How to turn on an iPad

Find out how to turn on - and turn off - your Apple iPad.

You'll need:
  • An Apple iPad.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to turn on an iPad

Step 1: Hold the iPad in front of you, in an upright (portrait) position, with the home button at the bottom. The button will be on the edge of the screen. 
Step 2: Now move the right hand to the top right-hand corner of the iPad. You should see a thin, long button at the top of the iPad. On newer models like the Air, the button will be on the side.
Step 3: Press the on/off button and hold for a few seconds until the apple symbol appears on the screen, then let go. 
Step 4: Wait for the iPad to load up.
Step 5: When it has finished loading the time will appear, with flashing words at the bottom of the screen ‘slide to unlock’.  
Step 6: Use the tip of the index finger with a little pressure, to gently slide on these words to the right.
When you have done this, the icons will appear on the home screen, and the iPad will be ready to use.
Turning off 
Step 1: Press and hold the on/off button until you see the words ‘slide to power off’.
Step 2: Gently slide your finger to the right on these words.
Step 3: The screen will turn black and the iPad will switch off.
Lynne Thompson is a Digital Unite tutor, Digital Champion and a tutor-assessor for the Digital Unite Academy.