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
[January 2017 update]
Sometimes your iPad has to be wiped clean of all your data….here is a list of everything you need to make sure everything gets setup and recovered.
DO NOT SET ANYTHING UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS BELOW!
- Google Drive
- Other Accounts
- Kindle, iBooks, eTexts [may not apply to everyone]
- Settings –> iCloud
- do NOT create a new AppleID – just sign in to the existing one.
- Fire up the app and login.
- Settings –> Mail/Contacts/Calendars
- Add Account >
- Select GMAIL account
- Type in your info.
- Email Address is your FULL email address, including the mountdesales.net part
- For Description don’t leave it at the default. I suggest MDS.
- Click NEXT
- If you get 4 checkmarks, go to the next step.
- If there’s a problem, doublecheck your typing. It is very common to misspell mountdesales.net, to add an extra space at the beginning or end, or to mistype your password.
This is a bit tricky, so pay attention!
- Fire up Notability. All of your notes are gone – but you have a backup on Drive, right?
- Setup your Dividers and Subjects [also known as the lines and folders] in Notability. Remember you should have a “Divider” for each class, and several “Subject” folders inside each divider. The exact list will change depending on the class.
- CAN’T REMEMBER WHAT FOLDERS TO SETUP?
• Fire up the Drive app.
• Navigate to the folder “Notability”
• You should see a bunch of folders there – each folder in Drive = a folder in Notability…. but the Dividers don’t exist in Drive, so I hope your folder titles give you a clue to what’s inside.
• Write down what folders you’ll need, and inside which Divider/Class
- Get to the main screen in Notability [the Library].
- Setup the connection between Drive and Notability by clicking on the gear icon [bottom left] –>Manage Accounts, and click the LOGIN button next to Google Drive. DON’T SETUP AutoBackup yet!
- Exit out of Settings.
- You’ll have to download your backups one folder at a time
- In Notability, select a folder to start and click it.
- Then click the IMPORT button [looks like a rectangle with an arrow point INTO it].
- Click Google Drive
- Click the folder you want to import. You should see a list of docs inside.
- At the top right is a link that says “Import foldername“. Click it.
- All the documents in that Drive folder should import into the Notability folder you selected.
- NEXT, select a different notability folder, then download the documents from Drive…. keep downloading until you get all of them you need.
- NOW, setup autobackup.
- Get to the Library/opening screen,
- click the Gear icon on bottom left,
- click Auto-Backup,
- then Google Drive.
You’ll also have to setup any other app accounts [eTexts, kindle, ibooks, etc]
iBooks [optional for most students]
- Some students will want to setup an account for iBooks, for a variety of reasons. MOST of the time you’ll want to use your PERSONAL AppleID [not your school one].
- Settings –> iTunes & App Store
- If you already have a personal AppleID, then use it.
- If you don’t, you COULD use your school one, but remember that any material connected to that AppleID will disappear once you leave this fine institution.
•…. or you could create a new AppleID using your personal email address.