After you have received your iPad, the first thing that you may want to do is to go to sites that sell iPad accessories and apps in order to personalize your device. However, there are some things that you can do to personalize your iPad without having to buy anything. This should cost you nothing, except maybe a few dollars if you are ready to buy some apps.
- Change the wallpaper. Change the wallpaper of both home screen and lock screen using photos of your loved ones or an interesting photo that you came across online and have saved on your iPad. Aside from adding a personal touch to your device, this will also make your device unique, preventing accidental switches. To change your wallpaper, just go to Settings, then tap Brightness & Wallpaper, and tap Saved Photos. This will show all the photos you saved. Tap on your preferred photo, then decide if you want it as wallpaper for Lock Screen, Home Screen, or both.
- Adjust screen brightness. The device is on Auto-Brightness by default, which means that screen brightness will depend on ambient lighting conditions. This may make the screen too bright or too dim for your liking. To change brightness manually, go to Settings, tap Brightness & Wallpaper. On the Brightness Option, set Auto-Brightness to Off and just slide the brightness indicator to the right or the left, depending on your preference. Now, you can say that even your screen’s brightness is personalized.
- Adjust sounds. You can also customize the different sounds that it makes. Just go to Settings, choose General, and then choose Sounds. You can make modifications on the notification sounds for the following: Text Tone, New Mail, Sent Mail, Tweet, Calendar Alerts, Reminder Alerts, Lock Sounds, and Keyboard Clicks. The sounds emitted can be something you choose from the selection of sounds already installed on your device, an mp3 or sound file you saved or even something you recorded. Of course, when you sell your iPad, you may want to restore factory settings so that the next owner of your device will enjoy personalizing the device.
- Personalize the arrangement of your app icons on the screen. Your icons are usually arranged alphabetically or when they were downloaded. Rearranging them to your preference is simple: Press down on an app, which will make all app icons move. Once you’ve made sure all of the apps are moving, you can re-arrange according to your whims.
- Set a Passcode Lock. To protect your privacy, you can set a passcode lock that will have to be entered to use it again after it has gone into Lock Screen. Go to Settings, choose General, then tap on Passcode Lock. Choose Turn Passcode On, and enter the passcode that you want. You can also choose to activate the Erase Data option which erases all data after 10 failed passcode attempts. If the worst happens, at least those who buy from sites that sell an iPad that have been stolen won’t have access to your data.