So, you were extra good this year and you unwrapped a new iPad for this year’s holiday season. Lucky you! I’m sure you are going to love it. However, before you start to use it, there are several things you should do. Today, let’s check out the first nine things you should do with your new iPad before you begin using it on a regular basis. By following this list, you can get your iPad setup the right way so you will be free to enjoy it worry free for this moment on.
1. Get a Case
While you may love the way your new iPad looks, tablets out of the case can be very fragile, despite using strong materials in their builds. If you don’t want to get a scratch on your new iPad or worse, break the glass, then you should get a good case for it right away. Personally, if you get a new iPad, I think this is the first thing you need to do before you even take it out of the box. Grab a new case, unbox the iPad and place it safely in the new case.
2. Restore Your iCloud
Chances are this isn’t your first iPad or iDevice. If it isn’t, then you probably have a recent iCloud backup of most of your previous settings and apps. If so, then the first thing you need to do is start that restore. While it will take a few minutes depending on what you store on iCloud, in the end it will make the setup process much simpler as all your contacts, settings and even apps that you use will be there ready for you to pick up right where you left off on your previous device.
3. Setup App Notification Settings
It seems every app today likes to send you notifications, but do you really need to see every notification from all your apps? I highly doubt it. These notifications will not only get on your nerves, but they will drain your battery as well. Go through the list of apps in your settings and decide which ones should be notifying you and which ones should remain silent.
4. Adjust Your Privacy Settings
After you adjust those pesky notifications, the next thing you need to do is take a closer look at your privacy settings. Some apps like to use information about where you are or what you are doing or access other parts of your iPad such as your contacts. Go through each app and adjust these settings accordingly so they aren’t tracking your every move without your consent.
5. Grab iWork and iLife
The iLife and iWork apps used to cost money, but things have changed. Today, all iPhone and iPad buyers can download Apple’s productivity suites for both home and work. These apps include great ones such as iMovie and iPhoto as well as a suite of apps that let you create and edit documents of any kind. While you may not use these as often as other apps out there, you may as well give them a try since they are free. Who knows, you may find that you really like the options they have and you may even prefer them to other options out there.
6. Find Great Apps
Once you have iWork and iLife, I encourage you to spend some time on the App Store looking for great apps. There are so many out there that range from productivity apps such as Microsoft Office to some great games such as the recent release, Super Mario Run. Chances are, with a little bit of time, you will find just the app you will need and/or want. Don’t just limit yourself to the big app developers such as Microsoft, either. There are many Indy developers out there that make some amazing apps for the platform.
7. Organize Your Apps
I can’t tell you how many iPad screens that I have seen that are just a mishmash of apps. There is no organization to it whatsoever. Honestly I don’t know how these people ever find anything on their iPad. Apple has giving you plenty of ways to organize your apps into different screens and even into folders on these screens. So why not use them? Instead of just having a bunch of random apps all over your screen, try organizing them by type or by how you use them. Maybe create a folder for all your games, for example. Organize it how you see fit and find a way to keep things tidy and easy to find. I promise you will be glad you did.
8. Connect Your Device to the Cloud
There are many great cloud providers. Apple’s iCloud may be your first choice if you live in the Apple ecosystem, but they aren’t the only ones. You can also install and use Dropbox, OneDrive, or Google Drive. All of these apps will integrate with your device nicely so you can store almost anything you want on the cloud. This will not only keep your data safe but also allow you to access your files from anywhere while not taking up a huge amount of space on your iPad.
9. Backup Your Device
Now that you have everything setup and configured the way you like it, the time is come to backup your device. Now I recommend you do this in two ways. First, I would make a new backup to iCloud with all your latest apps and settings. This may take some time but if you run into an issue you will have a fresh version of your new iPad ready to go on iCloud. On top of that, I would install iTunes on your computer if you haven’t and then back the device up to iTunes on your computer as well. This will allow you to get a more complete, local backup of your device that you can access in emergency situations or when the iCloud backup just won’t quite cut it.
If you received a new iPad this holiday season, chances are you have already begun using it. Heck you probably had it out about five minutes after you unwrapped it. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t follow this list. This list of things you should do with your new iPad can be done at any time, although I do recommend following them when you first unbox your new iPad.
Did you get a new iPad this year? If so, let us know which one you got for the holidays.