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Sunday, April 17, 2011

iPad and iPad 2 - How to Connect It For the First Time

 By Savannah Groeneveld


The first time it's turned on, the iPad will ask you to connect to iTunes. Do this using the USB cable that came with the device. You can connect your iPad or iPad to any computer and it doesn't matter whether it is a PC or a Mac. You must make sure that you have iTunes downloaded on this computer before connecting your iPad to it via the USB cord. iTunes can be easily downloaded from the iTunes website.

Start out by entering the details of your iTunes account (username and password) into your iTunes app on the iPad. This is required regardless of what you plan to use your iPad for. For iTunes first-timers, be aware that you need to create a new iTunes account, which is a fairly simple process. It just takes a little bit of personal information and a valid form of payment (usually credit card).

If you bought an iPad that has 3G or Wi-Fi capabilities, you will be forced to indicate what data plan you would like to purchase for your new device. Look over the options and choose the plan that best suits your needs.

You are now ready to sync your iPad or iPad 2 with your computer for the very first time! Your iTunes account should automatically recognize your iPad, as long as it is connected to the computer via the USB cord. You will see a screen within the iTunes program that has a multitude of tabs running across the top. This is your "sync" dashboard and you will being seeing it often. You can go through the tabs yourself and explore. You will see syncing options that you may or may not want to activate. The choice is totally yours.

How and why do you force a sync?

You will always want to initiate a "forced sync" after you have made changes to your sync dashboard. Syncing after making changes will apply these changes to your device and make the necessary moves to update you iPad. You can do this two different ways. The fist way to cause a "forced sync" is to click on the "Apply" button at the bottom of any of the tabbed pages. This will cause iTunes to apply the changes you made to your iPad or iPad 2. If this is working or you just prefer to sync another way, you can always click the button that reads "Sync" on the bottom right-hand side of your iTunes window.

Syncing your iPad to a computer is one of the first things you need to do after buying your iPad or iPad 2. The second thing you need, which may be even more important for the safety of your device, is an iPad or iPad 2 case. To see if certain iPad 2 cases in stock, check out this list which is always being updated!

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