The first (5) things you should do after buying a new iPhone

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Every new year since the introduction of the original iPhone back in 2007, Apple has released a new version of their “flagship” phone.  Whether this is your first iPhone, you’re on a yearly upgrade cycle, or you ride your current iPhone into the ground before buying a new one, one thing remains the same–you will need take a little time to set-up your phone before using it for the first time.  After you get home and take your iPhone out of the box, there are a few important steps you should follow so they you can start enjoying your new gadget ASAP.  Here is our list of the first (5) things you need to do after your purchase.

1.>  Decide on your back-up preference–iCloud, or manual back-ups to iTunes.  I can honestly say that I rarely ever launch iTunes anymore–especially when it comes to interacting with my iPhone.  iCloud is so easy and provides me with an effortless back-up solution every night while I sleep.  I don’t have to think about it as long as I am connected to a power source and am on Wi-fi.  However, iTunes is still the way many iPhone users manage their phones–and that’s perfectly fine.  Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes downloaded to your computer.

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2.>  If you haven’t done so already, power on your device and initiate the set-up process.  Follow the sequence of questions and decide your preference for items like your language preference, Wi-fi network of choice, and whether or not you would like to share your location.  All of these settings can be changed at a later date, too, so don’t sweat the decisions too much

3.>  Are you setting up your iPhone from a back-up, or as a new device?  Hopefully you had previously made this decision, as it is always  a good idea to back-up your iPhone, either via iCloud or iTunes

If you still have your previous iPhone, make sure to back it up–either to iTunes or iCloud. This way, the most recent version of your phone and the most recent changes that you have made to that iPhone will be available to you if you choose the restore option.

4.>  Set-up your passcode, enable and set-up Touch-ID, and turn on automatic iCloud back-ups.

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These are very important steps that every iPhone user should take the time to set-up.  A passcode can be a simple 4-digit number or a longer password with letters and numbers. The latter of the two is more secure–but a simple passcode is still much better than no passcode at all.  Touch-ID is fantastic.  Once you set-up several of your fingerprints (the decision on which fingers to use is totally up to the user) you will wonder how you ever got along without this feature.  I simply can’t say enough good things about Touch-ID.

Make sure to also turn on automatic iCloud back-ups.  You can still choose to back-up your device to iTunes as well.  However, I have encountered many individuals who haven’t done either, and having iCloud back-up your contacts and other personal information automatically every night while you are connected to wi-fi is a very valuable feature that has saved me many times, and is well worth it.

5.>  Set-up Apple Pay on your iPhone.

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Apple Pay is an extremely easy way to pay for your commodities using a familiar, yet underutilized payment method–NFC technology.  Apple’s ambitious plan to revolutionize the mobile payment system via Apple Pay is evident with their traditional “ease of use” philosophy.  It’s exciting to see Apple Pay in so many stores already, and those numbers will continue to grow as more and more people become familiar with the process.


Renkman

Son of the Windy City, and proud Father to two awesome boys. Rob is a displaced Chicago Bears fan living in the Orlando Florida area. When not obsessing about everything Apple, he can usually be found outside boating across Florida's natural resources and taking the road less traveled.

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