How to Set Up Your New iPhone (5 Steps)

Congratulations on your new iPhone. Now you’re wondering how to set up your iPhone.

If you have never owned an iPhone before, it can be overwhelming what to do when you get a new iPhone. But don’t panic, this step-by-step guide will walk you through the steps to set up your new iPhone the right way.

Of course, these tips won’t make you an iPhone pro, but they’re essential to get started with your new iPhone.

Setting Up Your New iPhone

Apple ID

It can be confusing about what to do when you get a new iPhone. Setting up your Apple ID should be the first thing to do after powering your phone. If you’ve never used Apple products before, you probably don’t have an Apple ID. Then, go ahead and create one here.

You can do so by going to your iPhone Settings > iCloud > Create a new Apple ID. You must provide a valid email address to do so.

If you had an Apple product before, then connect your account and sync it to iCloud to restore your data from your old iOS device to the new one. You need an Apple ID in order to use any Apple service (iTunes, App Store, etc).


Your iPhone will store your most sensitive information, so you won’t definitely like your information to fall into the wrong hands. Apple is serious about privacy, so you’re in good hands to keep your data safe.

While your iPhone comes with built-in security and privacy protections, these security tips will help you protect your phone from hackers.

If you own an iPhone model 5S and up, besides the passcode, you have a fingerprint scanner built into the Home button to lock your phone.

And if you own an iPhone X, since it lacks the home button you have a new way to lock and unlock your phone, Face ID. So setting up Touch ID/Face ID will keep your iPhone secure.

It’s easy to set up and use, and some apps also use them for authentication. It’s really in your best interests to set them up once you get your iPhone.

Email Account

Once you have your Apple ID set up, the next thing to do is to set up your email account. Just go over Settings > Mail > Accounts > Add account and you’ll be able to set up the email of your choice.

If you don’t see your email provider on the list, then you can select the “other” option to manually enter your email service provider information.

Add your Info

Another important thing you must do is to put your personal information on the phone. Go to the Contacts App and then the “+” sign in the upper right corner to create a new contact. That will come in very handy for Siri to recognize you.

If you’d like to use the feature to type home on the maps or to ask Siri to take you home, this is where you can put that information. Keep scrolling a little further down, you’ll see a spot to add your address.

Feel free to add as many as you want, so you can have a more casual conversation when using Siri.


This is one of the great tips for first-time users. One of the reasons why you should use Apple’s iCloud is it allows you to back up your content on your phone and share them across all your iOS devices.

To get access to your iCloud, just head over Settings > iCloud, and you’ll see a list of all the Apps that you can synchronize across all your iOS devices. Just toggle the button on the right to turn it on and off.

When it’s green, it means that the app in question is sharing content across all your iOS devices that use the same iCloud account.

We don’t recommend you using iCloud as your only backup source. There are many better alternatives out there. You can use it to back up important information, for all other backups like photos, videos, we suggest you use other backup storage services like Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.

Medical ID

This is probably the most important one. You need to set up right away your Medical ID. To do so, you just tap on the Health App > Medical ID > Create Medical ID. You’ll have to provide different types of health information.

It’s important to make it available on the lock screen, so first responders can access your information in case of an emergency.

Bonus: Regardless of how cautious you’re with your new device, at some point you’ll drop it. To avoid that, invest in a durable case. Sure, your phone will look less stylish with the case, but if you care about it, it’s the right move to get it a case.

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Herby has a healthy obsession with all things technology, especially with smartphones. He loves to rip things apart to see how they work.

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