When you get a new iPhone--especially if it's your first iPhone--there are literally hundreds (maybe even thousands) of things to learn how to do. But you need to start somewhere, and that somewhere ought to be the basics. Read on for suggestions and instructions on the first 9 things you should do when you get a new iPhone (and a 10th if the iPhone isn't for you, but is for your child). Though these tips only scratch the surface of what you can do with an iPhone, they'll start you on your path to becoming an iPhone pro.
1. Activate New iPhone
If your new iPhone is your first iPhone, iPad, or iPod, follow the instructions in the article linked to above. If you're upgrading from an earlier device, read on.
This difference exists because iPhones running iOS 5 and higher don't have to be connected to a computer to be set up; they can be set up and used without ever being synced to iTunes. If you're upgrading, though, you'll probably want to connect to follow the steps below and connect to iTunes to restore your old data onto your new phone.
If you use the iOS 5 activation, when you're done, skip to item 7 below.
2. Install iTunes
When it comes to the iPhone, iTunes is much more than just the program that stores and plays your music. It's also the tool that lets you add and remove music, video, photos, apps, and more from your iPhone. It's also where a number of settings related to what goes on your iPhone live. Needless to say, it's pretty crucial to using your iPhone.
If your computer didn't come with iTunes pre-installed, you can get it as a free download from Apple. Get instructions on downloading and installing iTunes:
- on a Mac
- on Windows
3. Create iTunes Account
If you want to use the iTunes Store or the App Store--and you must, right? Why would you get an iPhone if you didn't want to take advantage of its hundreds of thousands of amazing apps?--you need an iTunes account. These free accounts not only let you buy music, movies, apps, and more at iTunes, they're also used as part of iCloud, Find My iPhone, FaceTime, and many other awesome technologies on the iPhone.
4. Set Up & Sync your iPhone
Once you've got iTunes and your account in place, it's time to plug in your iPhone and start using it! From learning how to add content to your iPhone to how to arrange apps into screens and folders on your iPhone's home screen, you'll learn how to do it here.
5. Configure iCloud
Using your iPhone gets much easier when you have iCloud--especially if you've got more than one computer or mobile device that has your music or apps on it. ICloud collects a lot of features together into a single tool, including the ability to back up your data to Apple's servers and re-install it over the Internet with one click. ICloud also allows you to redownload anything you've bought at the iTunes Store, so even if you lose or delete them, your purchases are never truly gone. And it's free!
6. Set Up Find My iPhone
This is crucial. Find My iPhone is a feature of iCloud that lets you use theiPhone's built-in GPS to pinpoint its location on a map. You're going to be glad you have this if your iPhone ever goes lost or gets stolen. In that case, you'll be able to locate it down to the part of the street it's on, which can be important information to give to the police if you're trying to recover a stolen phone. But in order to use Find My iPhone when your phone goes missing, you first have to set it up. Do that now and you won't be sorry later.
7. Learn the Built-In Apps
While the apps you get at the App Store are the ones that get the most hype, the iPhone comes with a pretty great selection of built-in apps, too. Before you dive too far into the App Store, learn how to use the built-in apps for web browsing, email, photos, music, calling, and more.
8. Get New Apps
Once you've spent a little time with the built-in apps, your next stop is the App Store, where you can get all kinds of new programs. Whether you're looking for games or an app to watch Netflix on your iPhone, ideas on what to make for dinner or apps to help you improve your workouts, you'll find them at the App Store--and usually just for a few dollars.