Student iPad quickstart guide

This guide is meant to serve as a quick reference to your iPad. It is strongly recommended that you leverage the various training sessions offered through the Digital Wolf Pack Initiative and NevadaFit.

An image of an iPad with a homepage showing a variety of apps and a doc, with blue arrows around the iPad with instructions on how to access the power button, camera, dock and more.
[Figure 1] An image of an iPad with a homepage layout of apps, dock and quick information panel. Blue arrows point to informational elements on the iPad, including the volume buttons, where to attach and charge the Apple Pencil, accessing the USB-C charging port, where the camera is located, the power button location and the display itself including the home screen and app dock.

Quickstart information

Setting up your Apple ID

order to fully utilize your iPad, you will need to create an Apple ID. You can create a new Apple ID from the App Store on your iPad or via Apple's website.

Updating your iPad

It is important to keep your iPad updated for the latest security updates and functionality.

  1. From the Home screen, open Settings.
  2. Tap General, then tap Software Update.
  3. If an update is available, follow the onscreen instructions to download and install it. I

It is recommended that you make a backup before installing any updates.

Arranging apps on your home screen

  1. From the Home screen, touch and hold any open space on your Home screen until all of the app icons jiggle.
  2. Drag the app you want to move to a new position on the Home screen or Dock. Drag the app to the edge of the screen to add it to another page of your Home screen.
  3. Tap any open space on your Home screen when done to save the change.

Creating an app folder

  1. From the Home screen, touch and hold any app icon until all of the app icons jiggle.
  2. Drag one app on top of another to create a new folder. Once created you can drag additional items into the folder.
  3. When the folder is open, tap on the folder name to rename it.

Setting up the Mail app

  1. Tap the Mail app icon.
  2. From the add account screen, select Microsoft Exchange.
  3. Enter your email address and a description for the account. 
  4. From the pop-up dialog, select “Sign-In”. Sign into your account using your NetID and password. You may receive a message that your account information cannot be verified, if so, tap OK.
  5. Enter your password and tap Next. 6. Verify which items you would like to sync with the Mail app and tap Save.

Using the Apple Pencil

In apps like Safari and Notes, you can write in any text field and your handwriting will be converted to text. In Notes, using the pen tool with the “A” on it will allow your handwritten notes to be converted to text. You can also use Notes with your Pencil to work out complex equations that are not converted to text. You can delete written text by scratching it out. You can also configure your Apple Pencil to switch between writing and erasing simply by tapping the side of the pencil.

Using the Notes app

The Notes app is a versatile app that allows you to do a number of tasks – including making sketches and converting handwritten notes to text. Notes allows you to sketch out equations and diagrams making it a useful way to demonstrate concepts or work through example problems.

Using browsers

Your iPad will come pre-loaded with Safari, Firefox and Chrome. The browsers on your iPad will offer a more comparable experience to a browser on a Mac or PC and may provide more functionality with some systems such as WebCampus (Canvas).

Scanning QR codes

To scan a QR Code, just open the Camera app and point it at the QR Code. When the code is read by your device, a pop-up will appear that will prompt you to open the link. A separate app is NOT necessary for opening/scanning QR codes.

Using Zoom with your iPad

The Zoom app will be installed on your iPad. This may be leveraged by instructors for office hours or during inclement weather.

Taking a screenshot

Press the Top Button and the Volume Up button simultaneously to take a screenshot. After taking a screenshot, you can tap on the thumbnail that pops up to edit the image, or you can do nothing, and the screenshot will be saved as-is to your Photos.

Creating documents, spreadsheets and presentations

You will have several options when creating documents and other files on your iPad. You will have the Office apps, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint – in addition to the iWork suite (Pages, Numbers Keynote). The Office apps are similar in functionality to their full fledged MacOS or Windows counterparts. You can download the Google suite apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides) as needed.

Working with files

You can setup the Files app to work with OneDrive, Box, Google Drive, and others. USB drives are also supported (USB-C drives or using an appropriate converter). Additionally, you can manage and save files directly on your iPad.

Recording your screen

There are a number of tools you can leverage to record your iPad screen. The built-in screen recording tool works well. To enable the screen recording tool on your iPad: 

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Tap Control Center.
  3. Under More Controls, click tap the plus next to Screen Recording.
  4. Swipe up to close the Control Center.
  5. Swipe from the upper right-hand corner of the screen to open the Control Center.

You can now start a screen recording from here.

Sharing with AirDrop

AirDrop allows your to share files over Bluetooth with other iOS devices. Make sure the person/device you want to share with is nearby and has Bluetooth turned on and Airplay set to receive. To share with AirDrop, open the item you would like to share, and tap the Share icon, then tap AirDrop and select recipient.

Uploading a video file to My Media

You can use either the Canvas Student app or a browser to upload content to your My Media repository in WebCampus. However, some tasks, such as adding My Media content to a discussion requires you to use a browser (e.g. Firefox).

Using multiple apps at the same time

There are two ways that you can leverage multiple apps simultaneously.

Slide Over: While using an app, swipe up from the bottom and pause to reveal the Dock. Touch and hold an app in the Dock, then drag it above the Dock. The app will slide in front of the app that’s already open.

Split View: While using an app, swipe up from the bottom and pause to reveal the Dock. Touch and hold an app in the Dock, drag it to the right or left edge of the screen, then lift your finger.

Using the Canvas student app

The Canvas Student app will be automatically loaded onto your iPad. The app is useful for some tasks but using a browser such as Firefox is recommended for additional functionality and a more complete user experience. To set up the Canvas Student app:

  1. 1. Tap the Canvas Student app icon. 
  2. Tap the Find my school button.
  3. Under “What’s your school’s name?” – enter University of Nevada, Reno.
  4. Tap the appropriate selection when it appears. This should bring you to the University WebCampus login screen. 
  5. Login with your NetID and password.
  6. Your course list will now load. Tap any course to access it.

Wireless presentation on campus

Many of our collaboration rooms, group study spaces, and classrooms are equipped with wireless interfaces known as Crestron AirMedia. These devices allow for you to leverage AirPlay to wirelessly mirror your iPad on the display in the room.

To connect to an AirMedia device:

  1. Make sure the Airmedia screen is visible on the display/the AirMedia input is selected.
  2. Tap the AirMedia app icon.
  3. Enter the IP address in the “Enter receiver’s address” field and tap the Go button.
  4. Open the Control Center by swiping from the upper right-hand corner of the iPad screen.
  5. Tap Screen Mirroring and select the IP address for the AirMedia device from the list.
  6. Enter the four-digit code for the AirMedia device. (This code resets after each connection.)
  7. Your iPad screen should now be mirrored on the classroom projection system or display.

Note: Some apps, such as YouTube, will only play on the remote display when connected via AirPlay.

For more assistance

For assistance with software and account-related issues, contact:

OIT Support Center
Office of Information Technology
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Second Floor (Main Atrium)
(775) 682-5000