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iPad: The Missing Manual, 6th Edition by J.D. Biersdorfer

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Appendix A. iPad Settings

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You’ll learn to:

  • Configure the way your iPad looks and sounds

  • Learn about accessibility options for easier iPad use

  • Manage your WiFi and cellular connections

  • Add a passcode lock

  • Set restrictions for kids

DESPITE ITS SLIM GOOD looks, any iPad, big or small, is still a computer at its core. And like most computers, you can customize its settings to suit your needs. Want to dim the screen, flip on Location Services, tell Siri who you are, sign up for a month of Verizon 4G LTE service, or add a new email account?

You can do all that—and more—right from 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 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, make the on-screen text in iOS 7 easier on your eyes, change your iCloud syncing preferences, turn off Siri, or power down the cellular chip in your Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad 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 ...

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