Using iMessage, Facetime, iCloud

One of the great features of living within the Apple ecosystem is how the devices work so well together. This symbiotic relationship between products extends to text messaging, with iMessage allowing you to send a free text message to anyone with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. To get iMessage working, you'll need to set up an Apple ID first.


Creating an Apple ID

  1. Visit this URL and register for an ID using your Kids Email account: https://appleid.apple.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MyAppleId.woa/wa/createAppleId
  2. Apple will send a confirmation email to your Kids Email account.  
  3. Open the email from Apple and click on the link to verify your new Apple ID.



Setting up FaceTime

  1. First, go to the iPad Settings by tapping the icon that looks like gears turning.
  2. Scroll down the left-side menu until you locate FaceTime. Tapping this menu item will bring up the FaceTime settings.
  3. Flip the switch for FaceTime to the On setting. This will prompt you to login with your Apple ID.
  4. Log in.

Now that you have verified you Apple ID, you're ready to set up Facetime, iMessage, etc.


Setting up iMessage

  1. First, go to the iPad Settings by tapping the icon that looks like gears turning.
  2. Scroll down the left-side menu until you locate Messages. Tapping this menu item will bring up the iMessage settings.
  3. Flip the switch for iMessage to the On setting. This will prompt you to login with your Apple ID.
  4. Log in.

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