Appendix A. iPad Settings

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You’ll learn to:

  • Customize the way your iPad looks and sounds

  • Set options for features and apps

  • Manage your cellular account

  • Lock your tablet

  • Set restrictions for kids

DESPITE ITS SLIM GOOD looks, the iPad is, at its core, a computer. And like most computers, you can customize its settings to suit your needs. Need to tone down the screen brightness, flip on Location Services so your Maps app can find you, turn on Bluetooth capability, sign up for a month of Verizon 4G LTE service, or add a new email account?

You can do it all right in the iPad’s Settings area. In fact, unless you go in there and poke around for a bit, you may have no idea how much of the iPad you can actually fiddle with—and that’s what this appendix is for.

In addition to letting you tweak the way your iPad works, the Settings area has resetting options in case your iPad suddenly develops an attitude (and Appendix B has more on troubleshooting). So if you want to find the controls to adjust your iPad’s date and time, change your iCloud syncing preferences, turn off Dictation, or power down the cellular chip in your Wi-Fi + Cellular ’Pad when the flight attendant comes around, turn the page to start your Settings walkthrough.

Tour the iPad’s Settings

TAP THE SETTINGS ICON on your iPad’s Home screen to see a list of all the slab’s features you can change, under headings like Safari and Brightness & ...

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