Initial Activation and Setup - Apple® iPad®
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Initial Activation and Setup - Apple® iPad®

Caution iTunes version 10.5 or higher must be installed before the initial setup can be completed. Refer to iTunes: How to find which version you are using and Download and Install iTunes for additional assistance. For iTunes system requirements, refer to iTunes System requirements. If iTunes is already installed, be sure to check for updates. Refer to Install System Updates - iTunes for assistance.

Note For more information about Apple IDs refer to Frequently asked questions about Apple ID.

Connected to iTunes USB Setup Method
WiFi Connection Setup Method

 

Connected to iTunes USB Setup Method

  1. Close any open app.
  2. Power the iPad on.
  3. Connect the iPad to the computer via USB cable.
  4. If prompted with an available software update, is is recommended to download and update.
    Note For assistance, refer to iOS Updates - Apple iPad.
  5. From the iTunes Welcome to Your New iPad screen click Continue.
  6. Select Get Started.
    Note Click register later if you do not want to be prompted during the setup process.
  7. Review the License Agreement. Select I accept the terms in the license agreement then click Continue.

 

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WiFi Connection Setup Method

Caution The alternate activation process takes 2-3 minutes and an active WiFi network must be available.

Caution If a firewall is setup on the computer / WiFi network that is preventing access to port 443, the iPad activation will fail.

Caution Verify that the iPad has a charge. If the battery is drained, use the included AC adapter to charge the iPad for approximately 15 minutes.

  1. Press the power button to power the iPad on.
  2. Slide the unlock switch right, to unlock the device.
  3. Select the language.
  4. Select the country or region.
  5. Select the Wi-Fi network.
  6. Enter the Wi-Fi network password then select Join.
  7. Select the location services option.
    • Enable Location Services
    • Disable Location Services
  8. If prompted, select the Set Up option then select Next.
    • Set Up as New iPad
    • Restore from iCloud Backup
    • Restore from iTunes Backup.
  9. If prompted, select the Set Up option then select Next.
  10. When prompted to sign in with or create a new Apple ID, select the option.
    Note To skip the Apple ID step select Skip This Step then continue with step 11.
  11. Select Skip.
  12. Review the Terms and Conditions then select Agree.
  13. Select Agree.
  14. Enter a 4-digit passcode.
  15. Re-enter the 4-digit passcode.
  16. Select the Siri option:
    • Use Siri
    • Don't use Siri
  17. Select the Diagnostics option.
    • Automatically Send
    • Don't Send
  18. Select Get Started.
  19. For assistance with the Cellular Data activation, refer to Cellular Data Activation - Apple iPad 2 / iPad 4G.
    Only the iPad 2 and iPad 4G models with Verizon Wireless cellular modules are capable of Cellular Data.

 

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Sign in with Apple ID

  1. Enter the information in the appropriate fields then select Next.
    • Apple ID
    • Password
  2. Review the Terms & Conditions then select Agree.
  3. Select Agree.
  4. Select Don't Use iCloud.
    For assistance with setting up iCloud at a later time, refer to iCloud Settings.
  5. If prompted, verify the desired iMessage/FaceTime addresses are selected then select Next.
    Selected when a check mark is present.
  6. Enter a 4-digit passcode.
  7. Re-enter the 4-digit passcode.
  8. Select the Siri option:
    • Use siri
    • Don't use Siri
  9. Select the Diagnostics option:
    • Automatically Send
    • Don't Send
  10. Select Get Started.
  11. For assistance with the Cellular Data activation, refer to Cellular Data Activation - Apple iPad 2 / iPad 4G.
    Only the iPad 2 and iPad 4G models with Verizon Wireless cellular modules are capable of Cellular Data.

 

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I do not have an Apple ID

  1. From the Date of Birth section, select/enter the following information then select Next.
    • Month
    • Day
    • Year
  2. Enter the name information then select Next:
    • First Name
    • Last Name
  3. Select the Create Apple ID option then select Next:
    • Use your current email address
    • Get a free iCloud email address
  4. Enter the email address then select Next.
    Note This will be the Apple ID.
  5. If prompted, select Create.
  6. Enter a password.
    Note Must be at least eight characters and include a number, an uppercase letter and a lowercase letter.
  7. Re-enter the password then select Next.
  8. From the Security Info section, select questions then enter the appropriate answer (required three times).
    Note These are used to verify identity.
  9. Select Next.
  10. From the Optional Rescue Email section, enter an email address then select Next.
    Note Used when the above questions can't be answered.
    Note Cannot be the same as the Apple ID / email address.
  11. Select the Email Updates switch to enable/disable email updates from Apple then select Next.
  12. Review the Terms & Conditions then select Agree.
  13. Select Agree.
  14. Select Don't Use iCloud.
    For assistance with setting up iCloud at a later time, refer to iCloud Settings.
  15. Enter a 4-digit passcode.
  16. Re-enter the 4-digit passcode.
  17. Select the Siri option:
    • Use siri
    • Don't use Siri
  18. Select the Diagnostics option:
    • Automatically Send
    • Don't Send
  19. Select Get Started.
  20. For assistance with the Cellular Data activation, refer to Cellular Data Activation - Apple iPad 2 / iPad 4G.
    Only the iPad 2 and iPad 4G models with Verizon Wireless cellular modules are capable of Cellular Data.

 

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Last Modified: October 31, 2013
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