Completing the Initial Setup of Your TouchPad

When you turn on your HP TouchPad for the first time, you have to do some setup. The only two requirements are that your TouchPad should have a full battery charge, and you'll need access to a Wi-Fi network. To do initial setup, follow these steps:

At any time during this process, you can tap Start Over in the bottom-left corner of the screen if you want to restart setup from the beginning.

  1. Start the tablet.

    You see the Setup screen, which gives you a choice of four languages. Besides all the text, the language you choose sets the default formats for items like currency, date, and time.

  2. Tap the language of your choice.

    For the purposes of these steps, let's assume that you’ve chosen English — which is probably a safe bet, considering it’s the language you’ve been reading so far (aber vielleicht sind einige Erklärungen auf Deutsch besser).

  3. Tap your location.

  4. If your two selections are correct, tap the green check mark; if not, tap the red x and start over at Step 1.

    After you tap the green check mark, the Wi-Fi Setup screen appears.

  5. Tap the network you want to connect to.

    If the network name doesn’t appear, tap + Join Network, and enter the required information.

  6. If you’re prompted to do, enter the network’s username or password, using the onscreen keyboard.

  7. Tap Sign In.

    After you successfully connect to a network, the HP Terms & Conditions screen appears.

  8. Read these terms, using your finger to scroll through the text to make sure that you see all of it.

  9. When you’re satisfied, touch the check box titled I Accept the Terms and Conditions.

    If you choose not to agree with the terms, you’ll be unable to continue setting up your new tablet, at which point you’ll have to hope that the store you purchased it from has a liberal return policy.

  10. Tap Continue.

    The HP webOS Account screen appears.

  11. If you already have a webOS or Palm Profile account, skip to Step 13.

  12. If you don’t have a webOS or Palm Profile account, tap Create New Account, and follow the onscreen directions.

    To create a new webOS account, you must enter a working e-mail address, create a password, and select and answer a security question. If you don’t yet have an e-mail address, set up one from a computer’s web browser, and return to this step. A popular choice in free e-mail services is Gmail.

  13. Enter the e-mail address and password for your account; then tap Sign In.

  14. If you’re prompted, specify whether you want to do a one-time transfer of the data stored in your existing account to your TouchPad.

    If more than one device is already on the account, select the device you want to use as the transfer source.

    The Google Terms & Conditions screen appears.

    Note that location services will not work everywhere unless you are 1. Using the TouchPad 4G on AT&T or 2. On a wifi network with your wifi-only TouchPad that is GPS enabled.

  15. Read these terms.

  16. Touch the check box titled I Accept the Terms and Conditions.

    If you choose not to agree with the terms, you can continue anyway, but many services and applications that use Location Services to find your current position won’t work the way they’re supposed because your TouchPad won’t be able to determine your current location.

  17. In the next screen, agree or disagree to let Google collect your location data.

    By default, a check box titled Allow Google’s Location Service to Collect Anonymous and Aggregate Location Data... is checked. If you agree to this action, proceed to Step 18; if you don’t agree, touch the box to remove the check mark.

  18. Decide whether you want to use Auto Locate.

    Auto Locate is turned off by default. Tap the On/Off switch to On if you want to use Auto Locate, which automatically provides your location to applications without asking permission each time.

  19. Tap Continue.

  20. If you see a notification that an update is available, tap Install Now.

    It’s important to install updates whenever possible, because HP regularly updates, adds to, and improves applications and other features. One of the best things about webOS is the Over-The-Air (OTA) updates. As a reassuring note, telling users that they can install those updates just by tapping a button (rather than connecting your tablet to your PC).

Initial setup of your TouchPad is complete, and your TouchPad restarts, taking you to the unlock screen.

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