iPad User Guide
- Models compatible with iPadOS 17
- iPad mini (5th generation)
- iPad mini (6th generation)
- iPad (6th generation)
- iPad (7th generation)
- iPad (8th generation)
- iPad (9th generation)
- iPad (10th generation)
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad Air (4th generation)
- iPad Air (5th generation)
- iPad Pro 10.5-inch
- iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (4th generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (6th generation)
- What’s new in iPadOS 17
- Turn on and set up iPad
- Wake and unlock
- Set up cellular service
- Connect to the internet
- Find settings
- Set up mail, contacts, and calendar accounts
- Learn the meaning of the status icons
- Read and bookmark the user guide
- Adjust the volume
- Drag and drop
- Access features from the Lock Screen
- Perform quick actions
- Search on iPad
- Get information about your iPad
- View or change cellular data settings
- Travel with iPad
- Change or turn off sounds
- Create a custom Lock Screen
- Change the wallpaper
- Adjust the screen brightness and color balance
- Magnify the screen
- Change the name of your iPad
- Change the date and time
- Change the language and region
- Use and customize Control Center
- Change or lock the screen orientation
- Add or change keyboards
- Use emoji and stickers
- Take a screenshot
- Take a screen recording
- Fill out forms and add signatures to documents
- Use Live Text to interact with content in a photo or video
- Use Visual Look Up to identify objects in your photos and videos
- Lift a subject from the photo background
- Get started with FaceTime
- Create a FaceTime link
- Take a Live Photo
- Turn on Live Captions
- Use other apps during a call
- Make a Group FaceTime call
- View participants in a grid
- Use SharePlay to watch, listen, and play together
- Share your screen in a FaceTime call
- Collaborate on a document in a FaceTime call
- Use video conferencing features
- Hand off a FaceTime call to another Apple device
- Change the FaceTime video settings
- Change the audio settings
- Change your appearance
- Leave a call or switch to Messages
- Block unwanted callers
- Adjust map settings
- Get started with Health
- Fill out your Health Details
- Track your mental wellbeing
- Back up your Health data
- Intro to Home
- Upgrade to the new Home architecture
- Set up accessories
- Control accessories
- Control your home using Siri
- Use Grid Forecast to plan your energy usage
- Set up HomePod
- Control your home remotely
- Create and use scenes
- Use automations
- Set up security cameras
- Use Face Recognition
- Configure a router
- Invite others to control accessories
- Add more homes
- Check your email
- Set email notifications
- Search for email
- Organize your email in mailboxes
- Change email settings
- Delete and recover emails
- Add a Mail widget to your Home Screen
- Print emails
- Use keyboard shortcuts
- View maps
- Get traffic and weather info
- Share your ETA
- Download offline maps
- Look around places
- Take Flyover tours
- Find your Maps settings
- Set up Messages
- About iMessage
- Send and reply to messages
- Unsend and edit messages
- Keep track of messages
- Forward and share messages
- Group conversations
- Watch, listen, or play together using SharePlay
- Collaborate on projects
- Use iMessage apps
- Take and edit photos or videos
- Share photos, links, and more
- Send stickers
- Request, send, and receive payments
- Send and receive audio messages
- Share your location
- Animate messages
- Change notifications
- Block, filter, and report messages
- Delete messages and attachments
- Recover deleted messages
- Get music
- View albums, playlists, and more
- Play music
- Show song credits and lyrics
- Queue up your music
- Listen to broadcast radio
- Listen to music with Apple Music Voice
- Change the way music sounds
- Get started with News
- Use News widgets
- See news stories chosen just for you
- Read stories
- Follow your favorite teams with My Sports
- Search for news stories
- Save stories in News for later
- Subscribe to individual news channels
- Get started with Notes
- Add or remove accounts
- Create and format notes
- Draw or write
- Add photos, videos, and more
- Scan text and documents
- Work with PDFs
- Add links
- Create Quick Notes
- Search notes
- Organize in folders
- Organize with tags
- Use Smart Folders
- Share and collaborate
- Export or print notes
- Lock notes
- Change Notes settings
- Use keyboard shortcuts
- View photos and videos
- Play videos and slideshows
- Delete or hide photos and videos
- Edit photos and videos
- Trim video length and adjust slow motion
- Edit Live Photos
- Edit Cinematic videos
- Edit portraits
- Use photo albums
- Edit, share, and organize albums
- Filter and sort photos and videos in albums
- Make stickers from your photos
- Duplicate and copy photos and videos
- Merge duplicate photos
- Search in Photos
- Identify people and pets in Photos
- Browse photos by location
- Share photos and videos
- Share long videos
- View photos and videos shared with you
- Watch memories
- Personalize your memories
- Manage memories and featured photos
- Import and export photos and videos
- Print photos
- Browse the web
- Search for websites
- Customize your Safari settings
- Change the layout
- Use Safari profiles
- Use Siri to listen to a webpage
- Bookmark favorite webpages
- Save pages to a Reading List
- Find links shared with you
- Annotate and save a webpage as a PDF
- Automatically fill in forms
- Get extensions
- Hide ads and distractions
- Clear your cache
- Power adapter and charge cable
- Use headphone audio-level features
- HomePod and other wireless speakers
- External storage devices
- Bluetooth accessories
- Apple Watch with Fitness+
- Share your internet connection
- Make and receive phone calls
- Use iPad as a second display for Mac
- Use iPad as a webcam
- Use a keyboard and mouse or trackpad across your Mac and iPad
- Hand off tasks between devices
- Cut, copy, and paste between iPad and other devices
- Stream video or mirror the screen of your iPad
- Use AirDrop to send items
- Connect iPad and your computer with a cable
- Get started with accessibility features
- Turn on accessibility features for setup
- Change Siri accessibility settings
- Open features with Accessibility Shortcut
- Zoom in
- Enlarge text by hovering
- Change color and brightness
- Make text more legible
- Reduce onscreen motion
- Customize per-app visual settings
- Hear what’s on the screen or typed
- Hear audio descriptions
- Turn on and practice VoiceOver
- Change your VoiceOver settings
- Use VoiceOver gestures
- Operate iPad when VoiceOver is on
- Control VoiceOver using the rotor
- Use the onscreen keyboard
- Write with your finger
- Use VoiceOver with an Apple external keyboard
- Use a braille display
- Type braille on the screen
- Customize gestures and keyboard shortcuts
- Use VoiceOver with a pointer device
- Use VoiceOver for images and videos
- Use VoiceOver in apps
- Use AssistiveTouch
- Use an eye-tracking device
- Adjust how iPad responds to your touch
- Auto-answer calls
- Change Face ID and attention settings
- Use Voice Control
- Adjust the top or Home button
- Use Apple TV Remote buttons
- Adjust pointer settings
- Adjust keyboard settings
- Adjust AirPods settings
- Adjust Apple Pencil settings
- Control a nearby Apple device
- Use built-in privacy and security protections
- Keep your Apple ID secure
- Use passkeys to sign in to apps and websites
- Sign in with Apple
- Share passwords
- Automatically fill in strong passwords
- Change weak or compromised passwords
- View your passwords and related information
- Share passkeys and passwords securely with AirDrop
- Make your passkeys and passwords available on all your devices
- Automatically fill in verification codes
- Sign in with fewer CAPTCHA challenges on iPad
- Two-factor authentication
- Use security keys
- Create and manage Hide My Email addresses
- Protect your web browsing with iCloud Private Relay
- Use a private network address
- Use Advanced Data Protection
- Use Lockdown Mode
- Receive warnings about sensitive content
- Important safety information
- Important handling information
- Find more resources for software and service
- FCC compliance statement
- ISED Canada compliance statement
- Apple and the environment
- Class 1 Laser information
- Disposal and recycling information
- Unauthorized modification of iPadOS
- ENERGY STAR compliance statement
Set up Screen Time for a family member on iPad
With Screen Time, you can keep track of how family members are using their devices, so you can help them structure the time they spend on them. You can set up Screen Time for a family member on their device or, if you’ve set up Family Sharing, you can set up Screen Time for a family member on your device. See Set up parental controls with Family Sharing on iPad and the Apple Support article Family Sharing and Apple ID for your child.
As the organizer of a Family Sharing group, when you set up a child account, you can set up content restrictions, communication limits, and downtime. After the child’s account is set up, you can change parental control settings at any time in Settings > Screen Time. See Set up a device for a child with Family Sharing on iPad.
Set up Screen Time for a family member
On your device, go to Settings > Screen Time.
Scroll down and select a family member below Family.
To schedule downtime for your family member, follow the instructions in Schedule time away from the screen.
If your child requests more screen time, you can approve or decline the request in Settings > Screen Time or in Messages.
To set limits for app use for your family member, follow the instructions in Set limits for app use.
To choose apps and contacts to allow your family member to use at all times, follow the instructions in Choose apps and contacts to allow at all times.
Note: If your family member needs health or accessibility apps, make sure they’re in the Allowed Apps list. If Messages isn’t always allowed, your family member may not be able to send or receive messages (including to emergency numbers and contacts) during downtime or after the app limit has expired.
To help reduce your family member’s risk of myopia or eye strain, turn on Screen Distance.
Allow or block communication on a family member’s device
You can block incoming and outgoing communication on your family member’s device—including phone calls, FaceTime calls, and messages—from specific contacts, either at all times or during certain periods.
If you haven’t already turned on Contacts in iCloud on your family member’s device, go to Settings > [child’s name] > iCloud, then turn on Contacts.
Note: You can only manage your family member’s communication if they’re using Contacts in iCloud.
On your family member’s device, go to Settings > Screen Time.
Tap Communication Limits, then do any of the following:
Limit communication at any time: Tap During Screen Time, then select Contacts Only, Contacts & Groups with at Least One Contact, or Everyone.
Limit communication during downtime: Tap During Downtime. The option you selected for During Screen Time is already set here. You can change this setting to Specific Contacts.
If you select Specific Contacts, tap either Choose From My Contacts, Choose from [child’s name] Contacts, or Add New Contact to select people you want to allow your family member to communicate with during downtime.
Manage a child’s contacts: If you’re using Family Sharing, you can manage your child’s contacts. Tap Manage [child’s name] Contacts.
If your child already has contacts in iCloud, they receive a notification on their device asking them to approve the request to manage them. If they don’t have contacts, they don’t get a notification and you can immediately add contacts.
When you manage your child’s contacts, a new row appears beneath Manage [child’s name] Contacts to show how many contacts they have. You can view and edit those contacts by tapping that row.
Allow contact editing: Tap Allow Contact Editing to turn off this option and prevent your child from editing their contacts.
Turning off contact editing and limiting communication at any time to Contacts Only is a good way to control who your child can communicate with and when they can be contacted.
If someone who’s currently blocked by the Communication Limit settings tries to call your family member (by phone or FaceTime), or send them a message, their communication won’t go through.
If your family member tries to call or send a message to someone who’s currently blocked by the Communication Limit settings, the recipient’s name or number appears in red with a Screen Time hourglass icon, and the communication won’t go through. If the limit applies only to downtime, your family member receives a Time Limit message and can resume communication with the contact when downtime is over.
To allow your family member to communicate with contacts who are blocked by the Communication Limit settings, change the settings by following the steps above.
Check for sensitive images on a family member’s iPad
You can have your family member’s iPad detect nudity in images before they’re sent or received in Messages, AirDrop, Contact Posters, FaceTime messages, the Photos app, and third-party apps that adopt Apple’s Communication Safety framework. If nudity is detected in an image, the image is blurred and resources are provided to help your child handle the situation (not available in all countries or regions). This feature doesn’t give Apple access to the photos. See the Apple Support article About communication safety in Messages.
Note: For children under 13 in a Family Sharing group, Communication Safety is turned on by default.
On your device, go to Settings > Screen Time.
Scroll down and tap the name of your family member.
Tap Communication Safety, then turn on Communication Safety.
You may need to enter the Screen Time passcode.
Note: When you turn on Communication Safety, it turns on the Sensitive Content Warning in Settings > Privacy & Security. See Receive warnings about sensitive content on iPad.
Block inappropriate content on a family member’s device
You can help ensure that the content on your family member’s device is age appropriate by limiting the explicitness ratings in Content & Privacy Restrictions.
On your family member’s device, go to Settings > Screen Time.
Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions, then turn on Content & Privacy Restrictions.
Choose specific content and privacy options.
Note: To protect your family member’s hearing, scroll down, tap Reduce Loud Sounds, then select Don’t Allow. (This prevents changes to the maximum headphone volume.) See Reduce loud headphone sounds in Settings.
Note: To restrict SharePlay in FaceTime calls, go to Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > Allowed Apps, then turn off SharePlay. To allow SharePlay, turn it on.
Tap at the top left.
Add or change Screen Time settings for a family member later
To add or change Screen Time settings later, follow the steps described in the sections above.
Important: If you set up Screen Time for a family member on their device (not through Family Sharing), and you forget the Screen Time passcode, you can use your Apple ID to reset it. However, if you set up Screen Time for a family member on your device through Family Sharing and you forget your Screen Time passcode, you can reset it on your device using your device passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID.