iPad User Guide
- Supported models
- iPad mini (5th generation)
- iPad mini (6th generation)
- iPad (5th 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 9.7-inch
- 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 (1st 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 16
- 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
- Download or bookmark the user guide
- Adjust the volume
- Drag and drop
- Access features from the Lock Screen
- Perform quick actions
- Search with iPad
- Use AirDrop to send items
- Take a screenshot or screen recording
- Get information about your iPad
- View or change cellular data settings
- Travel with iPad
- Change or turn off sounds
- 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
- Set up FaceTime
- Create a FaceTime link
- Make and receive calls
- Take a Live Photo
- Turn on Live Captions in a FaceTime call
- 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
- Hand off a FaceTime call to another device
- Change the video settings
- Change the audio settings
- Add camera effects
- Leave a call or switch to Messages
- Block unwanted callers
- Adjust map settings
- Get started with Freeform
- Create a Freeform board
- Access your Freeform boards on all your devices
- Position items on a board
- Search Freeform boards
- Share and collaborate
- Delete boards
- Intro to Home
- Upgrade to the new Home architecture
- Set up accessories
- Control accessories
- Control your home using Siri
- Configure HomePod
- Control your home remotely
- Create and use scenes
- Create an automation
- Configure cameras
- Face Recognition
- Configure a router
- Share controls with others
- 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
- Keyboard shortcuts
- View maps
- Use Siri, Maps, and the Maps widget to get directions
- Select other route options
- Get driving directions
- Report traffic incidents
- Get cycling directions
- Get walking directions
- Get transit directions
- Delete recent directions
- Set up Messages
- Send and receive messages
- Unsend and edit messages
- Keep track of messages and conversations
- Set up a group conversation
- Add photos and video
- Send and receive content
- Watch, listen, or play together using SharePlay
- Collaborate on projects
- Animate messages
- Use iMessage apps
- Use Memoji
- Send a Digital Touch effect
- Send, receive, and request money with Apple Cash
- Change notifications
- Block, filter, and report messages
- Delete messages
- Get music
- View albums, playlists, and more
- Play music
- 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
- Download Apple News+ issues
- Search for news stories
- Save news stories for later
- Subscribe to news channels
- 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 Portrait mode photos
- Use photo albums
- Edit and organize albums
- Filter and sort photos and videos in albums
- Duplicate and copy photos and videos
- Merge duplicate photos
- Search in Photos
- Find and identify people in Photos
- Browse photos by location
- Share photos and videos
- View photos and videos shared with you
- Use Live Text to interact with content in a photo or video
- Use Visual Look Up to identify objects in your photos
- Lift a subject from the photo background
- Watch memories
- Personalize your memories
- Manage memories and featured photos
- Import photos and videos
- Print photos
- Browse the web
- Customize your Safari settings
- Change the layout
- Search for websites
- 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
- Accessories included with iPad
- 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 a keyboard and mouse or trackpad across your Mac and iPad
- Hand off tasks between devices
- Wirelessly stream video, photos, and audio to Mac
- Cut, copy, and paste between iPad and other devices
- Connect iPad and your computer with a cable
- Intro to transferring files
- Transfer files with email, messages, or AirDrop
- Automatically keep files up to date with iCloud
- Transfer files with an external storage device
- Use a file server to share files between your iPad and computer
- Share files with a cloud storage service
- Sync content or transfer files with the Finder or iTunes
- Get started with accessibility features
- Turn on and practice VoiceOver
- Change your VoiceOver settings
- Learn VoiceOver gestures
- Operate iPad using VoiceOver gestures
- 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 onscreen braille
- Customize gestures and keyboard shortcuts
- Use VoiceOver with a pointer device
- Use VoiceOver for images and videos
- Use VoiceOver in apps
- Hover Text
- Display & Text Size
- Spoken Content
- Audio Descriptions
- Use built-in security and privacy protections
- Keep your Apple ID secure
- Sign in with passkeys
- Sign in with Apple
- 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
- Manage two-factor authentication for your Apple ID
- 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
- Lockdown Mode
Send and receive messages on iPad
Use the Messages app to send and receive texts, photos, videos, and audio messages.
Tip: Send a message from whichever device is closest to you, then use Handoff to continue the conversation elsewhere.
Send a message
You can send a text message to one or more people to start a conversation.
Tap at the top of the screen to start a new message, or tap an existing message.
Enter the phone number, contact name, or Apple ID of each recipient. Or, tap , then choose contacts.
Tap the text field, type your message, then tap to send.
A blue send button indicates the message will be sent with iMessage; a green send button indicates the message will be sent with SMS/MMS, or your cellular service.
An alert appears if a message can’t be sent. Tap the alert to try sending the message again.
Tip: Rather than typing every letter of your message, tap to dictate text.
To view conversation details, tap the name or phone number at the top of the screen. You can tap the contact to edit the contact card, share your location, view attachments, leave a group conversation, and more.
To return to the Messages list from a conversation, tap or swipe from the left edge.
To exchange messages with someone who doesn’t use an iPhone, set up text message forwarding on your iPhone.
Continue a conversation
When someone sends you a message for the first time, a conversation opens. If you’ve interacted with that person in Messages before, their message is added to the end of the earlier conversation.
In the Messages list, tap the conversation that you want to participate in.
To look for contacts and content in conversations, tap the search field above the Messages lists. (You may need to swipe down to reveal the search field.) The search field also opens suggested contacts, links, photos, and more.
Tap the text field, then type your message. To replace text with emoji, tap or , then tap each highlighted word.
Tap to send your message.
To let your recipients know when you read their messages, go to Settings > Messages, then turn on Send Read Receipts.
Tip: To see what time a message was sent or received, drag the message bubble to the left.
Reply to a specific message in a conversation
You can respond to a specific message inline in group or individual conversations to improve clarity and help keep the conversation organized.
In a conversation, touch and hold a message, then tap Reply .
Write your response, then tap .
Tip: You can quickly reply to messages with a Tapback expression (for example, a thumbs-up or a heart). Double-tap the message bubble that you want to respond to, then select a Tapback.
People can respond inline as long as they’re using an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac and have iMessage turned on.
Use Siri to send and receive messages
Siri can read your incoming messages out loud to you, and you can speak a reply for Siri to send. Learn more about what Siri can do on iPad.
Siri: Say something like:
“Send a message to Eliza saying how about tomorrow”
“Read my last message from Bob”
“Reply that’s great news”
You can set up Siri to automatically send a message after it has been read back to you. If you want to skip the confirmation step when sending messages, go to Settings > Siri & Search > Automatically Send Messages.
WARNING: For important information about avoiding distractions while driving, see safety information for iPad.
Send a message to a business
Some businesses allow you to communicate with them directly to ask questions, resolve issues, get advice on what to buy, make purchases with Apple Pay, and more.
Search for the business you want to communicate with using Maps, Safari, Search, or Siri.
Start a conversation by tapping a messaging link in the search results—the appearance of the link varies, and might look like a button, a text link, or the company logo.
You can send a message to some businesses from their website or app. See the Apple Support article How to use Messages for Business.
Note: Messages sent to participating businesses appear in dark gray to distinguish them from messages sent using iMessage (in blue) and SMS/MMS messages (in green).
Send a recorded audio message
Instead of writing a text message, you can quickly record an audio message that can be played right in the Messages conversation.
Audio recording is an iMessage app. In a Messages conversation, tap to show the app icons below the text field, tap , then do one of the following:
To record and review before sending: Tap to record, then tap it again to stop recording. Tap to review, then tap to send the recording or to cancel.
To record a message and send it immediately: Hold .
Note: Your audio message disappears from your conversation two minutes after you send it, unless you tap Keep. Recipients can still play your recording. To always keep audio messages, go to Settings > Messages > Expire (below Audio Messages), then tap Never.
To make an audio or video call instead of sending a message, you can switch to FaceTime . In a Messages conversation, tap .
Listen or reply to a recorded audio message
Raise iPad to your ear to play incoming audio messages.
Raise it again to reply.
To turn this feature on or off, go to Settings > Messages, then turn off Raise to Listen.