Frequently Asked Questions
The GrandPad® Member Services
What is GrandPad?
GrandPad is a simple and secure tablet computer that digitally connects a senior to their family and friends. The senior can easily view family photos and videos, play games, see weather for each family member, listen to music, check emails, make phone calls, place a video chat, and much more.
How does GrandPad work?
Pictures, videos, music, emails, apps, and other content shows up on the GrandPad senior tablet automatically, 24 hours a day. GrandPad's white-glove member support will work with a trusted family member via the GrandPad central admin website to identify content that will show up automatically on a GrandPad. Family members can use the free companion app on their smartphones to send pictures and videos to the GrandPad. In addition, we use cloud curation services on the Internet to send content to the GrandPad. Our member experience team customizes each GrandPad because each senior is unique in so many beautiful ways! For more information, check out our User Guide.
How do all the pictures and videos of my family and friends get on the GrandPad senior tablet?
Pictures and videos can be added to the GrandPad in several ways:
- Family members can send them via the free GrandPad companion App on their phones and tablets
- Family and friends can send pictures attached to emails
- The family admin can upload bulk photos from GrandPad Central
- Facebook photos and videos from family members
- GrandPad member support can add pictures to the GrandPad
How does the GrandPad differ from an iPad?
The Apple iPad is a great product but it was designed with a user interface for people 10-65 years old who have most likely used a computer before. It's not that older seniors can't use an iPad - many can and that's great. However, many older seniors who have never used a computer and may find the iPad confusing with pop up alerts, Apple IDs, passwords, or just getting lost in the settings for Notifications, Control Center, iCloud, Wi-Fi, etc. GrandPad comes set up and ready to go with no configuration options except for the big volume keys for music.
What games are on the GrandPad?
The GrandPad includes a variety of specially designed games: Solitaire, Bingo, Blackjack, Slots, Freecell, Word Scramble, Spider Solitaire, Texas Hold’em, Hangman, Sudoku, Crossword, Wordsearch, TicTacToe, Four in a Row, Memory, Tiles, Hearts, and Bridge. These games automatically show up on your GrandPad with no additional charge and contain no advertisements. If you don't want a game or the game application to show on your GrandPad, the family administrator can simply remove it using the companion app, GrandPad Central, or by using the Help button to call and ask a member support agent.
Does the GrandPad require Wi-Fi?
No it does not, the GrandPad comes with 4G LTE configured and ready to go. No setup, no extra bill. Everything has been taken care of so your loved one can just use their GrandPad worry and frustration-free.
I am going to visit my son who lives out of state, will it work when I visit him?
The GrandPad works 24 hours a day anywhere in the United States using 4G LTE, which is included in the monthly cost.
How long does the battery last?
The GrandPad will last between 1-3 days depending on how much it's used. GrandPad support can email or call if the battery drops below 10%. We will keep an eye on your loved one!
My battery is low, how do I charge up my GrandPad senior tablet?
Place the GrandPad in the charging cradle when its not being used and it will charge automatically. It can be removed at any time, and it will stop charging when it's fully charged.
What age demographic is the GrandPad designed for?
The GrandPad works for a wide range of users but the focus is on seniors who:
- Have little or no computer experience
- Have resisted conventional modern technology
- Have diminishing eyesight, motor skills, hearing, or cognition.
The average GrandPad user is 82 years old. GrandPad is especially designed for seniors 75 and over who have little to no experience with technology. GrandPad has also proven to be very useful for those with limited vision, hearing and motor skills.
Is GrandPad available in the UK?
Yes, GrandPad is available in the UK. You can purchase from our valued partner TechSilver by clicking here.
Is GrandPad available in Ireland?
Yes, GrandPad is available in Ireland. You can purchase from our valued partner TechSilver by clicking here.
Can I use my headphones with the GrandPad senior tablet?
Nearly every set of headphones work with GrandPad.
Can I send a GrandPad senior tablet as a gift?
GrandPad makes for an excellent gift for the ones you love! What better gift can you give than the gift of connecting older seniors to their digital family? We'll even pack and ship it for you!
GrandPad Technical Specifications
- Screen Size: 8 inches (measured diagonally)
- Display Resolution: FHD 1920 x 1200
- Processor: Octa-Core Qualcomm MSM8953-3-AB
- Clock Speed: 2.0 Ghz
- RAM: 2GB
- Storage: 32GB
- Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Camera: Rear 5 megapixels , Front 5 megapixels
What happens if my GrandPad is broken, lost, or stolen?
No problem! Your GrandPad is 100% insured as part of your subscription. If it’s lost or stolen, we can disable the missing device and send you a new GrandPad loaded with all of your information and memories. If your GrandPad breaks, we will send you a new one all ready to go.
Can I send and receive international video calls with GrandPad?
Yes, the GrandPad can make and receive international video calls.
Can the GrandPad replace my cell phone?
The GrandPad lets families communicate via voice and video calls, but it does not have the ability to connect to 911. Calls to 911 should be made with a phone.
Privacy and Security
Does the GrandPad senior tablet have Passwords or User IDs to remember?
The GrandPad does not have any passwords, phone numbers, email addresses, or User IDs that can confuse a user.
Will I get pop-up Ads?
We've worked hard to make sure that users will never get a pop-up ad or a call from a telemarketer when using a GrandPad.
Is the GrandPad senior tablet safe?
The GrandPad is a secure tablet computer and the bad guys can't get to it like they can a PC, laptop, or other small tablet. It is designed and built especially with seniors in mind. Click Here to Learn More
What type of security does the GrandPad use?
All communications between the GrandPad and the internet are encrypted. No phone numbers or email addresses are viewable on the GrandPad.
GrandPad Central Admin Website
What other tasks can I do at the GrandPad Central Admin Website?
In addition to adding contacts, you can bulk upload photos that will show up on the GrandPad and optionally on every family member's companion app, as well. You can get statistics on the usage of the GrandPad user to make sure they are active and having fun. Finally, the site can be used to add or remove the core applications:
What is the GrandPad Central Admin Website?
When a GrandPad is ordered, a family administrator is appointed. The role of the family administrator is to use the GrandPad Central Admin Website to add contacts (we call them companions) to the GrandPad. It takes only a few minutes to add a contact (Name, Email, Phone, Picture, City) and that contact will be pushed to the GrandPad. You can add other contacts like CVS pharmacy or a doctor to make it a tap by picture for the GrandPad user.
How can family members connect to GrandPad if they don't have a smartphone?
People without a smartphone can use their personal computer and log in to GrandPad Central at central.grandpad.net using the email associated with your profile. In GrandPad Central, they will be able to connect with loved ones via video calls, emails, and more.
What are the minimum version requirements for the GrandPad companion application?
You must have an iPhone 5 or newer, running at least iOS 10, to use the companion app. For Android, you must be running Android 5.0 or newer.
How will I know when a GrandPad user is video calling me?
The companion app user will get a notification on their device that a GrandPad user is calling them.
What is the Companion App and where do I get it?
The companion application is for the rest of the family. It's free, and is available for Apple and Android phones and tablets. The GrandPad app lets you easily send pictures and videos to the GrandPad in your family. The easiest way to get it is to get an invitation from your appointed family admin for the GrandPad. He or she can send the invite via a button on the GrandPad Central Admin Website. Just read the email on your phone or tablet, click the link and it will automatically download the app, install it, and log you in.