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Dark iPad Apps? Here’s what to do

If you have one or several iPad apps that are “dark”, still installing, and/or giving you a message saying you need to purchase the app from the app store when you click on it, here is what to do:

If you only have a couple of them, check to see if the app is available in the app portal. If it is, try to install it from there.

However, if you have many:

Take the iPad home. Make sure it is connected to your home network. Plug it in. Leave it alone – don’t even TOUCH it – overnight.

If that doesn’t work:

Bring your iPad by the ARC when you can be without it for several hours – either first thing in the morning, or after 12:30.

2020 iPad Handout

–> This is a link to the Setup Slideshow. <–

Step One

Get on the network [Settings –> WiFi]

Choose MDS-Student. MDS*****, your standard password.

Step Two

Check to make sure things are setup.

  • Mail [if setting up your account, choose the Google/Gmail option]
  • Drive – open it and login
  • Notability autobackup – first screen, Gear icon on bottom left, Autobackup. Make sure Google Drive is turned on.

Step Three [only for Upper School]

Middle school, please see the slideshow link above, or the text at the bottom of this article.

Login to your AppleID [Settings –> top left column]


  • Login with your mds email
  • If your mds password has at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, and one number, your AppleID password if likely to just be your MDS password.
  • If your MDS password is missing a number, try add 1871 to the end.
  • If it is missing an uppercase or lowercase letter, try changing the case of the first letter in your password.
  • If you changed it and have forgotten – go through the reset process again.
  • If things just don’t work, reset your password.


  • Three words: FIND MY IPAD


You need to set one up.

Easiest way is to surf over to appleid.apple.com

  • Use your mds email address
  • Use your MDS password
  • Security questions: your call. These are only used to retrieve your password if you forget it.
  • You’ll have to click on a link in an email to complete the setup.
  • THEN go to Settings –> click on the left column top and get logged in.

Step 4

Google Photos –> set to autobackup your pix/vids

Fire up Google Photos


You should see the options there. “Original Quality” is OK.

Step Three for Middle School

There are some changes for the middle school this year.

A. If you are a returning student to MDS, AND your AppleID is already setup, AND you know what the password is:

  • Settings
  • Login to AppleID [top of the left column]
  • Login.
  • If you don’t remember your AppleID password, you can either;
    • Try adding 1871 or 1876 to the end of your MDS password
    • Reset the password [there is a link, or you can surf to iforgot.apple.com to reset it.
    • or start using a school-managed AppleID, as explained in the next section

B. If you are a new-to-MDS student
OR are choosing to use a school-managed AppleID:

  • You will need your MDS password AND the temporary AppleID password for your account. Your teacher has access to that information.
  • Settings –> Login to AppleID [at the top of the left column].
  • Your AppleID email address is your mds#@mountdesales.net [For example, 55555@mountdesales.net.
    • NOTE: This is DIFFERENT from your MDS email address – which is something like mds55555@mountdesales.net
  • It will ask you for a password – use the TEMPORARY PASSWORD you have been given.
  • THEN the system will ask you to create a new password:
    • First, for “Old password” type in the TEMPORARY password you were given. [This is the last time you will use it.]
    • For new password, use your standard MDS password. If the system doesn’t like yours, try adding 1871 to the end of it.

iPads and Styluses

One of the attractions of using the iPads is the ability to handwrite on the screen. This is especially useful in Notability [which can convert your handwriting into text, unless you are the MDS Tech Director with exceptionally abysmal handwriting. Your mileage may vary.]

See https://support.gingerlabs.com/hc/en-us/articles/360013361351-New-in-3-0-for-Mac-Handwriting-Recognition#:~:text=Drag%20a%20rectangle%20around%20the%20handwriting%20you%20want,to%20copy%20the%20text%20to%20your%20Mac%27s%20clipboard. for details on how to do that.

As of Fall 2020 iPads for the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades can use the Apple Pencil, Logitech Crayon, or other styluses. 12th grade iPads and Middle School iPads can use other styluses – there is a rough list below looking at some of the options.

Please note that styli are NOT provided by the school.

The Apple Pencil
Logitech Crayon

There are a few general categories of styluses available:

  • Apple Pencil – More expensive, but works VERY well.
  • Logitech Crayon – less expensive than the Apple Pencil. Has some different features that make it an intriguing choice.
  • Bluetooth attached – these require a pairing process, which usually works quite well. The quality level can vary a lot, as does the price.
  • “Capacitive” styluses – these work on all the iPads on campus, but there is a great variety in pricing and quality. Generally these have a “smushy rubbery” tip, though some have a “harder” tip.
    Some people love them, others can’t stand them.
  • There are also some with a small round disc at the end of the stylus.
  • You will see references to “active” styli – generally that means there are some electronics involved [bluetooth] and charging a battery.
A quick web search for “iPad Stylus” gives many options and prices.

Some general advice:

  • There is a wide variant on what is acceptable to the person using the stylus.
  • If you [or your student] is prone to lose things, but really wants or needs a stylus, the best advice is to use a cheaper one.
  • The Apple Pencil is arguably the superior choice, especially is using it for long stretches of time – but at $100 or more losing it is quite painful.
  • The Logitech Crayon, which is in the $60 range, is less painful if lost. It also works very well, and has some advantages over the Apple Pencil [for example, the shape means in will not roll off the desk.}