Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock.
General settings include network, sharing, security, and other iOS settings. You can also find
information about your iPad, and reset various iPad settings.
Go to Settings > General > About to get information about your iPad, including available storage
space, serial numbers, network addresses, and legal and regulatory information. You can also view
and turn off diagnostic information that’s sent to Apple.
Change the name of your iPad: Go to Settings > General > About, then tap Name.
The name appears in the sidebar when iPad is connected to iTunes, and it’s used by iCloud.
Software Update lets you download and install iOS updates from Apple.
Update to the latest iOS version: Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
If a newer version of iOS is available, follow the onscreen instructions to download and install
Note: Make sure iPad is connected to a power source so that the installation, which can take
several minutes, completes successfully.
You can view available storage space, the percentage of battery power remaining, and, on 4G or
3G models, cellular usage.
View available storage: Go to Settings > General > Usage.
Manage iCloud storage
Go to Settings > General > Usage > Manage Storage. You can view or
delete backups, and turn off backing up your Camera Roll. You can also buy
additional iCloud storage space.
View app storage
Go to Settings > General > Usage. Each installed app’s total storage space is
shown. For more details, tap the app’s name.
See your cellular usage
Go to Settings > General > Usage > Cellular Usage. Available on 4G or
Reset your usage statistics
Go to Settings > General > Usage > Cellular Usage, then tap Reset Statistics
to clear the data and cumulative time statistics.
Show battery percentage
Go to Settings > General > Usage and turn Battery Percentage on.
You can set iPad to play a sound whenever you get a new message, email, or reminder. Sounds
can also play for appointments, sending an email, keyboard clicks, and when you lock iPad.
Adjust the alerts volume: Go to Settings > General > Sounds and drag the slider. Or, if “Change
with Buttons” is turned on, use the volume buttons on the side of iPad.
Note: In some countries or regions, the sound effects for Camera are played even if iPad is set
Allow the volume buttons to
change the alerts volume
Go to Settings > General > Sounds and turn on “Change with Buttons.”
Change the alert and other sounds Go to Settings > General > Sounds and select tones for the items in the list.
Change the volume of other
Use the volume buttons on the side of iPad.
Use Network settings to configure a VPN (virtual private network) connection and access
Add a new VPN configuration
Go to Settings > General > Network > VPN > Add VPN Configuration.
Ask your network administrator which settings to use. In most cases, if
you’ve set up VPN on your computer, you can use the same VPN settings
for iPad. See “VPN” on page 123.
For information about Wi-Fi settings, see “Wi-Fi” on page 120.
iPad can connect wirelessly to Bluetooth devices such as headphones. You can also connect the
Apple Wireless Keyboard using Bluetooth. See “Using an Apple Wireless Keyboard” on page 31.
Turn Bluetooth on or off: Go to Settings > General > Bluetooth.
Connect to a Bluetooth device
Tap the device in the Devices list, then follow the onscreen instructions
to connect to it. See the documentation that came with the device for
instructions about Bluetooth pairing.
iTunes Wi-Fi Sync
You can sync iPad with iTunes on a computer that’s connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Enable iTunes Wi-Fi Sync: Connect iPad to your computer using the Dock Connector to USB
Cable. In iTunes, turn on “Sync over Wi-Fi connection” in the device’s Summary pane. See “Syncing
with iTunes” on page 20.
After you configure Wi-Fi Sync, iPad syncs with iTunes automatically, once a day, when it is
connected to a power source and:
iPad and your computer are both connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
iTunes on your computer is running.
See Wi-Fi Sync status
Go to Settings > General > iTunes Wi-Fi Sync.
Immediately sync with iTunes
Go to Settings > General > iTunes Wi-Fi Sync, then tap Sync Now.
The Spotlight Search setting lets you specify the content areas searched by Search, and rearrange
the order of the results.
Set which content areas are searched by Search: Go to Settings > General > Spotlight Search,
then select the items to search.
Set the order of search result
Go to Settings > General > Spotlight Search. Touch next to an item and
drag to move the item in the list.
Locking iPad turns off the display, preserves battery power, and prevents unintended operation
Set the amount of time before iPad locks: Go to Settings > General > Auto-Lock, then choose
If you’re listening to music while the screen is locked, use the volume buttons to adjust the volume.
By default, iPad doesn’t require a passcode to unlock it.
Setting a passcode enables data protection. See “Security features” on page 38.
Set a passcode: Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock to set a 4-digit passcode.
If you forget your passcode, you must restore the iPad software. See “Updating iPad” on page 139.
Turn passcode lock off or
change your passcode
Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock.
Set how long before your
passcode is required
Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and enter your passcode. Tap
Require Passcode, then select how long iPad will wait after being locked
before it requires your passcode in order to be unlocked again.
Turn Simple Passcode on or off
Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock.
A simple passcode is a four-digit number. To increase security, turn off
Simple Passcode and use a longer passcode with a combination of
numbers, letters, punctuation, and special characters.
Erase data after ten failed
Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and tap Erase Data.
After ten failed passcode attempts, all settings are reset, and all your
information and media are erased by removing the encryption key to
Turn Picture Frame on or off
Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock. See “Picture Frame” on page 124.
iPad Cover Lock / Unlock
You can automatically lock or unlock iPad 2 or later when you use it with the iPad Smart Cover
(available separately). When this feature is turned on, iPad automatically locks and goes to sleep
when you close the cover, and then wakes when you open it. This setting appears when you
attach the iPad Smart Cover.
You can set restrictions for the use of some apps and for purchased content. For example, parents
can restrict explicit music from being seen on playlists, or turn off In-App purchases.
Turn on restrictions: Go to Settings > General > Restrictions, then tap Enable Restrictions.
If you forget your restrictions passcode, you must restore the iPad software. See
“Restoring iPad” on page 139.
You can set the following restrictions:
Safari is disabled and its icon is removed from the Home screen. You cannot use Safari to browse
the web or access web clips.
YouTube is disabled and its icon is removed from the Home screen.
Camera is disabled and its icon is removed from the Home screen. You cannot take photos.
You cannot make or receive FaceTime video calls. The FaceTime icon is removed from the
The iTunes Store is disabled and its icon is removed from the Home screen. You cannot preview,
purchase, or download content.
You cannot access Ping or any of its features.
Installing Apps The App Store is disabled and its icon is removed from the Home screen. You cannot install apps
You cannot delete apps from iPad.
doesn’t appear on app icons when you’re customizing the
You cannot use text dictation.
iPad attempts to replace explicit dictated words with asterisks.
Turn Location Services off for individual apps. You can also lock Location Services so that
changes to the settings can’t be made, including authorizing additional apps to use the services.
The current Mail, Contacts, Calendar settings are locked and you cannot add, modify, or
Tap Ratings For, then select a country from the list. You can then set restrictions using a country’s
ratings system for music, podcasts, movies, TV shows, and apps. Content that doesn’t meet the
rating you select won’t appear on iPad.
Turn off In-App Purchases. When enabled, this feature allows you to purchase additional content
or functionality within apps downloaded from the App Store.
Requires you to enter your Apple ID for in-app purchases after the time period you specify.
When Multiplayer Games is turned off, you can’t request a match, send or receive invitations to
play games, or add friends in Game Center.
Adding Friends When Adding Friends is off, you can’t make or receive friend requests in Game Center. If
Multiplayer Games is turned on, you can continue to play with existing friends.
You can use the Side Switch to lock screen orientation or to silence notifications and sound effects.
Lock the screen in portrait or landscape orientation: Go to Settings > General > “Use the Side
Switch to…,” then tap Lock Rotation.
Mute notifications and other sound effects: Go to Settings > General > “Use the Side Switch
to…,” then tap Mute.
The Side Switch doesn’t mute audio or video playback. Use the volume buttons on the side to
silence these sounds.
Multitasking gestures let you quickly switch between apps, reveal the multitasking bar, and go the
Home screen. See “Using multitasking gestures” on page 16.
Date & Time
These settings apply to the time shown in the status bar at the top of the screen, and in world
clocks and calendars.
Set whether iPad shows 24-hour time or 12-hour time: Go to Settings > General > Date & Time.
(24-Hour Time may not be available in all countries or regions.)
Set whether iPad updates the
date and time automatically
Go to Settings > General > Date & Time.
If iPad is set to update the time automatically, it determines your time
zone based on your Internet connection and updates it for the time zone
you’re in. If you’re traveling, iPad may not be able to automatically set the
Set the date and time manually
Go to Settings > General > Date & Time, then turn Set Automatically off.
Tap Time Zone to set your time zone. “Tap Date & Time,” then tap “Set Date
& Time” and enter the date and time.
You can turn on keyboards for writing in different languages, and you can turn typing features,
such as spell-checking, on or off. For information about keyboard options, see “Typing” on page 28.
To reset the keyboard dictionary, see “Reset” on page 129
For information about using international keyboards, see Appendix B, “International
Keyboards,” on page 132.
Use International settings to set the language for iPad, turn keyboards for different languages on
or off, and set the date, time, and telephone number formats for your country or region.
Set the language for iPad: Go to Settings > General > International > Language, choose the
language you want to use, then tap Done.
Set the calendar format
Go to Settings > General > International > Calendar, and choose the format.
Set the date, time, and telephone
Go to Settings > General > International > Region Format, then choose
The Region Format also determines the language used for the days and
months that appear in apps.
To turn on accessibility features, choose Accessibility and choose the features you want. See
Chapter 24, “Accessibility,” on page 107.
This setting appears if you install one or more profiles on iPad. Tap Profiles to see information
about the profiles you install. For more information about profiles, see Appendix A, “iPad in
Business,” on page 130.
You can reset the keyboard dictionary, network settings, home screen layout, and location
warnings. You can also erase all of your content and settings.
Erase all content and settings: Go to Settings > General > Reset, then tap Erase All Content
After confirming that you want to reset iPad, all content, your personal information, and settings
are removed. It cannot be used until it’s set up again.
Reset all settings
Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset All Settings.
All your preferences and settings are reset.
Reset network settings
Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset Network Settings.
When you reset network settings, your list of previously used networks and
VPN settings not installed by a configuration profile are removed. Wi-Fi is
turned off and then back on, disconnecting you from any network you’re
on. The Wi-Fi and “Ask to Join Networks” settings are left turned on.
To remove VPN settings installed by a configuration profile, go to Settings >
General > Profile, then select the profile and tap Remove. This also removes
other settings and accounts provided by the profile.
Reset the keyboard dictionary
Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset Keyboard Dictionary.
You add words to the keyboard dictionary by rejecting words iPad suggests
as you type. Tap a word to reject the correction and add the word to the
keyboard dictionary. Resetting the keyboard dictionary erases all words
Reset the Home screen layout
Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset Home Screen Layout.
Reset location warnings
Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset Location Warnings.
Location warnings are requests made by apps to use Location Services.
iPad presents a location warning for an app the first time the app makes a
request to use Location Services. If you tap Cancel in response, the request
isn’t shown again. To reset the location warnings so that you get a request
for each app, tap Reset Location Warnings.