The iPad Quick Start Guide: First steps with a new iPad
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The iPad Quick Start Guide: First steps with a new iPad

How to setup and start using your new iPad Air or Retina iPad Mini
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Created by Michele Berner
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Activate and register your iPad with Apple
  • Use the iPad’s interface, gestures and multitasking
  • Learn how to alter the more important settings
  • Secure your iPad
  • Personalise your iPad
  • Backup and sync your iPad with iCloud and iTunes
  • Complete basic troubleshooting
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  • iPad Air, iPad Mini
  • The latest iOS operating system

With trembling hands and a giddy sensation in your stomach, you unpack your brand new iPad and turn it on. Help, what do I do now?

(Updated January 2015)

The iPad Quick Start Guide will help you feel comfortable with your iPad so you can hit the ground running in no time at all. It covers everything a new user needs to know to get started. It will introduce you to the key features of your new iPad and take you through the early stages of its use. With the help of this course you’ll soon get to grips with your iPad and the amazing software that lurks beneath the beautiful Retina screen.

The iPad is unlike any computer you’ve ever laid your hands on. You’re already an expert since you just use your fingers directly on the screen to move and affect what you see. If you know how to point, you know how to use an iPad, and that’s the truly exciting thing about this device: it makes personal computing truly personal.

But despite its obvious friendliness, it’s still a remarkably complex piece of hardware and you’ll need to know a little about what makes the iPad tick:

  1. How you turn it on
  2. What functions its few buttons offer.
  3. And what about all the other controls embedded in the software itself?
  4. How can you use its many features to the fullest?
  5. How do you set up many of the Apps?
  6. Syncing media: Movies, books, photos, music
  7. How do you get up and going again when trouble strikes?

Whatever your starting point, a complete beginner or somewhat experienced, the iPad Quick Start Guide will give you the confidence and knowledge to get the most out of your iPad and be ready to move on to far greater iPad challenges. You can dive straight into the course or selectively pick and choose what you need to learn. The choice is yours!

This amazing video course lets you go at your own pace – so you can learn at any time. It consists of video tutorials and pointers to many documents or support materials to help you when you get stuck. As updates occur to the iPad, new videos will also be added to the course, and I am available to answer any questions you may have at any time.

The iPad provides a more enjoyable, intuitive and personal dimension to computing, and this course will give you the power to use it as a complete mobile computing device ... to browse the web, check and send emails, share and enjoy photos, watch videos in HD, play music, read eBooks, play games and much more.

I can't wait to see you in my course! So what are you waiting for? Sign up now. By the end of the iPad Quick Start Guide, you will be well on your way to iPad mastery!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who has a new iPad
  • Those with little experience in using an iPad
  • Experienced users may find this course too simplistic
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Curriculum For This Course
39 Lectures
Introduction to the course
2 Lectures 03:17

An introduction to the course: First Steps with the iPad.

Preview 03:17

Lecture Descriptions and Other Resources
1 page

How well do you know the iPad?
9 questions
Your Apple Account
4 Lectures 10:32

Essentially, an Apple ID is your passport to the Apple ecosystem of hardware and software. It is an important information that smooths the interaction between you, your hardware, software and services that Apple provides.

The most apparent use, of which you may already be aware, is that an Apple ID is required to download software from the Mac App Store, Apps from the iOS App Store and media from the iTunes Store. That’s just part of its importance; an Apple ID is used for many other things such as enabling and using iCloud, buying from the Apple online store, making reservations (Genius Bar and Workshops) at an Apple retail store, accessing the Apple Support website and so on. It’s used for lots of things and it’s important that you know why and keep your Apple ID up to date.

What is an Apple ID?
5 pages

Essentially, an Apple ID is your passport to the Apple ecosystem of hardware and software. It is an important information that smooths the interaction between you, your hardware, software and services that Apple provides.

An Apple ID is required to download software from the App Store. That’s just part of it’s importance; an Apple ID is used for many other things such as enabling and using iCloud, buying from the Apple online store, making reservations (Genius Bar and Workshops) at an Apple retail store, accessing the Apple Support website and so on. It’s used for lots of things and it’s important that you know why and keep your Apple ID up to date.

This lesson shows you how to create a new Apple ID.

How to create an Apple ID
13 pages

Two-step verification is an optional security feature for your Apple ID. It requires you to verify your identity using one of your devices before you can:

  1. Sign in to My Apple ID to manage your account.
  2. Make an iTunes, App Store, or iBookstore purchase from a new device.
  3. Get Apple ID-related support from Apple.

Turning on two-step verification reduces the possibility of someone accessing or making unauthorized changes to your account information at My Apple ID or making purchases using your account.

Protect Yourself: Setup Apple Two-Step Verification
31 pages

This lesson covers all the steps involved in activating and registering the iPad with an Apple ID. It explains each of the activation screens and ends with the first steps when your iPad is activated and ready to use.

Siri User Guide:

Activate and Register your iPad
Setting up your iPad
13 Lectures 02:16:53

This lesson introduces all the buttons and switches on the iPad and provides an brief explanation of each of them - the cameras, speakers, microphone, side switch, volume, sleep / wake button, headphone jack and the Dock connector.

At the top of the iPad in the Menu bar are a number of icons which give you screen information about the iPad. You can download an explanation of the icons in the attachments for this lesson.

Preview 11:27

This lesson covers all the basic gestures and multitasking gestures you will encounter on the iPad. Gestures like: Tap, tap and hold, pinch and zoom, flick and swipe. It also looks at menus and how to navigate within an app. For example, you might change one of the settings in the Settings App and move three levels further into the Settings. So how do you get back to where you started?

Interacting with your iPad: Navigation and Gestures

This lesson looks at some of the settings you can change once you have activated your iPad. Many of the default settings need to be changed to personalise your iPad. For example, brightness, updating apps, locking the rotation, WiFi networks. Part 1 of 2 lessons on tweaking your settings.

Personalise your iPad: Changing Settings

This lesson shows you to improve the appearance of the fonts and menus on your iPad. Learn how to increase contrast, make text bigger and bold, reduce transparency and animation by adjusting the Vision settings in Accessibility. Learn also how to enable parental controls and enable restrictions for in-App purchases and downloading media.

Understanding restrictions (Parental controls)

Change your iPad's Settings - Part 2

Use iPad's General settings to set up basic functionality for your everyday use. You access the General settings in the following table by tapping the Settings app icon on the Home screen and then tapping General.

iPad Cheat Sheet: Defining the General Settings (NEW)
2 pages

For the social and organizational parts of your brain, iPad makes available Mail, Contacts, and Calendar apps; the settings for these apps are covered in the following table.

You access the settings listed here by tapping the Settings app icon on the Home screen and then tapping Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

iPad Cheat Sheet: Settings for Mail, Contacts, Calendar (NEW)
3 pages

This lesson shows you how to connect your iPad to free and protected wireless networks along with some simple troubleshooting steps. It also explains the settings and information within each wireless network.

Set up a WiFi Connection on the iPad

There are many things that can affect your iPad's WiFi capabilities. This lesson discusses 16 ways you can troubleshoot your WiFi connection and keep you online.

Troubleshooting your iPad's WiFi Connection

Keep control of your privacy by monitoring what actions your iPad can and cannot perform. There’re many ways to control the privacy of your data. Apple now allows users to control which apps have access to what kind of data on their tablets, giving you a new level of safety, and peace of mind for all those times you’re not exactly sure whether an app is using information or not. This lesson will take you through the privacy settings.

Tweak your iPad's Privacy Settings

Using Bluetooth on the iPad is not a simple all-or-nothing situation. All iPads have Bluetooth support, but this support is limited to specific devices. Some reasons for this have to do with the Bluetooth software's method of communicating with the iPad, and some have to do with the iOS operating system that runs the iPad. This lesson explains some of the Bluetooth profiles that will work on the iPad and shows you how to connect a Bluetooth device to the iPad.

Connect a Bluetooth Device to your iPad

You need to make decisions about whether you want to sync or backup your iPad or both. This lesson is a Keynote presentation which explains the difference between backup and synchronisation and also how both processes apply to your iPad, concluding with an introduction to the use of iTunes or iCloud.

Backup V Sync: What's the Difference?

This lesson shows you how to setup all the different options in iCloud and start syncing your accounts, settings and data to the Cloud. It also demonstrates how syncing works using the Notes app as an example.

Set up iCloud and Start Syncing

You don't need to keep the default wallpaper that comes on your iPad. You can change it on your Lock Screen or Home Screen to be either a still image, dynamic or Parallax. This lesson shows you how to get images for wallpaper and how to change the wallpaper on your iPad.

Change your iPad's Wallpaper
Taking Control of your iPad
6 Lectures 01:12:01


Take advantage of the new Control Centre to quickly change settings and access frequently used features. It’s an incredibly quick way to manage your iPad. This lesson takes a look at the Control Centre and shows you how to set it up, tweak its settings and use it as an effective shortcut tool. You can use the Control Centre to access music controls, the Clock App, the camera, AirDrop, AirPlay plus volume and brightness bars. There are also icons for Airplay mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Do not Disturb. It takes no time to learn and will simply make your iPad use more efficient.

Preview 10:41

Your iPad is vulnerable if you don't have it secured. This lesson shows you how to setup a simple and more complex passcode to protect your files, accounts and settings. It also goes through some basic troubleshooting if you forget your passcode or have managed to disable your iPad.

Secure your iPad: Set a Passcode Lock on the iPad

Multitasking is extremely easy use on the iPad and there are many useful features about using just a swipe and a tap. multitasking allows applications to perform certain tasks in the background while you're using another application. this lesson will show you how to activate multitasking, use it to switch between apps, shut Apps down, do background App refresh and use it for some troubleshooting.

Get to Grips with Multitasking on the iPad

Before you can use your email, you need to add your email account and tweak all its settings. This lesson will show you how to add an email account using the automatic settings for accounts such as Google, Yahoo and Outlook, as well as adding an account manually. It also goes though some of the settings you need to be aware of in setting up and optimizing your email account.

Setup Email on your iPad

This lesson explains the different settings you can change to tweak your email as it is displayed in your inbox. It also shows you to compose, send and manage your mail. This includes such things as forwarding, deleting, archiving, flagging creating drafts, managing your Trash folder amongst other things.

How to use and manage your Email on the iPad

Backing up your iPad is an important step that iPad users need to do regularly - whether it's backed up to iCloud or iTunes. You can backup your iPad to iCloud or iTunes. This lesson demonstrates how to do an automatic and manual backup using iCloud or iTunes, including how to manage storage and data usage on the iPad. never lose data and always have space for more!

Back up your iPad with iCloud
The Fun Stuff
9 Lectures 01:53:35

iTunes is the software used on your computer to manage your media and backup and synchronise your iPad. This lesson explores iTunes, including how to download and install it, where to find the preferences, a tour of the iTunes interface and an explanation of the syncing and backup process. Familiarise yourself with iTunes for a more organized iPad.

iTunes: The Desktop Software Explained

iTunes is an important element of your iPad experience. Not only can you use iTunes to activate and backup your iPad, but you can also manage your media library. You can use it to search for and purchase media and apps at the iTunes Store as well as syncing your iPad to a computer. So this lesson will show you how to get around in iTunes.

Get to Know the iTunes Interface

One way music can be transferred onto an iPad is by syncing it from iTunes on the computer. This lesson on Apple devices demonstrates how to manage and organise your music library in iTunes. Learn how to create playlists and Smart playlists and rip Music in order to digitise it. You'll be jammin with your favourite songs on every device you have!

Manage and Organise your Music Library using iTunes

iTunes can transfer music from your computer's hard drive to your iPad. This is called syncing. This lesson shows you how to sync your music to your iPad using iTunes, organise your music on the iPad, including tweaking settings, creating playlists and purchasing music from the iTunes Store.

How to Sync Music from iTunes to the iPad

This video looks at how some of the ways you can get movies for your iPad. It focuses on using iTunes to sync movies to and from the iPad (not streaming video). The three sources are: how to download from Youtube, purchase or rent movies form the iTunes store and ripping a DVD.

Where to get movies for your iPad

The iPad makes a wonderful movie player but first, you need to get your movies onto it. This lesson shows you how easy it is to transfer and sync movies to and from your iPad using iTunes. It also demonstrates the iTunes Movie library that is found on the hard drive of your computer. In no time at all, you'll be up and running with a selection of great movies on your iPad.

Transferring Movies and TV Shows using iTunes

This lesson introduces to the iBooks Store, the Amazon Kindle store and the Google Play Store. These are the ways you can purchase and download eBooks for your iPad. It also shows you how to sync your eBooks and audiobooks using iTunes.

Transferring Books from iTunes to your iPad

The iPad is the perfect device for displaying photos. There are a handful of ways to get your favourite photos onto your iPad. They can be synced from a Mac or PC, E-mailed or imported from an SD card and thanks to the wonders of iCloud’s Photostream feature, beamed wirelessly to your device automatically. In this lesson I’ll explain how easy it is to transfer batches of images to and from your computer using iTunes.

Put Photos on your iPad using iTunes

The iPad is a whole new experience when you have Apps. An App is an application or program that you download from the App Store, either free or purchased. This lesson introduces you to the App Store and shows you around the interface. You will learn how to search for, purchase and download apps, delete and organize your apps. You will also look at how to use the App Store in iTunes.

Introducing the Apps Store
Basic Troubleshooting
3 Lectures 13:20

This lesson explains all the steps involved in upgrading the software on your iPad. It includes how to recognise that you have an update and what to do to prepare your iPad for the upgrade.

Upgrading the Software on your iPad

This lesson shows you a basic troubleshooting technique - how to reset your iPad when things go wrong: resetting your network settings, home screen layout, Wi-Fi settings. If you want to give your iPad away to someone else, you need to format it and erase all content and settings. A quick demonstration on how to backup your iPad is also provided.

Reset or Restart the iPad

When something goes horribly wrong with your iPad and none of your other troubleshooting seems to resolve the problem, than it's time to restore the iPad to its default factory settings. This document will take you through all the streps involved in a factory restore of your iPad, including how to backup and do a recovery if the restore process fails.

Restoring your iPad
4 pages
2 Lectures 00:52
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About the Instructor
Michele Berner
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Teacher of Information Technology and Computer Networking

My name is Michele Berner and I’m a teacher of Information Technology. I have taught high school technology and computer networking courses for over 35 years. I am a Cisco Networking Academy Instructor and an examiner for the Information Technology subjects in the Victorian Certificate of Education in Australia. As an ICT Leader, I developed technology programs, provided assistance and support to teachers who were introducing technology into their teaching programs.

Although recently retired, I now teach beginner and advanced iPad and Tablet courses, moviemaking, and photo editing to senior citizens – bringing the world of technology to the elderly. My website offers support to those using the iPad and My YouTube channel has a growing assortment of videos on how to use the iPad for fun, entertainment and productivity.