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Getting Started with your iPad

Congratulations, you have an iPad! Below is a quick guide to getting oriented to your new device. I’ve summarized many good guides on the web into this document, and included links to additional sources.

What’s that button again? 

When you open your new iPad, the box contains the iPad, a power charger/data cable, and a screen cover. Below is a helpful image from Apple’s website on what everything is. A couple notes:

  • The Home button on the front is one of the primary tools that works like an iPhone – it returns you to the main screen from whatever app you are in. When you double-press this button quickly, you can quickly switch between applications. When the iPad screen goes dark from a time-out, pressing the home button will return the screen to wake. It also returns the screen to normal after you’re done arranging apps (more on that below).
  • The on/off button also wakes up the iPad when it has gone to sleep (generally after a certain time has passed.) You can put the iPad to sleep by pressing the button once. The iPad will turn off if you hold the switch down for longer.
  • The headphone jack is at the top of the iPad.



User Guide:  

From “Out of the Box” to “My iPad” 

Before you start using the iPad, you need to connect it to an iTunes account on your computer. iTunes is the default program for managing your device, though you can do many things through the iPad itself once it is set up. The most important reason to set up the iPad through your computer is your computer will back up your iPad profile. If for some reason your device gets reset, you can restore your settings through iTunes.

iTunes Setup 

Install iTunes on your computer (available for free at for any computer). Sign up for an iTunes account, since this will let you download free apps or purchase paid apps. You can set up an account without credit card information if you choose (

Using the USB connector, connect your iPad to your computer. iTunes will recognize that an iPad is connected, and will ask you to name it. Once this is complete, you can change sync media, change settings and install apps through iTunes.

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Customize settings 

We suggest you go through the settings tab and choose your preferences. Some to look out for:

  • Sounds – a popular setting to turn off is the clicking noise from the keyboard.
  • Email accounts – you can add your Viterbo or personal account here.
  • Wallpaper – customize the image on your home screen, as well as for the lock screen.
  • Passcode Lock – set your iPad to require a numeric code to access.
  • Backup Settings – if you choose to have iTunes run whenever the iPad is connected, your iPad will be backed up automatically. If you do not choose this option, you will have to tell iTunes to back up your iPad each time.

Install and sync apps 

iTunes offers a decent search engine to find new apps for your iPad. You can install apps from our recommended list, or from other sources. To search apps in iTunes, select “Store” from the top menu, and choose “Authorize this computer.” You will sign into your iTunes account, and then be able to search apps. You can focus your search on just apps by choosing “Apps” from the top of the store window. Press and hold “Apps” to choose iPad as your search default.

You can install apps on the go from your iPad from the App Store as well.

Learn how to use the basic apps 

The iPad comes with several apps that help your productivity and connection to the online world:

  • Safari – Apple’s default browser. Others are available through the App Store and on our app guide
  • Mail – Your basic mail client that can connect to any POP or IMAP account.Click herefor instructions on setting up an iPad on your Viterbo email.
  • Photos – a photo organizer.
  • iPod – syncs with your iPod and iTunes to play songs and podcasts.
  • Calendar – Can sync with Microsoft Outlook and other services.
  • Contacts – Can sync with Microsoft Outlook and other services.
  • Notes – a quick note-taking app.
  • Maps – Apple’s basic map program.
  • Video – Play movies and videos through this app.
  • iTunes – Download movies and music.
  • App Store – Your iPad connection to the App Store.
  • FaceTime –Make video calls to other iPad users.
  • Camera – Take pictures and videos.
  • Messenger - Chat through instant messages with other iOS users.

    Organize apps into folders 

    As you download apps, the home screen(s) won’t be able to hold them all. One of the useful organizational features of the iPad is folders. To create an app folder, simply press and hold on an app until it “wiggles” on the screen. Drag that app on top of another that you would like in a folder. Let go, and you will be given the option to name the folder. Folders can be moved just like apps on the home screen. Once you tap on a folder, the iPad screen will split, and you will see the apps you’ve put in the folder.

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