Anyone who has set up batches of iPads knows the most frustrating part of the whole affair is getting through the iPad consumer setup screens. Now there’s a solution!
If you’ve have to set up iPads in your school you’ve more than likely seen the screen below a hundred times. It’s the start of a series of screens that Apple calls the “device setup assistant” that exist to take the user step-by-step through the basics of setting up their iPad.
The problem is that what, for the home user, is a helpful feature, for IT support, becomes a frustrating hurdle.
Does this screen give you hot flushes? Does the thought of being asked if you’d like to enable Siri make you crave the moment when you can verbally admonish Apple’s lacklustre AI?
Well flush no more, we show you have to skip most of the consumer set up screens with Apple Configurator.
How to Skip the iPad Consumer Setup Screens
When you first start up an iPad, you’re asked to enter or enable the following information:
- Your language.
- Whether you want to use location services.
- Your Apple ID.
- Whether you want to restore data from a backup.
- Agree to terms and conditions
- Set a passcode to secure your iPad
- Whether you want to enable Siri
- Your WiFi settings
- Confirm you want to send diagnostic information back to Apple
The chances are any that information you enter on the device setup assistant screens will just be repeated or overwritten by Configuration Profiles you apply through Apple Configurator or MDM. So, not only does the device setup assistant make setting up multiple iPads a slow process, it’s also unnecessary.
Luckily, in the latest version of Apple Configurator you have the option to skip most of the device setup assistant screens reducing the amount of time it takes to setup your iPads.
To skip the device setup assistant screen when supervising your iPads in Apple Configurator, go to the Prepare tab and click Setup. On this panel you will find the following new options:
- Location Services
- Apple ID
- Terms and Conditions
Each checkbox represents one of the device setup assistant screens which will be skipped if the box is checked. Some screens are still required, such as your language and WiFi settings, but these take just a few seconds in comparison to the rest of the options. These few tick boxes take most of the pain out of configuring your iPads.
You can enjoy setting up iPads once more!