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How to set up a new iPhone: Step-by-step guide

Things to know when setting up a new iPhone for the first time

  • If you’re upgrading your iPhone, having a backup of your data on the cloud or a Mac is vital to ensuring a quick and painless setup process.
  • You have multiple options when it comes to transferring data, including restoring from a Mac or PC, transferring directly from another iPhone or iPad, restoring from an Android, and setting up completely from scratch.

It’s finally time to open up that sleek white box and get your hands on the new iPhone inside. What happens next? 

Something a little bit less exciting… you’ll have to set up your new iPhone. Luckily, we’ve designed this guide to make sure you can get to the exciting new features at your fingertips in no time at all.

Here’s how.

Make a backup of your old iPhone’s data

You can make a backup in a few different places for easy installation on your new iPhone.

If you like to use cloud storage, back up your iPhone to iCloud, pCloud, or your preferred cloud storage app.

If you’d rather back your iPhone up to a physical device, go for a backup on your Mac or PC. 

See our guide on backing up your iPhone for instructions on both methods.

How to set up new iPhone

Let’s get right into it.

  1. Power on your new iPhone by pressing the side button.
  2. Swipe up or press the home button when on the “Hello” screen.
  3. Select your desired language.

    swipe up from hello screen and select languange on iphone
  4. Choose your country or region.
  5. This is the Quick Start screen. If you’re transferring from an old iPhone or iPad, follow the onscreen instructions. If you’re not transferring any data, tap Set Up Manually.
  6. Glance at the list and make sure your Preferred Languages are set correctly. If they are, tap Continue.

    tap on set up manually and then tap on continue on iphone
  7. Set up your Wi-Fi connection by choosing it from the list and entering the password. Tap Join, then tap Next.

    select wi-fi network and enter password to join wi-fi then tap on next
  8. Read over the Data & Privacy text, then tap Continue.
  9. If you’d like to set up Face ID or Touch ID, tap Continue. Otherwise, you can always set it up later in Settings. Tap Continue once it’s set up.
  10. Here, you can create a six-digit passcode. If you’d rather set up a four-digit passcode, tap Passcode Options.

    set up iphone passcode

When you get to the Apps & Data screen, you have a few options to proceed.

Setting up Apps & Data on a new iPhone

Your five main options are:

  • Restore from iCloud Backup: If you’ve enabled iCloud Backup on an old iDevice, you can use it now to set up your new Phone.
  • Restore from a Mac or PC: You can use an existing computer backup to set up your new iPhone. The content from the backup will be imported to the new iPhone.
  • Transfer directly from iPhone or iPad: If you have an old iPhone or iPad, you can transfer data directly to your new device. After this process completes, your new iPhone will feel like a new and improved version of your old iPhone. Home Screen app layouts, settings, email accounts, calendars, Reminders, apps, and so on will all be the same.
  • Transfer data from an Android: You can transfer contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars, and some free apps from your old Android phone to your new iPhone.
  • Don’t Transfer Apps & Data: This lets you set up your iPhone completely from scratch. With that said, when you sign in with an existing Apple ID, you can choose to import your notes, iCloud Photos, messages, contacts, etc.

For the purpose of this guide, we’ll set the iPhone up as new with Don’t Transfer Apps & Data. If you choose another option, follow the onscreen instructions and check out our guides linked in this article to set up your new iPhone.

Finish iPhone set-up

You still have a bit of set-up to go, but it’s not too bad: 

  1. Enter your Apple ID and tap on Next. (Or, depending on your situation, tap on Forgot password or don’t have an Apple ID?) After that, type your Apple ID password and tap Next. If you have another Apple device, you might receive a notification there. Tap/click Allow on that device to see a six-digit code. Now enter this code on the new iPhone.

    tap on don't transfer app & data and enter apple id details on iphone
  2. Read over and Agree to the Terms & Conditions.
  3. Tap Customize Settings or Continue on the Express Settings screen.
  4. Tap Continue again and keep your iPhone up to date.

    tap on continue for express settings and then tap on continue for keep your iphone up to date
  5. Set up Apple Pay.
  6. Select Continue yet again to set up iCloud Keychain. If you’d rather not, tap Don’t Use iCloud Keychain.

    tap on continue on icloud keychain screen
  7. Tap Continue to set up Siri. Follow the on-screen instructions. Or, tap Set Up Later in Settings.
  8. After that, choose whether you’d like to share audio recordings with Apple or not. I always select Not Now, but you can decide accordingly.

    tap on continue to set up hey siri
  9. Tap Continue to set up Screen Time. Or, tap on Set Up Later in Settings.
  10. Choose whether to share App Analytics or not. I usually tap Don’t Share, but again, it’s up to you.
  11. On the True Tone Display screen, tap Continue. You can always change this later in Settings.

    Set up Screen Time, App Analytics and True Tone Display on iPhone
  12. Choose the Light or Dark appearance and tap Continue.
  13. Look over and tap Continue on the next few instructions screens (Go Home, Switch Between Recent Apps, Quickly Access Controls)

    tap on continue to complete the process for set up new iphone

Now you’ll land on the coveted Welcome to iPhone screen. This is confirmation that set-up was successful and you’re ready to use your new iPhone. All you need to do now to access all that iOS has to offer is swipe up or tap the Home button.

swipe up on welcome iphone screen and start using it

Well, one more thing actually: you’ll need to re-pair any Apple accessories or bluetooth devices.

Pair your Apple accessories

Now that you’ve set up your new iPhone, it’s time to pair your Apple accessories and bluetooth devices.

  • For AirPods, check out our guide on pairing AirPods.
  • For Apple Watch, follow this tutorial.
  • If you set up a new iPad, use this guide to pair your Apple Pencil.
  • Apple TV users will want to pair their iPhone to use it as a remote.

And finally, if Bluetooth isn’t working for you, we’ve got you covered.

Wrapping up…

Congratulations on your brand new iPhone. Now that it’s set-up, what will you do with it? Tell us about your exciting endeavors in the comments.

Did you get caught up somewhere along the line? Ask us what to do!

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    Marcus Mears III is a lifelong technology enthusiast with half a decade of experience developing prose that keeps readers in the know. With hundreds of reviews, buying guides, and how-to explainers across a number of tech and lifestyle publications like How-To Geek, MakeUseOf, and iGeeksBlog, Mears’ work helps readers around the globe learn to make the most of their devices and software. He uses a 2016 MacBook Pro as his daily driver laptop and a self-built Windows PC for gaming and productivity.

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