iPad Essentials - Basics

The official Apple iPad manual can be found here: http://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_user_guide.pdf


iPad Buttons

Turning Your iPad On & Off


  1. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button until the slide to power off red slider appears.

  2. Slide the red slider across to the right.

  3. Hit Cancel if you change your mind about turning the power off.


  1. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button to turn your iPad on.

Rebooting Your iPad

  1. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button simultaneously until you see the white Apple icon appear on the screen.

  2. Wait for the reboot. It will take a couple minutes. A white apple icon will appear on the screen during the reboot.

Multitasking Gestures

  1. Navigate to Settings > General > Multitasking Gestures and turn it on, if you wish.

  2. Allows a 5-finger gesture to pinch to access the Home screen.

  3. Use 5-finger gesture to swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar.

  4. Use 5-finger gesture to swipe left & right between open apps.

Force Quit Apps

Does your device seem to be a little sluggish? Any apps you have opened stay open to allow for multitasking; however, leaving them on can bog down your iPad in terms of its speed and eat up battery power. You can turn off apps that are left on from your multitasking by doing the following:

  1. Open the Task Switcher by hitting the Home button twice.

  2. Swipe left or right to see what apps you have open.

  3. To completely close an app, swipe up and it will disappear from the screen.

  4. Click the Home button once more to get out of the multitasking bar.

Dismounting Your iPad From iTunes:

  1. When you connect your iPad to your computer with iTunes open, the iPad will appear in the left navigation area under Devices.
  2. Click on the name of your device in the left navigation area (see figure below).
  3. If you wish to sync your device to your iTunes library, click on the tabs that appear at the top and select what assets you wish to go to your iPad (e.g., Apps, Music, Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, iTunes U, Books, Photos). and once you have those selections made, click on the Sync button at the bottom right.

    Note: If you are installing an update and/or a new iOS, make sure to backup your iPad first.

    Sync button

  4. While your iPad is syncing, the message in the top window will change to show the sync in progress and provide a timeline in terms of where the sync is in the process. While this is occurring do not stop the sync and do not unplug your iPad. The icon on the right of the iPad name (displayed on left under Devices) will be a spinning wheel of arrows.

    iPad syncing

  5. When your iPad is done syncing, click on the Eject icon (upward pointing arrow) to the right of your iPad's name in the left navigation panel.

    iPad mounted

    Eject button

  6. When the iPad is no longer displayed on the left under Devices, you can then safely unplug the USB cable that is connecting your iPad to your computer. Note: Failing to eject before you unplug your iPad may corrupt the content on your device. (Thank goodness you did a backup though, right?)

iPad dismounted

Notification Center

Notification Center will collect all your notifications in one place so you can review. You can configure the Notification Center to display various details about your day—such as scheduled appointments, the weather forecast, birthdays to remember, stock quotes, as well as a quick summary of what’s coming up tomorrow. Tap the Notifications tab to review all your alerts.

1. To open the Notification Center, swipe down from the top edge of the screen.

Notifications Center

2. To choose what information appears in theToday options, tap the Edit key at the end of your information on the Today tab. Tap + or - to add or remove information. To arrange the order of your information, touch and then drag it to a new position. Apps can choose to add widgets to the Notification Center upon installation so check this section out every once in a while to see if new widgets have been added that you can turn on.

3. To set Notification Options, go to Settings > Notifications. Tap an app to set its notification options. For example, choose to view a notification from the Lock screen. You can also tap Edit to arrange the order of app notifications by touching them and dragging them to a new position.

4. To Choose whether to show Today and Notifications View on a locked screen, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode (iPad models with Touch ID) or Settings > Passcode (other models), and choose whether to allow access when locked.

5. To close the Notification Center, swipe up or press the Home button once.

The Control Center

The Control Center gives you quick access to commonly used settings and apps from anywhere on your iPad, even from the Lock screen, if you wish.

1. To open the Control Center, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. When using some apps that incorporate swipe gestures, such as games, you might have to swipe up twice: once to reveal the pull handle for Control Center, and a second time to reveal the Control Center itself.

Control Center

2. In the Control Center, you have the following options:

  • Turn on or off Airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, Mute, and Rotation Lock.
  • Adjust screen brightness.
  • Play, pause, or skip a song, and adjust playback volume.
  • Connect to an AirPlay device or toggle between audio outputs.
  • Adjust whether your device is discoverable for AirDrop.

3. The Control Center also gives you quick access to these Apple apps:

  • Camera
  • Timer
  • Calculator (iPhone and iPod touch only)
  • Flashlight (iPhone and iPod touch only)
  • If your device isn't locked, you can also access the currently playing audio app by tapping the song title.

4. To close the Control Center, swipe down, or tap the top of the screen, or press once on the Home button.

5. If you don't want to be able to access Control Center from the Lock screen or within apps, you can change these settings in Settings > Control Center.


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