How to Set up a New iPhone (Step by Step Guide)
Have you just purchased a new iPhone? No matter how much you’ve used other iPhones before, this can be a bit of an intimidating process. While setting up your new iPhone may seem daunting at first, it’s actually quite simple and even fun once you get the hang of it! All you need to do to get started is follow these easy steps below!
This iPhone set-up guide applies to devices running iOS 13 or later.
1. Assuming you just got your new iPhone, the first thing you need to do is charge it. Once it’s charged, turn it on by pressing and holding the power button until the Apple logo appears. Next, you’ll be prompted to choose your language and region.
2. Now you will be presented with the choice of using Quick Start which is available in iOS 11 or later. If you have an iOS device that supports wireless import, this feature will automatically import information from it. Quick Start is as easy as placing your old phone next to the new one. To link the two phones, you’ll use your new phone’s camera and follow the instructions until the ” Finish On New iPhone” message appears. Next, enter your passcode from the old phone and proceed to Step 6. Select Set up Manually if you don’t want to use Quick Start and then continue.
3. After that, you’ll need to connect to a Wi-Fi network so your phone can update. But if your phone is already connected to a computer, you can skip this step.
4. Once it’s connected to Wi-Fi, your iPhone will attempt activation once you have connected to Wi-Fi or iTunes. The following tasks are required for this step:
- The iPhone will display the associated phone number. Tap Next if it’s your number. Contact Apple at 1-800-MYPHONE if it’s not.
- Enter your billing zip code and last four digits from your Social Security number, and then tap Next.
- Accept the Terms and Conditions and proceed.
5. Next is to configure the security features that you wish to activate on your iPhone: Touch ID, Face ID, and/or passcode. Although they are optional, we strongly suggest that you use at least one of them, even if we recommend using both.
6. Next, you can restore or transfer data, including photos, contacts and apps. This can be done from an iTunes backup, a Mac/PC or another iPhone. You can wirelessly transfer from any device, but you will need to connect the cable included with your phone to charge it.
Select Don’t Transfer Data if you don’t have any data to restore or transfer.
7. Next, log in using your Apple ID. You can also use an Apple ID you already have with a previous Apple product.
If you don’t have one, you will need to create one. Choose “Forgot password or Don’t have an Apple ID?”. Follow the prompts to create an Apple ID. To create an account, you will need information such as your name, birthday, and email address.
8. Next, you will need to set up optional services. These steps don’t need to be done right away (or ever), but you can choose Set up Later in Settings. These services include:
- Apple Pay – Add credit or debit cards to allow wireless payments in stores that support them.
- Automatic updates: This will turn on your phone to automatically download and install iOS and app updates.
- Developer Sharing – This feature shares your usage data with developers in order to improve their services.
- iCloud – Using iCloud allows you to use Apple Music, the iCloud Keychain, password manager, backups and other options.
- Location Service: This one is activated by apps such as Apple Maps and Find my iPhone. Other apps can see and use your location.
- Screen Time – This is Apple’s parental control option. It allows you to restrict apps and limits the time that your device is accessible.
- Siri – Turning on Siri allows you to use Apple’s voice control system, Siri. You will need to choose a voice for Siri and then tutor it.
9. Finally click on “Get Started” to finish setting up your iPhone
If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at your convenience! We hope you enjoy your new iPhone!