setting up FaceTime on iPad for dad who is not tech savvy

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  1. halfmonkey macrumors regular

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    I'm hoping someone can help me out. My dad will be getting an old iPad 2 soon and we'd like to set it up so he can FaceTime with my kids. The problem is he isn't tech savvy and doesn't have a smartphone nor an email acct. He has an old school flip phone. How can I set up the iPad 2 so that the kids can FaceTime with him?
     
  2. akadafni macrumors regular

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    Why not schedule him for one of the free workshops at the Apple Store? They can help him put in the Apple ID and how to connect to other users. You could also just follow the instructions in the user guide.
     
  3. dangerfish macrumors 6502

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    Just an Apple ID and password. Login and you're good to go.
     
  4. halfmonkey thread starter macrumors regular

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    So does he have to sign up for an Apple ID? Is there no other way around it?
     
  5. ivanwi11iams Contributor

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    I've so been there, well, with a Kindle, and my missus Dad.
    Anyway, like the other person suggested, an appointment with the free Apple classes would work wonders.

    Not sure if you're local to him, but, the alternative (like we did) is to create an email account for him, add a credit card, etc. and setup the iPad. Even better still if you're not near him, and YOU have the iPad, simply setup everything, test it and ship it to him.

    Once he receives it, ask him to call you on the phone, and you'd simply Facetime to HIM. BOOM ;)

     
  6. halfmonkey thread starter macrumors regular

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    The apple classes won't work either because English is not his native language and he;s busy so asking him to try and understand what is being taught in a class probably will not help at all. It sounds like I'll just have to set it up using my apple id and info and basically FaceTime "myself" where my wife will me and then have it ring on his iPad for him to answer and then FaceTime with the grandkids.
     
  7. goobot macrumors 603

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    Why not just make him his own ID? You literally just sign him into it and all he has to do is hit accept when you call him.
     
  8. dangerfish macrumors 6502

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    I don't think you can FaceTime yourself. Just create an Apple ID for him and then tell him where to sign in. Then all he has to do is "answer" when u call
     
  9. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Agree with all the other posters -- set up an Apple ID for him, it's free. Set up the new iPad with his Apple ID, then give him the iPad. Place the FaceTime icon in a prominent spot. Add yourself and your family to his Contacts, then put them in the FaceTime favorite list. Then all he has to do is to open FaceTime and tap on a name to call anyone on the list.
     
  10. ivanwi11iams Contributor

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    ...what about my idea? Setting up the device yourself etc., to me is the better option. Of course, depends on where you are in relation to him.
     
  11. Badrottie Suspended

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    Set up iCloud ID then open FaceTime app then put iPad 2 to sleep with adapter plug in then that is it. When you FaceTime your daddy iPad will ring your daddy..all he need is to click accept call so your kids and daddy can see each other.
     
  12. SoN1NjA macrumors 65816

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    An iCloud email is really easy to set up, then he can use that for his Apple ID
     
  13. pixelements macrumors regular

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    I would also set up a new Apple-ID while downloading a free app on Itunes. That why you don't need any credit card. Simple as that. Pass him the Apple-ID with the password, guide him trought the log in and you are good to go. Or if you have that iPad, just set it up with a new Apple-ID. It will take 5 minutes.. I don't see any problem setting up a new Apple-ID
     
  14. xraydoc macrumors 604

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    Do not do this. Get him his own AppleID. Otherwise, all your FaceTime requests (alike your friends to you) will also go to him. Screws things up to no end. Keep AppleIDs unique for each person.
     

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