How to Connect Your iPad to Your Computer

If you arrived late to the Apple portable device boom, you may be unfamiliar with even the simplest of required device functions. For instance, countless online help websites, including Apple's, instruct you to connect the iPad to a computer in order to sync the device with iTunes. But, if you cannot find the proper connectors or ports to plug in the device, you will not get far. Learn how to use your iPad's provided USB cable to connect the device to your computer.

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Connect an iPad to your computer to synch media.

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Download the iTunes installation software to your computer from www.apple.com/itunes/download/

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Run the installation software and follow the prompts to finish installing iTunes.

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Plug the wide connector of your iPad's USB cable into the power port on the bottom of the iPad.

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Connect the other end of the cable into one of your computer's USB ports. A USB port has a symbol resembling a three-pronged pitchfork with a square, circle and triangle at the tips of the spears. Once connected, iTunes loads.