How to Add an iPad to Existing iTunes

By Crystal Bonser

If you've purchased an iPad but have additional Apple devices, don't worry, you can connect them all to the same iTunes account. All the media you purchase through iTunes, as well as your billing information, is connected to your iTunes account. To prevent media theft, Apple does not allow any device to be connected to more than one iTunes account, and only allows devices connected to the same iTunes account to share media.

Step 1

Launch iTunes on your computer.

Step 2

Sign into your iTunes account if you are not already signed on. To sign in, click "Store" in the toolbar at the top of the page, then click "Sign in" in the drop-down menu. Enter your Apple ID and password in the pop-up box.

Step 3

Connect your iPad to your computer using the USB cable that came with your device.

Step 4

Click on your device in the column on the left side of the page that appears beneath Devices. If your iPad doesn't appear right away, be patient. It can take several seconds or longer for iTunes to recognize devices.

Set up your iPad. To do this, type a name for your iPad in the "Name:" field on the right side of the page, then select which items, if any, you want iTunes to automatically sync to your iPad (such as songs, photos and applications). When you are finished, click "Done." Your iPad is now connected to your existing iTunes account.