How to Use Automatic Setup to Set up New iPhone

The Automatic Setup feature–which works on iPhones on iOS 11 and up–makes it super easy to automatically setup a new iPhone from your old iPhone, when you’re upgrading hardware. Automatic Setup isn’t a full backup. Instead, it restores your Apple keychain passwords, WiFi details, Apple ID, and general settings. Short of App Store apps, you can use your new device just like the old one.

How to Automatic Set Up New iPhone from Old iPhone

Using Quick Start, you’ll be able to transfer data wirelessly from your old iPhone to your new one, without the hassle of an iCloud backup.

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  • Automatic Setup is specifically made only for settings and bypassing some of the commonly used setup steps.
  • To use Automatic Setup, make sure both of your Old device running iOS 11.

Step #1. Turn on your new iOS device.

Step #2. Follow the steps to set up your device. When you have selected your language, you will get a “Set Up Your iPhone (or iPad)” prompt.

Step #3. Now, you have to place your old iOS device near the new device to begin Automatic Setup.

Step #4. On your old device, you will see a pop up saying now you can use Automatic Setup. Tap “Continue” to start.

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Step #5. An Apple Watch-style pairing image will appear on your new device.

You will also be asked to scan it with the camera on your old device.

Now, you have to hold the existing device’s camera over the image to pair.

Step #6. Next up, check out the passcode that will appear on your old device. You need to enter it on the new one.

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Now, your data will start transferring over to the new device.

Once Automatic Setup is completed you will get the option to set up Touch ID, Siri, and Wallet.

It will automatically enable Find My iPhone, location services, and analytics. If you don’t want to enable these options, tap on “Customize Settings” to change them.

Now, you need to restore all of your apps and data from an iCloud backup or set it up as new.

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Go through all the iCloud backup steps for a complete content transfer from your old device to the new one.

That’s all!

Video: How to Use Automatic Setup to Quickly Setup Your New iPhone from Old iPhone


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If you’ve followed the steps above, you will have successfully used Automatic Setup to transfer your basic data, passwords, and preferences to your new iPhone. If you want to restore your apps and app data, you should do an iCloud restore afterwards.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
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