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Got an iPhone 6? Do these 10 things first

Susie Ochs | Sept. 22, 2014
It's here! Your iPhone is here! Did you hug the UPS man? Thing Zero to do as you rip it out of the box is to not drop it, whatever you do. (Did you see that poor Australian kid? Ouch. Well, at least it didn't shatter on him.)

It's here! Your iPhone is here! Did you hug the UPS man? Thing Zero to do as you rip it out of the box is to not drop it, whatever you do. (Did you see that poor Australian kid? Ouch. Well, at least it didn't shatter on him.)

We've got a fully comprehensive setup guide if you need step-by-step assistance — think of this as the Cliffs Notes version. These are the 10 things you should do first.

1. Back up your old phone

I forgot to do this first, so once I'd turned my new iPhone on and it asked if I wanted a new phone or a restored backup, I had to sadly put the phone down and pick up my suddenly small-and-sad-seeming iPhone 5c. iTunes is the fastest way to do a backup, so tether to your Mac with the appropriate USB cable (I know, like a caveman) and fire up iTunes. Select your iPhone, and under Backups, choose This Computer. Checking Encrypt local backup is a good idea not just for privacy, but also because that way your account passwords are stored and you won't have to enter them all again. Click the button to Back up now.

2. Restore from backup

Tell your phone you want to restore to an iTunes backup. Yes, you'll need a cord again. Once your phone is up and running and everything's how you like, then you can switch back to iCloud backups if you prefer, in Settings > iCloud > Backup. But it never hurts to run a backup on your own Mac every now and then.

3. Finish the setup

Even after you're done restoring, you still have a few more setup steps. You'll enter your iCloud account password, enter a second security code if you're using two-factor authentication on said iCloud account, agree to the iCloud terms and conditions, and set up how people can reach you over iMessage and Face Time. Any of this can be skipped and done later if you're in a hurry, but might as well get it out of the way now.

4. Set up your Touch ID

The next step in the setup is creating your Touch ID. Follow the instructions, which have you repeatedly touching the home button's fingerprint sensor so it can learn your unique fingerprint. It even has you touch with the edges of your thumb so it can get a full picture. You'll also set a passcode for backup — it's also used after a restart. Learn more about Touch ID in iOS 8, and don't worry that it only asks you about one finger at the moment. Later on your can visit Settings > Passcode to do it again with your other thumb or extra fingers. The last step in Touch ID setup is deciding if you want to use that fingerprint to authorize purchases in the iTunes Store and App Store. If your Apple ID's password is appropriately complex, using your fingerprint instead is a huge time saver.

 

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