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Networking and Syncing Your iPad

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In this chapter from My iPad, 8th Edition, you find out how to connect your iPad to your local Wi-Fi network. You also see how to sync your iPad with your Mac or Windows computer and with Apple’s iCloud service.
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  • Setting Up Your Wi-Fi Network Connection
  • Setting Up Your Cellular Data Connection
  • Syncing with iCloud
  • Syncing with iTunes
  • Syncing Photos with iTunes
  • Keeping Your iPad Up-To-Date
  • Sharing with AirDrop
  • Viewing Your Mac’s Files with iCloud Drive

Your iPad connects you to the world. You can surf the web, view all sorts of information, communicate with friends, and share photos. But first, you must connect your iPad to the Internet. You can do that using a Wi-Fi connection. Some iPads also have the capability to connect to a cellular network.

Setting Up Your Wi-Fi Network Connection

One of the first things you need to do with your iPad is to establish an Internet connection.

Chances are that you did this when you started your iPad for the first time. It should have prompted you to choose from a list of nearby Wi-Fi networks. You might need to do this again if you first used your iPad away from home, or if you need to switch to use another Wi-Fi network.

To connect your iPad to a wireless network, follow these steps.

  1. Tap the Settings icon on the Home screen.

  2. Choose Wi-Fi from the list of settings on the left.
  3. Make sure that Wi-Fi is turned on.
  4. Tap the item that represents your network. (Tap on the blue-circled i button next to each network to customize your network settings.)

  5. If the network is protected by a password, you will be asked to enter the password.
  6. Tap Join. Once you enter the password, your iPad will remember it. If you switch between two locations, like work and home, you will be asked to enter the password the first time you use that connection. From that point on, your iPad automatically logs on to each connection as you move around.

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