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Got an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus? Do these 10 things first

Susie Ochs | Sept. 19, 2016
After you inhale that new-iPhone smell, follow this setup guide to be up and running faster than you can say A10 Fusion.

Don’t forget you can have your apps auto-update by flipping the Updates switch in Settings > iTunes & App Stores > Automatic Downloads. Or, you can manually update your apps and just check out the “What’s New” release notes to see what changed. 

6. Pair your Apple Watch

If you use an Apple Watch, you’ll need to pair it to your new iPhone, to keep the Activity data flowing to your Health database, and keep your new phone’s notifications flowing to your watch. First you have to unpair your watch from your old iPhone, either in the Apple Watch app on your old iPhone (tap your watch, then the “i” icon, then Unpair Apple Watch, then enter your iCloud password when prompted), or on the watch itself (Settings > General > Reset).

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I don’t recall telling my iPhone to back up my Apple Watch. But what do you know—it did. It’s nice not to have to set up my favorite watch faces again! 

Then, launch the Apple Watch app on your new iPhone 7, which will walk you through the pairing process including setting a passcode, unlocking behavoior, and Apple Pay. If you’re new to iOS 10, the Apple Watch app looks a little different, but it’s still easy to use—the new Faces Gallery is especially nice.

You need iOS 10 to upgrade your watch to watchOS 3, which I definitely recommend—read more about watchOS 3 and iOS 10’s Apple Watch app here. To upgrade, your Apple Watch needs to be connected to its charger, in range of your iPhone, and at least 50 percent charged. Then look for the Software Update option in the Apple Watch app.

7. Try the new camera

If you were lucky enough to snag an iPhone 7 Plus, you’ve got the most advanced iPhone camera ever in your hot little hand, and you’re probably going to want to put it through its paces. Be sure to test the zoom feature, which switches between the wide angle camera (1x) and the telephoto camera (2x) when you tap the 2x or 1x button right above the shutter button. Unfortunately, the bokeh-friendly Portrait mode that Apple previewed at the September even isn’t live yet—iPhone 7 Plus owners will get that as a software update later this year.

But the iPhone 7 camera is nothing to sneeze at! It’s now 12 megapixels, with better low-light performance. Take some photos in a dark setting and in bright outdoor conditions, and they should both have more detail. Be sure to snap a few shots of the brightest colors you can find—a flower garden, for example—to admire the true, vibrant colors on the iPhone 7’s screen, which has a wider color gamut than ever before.


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