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How to set up a new iPhone 5c or iPhone 5c

Karen Haslam | Sept. 23, 2013
Guide to setting up a new iPhone for old iPhone users and ex-Android, Windows Mobile and Blackberry users

7) Restore your new iPhone from the iCloud backup

If your old iPhone is backed up to iCloud you don't even need to plug your iPhone into your computer, although you will want to plug it into a power source. It also needs to be on a WiFi network. In fact, it is possible to set up your new iPhone without ever plugging it in to a computer. When prompted to set up, choose "Restore from iCloud Backup," tap next, and enter your Apple ID and password. Select the backup of your old device and tap Restore. Wait until the device has finished restoring from the backup - this will take longer depending on how much data is contained in the backup and the speed of your internet connection. When the restore process is complete, your device will restart. If you want to sync data not contained in the backup (such as music, videos, apps, and so on) you will need to connect to iTunes. (That's unless you have iTunes Match set up, that will allow you to download music from iCloud when required, similarly you will be able to download for free any apps you have bought but don't appear on your device).

8) Non-iPhone users moving to a new iPhone

If you are moving from an Android, BlackBerry, or Windows smartphone to Apple's iPhone, it should be relatively painless, but you can make transferring your data to your new device easier if you set things up the right way to start with. Make sure things are set up correctly to start with and there will be minimum hassle later.

9) How to activate your iPhone if you are new to Apple

Unbox your iPhone and turn it on by pressing the On/Off switch. A welcome screen greets you, displaying a 'Slide To Set Up' slider that rotates between different languages. Once you begin the activation process, you're asked to pick your language and country, and whether you'd like to enable Location Services. This allows Apple apps (and third-party apps) to access your location via Wi-Fi networks and your GPS (Global Positioning System) location. Your iPhone then checks for any Wi-Fi networks in the area that your phone can connect to; if there aren't any, or if you'd rather use your cellular service, just tap the Next button. From here, you can set up your device as a brand-new phone.

10) How to transfer email, contacts and calendars to your first-ever iPhone

If you're using a Gmail account or other POP or IMAP-based account for mail on your smartphone, it's already syncing to a central server. You should be able to add that account to your new iPhone with few issues. Apple's iOS has automatic setup for those using Microsoft Exchange, Gmail, Yahoo, Aol, or Hotmail; you'll also be able to manually set up a POP or IMAP account for mail, LDAP or CardDAV for contacts, or CalDAV for calendars.


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