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Get started with the iPhone 5c and 5s

Serenity Caldwell | Sept. 23, 2013
Congratulations, you've just gotten an iPhone 5c or 5s. Let us help you set it up, transfer data from your old phone, and get you playing with all its new features.

If you're upgrading from a feature phone
Yes, it's finally time to toss that Razr aside for something a little more full-featured. But what about your contacts and your photos? If you're on a phone with a nano-SIM card, it's easy enough to rescue the first; for the second, you'll need Bluetooth support or a connection cable for your device.

You can transfer your contacts one of two ways. If your old device uses a nano-SIM card, you can copy all your contacts to its SIM; once you've set up your iPhone 5, you can copy those contacts by swapping out your iPhone's card with your old nano-SIM and heading to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Import SIM Contacts. Once the import has completed, eject your old SIM and put the one that came with the iPhone 5c or 5s back in its tray. (If you're worried about doing this yourself, you can always head down to your nearest Apple Store—any employee should be able to do it for you.)

If your phone has a SIM card that doesn't fit in your new iPhone, but it comes with a USB cable for connecting it to your computer, you may be able to transfer your contacts (and your photos) by exporting them through software. (This, obviously, depends on your phone; check its manual or do a Google search for specific transfer information.)

iPhone 5s and 5c at a glance
Designed with a minimalist aesthetic, the polycarbonate iPhone 5c and aluminum-and-glass iPhone 5s eschew a button-heavy design in favor of simple controls and a slim figure. Here's a quick rundown of all the features on the device's exterior. (We use an iPhone 5c in the image below, but mention any 5s-specific features in the description.)

On/Off button
Press the On/Off button to turn the device's screen on or off. You can still take calls, play music, and receive notifications with it off, but the screen stays blank until you wake it by pressing this button or the Home button. To turn the device off, hold the On/Off button down until the screen dims and the red 'slide to power off' slider appears. Slide your finger across the switch, and the iPhone powers down. (To turn your device back on, press and hold this button again until the Apple logo appears.)

You can also decline or silence calls, alerts, and alarms with the On/Off button; press it once to silence an incoming alert or call; and press it twice in succession to send the caller to voicemail.

Front-facing FaceTime HD camera
This 1.2-megapixel camera can shoot 1280 by 960 pixel stills and 720p HD video (1280 by 720 pixels), and has a backside illumination sensor for clearer low-light photography. This camera is designed primarily for using FaceTime and snapping quick self-portraits.

 

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