Configure your iPhone 14? Here’s how to do it

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You have received your iPhone 14. Maybe you waited in line at an Apple Store or pre-ordered it and got it in the mail – but finally Apple’s latest phone is in your hands – and now you need it. configure.

Whether you’re transferring from Android or you’re a long-time Apple user, you may still need help. In this guide, we’ll walk you through every step of setting up your iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Maxfrom turning on your device and connecting to Wi-Fi to activating your eSIM and transfer all your data.

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What to do before you start setting up your iPhone

Before you start setting up your iPhone, you’ll need the following if you’re switching from another phone or setting up an iPhone for the first time:

  • Save your old iPhone. If you’re upgrading from an older iPhone, you’ll be transferring data from your existing phone to your new iPhone 14, so it’s best to have an up-to-date backup to be restored from. If you don’t have enough storage, you can back up to your computer.
  • Keep your old phone handy. Whether it’s an Android or an iPhone, it’s a good idea to have your old phone ready. This can actually speed up the setup process.
  • Make sure you are connected to the internet. You need to connect to a stable Wi-Fi network to set up your iPhone.
  • Have your Apple ID credentials handy. In case you need to log in to your Apple account, to restore a backup and more, have your email address and password ready. You can also create one during the setup process.

Ready? Let’s start.

1. Turn on your iPhone 14

The first thing you need to do is turn on your iPhone. No matter which model you have, turning it on is the same: long press the side button, on the right side of your iPhone, until the Apple logo appears. Wait a few seconds and the Hello screen should appear. Swipe up to start.

2. Follow the iPhone’s on-screen instructions

Now, you’ll need to do a few things on your iPhone to get through the first part of the setup, and luckily they’re both easy to do. To get started you will need to:

  • Choose a language: If you are in the United States, you should see English directly at the top.
  • Select your country or region. Again, if you’re in the United States, you should see “United States” at the top.

3. Use Quick Start to set up your iPhone 14

On the next page, you will see the Quick Start screen, which allows you to automatically set up your iPhone 14 using your old iPhone or even an iPad. If you go this route, you’ll need to turn on your old device, connect it to Wi-Fi or cellular, and then bring it closer to the new iPhone 14.

Then you will be asked to authenticate or connect the two phones. You can either use your old iPhone’s camera to scan the pattern on the new iPhone, or enter a verification code. Activation will then take a few minutes.

To note: If you want to do it manually, skip to the next section.

You will then be prompted to perform the following actions, among others:

  • Join your Wi-Fi network on your new iPhone.
  • installation eSIM. You should see two options: Transfer from another iPhone (the best option) or Set Up Later in Settings. If you choose the first option, you will be asked to double-press the side button on your old iPhone.
  • Set up Face ID or Touch ID.
  • Choose how you want to transfer your data. You can do this from iCloud or from your old iPhone.

It’s a good idea to keep both devices connected to a power source while you’re doing this, because depending on how many apps and how much data you have, it may take a while. Follow all the steps until you are done and have access to iOS 16 on your iPhone 14.

4. Configure your iPhone 14 manually

Now, if you are coming from an Android or other phone or want to set up your iPhone manually, tap Configure manually on the Quick Start screen. If you decide to go this route, you will need to manually do the following:

  • Connect to a Wi-Fi network. Wait a few minutes for your phone to activate.
  • Read the Data and privacy prompt. Tap Continue when you’re done.
  • Set up Face or Touch ID. This will be how you can unlock your iPhone 14 with face recognition or your fingerprint.
  • Create a six-digit passcode to unlock your iPhone 14. This is your backup to unlock your iPhone 14. Enter the password twice.
  • Choose how to restore your apps and data. You can restore from iCloud backup, restore from Mac or PC, transfer directly from iPhone, move data from Android, or don’t transfer apps and data.

Depending on how you restore your apps and data, you may be asked to enter your iCloud credentials to sign in to your Apple account. You then need to enter a verification code, which may appear on any of your other devices, to verify your identity.

Then accept the terms and conditions; customize your settings; update to the latest iOS; and set up Apple Pay, Siri, and Screen Time, if needed. You will also be asked if you want to share your app analytics with developers, which helps developers improve their apps using your data (anonymously).

Finally, configure the True Tone display, choose light or dark mode and select a standard or zoomed view (for the visually impaired).

5. Now you can use your iPhone 14 running iOS 16

Once you’re done, you can swipe up to access your iPhone. You might not see all of your apps on your home screen or your photos and videos in your camera roll, so you’ll have to wait a bit while your phone slowly transfers all of your apps and data to your new iPhone 14. Depending on how much there is to transfer, it can take up to a few hours.

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iPhone 14 running iOS 16.

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