Got a new iPad for Christmas? Here’s how to set it up and start using it

BY Jason

Published 25 Dec 2013


If you’ve got a shiny new iPad Air or iPad mini for Christmas, here’s our guide to set it up, configure it, install apps and learn about all its features.

Setting up your new iPad

We’ve posted a detailed step-by-step walkthrough of the things you need to do when you switch-on your iPad for the first time. You can read it by following this link.

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Transfer your data

Having your data like saved messages, email accounts, photos, notes, and other personal settings is a key step to take full-advantage of the iPad’s features. To transfer your data from an old iPad or iPhone, follow the steps in this guide.

Install apps

iOS is known for its great app ecosystem, which has over a million apps listed on the App Store. Here are the apps and games you should install after you’ve set up your iPad:


iOS 7

The iPad comes preinstalled with iOS 7, Apple’s next generation mobile operating system. The latest public version of iOS is 7.0.4. You can check if you’re on the latest version by opening the Settings app and navigating to General → About → Version. If you’re not, you can update by going to Settings → General → Software Update.

iOS 7 comes with over 200 new features, the most important of which are:


Jailbreak your iPad

Apple likes to control the experience of using your iPad by regulating the App Store and preventing the installation of apps from third-party sources. But if you don’t like this type of control, or you feel adventurous and want to tinker with your device, you can jailbreak it by following these instructions. You can also have a look at our top reasons to jailbreak iOS 7.

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Improve Battery Life

iPad Air and iPad mini let you surf the web for up to 10 hours over Wi-Fi, and 9 hours over 4G. If you’re dissatisfied with your iPad’s battery life over the next few days of use, you can try these tips to improve its battery life.

ipad air battery feature

Other tips to become an iPad power-user

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