Getting Started with your iPad

To configure your iPad, you need an Apple ID. This Apple ID is also used to buy apps and media from the App Store and iTunes Store. You will also need to connect to a wi-fi network to get the internet.

What is an Apple ID

Why do you need an Apple ID?

Essentially, an Apple ID is your passport to the Apple ecosystem of hardware and software. It is an important information that smooths the interaction between you, your hardware, software and services that Apple provides.

The most apparent use, of which you may already be aware, is that an Apple ID is required to download software from the App Store. That’s just part of it’s importance; an Apple ID is used for many other things such as enabling and using iCloud, buying from the Apple online store, making reservations (Genius Bar and Workshops) at an Apple retail store, accessing the Apple Support website and so on. It’s used for lots of things and it’s important that you know why and keep your Apple ID up to date.

Your Apple ID is the same thing as your iTunes account. You will need an active email account to set up an Apple ID.

What Services require an Apple ID?

What Services require an Apple ID?

Simply put, the term Cloud is used to describe information that is not stored on your own personal computer but on a remote computer or server connected via the Internet. Having your files, photos, apps, settings, music, bookmarks and more backed up and available over the Internet, wherever you are whenever you need them is very useful. Without having to physically plug in your device and sync it to the computer.

You can back up your data, such as photos and videos in the Camera Roll, app data, home screen, device settings and messages on your iPad, to the online iCloud storage up to 5 GB for free.



Allows you to make video or audio calls from your iPad to a friend or colleague also using a Mac, or to their iOS device. It’s, essentially, free video calling in high definition 720p. Use the FaceTime camera on the front for chatting.2 Then switch to the iSight camera on the back to share the view from your end.



iTunes is widely known for bringing easy digital music downloads to the masses over the last decade or so. Anyone purchasing music via iTunes needs an Apple ID to do so.

It’s much more than that, though. Apple iTunes allows you to download, rent or purchase films, television programmes, iOS apps, books, podcasts and iTunes U for learning resources from top universities, museums and other cultural institutions from around the world.

iTunes Store

iTunes Store

Purchase Music, Movies, TV Shows, AudioBooks.

iBooks Store

iBooks Store



Magazines and Newspapers



Send free messages to anyone on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac. Attach a photo or a video. Share locations, links and contacts. Or just send someone an emoticon. You can send to one person at a time or to an entire group at once. It is your Apple ID that is required for using iMessage and this can also form your iMessage contact address by which others can reach you.

How to create an Apple ID on your iPad

Keeping your Apple Account Safe

Two Step Verification

What is two-step verification for Apple ID?

Two-step verification is an optional security feature for your Apple ID. Two-step verification requires you to verify your identity using one of your devices before you can take any of these actions:

  • Sign in to My Apple ID to manage your account
  • Make an iTunes, App Store, or iBooks Store purchase from a new device
  • Get Apple ID related support from Apple

Turning on two-step verification reduces the possibility of someone accessing or making unauthorised changes to your account information at My Apple ID or making purchases using your account.

Why should I use two-step verification with my Apple ID?

Your Apple ID is the key to a lot of things you do with Apple, so it's important that only you have the ability to access your account details, update your password, or make other changes to your account. Two-step verification is a feature you can use to keep your Apple ID account as secure as possible.

Download: All about Apple Two-Step Verification

How to setup two Step Verification

In Apple's case, two-step verification means you'll need to use two of three methods to authenticate your account successfully:

  • Your Password
  • Recovery Key - an alphanumeric code generated during setup that you'll need to store in a physical location
  • Trusted Device - a device (an iOS device with Find My iPhone enabled or another SMS-capable phone) that you'll verify during setup that can be sent a single-use, four-digit code when needed
  • For example, when logging in to manage your Apple ID, you'll use your password and the code sent to one of your trusted devices (like your iPad or iPhone). When you've lost your password and want to recover it, you'll grab your recovery key and use that alongside a code from a trusted device. Verification replaces the old setup of using security questions and your date of birth but does introduce the recovery key which, if lost when needed, will block any attempt to recover your account.

Recover your Apple Password

There are two ways to manage your Apple account.

At you can recover a lost Apple password and manage your Apple account. For example, add or edit your security questions, set up apple Two-Step Verification, change your payment details by adding a credit card for Apple purchases. you can access this site via a browser on your computer or in Safari on the iPad.

You can also access this site from your iPad. Select the Settings App, iTunes & App Store and tap your Apple ID. You can view your Apple ID to edit and manage your account details, select iForgot to reset your password or sign out of your account.

Understanding wireless networking on your iPad

Video Description: How to connect to and manage wireless networks using the iPad. The video also looks at forgetting and managing wireless networks, using the iPad as a mobile personal hotspot, connecting your iPad to a mobile hotspot shared by a smart phone, changing router settings to disable / enable an SSID and change a router's password.

Click here to download the document: Connecting to Wireless networks and hotspots.