How to Set up a New IPad From Scratch

Congratulations, happy owner of the new iPad! You will undoubtedly want to start swiping, clicking, consuming and creating whatever your heart desires, especially if you have an Apple Pencil in your hands. But before you go to the App Store and fill up your tablet, you need to change a few settings beforehand, if only so that your cellular data does not run out, the battery does not drain, and your privacy is not compromised.

The setup is simple

First, make sure your iPad is charged and that you have any additional iOS or macOS devices nearby. If two-factor authentication is enabled for your Apple ID (and it should), you may need to enter the two-factor code generated by your iPhone or macOS computer.

You will be prompted to connect to Wi-Fi, set up Touch ID, create a password (choose from a 4- or 6-digit password or traditional password) and decide if you want to restore your iPad from iCloud or iTunes. create backups, start from scratch, or import data from your Android device (I suggest starting from scratch). Enter your Apple ID, enable (or disable) Siri, add your bank card to Apple Pay, choose if you want to share data with app developers (so it’s easier for them to see when and why something went wrong). Once you choose these settings, your iPad is ready to go.

Import from another iOS 11 device

You can import your data from another iOS 11 device to speed up the installation process. It will take a few minutes and both devices need to be charged, so make sure you don’t need either device for anything mission-critical. Bring the devices close together, make sure Bluetooth is turned on, and click Continue on your current iOS device.

You will be prompted to scan the screen with your iPad’s camera (like scanning a QR code). Then enter your password, turn on Touch ID and choose a recovery option. You can restore from the latest iCloud backup, or back up and restore from your current device. You can also transfer Siri, location, and privacy settings already set up on your current iOS device to a new one.

I’m personally a fan of customizing iOS devices from scratch – it gives me more control over which settings I would like to keep and which ones to change, especially since my iPhones and iPads are used in very different ways in my time. life today.

Nitty Gritty Settings

Now that your iPad is set up and ready to party, you might be tempted to download apps and draw sketches of your dog while he eats some sort of breakfast. Hold the horses! There are a few more settings you should change to keep advertisers focused on you and to make your iPad experience as enjoyable as possible.


You can customize the preview of notifications (text messages, emails, etc.) to always show, never show, or only show when iPad is unlocked. I would choose the “when unlocked” option.

Tour the notification list to turn off the ones you know will never be used (for example, I doubt your music app should be sending you any alerts). Get rid of uninteresting banners and useless updates. It will also increase battery life as each app won’t constantly ping the internet to tell you what’s changed.

Control center

You can add additional controls to the Control Center page and customize their appearance. For example, if you’re using your iPad from your couch, you can add an Apple TV Remote for quick access to your streaming box’s controls – no nifty Apple TV required.

Please do not disturb

Do Not Disturb mutes your iPad when you receive FaceTime calls or other alerts. You can set it up to alert you if someone calls more than once within three minutes, or you can choose who goes through the Do Not Disturb setting by creating specific groups in the Contacts app (for example, the Family “So that your parents or relatives can always reach you).

Change these general settings

From the General tab in the Settings app, you can change features like AirDrop, background app refresh, and other aspects of your iPad that you’ll deal with on a daily basis. You can restrict AirDrop requests to just your contacts (if you don’t want to receive anonymous photos – who does that?), Change accessibility settings to dim your iPad display at night, and add restrictions for your new device. if it’s for someone who can’t be trusted with in-app purchases.

Limit background apps to save battery power (General> Background app refresh)

Background app refresh is great for services that you depend on to get updated information. Email apps, task managers, news apps, and even podcasting apps are excellent examples of apps that use background refresh. Of course, getting data behind the scenes will cost you in conserving battery power. If you don’t need iBooks or Maps to keep them updated while you’re at home or playing FTL, turn them off and restore some battery power.

Add VPN (General> VPN)

If you subscribe to a VPN service with the appropriate app (TunnelBear, NordVPN, etc.), you can set your iPad to always be connected to it. Download the VPN app, login, connect and allow the app to add your VPN configuration to the list of available VPN services in Settings.

Display and brightness

You must enable Night Shift to reduce eye strain when using iPad at night. Select Night Mode from the Display & Brightness tab, turn on Schedule, and select the From / To field. You can set the time at which your iPad adjusts for a warmer color spectrum, or choose a setting based on the times of sunrise and sunset in your area.

Siri and search

If you like talking to voice assistants, you can turn on “Hey Siri” support on your iPad by enabling “Listen to Hey Siri” and providing voice typing (make sure you’re in a quiet room when you talk to your iPad. setting time “Hey Siri”).

Touch ID and password

You probably have one fingerprint in the Touch ID database (dubbed “Finger 1”), but you should add a few more. You can add up to five fingerprints and rename them so you know which finger is which. To keep your device from being spied on, scroll down to the Touch ID & Passcode page and enable Erase Data, which erases data from your iPad after 10 failed passcode attempts.


In addition to turning off location services for apps like the App Store, you can restrict location data from specific system services. If your iPad does not have much travel or cellular data connectivity, you should turn off Cellular Search and Compass Calibration and a list of product enhancement options that use your location data. You can also limit the number of targeted ads advertisers send by selecting Limit Ad Tracking from the Ads tab.

iTunes and App Store

By default, your iPad will automatically download updates, but you can configure it to download music, books, and apps installed on other iOS devices by toggling the auto download option for each one.

Accounts and passwords

This is where you’ll want to add whatever accounts you use to manage your email, calendars, or notes. You can sign in with your Exchange, Google, Yahoo, Aol, or Outlook accounts and set them as the default accounts to use when adding items to a reminder list, calendar, or sending emails through the Mail app.

Apple Pay Cash

Want to send money to friends in iMessage? Turn on Apple Pay Cash, enter your Apple ID password, and follow the onscreen instructions.

Mail, calendar, notes and reminders

You may have signed in using your Apple ID, but you probably have an additional account or two that you use instead of iCloud for things like managing your email or calendar. After you add additional accounts to your list of online identities, you must go through these apps and choose a default location for new reminders, notes, calendar appointments, or sent mail.


Please turn off keyboard clicks and noise blocking. Nobody wants to hear them.


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