You’ve just removed your Apple iPad from its box. Congratulations! But...now what? If you are a little unsure about getting your iPad up and running, don’t worry. In today’s blog post, we are going to walk you through the process of setting up your iPad, learning essential features, and having an all-around enjoyable experience.
Secure Your iPad
When you first open your iPad, you’ll be greeted with hellos in a variety of languages. First, select your preferred language. Before you jump into games and streaming, it’s important to make sure that your iPad is secure. This might first start by adding a passcode to protect your iPad from being picked up and used by anyone. However, if you aren’t worried about keeping your iPad out of the hand’s of children and prank-minded acquaintances, you might find the passcode to be a bit of a nuisance, in which case you should skip this step. But if you do decide you want this, you will likely be asked to enter this during the beginning set up. If you skip this, you can go to Setting > Passcode or Touch ID & Passcode and then tap Turn Passcode On.
The next essential security measure is to turn on Find My iPad. This feature will allow you to locate your iPad and lock it or reset it remotely. All of these capabilities can be super handy if your iPad ever goes missing. To set this up, head over to your iCloud settings and flip on Find My iPad. While doing this you may also want to switch on Send Last Location, which will send the last location of the iPad if the battery is low (internet connection is required for this to work).
Another thing to consider is whether or not you want Siri and other notifications to be accessed from the lock screen. While it can be handy to have access to this from a locked screen, it can also present an opportunity for a security breach.
Setting up iCloud Drive and Photos is the next step. This will make it so that all the photos that go into your iCloud Photo Library will also be uploaded to your iCloud Drive, meaning you will be able to access them from any other device. It can also be helpful to set your iCloud Drive to Show on Home Screen. This will add an iCloud Drive app to your Home Screen, making it extra easy to manage your documents.
While most people choose to take advantage of the iCloud Photo Library, you can also choose Upload to My Photo Stream. This will make it so that all of your photos are automatically downloaded to all of your devices that also have My Photo Stream turned on. If you are thinking, isn’t this the same thing as iCloud Photo Library? This is a good question. The two are similar but not the same. The primary difference is that for My Photo Stream, all the photos are downloaded as full-sized photos to all the connected devices. These photos are not stored in the cloud, meaning you can’t access them from a PC or some other device.
Fill Up With Apps
Okay, now on to the good stuff. The best way to experience the awesome versatility and power of your new tablet is to head over to the app store. You’ll see a number of apps that come pre-installed. While these apps will cover the basics — playing music, browsing the web, making recordings, etc. — there are a seemingly endless array of free and paid apps out there. Whether you are looking for some of best games, your favorite streaming service (Netflix, Hulu, etc.), or iBookstore, there are so so many apps out there. We encourage you to spend some time perusing the app store and downloading some that align with your interests. Be sure to check out categories that you might not normally be interested in. For example, if you have never experienced any of the amazing productivity apps, look around and see if anything catches your eye.
Get A Protective iPad Case
We already talked about protecting your iPad from intrusions, but what about protecting it from drops and everyday scratches? This is a good question, and it is probably the most legitimate concern for your new iPad. Accidents happen and when they do, it’s best to be prepared. The best way to prepare yourself for an iPad accident is, of course, with a durable, protective iPad case.
Not only does the ZUGU CASE protect your iPad, but our magnetic iPad cases also come with a stand that can be adjusted to a number of different secure angles, and its magnetic cover also allows it to be attached to any metal surface. Learn more about our iPad cases and get yours today!