There are so many ways to personalize your iPad in-screen, and with Apple’s engraving service, you can also personalize your iPad physically.

If you’re curious about engraving your iPad, and are just looking for some ideas to get started, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve gathered engraving ideas of all kind, as well as some pros and cons, and things that are just good to know before you order your engraved iPad.

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What Should You Engrave on Your iPad?

You can choose to engrave quotes, emojis, angel numbers, and so much more. There are so many ideas when it comes to engraving your iPad – and it can be hard to choose since the personalization will be there forever. From functional to aesthetically pleasing picks, here are some great iPad engraving ideas that you can use.

Clever & Funny Engraving Ideas for iPad

Apple allows for up to two lines of text for iPad engravings, giving you more space to be more creative — compared to the character limits on Apple pencil, AirTags, and AirPods engravings. Here are some of our favorite clever/funny engraving ideas you can use for thought-starters!

Engraving Ideas:

  • “It’s our best iPad ever” Apple, 2010-2023
  • The line below this is false. The line above this is true.
  • An Apple a day keeps Microsoft away
  • Property of Tim Apple
  • No engraving, thanks!
  • Your engraving
  • This is temporary, right?
  • Not Dishwasher Safe
  • INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE
  • “SPACE FOR RENT”
  • “YOUR AD HERE”
  • This is my iPad. There are many like it but this one is mine.
  • This engraving will totally ruin the resale value
  • Don’t Panic
  • An Apple a day keeps the broke away
  • Leave Blank
  • If found, call 555-4545 and tell him thanks for the iPad
  • IF FOUND, AVENGE MY DEATH.
  • Stuck in iPad factory, please send help!
  • Scratch here to reveal prize!
  • In case of emergency, break glass.
  • We don’t need to bring ink and paper into this.
  • For my parents: “If it doesn’t light up that means its off”
  • Don’t drop on foot – it hurts.
  • I did not stand in line to buy this.

Clever & Funny Engraving Ideas for iPad

Quotes for iPad Engraving

A good quote is good for the soul. Add a quote to the back of your iPad to brighten your day and even motivate you to be better. There are so many quotes to pick from – whether you’re a student, music lover, or cinephile, there are so many great quote types to choose from! Here are some quote genres to start brainstorming ideas:

  • Study Quotes
  • Wellness Quotes
  • Movie Quotes
  • Book Quotes
  • Lyrics
  • Manifestation Quotes
  • Inspirational Quotes
  • Motivational Quotes
  • Positive Affirmations
  • Reminders
  • Angel Numbers

If you’re not sure which exact quote to engrave on your iPad, here are some quote engraving ideas for you to pick from, or use as reference.

Engraving Ideas:

  • Taking care of yourself is productive.
  • Either run the day or the day runs you
  • One day or day one
  • Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.
  • When nothing goes right, go left
  • I don’t chase, I attract.
  • One day at a time.
  • C’est la vie. That’s life.
  • 777 Luck
  • you have always been enough.
  • Be the reason someone smiles today
  • Stop overthinking. Start doing.
  • It is all part of the process.
  • Don’t stress over things you cannot control.
  • Do it for your future self.
  • Focus on the good.
  • Grow your mind.
  • With love, always.
  • Don’t overthink it.
  • Be the energy you want to attract.
  • Good things take time.

Quotes for iPad Engraving

Song & Album Names

If you always have your favorite playlists on rotation, a unique engraving idea is to quote something related to music. This can be a song name, album name, or even artist name if you’re a big fan.

Engraving Ideas:

  • Purpose
  • Started from the bottom
  • After Hours
  • Take Care
  • The Motto
  • Shake It Off
  • Glimpse of Us
  • HUMBLE.
  • Peaches
  • No Limit
  • If you’re reading this It’s too late

Song & Album Names iPad Engravings

Emoji Engraving Ideas for iPad

Choose from Apple’s emoji collection to add some playfulness to your iPad engraving. The emoji design is less detailed compared to the typical keyboard emojis, and there’s no color for engravings. Here are the emojis that Apple allows you to engrave on your iPad:

Emoji Engraving Ideas for iPad

Cute & Aesthetic Emoji Engraving Ideas for iPad

Get creative and mix and match emojis to suit your personal aesthetic. You can add a single emoji to one a second line for simplicity, or select an emoji combo to create your own custom engraving.

Cute & Aesthetic Emoji Engraving Ideas for iPad

Nicknames & Naming Your iPad

People name household items such as cars, tech devices, or even suitcases — a unique engraving idea is naming your iPad and getting the name engraved on the back. You can also engrave your nickname to really personalize your tablet.

Engraving Ideas:

  • Property of <Name>
  • Your initials
  • i<Name>
  • iBelong to <Name>
  • This iPad was stolen from <Name>

Nicknames & Naming Your iPad

Contact Information — Name, Email Address, Phone Number

One of the most popular iPad engraving ideas is to engrave your phone number, full name, or email address. In the case that you misplace your iPad, this functional approach to engraving acts as a means for people to contact you when the item is found – since they won’t be able to access a locked iPad.

If you can’t decide which contact method to choose, email address is likely the best pick — since emails can be sent and received from anywhere, and are less likely to change over time than a phone number.

Name, Email Address, Phone Number iPad Engravings

Commonly Asked iPad Engraving Questions

Pros & Cons of Engraving an iPad

Pros

  • Personalizes your iPad to be uniquely yours
  • Adds character to your iPad
  • Allows your iPad to be easily found and returned if lost

Cons

  • Lowers resale value
  • Unchangeable later on
  • Cannot be exchanged (but can be returned online)

How many characters can you engrave on iPad?

iPad engravings allow for two lines of text – and you’re able to use both lowercase and uppercase letters. To be safe, you’ll want to choose engraving text within the 50-54 character range.

iPad Pro

  • Lowercase letters gives you a 34 character limit per line (68 characters total)
  • Capital letters gives you 27 character limit per line (54 characters total)

iPad Air

  • Lowercase letters gives you a 34 character limit per line (68 characters total)
  • Capital letters gives you 27 character limit per line (54 characters total)

iPad 9th Gen

  • Lowercase letters gives you a 36 character limit per line (72 characters total)
  • Capital letters gives you 25 character limit per line (50 characters total)

iPad 10th Gen

  • Lowercase letters gives you a 34 character limit per line (68 characters total)
  • Capital letters gives you 27 character limit per line (54 characters total)

iPad Mini

  • Lowercase letters gives you a 32 character limit per line (64 characters total)
  • Capital letters gives you 26 character limit per line (52 characters total)

Where are the engravings on the iPad?

iPad engravings are on the back of the device, in the center slightly below the camera. Typically, Apple engravings are only one short line on a product, but for iPads you can engrave either one line, or an optional secondary line underneath.

Where are the engravings on the iPad?

Which iPad can you engrave?

You can engrave all iPads, including iPad (9th & 10th generation), iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Mini models.

To order engraved iPads, head over here to Apple’s engraving order page.

Which iPad can you engrave?

Can you return an engraved iPad?

Yes! Returns are the same for engraved Apple products. As long as it’s within the return time window, which is typically 14 days for Apple products.

A couple things to note:

  • You cannot exchange AirPods that are engraved, only return.
  • Returns are online only and not in-store.

See Apple’s return policy here for the latest information.

Can you engrave an iPad after purchase? Where can I get my iPad engraved?

You cannot engrave your iPad after purchase, as it’s all done on Apple’s website at the purchase stage. If you want to engrave AirPods you already own, you can use a third party service, but warning: this may void your iPad’s warranty.

What font is used for iPad engravings?

SF Pro (aka San Francisco) is Apple’s brand font, so it’s no surprise this is their pick for engravings. The font used on iPad is SF Pro Rounded Light!

What font is used for iPad engravings?

What do you have engraved on your Apple products? What other iPad engraving ideas are we missing from the list? Let us know down in the comments below!

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