Note: LemonJar's iOS Console may be an easier option:

Xcode, a developer tool from Apple, can be used to read the console logs from an iPad.  Note: this requires a Mac OS X computer running a recent version of the operating system.

  • Download and install Xcode from the Mac App Store.  It is a free, but very large download.
  • Launch Xcode - on the first install you may be promoted for an admin password or to install additional components.
  • At the top of your screen, go to the Window Menu and select devices.
  • Connect your iPad via USB and you should see it appear in the left hand pane.
    • You may need to unlock your iPad and trust the computer to allow it to access the device.  Also even after you trust the computer, Xcode may not be able to communicate with the iPad until you unplug it and plug it back in again.
    • Click on your iPad click on the "upward facing triangle in a box" icon if you do not see the logs.  A small pane should come up from the bottom of the screen
    • If the logs are blank, try unplugging the iPad and reconnecting it.
    • The Trash icon in the lower right hand corner of the devices window will clear the current screen of logs, useful to cut down on the noise and volume of the logs.
    • The Downward facing arrow icon in the lower right hand corner of the devices window will save the logs to a file.  You may also copy and paste from the scrolling log pane.

    • If you prohibit pairing with computers via a restrictions policy, or if iPads were supervised with Apple Configurator and the option to 'prevent pairing with other computers' was selected, you may not be able to use Xcode to read logs from your iPad.