If you're new to an iPad getting started can feel intimidating. This free lesson will help put you at ease.
Once you have an iPad, your next step should be learning about the physical features of the device and the accessories that come with it. This includes the different buttons and ports, how to turn the device on and off, how to charge the battery, and the importance of protecting the screen.
The iPad currently comes with the following accessories:
To learn more about the buttons and ports on the outside of the device, review the diagrams below.
The first time you turn on your iPad, you'll be asked to choose a few different settings, like your preferred language, a Wi-Fi network, and your Apple ID. If you don't want to choose all of these settings, you can always skip them for now and change them later.
When you're ready to use the iPad, you'll need to wake it by pressing either the Wake/Sleep button or the Home button. The Lock screen will appear. From here, there are two options for unlocking your iPad:
When you're done using the iPad, press the Sleep/Wake button to put it in Sleep mode. This will turn off the screen and help to save battery life. The iPad will go to Sleep mode automatically if you don't use it for more than a few minutes.
Most of the time, you won't need to turn your iPad off—you can just use the Sleep/Wake button to keep your iPad in Sleep mode. But if you need to turn it off completely (for example, on an airplane), press and hold the Sleep/Wake button for several seconds, then slide to power off.
To turn the iPad on, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears. It may take a few minutes to turn on completely.