Although the iPad is a fun and user-friendly device, sometimes you might be faced with some head-scratching bafflement moments while using your device. The following article will guide you on the basics of iPad use. While it is perfect for newcomers and beginners, even the pro will find something here that they didn’t know before.
Let’s get started:
Turning on Your device
An iPad comes with very few buttons: you’ll find the power button at the top right side, the home button on the front side, and volume buttons on the bright edge. Sometimes, depending on the model, you might find a mute switch near the volume buttons.
When the iPad is in sleep mode, you press the Home button or power button to wake it up. Here’s what to do when you receive a new device: you hold down the power button until an Apple logo appears. Give it some minutes and soon it will be up and running.
How to Turn It Off
The iPad can either be in sleep mode or completely off. If you want it to enter sleep mode, press the power button. However, remember that when in this state, any notifications such as new iMessages will still come through.
To power off your iPad completely, hold the power button for about 5 seconds until the ‘slide to power off’ option appears at the top of the screen. You can now swipe with your finger to switch it off.
Setting Up Your iPad
It includes Wi-Fi configuration, creating an Apple ID, choosing a passcode, creating a Touch ID, and entering your personal information.
Setting Up Touch ID and Passcodes
It is important to protect your device from unauthorized access. Passcode setting is part of the setup process and for the Touch ID, you’ll need to enter your fingerprint.
When you wake your iPad from sleep mode, you’re required to enter the passcode or fingerprint to access it. it can be turned off in the setting application, you open Touch ID and Passcode, you enter your passcode and then Turn Passcode Off although it is not recommendable.
In some cases, you will have to enter the passcode as Touch ID won’t be accepted. Such instances include when you turn on your device from a complete power off, after updating iOS and/or if you haven’t used your iPad for a long time.
Are you using the iPad in a commercial environment as a point of sale? You can get an iPad lock in several online selling sites such as Amazon or even in a local retailer store. The lock will protect your device from any attempt to steal it and withstand rigors of day-to-day use.
How to Charge Your Device
iPads have a rechargeable battery. Battery power left will be shown by a small bar at the top right of the screen.
If the battery starts to get low, you need to plug the Lightning cable that comes with your device into the port at the bottom of the device. Connect the other end of the cable into the wall plug that also comes together with the iPad and plug the wall plug into a power socket.
How will you know that the battery is charging? Once the battery starts to charge, it will make a little beep, the battery bar will turn green, and a small lightning bolt icon will appear next to it.
The Setting App
It is a grey cog which you will see on the Home page. Tap to open it and you will see the main sections: Battery, Display and Brightness, Sounds, among others. Most of these are easy to understand.
In case you want to find a setting option quickly, use the search bar above your name at the top.
How to Install an App
If you have a new iPad, you will realize that app icons aren’t many on your device. There are over a million apps you can choose from to install in your device?
For you to access these apps, open the App Store app, which is a blue icon with a white A made of paintbrushes and pencils. Once you open, search for the app you want by either the name or use the custom option(Today, Games and App) to browse charts and curated collections.
When you get the app you want to install, tap the price or GET. If it’s a free game, then enter your Apple ID or pay with Touch ID. Then the app will start to download to your iPad.