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You have finally received your. Maybe you picked it up at your local carrier’s store or pre-ordered it and received it in the mail, but finally, the latest Apple phone is now in your hands. And you need to set it up, but you may need help doing it.
In this guide, we will walk you through all the steps to set up your, , Y from turning on your device and connecting to Wi-Fi to activating your and transferring all your data.
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What to do before you start setting up your iPhone
Before you start setting up your iPhone, you’ll need the following if you’re moving from another phone or setting up an iPhone for the first time:
- make a backup of your ancient iPhone. If you’re moving from an older iPhone, you’ll be transferring data from your existing phone to your new iPhone 14, so it’s best to have to restore from. If you don’t have enough storage space, you can back up to your computer.
- Keep your old phone close. It doesn’t matter if it’s an Android or an iPhone, it’s a good idea to have your old phone ready. This can actually speed up the setup process.
- And have your charger with you, just in case. While your new iPhone 14 should have enough battery to help you through the setup process, you may need power to charge your old iPhone during the transfer.
- Make sure you’re connected to the internet. You must connect to a stable Wi-Fi network to set up your iPhone.
- Have your Apple ID credentials handy. In case you need to log in to your , to restore a backup and more, have your email and password handy. You can also create one during the setup process.
Clever? Let us begin.
1. Turn on your iPhone 14
The first thing you need to do is turn on your iPhone. No matter what model you have, turning it on is the same: press and hold the side button, on the right side of your iPhone, until you see the Apple logo appear. Wait a few seconds and the Hello screen should appear. Swipe up to get started.
2. Follow the iPhone’s on-screen instructions
Now you’ll need to do a couple of minor things on your iPhone to complete the first part of the setup, and luckily, both are easy to do. To get started, you’ll need to:
- choose a language: If you’re in the US, you should see English listed directly at the top.
- Select your country or region. Again, if you’re in the US, you should see “United States” at the top.
3. Use Quick Start to set up your iPhone 14
On the next page, you will see the quick start screen, which allows you to automatically set up your iPhone 14 with the help of your previous iPhone or even an iPad. If you go this route, you’ll need to turn on your old device, connect it to Wi-Fi or cellular, and then move it closer to the new iPhone 14
You will then be prompted to authenticate or connect the two phones. You can use your old iPhone’s camera to scan the pattern on the new iPhone or enter a verification code. Activation will take a few minutes.
Note: If you want to do this manually, skip to the next section.
You will then be prompted to do the following, among other things:
- Join your Wi-Fi network on your new iPhone.
- Set up is SIM. You should see two options: Transfer from another iPhone (the best option) or Set up later in Settings. If you choose the first option, you will be prompted to double press the side button on your old iPhone.
- Set up Face ID or Touch ID.
- Choose how you want to transfer your data. You can do this from iCloud or from your old iPhone.
It’s a good idea to keep both devices connected to a power source while you do this, because depending on how many apps and data you have, it could take a while. Follow all the steps until you are done and have access to iOS 16 on your iPhone 14.
4. Set up your iPhone 14 manually
Now, if you are coming from Android phone or other or want to set up your iPhone manually, tap on Manually configure on the Quick Start screen. If you decide to go this route, you will need to manually do the following:
- Connect to a Wi-Fi network. Wait a few minutes for your phone to activate.
- Read the data and privacy notice. Hit Continue when you’re done.
- Set up Face or Touch ID. This will be how you can unlock your iPhone 14 with facial recognition or your fingerprint.
- Create a six-digit passcode to unlock your iPhone 14. This is your backup to unlock your iPhone 14. Enter the passcode twice.
- Choose how to restore your apps and data. You can restore from iCloud backup, restore from Mac or PC, transfer directly from iPhone, move data from Android, or not transfer apps or data.
Depending on your method of restoring your apps and data, you may be prompted to enter your iCloud credentials to sign in to your Apple account. You must then enter a verification code, which may appear on one of your other devices, to verify your identity.
Below, you agree to the terms and conditions; customize your settings; update to the latest version of iOS; and set up Apple Pay, Siri, and Screen Time, if needed. You will also be asked if you want to share your app analytics with developers, which helps developers improve their apps using your data (anonymously).
Finally, set the display to True Tone, choose light or dark mode, and select a standard or enlarged view (for those with poor eyesight).
5. You can now use your iPhone 14 with iOS 16
Once you are done, you can swipe up to enter your iPhone. You may not see all your apps on your home screen or your photos and videos in your camera roll, so you may need to wait a bit while your phone slowly transfers all your apps and data to your new iPhone 14. Depending on how much to transfer, this can take up to a few hours.
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