Getting Started with the iPad2

Keith Engwall Catawba College Library cc 2011

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Getting started with the iPad2
1. The Cover
So, the first thing we should look at is the cover. It’s probably closed right now. What you see below is what it looks like when it’s open (it opens like a book). The cover is held closed by a little clip that grips the iPad in the middle of the right side.

iPad wakes up when cover is opened & goes to sleep when closed Cover Clip

TRY IT Open the cover. Tip: Tuck your right thumb between the cover and the iPad just above the clip and push while you use the tip of your right index finger to pull on the edge of the clip. It’s kind of stiff, so it takes a bit of effort.

You’ll notice that the iPad2 (iPad from here on) is on when you open it. Hidden magnets in the cover wake the iPad up when you open it and put it to sleep when you close it.

TRY IT Close the cover (most of the way if you don’t want to wrestle with the clip again) and listen for a click. That’s the iPad going to sleep. Now open it again. It’s automatically awake. Pretty nifty.

Ok, now that we’ve got it open, let’s take a moment to look more closely at the cover. The cover is designed to not only protect the iPad but to also be used as a stand for the iPad.

Left corner clips pop free easily to let cover act as iPad stand

Edge & right corner clips hold the iPad in the cover

Two grooves for different stand positions The cover attaches to the iPad with clips at the right corners and the top and bottom edge. The clips at the left corners, near the spine, pop free easily to let the cover act as a stand for the iPad.

The back of the cover bends along a crease

To use the cover as a stand, pop free the clips on the left side, along the spine, rotate the iPad counterclockwise until it is sideways and tilt the bottom edge forward (the back of the cover will bend along a crease) until it rests in one of the two grooves in the cover.

TRY IT Use the cover as a stand. Use the two grooves to stand the iPad up in both positions. Don’t worry if the iPad falls asleep while you’re figuring this out. We’re just propping up the iPad for now and can wake it up later. Eventually, you’ll be able to do this quickly and easily.

To re-engage the cover, simply tuck the bottom edge of the iPad back into the spine and lay the iPad flat on the desk or table. Give the corner clips a gentle pinch to make sure they’re seated. You can now turn the iPad clockwise and pick it up like a book. You can also tuck the front cover completely underneath the iPad by folding it at the spine until it is resting against the back cover. You can either hold it like this or lay it on the table.

TRY IT Re-engage the cover and then fold the cover behind the iPad. If you need to wake it up, you can (mostly) close and then open it.

2. Rotating The iPad (Portrait / Landscape)
You may have noticed that when you set the iPad up The screen on the iPad automatically rotates when you rotate the iPad so that the screen is right-way up. This is what it looks like when it is sideways (or landscape):

You can even turn the iPad upside down and it will still automatically rotate so that the screen is rightway up. You may notice that not all apps rotate the screen automatically and need to be held a certain way. This varies from app to app. TRY IT Rotate the iPad so that any direction is up. Note that it keeps that orientation when you lay it flat.

3. Buttons & Switches
Most of what we will do with the iPad will involve touching the screen of the iPad, but there are a few buttons that have specific functions. Most of them are in the upper right corner. While the cover covers the back of the iPad, it leaves little gaps so you can access these buttons. Sleep/Power Button Mute (sort of)



The only button on the front of the iPad (bottom center), the Home Button has several functions, including waking the iPad up, exiting programs, returning to the Home screen, and more. We’ll look at these a little later. You may press the Sleep/Power Button (along the top edge in the right corner) briefly to put the iPad to sleep or press and hold it to begin turning the iPad off. The Mute switch (right edge near the top) will mute ONLY the system sounds for the iPad by pushing it to the down position. Music and app sounds will not be muted. I rarely ever use this switch and instead turn the volume down using the volume button. I just leave it in the up position all the time. The top half of the Volume button (right edge near the top) turns the volume (for the system, music, apps, everything) up and the bottom half turns the volume down. We’ll try each of these as we go along.

3a. Sleeping and Waking
As mentioned earlier, the cover automatically puts the iPad to sleep when you close it, and wakes the iPad when you open it. The iPad will also fall asleep if you let it sit for a couple minutes or so to conserve battery. You can also put the iPad to sleep by pressing and releasing the Sleep/Power button (top edge of iPad, above right corner). You can wake the iPad up by pressing either the Home button (front of iPad, bottom center) or the Sleep/Power button. Unlike when you open the cover, the iPad will wake up “locked”. This is to prevent you from interacting with the iPad if you bump the home button by accident. Simply slide your finger as directed on the screen to unlock the iPad. TRY IT Put the iPad to sleep using the Sleep/Power button. Then wake it up using the Sleep/Power button. Unlock it by sliding your finger along the screen as directed (your first use of the touch screen!). Then put it back to sleep and then wake it up using the Home button and unlock it again.

3b. On & Off
To turn the iPad off, first press and hold the Sleep/Power button for about 5 seconds, until you see the red slider on the screen. Release the Sleep/Power button and slide your finger as directed to turn the iPad off. You’ll see a little swirling icon in the middle of the screen while the iPad shuts down, and then the screen will go dark. The iPad is now off. You can turn on the iPad by pressing and holding the Sleep/Power button for about 5 seconds, until the Apple logo appears on the screen. Release the Sleep/Power button and wait for the Home screen to appear (more on that later). There’s generally no need to turn the iPad off. The sleep mode is usually sufficient. But sometimes it can help to do so if the iPad or an app is behaving oddly. It certainly doesn’t hurt anything to do so. TRY IT Turn the iPad off. Then turn it back on again.

3c. Home & Search Screen

The screen that comes up when you turn the iPad on is called the Home screen. It looks something like the image on the left. You can get to this screen by pressing the Home button (if you are in an app, you might need to press the Home button once to exit the app and then again to get to the Home screen). If you are already on the Home screen, pressing the Home button will take you to the iPad search screen, shown on the right. Pressing the Home button again will take you back to the Home screen. We’ll talk more about what to do on these screens shortly. TRY IT Press the Home button. Where does it take you? Press it again. How about now? Repeat, if necessary, until you are back on the Home screen.

3d. Volume

When you press either the top or bottom part of the Volume button (right edge of iPad, near top corner), the Volume icon will appear in the center of the screen. You can press briefly to increase or decrease the volume gradually, or press and hold to do so quickly. TRY IT Adjust the volume up and down. We can verify this once we’re running apps with audio.

We’re going to skip the Mute switch (right edge of iPad, above Volume). Just leave it in the up position.

4. Home Screen and other Screens

Now that we’ve covered buttons, let’s look at what’s on the screen. The Home Screen (shown above) displays several icons for “apps” (which are small programs that run on the iPad) spaced evenly across the upper part of the screen. Also, you’ll notice a row of apps lined up along the bottom of the screen. Just above those apps, you’ll see a row of dots (similar to those shown below).

Each dot represents an additional screen of apps. Currently, the left-most dot is brighter than the others. That’s the screen you are currently on – the Home Screen. To get to the next screen, simply swipe your finger across the screen from right to left (like you’re flicking the page of a book). You’ll see the Home screen slide off the left side and be replaced by the next screen. Note how the next dot is now bright. Do that again to get to the next screen. To go the other way, swipe your finger from left to right (like you’re flicking back a page in a book). You can even get to the Search screen this way (it sits to the left of the Home screen, and is indicated by a small magnifying glass to the left of the dots). Note how the icons lined up along the bottom of the screen stay put, no matter what screen you are on. This is where you can put icons for your favorite apps, so that you can get to them quickly from any screen (more on moving app icons around later). You can also get back to the Home screen from any screen by pressing the Home button. TRY IT Use your finger to flip back and forth between all the screens (including the search screen). Now flip to another screen and use the Home button to get back to the Home Screen.

You’ll also notice, along the top of the iPad screen, a thin bar with some indicators. Wireless signal strength Play (music is playing)


Battery meter (at 69%)

On the left is the word “iPad” (very helpful), followed by a wireless signal meter. In the middle is the time. On the right, you may see various indicators, depending on what is running (this one shows a “play” triangle, which would mean that music is playing), followed by the battery meter.

5. App Folders

You will notice that some of the icons on the iPad screens look like small, black boxes with rounded corners. These are actually folders that contain related apps. If you touch one of these icons, it will expand to show the apps within. To exit the folder, touch anywhere outside of it or press the Home button. TRY IT Find an app folder icon (there should be one on the Home Screen named “Photography”) and touch it to open the folder. Then touch outside the folder to close it. Then open it and use the Home button to exit the folder.

5. Running and Exiting Apps
To run an app, simply press briefly the icon for the app. Be careful about moving your finger, since that will cause the iPad to think you are trying to switch screens and it will start to move the screen instead of running the app. To exit an app, press the Home button. No matter what you are doing in an app, pressing the Home button will exit the app. TRY IT Touch the app for Contacts to run it. You’ll see a contacts list. Then press the Home button to exit the app.

6. Edit Screen Mode
You can arrange the icons for apps any way you like by putting the iPad into an “edit screen” mode, in which you can rearrange app icons on the screen, move them from screen to screen, group them into folders, and even delete them. We’re not going to go over how to do these things at this point, but just in case you accidentally end up in this mode, you should understand what it is and how to get out of it. To put the iPad into “edit screen” mode, touch and hold one of the app icons (any one will do) for about 5 seconds, until all of the icons start to wiggle. In this mode, you can drag icons around and rearrange them. To exit “edit screen” mode, press the Home button. TRY IT Touch and hold your finger on an app until all the icons start to wiggle. Then press the Home button to exit “edit screen” mode.

7. Currently Running Apps List
Exiting an app does not cause it to stop running. It is simply running in the background. The next time you touch that app’s icon, you return to the running app. You can see a list of running apps by doublepressing the Home button quickly. The screen will fade and slide up to reveal a row of app icons, one for each app that is running. It is fine for several apps to be running in the background, but if the iPad seems slow, you may want to stop the apps that are running. To do this, touch and hold one of the app icons for about 5 seconds, until the icons start to wiggle. This is similar to the edit screen mode, but you’ll notice that none of the apps other than those in the running apps list is wiggling. Each app icon will also get a red circle with a “-“ in it. Touch this red circle to close the app. It will disappear from the running apps list. You can do this for any and all apps that are running without hurting anything (though if you were editing a note or something in an app you might want to wait and close out of what you were editing before stopping that app). To make the icons stop wiggling, press the Home button. To exit the currently running apps list, press the Home button again. TRY IT Double-press the Home button to bring up the Running Apps List. Touch and hold an app icon until they start wiggling. Close all of the apps. Press the Home button to exit from the Running Apps List.

8. The Notes App and Typing

Many apps provide you with an opportunity to enter text. The iPad has an onscreen keyboard that can be used for this purpose. We will practice this with the Notes app.

The Notes app is a virtual legal pad where you can type in any kind of note. You can see a list of existing notes by touching the Notes button in the upper left corner of the screen, or create a new note by touching the + button in the upper right corner of the screen.

The title of the note is the first line of text on the note, and the list will show the notes in chronological order. The current note displayed is indicated by a red pencil circle around the title and date. To pull up another note, just touch its title in the list.

8a. The Keyboard

Just touch the screen anywhere on the notepad itself and a keyboard will pop up. In landscape mode, the keyboard is less cramped and can be easier to type on. Still, the keyboard is very sensitive, and it will take some practice to get the hang of typing. TRY IT Create a new note by touching the + button in the upper right corner of the screen. Type a few lines of text. Don’t worry about mistakes. We’ll fix those shortly. A couple of things to know about how the iPad attempts to help you type. First, it will automatically activate the shift key to capitalize the first letter in any “sentence” (after a period, beginning of a new line, etc.) . It will also automatically add a period to the end of a sentence if you type two adjacent spaces. It will also spell-check on the fly, suggesting a new word and then helpfully replacing what you type with the new word if you don’t tell it not to. While these can indeed be helpful, they are also the source of universal frustration and, sometimes, amusement (there are entire web sites dedicated to humorous Apple spell-check replacements). It does require a bit of patience at times.

Most of the keys do not require much in the way of explanation, but a couple do. The shift key, for instance, has several states, which dictate how letters appear when you type. The shift keys are located in the usual spot, at the left and right end of the lower row of letters, and have an upward arrow on them. The color of this key indicates what state it is in: Hollow black arrow: Shift key off – all letters typed will be lower case Hollow blue arrow: Auto-shift at beginning of sentences – only the next letter will be capitalized Solid blue arrow: Shift key on (after single touch) – only the next letter will be capitalized White arrow on blue background: Shift lock on (after quick double touch) – all letters will be capitalized To turn off the shift key from any of the active modes (regular, auto, or lock), simply touch the shift key once.

The “.?123” key will bring up the numeric keyboard (shown above), which has the numbers and most of the punctuation, and the UNDO key. The “ABC” key will take you back to the regular keyboard. The “#+=” button will take you to a second punctuation keyboard (shown below).

This keyboard has other punctuation and the REDO key. Again, the “ABC” key will take you back to the regular keyboard and the “123” key will take you back to the numeric keyboard.

The backspace key is in the upper right corner of all keyboards and has a boxy left-pointing arrow with an X on it. The globe key only shows up if you have defined an International Keyboard (Russian, Korean, etc.). On all keyboards, the lower right key (the one that looks like a keyboard with a down arrow underneath it) will hide the keyboard. If you want to bring it back, just touch the screen again. TRY IT Play around with the shift key to put it into its various modes and see how they affect the letters you type. Then switch to various keyboards to type letters, numbers, and punctuation.

8b. Placing the Cursor and Revising Text
It’s easy to make typing mistakes with an on-screen keyboard, particularly until you get used to it. That means that you will probably end up with some mistakes (especially when Apple is intent on correcting what you type). While the backspace key is great for when you notice a mistake right away, you certainly don’t want to backspace through entire words or sentences to fix a mistake a ways back. And sometimes, you just want to insert a word or sentence into what you’ve already typed. To place the cursor where you want to make an edit, touch the screen where you want the cursor to go. This can be challenging, since your fingertip is larger than the text. Fortunately, the iPad can help you precisely place the cursor where you want it.

If you touch and hold your finger approximately where you want the cursor to go, a magnifying glass will appear just above your finger, showing where the cursor will be when you remove your finger. Slide your finger around to move the cursor where you want it, as shown in the magnifying glass, and then let go when it’s where you want it. This also takes a bit of practice to master, but it does help greatly to get the cursor to where it needs to be for you to make your edit. When you let go, you will also see a little pop-up menu with “Select | Select All | and Paste”. Select will select the nearest word, Select All will select everything on the page, and Paste will paste the last thing that was cut or copied. Or just start typing to ignore those options and make the pop up menu go away.

If you do select or select all, you will see the boundaries of the select and a new popup menu with “Cut|Copy|Paste” (and, if you’ve selected a single word, “Replace…”). You can drag the left or right bars at the ends of the select boundaries to expand or shrink your selection (the pop-up menu will remain). If you drag the selection boundary close to the end of a paragraph, the selection may change to a selection box. You can drag the edges of the box to expand or shrink the selection. If you shrink the selection to within a paragraph, it will revert to the selection area shown above. Cut will remove the selected text and place it on the clipboard, Copy will leave the text and place a copy of it on the clipboard, Paste will remove the text and paste what was previously cut or copied, and Replace will provide a list of similarly spelled words from the iPad’s spell-check dictionary. TRY IT Type some text and then try placing the cursor somewhere in the middle of what you typed to add a word. Now try selecting a word. Click Replace to see what other words the iPad suggests. Select another word and then drag the boundaries of the selection to select a second or third word. Try dragging the selection boudary to include more. Try cutting, copying, and/or pasting.

8c. Autocorrect

Oh, what a mixed blessing is Autocorrect. Sometimes it works very well, but other times, it will replace a proper name (or some other word it doesn’t recognize) with something completely different (and, in some cases, hilariously inappropriate). When you type a word it doesn’t recognize, it will pop up the correction above it with a little X. If you click this X before moving on to the next word (with the spacebar), it will keep the word you typed (and will eventually remember it). If you don’t, it will replace what you typed with the correction. This is a universal experience with Apple products.

9. Connecting to a Network
Our iPad uses WiFi, which means that it needs to communicate with a wireless network in order to browse the internet. Do not panic if you don’t know what this means. Wireless signal strength

You can see whether or not the iPad is currently on a network simply by looking in the upper left-hand corner. If you see the Wireless signal strength meter next to the word “iPad”, then your iPad is connected to a wireless network. If not, then it isn’t.

If you do not see the Wireless signal strength meter, touch the Settings icon on the Home page.

Once in the Settings control panel, look for the Wi-Fi menu item on the left and touch it. This will open the Wi-Fi settings panel on the right. You need to make sure that Wi-Fi is set to ON at the top (if it is OFF, simply flick the switch on the screen to the right with your finger so that it is ON). You should see a list of available networks under “Choose a Network…”. If Ask to Join Networks is ON, you may be prompted to join an available network from either the Home screen or from an app once the iPad

detects an available network. If you do not want the iPad to do this, you may turn this feature OFF (flick the switch on the screen to the left with your finger).

9a. Connecting to the Campus Network
If you are on campus and close enough to a wireless access point to get a signal, you should see the catuskynet2 network in the list. You may also see the catuskynet-portal network, but this is for visitors to the campus, in not secured, and should not be used by campus staff.

Touch this…

…Not this

To connect to the catuskynet2 network, touch the name of the network. Do not touch the blue arrow on the right side. That will take you to the network settings, which is not what you want to do right now. You will be prompted for your username and password.

When prompted, enter your campus username and press the “Return” key on the right, then enter your password and press the “Join” key (which has replaced the “Return” key).

Accept the certificate

You may be taken to a Certificate screen with information on a “Not Verified” certificate. If so, click the Accept button.

If you entered your username and password correctly, you will return to the Wi-Fi control panel and will see a check mark next to catuskynet2 and the Wireless Signal Meter in the upper left corner. Congratulations, you are now on the network and can use features such as the Safari Browser. Press the Home button below the screen to return to the Home screen.

9b. Connecting Off Campus
To connect to your home network or to Wi-Fi Hotspots at some restaurants, hotels, etc., you would follow the same steps, except that you would select your home network or the network specified by the restaurant, hotel, etc. Depending on the security used, you may or may not be prompted for a password, to agree to a policy, etc.

9c. Removing Your Username/Password from a Network (Forgetting)
So long as Ask to Join Networks (see screen shots above) is ON, the iPad will automatically attempt to connect to wireless networks that are in range. Once it has successfully connected to a network, the iPad will remember the settings and will connect automatically. When sharing an iPad with others, you may want the iPad to “forget” your network username and password.

Don’t touch this…

…touch this

To do this, follow the same steps as above, except that instead of touching the name of the network, you will touch the blue arrow to the right.

You will be taken to the settings for the active network. At the top, you will see a “Forget this Network” button. Press this button and you will be disconnected from the network and your connection information (username and password) will be forgotten. TRY IT Go into the Wi-Fi settings and, if not already connected, connect to a network. Then have the iPad forget the settings and then connect to the network again.

10. Safari Browser
The iPad comes with a built in Safari browser, which is Apple’s browser for all Macs, iPhones, iPads, etc. The icon looks like a compass and should be located along the bottom row of apps. Touch it to open the browser. It will open to whatever web site was open when it was exited or a blank page if none were open.




Address Field


Search Field

Switch Pages


Like most browsers, the controls are located along the top of the screen. From left to right, they are Back – Go back a page Forward – Go forward a page (after you’ve gone back) Switch Pages – Switch between different browser pages, each with its own web site open Bookmarks – Pick from a list of bookmarked sites Add/Send/Print – Add page to bookmarks (or as an app icon to the Home Screen), Send web address through e-mail, or Print page (assuming iPad is connected to a wireless printer) Address Field – Type a web address ( for example) to go to a web page Reload – Reload the current web page Search Field – Type a search term to search Google Touch each of the controls to use them. When you touch the address or search fields, the keyboard will pop up to allow you to enter text. One thing you should note is that while the Search Field uses the regular keyboard (except they’ve replaced the Return key with a Search key), the Address Field uses a slightly different keyboard.

The main difference between the Address Field keyboard and the regular keyboard is that the space bar has been replaced by punctuation commonly used in web addresses (and “.com”). This is because web addresses are not allowed to contain spaces, and it saves you from having to switch back and forth

between the punctuation keyboard and the regular keyboard when typing a web address. Also, the Return key has been replaced with a “Go” key that will attempt to go to the web address that you’ve typed. TRY IT Touch the Address Field and type then touch the Go key. Then touch the Search Field and search for Catawba College. Then touch the Bookmark icon and select “Catawba College” from the list of Bookmarks.

10a. Switching Pages

Touching the Switch Pages icon will bring up a grid of thumbnails for pages Safari currently has open (if any). Touch a page to switch to it. You can also close one of the open pages by touching the X in the upper left corner of the thumbnail. If you want to keep the page you currently have open and start a new page, look for an empty spot in the grid that says “New Page”. Since Safari can have up to 9 pages open at once, you may have to close one of the pages if they are all full. The Switch Pages icon will display the number of pages currently open if there are more than one open at the same time. TRY IT Connect to the Catawba College page if you have not already done so (see the previous TRY IT). Touch the Switch Pages icon and open up a new page. Then touch the Bookmark icon and select the CLB Library – Home bookmark. Then touch the Switch Pages icon and switch back to the Catawba College page.

10b. Interfacing with Web Sites (Links, etc.)
To interface with a web site, just touch where you would normally click. Touch a link and the browser will follow the link. Touch a drop-down menu item (such as the Cat-U item on the Catawba College web page menu), and the browser will drop down the menu.

If you touch and hold a link, you will get a menu that lets you choose whether to open the link (same as touching the link), open the link in a new page, or copy the web address. TRY IT From the Catawba College web site, touch the Cat-U menu item to drop down the Cat-U menu. Then touch Bookstore to open the bookstore web site. Notice that the Switch Pages icon number has increased. Touch Switch Pages and go back to the Catawba College page. Touch the Close link in the upper right corner of the Cat-U dropdown menu to close the menu.

10c. Scrolling and Zooming
Once a web page is up in the main window, you can use one finger to scroll up and down (and, if necessary, side to side) or two fingers to zoom in and out. To scroll down, touch anywhere on the page that’s not a link, menu, etc. and slide your finger upward (you are sliding the page up on the screen so that you can see what is further down). To scroll up, slide your finger down. To zoom, you use two fingers in a pinching or spreading motion. To zoom in, place two fingers on the screen close together at the same time and slide them apart, as though you are stretching the page to make it bigger. To zoom out, place two fingers on the screen slightly apart at the same time and pinch them together, as though you are pinching the page to make it smaller. To return the page to its original size, double-tap the screen anywhere that is not a link, menu, etc. (careful not to move your finger when you double-tap or else it will scroll the screen instead). TRY IT On the Catawba College web site, scroll down to see what is at the bottom of the page. Zoom in to read one of the Top Stories. Then double-tap to return the page to its normal size and scroll back up to the top. Sometimes a site will have an embedded window with scrollable content inside it. To scroll just the contents of the window, you need to swipe with two fingers at a time. This may take some practice, since both fingers have to be inside the window, and you need to be careful not to pinch or spread them, or else you will zoom.

TRY IT On the Catawba College web site, scroll down to the bottom of the page. In the lower right corner is a Stay Connected window with Catawba related feeds to Twitter, Facebook, etc. The feeds contain a scrollable list of posts. Place both fingers in the window and slide them up to scroll through the list of posts. You may want to zoom the page in first, both to make the posts easier to read and to make the window larger to give yourself more room to maneuver. If the whole screen moves around and/or shrinks or grows, remove your fingers and try again. This may take practice to master.

10d. Text Entry (Passwords, Forms, etc.)

Many web sites require some kind of text entry, such as providing username and password, filling out a form, etc. This is fairly straight-forward. Touch the field to bring up the keyboard. Type to enter text in the field. You can use the Next and Previous buttons just above the keyboard on the left side to move from field to field, or you can touch each field to switch to it. When you’re done, just touch the Submit button on the web page.

TRY IT From the Catawba site, touch the Cat-U menu item to drop down the Cat-U menu. On the left side, touch the Username field under CatLink. Notice when the keyboard comes up that the auto-shift is on. Touch the shift key to turn it off, then type your name (watch out for auto-correct). Touch Next and then type your password (iPad never auto-shifts or auto-corrects passwords, thankfully). Touch the Login button on the page to login (you can also touch the Go key). This should bring up Catlink in a new page. Click the Logout icon in the upper right corner of the Catlink page, then touch the Switch Pages icon and close the “” page (that’s the Catlink page). That should cover most of the browser features you need.

11. Charging the iPad
The iPad will run up to 10 hours on a battery charge, but depending on what you are doing on the iPad, this time may be significantly less. You can charge the iPad using the specialized USB cord and a wall outlet adapter.

TRY IT Plug the adapter into an outlet, then plug the small end of the USB cable into the adapter, then plug the large end of the cable (with the printed rectangle symbol facing up) into the bottom of the iPad.

The iPad will chirp and the Battery Meter in the upper right corner will change to show a lightning bolt inside the battery icon. When the iPad is fully charged, the Battery Meter will read 100% and will change to show an electrical plug inside the battery icon. It generally takes 3 to 4 hours to fully charge the iPad while it is off or sleeping after its battery is depleted. It will take less time if the battery is only partly depleted. It will take longer if the iPad is in use while it is charging.

You may also plug the iPad into a powered USB port in a computer. However, this will not provide the iPad with enough power to charge it while it is in use (you will see the phrase “Not Charging” next to the Battery Meter). It will charge the iPad while it is asleep or off, but will do so VERY slowly.

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