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Setting up your new Apple iPhone

Setting up your new Apple iPhone

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Buying a new Apple iPhone to replace your current one is something a regular person may do every 2 to 3 years. The process of switching to a new smartphone is really simple these days, with convenient data transfer tools that help you move seamlessly from the old to the new. Data aside, there are other things you should take note. Here's a quick checklist to help make it easier.

Cases and screen protectors

Apple is the market leader for premium smartphones, which means there are no lack of iPhone accessories. Even if you've pre-ordered a new iPhone that isn't out in stores yet, it's possible to get both first-party (made by Apple) and third-party cases in advance. The primary reason for getting a case is drop protection. If you feel like you're particularly clumsy, getting a thicker case can help to keep your screen and glass back crack-free. 

Baseus Wing Case for iPhone
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Whether you are going for a heavy-duty or lightweight case, pay attention to the edges. The sides of the case should stick out slightly beyond the screen so when you place your phone face down, the screen won't come into contact with the table. Likewise for the area surrounding the camera lenses — make sure the case is in contact with the table, not the lens.

Another thing to look out for is MagSafe support on the case if you intend to use wireless charging. This will allow you to stick your phone securely to a MagSafe wireless charger like the Belkin 2-in-1 Dock (below).

Belkin 2-in-1 Wireless Charging Dock
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Choices for screen protectors are plentiful too, with a wide variety of options. Clear tempered glass tends to be the default option, but on top of that, you can choose to have privacy filter (screen can only be seen when looking straight on), matte finish, and blue-light reduction.

Of course, it's also perfectly fine to go without any of these accessories. Modern smartphones are quite resistant to cracks and scratches on the glass, something Apple themselves have trumpeted about their iPhones previously. Just be aware that daily use without protection will definitely result in small scratches on the screen and sides, which will affect resale value if you decide to sell it in the future.

Data transfer from old iPhone or Android

When you turn on a new iPhone, the setup process will include prompts that guide you in transferring your data over from another phone. This is seamless for iPhones, and you'll end up with a copy of your previous phone after the setup, making it seem like you never changed phones at all.

Yes, Apple makes Android apps too.
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When moving from Android, you'll need to download the Move to iOS app on Google Play. According to the app's description, it will transfer the following:

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  • Contacts
  • Message history
  • Camera photos and videos
  • Mail accounts
  • Calendars
  • WhatsApp content

You don't have to transfer everything. In fact, if you use Google to store your contacts, email, and calendar, just log in to your Google account — after your new iPhone has been set up — in the Contacts, Mail, and Calendar apps respectively to access your data using these Apple default apps. The fewer items you move during the setup process, the fewer problems you'll face due to potential incomplete transfers.

Wipe your old iPhone and deregister it as a trusted device

After transferring all data from an old iPhone, you should make sure none of your data is on it before selling or giving it away. First, log out of your iCloud, iTunes, and App Store. After that, go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Erase All Content and Settings. Follow the instructions there to reset your iPhone to factory default.

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Finally, on a browser, visit https://appleid.apple.com, and log in to your Apple account. Click on Devices on the left navigation panel, and select the iPhone you've just erased. From there, click Remove from Account to finish the job.

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