Where is the manual for my iPad? How to find the user guide for your iPad

You have a new iPad and you are excited to use it, but where is the manual? We get this question from our readers all the time! Instead of an iPad user guide or a link to video guides, you get a little three-panel brochure with just the basic gestures and buttons.

I know what you’re thinking – there must be more to learn than that!

Well, there is. There is much more to learn. And Apple makes a comprehensive manual for the iPad that you can read to learn it all. They just don’t put it in the box.

Why isn’t there a manual with my iPad?

There are a few reasons why Apple might not include the iPad manual in the box. Aside from cost and environmental savings, we think Apple is most likely making a statement about their product:

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Your iPad is so intuitive that you don’t need a manual to use it.

And they are not wrong.

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The brochure you receive tells you the basics of which button is which and how to navigate on your iPad.

After that, most of the other things are pretty straightforward or self-explanatory. If you take a breath, read everything on the screen, and follow your instincts, you might find that you don’t even need a manual.

That said, Apple produces a manual for those of us who like to read them anyway. In fact, they produce several. They even make a variety of video guides that you can watch on YouTube.

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Where can I find the manual for my iPad?

There are two different places you can find the iPad manual or the User Guide: on the Apple website or in the iBooks store. We explain both options below.

How to read the iPad User Guide on the Apple website

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Regardless of the device you are using, you can read the user’s guide for your iPad through the Apple website. If you’re feeling brave enough, you could even do it on your iPad.

Follow this link to go to the iPad support page on the Apple website.

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There’s a lot of great information on this page alone, especially if you’re looking for a guide to help you get set up. But for the iPad User Guide, you have to scroll to the bottom and look under the Learning mode Vault.

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Click the iPad User Guide button to go to the interactive manual for Apple iPad.

Open the table of contents to go to a particular area of ​​interest or review the manual one page at a time using the navigation buttons at the bottom of each page.

How to Download the iPad User Guide in iBooks

You may not know it yet, but you can read books on your iPad. All kinds of books – including your iPad user guide. If you plan to read it cover to cover, the iBooks app on your iPad is probably the best way to go.

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After downloading the iPad User Guide, you can even read it without the Internet!

Follow the steps below to download the User Guide for iPad in iBooks:

  1. If you haven’t already done so, finish setting up your iPad. This begins with the “Hello” page and ends when you get to your iPad’s home screen.

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  2. From the Home screen, find and tap iBooks application to open it. It looks like a white paper on an orange background.

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  3. If iBooks opens directly to a book, tap in the middle of the screen to display its controls, then tap the back arrow in the upper left corner to go back.
  4. In iBooks, you should see a Look for button at the bottom right. Play it, then play the keyboard.

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  5. Type “ipad” and hit the blue Enter button to search.
  6. You should see a selection of iPad User Guides for different versions of iOS or iPadOS. Unless you have an older iPad, you should select the one that is the newest (usually with the highest number).
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  7. Touch the iPad User Guide to open a preview page, then touch the Get button. You must sign in with your Apple ID account or create an Apple ID if you don’t have one.

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  8. After the iPad User Guide finishes downloading, you can find it on your library at the bottom of the iBooks screen. Tap to open the book, the last page you were on is automatically loaded.

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How to find the manual for older iPads

The Apple iPad User Guide is based on the software you are using, not the iPad you have. This software is called iOS or iPadOS and Apple releases a major update for it every year. Normally, people use the latest version of software, but older iPads are sometimes limited by their hardware.

You can check what software is on your iPad in Settings.

Find out which version of iOS or iPadOS your iPad has:

  1. From the home screen, touch the gray Settings application to open it.

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  2. Faucet general, then select About.
  3. Your software appears next to Software version.

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Find older iPad manuals on the Apple website

On Apple’s website, you can view user guides for older software versions on the manuals page for their products. Follow this link and use the search bar to find an iPad User Guide for your software version.

Find older iPad manuals in iBooks

In the iBooks search results, you can see various user guides for different versions of the iPad software. If you don’t see your version, tap See everything or do a more specific search.

View iPad Video Guides on YouTube

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If you prefer to watch videos, Apple has you covered! There’s a dedicated Apple Support YouTube Channel with tons of video guides on using all of your Apple devices, including your iPad.

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Each video is short, clear, and fun. You can subscribe to the channel to learn a lot of new things about your devices. Or browse through your existing videos.

Check out this playlist to see all the iPad video guides they have!

How to find an iPad manual in a foreign language

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You can find an iPad User Guide in a foreign language on the Apple website. Or you can watch foreign language iPad video guides on YouTube.

From the iPad manual on the Apple website, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the flag. Select your country on the page that appears and the iPad manual should be translated into your language.

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To get video guides for iPad in foreign languages, you need to go to Apple’s main YouTube channel. Take a look at the other pages listed in Channels and find your language in the list. Apple doesn’t have the same variety of guides in other languages, but there should be enough to get you started.

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I suspect there are foreign language iPad user guides in the iBooks Store as well, but I can’t find them. If you know where they are, please let us know so we can add you to this post!

Let us know how you do in the comments. And check out the other articles on our site for more guides on using your iPad.

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Do you think the iPad is intuitive enough to get away with without a user guide? Or do you think it’s a blatant Apple money-saving tactic?

Looking for information on minor releases?

While Apple publishes user guides for its devices and their major operating system versions (iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS), it generally does not publish user guides for minor versions.

For example, there is a user guide for the major version of macOS Catalina (10.15) but no user guide for the minor versions of macOS Catalina, such as macOS 10.15.3.

To find information on minor releases, see Apple’s Developer Documentation Site and scroll down to the Release Notes section. Then choose the release notes for the operating system you want to review. Where is the manual for my iPad?  How to find the user guide for your iPad

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