iPad Air 2 - using it


Now that you've got your iPad Air 2 up and running, here's how to send emails, add attachments, and a few other tips that you might find useful.



1. Sending emails


Before you can start sending emails, you'll need to have added an account to your iPad. You probably did that when you set it up, but if you didn't, our iPad Air 2 Setup Guide will help.

Sending an email

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From your Home screen, tap the white envelope to open the 'Mail' app.


Tap Inbox, or All inboxes in the top left-hand corner of the screen.


Tap the compose button - it looks like a pen and paper in the top right corner.


If you've got more than one account on your iPad, tapping From lets you choose which account you'd like to send your email from.

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Tap To to add a recipient, or + to pick a contact already saved in your iPad. You can also start typing a name and suggestions will pop-up, or you can type in a full email address if you want.


Tap the Subject line to add a title to your email.


Type your message in the main window, and when you're done, tap Send.

Adding attachments

There are two ways to add attachments to your email: you can add photos that are stored in your iPad, or ones that are saved to your online storage (like Google Drive, or Dropbox). Here's how to do both.

Attaching photos from your iPad

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To get your email ready, follow steps 1 - 7 above (but don't send it yet).


Tap the camera icon just above the keyboard to add a photo or video.


Find the photo you want to add using the menu that pops up, and when you've found it, tap it.


Tap Use to add it to your email.


You can add more attachments if you want, and when you're happy with what you've attached, tap Send.

Adding an attachment from online storage

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Get your email ready to send by following the steps above (but don't tap Send just yet).


Tap the paperclip icon just above the keyboard.


You'll see your iCloud storage by default, if the thing you want to attach is in here, find it and tap it. Or, tap Locations if it's saved somewhere like Dropbox, or Google Drive.

  • The first time you use it, you'll need to 'enable access' to let your tablet see what's in your online storage services.
  • Tap More.
  • Tap the switches to turn your Locations on.
  • Tap Locations again to go back to where you were.

Tap the Location of the file you're looking for.


Find the file you want to attach, tap it to add it to your message, and when you're happy with your email, tap Send.

2. Tips


Now that you're up to speed with the basics, here's a few tips to help you get a bit more out of your iPad.

Control Centre

If you swipe your finger up from the bottom of the screen you'll bring up the Control Panel. There are buttons along the top that let you turn some of the more popular functions on or off, like Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, and Screen Rotation.

There's also a slider to control the brightness, and one to turn the volume up and down, which comes with a set of music controls that let you play, pause and skip songs.

You can also get to your camera from here, which is usually quicker than scrolling through your apps to find it.

The main benefit to the Control Centre is that you can get to it from anywhere by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.


FaceTime lets you video call anyone who also has an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch (on at least iOS 6), or Mac users on OS x 10.6.6 or later.

To call someone using FaceTime, they need to be in your contacts list. All you need to do is open the FaceTime app and you'll see your contacts. Tap the contact you want to call, then tap their number or email address (they'll only be able to receive the video call if they have a data connection).

If you're making FaceTime calls while you're connected to Wi-Fi, it won't cost you anything, but if you do it using your mobile network, it'll be taken from your data allowance.

The Multitasking menu shows you all of the apps that are running, and what they were doing the last time they were used. To get to the Multitasking menu, just tap the Home button twice.

If you want to open an app from the Multitasking menu, just tap it. Or to close an app, swipe it up.

Hopefully, that's everything you need to know to get going with your iPad Air 2, but if you'd like any extra help, there's always our Team Knowhow Experts here.

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