How to Set Up Your New iPad 2

If you’ve received an iPad 2 as a gift but don’t know what to do next, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ll show you how to set up your new iPad 2, get started with apps, back up your iPad, and a host of fun things you can do with your iPad 2.

Whether you received an iPad 2 as a gift or bought it for yourself, we have the information you need to know to set it up correctly and ensure you get the most out of your new tech toy.

To get started, take five to 10 minutes to get your iPad up and running. After that, you can start playing with your iPad and having fun with your friends and family.

Set Up Your iPad Correctly

iPad 2 setupAfter you turn on your iPad, you need to provide your Apple ID or create one. Either way, you will need an email address. If you’ve made purchases from iTunes in the past, you have an Apple ID. Sign in with it to access all your purchased music.

I recommend taking a few steps right off the bat.

First, turn on Find My iPad to help you find a lost iPad. I also recommend adding a passcode to your iPad to prevent others from using it without your permission. Other tips include syncing with iTunes, which you can now do over WiFi, and setting up a lock screen message with your contact information.

Another thing to do when you get your iPad 2 is to put it in a case. This not only protects it from bumps, scratches and drops, but also makes it easy to hold, support and transport.

Check out a huge compilation of the best iPad cases around.

Keeping your iPad in good condition will help you sell it for the highest price when you want a new iPad.

Learn iPad Gestures

Now that you’ve done the basic setup of your iPad, it’s time to learn some gestures that will save you a lot of time using your iPad 2 every day. This is just one of many exciting iPad 2 features.

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The best gesture is the four-finger swipe up, which will launch the currently running iPad apps. This allows you to close apps or switch between apps without always double-tapping the home button (this can wear out the button).

You can also swipe left or right with four fingers to switch between apps, and pinch four fingers to close an app. All these moves are demonstrated in the video above.

Find Great Apps

The iPad is made to be used with apps. Apps add tons of fun and functionality to your iPad. If you have an iPhone, you can use many of your same apps on the iPad. This guide will show you how to download your apps to iPad.

Check the “App Store” on your iPad to find new apps. I suggest you take a look at the Top app lists, which show the most popular free and paid apps of the day. You can also search for them on your computer.

Use the search box at the top right to search for new apps. You can search by application type or by name. If you’re having trouble finding an app, you can search the web for it and then return to the App Store with the specific name.

To get you started, here are some of our best app picks:

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set up iCloud

When you set up your iPad 2 with iOS 5, you can choose to use iCloud. This service not only backs up your iPad when it’s connected to WiFi and plugged in (almost nightly for most users), it also allows you to keep your photos wirelessly synced to your computer.

New iPad 2 Setup

iCloud also keeps your game saves synced between your iPad and iPhone for some games.

iMessage, Facetime and PhotoBooth

When you’re having fun with your iPad 2 and surrounded by friends and family, why not use PhotoBooth to take fun photos to remember the moment? With a few filters, you’re guaranteed to laugh.

Next up, turn on FaceTime and video call distant relatives to get the family together. They’ll need an iPhone, iPad 2, iPod Touch, or Mac to be on the other end of this video call.

Finally, remember that you can use iMessage to send texts, photos and videos to your iPhone and iPad with friends and family, so why not share those PhotoBooth photos?

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Before you forget to say thank you, why not send an instant thank you card directly from your new iPad? We show you how to send a thank you card from your iPad. A real card that came in the mail in a few days.