iPad Tutorial: A Beginners Guide

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Let me guess: You bought an iPad, don’t know how to use it, and now are looking for the best iPad tutorial online to figure out how to work the darn thing. Am I right? Or am I right?

Well you’ve came to the right spot.

Here, you’ll find the essentials for beginner iPad functionality, like: how to navigate and roam around on your iPad; how to use touch gestures to zoom-in and zoom-out on pictures and websites; how to find your touchscreen keyboard to input and search data; and how to install iPad applications. It’s all here! Ready? Cool. Let’s do this.


Apple uses tWo main elements for iPad navigation: 1) Hand Gestures 2) The Home Button.

Hand Gestures
iPad hand gestures allow you to move left, right, up, and down on your iPad. To move and view content on the right, drag your finger to the left. To move and view content on the left, drag your finger to the right. It’s that simple.

Zoom in and Zoom Out
Keep in mind, every website online isn’t “mobile” or “iPad” friendly. This means some websites will allow you to zoom-in or zoom-out to view content clearly. To zoom-in, start with your index finger and thumb together, then on your touchscreen pull both your index finger and thumb a part in a vertical motion.

To zoom-out, start with your index finger and thumb a part from each other and pinch down on the touchscreen in a vertical motion. These hand gestures also come in handy (no pun intended) while using your iPad camera as well.

Home Button
Your home button is the circle button with a square inside at the bottom of the iPad.

When your iPad is on sleep mode (black screen) your home button wakes up your iPad; taking you straight to the “SLIDE TO UNLOCK” screen. To unlock your iPad, touch the glowing “SLIDE TO UNLOCK” button, and drag your finger to the right.

Also, it’s good to know that the home button allows you to exit applications as well; taking you straight back to your home screen where other icons idle.

Now What?

As soon as you unlock your iPad, you’ll find a default list of icons and applications. Here, apply your new found iPad touch gestures and browse. Each icon will take you to a different application. For instance, your “Camera” icon will take you to camera functionality; your “Safari” icon will take you to your Internet browser; all the way down to your “iTunes” icon for music; and “Utilities” icon to adjust your phone settings and so forth.

Your touch keyboard will automatically appear in the bottom after you tap on a text field. To start typing, simply tap each letter, number, or symbol. When you’re finished typing, simply tap the “GO” button.

How to download iPad Apps?

To download popular applications like Instagram, Facebook, or Angry Birds, you’ll want to visit the App Store.

To get to your App Store simply tap your home button and search through your home screen until you find the “App Store” icon. The “App Store” icon is a blue letter “A”; a graphic made from two pencils and a ruler.

Once you’re in the App Store you’ll find a main menu at the bottom that breaks down applications into buttons, such as: Featured; Categories; Top 25; Search; and Updates; making your application search easier.

However, with over 700, 000 applications, a good idea is to first run a search on Google. Find the best applications for any given category. Then, navigate your way back to the App Store and type in the search field.

How to Install an iPad App?

Installing an application is easier than it sounds. It takes less than a minute and only has 3 simple steps:

1. Tap on the price of your chosen app. If it’s free, it’ll show as “FREE.” After tapping once, the price button transforms into an “INSTALL APP” button.
2. Tap the “INSTALL APP” button.
3. If you registered a security password, an “ENTER SECURITY PASSWORD” screen will pop up. Simply type in your security password and hit “OK.” Your app will automatically load and pop up onto your home screen.


Congratulations, you’re on your way to being an iPad ninja. During the process, you’ll notice that it’s similar to learning how to use a new cellphone – dummy or smart. All the pieces are there, it’s just the matter of going through the steps over and over again.

Currently, the iPad is revolutionizing a lot of business models across all verticals. From restaurants, hotels, department stores, and medical services to just name a few — whether or not you have a personal iPad — it’s still a good idea to learn how to use them.

If you’re looking for a more intimate iPad tutorial with videos, check out our iPad online video tutorial, where we render interactive online video lessons with teacher-student question periods. Enjoy!

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