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How NOT to Break Your New iPad

In a world where our daily lives are increasingly intertwined with technology, our devices have become more than just tools; they're integral parts of our personal and professional existence. Among these devices, the iPad is a universal companion, acting as a gateway to productivity, entertainment, and connectivity.

But hold onto your hats, folks, because where there's utility, there's also the potential for chaos. Yes, we're talking about the dark side of iPad ownership: the dreaded dance with disaster. Whether it's a gravity-defying plunge from the kitchen counter or a sudden ambush by a rogue latte, our beloved tablets are under constant siege.

Importance of Protecting Your iPad

Think about it: your iPad isn't just a slab of metal and glass; it's a digital time capsule filled with the hopes, dreams, and questionable selfies of your past self. It's where you store your genius business ideas, meticulously crafted doodles, and that embarrassing playlist you only listen to when no one's around.

Whether you use it for work, school, creativity, or leisure, your iPad likely holds a wealth of valuable information, memories, and functionality. Protecting it isn't just about preserving a piece of technology; it's about safeguarding the irreplaceable aspects of your life stored within it.

Or maybe you’re planning to get the iPad Air 6 on release date or the 2024 iPad Pro, all sparkly new and fresh from the Apple factory; the last thing you want to do is crack the screen or spill your tea on that $500+ piece of kit.

Speaking of which, let's not forget the financial rollercoaster ride that is iPad damage. It's like playing Russian roulette with your wallet whenever you use it near water, animals, children, or anything that moves. Repair costs? It’s time to remortgage your house.

The Common Causes of iPad Damage

To effectively protect your iPad, it's crucial to understand its primary threats. Some of the most common causes of iPad damage include:

  • Drops and falls: Accidental drops are perhaps the most prevalent cause of iPad damage. Even a seemingly minor fall can result in cracked screens, dented corners, or internal component damage.
  • Liquid spills: Whether it's a spilled drink or an accidental plunge into the sink, exposure to liquids can wreak havoc on your iPad's delicate circuitry.
  • Scratches and scuffs: Constant handling and storage can lead to scratches and abrasions on your iPad's surface, diminishing its aesthetic appeal and potentially compromising its structural integrity.
  • Extreme temperatures: iPads aren't immune to the effects of extreme temperatures. Exposure to excessive heat or cold can cause battery degradation, screen malfunctions, and other issues.
  • Theft and loss: Besides physical damage, there's also the risk of theft or loss, particularly when using your iPad in public spaces.

The Financial and Emotional Costs of Breaking Your iPad

Beyond the physical damage inflicted on the device itself, there are broader financial and emotional costs associated with iPad damage. These include:

  • Repair and replacement expenses: Fixing or replacing a busted iPad can really hit you where it hurts — in the wallet, that is. We could be talking serious cash here, especially if the damage is bad enough to need a professional's touch. These expenses can strain your budget and disrupt your financial planning.
  • Loss of data and productivity: For many users, iPads are essential tools for getting stuff done, whether it's tackling your inbox, collaborating with colleagues, or unwinding with a good ebook. When your iPad takes a hit, it's not just the physical damage you have to worry about. Nope, it's the potential loss of all your precious data, files, and apps that really stings. Imagine losing that important presentation you've been slaving over. Ugh.
  • Emotional distress: And let's not forget the emotional rollercoaster that comes with iPad damage. It's not just about the cracked screen or the dinged-up corners — it's about the emotional attachment we have to our trusty gadgets. Maybe it’s down to the memories and personal content it contains; whatever it is, dealing with iPad damage can be a stressful and upsetting experience.

By wrapping your head around the possible consequences of iPad damage, you can better appreciate the importance of proactive protection measures and take steps to safeguard your device against harm. 

Essential Precautions

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Now that we understand iPads' vulnerabilities and the potential consequences of damage, let's delve into essential precautions every iPad owner should take to safeguard their device. While investing in a quality iPad case is paramount, several additional measures can be implemented to enhance protection and prolong your device’s lifespan.

Invest in a Sturdy iPad Case

ZUGU offers a range of premium iPad cases designed to provide superior protection without compromising style or functionality. Our cases feature innovative designs, durable materials, and advanced shock-absorption technology to safeguard your iPad against drops, impacts, and other hazards.

Key Features to Look for in an iPad Case

Of course, there are many other iPad cases on the market, so when you are on the lookout for one, prioritize features such as:

  • Rugged construction: Opt for a case with a robust, shock-absorbent exterior to cushion your iPad against impacts and falls.
  • Precise fit: Ensure the case provides a snug, secure fit for your iPad model, minimizing the risk of accidental slips or dislodgement.
  • 360-degree protection: Look for cases that offer comprehensive coverage, including reinforced corners, raised edges, and screen protection.
  • Functional design: Choose a case that balances protection with practicality, offering convenient access to ports, buttons, and features without adding unnecessary bulk.
  • Compatibility with accessories: If you use accessories such as keyboards or styluses, opt for a case that accommodates these add-ons without compromising compatibility or functionality.

The ZUGU iPad case ticks all of those boxes… just sayin’.

Apply a Screen Protector

The screen is the window to your iPad's soul (or something like that). Keep it looking pristine by applying a high-quality screen protector. Not only will it ward off scratches and smudges, but it'll also give you peace of mind knowing your display is safe and sound.

However, not all screen protectors are created equally. Look out for one that: 

  • Has premium quality tempered glass
  • Isn’t too thick, so that you can type and draw without any loss of responsiveness between you and the screen, and it seamlessly fits on your iPad.
  • Has anti-glare properties for improved visibility
  • Has scratch resistance
  • Has fingerprint resistance
  • Has antimicrobial technology to inhibit the growth of bacteria
  • Is easy to install.
  • Is compatible with your iPad model. 

Guess what? Yep, the ZUGU screen protectors do all of the above. Our ultra-thin (0.25mm) anti-glare screen protectors are crafted from premium Japanese tempered glass, providing the perfect balance of durability and responsiveness. They are scratch-resistant, repel fingerprints, and contain antimicrobial technology to keep your iPad clean and germ-free.

Be Mindful of Where You Place Your iPad

Treat your iPad like the precious cargo it is, and be mindful of where you place it. Avoid leaving it on the edge of tables, countertops, or any other precarious perches where it's just waiting to take a nosedive.

Avoid Exposing Your iPad to Extreme Conditions

iPads aren't fans of extreme weather any more than we are. Keep your device away from scorching heat, freezing cold, and any other environmental hazards that could throw it off its game.

Related: Just Got a New iPad? Here's the Best Case You Can Buy

Best Practices for Handling and Transporting Your iPad

Ensuring your iPad's safety extends beyond choosing the right case and applying protective measures. How you handle and transport your device on a day-to-day basis can also impact its vulnerability to damage. By adopting best practices for handling and transporting your iPad, you can minimize the risk of accidents and ensure its longevity.

Hold Your iPad Securely

This might seem like a no-brainer, but it's worth mentioning: handle your iPad with kid gloves. That means no tossing it around like a Frisbee or using it as a makeshift coaster for your morning coffee. Additionally, consider using a grip-enhancing accessory, such as a tablet stand or case with a stand, for added stability and control.

Use a Carrying Bag or Sleeve When Traveling

When taking your iPad on the go, invest in a protective carrying bag or sleeve to shield it from bumps, scratches, and other hazards. You'll want to look for one specifically designed for tablets, with padded compartments and secure closures to keep your iPad snug as a bug in a rug during transit. After all, nobody wants their precious iPad jostling around like a pinball in a machine while they're on the move. You might not need one of these if you have a case that covers the screen, you know, like the ZUGU cases.

Avoid Overstuffing Your Bag with Other Items

When it comes to packing your iPad for a journey, think less "stuffing a turkey" and more "carefully arranging a delicate bouquet." In other words, avoid cramming your iPad into an overstuffed bag or backpack like it's a last-second addition to a Tetris game.

Why? Because excessive pressure and overcrowding can spell disaster for your iPad. Imagine being squished between a rock and a hard place — it's not exactly a recipe for a happy Apple product. Too much pressure can lead to damage from impacts or compression, leaving your device worse for wear.

Keep Your iPad Away from Water Sources

Water is one of the most common causes of damage to electronic devices, including iPads. If you're chilling by the pool, washing dishes, or just enjoying a refreshing beverage, keep your iPad at a safe distance from any potential water hazards. Trust us, it's better to be safe than sorry. But accidents happen, right? If your iPad does take an unexpected dip or gets an unwanted shower, don't panic. The first step is to power it off immediately to prevent any further damage.

Maintaining Your iPad's Health

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This cat will protect your iPad by not allowing you to touch it

Regular maintenance is key to preserving the health and performance of your iPad over time. By implementing routine care and upkeep practices, you can extend its lifespan, minimize the risk of damage, and ensure optimal functionality. Here are some essential maintenance tips for iPad owners:

Regularly Clean Your iPad and Case

Dust, dirt, and debris can accumulate on your iPad and within its case, potentially leading to scratches, overheating, or performance issues. To keep your device clean and well-maintained:

  • Use a soft, microfiber cloth to gently wipe your iPad's screen, back, and edges, removing smudges, fingerprints, and dust.
  • Periodically clean your iPad case or cover according to the manufacturer's instructions, using mild soap and water or a designated cleaning solution.
  • Avoid using abrasive materials or harsh chemicals, as these can damage the iPad's surface or degrade the protective coating on its screen.

If you have a ZUGU iPad case, we have screen wipes and case wipes, both of which come with a microfiber cloth that is perfect for keeping your case clean and dust-free.

Update Your iPad's Software Regularly

We get it — software updates can be a pain. But they're also crucial for keeping your iPad running smoothly and securely. So don't hit that "Remind Me Later" button one more time — take the plunge and update your device regularly. Your iPad will thank you for it. 

Apple frequently releases software updates and security patches to improve the performance, stability, and security of iOS devices like the iPad. To ensure your device is running optimally and protected against vulnerabilities:

  • Enable automatic software updates in the iPad's settings to receive notifications and install updates promptly.
  • Regularly check for available updates manually by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPad.
  • Back up your iPad's data before installing major software updates to prevent data loss in case of any unforeseen issues.

Backup Your Data Frequently

Data loss can occur due to various factors, including accidental deletion, hardware failure, or software glitches, so make it a habit to back up your data regularly, whether it's to iCloud, iTunes, or your preferred cloud storage service. That way, if disaster strikes, you'll have a safety net to fall back on. To safeguard your important files, photos, and documents:

  • Enable iCloud Backup or use iTunes to regularly back up your iPad's data to a secure cloud storage or computer.
  • Consider using third-party backup solutions for additional redundancy and peace of mind.
  • Test your backup regularly to ensure it's functioning correctly and contains all necessary data for restoration.

Consider Purchasing Insurance or Warranty Coverage

Despite your best efforts to protect your iPad, accidents can still happen. To mitigate the financial risk of repair or replacement:

  • Explore insurance options or extended warranty coverage offered by Apple or third-party providers.
  • Review the terms and conditions of coverage carefully to understand the extent of protection and any limitations or exclusions.
  • Keep records of your iPad's purchase date, serial number, and warranty information for easy reference in case of a claim.

Related: Which ZUGU Case Can I Use for My iPad?

What to Do in Case of Damage

No matter how careful you are, accidents happen — it's just a fact of life. So, what do you do when your beloved iPad takes a tumble or meets an unfortunate end? Don't panic! Here's what to do if your iPad gets damaged:

Immediate Steps to Take

  • Assess the damage: Take a deep breath and assess the situation. Look for visible signs such as cracks, dents, or malfunctioning components.
  • Power off the device: Time is of the essence, so don't waste any. If your iPad is still powered on, shut it down immediately to prevent further damage, especially if it has been exposed to water or significantly impacted.

Assessing the Extent of the Damage

  • Document the damage: While you wait for professional help to arrive, document the damage like your iPad's personal paparazzi. Take photos or videos of the damage from every angle — you'll want as much evidence as possible for insurance claims or repair assessments.
  • Perform basic troubleshooting: Attempt basic troubleshooting steps, such as restarting the device or performing a hard reset, to see if the issue can be resolved temporarily.

Options for Repair or Replacement

  • Contact Apple Support: Once your iPad is safely powered down, it's time to call in the cavalry. Reach out to Apple Support or your nearest authorized repair center for guidance on the next steps. They'll be able to assess the damage and recommend the best course of action to get your iPad back in fighting shape. If your iPad is covered by AppleCare+ or still under warranty, they may offer repair services or replacement options depending on the nature and extent of the damage.
  • Seek professional repair services: If your iPad is no longer covered by warranty or insurance, consider seeking assistance from authorized repair technicians or reputable third-party repair shops. Before proceeding, be sure to inquire about the cost and turnaround time for repairs.
  • Consider replacement: In cases of severe damage or irreparable issues, replacing your iPad may be the most practical solution. Explore options for purchasing a new or refurbished iPad from authorized retailers or online marketplaces.

Do you know what’s really cool? If your iPad is damaged while in a ZUGU case, we will help! If you have AppleCare+, we will refund the cost of repairs. If you don’t have AppleCare+, we will still do our best to help. Just send us an email

In our fast-paced digital age, our iPads have become indispensable tools that enhance productivity, facilitate communication, and provide endless entertainment. However, with great utility comes the responsibility of protecting these valuable devices from potential damage and ensuring their longevity.

At ZUGU, we understand the value of your iPad and the importance of protecting it from harm. That's why we're committed to designing and manufacturing premium iPad cases that provide unparalleled protection, functionality, and style. Our cases are meticulously engineered to withstand the rigors of everyday use while enhancing your iPad experience.

So, find the right case for your iPad in the ZUGU store and pop a screen protector and some screen wipes and case wipes in your basket while you’re there. Buying from ZUGU makes a real difference — 10% of all our profits go to charitable organizations, such as Children International.