The Easiest Way to Set up Your New iPhone 14

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Congratulations! You have gotten (or have ordered and at the moment are anxiously awaiting) your new iPhone 14. So how do you get your new iPhone up and working? What do you have to count on throughout setup? Listed here are the steps for a clean transition.

1. Replace your present iPhone

At the beginning, replace your outdated iPhone to the newest model obtainable (presently iOS 15.7 for many telephones) to make sure every little thing in the course of the knowledge switch works because it’s presupposed to.


The unique model of iPhone 16, which is pre-loaded on iPhone 14, has been reported as “extremely” buggy, significantly the place Messages and FaceTime are involved, which Apple freely admits. So, iOS 16 in your outdated iPhone could also be too buggy in the intervening time to successfully full a switch of your knowledge to a brand new iPhone 14. If in case you have up to date your outdated cellphone to iOS 16, although, do not panic. Many individuals who up to date to iOS 16 had no points shifting their knowledge to an iPhone 14, together with Techlicious Editor-in-Chief, Suzanne Kantra.

If you happen to’re prompted to replace your new iPhone 14 to iOS 16.0.1, do it. If you happen to’re not prompted, don’t be concerned. You can even replace to the newest model of iOS 16 on the finish of the setup course of.

2. Again up your present iPhone

After upgrading your present iPhone to the newest model of iOS, again it up. You may want a recent backup to arrange your new machine. 

You possibly can again up your present iPhone’s content material, knowledge, and passwords to iCloud or your laptop. Relying on how a lot stuff you have acquired in your iPhone, backing as much as iCloud ought to take 5-10 minutes; to your laptop, round twice to a few instances as lengthy.

To again up your present iPhone, go to Settings and faucet in your Apple ID identify/photograph > iCloud > iCloud Backup > Again Up Now (must be the third merchandise listed). You may get a progress bar and estimated time remaining.

I am a paranoid belt-and-suspenders form of tech particular person, so I additionally made a backup of my retiring iPhone to my Mac. To again up your present iPhone to your laptop, join your iPhone to your laptop with a Lightning-to-USB cable. On a Mac, your iPhone will seem as a listed machine or icon in Finder; on Home windows, your iPhone will seem as an icon on the prime left of the iTunes app window.

Click on on the iPhone icon in iTunes in your Home windows PC or double-click on the iPhone icon in Finder in your Mac, and you will get a window that appears like this:

You need to again up your iPhone manually. Click on “Again up the entire knowledge in your iPhone to this….” Mac or PC. Select to encrypt your backup. If you happen to select to not encrypt your backup, Apple warns you, “If you happen to proceed with out encryption, the backups is not going to embody delicate knowledge. Restoring a tool from a backup will lead to lack of your saved passwords, Well being, and HomeKit knowledge.” If you happen to hadn’t already, you may be prompted to create a password for this encrypted backup. After tapping in your PIN code in your iPhone, you may click on “Again Up Now.”

As soon as your soon-to-be-ex iPhone is all backed up, you are able to arrange your new iPhone 14.

3. Activate your new iPhone

You may flip in your new iPhone 14 – it ought to come absolutely charged, however be happy to attach it to energy – and step by the preliminary location and language questions.

You possibly can select how you can switch knowledge to your new iPhone, however you need to choose Fast Begin to activate your new machine and provoke the iPhone-to-iPhone switch.

iPhone 14 Pro Max with the Quick Start screen on the left and an iPhone 12 Pro Max with the Set Up New iPhone screen on the right.

All you could do is place the brand new and outdated iPhones subsequent to at least one one other. In your new iPhone 14, you may see what seems to be like a teal-colored cloud. Subsequent, a digicam window will open in your outdated iPhone. Lastly, you maintain the outdated iPhone digicam over the teal cloud in your new iPhone 14, and in lower than 5 minutes, your new iPhone 14 is prepared for its knowledge switch.

4. Switch your cellphone quantity

When your new iPhone 14 is prepared, you may be requested if you wish to switch your cellphone quantity to your new iPhone, which we assume you do. iPhone 14 eliminates the SIM card drawer and the bodily pinky nail-sized SIM card in favor of a digital digital SIM, or eSIM. So, simply faucet on Switch from One other iPhone. For some cause, it took a few makes an attempt for me, however in the end my quantity was efficiently transferred.

iPhone 14 Pro Max on the left with the Set Up eSIM screen that shows the option to Transfer from another iPhone with the phone number to be transferred to the new phone. On the right you see an iPhone 12 Pro Max with a pop up that says: Finish on New iPhone.

If in case you have a Mac, count on a collection of notifications alerting you of FaceTime and Message adjustments together with choices to activate WiFi calling.

5. Switch your knowledge

You may then be prompted to Switch Your Knowledge. You possibly can select to switch out of your iCloud or your native laptop backup. If you happen to select iCloud, you’ll use your new iPhone in round quarter-hour since most of your knowledge will obtain afterward within the background. A switch out of your Mac or PC by way of a USB cable might take a few hours or extra. So, I like to recommend selecting to switch from iCloud.

You are then requested if you wish to Make This Your New iPhone, with decisions of precisely what knowledge you need to switch. Simply click on “Proceed” if you are going to make your new iPhone 14 a clone of your outdated iPhone.

iPhone Pro 14 Max with the screen Make This Your New iPhone. You see options to select Apps & Data, Settings, Apple Wallet, and Connections, which includes an Apple Watch.

For me, the iCloud iPhone-to-iPhone 14 switch took virtually precisely the estimated quarter-hour. However not every little thing is definitely transferred at this level.

As soon as your outdated iPhone contents are efficiently transferred by way of iCloud, your cellphone quantity and monetary knowledge have to be moved.

If you happen to’ve enrolled in Apple Money and/or have registered bank cards in Apple Pockets, you may must enter their safety codes so as to add them to your new iPhone.

You may even be requested to activate your new iPhone’s Emergency SOS; you may be advised that the iPhone 14’s new Emergency SOS by way of Satellite tv for pc will likely be coming within the fall.

You may even be prompted to create a brand new FaceID, for which a number of choices now exist: with out Covid masks, with masks, with or with out glasses. You can even add “alternate” faces – a liked one, carrying a hat or your hair in another way, and so on., all of which you’ll skip in the meanwhile and arrange after your iPhone 14 is totally able to go.

Lastly, you may be requested what you need to do together with your outdated iPhone, with an choice to erase it for trade-in or sale. If you happen to use an authenticator app, do not erase your outdated iPhone. You may must switch your authenticator account to the brand new iPhone, which is way simpler if in case you have entry to your outdated iPhone. I prefer to maintain my outdated cellphone lively (albeit now working solely on WiFi) till I am positive every little thing is copacetic with my new iPhone.

As soon as your cellphone content material switch is full, your iPhone 14 will shut down and restart.

6. Full the downloads

Imagine it or not, when you use iCloud to switch your knowledge, your iPhone 14 content material obtain is not but carried out. As soon as your iPhone 14 restarts, and whilst you’re establishing your monetary information and FaceID, your new iPhone 14 is busily downloading all of the stuff you had saved in your outdated iPhone – apps, images, movies, music, and so on. The 15-minute iCloud knowledge switch merely advised your new iPhone 14 what stuff you had in your outdated iPhone. Now, your new iPhone is downloading these items.

Relying on how a lot precise stuff you had saved in your outdated iPhone, this knowledge obtain course of might take an hour or extra. If you happen to go to Settings, you may see how a lot knowledge nonetheless must be downloaded to your new iPhone. However this mixed iCloud switch/obtain course of continues to be shorter than the wired PC-to-iPhone 14 switch, throughout which you would not be capable to use your new iPhone.

So, whereas this obtain proceeds, you should use your new machine. Nonetheless, we suggest ready.

7. Replace Your iPhone 14

Screenshot of iOS Settings with Restore in Progress: An estimated 8.7GB will be downloaded to finish restoring your apps and data in a red box. Also in a red box, you see the text: Important Software Update: An update is available to address an iMessage and FaceTime activation issues.

As beforehand famous, the preliminary launch of iOS 16 has been reported to be problematic for Messages and FaceTime, and Apple instantly issued an iOS replace, iOS 16.0.1. So, replace your iPhone 14 to iOS 16.0.1. Apple even gives a discover to take action in the primary Settings display screen.

Even in spite of everything this transferring, you may discover passwords to some apps, e mail, and different on-line accounts and subscriptions might not have transferred, and you will have to fill them in manually. And if in case you have an Apple Watch, you’ll be prompted to pair it together with your new iPhone.

As a result of your new iPhone 14 has been cloned out of your present iPhone, your new iPhone’s identify would be the similar as your outdated one. To replace your new iPhone’s identify, go to Settings, then Common > About > Identify.

And when you use your iPhone’s identify in your e mail replies, replace your e mail Signatures by going to Settings > Mail > Signature.

Now, you are able to get pleasure from your iPhone 14 and iOS 16.

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Stewart Wolpin has been writing about shopper electronics for greater than 35 years, together with information, critiques, evaluation and historical past, and has attended and coated practically 50 Client Digital Exhibits and round a dozen IFA reveals in Berlin. For the Client Know-how Affiliation (CTA), he’s an elector for and writes the official biographies of the annual CT Corridor of Fame inductees, and is the keeper of the business’s official historical past.

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