How to Set Up New iPhone [Step-by-Step Guides]


If you’re setting up your new iPhone straight out of the box, follow this guide as we take you through the extremely important time setup. Learn how to set up all the core functions of your iPhone, from switching it on for the time to making your phone call. Whichever iPhone model you own, you’ll soon be up and running with our help.

Inserting your Nano-SIM card

iphone insert nano sim - new iphone

1. You must first insert the Nano-SIM card that your cell phone network company offers to unlock your iPhone. As detailed below, an eSim card is non-removable.

2. Using a SIM expulsion method such as the one seen here, or even a straightened paper clip, and slide it into the small hole next to the SIM slot As shown, the tray then pops out.

3. Place the SIM card in the tray and slide the tray back into the slot (there’s only one way it can go in). Firmly push it in so that it snaps into place. It should recognize your iPhone.

eSIM Explained

With the dual sim feature introduced with the 2018 iPhone models, users can access two sim cards on one iPhone.  Unlike the standard sim card, the eSIM card is built into the phone itself and is accessed via software, with your coverage purchased via mobile networks. You can now have access to two mobile networks and numbers on one device by using dual sims.

The initial setup of the New iPhone

Select Your Country or Region

the initial set up of your new iPhone

1. The opening screen shows ‘Hello’ in different languages. Press the Home button or flick the screen up. Select your language, followed by the country, or region, in which you’re to use the phone.

Quick Start

iPhone Quick Start

2. If you already have an iPhone or an iPad running iOS 11 or later handy, you can set up your new iPhone by bringing them together as shown to sign in automatically. If not, tap Set Up Manually.

Choose a Wi-Fi Network

iPhone Setup Choose a Wi-Fi Network

3. Choose your network from the list, then enter the password supplied with (or printed on) your router. Tap Next, then on the next screen, tap Continue after reading about Data & Privacy.

How to Set Up Face ID

New iPhone Setup Face ID or Finger Dedect

4. The next step is setting up your Face ID (or on older iPhones, Touch ID). If you wish to do this now, see the tutorials later in this book for the relevant step-by-step guides.

Create a Passcode

iPhone Create a Passcode

5. Choose a six-figure passcode used to unlock your new iPhone. Alternatively, tap Passcode Options to add a different type of code; or skip it altogether (not recommended).

Apps & Data

iPhone Apps - Data Restore - Transfer - Move Data from Android

6. After setting your passcode, you can transfer data from your other phone (iPhone or Android) or a backup if you wish. If this is your first iPhone, choose the last option.

Apple ID

Enter your Apple id

7. Enter your Apple ID. This is your email address and password. If you don’t have one, tap the link below the Password field and follow the tutorial on Your Apple ID–How to Set it Up.

Apple ID Verification Code

Apple ID Verification Code

8. If you have other recent Apple devices signed in to the same Apple ID you just used, you’re sent a verification code. Read it off your other Apple device and type it here. Agree to the T&Cs.

Keep Your iPhone Up to Date

Keep Your iPhone Up to Date

9. You can opt to have your iPhone install updates automatically or, if you’d rather do it yourself, to install them manually. Tap your preferred option and proceed to the next step.

Location Services

Location Services

10. Do you wish to enable iPhone Location Services; we suggest you should because, whilst this enables your iPhone to gather data about where you are, it is essential for apps like Find My and Maps.

Apple Pay

iPhone Apple Pay Now

11. Do you set up Apple Pay now, or later in the Wallet app? If you decide to do it now, follow the on-screen instructions. Naturally, if you don’t want to use it at all, you can ignore this feature.


Siri Set up

12. You can now train Siri to recognise your voice. Again, if you want to do it now, follow the on-screen instructions. If not, tap Set Up Later in Settings; you can do it any time you like.

Screen Time

Screen Time

13. You can now set up Screen Time, a feature that gives you a weekly report on how you use your iPhone. There’s a full tutorial on it later in this book. Set it up now, or later as you wish.

App Analytics

App Analiytics

14. The next two screens ask if you want to share iPhone Analytics and iCloud Analytics with Apple and its developers. It’s up to you, and you can change your mind in Settings later.

True Tone Display

New iPhone Appearance

15. Do you wish to use the iPhone’s True Tone Display feature? If you do, the screen brightness adapts to ambient light conditions. Again, you can turn this option on or off in Settings later.

New iPhone Appearance
New iPhone Appearance

16. Decide whether to use Light Mode or Dark Mode (this is another option you can change later, in Settings). You’re then welcomed to the new iPhone and are ready to get started.

Wiping an iPhone

Wiping an iPhone

If you need to erase all previously used settings and data from your iPhone, you need to reset it to factory conditions, then set it up using this tutorial.

From the home screen, go to Settings > Enter the passcode, tap Erase iPhone, General. Tap the Reset link at the then again to confirm and then enter the bottom. Now tap Erase All Content and Apple ID.

You might need to get these Settings. Back up when asked if you from the phone’s previous owner. You haven’t already or just erase. iPhone is then wiped.

For iPhone 6, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone 11 -Pro – Max, and iPhone 12–Mini, Pro–Max models, you can use the explanation in this article.

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