Congratulations: You’ve unwrapped, purchased, or otherwise braved wait times to pick yourself up a brand-new iPad or iPad mini this holiday.
But before you get to playing with your new device, you’ll probably want to set it up. Thanks to iOS’s step-by-step activation process, Apple’s made it pretty simple to get started; but just in case you need some extra help, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to your new iPad, activating it, transferring data from an older tablet or your computer, and some suggestions for exploring its new features.
If you have an older tablet, transfer your data
You’ve moved to the latest and greatest in the iOS world, and to do so, you’re leaving your old device behind. But before you send it off with a fond farewell, you have to decide whether you want to transfer its data to your iPad or iPad mini. Here are the various ways to do so, depending on whether you’re moving from an old iPad, a different tablet, or you just want to move data from your computer.
Upgrade from an older iPad
If you’re upgrading from an older iPad or iPad mini, you can transfer all its apps, data, and settings to your new device. (To add your music and video, you’ll still have to sync your new device with iTunes.) But to do so, you’ll need to make a backup (via iTunes or, if you’re running iOS 5 or later, via iCloud) of your information. You can then restore that backup onto your new phone during the setup process.