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How to Care for an iPad

Proper iPad maintenance will help you keep your iPad in good physical condition and will make sure it functions properly. When you know how to take care of your iPad, you can ensure the maximum resale value when it’s time to upgrade to the next tablet. Here are three simple steps to help you take care of your iPad and keep your tablet in "like- new" condition.

Get a Protective Case

A protective iPad case will ensure accidental drops or bumps are absorbed by the case, and not the tablet. When you shop for a case, you'll find thousands of options. First, look for is a case that you like. Most often, if you don't like the look of something, you're not going to use it. Next, look at which type of case you would prefer for your iPad.

iPad cases come in many different styles. Some provide full enclosure protection while others are just snap- on covers or shields. Make your decision based on how you've treated your gadgets in the past. If you tend to drop your phone or iPad or treat it roughly, a case with more protection would be a better choice. For those who tend to just to throw their iPad in their bag and go, a case with full protection may be better. Others who just use their iPad in the house or on the couch may just need a simple back cover or smart cover.

Find a Screen Protector

Screen damage impacts the value of your iPad more than anything else, so invest in a high-quality screen. When it comes to iPad maintenance, there are two good screen-protector options. The first is a ZAGG shield, which protects all sides of the iPad, including the screen. The second option is to combine a front-only screen protector with the case of your choice. You can purchase these types of screen protectors for under $5 on eBay or Amazon. We recommend changing the screen protector every 2-3 months when you clean your device.

Clean Your iPad

Cleaning your iPad regularly will ensure it stays in top physical condition. We recommend cleaning your iPad every few months. Due to the fact the iPad has such a big screen, fingerprints and smudges are going to be an issue no matter how many times you clean it. Always power off your device before performing any of the cleaning steps below.

  1. Grab a microfiber cleaning cloth and a gadget-safe cleaning solution (Brasso and Monkey Spunk are good brands) and give the tablet a good cleaning. Always spray the cleaner on the rag and never directly on the device.
  2. Next, grab a compressed Air Can for use with electronics (available at Office Depot, NewEgg, Staples, etc.) and clean out all the ports on the device. Spray out the headset jack, connector port, and SIM card slot.
  3. Apply a new screen protector and your case, and then turn your device back on. This is always a good time to back up your iPad with iTunes as well. We recommend doing a backup every month to ensure all your data remains safe.

iPad Maintenance

While these iPad accessories will protect your iPad from damage and wear and tear, you also want to take the necessary steps to keep your iPad running properly. Make sure to keep your apps updated. App updates incorporate the latest security upgrades and fix bugs that can keep apps from running correctly. Also, backup your iPad regularly so you can save your data, like your pictures and contacts, and make sure you have enough storage space.

Unlike a phone, an iPad should not see as much daily use. That does not mean you can be careless. The screen on your iPad is big, which means there is greater risk of screen damage. We recommend a warranty policy for those who are prone to accidents or have had problems with gadgets in the past. When you get the right protective accessories and know how to take care of your iPad, you’ll enhance the life and value of your iPad down the road.