Get started with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Learn how to set up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Whether this is your first iOS device or you're replacing one, these steps walk you through the Setup Assistant. 

If you want to start over at any point while setting up your device, press the Home button.   

Turn on your device

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


If you're blind or have low vision, you can turn on VoiceOver or Zoom.

If you need to find your IMEI/MEID and ICCID, tap the info icon in the lower right corner of the screen.

Select your language and region

The region you choose will set formatting for things like the date, time, and contact information. 

Select your country

Select your language

Connect to a Wi-Fi network

You need an Internet connection to set up your device. Tap the name of the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to. If you're setting up an iPhone or iPad (Wi+Fi + Cellular) that has active cell service, you can choose Use Cellular Connection instead.

Choose a Wi-Fi network

Learn how to connect to a hidden Wi-Fi network.

Get help if you can't connect to your Wi-Fi network.

Enable or disable Location Services

This setting lets certain apps gather information about your location. 

Location Services

Learn more about location services (or tap the link on your screen).

Set up your device as new, or restore from a backup

Set up iPhone

Learn how to restore your content from an iCloud or iTunes backup. 

Agree to terms and conditions

Tap Agree. If you'd like to have the terms and conditions emailed to you, tap Send by Email, confirm your email address, then tap Send.

Sign in or create an Apple ID

If you need to, you can create an Apple ID for free. Or, you can tap Skip This Step to sign in or create an Apple ID later.

Apple ID

For help, go to Apple ID Support.

Upgrade to iCloud Drive

With iCloud Drive, you can store your files in iCloud and access them anytime on any supported device. When you upgrade to iCloud Drive, all of your documents that are currently stored in iCloud will move to iCloud Drive. You'll be able to access them from any of your devices that have iOS 8 or OS X Yosemite.

iCloud Drive

With an iCloud account set up on your device, you can also use Find My iPhone.

Set up iMessage and FaceTime

Learn how to set up and start using iMessage and FaceTime.

Set up Touch ID

If you have an iPhone 5s or later, iPad Air 2 or later, or iPad mini 3 or later, you can set up Touch ID. With Touch ID, you can use your fingerprint to unlock your device and make purchases. 

Touch ID

Create a passcode

To protect your data on your device, use a passcode to unlock your device. If you don't need a passcode, tap Don't Add Passcode. If you're using Touch ID you have to create a passcode.

If you enter 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 you finish setting up your device.

Create a passcode

Set up iCloud Keychain

iCloud Keychain keeps your Safari website usernames and passwords, credit card information, and Wi-Fi network information up to date across all of your approved devices.

iCloud Keychain

Learn more about iCloud Keychain (or tap the link on your screen).

Choose whether or not to use Siri

Siri lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more.

Set up Siri

Learn more about Siri.

Choose whether or not to share app analytics

This setting will share information with app developers. If you change your mind, you can change it any time in Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics & Usage.

App Analytics

To learn more, tap About Diagnostics and Privacy, or see Apple's customer privacy policy.

Choose display resolution

If you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you can choose between two display resolutions: standard, which fits more on the screen, and zoom, which shows larger text and controls. 

Display Zoom

Learn more about Display Zoom.

Start using your device

Tap Get Started to begin.


Learn more

After you set up your device, choose a backup method so you don't lose any of your content.

You can view the user guide on your iPhoneiPad, or iPod touch to learn more about your device. 

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