So you just bought a new iPad? Congratulations! You may now be wondering, "How do I configure the device?" especially if you have never owned an iPad before, or it has been a long time since you upgraded. If this is not your first iPad, you may be wondering, "how do I transfer my data?" Don't worry, we'll cover how to set up an iPad and how to make sure your data, apps, and settings are transferred. Let's get started.
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How to set up your new iPad if you've never owned one before
If you've just bought your very first tablet, the setup is pretty straight forward. If you have a mobile enabled iPad, you must have a SIM card inserted in the iPad, so:
- Turn on your iPad; Whether you have the latest iPad Pro or an older iPad, press the On / Off, Sleep / Wake button at the top right of your iPad until the Apple logo appears. If the screen remains black, you may need to charge the device and try again in a few minutes.
- When the iPad is turned on for the first time, it begins to walk you through the installation process. When you see "Hi" in several different languages, just tap your iPad launch button or click anywhere on the screen for the new iPad percentage without a Home button.
- Tap on the language you want to use on the iPad, then tap on the country or region you are in.
- Then you come to the quick start page, where you can choose to transfer content and data from an old device to your new iPad, or tap Setup manually to continue through the process as described by the iPad. We cover the Quick Start method in another section below.