Got a new iOS device? Here’s how to set it up

Black Friday and Christmas are coming up soon!  New iPhones and iPads are one of the most common gifts during the holidays.  Not to mention that these devices are both relatively new so people are just now getting them in their hands.  So if you’re giving a gift (we have iPhone and iPad buyers guides to help you pick), or you’re expecting one, here’s the easiest way to set up that new iOS device! 

You have a couple of options:

Brand new iPhone

Easiest method!

If you already have an iOS device – say you’ve upgraded your iPhone 7 to a new iPhone XS Max – and you still have the old device, just turn your new phone on.  

Once it boots up, you will see the Hello and swipe to begin.  So swipe the screen and you will be presented with language options.  Pick your language and then it’s time to make some choices.  

If you are running iOS 11 or newer, on the next screen it should ask you if you’d like to use Quick Start.  Click yes!

Quick Start

This is the quickest and easiest way to bring everything over to your new phone.  All you have to do is bring the old device close to the new one now and your old phone will pop up a card saying to “Set Up New Phone” with a big continue button.  

Once you push the button, the new phone will have a cloud on the screen and your old phone will ask you to use the camera to scan the cloud.  Doing that will create the link between the devices and it will pass over all the information it needs.  

Quick Start shot
Quick Start setup

Once it makes that connection, it will ask if you’d like to make a backup of your old phone while it sets up your new phone.  

During the process, it will ask you for your old phone’s passcode.  Input your phone’s passcode and it will pass over all the information like iCloud account, wifi passwords and everything else that the system needs to set up.

Once things start getting shifted over, it will ask you if you want to share your information with App developers (which I find helpful, but you do you), and to set up Touch or FaceID.  

Once that’s done it will ask you if you’d like to set up your apps and data.  If you press continue it will restore from an iCloud backup of a similar device (iPad to iPad if you have one, or iPhone to iPhone). You can also choose the lower option under the button to choose a different iCloud restore, set up as new, or move data from Andriod.    

Other options

other Options

If you don’t have an iOS device handy, maybe you traded yours into the phone company or whatever.  If you select to Set Up Manually on the Quick Start screen, it will ask you to log in to Wifi and then you will have options like set up as new or restore from iCloud Back-Up.  

Select which one you’d like to do.  If you had a backup of your device in iCloud that is the quickest option to get back to a useable phone short of setting up as new.  

If you don’t remember how to back up to iCloud check out our guide for upgrading to iOS 12 here. 


If you still have a computer at home with iTunes you can plug your phone in and back up there.  If you encrypt the backup, most of your passwords will still be there.

iTunes Back-up
Click these boxes to restore with passwords

Wrap up

Apple has made it so easy to set up a new device.  There are so many options to get you up and running with that new device.

I hoped this helped you with setting up a new iOS device.

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