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How will I configure iPad: After reading my guide on how iPadOS works and discovering that the new iPad operating system makes Apple-made tablets a real replacement for computers, you haven’t thought about it twice and decided to buy one yourself. However, being your first experience with this type of device, you do not know how to carry out the first configuration and, for this reason, you would like my help to succeed in your intent. This is actually the case, am I right? Then let me tell you that you have come to the right place at the right time!

With today’s guide, in fact, I will explain how to configure iPad by providing you with all the information necessary to complete the activation of your new tablet, either by proceeding manually or using your iPhone or PC (via iTunes). Also, I’ll walk you through the steps to set up the Internet, activate incoming and outgoing calls, and use parental controls for children.

How do you say? Is that exactly what you wanted to know? Then do not delay any longer and investigate the topic immediately! Courage: make yourself comfortable, take all the time you see fit and, iPad in hand, dedicate yourself to reading the next paragraphs. Follow the instructions I am about to give you carefully, try to put them into practice and I assure you that setting up your iPad will really be a breeze. That said, all that’s left for me is to wish you a good read and a big good luck for everything!


Initial configuration

An iPad can be configured either by choosing automatic configuration using an iPhone or by proceeding manually. How? I’ll explain it to you right away!

How to set up iPad with iPhone

Configuring iPad with iPhone is the first solution you can consider to initialize an iPad, if you also have an “iPhone by”. All you have to do is take your iPhone, make sure you have Bluetooth turned on, and bring it closer to the iPad when prompted.

By doing so, the first configuration will be faster than the manual configuration: in fact, it will not be necessary to select the language and country of residence, the home Wi-Fi network and enter the relative password and, indeed, you will not be prompted to perform the ” access to your Apple ID (the same account used on the iPhone will be used).

That said, grab and unlock your iPhone and bring it closer to your iPad. The Configure your new iPad screen should appear automatically on your phone screen : then press the Continue button and frame the image shown on the iPad screen with your iPhone camera. Alternatively, choose the Authenticate manually option and enter the 6-digit code visible on the tablet screen.

Once this is done, on the Enter the iPhone code visible on the iPad screen , enter the passcode you use on the iPhone and, if you wish, press the Continue button to configure the Face ID the Touch ID , otherwise select the option Set later in Settings .

On the Apps and data screen , choose the option of your interest: Restore from iCloud backup useful if you have restored your iPad to factory settings and have previously made an iCloud backup; Restore from Mac or PC to complete iPad setup via computer; Migrate data from Android if you have an Android device and want to migrate its data via the Switch to iOS app  or  Don’t transfer apps and data if you don’t want to transfer any data.

Once you have made your choice, all you have to do is follow the instructions shown on the screen to complete the iPad configuration. For example, if you have chosen not to migrate any data, press the Accept button and choose whether to activate automatic iPadOS updates (by clicking on Continue ) or whether to opt for manual updates ( Install updates manually ).

Finally, choose whether to enable location services , whether to configure Apple Pay , whether to activate and configure Siri and whether to set Screen time , press the Share with Apple option , to share some information that allows Apple to improve the products and services offered. and, in the Appearance screen , put the check mark next to the option of your interest between Light and Dark , to select the appearance of iPadOS you prefer.

To complete the iPad configuration and access its home screen, press the Continue button four consecutive times, swipe up and you’re done.

How to set up iPad manually

How to set up iPad manually

If you do not have an iPhone or you prefer to configure iPad manually , take the tablet produced by Apple, swipe your finger from bottom to top on its screen, select the language of your interest and, in the Choose your country or area screen , click on your country of residence (eg Italy ).

Once this is done, select the Configure manually option , tap on the Wi-Fi network of your interest and, if requested, enter the password in the appropriate field, then press the Login item , wait for the connection to the network in question and tap on the Next option .

At this point, in the Data and privacy screen , press the Continue button and, if your iPad is able to recognize the features of your face, choose the Continue option again , to proceed with the configuration of Face ID or Touch ID or press on the item Set later in Settings , to postpone the operation.

If you have opted to activate Face ID, tap the Start button , frame your face with the iPad camera and move your head in a circular way to frame all sides. Then press the Continue button to complete the first scan, repeat the operation just described again and tap Continue again (twice in a row), to complete the Face ID configuration. In the case of Touch ID , however, you have to place and lift your finger on the sensor, following the instructions on the screen.

IPad FaceID configuration

Now, in the Create a code section , enter a code (it can be 4-digit numeric , 5-digit numeric or customized alphanumeric ) that will be useful for validating some operations (or for unlocking your iPad, if you have not activated Face ID or Touch ID) and continue with the manual configuration of your iPad, selecting one of the options available on the App and data screen .

  • Restore from iCloud backup : by entering the data associated with your Apple ID and selecting any previous backup, it allows you to transfer apps and data to the iPad in use. In that regard, my tutorial on how to make iCloud backups might be useful.
  • Restore from Mac or PC : by connecting your iPad to a Mac or a Windows PC, it allows you to configure iPad with iTunes , choosing the backup of your interest (if available).
  • Migrate data from Android : By selecting this option and downloading the Switch to iOS app on your Android device, you can easily transfer your photos, messages and more. To find out more, I’ll leave you to my guide on how Switch to iOS works.
  • Do not transfer apps and data : Allows you to continue setting up your iPad without transferring any data.

If you have chosen not to transfer any data, enter your Apple ID data in the Email and Password fields and click on Next . If you don’t have one yet, select the Forgot your password or don’t have an Apple ID? Options. and Create a Free Apple ID , to create an Apple ID.

Once this is done, follow the instructions shown on the screen, which vary depending on whether you have created a new Apple ID or if you are logged in with an existing account. For example, if you entered your Apple ID information that other devices are associated with, you may need to enter the unlock code for one of the devices in question.

On the Keep your iPad updated screen , tap the Continue button to automatically perform future iPadOS updates, or select the Install updates manually option , if you prefer to download and install the updates yourself. Then choose whether to enable the location services that allow some applications (eg Maps ) and services (eg Where is ) to collect and use data indicating your approximate location.

IPad manual setup

Now, press the Continue buttons related to Apple Pay , Siri and Usage Time , to proceed immediately to the configuration of the services in question, otherwise choose the Configure later option in Settings , to postpone their configuration. Then press the Share with Apple button if you want to share some information that allows Apple to improve the products and services offered.

Finally, tap the Continue button , select the aspect you prefer for the iPadOS user interface ( Light or Dark ) and press the Continue button again five consecutive times, to complete the configuration of your iPad and access its home screen .

How to set up iPad with iTunes

How to set up iPad with iTunes

If you are wondering how to set up iPad without Wi-Fi or how to set up iPad with Mac , all you need to do is connect iPad to PC and complete the setup via iTunes .

If you have a Windows PC , start iTunes (if you haven’t yet installed it on your computer, my guide on how to download iTunes might be useful), click on the tablet icon that appears in the top left and put the check mark next to it to the option of your interest between Configure as a new iPad , to configure a new iPad, or Restore from this backup , to restore the device by choosing one of the available backups.

Once you have made your choice, click on the Continue button and follow the instructions shown on the screen of your iPad, to complete the configuration.

If you have a Mac with  macOS 10.14 Mojave or earlier versions, all you have to do is start iTunes and follow the instructions I gave you in the previous paragraphs dedicated to configuring iPad with a Windows PC. If, on the other hand, you are using macOS 10.15 Catalina or later, you should know that iTunes has been dismembered into three different applications ( Music , Podcast and TV ) and that the configuration and synchronization procedure with iOS and iPadOS devices has been integrated into the Finder .

In this case, after connecting your iPad to the Mac, click on the Finder icon (the smiling face ) visible in the Dock bar and press on the iPad item visible in the left sidebar, in the Locations section .

Authorize iPad on Mac

Once this is done, click on the Authorize button , to authorize the connection between the two devices, choose one of the available options between Configure as new iPad and Restore from this backup and follow the instructions shown on the iPad screen, to complete the configuration manually.

How to set up iPad for the Internet

If you are wondering if it is possible to configure iPad for the Internet , the answer is yes both if your tablet has only Wi-Fi connectivity and if you have an iPad with support for 3G / 4G networks. How to do? I’ll explain it to you right away!

How to set up iPad for the Internet with Wi-Fi

How to set up iPad for the Internet with Wi-Fi

The procedure for setting up an iPad for the Internet with Wi-Fi is quick and easy. All you have to do is access your tablet’s settings, turn on Wi-Fi and connect to the network of your interest.

To proceed, take your iPad, tap on the gear wheel icon on the home screen, to access the iPadOS Settings , press on the Wi-Fi item and, in the new screen displayed, move the lever next to the Wi item -Fi from OFF to ON .

Now, wait for the scanning of available wireless networks, locate the Networks section and tap on the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to. If the selected network is protected, enter the password in the appropriate field and tap the Login button to complete the connection and start surfing the Internet.

It will be useful to know that you can also turn the wireless connection on and off from the control center of your iPad. If so, swipe down from the top right corner of the screen and tap the Wi-Fi option (the three dashes icon ). By making a long tap on the icon in question twice in a row, however, you can view the available Wi-Fi networks. To learn more, I leave you to my guide on how to navigate with iPad.

How to set up iPad for Internet with SIM

Insert SIM on iPad

If your intention is to configure iPad for Internet with SIM , you must know that you need to have an iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular connectivity and a SIM with an active offer with data traffic included. In this regard, you may find my guide dedicated to the best mobile phone deals useful.

If this is your case, take the metal paper clip that is included in the iPad package, insert it into the hole located on the right side of the device and press lightly inwards, to make the SIM slot come out. expelled. Once this is done, take the SIM you intend to use to surf the Internet with your iPad, insert it into the plastic housing you just extracted and insert the latter back into the appropriate slot on the iPad.

Now, tap on the gear wheel icon , to access the iPadOS Settings , press on the Cellular data option and, in the new screen displayed, move the relative lever from OFF to ON , to activate the data connection. Then press on the items Cellular data options and APN settings and, if necessary, enter the parameters of your operator in the appropriate fields. For the detailed procedure, I leave you to my in-depth guides.

Once the first setup is complete, you are ready to surf the Internet and use all applications that require a data connection. It will be useful to know that, by activating the Hotspot option from the iPadOS Settings , you can “transform” your iPad into a portable modem and take advantage of the data connection to browse the Internet from other devices with wireless connectivity. To learn more, you can check out my guide on how to use iPad hotspot.

Conversely, you can activate the hotspot function on your smartphone and use the latter’s SIM to share the data connection on your iPad: to find out how, read my tutorial on how to hotspot.

How to set up iPad for making calls

Activate FaceTime on iPad

To configure iPad for making calls , you have several solutions: you can make calls over the Internet, using FaceTime or third-party applications (eg. Skype , WhatsApp , Telegram , etc.), or activate calls on iPad via the SIM of your iPhone. You must know, however, that if you have an iPad with Cellular support, it is not possible to make phone calls using the SIM inserted in the device, as Apple does not allow it.

That said, to make phone calls with iPad using FaceTime, the “standard” app installed on all Apple devices that allows you to make free calls and video calls via the Internet to contacts who, in turn, have a device from the “apple” company. bitten “, access the iPadOS  Settings , by tapping on the gear wheel icon on the home screen, and press on Wi-Fi or Cellular data , to activate the Internet connection.

Once this is done, press on the FaceTime option visible in the sidebar on the left and, in the new screen displayed, move the lever next to the FaceTime option from OFF to ON (you may be charged the cost of an international SMS, usually € 0.30) , to activate FaceTime.

Now, locate the Caller ID section and put the check mark next to the phone number or email address you want other people to see when you make calls via FaceTime. Also, if you also want to receive phone calls on your iPad, select the options you are interested in in the You can receive FaceTime calls on section .

At this point, you are ready to make phone calls with your iPad. To do this, start the FaceTime app by tapping its icon (a white camera on a green background ), press the + button , enter the name or phone number of the person you want to call and tap the Audio button , to start a phone call, or on the Video button , to make a video call. For the walkthrough, I’ll leave you to my guide on how FaceTime works.

Call with FaceTime on iPad

As mentioned above, if you have an iPhone, you can also make calls from the iPad via your phone’s SIM. In this case, take your iPhone, access the iOS Settings , press on the Phone and On other devices options and move the lever related to the item Allow calls from OFF to ON .

Once this is done, locate the Allow calls section up and move the lever relating to your iPad from OFF to ON , then take your iPad, access the iPadOS Settings , press on the FaceTime item and move the lever next to the item Calls from iPhone from OFF to ON .

By doing this, when iPad and iPhone are close and connected to the same Wi-Fi network, you can use FaceTime to make calls from the Apple tablet to as many phone numbers as you want.

How to set up iPad for kids

How to set up iPad for kids

By activating and configuring Apple’s Family Sharing, the function that allows you to create a group with other family members (with their own Apple ID) and share Apple content and services (e.g. apps purchased on the App Store, the iCloud or an Apple Music subscription), you can also set up iPad for kids .

In fact, “Family Sharing” allows you to create an Apple ID for children under the age of 13 and monitor their activities, with the possibility of limiting access to certain applications, applying restrictions to specific content and preventing purchases on App Store and iTunes Store.

To activate “Family Sharing” and create an Apple ID for your child, take the iPad, tap on the gear wheel icon on the home screen, to access the iPadOS Settings , and press on your name displayed in tall. Now, select the Configure “Family Sharing” option , tap the Start button and choose the Screen time item .

In the new screen that appears, tap the Add Child button and enter your child’s Apple ID information. If you have not yet created an account, choose the Create a child account option , select the Next item, enter the required information in the Date of birth fields and press the Next and Accept buttons .

To verify your identity and confirm that you are the parent or legal guardian of the child you are adding, enter the security code of the credit card associated with your Apple ID in the CVV field and tap the Next button . Then enter the name and surname of the child in the appropriate fields, specify the email address in the Email field and press the Next and Create items , then enter a password and tap the Next button .

Add Baby In Apple Family

Finally, in the Security Questions section , choose three questions using the options Choose a question and enter the respective answers in the appropriate fields, useful for recovering the account in case of forgotten password, and press the Next buttons (twice in a row) and Accept (four consecutive times), to complete the creation of a child account.

Once this is done, access the Family Sharing section again , tap on the Usage time option , press on your child’s name and follow the instructions shown on the screen, to set the allowed usage time of the iPad and to limit the use of applications and services.