If you’ve just received a new brand 9.7-inch iPhone SE or iPad Pro – or any new iPhone or iPad – the minute you turn it on, you’ll see a screen that says « Hello » in many different languages. It’s your own personal setup, and this tutorial will help you make sure everything is set up exactly the way you want it.
Understanding your options
There are several ways to get started with a new iPhone or iPad:
Set up as « new », which means all start – all environments – from scratch. This is for people who have never used a smartphone or online services before.
Restore from a previous iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch backup. You can do it online with iCloud or via USB with iTunes. This is for people who have previously had an iOS device and want a new one.
Import from Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone. Apple has an app in Google Play to make Android easier, but online services allow you to move a lot of data over any older device. This is for those who switch to iPhone or iPad.
How to start setting up your new iPhone or iPad
No matter whether you set up as new, restore the backup or switch to another device, it all starts the same way.
Touch the screen for configuration and slide your finger across the screen to begin.
Choose your language. If you bought your iPhone or iPad in your home country, it should automatically search for the right one.
Choose your country or region. Also, it should default to the correct location if you live where you bought it.
Choose a Wi-Fi network and enter its password if necessary. If you don’t have access to a Wi-Fi connection or no networks are found, you can choose « Use Phone » instead of setting up your iPhone or iPad data.
Wait until your iPhone or iPad is activated and it may take a few moments. Activating your iPhone or iPad may take a few seconds.
Choose if you want to activate location-based services. You can always change your mind later, but keep in mind that you’ll need to enable at least some location-based services to use applications like Maps.
Set your password and Touch ID. You can skip this step by selecting Set Up Touch ID later, but security is important.
How to restore or transfer your data from an older smartphone or tablet
As part of the process, you can set up your iPhone or iPad as a new device, restore from iCloud or iTunes the backup of a previous device, or – for iPhone – move to your data from Android.
If you want to restore or transfer your data from an older iPhone, iPad, Android device, Windows Phone or surface, or BlackBerry.
How to set up your iPhone or iPad as new
If you are using an iPhone or iPad for the first time and you don’t need to move your data around, here’s what you need to do. First, you need to link your device with your iCloud account. You have a few options for this:
Login with an existing Apple iCloud ID, just enter your username (usually your email address) and password.
Touch Use a new Apple ID for iCloud and iTunes if that’s how you set things up.
Create a new one, without an Apple ID.
Click Skip this step if you don’t want to do this, either right now, or you don’t have an Apple ID yet. You can always go back and create a new one or log in from the Settings application at any time.
Press accept to confirm Apple’s terms and conditions.
Confirm again that you agree.
Set up Apple Pay, Apple’s discretion-based Touch ID payment, if available in your area.
Configure iCloud Keychain, if you want to store and synchronize your passwords on all your devices.
Configure Siri, Apple’s voice assistant.
Also configure « Hey Siri, » if you want to automatically trigger Siri with the above mentioned slogan.
Press to send diagnostic information to Apple following errors or questions that arise. If you don’t want to, simply press Do not send.
Turn on Zoom display, if you need the additional visual accessibility of a larger interface.