iPad Set up iPad for Mom (ideally without computer)

Discussion in 'iPad' started by sampdoria, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2010
    Hi all

    I just purchased an iPad (4th Gen/Wifi/16GB) and Adonit keyboard case as a Xmas gift for mom in her 60's who lives in Germany (near Frankfurt). She currently has an aging windows laptop but really just uses it for email, internet browsing (facebook), and skype. Ideally I would like to set it up for her in advance from here in the US, install mentioned apps, and would like for her not to bother with iTunes/syncing with her laptop. I suppose I need to create an apple id for her, but not sure what to do beyond that. I don't mind managing her apple id for her remotely (e.g. email address, credit card info, etc). We skype a lot with her and look forward to Facetime with her too. Any suggestions?
  2. macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    Get the Facebook app, sign her in. Have her use the mail app, and definitely have sign into that for her, as it's a somewhat complicated process. You could also use an iCloud.com email, but that's a different story. Basically, get her signed into anything she uses, so she can just tap it and go.
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2010
    I will definitely do all that. Thanks!
    What about iOS updates, one can do over the air, yes?
  4. macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
  5. Defender2010, Dec 2, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2012

    macrumors 68020


    Jun 6, 2010
    I am in the same situation. I bought my mother an iPad Mini for Christmas and although she has used mine a lot when I visited in the past, she is not so savvy with gadgets. To avoid opening it before giving it to her (and only because I will be away this Christmas) I created an iCloud account for her on one of my iOS devices, then topped up the account with a iTunes gift voucher. My sister can help her enter the Wifi key and then she can sign in the details I sent her in a text. I have no need to ever log into her account, so the mother/son trust thing works, but if she ever feels like changing the password she can with a little guidance. I entered all the immediate family contacts into her iCloud contacts and I am hoping it all goes smoothly enough so she can easily FaceTime me on Christmas when I am on a sun lounger!
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2012
    I know with my iPad 4, I didn't even plug it into the computer until I wanted to put music on it. I have an iPad 1 but didn't want to do a restore or anything.

    Effectively you can now buy one and if you are not using music on it, not have to use a PC/Mac.
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2010
    Great. I'll look into an iCloud account for Mom. I was originally thinking of creating a dedicated Gmail account for her Apple ID, that we can both access for all things Apple, but an iCloud account can probably work just as well as a Gmail account and offer more benefits such as iCloud back-ups. Just want to keep things as simple as possible for her- one step at a time...

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