The Settings app allows you to connect to Wi-Fi, see how much storage you are using, manage all of your accounts and more. Here are a list of the most frequently used settings you might want to know about.
To connect to a new Wi-Fi network, tap on the Wi-Fi setting in the left pane. You will then see a list of Wi-Fi networks on the right. Tap on the one you want to connect to and fill in the password if required.
The General pane has a few interesting sections, such as:
About > Here you can see detailed information about your iPad, such as Songs/Videos/Photos/Apps you have currently, how much space you have available as well as your current version of iPad software (iOS).
Software Update > You can update your iPad to the latest iOS from here. New versions typically add new features and fix bugs and security problems, so it’s always recommended you are running the latest version available for your iPad.
Use Side Switch To > Here you can change the functionality of the small switch on the side of your iPad. By default it is set to ‘Mute’ which will put your iPad into silent mode, however you can change this button to be a ‘Rotation Lock’ so that your iPad doesn’t turn it’s screen automatically when you rotate your iPad - useful for reading in bed!
Storage & iCloud Usage > Here you can see how much space is available in both your iPad’s memory and your iCloud account. Tap on the ‘Manage Storage’ button to see a detailed list of what is taking up the most space on your iPad.
iCloud is a free service provided by Apple that backs up your device’s Photos, Contacts and more. If you have an iPhone this is a handy way to keep your personal information automatically updated across all of your Apple devices.
However, you may not want your personal photos or contacts on your school iPad. Either you can switch on or off the things you want iCloud to sync and backup, or you can sign out of it completely on your school iPad by scrolling to the bottom and tapping Sign Out..
iTunes & App Store
This pane lets you sign in or out of an iTunes account for downloading apps onto your iPad. A handy option here is to switch on ‘Updates’ under the Automatic Downloads section, as this will automatically keep your apps up to date without having to go into the app store all the time.
Mail, Contacts, Calendars
Mail, Contacts, Calendars let’s you add or remove any email accounts from your iPad. If you scroll down this window, you can also edit or delete the Signature that automatically adds to the end of every email, which is by default ‘Sent from my iPad'
Messages / FaceTime
When you have iMessage and FaceTime switched on your school iPad, all of your personal texts and phone calls from your iPhone might appear on your iPad. This is a handy feature for your personal devices, but you might want to switch this off for your school iPad.
(With thanks to Peter O'Callaghan)