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How to get started with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Learn how to set up your iOS device. Whether this is your first iOS device or you're replacing one, this article covers what you might see in the Setup Assistant. In addition, it offers resources for you to learn more about your device's features.

  1. When you first turn on your iOS device, you'll see a screen displaying Hello in different languages. Slide from left to right anywhere on this screen.

    Hello
    If you're blind or have low vision, you can turn on VoiceOver or Zoom.
    If you need to locate your IMEI/MEID and ICCID, tap the "i" in the lower left corner of the Hello screen.

  2. Select the language you want your iOS device to use, and then the region in which you'll be using your iOS device. This will affect things such as date, time, and contact formatting.
    Select your languageSelect your country
  3. Your iOS device requires an Internet connection to set up. Tap the name of your desired Wi-Fi network to begin device activation.
  4. Choose whether to enable Location Services.
    • You can read more about location services (or tap About Location Services on the iOS setup screen):
      Location Services
  5. Set up your iPhone as a new device, from an iCloud backup, or from an iTunes backup.
  6. Sign in with your Apple ID, which you've created previously, or create a free Apple ID.
    • Alternatively, you can tap Skip This Step to sign in or create an Apple ID later.
    • If you require assistance with your Apple ID, see Apple ID Support for more information.
      Apple ID
      If necessary, learn how to create a free Apple ID:
      1. Select your birthday, then tap Next:
        Birthday
      2. Enter your first and last name, then tap Next:
        Entering first and last name
      3. You can then use either your current email address, or choose to get a free iCloud email address. Select the option you'd like, then tap Next.
      4. Enter your current email address, or what you'd like for your iCloud email, then tap Next.
      5. Enter what you'd like for your password and tap Next.
        Apple ID
      6. Enter your security questions and answers, tapping Next after each.
      7. If you like, enter an alternate email address to be used as a "rescue email". Tap Next after you have done so, or if you chose not to use one.
      8. Select whether you'd like email updates and tap Next.
  7. If you agree to the terms and conditions of your iOS device, tap Agree.
    • If you'd like to have the terms and conditions emailed for later review, tap Send by Email, confirm the email entered is correct, then tap Send.
  8. Choose whether to upgrade your iCloud account to use iCloud Drive. This allows you to store your files in iCloud and access them anytime on all your devices.
    iCloud Drive requires iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. If you upgrade your account, any documents currently stored in iCloud will move to iCloud Drive. You'll be able to access them only from devices with iOS 8 or Yosemite.
    iCloud Drive
  9. With an iCloud account set up on your device, you can use Find My iPhone.
  10. Set up iMessage and FaceTime on your device.
  11. With iPhone 5s and later, you can set up Touch ID to use your fingerprint in place of your passcode or Apple ID password for purchases.
    Touch ID
  12. To protect your data, you should create a passcode for your device. You'll use it to unlock your device. If you don't need a passcode, tap Don't Add Passcode.
    • If you choose to use Touch ID, you must enter a passcode.
    • To make sure you did not make a mistake, you need to enter your passcode twice.
    • If you chose a commonly used passcode, you'll be asked to choose a more secure one.
    • If you need to use a complex passcode, you can set it in Settings > General > Passcode after completing this assistant.
      Create a passcode
  13. Set up iCloud Keychain.
    iCloud Keychain
  14. Choose whether to use Siri.
    • You can learn more about Siri by scrolling to the bottom of the screen and tapping, About Siri, or by visiting about Siri.
      Set up Siri
  15. Choose whether to allow Apple to share App Analytic data with app developers.
    • If you change your mind, you can change this any time at Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics & Usage.
    • For more information about diagnostics and usage, tap About Diagnostics and Privacy, or read about Apple's customer privacy policy.
      App Analytics
  16. With iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, you can choose between two display resolutions: standard and zoom. Use Display Zoom to choose how you'd like to view your iPhone. Standard fits more on the screen. Zoom shows larger text and controls.
    Display Zoom
  17. Congratulations on setting up your iOS device! Tap Get Started to begin.
    WelcomeHome screen

Learn more

Browse the user guide directly on your iPhoneiPad, or iPod touch for more information about getting started on your iOS device.

If at any point during the setup you wish to start over, or go to the Wi-Fi settings, press the Home button.

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
Last Modified: Sep 23, 2014
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