How to Set Up a New iPhone

Setting Up New iPhone Window on the Home Screen

Just bought a new iPhone but can’t figure out how to set it up? Don’t worry, this guide will teach you how to activate a new iPhone. The setup or activation process on the iPhone is relatively simple, even if you’ve never used an Apple device before. Follow these steps.

How to Set Up Your New iPhone

  1. Press and hold the power button until the Apple logo appears on the screen. The text “Hello” will appear on the screen in different languages. For those with reading impairments, you can turn on VoiceOver by pressing the side button or the home button three times. You can also zoom in by tapping the screen twice with three fingers.

    Hello in Different Languages During Activation of iPhone
    Turn on your iPhone. (Source:

  2. Follow the on-screen instructions. You’ll be asked to choose the language of your device.

    Choosing the Language on a New iPhone
    Choose your language. (Source:

  3. You will then be taken to the Quick Start screen. If you have another iPhone, you can bring it near your new device, and all your data from the previous phone will be transferred to the new phone. Tap Set Up Manually if this is your first iPhone. You can also tap the blue accessibility icon on this screen to get more accessibility features.

    Quick Start in iPhone
    Set Up Manually or bring your previous iPhone near your new device to set it up. (Source:

  4. Connect to the Wi-Fi or insert your SIM card into your iPhone (if not already inside) and select Use Cellular Connection.

    Connect to Wi-Fi on the iPhone During Setup
    Connect to Wi-Fi or Cellular Connection. (Source:

  5. Depending on which iPhone you have, you can set up Face ID or Touch ID. Tap Continue and then create a passcode. If you want to create a 4-digit passcode or proceed without any passcode, tap Passcode Options.

    Set Up Face ID and Passcode
    Set up Face ID and create a passcode. (Source:

  6. Transfer your data from an old backup or device by selecting one of the options presented on the screen. If you don’t have a backup, select Don’t Transfer Apps & Data.

    Transferring an Old Backup
    Transfer an old backup if you have one. (Source:

  7. Sign in with your Apple ID. A verification code will be sent to your previous Apple device if you have one.

    Apple ID Sign-In Screen
    Sign in with your Apple ID. (Source:

  8. You’ll be asked to set up services like Siri and Apple Pay on the subsequent screens. Tap Continue if you want to set these up now or Set Up Later in Settings.

    Setting Up Siri When Activating the iPhone
    Tap Continue or Set Up Later in Settings. (Source:

  9. On the next screen, set up Screen Time and tap Continue.

    Setting Up Screen Time While Activating
    Tap Continue. (Source:

Congratulations! You are now ready to start using your new iPhone!

Phoebe is an HR assistant in her day job, but is also a web blogger that loves writing guides and sharing her experiences. When she is not out with her friends, she enjoys traveling or binge-watching Netflix. She graduated with a BA in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Utah, and is a chief editor at TechObservatory.

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