Set up your iPhone or iPad

Find out how to set up your iPhone or iPad

.If you’ve already set up your new device but want to start again, find out how to erase your iPhone or iPad.

Turn on your iPhone or iPad

Press and hold the device’s power button until you see the Apple logo. You’ll then see “Hello” in many languages. Follow the onscreen instructions to get started.

If you’re blind or have low vision, you can turn on VoiceOver or Zoom from the Hello screen.

A new iPhone showing the Hello screen.

Use Quick Start or set up manually

If you have another device, you can use it to automatically set up your new device with Quick Start.

If you don’t have another device, tap Set Up Manually.

Here you can tap the blue accessibility button to set up Accessibility Options.

A new iPhone showing the Quick Start screen. The instructions advise that you bring your current device near your new device.

Activate your iPhone or iPad

You need to connect to a Wi-Fi network or a mobile network to activate and continue setting up your device. 

Tap the Wi-Fi network that you want to use or, if available, tap Continue Without Wi-Fi to use your device’s mobile network. If you’re setting up an iPhone or iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular), you may need to insert your iPhone SIM card or iPad SIM card first. You may also be asked to activate your eSIM.

Get help if you can’t connect to Wi-Fi or if you can’t activate your iPhone.

Set up Face ID or Touch ID and create a passcode

Follow the onscreen instructions to set up Face ID or Touch ID to use face recognition or your fingerprint to unlock your device and make purchases.

Next, set a six-digit passcode to help protect your data. You need a passcode to use features such as Face ID, Touch ID and Apple Pay. If you’d like a four-digit passcode, custom passcode or no passcode, tap Passcode Options.

Restore or transfer your data and apps

Choose how you want to restore or transfer your data from your old device to your new device. You can use an iCloud backup or a backup made from your computer, or move data from an Android device.

If you don’t have a backup or another device, select Don’t Transfer Apps & Data.

A new iPhone showing the Apps & Data screen, where you can select how you want to transfer your data to this device.

Sign in with your Apple ID

Enter your Apple ID and password, or tap ‘Forgot password or don’t have an Apple ID?’ From there, you can recover your Apple ID or password, create an Apple ID or set it up later.

If you use more than one Apple ID, tap ‘Use different Apple IDs for iCloud and iTunes?’

When you sign in with your Apple ID, you might be prompted for a verification code from your previous device.

A new iPhone showing the Apple ID screen, where you can sign in with your Apple ID and password.

Turn on automatic updates and set up other features

Follow the onscreen instructions to allow iOS or iPadOS to update automatically and set up other features, such as iMessage, FaceTime, Location Services and Analytics.

Set up Siri and other services

Next, you’ll be asked to set up or enable services and features, such as Siri. On some devices, you’ll be asked to say a few phrases so that Siri can get to know your voice.

If you signed in with your Apple ID, follow the steps to set up Apple Pay and iCloud Keychain.

Set up Screen Time and more display options

Follow the onscreen instructions to set up Screen Time, which gives you insight into how much time you and your children spend on your devices. It also lets you set time limits for daily app use.

You can also turn on True Tone if your device supports it, and use Display Zoom to adjust the size of icons and text on your Home Screen.