New iPhone? First time setup guide — 2022

If you are brand new iPhone or you are about to do it and on top of that it is the first one you have, it is understandable that you have certain doubts about how it can be configured initially. In fact, it may not be the first one you have and yet it does not hurt to remember what should be done. In this article we will show you a step-by-step guide to those first few minutes with your iOS device, also valid if you just restored it .

The iPhone greets you with Hello

In this first part you will find a greeting message in several languages ​​and although the device will be by default in the language of the country where you bought it, it still does not know if you will want to configure it in that country. another language . If you swipe up (or press the Home button if it's an older iPhone) you'll find the options to choose language and region.

iPhone hello

Quick or manual start

If you have another device nearby like an iPad or another iPhone , you can quickly set up the new one by bringing both devices closer together. In the one you already have, a pop-up message will appear (if it is unlocked) informing you that it has detected a new iPhone. If you want to configure the new one with the data of this one, you must click continue. If, on the other hand, you do not want it to do so, you can close that message and if you do not have any other device directly, you must click on Set manually.

Set up iPhone 1

Select a Wi-Fi network

It is essential for the configuration of the device, that it connects to the internet. To do this, the WiFi settings will open, you must select a network, enter the password and click Next. It is possible that after this you will see a message that says Activation of the iPhone may take a few minutes and although this is a process that does not usually take more than a minute, do not get impatient if you see that it takes a little longer.

You may have to update it

Apple releases iOS updates for iPhones on a regular basis, so somewhere in the process you may be told about it and given the opportunity to download the software update. If you do, the download process will take a few minutes to download depending on your internet connection and weight of that version of the operating system. After that it will also take a few minutes to install. In any case, install it or skip it, you will find the same steps to configure it later.

Privacy information

An information screen will appear about how Apple and your new iPhone will treat your data. A brief summary will appear that you can expand by clicking on More information. If you are not interested or have already read it, you can click Continue.

Privacy and data configure iPhone

Register your face or fingerprint

If you have an iPhone with Face ID, it will be time for you to scan your face by following the instructions that appear on the screen after pressing Continue. If, on the other hand, you have an iPhone with a Home button and Touch ID, you can do the same by registering your fingerprint. However, you can skip this step and leave it to configure later from the device settings when it is already configured and ready to use.

Create a security code

Beyond having a biometric sensor for face or fingerprint, the iPhone requires a security code as an extra measure of protection. This will not be necessary to use in most cases, except when the iPhone is turned on. You will be able to choose between having a code of 4 digits or more digits, alphanumeric or even not using it. If you want your device to be secure, we recommend that you do not use the last option and leave it without a passcode.

Do you want to transfer data from another device?

This part is one of the most important parts of the iPhone setup and it won't show up after it's booted up. You will find the following possibilities:

    Restore with iCloud backup:If you previously had an iPhone or have an iPad or iPod touch with a backup, you can load it by clicking on this option. Restore from Mac or PC:If you backed up via iTunes or Finder on a computer, you can choose this option, connect iPhone via cable to that computer, and proceed to restore data to it. Transfer directly from another iPhone:If you choose this option, you will return to the initial part that we discussed in the second section of this article regarding having another device nearby to configure it. Transfer data from Android:We explain this section extensively in another article to which we linked, but basically it lies in the possibility of transferring data such as photos, contacts or calendars from a terminal with the Android operating system. Do not transfer apps and data:You can directly configure the iPhone as completely new and put at your disposal to add all the data from scratch manually.

Transfer data settings iPhone

If you upload a backup

Regardless of whether it is from iCloud or from a computer, you will have to enter your Apple ID and password to continue with the process. A series of terms and conditions will appear that you must accept and after that your Apple ID will be configured on the new iPhone. This process may take a few minutes, so please be patient.

If you chose the iCloud backup, you'll need to select it on the screen and wait for it to restore to this device. If you do it through a computer, you must use iTunes (Windows PC and Mac with macOS Mojave and earlier) or Finder (Mac with macOS Catalina or later) and select Restore iPhone and load the backup. After that, you will only have to wait for it to load and the iPhone is ready for use.

It should be noted that after this you will have already configured the iPhone and you will not need to continue reading this guide, since in the following sections we will focus on those users who have chosen to configure the iPhone as if it were new.

If you set it up as new iPhone

In this section you must enter your Apple ID, but don't worry if you forgot the password, the user or you directly don't have an Apple ID. You can recover your data with the options on the screen or, failing that, create a completely new ID with which you can use the iPhone for the first time. Once you have created and entered it, you will have to accept a series of conditions from Apple and the device will begin to configure itself.

Apple ID set up iPhone

Last configurations

At this point, different settings will appear on the screen that you can already configure. The first one is if you want activate or not the location of the iPhone . Then you will be followed by the guide of Apple Pay , Apple's secure payment system to which dozens of banks around the world adhere and that will allow you to make payments through NFC in physical establishments, but also from the iPhone in digital stores such as the App Store itself. If you don't have a card or want to not have to set it up right now, you can select the Set Up Later option in Wallet.

Apple Pay setup iPhone

There will also be an option to share Siri recordings . This point was somewhat controversial in its day and is that the device is capable of recording your interactions with the assistant to improve the service. These recordings are fully encrypted and anonymous, going to an Apple department that will attend to said recordings as part of improving the service. You can in any case obtain more information in this section. If you do not want to share them you can not allow it clicking on Not now.

Another configurable option here is the Use time , relative to the time you use the terminal. The iPhone has a section in which you are informed daily, weekly and monthly of the use you make of the device and even allows you to set certain restrictions. You can accept that this function is activated by clicking on Continue or deny it if you click on the option to configure later.

you can also share with Apple the analysis of the iPhone . That is, if you have suffered a bug, unexpected restart or any other issue, the company will receive an anonymous report. You will find more information in this section if you wish, but you can also not share it by choosing that option. You will have the same option afterwards in regards to share data with app developers.

There will now be configurations related to the screen such as True Tone , a display option on some iPhones that allows you to regulate the intensity of brightness and color so as not to damage your eyes. You will not be able to disable it here, but you can in Settings when the iPhone is configured. In any case, you can already see a sample of what the iPhone will look like without this option by pressing and holding the box that says No True Tone display.

True Tone settings iPhone

You will also find later the option to have iOS in light mode or with dark tones , although you can also choose to make it automatic or program it to your liking in Settings. Finally you can select the interface view type , with the standard format or with zoom making icons and other screen elements appear larger.

welcome to the iPhone

This final screen is the most desired and behind it is already a fully operational iPhone to use. You can now do what you want with the device, configure what you left for later in Settings, investigate others that you have not previously met, start installing applications or call a friend to tell him that you already have a phone. You are already an iOS user and you have its entire ecosystem at your disposal.

End iOS iPhone setup

If you want to return to the initial configuration

Who has a mouth is wrong and who has hands too. If you think you have made a mistake in some part of the initial configuration and you want to be able to do it again, you can do it, but for this you must know that all the data and information entered in the device will be lost. If you're sure you want to go back you'll have to go to Settings > General > Reset and click on Clear content and settings . On up to two occasions you will be asked if you are sure, even having to enter the device code and/or password. After that you will have returned to the first step.