All the boxes are out from under the tree, the wrapping paper is off the floor, and everyone is happily playing with their new toys. That’s another great Christmas in the bag. But of course, now that the thrill of giving and receiving has worn off, there’s the step-by-step of getting your new gadgets up and running.
The new iPhone is going to be one of the hottest gifts for the holidays. Maybe you’re new to the world of Apple or maybe it’s been a while since you’ve upgraded. Either way, let’s get your new device up and running as quickly and painlessly as possible.
We’ve got great tips for you to get the basics out of the way. Then we’ll cover how to get up and running with your old information if you’re an iPhone vet, or how to get going if you’re new to the world of Apple.
Starting your iPhone: The Basics
Before you really dive in, it’s a good idea to plug your phone into the wall or a USB port just to make sure it’s charging. After all, who knows how long it’s been sitting in that box?
Once it’s plugged in and has a good charge, hold down the power button. You’ll see the black-and-white screen with the Apple logo, then you’ll be greeted by the Setup Assistant. This is a program that takes some basic information that your phone needs to operate before you really dive into the big stuff.
First of all, you'll set up your language, then your country or region. That helps set up your time, contacts and more.
Then, you’ll set up your Wi-Fi, configure a passcode to get into your phone, and set up Face ID or Touch ID if your phone supports it.
You’ll set up and sign in with your Apple ID, set up your iCloud account, turn on Find my iPhone (you definitely want to do this!), and get to know Siri, who may very well be your new best friend.
Finally, you'll set up Screen Time and configure updates for your iPhone.
Don’t worry about getting anything wrong or not having some information. You can always go into Settings and change that information or put it in later if need be. Apple phones are pretty hard to mess up permanently, so don’t worry about that.
Tap Get Started and you're ready to go. Pro Tip: Back up your data right away in case you run into any glitches along the way.
Setting up your new phone for iPhone vets
If you already have an iPhone, the migration can be pretty painless.
Make sure you have an iCloud or iTunes backup that’s current for your old device, then choose Restore from iCloud Backup or Restore from iTunes Backup. You’ll need to put in your Apple ID and password and wait a little bit, but all your stuff will be there when it’s done.
If your phone is new enough to run iOS 11 or 12, you can also use Quick Start. Remove your SIM card from your old device and put it in the new device. Bring the new iPhone close to the old one and you’ll be prompted to use the same Apple ID. Choose Yes, enter your password, and you can pick and choose what to move over.
Setting up your new phone for iPhone newbies
If you’re just getting started on iPhone (or want a fresh start), you’ll choose Set Up As New Phone when prompted. If you’re coming over from Android, there is a Move to iOS App on the Google Play store you can use to bring your old data over.
Everything can’t make the jump—many apps only work on iPhone or Android, not both—but that will take care of things like your messages and pictures.
Otherwise, it’ll be a matter of following the prompts and punching in information when the iPhone asks for it. Your Apple ID should be an email you use frequently since that’s the keys to the kingdom: it’s your login for iTunes but also handles things like iCloud and even helps with things like recovering your account if you get locked out or recovering your phone if you lose it.
Now have fun with your new iPhone!