How to Use the Internet With an iPad

All hardware versions of the iPad are equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity for accessing the Internet; some models also include 3G cellular data connectivity. Once connected by either method, the iPad can use Internet-equipped applications to perform tasks such as Web browsing, sending and receiving email and accessing online features in games and applications. You also require an Internet connection to use the online iTunes App Store, where you may purchase and download music, videos, games and applications.

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The iPad will automatically favor a Wi-Fi connection over 3G when in range of a network.

Getting Connected on Wi-Fi

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Launch the "Settings" application on the iPad by tapping its icon on the home screen.

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Select the "Wi-Fi" option, and slide the "Wi-Fi" button to "On." A list of networks within range will be displayed.

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Tap the network you want to connect to. If the network is secured, enter the password in the "Password" box and press the "Join" button. If the network is unsecured, the iPad will connect automatically.

Getting Connected on 3G

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Insert the SIM eject tool into the hole in the SIM card tray on the left of the iPad if you have a 3G-equipped device. The SIM card tray will eject, allowing you to insert your micro-SIM card that will provide access to the cellular network.

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Push the SIM card tray firmly into the iPad's case until it is flush, and then turn the iPad on by holding its power button for 2 seconds.

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Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer, following the installation instructions detailed on Apple's website. Launch iTunes by clicking its icon on the desktop once installation is complete.

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Connect the iPad to your computer using its USB cable. ITunes will automatically detect the iPad and will activate the newly inserted SIM card over the Internet. Once activation is complete, the iPad will connect to the Internet via the cellular network whenever it's out of range of a Wi-Fi signal.

Using the Internet

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Launch an application such as the Safari Web browser, iPad's email client or a game or application that uses an online component by tapping its icon on the home screen.

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Check the Wi-Fi or 3G signal indicator is highlighted in the upper right corner of the iPad's taskbar to confirm an Internet connection is present.

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Follow the game or application's usage instructions, and any online aspects will operate automatically as long as the iPad's Internet connection remains active.