The iPad is considered a “post-PC” device, meaning that it doesn’t require a Mac or Windows computer to work. You can now take your new iPad out of its box and start using it without ever having to plug it into your desktop. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll show you the best way to set up your new iPad for the first time.

Apple has made it super easy to get up and running from the moment you peel off your new iPad’s plastic screen protector. To start, turn on your iPad by pressing and holding the On/Off button for a few seconds. Then follow the onscreen instructions as per below to set up your iPad.

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Step 1: Choose your language (English) and country or region (Australia).

Step 2: Select a WiFi network and connect using a password. At school select ‘STL-PUBLIC’. The password is STLW1f1C0nn3ct (note the 0 is a zero not a capital letter).

NOTE: During step 5 you will be connecting your new iPad with your Apple ID account, this step uses the internet. If you don’t have access to a WiFi network during setup, you can plug your iPad into a computer running iTunes to complete set up.

Step 3: You’ll then be asked to to enable or disable a feature called Location Services. Enable it and continue. You want Location Services turned on so apps can provide you with location-based information. Tap next.

Step 4: You will most likely want to set your iPad up as a new iPad. You would only need to restore from a back up if you already have an iPad and you want your new one to retain all of the old one’s data and settings.

Step 5:  Once you’ve selected to set up your iPad as a new device, you’ll be promoted to enter or create an Apple ID. Please use the students pre-existing Apple ID (or create a new Apple ID for the student). Students can use their school email address if they like.

NOTE: Many families will already have an Apple ID. However, it is important that students have their own Apple ID!

If a parent already has an iPhone, iPad, or a Mac it is best to set up Apple IDs for children under the age of 13 using Apple’s Family Sharing feature. Family Sharing is found in the iCloud settings of your device. More information can be found here.

It is also extremely important that parents DO NOT GIVE STUDENTS THEIR CREDIT CARD DETAILS to set up the Apple ID. Parents should use Family Sharing or an iTunes gift card to set up the students account. More information can be found here.

Step 6: Agree to the terms and conditions.

Step 7: After agreeing to the terms and conditions, choose the option to use iCloud on your new iPad.

iCloud lets you access your music, photos, calendars, contacts, documents, and more, from whatever devices you’re on. And it’s built into every new iOS device and every new Mac. If you would like to set up iCloud on other devices you own, click here.

Of course iCloud also includes the handy ‘Find my iPad’ feature if your iPad ever gets lost.

Step 8: Now choose to have people reach you via iMessage. Uncheck all options if you do not want this feature.

Step 9: Next, choose to use iCloud Drive or not. This feature makes it easier to access your iCloud documents on other devices. Learn more about iCloud Drive here.

Step 10: Now add a passcode to your iPad. It is very important to add a passcode to your iPad to ensure only you have access to your device and its contents.

Step 11: Next, choose to use iCloud Keychain or not. This feature remembers your passwords for you. Learn more here.

Step 12: You’ll be asked whether you want to use ‘Siri’ or not. This amazing feature lets you dictate text from anywhere the iPad’s keyboard is displayed or ask your iPad questions. You will want ‘Siri’ turned on.

Step 13 & 14: If you don’t mind Apple anonymously collecting usage data from your new iPad to improve its products, then tap the option to ‘Automatically Send’ diagnostics and usage. It won’t interfere with your experience at all. The same applies to ‘App Analytics’ and if you would like to share crash data with developers. Your call.

Step 14: Your iPad is now set up and you are ready to go!

To continue setting your iPad up to work at St Leonard’s College head over to the iPad basics page. Or jump straight to our App list for Year 3 and 4 or for Year 5 to 9 (depending which year level students are in) to start downloading apps.

To learn more about iPad features go to www.apple.com/au/ipad/.

For more online iPad support, head over to the Apple iPad support site. For further information regarding setting up an Apple ID to enable you to purchase Apps from the iTunes App Store see this Apple support page.

For the iPad User Guide and important information, visit the user guide here.