Many apps and eBooks will be sent by GPS to your daughter’s iPads when school begins.
Please prepare her iPad in the following ways:

  1. The iPad should have at least 20 GB of available storage: To see how much storage is available on your iPad, go to Settings > General > Usage > Manage Storage. Used and Available storage is listed at the top. If there is not at least 20GB of available storage, create space by following the steps below:
    • Step 1: Delete non-essential videos and photos from the iPad: First backup your videos and photos using iCloud or iTunes  – click here for directions. Another backup option for photos and short videos is an internet cloud-storage service like Flickr, which provides 1 TB of free storage. Once backup is complete, delete the photos and videos from the iPad.
    • Step 2: If there is still not enough available storage, check your Kindle and iBook apps to delete books you are not currently reading. Delete any non-essential music from your Music app. Next, delete all non-essential apps and games. All deleted books, music, and apps remain in the “cloud” and can be re-download later if enough storage remains.
    • For 16 GB iPads, please see the IT department to be sure the iPad has nothing on it so there is room for school books and apps.
  2. Each student should have her own Apple ID: If the student is under 13, we recommend that parents setup the Apple ID using Family Sharing. This allows the student to know their Apple ID user name and password, but they cannot download apps without parental permission. Please click here for instructions.
  3. Turn on iCloud: It is important to backup your daughters iPad. Go to Settings > iCloud > Backup > switch iCloud Backup to on (green). Next, iCloud Drive should be turned on – iCloud Drive allow apps to store documents and data in iCloud. Click the arrow next to iCloud Drive to choose which apps to backup in iCloud. You may need to increase your iCloud storage space (settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage).
  4. Run software updates: Students should be running the latest version of iOS. Go to Settings > General > Software Update > tap the arrow and run the updates.
  5. Run app store updates: Open the App Store app. On the bottom right is an Updates icon. Run all the updates.
  6. All restrictions should be turned OFF: Students will download school eBooks and apps during the first days of school. Tap Settings > General > Restrictions > turn off.  You can turn these back on after all school books and apps are downloaded. Click here to find out how to set restrictions.
Questions? Please contact the IT department by email at helpdesk@gps.edu, and one of us will call or email you.

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