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How To Set Up Your New iPad

If you’ve just brought that shiny new iPad home from the Apple store chances are you might have a few questions on how to properly set it up. Have no fear, iPadinTouch is here to help and we’ve listed the necessary steps to get your iPad device set up right.

For starters, connect your device to a computer that has the latest version of iTunes installed. (If you don’t have the latest version set up, don’t worry – a simple system update will get you moving in the right direction.) From there, connect your iPad device to your computer using the cable that came with the device. In a matter of seconds, the iPad will sync to the iTunes program, introducing you to your tablet and helping you register your device and get set up further. The iPad will also be updated to the latest software edition, should it be an older model.

Once you get through the license agreement and the iTunes account info (in case you don’t have one already) you’ll want to begin syncing up programs. Now, remember, the iPad only has so much space depending on the model you buy (16GB, 32GB and 64GB). If you have the minimum 16GB, for instance, you might want to hold off syncing programs and movies until you’re sure of whatever it is you really want to take with you on the go. From there, setting up is easy.

Once your iPad is successfully synched through the iPad, all you need to do is start clicking and dragging. Most of your previously set song lists, movie selections and downloaded games can be taken over to the iPad, and loaded up within a matter of seconds – depending on the speed of your Internet connection. You can also set up apps for automatic download, should you delete them or want to save them as favorites. Considering your space availability, however, you might want to stick with manual uploading.

Once you’re all set up, you can disconnect your device and move over to the Settings menu, where you can set up wallpaper options. This usually includes uploading photos through the iPhoto program, or selecting a photograph to copy and paste through Facebook, Flickr or another web program through Safari. You can also set up a mail account, which we’ll break down for you in a future How To article. It’s really just a matter of storing your email and password, and the iPad supports numerous mail programs.

And that’s it. The iPad is about as user friendly as you can get as a tablet device, and syncing programs is as simple as point, drag and click.