Apple iPad configuration

Last updated 4 months ago

This is how you get started with your new iPad.

Step-by-step configuration

Step 1: Turn on your device

You'll see "Hello" in many languages. Follow the steps to get started. If you're blind or have low vision, you can turn on VoiceOver or Zoom from the Hello screen.

When asked, choose your language. Then tap your country or region. This affects how information looks on your device, including date, time, contacts, and more.

Get help if your device won't turn on, or if it's disabled or requires a passcode.

Step 2: If you have another device on iOS 11, use Quick Start

If you have another device that's running iOS 11, you can use it to automatically set up your new device with Quick Start. Bring the two devices close together, and then follow the instructions.

If you don’t have another iOS 11 device, tap Set Up Manually to continue.

Step 3: Activate your device

You need to connect to a Wi-Fi network, a cellular network, or iTunes to activate and continue setting up your device.

Tap the Wi-Fi network that you want to use or select a different option. If you're setting up an iPhone or iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular), you might need to insert your SIM card first.

Get help if you can't connect to Wi-Fi.

Step 4: Setup Touch ID or Face ID and create a passcode

On some devices, you can set up Touch ID or Face ID. With this feature, you can use your fingerprint or face recognition to unlock your device and make purchases. Tap Continue and follow the instructions, or tap Set Up Later.

Next, set a six-digit passcode to help protect your data. You need a passcode to use features like Touch ID, Face ID, and Apple Pay. If you'd like a four-digit passcode, custom passcode, or no passcode, tap Passcode Options.

Step 5: Restore or transfer your information and data

If you have an iCloud or iTunes backup, or an Android device, you can restore or transfer your data from your old device to your new device.

If you don't have a backup or another device, select Set Up as New [Device].

Step 6: Sign in with your Apple ID

Enter your Apple ID and password, or tap "Don't have an Apple ID or forgot it." From there, you can recover your Apple ID or password, create an Apple ID, or set it up later. If you use more than one Apple ID, tap "Use different Apple IDs for iCloud and iTunes."

When you sign in with your Apple ID, you might be prompted for a verification code from your previous device.

Step 7: Setup Siri and other services

Next, you’ll be asked to set up or enable services and features, like Siri. On some devices, you'll be asked to speak a few phrases so that Siri can get to know your voice.

If you signed in with your Apple ID, follow the steps to set up Apple Pay and iCloud Keychain.

Step 8: Choose settings for app analytics, True Tone, and Home button

Decide whether to share information with app developers.

Next, turn on True Tone if your iPhone or iPad supports it. True Tone adjusts the color and intensity of your display to make images appear more natural.

If you have an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, you can adjust the click for your Home button. If you have an iPhone X, learn more about the gestures you can use.

Step 9: You're all set and ready to go!

Tap Get Started to begin using your device. Make a safe copy of your data by backing up, and learn about more features in the user guide for your iPad.