How to set up your iPad
Press the button at the top to turn on the iPad, then slide the slider across the screen with your finger to start the setup process. The first thing it will ask you is to set the language – press British English. Then tap the relevant region.
It will automatically scan for a wi-fi network. Scroll down the list, tap on the relevant network and use the onscreen keyboard to enter your password.
If it's a 3G or 4G tablet, it will ask you to insert the Sim card. If you don't have the Sim ready yet, press continue.
The iPad will now ask whether you want to enable Location Services. If you press Enable Location Services, this allows apps, such as maps, to gather and use data on where you located. This is handy when looking at a map, for example, as it will know where you are and help you plot directions.
Your iPad will then display three setup choices – press Set Up as New iPad if it's your first iPad or you don't want to download content from any other iPads that you already own.
If you already have an iPad and you want to populate your new device with the same content, press Restore from iCloud Backup or Restore from iTunes Backup. These options re-install content that you have either saved to the cloud or your songs and movies that you've bought on iTunes.
Using Apple IDs
The next part of the process is to set up your Apple ID. Here you have two choices. You can either Sign in with Your Apple ID if you already have one. Or if this is your first Apple product, then tap Create a Free Apple ID. This will then take you through the steps to create an Apple account.
After reading through the Terms and Conditions, tap Agree. It will now take you through to set up iCloud. If you want to back up content from your iPad, press Use iCloud. If you don't want to save your data in this way, then hit Don't Use iCloud.
You will then be presented with the Find My iPad screen. Tapping Find My iPad will allow you to track down your iPad if it gets lost or stolen. It also lets you erase the data and content from your iPad to keep your personal information safe, even if the iPad gets into the wrong hands. If you don't want to use this facility, press Don't Use Find My iPad.
The next step is to create a passcode. Tap in a memorable four-digit number which you'll then be asked for every time you unlock the device. We recommend that you do use a passcode, because it makes it harder for people to get hold of your data if the iPad does get stolen. You will be asked to enter the code twice, just like setting up a password for any computer or online account.
You will next be presented with the option to use iCloud keychain. This is a means of keeping your account names, passwords and credit card numbers up-to-date in the cloud and synced across all your Apple devices using the same Apple ID. If you want to use keychain, tap Set Up iCloud Keychain and follow the onscreen prompts.
Siri on the iPad
The iPad will ask if you want to use Siri. This is simply a means of operating and interacting with the iPad via voice recognition. To activate it, simply tap Use Siri.
Following that, it will give you the option to Automatically Send diagnostics data. This means that information about your usage will automatically be sent to Apple. If you'd rather this information didn't get passed on, then tap Don't Send.
And that's the setup process complete. To start using your iPad, simply tap Get Started.