When you first use an iPhone – whether it’s a brand-new iPhone out of the box or a previously-owned iPhone from another user – you must activate it to set up cellular service.
Thanks to the iPhone’s setup wizard, this process is generally painless and uncomplicated.
How to Activate Your iPhone
We must first install the SIM card. This small chip connects your mobile device to the cellular network.
If you purchased a new iPhone from the Apple Store or your wireless carrier, the SIM card was likely already installed. If not, or if you are transferring the SIM card from an older phone, you must manually insert the SIM card.
To accomplish this, turn off the iPhone and insert the SIM ejection pin (you should have received one with your iPhone, but a paperclip will do in a pinch) into the hole on the side of the device until a tray pops out.
1. Insert the desired SIM card into the tray and reinsert it into the phone.
2. Power on your iPhone by pressing and holding the Power button until the Apple logo appears on the display.
3. Follow the on-screen instructions to initiate the setup procedure.
4. When prompted to select a connection option, you can select your Wi-Fi network and enter your Wi-Fi password, or activate the phone over the cellular network.
You may be required to enter your Apple ID. This security feature, known as Activation Lock, is intended to prevent theft. If you own this iPhone, sign in with your Apple ID. If this phone was previously owned by someone else, you must ask them to sign in with their Apple ID before you can complete the setup. You can modify the Apple ID in the future.
It will take several minutes to activate the phone. Once completed, you can continue with the remainder of the initial setup. Following the setup wizard’s instructions, you have several options:
Restore a Backup from iCloud.
If you have iCloud backups set up on your old iPhone and are upgrading to a new iPhone, select this option to restore all of your data.
Restore files from a Mac or PC.
If you do not use iCloud, you may have backed up your old iPhone manually using iTunes or Finder. If so, you can select this option and use a USB cable to connect your iPhone to the computer.
Transfer Straight from the iPhone.
All of your data can be transferred from an old iPhone to a new one using Bluetooth. Simply keep the two iPhones powered on and close together for a while.
Move Data from Android.
If you are moving from an Android device to an iPhone, you can use Apple’s Move to iOS app.
Avoid Transferring Apps and Data.
This is the easiest and quickest setup option, but you will be left with an iPhone that has no apps or data installed.
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How to Upgrade iPhones
If you are upgrading from an older iPhone, you will likely want to transfer your data to the new device. Thankfully, this is straightforward, but there are a few things to keep in mind before and afterward.
Before You Transfer Data to Your New iPhone
Before dumping everything from your old iPhone onto your brand-new iPhone, it’s always a good idea to clean up your data. And one of the most significant sources of clutter is your photo collection. It is probably filled with duplicates, similar-looking images, and unwanted screenshots.
The good news is that you can use an app like Gemini Photos to quickly purge your library of unnecessary images. Simply download Gemini Photos from the App Store on your existing iPhone and follow the steps below:
- Launch Gemini Photos and allow it to scan.
- Your photographs will be categorized. Select any of the groups, such as Similar.
- Select a Month or an Event.
- Similar images are clustered together. Choose the versions that you wish to delete.
- Select Move to Trash.
- After moving images to the trash, tap Empty Trash at the bottom of the screen.
- Now tap Your Library to peruse the remaining categories.