Here's how to set up your new iPhone 14

Here’s how to set up your new iPhone 14

This story is part of Hotspot iPhone 2022CNET’s collection of news, tips, and advice on Apple’s most popular products.

You have finally received a file iPhone 14. You may have picked it up at your local carrier store or pre-ordered it and got it in the mail — but finally, Apple’s newest phone is now in your hands. And you need to set it up – but you may need some help to do so.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through all the steps of setting up a file iPhone 14And the iPhone 14 PlusAnd the iPhone 14 Pro And the iPhone 14 Pro Maxstarting with turning on your device and connecting to a Wi-Fi network to activate eSIM Transfer all your data.

To learn more about the new iPhone and iOS devices, here’s how to download and Install the new iPhone operating systemthe first Three things to do after updating your iPhoneAnd why you might like it Wait before updating to iOS 16.

What to do before you start setting up your iPhone

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

  • Back up files Old Iphone. If you are moving from an old iPhone, you will be transferring data from your current phone to your new iPhone 14, so you better have one Updated backup to recover from. If you do not have enough storage space, you can make a backup on your computer.
  • Keep your old phone close to you. Regardless of whether it’s an Android device or an iPhone, it’s a good idea to have your previous phone ready. This can actually speed up the setup process.
  • And take the charger with you, just in case. Although your new iPhone 14 should have enough battery to complete the setup process, you may need power to charge your older iPhone while in transit.
  • Make sure you are connected to the internet. You need to be connected to a stable Wi-Fi network to set up your iPhone.
  • Have your Apple ID credentials close at hand. In case you need to log in to Apple account, to restore a backup and more, have your email and password ready. You can also create one during the setup process.

ready? Let’s get started.

1. Turn on 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: press and hold the side button, on the right side of your iPhone, until the Apple logo appears. Wait a few seconds, and the welcome screen will appear. Swipe up to start.

2. Follow the on-screen iPhone instructions

Now you will have to do a few simple things on your iPhone to bypass the first part of setup, and luckily, both are easy to do. To get started, you will have to:

  • Choose a language: If you’re in the US, you’ll see English listed right at the top.
  • Choose your country or region. Again, if you are in the US, you should see “USA” at the top.

3. Use Quick Start to set up your iPhone 14

On the next page you will see a file Quick start screen, which allows you to set up your iPhone 14 automatically with the help of your previous 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 a cellular network and then bring it near your new iPhone 14.

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

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

You will then be asked to do the following, among other things:

  • Join Wi-Fi on your new iPhone.
  • Accommodation 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 either from iCloud or from your previous iPhone.

It’s a good idea to keep both devices connected to a power source while doing this, because depending on the number of apps and the amount of 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. Set up iPhone 14 manually

Now, if you are coming from Android or another phone or want to set up iPhone manually, tap Set up manually on the quick start screen. If you decide to go this route, you will need to do the following things manually:

  • Connect to Wi-Fi. Wait a few minutes for your phone to activate.
  • Read the data and privacy prompt. Click Continue when done.
  • Set up Face or Touch ID. This will be how you can unlock your iPhone 14 by facial recognition or your fingerprint.
  • Create a six-digit passcode to unlock your iPhone 14. This is your backup to unlock iPhone 14. Enter the passcode twice.
  • Choose how to restore your apps and data. You can restore from iCloud backup, restore from Mac or PC, transfer directly from iPhone, transfer data from Android, or not 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 will then need to enter the verification code, which may appear on one of your other devices, to verify your identity.

Next, agree to the terms and conditions; customize your settings; Update to the latest iOS version; And set up Apple Pay, Siri, and Screen Time, if needed. You will also be asked if you would like to share your app analytics with developers, which helps developers improve their apps using your data (anonymously).

Finally, set up the True Tone screen, choose Light or Dark mode and select Standard or Magnified view (for those with low vision).

5. You can now use iPhone 14 with iOS 16

Once done, you can swipe up to enter 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 need to wait a bit while your phone slowly transfers all your apps and data to your new iPhone 14. Depending on how much they’re there to transfer, this could take up to a few hours.

Apple iPhone 14

iPhone 14 running iOS 16.

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To learn more about setting up your iPhone, here’s how to do it Get rid of the new search buttonAnd the iOS 16 Hidden Features You’ll want to reveal and All new features you can check out Once you set up your iPhone.

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