Here’s how to set it up and start using your brand new iPad!

If you just received a new 9.7-inch Pro, the bigger 12.9-inch Pro, an mini 4, or any new , that’s only the beginning. A world of apps and features await you. First, though, you have to get up so you can using it all!

That means going through the initial “Hello!” septs, adding any accounts you might with Google or Microsoft, getting FaceTime and iMessage rolling, and downloading all the apps and games you’ll be spending the next long while with, like FaceBook, Pinterest, Candy Crush, and more.

Even if you’ve never owned an — or iPhone! — before, don’t worry. Apple’s made it really easy to get started, and we’re here to walk you through all of it!

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How to up your new iPad

The minute you turn on your new iPad, you’ll see a screen that says “Hello” in many different languages. That’s your own, personal setup buddy, and it’s here to help you make sure everything is configured and working just exactly the way you want!

How to set up your new iPad

How to use iMessage on your new iPad

How to use iMessage for iPhone and iPad

iMessage is Apple’s built-in instant messaging (IM) service. It lets you send text, picture, video, sound, and location quickly and easily to anyone else using iMessage on iPad, iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch. On iPad, it lives alongside SMS and MMS, so you can keep in touch with non-Apple friends from the same app. Thanks to Continuity, you can even get those “green bubbles” on iPad and Mac as well! It makes for an incredibly powerful, unified experience, and is a great way to connect to anyone and everyone in your life.

If you sign in with iCloud when you set up your iPad, you should be set up with iMessage as well. If not, you can set it up and sign in at any time, and there are a whole lot of really cool features you can using right away.

Ultimate guide to using iMessage for iPad

How to add iCloud, Google, Microsoft, and other accounts to your new iPad

Whether you use Apple’s iCloud, Google’s Gmail, Microsoft’s Outlook or Exchange, or something else, it’s easy to set up all your mail, contacts, and calendar accounts to sync to your iPad. You can enable iCloud when you first set up your new iPad, or enable any service at any time in Settings. Here’s how!

How to set up mail, contacts, and calendars on iPad

How to use the Camera on your new iPad

If the iPad — or iPod touch — is the best camera you have with you, the Camera app has to be one of the best, and most important apps on your device. With it, you can capture those magic moments with your family and friends, at work or at play, at home or on vacation, in your backyard or atop a mountain halfway around the world. From front- to rear-facing, still photos regular, square, or panoramic, to video and slow motion video, with built in high dynamic range (HDR), burst mode, filters, and more, the Camera app has a ton of functionality and options.

Ultimate guide to using Camera on iPad

How to make FaceTime video and audio calls on your new iPad

FaceTime is Apple’s video and audio calling service. Think of it as a phone that uses your Wi-Fi or cellular data connection instead of traditional phone lines. You can use it from any iPad, iPad, iPod touch or Mac, to call anyone else using any one of those devices.

That’s what makes FaceTime perfect for seeing and hearing family when you’re on the road, keeping grandparents connected to grandkids, making international calls when you have no long-distance plan, getting a second opinion on that jacket while you’re out shopping, and much, much more.

Ultimate guide to using FaceTime on your iPad

How to use Notes on your new iPad

With the new Notes app for iPad, you can not only type whatever you like, but can add hand-drawn sketches as well, so your visual ideas get saved right alongside your text. You can format with common styles, use bulleted or numbered lists, and even create checklists to keep track of items right inside your note. In addition to photos, you can now embed video, audio, locations, web links, and documents so you can collect everything you want to keep together all in one place.

Ultimate guide to using Notes for iPad

How to download apps and games onto your new iPad

Getting your first iPad is just the beginning. Thousands of developers have made over a million apps and games that can totally transform the device your holding in your hands. With each new app it can become your constant Facebook friend, your gateway to Snapchat, a tool to learn new languages, a way to brush up on math or science, your ticket to car services, a personal scanner, a way to edit documents on the go and, of course, an incredible portable gaming console. All you need to do is get started!

How to download apps and games onto your new iPad

Need more help with your new iPad?

All of this only scratches the surface of what you can do with your new iPad. We have plenty more help and how-to articles for you, and we have the iPad forums where you can go to ask questions and get help from our community of experts.

Seriously, if you need anything at all, just ask!

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