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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.

Your device also prompts you to enter a passcode to protect it from potential thieves or snoops. (If you have an iPhone 5s, you'll also be asked to set up Touch ID using your fingerprint.) If you'd rather not set one, just tap Don't Add Passcode to skip this step. If you're setting up an iPhone 5s and decide to enable Touch ID, you'll also be asked if you want to use it in lieu of your Apple ID and password when purchasing items from the App and iTunes Store.

Your iPhone will also ask if you want to enable Siri, Apple's personal voice assistant.

You can toggle Siri on or off from this initial setup screen, but you can always change your preferences from the Settings app at a later date.

Once you finish the setup process, you see a screen asking if your device can automatically send diagnostic and usage information to Apple to "help Apple improve its products and services."

Choose Automatically Send or Don't Send, and then tap Next.

Congratulations! You've answered all the setup questions and you're ready to begin using your iPhone. At this point you may also be prompted to download your free copies of Apple's mobile iLife and iWork suite.

Get started with your iPhone 5c or 5s
Now that your device is up and running, here are a few quick pointers.

Tweak your settings: Most of the underlying system information for your new iPhone—network settings, Mail, sounds, messages, restrictions, wallpaper, and more—is kept in the Settings app. As such, it's a good place to start when you're first getting acquainted with your device.

Set up iTunes sync: If you didn't restore from an older iOS backup, you won't have any music, video, podcasts, photos, or books on your iPhone. You can remedy that by connecting it with your iTunes library: Just plug your device into your computer via its included USB cable. (Once you've completed this initial sync, you can also set up wireless local syncing; check out our guide for more information.)

Explore the App Store: Your iPhone comes with a bunch of cool built-in apps, but you may want to reach outside the sandbox for more interesting fare. The App Store, which you can access on your device or via iTunes on your computer, features more than 900,000 downloadable apps. To explore the store on your iPhone, tap the blue App Store icon on your home screen. Featured and Charts are both great places to start looking for recommended apps, and you can search the entire App Store by tapping on the Search tab.

Talk to Siri: If you chose to set up Siri on your iPhone 5c or 5s during the activation process, you're just one Home button press away from having your first conversation. Siri can help you book appointments, find restaurants, look up the weather, talk sports, and occasionally whip out snarky quips about robotic AI. To start, press and hold your Home button; the Siri interface will appear, along with a few suggested phrases to get going.

 

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