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Apple iPad: Get started

Welcome. The courses in this topic are for anyone with a new or pre-owned iPad. We show you how to set up your iPad safely, and customise it to suit your needs.

We have a fun interactive guide where you can learn about the features of your tablet, step by step videos for you to watch, and handy guides for you to print and keep.

To ensure you can easily follow our courses, and to keep your device secure, we recommend you keep your software up to date. Our handy printable guide shows you how to do this.

If you’re unsure if you have an iPad or an Android tablet, you can easily find out by looking at the back of your device. You may need to remove any additional protective covers first. This can be fiddly, so you might like to ask a friend to help you do this.

If you can’t see the Apple logo, you most likely have an Android tablet and should look at our Android tablet courses. If you can see an Apple logo on the back of your device, then you have an iPad and you are ready to begin.

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Apple iPad: Interactive guide

Apple iPad: Interactive guide

This interactive guide is a fun way to find out more about the features of your iPad. Simply click on one of the pulsing circles to see short, easy to follow demonstrations and information cards.
iPad: Prepare to set up

Apple iPad: Prepare to set up

This course is for anyone who has just been given a pre-owned iPad and wants to remove the previous owner’s details in readiness to set it up for their own personal use.
iPad: Set up

Apple iPad: Set up

This course is for anyone who has a brand new iPad, or has completed course 1 above. This course shows you step-by-step how to set up your iPad safely from scratch.
Apple iPad: Security and privacy

Apple iPad: Security and privacy

A guide to making sure your iPad is set up securely including an overview of the main security and privacy settings and what they do.
Apple iPad: Accessibility

Apple iPad: Accessibility

Learn how your iPad can assist your day-to-day living, including useful features like voice-to-text, magnifying glass and more.
Apple iPad: System settings

Apple iPad: System settings

Learn to customise your iPad to suit you, including changing your ring tone and alerts, setting your preferred language, date and time zone and much more.
Apple iPad: Keyboard and screen

Apple iPad: Keyboard and screen

Learn how to use your iPad’s keyboard, and how to adjust the screen brightness so it’s just right for you.
Apple iPad: Network settings

Apple iPad: Network settings

Learn how to connect your iPad to the Wi-Fi network so you can browse web pages, install apps, send messages and more.