Syncing Using iCloud
If you have an iCloud account from Apple, you can sync parts of your iPad’s data wirelessly even if you are not in the same location. If you do not yet have an iCloud account, it is easy to sign up for a free one. You may have already set one up while going through the initial welcome screens when you first turned on your iPad.
- Tap the Settings icon on the Home screen and then tap iCloud.
- If you already have an iCloud account, enter your Apple ID and password and then tap the Sign In button.
- Tap the Get a Free Apple ID button to create a new Apple ID if you have never used one before. If you already have an account with iTunes, iBooks, the iOS App Store, or the Mac App Store, then you already have an Apple ID and should use that in step 2.
- Choose which pieces of data you want to sync with your iCloud account.
- You can turn on iCloud mail to use an @icloud.com email account. The first time you turn this on, you will be asked to create a new @icloud.com email address. Even if you don’t plan on switching to that new address for your personal correspondence, it doesn’t hurt to create this email address now, as it is free.
- Enable Photo Stream to use iCloud’s Photo Stream feature. See the sidebar “What Is Photo Stream?” in Chapter 9.
- Turn on Documents & Data to allow some apps to store documents on the iCloud servers instead of your local iPad’s memory. This makes that data available to your other iOS devices as well. Not all apps have this functionality, however.
- Enabling Find My iPad lets you use this feature to locate your iPad if you have lost it or it has been stolen.
Keeping Your iPad Up-to-Date
Apple periodically comes out with updates to iOS. And Apple and other developers come out with updates to apps all the time. Usually all these updates are free and contain useful and important new features. So, there is no reason not to keep your iPad up-to-date. In fact, updates sometimes include important security patches, so you should pay careful attention when an update is available.
- Tap the Settings icon on the Home screen and then tap General.
- Tap Software Update.
- If you have the latest version of iOS, you will see a message like this one. Otherwise, follow the instructions provided to update your iPad.
- On the Home screen, find and tap the App Store app. You may also notice a number in a red circle attached to the icon. This tells you how many apps you have that have updates available.
- Tap the Updates button. This takes you to a screen with a list of all available app updates.
- Tap any app’s Free button to immediately download the updated version of that app.
- Tap Update All instead to download and install all updates.