Getting started with the pi-top[4]

If you've just opened up your pi-top [4] and not quite sure how to use it, then this is the place for you

You can start with our online getting started guide.


Your pi-top [4] battery will come with charge, but you'll need to plug in the power supply to boot it and fully charge it. If you are using a pi-top [4] Complete then you should have a pi-top [4] Power Supply included. If you are using a pi-top [4] DIY, please refer to this article on which Power Supply meet's the requirements for the pi-top [4]. 

SD Card with pi-top OS

With a pi-top [4] Complete, you should already have an SD Card inserted with the pi-top OS. If you have a DIY then you will have to flash the pi-top OS onto an SD card yourself. You can follow our guide here if you need help with that. If you have a display on your OLED miniscreen showing to insert an SD Card into your pi-top, then check to see if your SD Card has been inserted correctly or if it has been flashed correctly.


You can either choose to connect your pi-top [4] to a display screen or you can choose to connect it to one of your computer devices through VNC. Check out our guide here on how to connect with the pi-top [4] Display Cable. To connect through VNC then you can get help here on this guide.


Make sure your pi-top OS is up-to-date when you launch it. Your pi-top [4] should ask you to update the OS but in case you skipped it then you can refer to our guide here. The Firmware will also need updating. Your pi-top [4] should ask you to update if there is an update or you can visit our Firmware Update article.


Once your pi-top [4] is up and running you can find challenges to do on Further (our learning resource centre).