can use a cellular connection, if you have an iPad that supports cellular data and it’s already been activated by your carrier.
  5. Type in your WiFi password if you have one.
  6. Now choose if you’d like to enable Location Services. Certain apps like Maps will need location services to be enabled so keep that in mind.
  7. On the next screen, choose Set up as new iPad.
  8. Now you can either sign in with an existing Apple ID or you can create a new one if you don’t already have one.
  9. Next choose if you’d like to use iCloud to backup and sync your contacts, calendars, and other data. Most people choose yes for this step.
  10. Now choose if you’d like Find My iPad to be turned on. We highly recommend enabling Find My iPad so in the event your iPad is ever lost or stolen, you may track it from any iOS device by signing into the Find My iPhone app or by going online to icloud.com. It also helps prevent thieves from being able to wipe out your data without knowing your iCloud password.
  11. On the next screen, choose the phone numbers and emails you’d like people to be able to use to contact you. Tap them to select or deselect them.
  12. Now choose if you’d like to enable Siri. We’d recommend choosing yes.
  13. Next let Apple know if you’d like them to be able to collect diagnostics from your iPad to better improve iOS and their products. This decisions is completely up to you.
  14. That’s all there is to it. You can now start using your new iPad!

Setting up iTunes

In order to download music, Apps, iBooks, or other content from Apple you’ll need to set up iTunes.

  1. Go to General and scroll down to iTunes & App Store.
  2. If you don’t have an iTunes account you’ll be prompted to set one up. If you do, enter in your iTunes credentials. This does not have to be your iCloud account info. It can be.
  3. In iTunes & App Store you can choose to have Music, Apps, Books or Updates automatically download to your device. Some prefer to have Apps automatically update. Some do not. Make your choices.
  4. You can also choose whether or not Apps, Music and other content can be downloaded via a Cellular Connection. Make your choice.

Installing Apps

Now you’re ready to begin Installing Apps. Apple will present you with a screen that shows you what free Apple Apps are available for you to download. These include Garage Band, iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, Numbers, KeyNote, iBooks and more.

And now, you’re ready to enjoy your new iPad.