iPhone, iPad, iPod touch: How to get started

Learn how to set up your iOS device. Whether this is your first iOS device or you are replacing one, this article covers the process. 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 will see a screen displaying Hello in different languages. Slide from left to right anywhere on this screen.*

    Note: If you are blind or have low vision, you can quickly enable VoiceOver or Zoom.

  2. Select the language you wish your iOS device to use, and then the region in which you will be using your iOS device. This will affect things such as date, time, and contact formatting.
  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):
  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, please see Apple ID Support for more information.

      If necessary, learn how to create a free Apple ID:
      1. Select your birthday, then tap Next:
      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 would like, then tap Next.
      4. Enter your current email address, or what you would like for your iCloud email, then tap Next.
      5. Enter what you would like for your password and tap Next.
      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 would like email updates and tap Next.
  7. If you agree to the terms and conditions of your iOS device, tap Agree.
    • If you would 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. With an iCloud account set up on your device, you can use Find My iPhone.
  9. Set up iMessage and FaceTime on your device.
  10. With iPhone 5s, you can set up Touch ID.
  11. You should choose a passcode for your device. If you don't need a passcode, tap Don't Add Passcode.
    • On iPhone 5s, 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 will be asked to choose a more secure one.
    • If you need to use a complex passcode, you can set in Settings > General > Passcode after completing this assistant.
  12. Set up iCloud Keychain.
  13. 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.
  14. Choose whether to send diagnostic and usage data to Apple automatically.
  15. Congratulations on setting up your iOS device! Tap Get Started to begin.

Additional Information

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.

* If you need to locate your IMEI/MEID and ICCID, you may do so by tapping the "i" in the lower left corner of the Hello screen.

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 4, 2014
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