- It’s easy to activate an iPad and set it up for use in two main ways.
- You can activate your iPad with Quick Start if you have an iPad or iPhone that you’d like to transfer data from – simply bring the old device (it has to be running iOS 11 or later) close to the new one and you’ll see set-up instructions.
- You can also set up your iPad manually and restore it from a previous backup by following the on-screen instructions.
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Activating a new iPad is easy, whether you choose to set it up manually or use the “Quick Start” option.
Like setting up a new Apple Watch, iPhone, or Mac, you’ll be prompted with instructions for syncing data with your iCloud account and more. You’ll also see options to set up Touch ID, Siri, and location services, all of which you can choose to do immediately or save to set up later in Settings.
To skip some of these steps, you can choose to set up your iPad using the “Quick Start” option by bringing it close to an iPhone or iPad registered under your account. To set up your iPad manually, simply follow the on-screen instructions straight out of the box.
Here’s how to do both.
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How to activate your
with Quick Start
1. Open the box and remove your iPad.
2. Click the power button on top of the device to switch your iPad on. You should be greeted with a flashing screen of “Hello” in numerous languages. Press the Home button to begin.
3. Select your preferred language and country.
4. You will then be prompted with the option to “Quick Start.” You can choose to bring your iPhone or another iPad registered under your Apple ID close to your new iPad, where you can then follow the on-screen instructions to transfer your settings and preferences from this device to your new one.
How to activate your iPad manually
If you don’t have another device nearby (or don’t have one running iOS 11 or later), you can easily opt to set up the iPad manually. To do so, tap the blue “Set Up Manually” option at the bottom of the screen.
1. Choose a Wi-Fi Network to connect to and enter its password if required. The next screen will read, “It may take a few minutes to activate your iPad.”
2. Tap the blue “Continue” on the Data & Privacy page or tap “Learn More” to read more information. You can tap the blue “Back” button in the top left hand corner of the screen to return to a previous page at any time during the setup process.
3. If your iPad has Touch ID, set up Touch ID now or choose to set it up later. If you choose to set it up immediately, follow the instructions to place your finger on the Home button repeatedly and choose a passcode.
- If you have a recent iPad Pro model without a Home button, you’ll be prompted to set up Face ID instead, and can follow the prompts to do so.
4. If you opt not to set up Touch or Face ID, you’ll still be prompted to create a passcode. Tap “Passcode Options” at the bottom to choose which type or choose not to use one at all.
5. If you choose the last option, a pop-up will appear reminding you that using a passcode is highly recommended. You can still choose to ignore this by tapping “Don’t Use Passcode.” You can also change your mind and choose to create one at this time.
6. Next you’ll see the “Apps & Data” page. This is where you’ll choose how to restore data from your iCloud profile. You’ll also have the option to restore from a Mac or PC, move data from an Android device if needed, or start fresh. Tap “Restore from iCloud Backup” if you wish to transfer your saved data from your account. Sign in with your iCloud Apple ID on the next page.
7. Choose a backup. If you are replacing an old iPad, you can select from the “Latest iPad Backup” section. If this is your first iPad – or if your old iPad hasn’t been backed up in a while – you can choose to restore data from an iPhone backup as well. Tap the blue “Show All Backups” to view all of your options. Tap your choice once you’ve decided.
8. Continue the set-up process to enable location services and Siri, and download the latest software update on your iPad.
You may need to wait some time before your software is updated and your backup is restored. Once the downloads are complete, you will finally be greeted with “Welcome to iPad.” Tap the blue “Get Started” option to take you to your homepage.
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