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How To Use Your iPad A simple Guide. Pt 1 I've Opened The Box, Now What?

Updated on June 4, 2014

How To Turn Your iPad on.

We have all felt that excitement when we first open a new gadget, and take it out of it's box. But how many of us know exactly from the start how to use the new technology? I mean, let's face it, do you even know how to turn the thing on? No? Well join the club. There is plenty of you out there. And I am sure that if there is one thing that drives you to distraction, it is the so called instructions! I say that, purely because I don't think that I have ever been able to understand a word that they say. It's not because I am stupid, or anybody else, it is because the person who wrote the instructions knew what he was doing. He could see it in his head and he wrote it down. But we cannot see in his head! So whether we are just basic human beings, or Einsteins grandchildren, you can bet your dollar that we will get so angry with the darn things we end up throwing it, well, back in the box and dealing with it 'in the morning'.So this is for you. From opening the box, to your first tentative steps using it in any way you want to.

Good Luck.

Of We Go.

So it's out of the box, now what? well stop and take a look at it. On the top of your iPad you will notice a small hole which is the headphone jack. next to that is the smaller hole which is your microphone. Further along you will see the:

On/Off, Sleep/Wake button: With this you just press it to turn it on, or sleep. When it is awake and not being used, it will use up the battery too quickly. I suggest that you always put it in sleep mode, or turn it off when not using it. When you want to use it, just turn it back on, or press the Home button which is situated on the front of the screen near the bottom.

Turn It Around and Look at all sides.

Now turn it over and you will see at the other end, three short holes which are the Built in Speaker, and further along is the 30 pin dock connector.

Speaker: This may be obvious, but the speaker plays audio music and video soundtracks out loud if you don't have the headset connected.

30 pin Dock connector:This is to recharge your battery. This can also be used to connect both your iPad and your PC together. Simple. With me so far? Good. Now let's go to the sides of the iPad and of course the most important part. The front.

On the right side are the volume controls, and the screen rotation lock.

Screen rotation lock: This is a great little gadget, the iPad, it will rotate whichever way you want it to go, for example hold it up to the ceiling and turn it clockwise in your hand. See? it rotates back so that it looks even again. Brilliant. Or not. If you are reading a book on it, and you keep jigging around, I think that you will be very dizzy by the time you have got to chapter two! So it is a good idea to flip the switch down and then it will stop rotating. Whew! Thank goodness for that! Oh nearly forgot, you can always tell when the rotate switch is locked down as there will be a little orange light telling you. So before you start to go mad and scream, it's not rotating!! just look for the orange glow! There.

Volume control: The upper part of this button turns up the sound, the lower turns down the sound. Simple! nothing more to say about that!

Now To The Front Hooray!

Here we have the most important part of your gadget. These consist of three different applications.

Touchscreen:As this is the first part of learning about your iPad, just turn it on and take a look. don't touch anything just yet!

Application buttons:This consists of 13 buttons, or icons, as you can see by just looking at them, they are going to be amazing! But don't touch any yet. Are you listening to me? Yes? Good.

Home button:This does what it says on the tin, so to speak! It takes you back home, well, not home as such, it's not a car, I mean the Home Page.

Still with me? Good. Right then, now what have we got? Right, along the top of the screen is the status bar,

Airplane mode:This is pretty straight forward, and self explanatory. You can't use any wireless gadgets in an Airplane, it will mess up the computers in the cockpit and you are likely to, well, let's just say it will get a bit bumpy! But the good thing is, if your iPad has this mode, then you will be able to watch video or enjoy your music when you are flying.

3G: If Your model has this then it means in simple terms is that your iPad can connect to the Internet. It may not be called 3G it is different in the States, AT&T are just one of the data networks.

O: GBRS data network available.

E: Edge network. This says it is available to connect to the Internet.

Wi-Fi: Signal strength.

Sun shaped icon. This just shows you the activity is in action, just like the swirly thing on the computer when you keep yelling at it to WORK DAMN YOU! Oops sorry! Got carried away.

VPN: This just means you are connected to a virtual private network.

Lock: Shows you when your iPad is locked or unlocked.

Things like, bluetooth icons, screen rotating lock, and Battery are self explanatory. I hope!

Start From The Beginning.

Power Up and Of We Go!

Turned it on? Good. Now tap the Home Button. If you want to rearrange your buttons press and hold any icon or button and all the icons wiggle. Cool!

Then just drag them around until you are happy. Oh, and don't forget to press the Home button to make sure they stay in place. Home is not just Home it is the enter button, if you like, so treat it with respect!

I won't go through all the buttons separately to tell you what the look like, suffise to say there is the Calender, Contacts, Notes, Maps, etc. Well you can see with your own eyes!

What I will say here is that: WELL DONE! This is the end of the first part of your training, see below for the second and let's be honest here, a little bit harder. But I will keep it simple so that if I ever buy one myself I know what to do! See you Soon.


Coming soon, How to Use Your iPad pt 2. Basic Training, Just use your finger!

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    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, Ray, ha ha thanks, maybe a lady not so much a scholar, well maybe! I could do with a job, I have worked in offices all my life, now I can't find one, any suggestions? lol thanks for reading, and I am so glad it was helpful, nell

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      OLD RAY 

      8 years ago

      Hi Nell, Many thanks for your simplist explanation of the iPad, as a 76year old it was all I wanted, you are in

      deed a Lady and a scholar, there are few of myou left Old Ray. Now I just have tyo convince my Managing Director that we need one, any suggestions/

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, myi4u, sounds great! let me know how you get on with it, thanks nell

    • myi4u profile image


      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Just got my iPad2 a few days ago. Nice guide here!

      Really looking forward to the launch of iOS 5. However, I am just wondering if the hackers out there will be able to jailbreak iOS 5. There are some really nice features in iOS 5!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, Cheryl, thanks again, glad you found it helpful, cheers nell

    • Cheryl J. profile image

      Cheryl J. 

      8 years ago from Houston, TX

      Great information. Now I can buy one. Great hub.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, seanorjohn, thanks for reading it, I hope it helps, I am pretty useless with these things, so I have to get to the bottom of them! lol

    • seanorjohn profile image


      9 years ago

      Well done Nell.I haven't used the ipad yet. But I really can't wait to get one after reading this hub.I will try and link to this hub cos I have just published a hub about a rock and roll music app. You have explained it perfectly. I will have to make much better use of youtube as you do. Voted up and useful.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, thanks for reading it, I was going to carry on with the instructions but got a bit waylaid! I will do some more soon, thanks so much, nell

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      9 years ago

      I love my gadgets. One day - I expect I will give in to the urge and get me one of these! Thanks for your input. The video was a good one too.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Freya, thanks again for coming over and reading my hubs, I would also love one of these, but I am sure that I wouldn't be able to read their manual so that's why I am learning about it now, thank you nell

    • Freya Cesare profile image

      Freya Cesare 

      9 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      I have been dreaming to have this one, but with my country currency rate it will killing me! Hhhh...

      Anyway, this is the best "how to" I ever read so far, Nell. Your sense of humour really colouring the Hub and make it fun to read. Well done, dear. Vote up!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, nikitha, thanks for commenting, and I am glad you like it, cheers nell

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, prasetio, thanks for reading it, and I am glad you found it helpful, and thanks for the vote up, nell

    • nikitha p profile image

      nikitha p 

      9 years ago from India

      Very informative hub, thanks for sharing.

    • prasetio30 profile image


      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love this stuff. I hope I can buy this one soon. Thanks Nell for share your knowledge about "how to use iPad". I am glad to know that. Vote up. ~prasetio

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi Micky, ha ha are you walking all over my buttons again? shame on you! hee hee

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Heck- I just came by to let my fingers do the walking all over your buttons.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Sa'ge, yes I loved the music, it was the first time I had relaxed today! thanks for stopping over, I am coming back over now! cheers nell

    • Sa`ge profile image


      9 years ago from Barefoot Island

      Nell, you were over at my place while i was exiting that hub lol. no one was there when i started to edit then when i was done there was your comment. ha ha! ok i hope you got to listen to the music, I know you would have loved it! aloha my Dear have a great evening! :D

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Sa'ge, I know what you mean, I am not sure whether I would like to use it to read, I love my books to much! thanks as always nell

      Hi, Csjun, I didn't realise how futuristic they were! my brothers got one, I haven't just yet, but I will do now! thanks so much nell

      Hi, AJ, thanks so much and I am glad you found it helpful, I know what it is like when something is 'explained' in a manual! ha ha I usually throw them in the bin! cheers nell

      Hi, Schoolgirlforreal, thanks for the read, glad you liked it, cheers nell

      Hi, Audrey, but you can't read a sled! ha ha ha then again you can't sled on an cheers nell

    • akirchner profile image

      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      How cool - I want one of those SOOOO bad but I think I'm still going to get the sled!

    • schoolgirlforreal profile image


      9 years ago

      Can't wait to buy one (when I get paid!) Very exciting and fun to watch the video!


    • fundamentallife profile image


      9 years ago

      Great job Nell, explanation was perfect for me.

      Voted helpful.


    • Csjun89 profile image


      9 years ago

      Grats on getting an ipad, I have one too and its great, I feel like I have a piece of the future, that hasn't quite come in touch with the past yet, thus the occasional wonkiness!

    • Sa`ge profile image


      9 years ago from Barefoot Island

      great hub Nell. on my wish list is an ordinary Ipod lol those Ipads would be great for reading books. be a long way to getting one of those for this little lady. :D

      when and if I do, will surely be back here to re-read this great hub. you make it so easy! thank you Nell! :D

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Brian, thanks for reading it, I just feel that sometimes manuals are really hard to understand! so I thought I would give it a go, cheers nell

      Hi, sligobay, I definitely want one too, and the funny thing is I find that you learn more writing it, than actually reading about it! I suppose it sinks in better! lol cheers nell

      Hi, green Lotus, I know what you mean, I am never sure what is the best one, or what certain terms mean, like 3G etc, but I hope to get one of these soon, thanks nell

      Hi, Hello Hello, thanks for reading it, I will be reading some more tomorrow and hopefully it will sink in enough to finish off the next hub! ha ha cheers nell

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      You have done a real good explanation of all the function. Thank you.

    • Green Lotus profile image


      9 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Nicely done Nell. When I have the strength to switch mobile companies (and the funds) ipad is on my list. I'd like to learn more about the advantages of G3 and G4 and if you are better off using your ipad to connect to the internet when traveling out of the country. Cheers.

    • sligobay profile image


      9 years ago from east of the equator

      Thanks Nell Rose. The ipad is on my "wish list" for when this recession thing blows over. I'll read your next Hub and be ready to "rock and roll". Cheers.

    • BRIAN SLATER profile image

      Brian Slater 

      9 years ago from England

      nice hub and this explains everything- well done


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