How to Set up your future iPhone? – how it works

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How to Set up your future iPhone

How to Set up your future iPhone? – how it works

If you want to set up a new iPhone, Apple has made the procedure so easy that it is not a problem even for beginners.

If you have treated yourself to the new iPhone SE , you will be faced with the problem of how to set it up. The basic requirements for this are good WiFi and a valid SIM card, because you have to activate a new iPhone with it. Most of the time the new iPhone arrives charged, so the device does not have to be plugged in immediately. Currently (with iOS 13) nine steps are necessary to set up the device, but some can be safely skipped.

1. Switch on, select language

Switch on the device for the first time, the power button is on the right side of all current iPhones. Then the first “Hello” screen appears, then you can select the appropriate region and language. The devices purchased here, for example, offer English on the first line, you no longer have to scroll through the list of languages.

2. Quick start

In some cases, this step is also the last one if you still have an old iPhone in use. Because since iOS 11, Apple has offered the so-called quick start. If the other device is switched on and is nearby, the iPhone suggests to take over the data and settings from the predecessor. For this, the iPhone first requires the right AppleID, a graphic is displayed on the old iPhone for authentication, which the camera of the new one should read out. With such a procedure almost all files and settings of the old iPhone are adopted, even the Apple Pay and Siri configuration. Only the Touch ID or the Face ID have to be configured again, this data is saved in the Secure Enclave and is not synchronized anywhere.

3. Dial into the WiFi, activate iPhone with SIM

If you don’t have a previous iPhone at the start, this is not a problem either. In this step you choose your own WiFi, if necessary, the system also offers a SIM to activate the iPhone.

4. Select passcode, set up Touch ID or Face ID

In step four, set up your Touch ID or Face ID and set the passcode. We recommend taking your time here and activating the two unlocking mechanisms immediately, they are essential for the security of the iPhone. In the case of biometric backups, the system easily guides you through clear animations. With the passcode, however, we recommend that you do not use the default setting of six digits, but rather click on the “Code options” line. There, three additional options appear: “Own alphanumeric code”, “Own numeric code” and “Four-digit numerical code”. Select the middle option here and choose a number combination of at least ten digits that you can easily remember.

 The advantage of the long passcode: This is significantly more secure against brute force, the number of possible combinations increases by a factor of 10 with each additional number. Compared to an alphanumeric code, however, the input is significantly faster or more convenient, since the device hides the large number keyboard instead of a complete letter keyboard as when entering text.

 Such a code can also be typed in with one hand, while with the alphanumeric combination you have to concentrate properly when entering. Compared to an alphanumeric code, however, the input is significantly faster or more convenient, since the device hides the large number keyboard instead of a complete letter keyboard as when entering text. Such a code can also be typed in with one hand, while with the alphanumeric combination you have to concentrate properly when entering. 

Compared to an alphanumeric code, however, the input is significantly faster or more convenient, since the device hides the large number keyboard instead of a complete letter keyboard as when entering text. Such a code can also be typed in with one hand, while with the alphanumeric combination you have to concentrate properly when entering.

5. Transfer data from old iPhone to Android

In the fifth step, the data from the existing backups or smartphones can be taken over as desired. If you have some time and completely rely on iCloud for the documents, photos and Apple Music, you can try Clean Install right away, i.e. without data transfer. Although you have to reload all your apps from the store, the data in them may be lost if developers do not rely on iCloud backups or their own online synchronization methods. At the same time, the system gets rid of all data garbage that has accumulated on the devices over the years.

Export and save chats with iMazing Whatsapp

For the Android users who set up their first iPhone, there is an extra app ” Move to iOS “. If this is installed on the old device, the iPhone can take over most of the data. It comes with: contacts, message history, photos, videos, web bookmarks, email accounts and calendar.

 If there are the same free apps in the app Store and in the Google Play Store, the tool links them to your own Apple ID, which can then be obtained from the store. Unfortunately, Whatsapp messages cannot be transmitted with the on-board tools. Even if the app is saved in Google Drive as a backup is, you can not get this source when installing on the iPhone.Only third-party programs such as, for example, help here iMazing .

There are still two classic options for moving data: iCloud backup and iTunes backup . With an encrypted iTunes backup, almost all data that is also on the previous device is moved.

Data missing from an (encrypted) iTunes backup

According to Apple, the iTunes backup does not take over the following data:

  • Content from the iTunes Store or App Store, or PDF files loaded directly into Apple Books
  • Content synchronized from the Finder or iTunes , such as imported MP3 files, CDs, videos, books and photos
  • Data already stored in iCloud, e.g. B. iCloud photos, iMessage messages and text (SMS) and multimedia (MMS) messages
  • Face ID or Touch ID settings
  • Apple Pay dates and settings
  • Apple Mail data
  • Activity, health and keychain data (for a non-encrypted backup).

Apple has gradually expanded its iCloud web service since its introduction in autumn 2011, so in most cases you can live very well with an iCloud backup . Before you switch, however, make sure on the previous iPhone that everything was synchronized in the last backup. You can check this in the settings for your own Apple ID -> iCloud -> iCloud backup.

Data stored in the iCloud backup

  • App data
  • Apple Watch backups
  • Device settings
  • Home screen and arrangement of apps
  • iMessage, SMS and MMS messages
  • Photos and videos
  • Purchasing statistics for Apple services such as music, films, TV shows, apps and books
  • Ringtones
  • Password for Visual Voicemail (this requires the SIM card that was used during the backup)

Data missing from an iCloud backup

  • Data already stored in iCloud, e.g. B. Contacts, calendars, notes, iCloud photos, iMessage messages, voice memos, text (SMS) and multimedia messages (MMS) as well as health data
  • Data that is stored in other cloud services, such as Gmail and Exchange Mail
  • Apple Mail data
  • Apple Pay dates and settings
  • Face ID or Touch ID settings
  • iCloud music library and app store content

The WhatsApp chats will be there, you have to activate the iCloud backup in the settings directly in the app. This can be found under Settings -> Chats -> Chat backup. In the Whatsapp you can still control how often a backup is created (daily, monthly, weekly). If desired, the sent videos can be excluded from the backup.

6. Log in with Apple ID or create a new Apple ID

In step six, the iPhone asks to log in with its own Apple ID. For those who already have an Apple ID, everything is self-explanatory, in this step there is an additional option to create a completely new Apple ID without creating the corresponding email address. To do this, click on the line below “Forgot password or no Apple ID yet?” The iPhone leads to the input mask with the usual entries such as date of birth, name etc. With the option “E-Mail” you simply click on the line “Free e-mail from iCloud”, here you only need an e-mail handle (the characters in front consider the @), which is not yet occupied. The Apple ID is thus newly created and synchronized with the iPhone.

7. System settings and data protection

In step seven you can decide whether the iOS will automatically download and install the latest updates the night after it appears. This can also be set up later in the settings, the option is definitely time-saving, you don’t have to deal with every update. The next step is to decide whether you want to share your usage information with Apple itself and with the app developers. They use the information to improve existing systems and to get ideas for the new functions.

8. Set up Siri, Apple Pay and iCloud keychain

In step eight, Apple’s services such as Siri, Apple Pay and iCloud keychain are set up. While you can turn them all on later, we strongly recommend that you unlock the Siri and iCloud keychain immediately. The synchronized keychain in particular will save a lot of time if you want to log in to various apps or websites later.

9. Display options

In step nine, additional display adjustments are made, such as switching on True Tone on the newer devices or display zoom for the visually impaired. At the end you can switch on the screen time if you wish. Since iOS 13, Apple has been offering a kind of analysis of how long and what the user has been doing on the respective device. All of these options can also be switched on or off later in the settings.

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