Before receiving your new Apple iPhone, you should take a few steps to make sure that you are ready for your new Apple iPhone.
Preparing for your new Apple iPhone will make the switch and upgrade much smoother and allow you to get up and running on your new iPhone faster. Some of these tasks can take a while to complete if you have not regularly backed up your existing iPhone, so it’s a great idea to handle this before you get your new iPhone.
Do you already have an Apple ID?
You only need one Apple ID to access all Apple services. Before you create a new Apple ID, consider whether it might be better to continue using one you already have. Remember that you might not be able to move data or purchases from an old Apple ID to a new one.
If you aren’t sure if you already have an Apple ID, we can help you find it. If your email address has changed, you can change the address you use for your current Apple ID to continue using it.
Don’t already have an Apple ID?
Here’s what you need:
• A valid email address to use as your Apple ID username.
• A strong password.
• Your date of birth.
• Three security questions and answers to verify your identity and a rescue email address. You can also use this information to reset your password.
Create an Apple ID without a credit card or other payment method
On a Mac or PC
1. Open iTunes, then go to the iTunes Store by clicking the iTunes Store button at the top of the window.
2. Scroll down and find the country flag in the lower-right corner of the window. If it’s not the flag of the country where you live, click it and choose your country or region.
3. Go to the App Store, Music, TV Shows, or Books section of the store by clicking on one of the icons in the upper-left corner.
4. Download a free app, song, video, or book. To find free items, look in the right column of the window and click any link that includes the word “Free,” such as “Free on iTunes” or “Top Free.” When you find a free item, click Get beneath its icon.
5. When you’re asked to sign in with an Apple ID, click Create Apple ID.
6. Follow the onscreen instructions. When you’re asked for payment information, choose None as the payment type. See what to do if None isn’t showing or you can’t select it.
7. After you enter all of the information required, you’ll be asked to verify your Apple ID by email. You must verify your Apple ID before you can begin using it. Didn’t receive the email?
Apple will often introduce new versions of iTunes, so you should always check for the latest updates and apply those updates.
Update Your iOS, Apps and Backup Your Purchases
Check the apps installed on your device and delete those you don’t use. You may want to lose any apps that are no longer updated as developers who fail to do so are unlikely to improve them for the new iPhones. You should also delete any images or videos you don’t need. Make space.
It’s a good idea to update all of your apps now, especially if you plan to do an iTunes backup and transfer your content to the computer for syncing to your new iPhone. If you have app updates pending, go ahead and update them now.
When you plug your iPhone into your computer you can choose to transfer purchases to your computer. To do this open iTunes with your iPhone connected, go to File and then Devices and choose Transfer Purchases.
This is something you can skip if you use an iCloud backup since you can re-download the iTunes purchases without paying for them again easily.
Double Check Your Passwords
You will need to sign in to your accounts on your new iPhone in many cases. First and foremost, you will need your Apple ID and password, but after restoring the backup to your Apple iPhone or Apple iPhone Plus, it may ask you for your email and other passwords.
If you backup to iTunes and use an encrypted backup, make sure you know what that password is as well.
Make Sure Your Photos Are Backed Up
If you already use iCloud Photo Library to keep your iPhone photos backed up and accessible on all of your Apple devices, you should be good to go.
For users who don’t use iCloud Photo Library, make sure you sync your photos to your computer or back them up to a service like Google Photos so you can access them on your new iPhone and so that you don’t lose them if you trade in your old iPhone or sell it.
Backup Your Old iPhone
Most users will want to upgrade to the Apple iPhone and bring all their apps and data to the new iPhone from the old. While you can use some apps to transfer contacts and other items, the easiest way to do this is to backup your old iPhone and restore that to your Apple iPhone during the setup process.
Apple offers two ways to backup, in the cloud using iCloud or on your computer using iTunes. We recommend backing up using both!! You can use iCloud backup which keeps a copy of your iPhone online and available wherever you are, complete with all your apps. This is the best way to back up your iPhone for most users since it creates a new backup every night when you charge your iPhone and it is locked. Here’s how to backup to iCloud.
Backup to iCloud:
• Visit Settings>iCloud>Storage & Backup
• Toggle iCloud Backup to green if it’s off
• Tap Back Up Now.
You can also backup locally to iTunes. When you do this you will need to plug-in when you want to backup and you will then need to plug your Apple iPhone in to that computer to restore from the backup. Here is how to backup your iPhone to iTunes.
Back up to iTunes:
• Connect your device
• Open iTunes
• Click the Devices button in the upper right
• In Backups click Back Up Now under Manually Back Up and Restore.
iCloud Backup doesn’t back up media you didn’t purchase from iTunes. If you have several Gigabytes of photos or videos saved to your device you may not want to back these up to iCloud to save space. You can choose which things to back up to iCloud in Settings>iCloud>Storage & Backup>Manage Storage>Backups>Backup Options. Don’t worry — these items will be in iTunes backup.