Instructions for the Use of an iPad

By Ana Chandler

The iPad is a versatile tablet from Apple that also functions as an e-reader. For the tech savvy, Apple's interface may seem intuitive because the operating system is identical to the iPhone and iPod touch. However, if you're new to Apple products, you may need a few tips and tricks to get started.

Step 1

Charge your iPad by attaching the dock connector to the bottom of the iPad and plugging in the adapter to a power outlet. The battery may drain when you sync the iPad while it is connected through your computer. Connecting the iPad to a Mac computer through the USB port may cause the iPad to slowly charge during syncing. Your iPad should be fully charged before you use it for the first time.

Step 2

Power on your iPad by pressing and holding the "Sleep/Wake" button on the top-side of the device. Turn off the iPad by pressing and holding the "Sleep/Wake" button for a few seconds until the red slider appears on the screen. Drag the slider to the right.

Step 3

Connect to the Internet by tapping "Settings" then "Wi-Fi." Select the network you want to connect to and enter a password if needed, then tap "Join." You can surf the Web through Apple's proprietary browser, Safari, by clicking the "Safari" icon on the iPad's home screen.

Step 4

Read iBooks by downloading the iBook application on the App Store. After you find a book, your payment will be processed and you can access the book. Tap the book's cover to open it. Flip through pages by tapping the right or left margin of a page. You can set a bookmark by touching and holding a word on the page and tapping "Bookmark."

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid connecting an iPad to a PC or Mac that is powered off, in sleep mode or standby mode or is connected to a USB hub or keyboard. This will drain the iPad battery more.

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