Automatic Setup on Your iPad with iOS 11

By Bob LeVitus, Edward C. Baig, Bryan Chaffin

Automatic setup, which is new in iOS 11, enables you to transfer your settings and Apple ID-related data from one iOS 11 device to another. You need another iOS 11 device using the same Apple ID.

  1. Begin the setup process:

    a. Press and hold down the sleep/wake button on the upper-right edge. You see the Apple logo, followed by the word hello and similar greetings in a bunch of other languages.

    b. When you see a Press Home to Open message (in English or another languages), do so. The language screen appears.

    c. Tap to choose your language, followed by your country or region preferences. The Quick Start screen appears, along with a blue Set Up Manually button. Resist the urge to tap that one!

  2. Pair the two devices:

    a. Bring your other iOS 11 device close to your iPad. And by close, we mean a couple of inches away. Make sure this other device is unlocked, and look for the Set Up New iPad pop-up notification. The automatic setup magic has begun!

    The pairing process uses the camera on one device to view shifting dots on another device. (The dots are a code, like a QR code, generated by your iPad.) This security procedure makes it difficult for someone to hijack this process to steal your Apple ID and other data.

    b. On the second device, tap the gray Continue button. Your second device displays the instruction Hold Your New iPad Up to the Camera, while the iPad gets a cool screen with a rotating 3D blob of dots. (It will look familiar if you’ve ever paired an Apple Watch to an iPhone.)

    c. Hold your other iOS 11 device over the iPad you’re setting up until the camera is positioned over the blob of dots, as shown. After the camera captures the blob of dots, your other device will say Finish on New iPad, while your iPad asks you to Enter Passcode of Your Other Device.

    d. Enter on your new iPad the passcode from your second device. This is now the passcode for your iPad, too.

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    Maneuvering an iPad to pair with an existing iOS 11 device for automatic setup.

    As soon as you enter it successfully, your iPad will automatically display one of two screens: the Touch ID screen (for iPads with Touch ID) or the Apps & Data screen (for iPad Air and iPad mini 2).

  3. If you have an iPad Air or iPad mini 2, the Apps & Data screen will appear, so skip to Step 6.

    The iPad Air and iPad mini 2 don’t support Touch ID.
  4. Set up Touch ID:

    a. Tap Continue.

    b. Tap the Home button each time you’re asked. With each touch, sensors comprehensively map your fingerprint.

    c. When asked, adjust your grip and continue the process until the Complete screen appears.

  5. On the Complete screen, tap Continue.

    The screen displays Setting Up Your Apple ID while your other device and your iPad exchange information, including Contacts, Calendar, and Keychain passwords. Your other device also copies over all your Wi-Fi settings, even passwords, so your iPad automatically joins your normal networks. This process could take a few minutes. When it’s finished, the Apps & Data screen appears.
  6. Choose how to set up your iPad by tapping one of the options and following the on-screen prompts.

    Your four choices are Restore from iCloud Backup, Restore from iTunes Backup, Set Up as New iPad, and Move Data from Android. When the process is complete, the Terms and Conditions screen appears.

  7. Tap Agree to accept the terms and conditions, and then tap Agree again on the pop-up dialog that appears.

    When you tap Agree the second time, the Location Services screen appears.

  8. Tap to enable or disable Location Services.

    Location Services are key to making the most out of your iPhone by letting iOS and your apps know where you are. We strongly recommend that you enable this feature.

    When you make your choice, one of two screens appears: the Apple Pay screen (for iPads with Touch ID) or the iPad Analytics screen (for iPad Air and iPad mini 2).

  9. If you have an iPad Air or iPad mini 2, go to Step 12.
  10. Tap Continue, and then confirm or set up Apple Pay.

    If Apple Pay is set up on your other iOS 11 device, confirm each credit card you’ve set up. Otherwise, you can now add credit cards one at a time or set up Apple Pay later by tapping the Set Up Later in Settings button.

    When you’re done, the Siri screen appears.

  11. Tap Continue to Set Up Siri.

    Starting in iOS 11, Siri is activated out of the box, and the Continue button turns on Hey Siri and Press Home for Siri. Otherwise, choose Set Up Later in Settings to turn on or off either method of calling Siri. You can do that by choosing Settings  →  Siri & Search when you’re done setting up your iPad.

    When you’re done, the iPad Analytics screen appears.

  12. Tap to choose whether or not to share iPad analytics data with Apple.

    iPad analytics data is key to Apple learning more about how you use your iOS devices, including problems and other information. Apple has committed to anonymizing the data it collects so that it can’t be tied to a specific user. Accordingly, we usually tap Share with Apple when setting up our own devices. Once you tap, the App Analytics screen appears.
  13. Decide whether or not to send analytics data to developers.

    In a previous step, you chose whether or not to share analytics data with Apple. Now you’re asked if you want to share analytics with developers. If you agree to share with developers, you’re not just trusting Apple; you’re trusting all those developers, too.

    After you make your choice, the next screen appears. If you have an iPad Pro, the True Tone Display screen appears.

  14. If you don’t have an iPad Pro model, the Dock screen will appear, so skip to Step 16.
  15. Tap Continue to acknowledge your iPad Pro has True Tone Display.

    Embedded sensors on your iPad Pro measure ambient light and adjust your iPad’s display to match those conditions. Tap and hold down See without True Tone Display to see what the screen would like without these automatic adjustments. (To turn off the feature, you have to choose Settings→Display & Brightness later.) We recommend you keep this feature on and not worry about it.
  16. Tap Continue to acknowledge that you know that you can access the dock from anywhere.

    Apple wants to be sure you know about this feature, which is new in iOS 11. When you tap Continue, the Switch between Recent Apps screen appears.
  17. Tap Continue to acknowledge that you can switch between recent apps.

    Also new in iOS 11 is the ability to swipe up from the bottom of your screen to get to the app switcher. When you tap Continue, the Welcome to iPad screen appears.
  18. Tap Get Started to use your iPad.

    Congrats! You’ve completed the automatic setup process.