Setting up a new iPhone, whether you’re new to the Apple ecosystem or upgrading for the tenth time, is an exhilarating experience. Here’s everything you need to know about how to set up a new iPhone 13 or any other iPhone model, from the moment you see that first “Hello” to the final step.
Knowing What You’re Up Against
You have three options to set up your new iPhone: starting from scratch, restoring from another iPhone, or importing content from a non-Apple phone. Here’s a breakdown of what each of those alternatives offers.
Set Up As New
This entails starting over with everything — setting — from the beginning. This option is for people who have never used a smartphone or online services before or want their iPhone to feel completely new.
Restore An iPhone, Ipad, Or iPod Touch From A Previous Backup
You can do this through iCloud, directly from your previous iPhone if you have one, or via a USB cord with iTunes or Finder. This is for folks who have previously owned an iOS device and are upgrading to a new one and want to keep everything they had on the old one.
Import From Android Or Another Mobile Platform
Apple provides an app for Android transfers in Google Play, but web services allow you to transfer a lot of data from any old device. This is for folks switching from another mobile platform to an iPhone or iPad.
How To Restore From An Itunes Backup Or Icloud Backup
The most important thing here is to have a recent iPhone backup of your old device. What are you waiting for if you haven’t backed it up yet? The first backup takes longer depending on how much data you have, but subsequent backups will take less time.
After you’ve backed up your old iPhone, select how you want to transfer data from your old iPhone to your new iPhone. You can do this by selecting between Restore from iCloud Backup or Restore from Mac or PC. To have your previous data transferred to your new phone, follow the on-screen instructions.