This festive season, people around the world are purchasing new devices. Getting a new iPhone is super exciting, but it can be a little intimidating, especially if you haven’t owned one before. If you’re switching from Android, you might want some guidance on this daunting process. We’ll walk you through the steps to set up a new iPhone, including how to activate your new iPhone and set up a carrier and provider.
NOTE: The iPhone X series or later, including all of the iPhone 13 line, supports Dual SIM using a nano-SIM and an eSIM. This means that your phone can support two separate data plans.
Set up your carrier and provider:
Your phone won’t be able to make calls right out of the ox. Calls require a SIM card from a carrier (or a digital SIM). If you’ve already set up an account with your carrier to establish your cellular service, then you can visit your carrier’s store. Or call them to have them assign you a phone number and activate your account. Learning how to activate an iPhone is possible but it’s unnecessarily difficult.
The very first thing that you need to do is to power on your device.
- Turn on your iPhone by pressing down and holding the Side button unless you have iPhone SE. In that case, you’ll have to press and hold the Sleep/Wake button along the top of your device.
- You’ll see “Hello” n many languages appear on your screen. If it doesn’t, that means you need to charge your phone first.
Start the setup of your new iPhone:
When the Quick Start menu pops up after you’ve selected the language you’ll use and the region you live in, you’ll need to select Set Up Manually. Unless you have another working iPhone nearby with your Apple account all set up. Enter your Wi-Fi information to continue the process and review the Data & Privacy disclaimer.
Set up Touch ID or Face ID:
Depending on which iPhone model you have, you’ll have one of the two authentication options to set up: Face ID or Touch ID. New-er iPhone models have Face ID while older models have Touch ID.
- If you have a model with a Home button, you’ll have the option to set it up with Touch ID. This feature allows you to unlock your iPhone with your fingerprint. Set this up by repeatedly placing your finger on the Home button.
- If you have an iPhone without a Home button, you will have the option to set up Face ID, which allows you to unlock your phone with your face. Set this up by holding your iPhone in front of your face and following the prompts.
If anytime your iPhone doesn’t register your fingerprint or face, you can still enter a passcode, which you’ll set up after setting up Touch or Face ID.
Touch ID and Face ID do more than just unlock your device. You can use them to make purchases with Apple Pay and even open apps with sensitive information like a banking app. However, you can also opt-out of Touch Id/Face ID and just use a passcode.
Create your Passcode:
It’s time to create your passcode! You’ll be given the option to create a six-digit passcode. If six digits are too much or too little for your preferred security level, then you can choose another option.
- Tap Passcode Options. Select one of the following:
Four-digit numeric code (the least secure). ; Custom Numeric Code (sic digit code). ; Custom Alphanumeric Code (the most secure).
Choosing at least 6 digit-code is recommended. Especially if you’ve enabled Touch ID or Face ID, you won’t need to enter it often and it will provide increased security. Whichever passcode option you pick, you’ll be prompted to re-enter the passcode on the next screen.
Set up your Apple ID:
Let’s log in to your iPhone with an Apple ID. If you don’t have one, then we’ll create one.
- On the Apps & Data screen, you’ll see a few different options, If this is your first iPhone, select Don’t Transfer Apps & Data.
- You’ll be prompted to enter your Apple ID and password. If you don’t have one yet, select Forgot Password or Don’t have an Apple ID.
Creating an Apple ID and an Apple ID password are essential parts of being an iPhone user. It is the account that gives you access to all of Apple’s services, including iTunes, iCloud, and App Store. Apple also provides you with its free text and video messaging services like iMessage and FaceTime. And the Find My network to help you locate your misplaced or stolen phone.
- Select “Create a free Apple ID”
- Enter your name and birthday, choose your Apple ID, which is always an email address.
- When picking a password, choose a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. This password is for your Apple ID, which is shared across Apple devices.
- Once you’ve set it up, a verification text will be sent to your phone. Enter the code from the text, your Apple ID, and your password to complete the process.
After that, you’ll be asked to enter your Apple ID and password on your iPhone. If you open settings, you’ll see your ID account located at the top.
While it’s simple to retrieve a forgotten Apple ID or password, it’s convenient, and you’ll be asked for both frequently. Make sure to store your login credentials in the password manager. To know more Click here.
Enable Siri and other devices:
To completely set up, you’ll be asked to enable a few more of Apple’s services:
- Apple’s password manager.
- Apple’s digital assistant Siri.
- Apple Pay.
- Screen Time, etc.
Set up whatever feature you like. You can easily enable or disable any of them later. And that’s it! You’ve successfully set up your new iPhone. You’ll now see the home screen and all the built-in apps. You can also download apps from Apple’s App Store. Now that you’ve activated your new iPhone, it’s time to personalize and use it as you please.
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