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Enable Find My iPad immediately
Find My iPad used to be a paid service but it's now free and it allows you to locate your iPad (or iPhone) on a map when it's lost - or more likely, misplaced in your house (or Chic-Fil-A). First, you need to log into your iCloud account or create a new one in Settings > iCloud > Account. Then flip the slider for Find My iPhone in the same area of the Settings app to ON. When panic strikes use a web brower to log into iCloud.com and click the icon for Find My iPhone. Find My iPhone helped me recover my iPhone 4 when I lost it and it was picked up by a stranger in Hollywood Studios in Orlando.
Update: Per an excellent comment by dm4jesus, there's another critical step you should perform after enabling Find My iPad/iPhone:
- Settings > General > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions (enter your passcode)
- Then scroll to Privacy > Location Services and touch Don't Allow Changes
If you don't take this step, a savvy thief that takes your phone before the auto-lock engages can simply turn off Find My iPhone just as fast as you activated it. When Don't Allow Changes is enabled, the Find My iPad section of Settings > iCloud is greyed out and it can't be switched off.