How to Set Up and Start using your new iPad Air

BY Jason

Published 1 Nov 2013


If you’ve just got your shiny new iPad Air and can’t wait to use it, here’s our step-by-step guide where we walk you through the set up process, so you can start using it.

  • Turn on your iPad Air by pressing the Sleep/Wake or Power button at the top.
  • You will be greeted by the Hello screen as seen below. Swipe from left to right on the screen to begin the set up process.


  • You will be prompted to select the Language. Tap on your preferred language. It will set up the language.


  • Next select your country or region from the list.
  • You will be prompted to choose a Wi-Fi network. Tap on the preferred Wi-Fi network.
  • Next enter the password for your Wi-Fi network (if it is a secure network).
  • Then choose if you want Location services to be enabled or disabled. If you want to use services like Find my iPad, which is recommended, enable it.


  • Here you can set up your iPad as a New iPad, or restore from iCloud Backup or from iTunes Backup. For the purpose of this guide, I’m setting up the iPad as a New iPad.


  • You will then be prompted to sign in with your Apple ID or create a Free Apple ID. If you already have an Apple ID, select sign in with Your Apple ID.


  • You will be prompted to agree to the Terms and Conditions. Tap on the Agree button in the bottom right corner of the screen. You will again prompted with a popup asking you to agree to the Terms and Conditions. Tap on Agree to proceed.
  • It may take a few minutes to set up your Apple ID.
  • Next, you will get an option to either use iCloud or Don’t Use iCloud. iCloud lets you access your music, photos, contacts, calendars and more on all your iOS devices automatically. I would recommend using it, so tap on the Use iCloud option.


  • You will be prompted to Use or Don’t Use Find my iPad. Find My iPad is a free service that allows you to locate, lock, and erase your iPad if you lose it. With iOS 7, Find My iPad also includes Activation Lock, so someone will need your Apple ID and password to erase or reactivate your iPad. I would recommend you to use Find my iPad, so tap on Use Find my iPad option.


  • You will now get the option to select the email ids and phone numbers that can be used to contact you via iMessage and FaceTime. Deselect the email ids and phone numbers you don’t want associated with this iPad and click next.
  • It will now prompt you to create a Passcode. Enter a passcode, and re-enter it when you prompted to do so in the next screen.
  • Next, you will prompted to set up iCloud Keychain. iCloud Keychain stores website usernames, passwords, credit card numbers and expiration dates you save with iCloud, and keeps them up to date across all your iOS 7 devices and your Mac computers running OS X Mavericks that you have approved.


  • If you have setup iCloud Keychain previously on another device, then you can approve it from one of your other devices using iCloud Keychain or use your iCloud Security Code. You can also have the option not to restore passwords.
  • You will now get an option to enable Siri, Apple’s intelligent Personal Assistant, which can be used to make phone calls, send a message, dictate a note, check the weather and lots more using voice commands. It can be accessed by long pressing the Home button. Tap Use Siri if you want to use it or the Don’t Use option if you want to keep it disable.


  • Next tap on Automatically Send if you want to send diagnostics and usage data to Apple. If not, tap on the Don’t Send option.


  • You will get an option to register your iPad with Apple. Tap Next to continue.


  • You will now be greeted by the Welcome to iPad screen.


  • Tap on Get Started to go to the Home screen, and start using your new iPad Air.


Let us know how it goes. Please feel free to drop us a line if you’ve any questions.