How to Use a LeapFrog LeapPad Ultimate

Introduction

The LeapFrog LeapPad Ultimate is a kid-tough and kid-safe tablet designed entirely for kids that includes preloaded content to help kids develop skills in mathematics, reading and science as well as music, puzzles, logic and creativity to prepare kids for preschool and beyond. This guide will show you how to use different common features of your LeapPad Ultimate so you can get things configured in a way that works best for your family.
LeapFrog LeapPad Ultimate.

1 Install an App

  1. At the bottom of the LeapPad Welcome screen, tap the icon of parents with a child.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's home screen highlighting the parent and child icon at the bottom of the screen.
  2. You will be prompted to enter your 4 digit Parent Lock code to access Parent Mode. Enter your code.
  3. This will bring you to the Parent Controls menu.
  4. Tap on Manage Apps.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's parental controls menu highlighting the manage apps icon.
  5. Expand the Not Installed drop down, then tap Download next to the app you wish to download.
  6. The app should quickly appear under the Downloads tab along with an indicator showing the download progress, and then move to the Installed tab once installed.

2 Uninstall an App

  1. At the bottom of the LeapPad Welcome screen, tap the icon of parents with a child.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's home screen with the parent and child icon highlighted.
  2. You will be prompted to enter your 4 digit Parent Lock code to access Parent Mode. Enter your code.
  3. This will bring you to the Parent Settings menu.
  4. Tap on Manage Apps.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's Parental Controls menu with the manage apps icon highlighted.
  5. On the Manage Content screen, expand the Installed menu, scroll down and locate some of the larger sized apps (App size is displayed beneath the app name).
  6. Tap the trash can to delete the app.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's app manager interface with the trash can icon beside an app highlighted.

Pre-installed system apps cannot be deleted.

3 LeapSearch

LeapFrog LeapSearch icon.
LeapSearch is a built-in web search engine for the LeapPad Ultimate that includes over 1,000 hand-selected fun and engaging pieces of content including videos, images, games and web pages, that are 100% kid-appropriate. Every content experience your child will encounter with LeapPad has been approved by LeapFrog’s team of learning experts, so parents don’t have to set filters or search amongst a sea of content and guess what is appropriate.
LeapPad Platinum's home screen highlighting the LeapSearch app.

4 Time Controls

LeapPad Time Control options allow parents to control the maximum time the LeapPad can be played each day. This feature is off by default.

Enable Time Controls

  1. On the Welcome screen, tap the clock icon.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's home screen with the clock icon highlighted.
  2. When prompted, enter your four-digit parent lock code.
  3. A Set Play Time box will open on the screen.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's parental controls menu displaying the set play time settings.
  4. The Set Play Time box has three slider bar controls:
    • On/Off - Enable/Disable Time Control.
    • You can play for this long - Amount of time that you can play.
    • Then you need to rest for - The amount of time that must pass before you can play again.
  5. Tap Set when done.
  6. A counter with the amount of time remaining will show on the top of the screen.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's home screen highlighting remaining usage time across the top of the screen.

Time controls run cumulatively. For example, using the play time settings above: If the child plays for 1 hour, then turns the LeapPad off for 1 hour, then begins using it again; when powered back on, they would have 1:15 of play time remaining followed by 3 hours of required rest time. Anytime the LeapPad has been powered off for a cumulative period of 4 hours, the available play time will reset to 2:15.

Rest Time

  1. When your child has used up all their time, the device will enter a cooldown period called Rest Time.
  2. To use parental options while the LeapPad is on Rest Time, tap the blue parent/child icon.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's interface displaying a time is up for today prompt, highlighting a parent and child icon.
  3. When prompted, enter your four-digit parent lock code.
  4. From here you may Turn off Time Controls, Add 30 minutes, or Open Time Controls to change settings.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's interface displaying available options for adjusting playtime controls.

5 Restrict Access to App Center

There are three levels of access control for the App Center on the LeapPad.

To adjust settings:

  1. Power on the LeapPad.
  2. At the bottom of the "Welcome" screen, tap the icon of parents and child.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's home screen highlighting the parent and child icon across the bottom of the screen.
  3. You will be prompted to enter your 4 digit Parent Lock code to access Parent Mode. Enter your code.
  4. This will bring you to the Parent Settings menu.
  5. Tap the Child Profiles icon.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's parental controls menu highlighting the child profiles icon.
  6. Under your child's name, tap on Edit.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's child profile screen with the edit button highlighted underneath the name of the current child profile.
  7. Tap on Permissions at the bottom of the next screen.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's child profile screen with the permissions button highlighted towards the bottom of the screen.
  8. Under "LeapFrog App Center", you'll see three levels of restrictions on the App Center.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's child profile screen highlighting the various permission options that can be altered within a child profile.
  9. The first and most restrictive setting will require the 4 digit Parent Lock code to be entered in order to open the App Center on the LeapPad. Check the box to activate this setting.
  10. The second box will disable the wish list buttons when it is unchecked.
  11. The third box will suppress pricing and the buy buttons when unchecked.

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The LeapFrog LeapPad Ultimate is a kid-tough and kid-safe tablet designed entirely for kids that includes preloaded content to help kids develop skills in mathematics, reading and science as well as music, puzzles, logic and creativity to prepare kids for preschool and beyond. This guide will show you how to use different common features of your LeapPad Ultimate so you can get things configured in a way that works best for your family.
LeapFrog LeapPad Ultimate.
  1. At the bottom of the LeapPad Welcome screen, tap the icon of parents with a child.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's home screen highlighting the parent and child icon at the bottom of the screen.
  2. You will be prompted to enter your 4 digit Parent Lock code to access Parent Mode. Enter your code.
  3. This will bring you to the Parent Controls menu.
  4. Tap on Manage Apps.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's parental controls menu highlighting the manage apps icon.
  5. Expand the Not Installed drop down, then tap Download next to the app you wish to download.
  6. The app should quickly appear under the Downloads tab along with an indicator showing the download progress, and then move to the Installed tab once installed.
  1. At the bottom of the LeapPad Welcome screen, tap the icon of parents with a child.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's home screen with the parent and child icon highlighted.
  2. You will be prompted to enter your 4 digit Parent Lock code to access Parent Mode. Enter your code.
  3. This will bring you to the Parent Settings menu.
  4. Tap on Manage Apps.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's Parental Controls menu with the manage apps icon highlighted.
  5. On the Manage Content screen, expand the Installed menu, scroll down and locate some of the larger sized apps (App size is displayed beneath the app name).
  6. Tap the trash can to delete the app.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's app manager interface with the trash can icon beside an app highlighted.

Pre-installed system apps cannot be deleted.

LeapFrog LeapSearch icon.
LeapSearch is a built-in web search engine for the LeapPad Ultimate that includes over 1,000 hand-selected fun and engaging pieces of content including videos, images, games and web pages, that are 100% kid-appropriate. Every content experience your child will encounter with LeapPad has been approved by LeapFrog’s team of learning experts, so parents don’t have to set filters or search amongst a sea of content and guess what is appropriate.
LeapPad Platinum's home screen highlighting the LeapSearch app.

LeapPad Time Control options allow parents to control the maximum time the LeapPad can be played each day. This feature is off by default.

Enable Time Controls

  1. On the Welcome screen, tap the clock icon.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's home screen with the clock icon highlighted.
  2. When prompted, enter your four-digit parent lock code.
  3. A Set Play Time box will open on the screen.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's parental controls menu displaying the set play time settings.
  4. The Set Play Time box has three slider bar controls:
    • On/Off - Enable/Disable Time Control.
    • You can play for this long - Amount of time that you can play.
    • Then you need to rest for - The amount of time that must pass before you can play again.
  5. Tap Set when done.
  6. A counter with the amount of time remaining will show on the top of the screen.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's home screen highlighting remaining usage time across the top of the screen.

Time controls run cumulatively. For example, using the play time settings above: If the child plays for 1 hour, then turns the LeapPad off for 1 hour, then begins using it again; when powered back on, they would have 1:15 of play time remaining followed by 3 hours of required rest time. Anytime the LeapPad has been powered off for a cumulative period of 4 hours, the available play time will reset to 2:15.

Rest Time

  1. When your child has used up all their time, the device will enter a cooldown period called Rest Time.
  2. To use parental options while the LeapPad is on Rest Time, tap the blue parent/child icon.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's interface displaying a time is up for today prompt, highlighting a parent and child icon.
  3. When prompted, enter your four-digit parent lock code.
  4. From here you may Turn off Time Controls, Add 30 minutes, or Open Time Controls to change settings.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's interface displaying available options for adjusting playtime controls.

There are three levels of access control for the App Center on the LeapPad.

To adjust settings:

  1. Power on the LeapPad.
  2. At the bottom of the "Welcome" screen, tap the icon of parents and child.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's home screen highlighting the parent and child icon across the bottom of the screen.
  3. You will be prompted to enter your 4 digit Parent Lock code to access Parent Mode. Enter your code.
  4. This will bring you to the Parent Settings menu.
  5. Tap the Child Profiles icon.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's parental controls menu highlighting the child profiles icon.
  6. Under your child's name, tap on Edit.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's child profile screen with the edit button highlighted underneath the name of the current child profile.
  7. Tap on Permissions at the bottom of the next screen.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's child profile screen with the permissions button highlighted towards the bottom of the screen.
  8. Under "LeapFrog App Center", you'll see three levels of restrictions on the App Center.
    Screenshot of the LeapPad Ultimate's child profile screen highlighting the various permission options that can be altered within a child profile.
  9. The first and most restrictive setting will require the 4 digit Parent Lock code to be entered in order to open the App Center on the LeapPad. Check the box to activate this setting.
  10. The second box will disable the wish list buttons when it is unchecked.
  11. The third box will suppress pricing and the buy buttons when unchecked.
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