Setting up your Raspberry Pi

Get your Pi set up in eight easy steps:

  1. Purchase a Pi by searching up ‘Buy a Raspberry Pi’ and buying one from a website.
  2. You could choose to buy a Pi 2, or 3 or B+ if you want a head start. Be more advanced by getting a Pi A+, A or Zero. Or you could just buy a normal Pi Model B.
  3. Get a keyboard, mouse and Wi-fi dongle. (Pi 3 has built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1, so you won’t need a dongle if using a Pi 3.) Pi 2 and B+ have 4 USB ports so you can plug in a dongle without a USB hub. Pi A+, A and B users must use a powered USB hub (unless Model B users use an ethernet cable to connect.) Pi Zero Users will need a Micro USB to USB adapter and then plug the hub in.
  4. Get a HDMI cable and hook the Pi up to the TV using it. You will need a TV as well. (Tip: Pi Zero Users need a Micro HDMI to HDMI cable to connect their Pi to the TV.
  5. Get a power supply (a mobile phone charger will do) to power the Pi. Please note the Pi needs a certain amount of power.
  6. An SDcard. Pi A+, B+, 2, 3 and Zero require MicroSD cards. Otherwise, you will need a full size. I recommend an 8GB at the very least.
  7. Plug the SD/microSD card into the PC (via an SD adapter if needed) and go to and download the NOOBS zip file and unzip it onto the SD/microSD card. Then eject the SD/microSD card and slot it into the Pi. Then plug in the TV power supply and the power supply, switch the TV on and then switch the power supply on.
  8. Then when NOOBS loads, choose Raspbian Jessie and Data Partion. Then click install.