The MUST list:
- you MUST use your MDS email address
- you MUST use your Moodle password [or if your moodle password is missing a number, add 1871 to the end of it. Ask Mr. Rule is you don’t know the significance of that date.]
The WHY list:
- because it will allow restoring your data if your iPad has to be wiped [MUCH faster and easier than the alternative]
- because you can use Find My iPad when [not “if”] you misplace your iPad [saving many headaches]
The HOW List:
On your iPad:
- Settings –> iCloud
- Create an account
- Type in your birthday
- Use an existing email [NOT an iCloud email]
- Set the email address and password – remember, MDS email address, moodle password
- Answer the security questions.
- DO NOT setup a rescue email.
- Open your email – look for an email from Apple, It will ask you to click on a link, Do so to complete the process.
- Back in the Settings app –> iCloud, it should say your name and your MDS email address at the top.
- Confirm the Find My iPad is turned ON.
- Confirm Backup is Turned ON.
- Start a Backup. Seriously. Right now.
These instructions were from memory, and so might be a tad off. Use your common sense if/when reality diverges from this list.
Here’s what you need to MAKE SURE gets setup after your iPad gets wiped – or better yet, BEFORE something happens to your iPad.
The Short List
- iCloud signed in to your MDS email address
- iCloud Backup ON
- Google Drive – signed in, Pix auto-backup
- Notability – backing up to Google Drive
- Setup Email
The Detailed List
This will make it faster to setup your iPad in case of a disaster.
- Settings –> iCloud
- Make sure you are signed in. You should see YOUR MDS EMAIL at the top. If you have used a different email address, CHANGE IT NOW. If you want to know why, ask Mr. Rule.
- Turn iCloud Backup ON – and start a backup.
Automatically backup your pictures and videos after you take them.
- Sign in to Google Drive
- Look for the 3 stacked lines, top left. [It’s called a “hamburger menu”].
- Click it.
- Select Settings…..
- Select Photos
- Turn ON both sliders at the top [Use Google Photos folder, Autobackup].
- Sometimes the “Google Photos” option is grayed out. I don’t know why. Let me know if you figure it out.
Automatically back up everything in Notability to a folder on Google Drive.
- Fire up Notability
- Bottom Left corner – click the gear icon [settings]
- Google Drive
- Give it permission
- Settings –>Email
- Add new account
- It’s a GOOGLE account
- Fill in the fields – should be easy to figure out.
- When you get to the screen with 4 sliders – turn all 4 of them green, then hit SAVE
Problem: If your iPad all of a sudden stops working oncampus, it is most likely because your subscription to the network has expired.
It MUST be renewed every 30 days.
Symptoms: no email access, can’t print, can’t surf the web, but the wireless icon is still active.
- Open up a web browser window.
- Surf to an OFF-CAMPUS website you’ve never visited before. Perhaps HamSandwichTees.com, or ShadowSoundStudio.com, or Macon.com… well, you get the idea. It MUST be off-campus, and MUST be somewhere you’ve never visited before.
- You SHOULD see the “login here” splash screen.