How to set up your iPhone

Get your iPhone 5 up and running without a PC or Mac

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  • iPhone 5 setup anno Intro
  • 1 iPhone setup 1: Turn On
  • 2 iPhone setup 2: Connect to Wi-Fi
  • 3 iPhone setup 3: Where am I?
  • 4 iPhone setup 4: New or used
  • 5 iPhone setup 5: Restore from iCloud
  • 6 iPhone setup 6: Click the terms
  • 7 iPhone setup 7: Activation
  • 8 iPhone setup 8: Ready to restore
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Intro

The excitement of buying an iPhone has, over the years, been tempered by the fact that to get your iPhone up and running you were first required to plug your phone into a computer. Whether you stood in line for two weeks to get your hands on one or pre-ordered for it to be delivered to your house, the rush of delight was often held in check by the necessity to wait until iTunes told you that your shiny new iPhone was ready. 

Your iPhone no longer needs to be physically connected to a computer first in order for it to work. As you might expect from Apple the process is simple and quick; about the most technically difficult part is inserting the nano SIM card into your iPhone 5. However, in typical Apple style there’s a sim tray pin included in the box to make this task even easier.

Read our iPhone 5 review

We’ll assume that you have all the boring stuff like phone price plan sorted out and have un-boxed and inserted the SIM card into your iPhone. From here on in it’s no more than a five-minute process. Wire free setup is a breeze and all you have to do is follow the simple steps here to make sure that you and your phone are ready to go as quickly as possible.

After that, there’s a whole world of calling, texting, tweeting, internet browsing and taking photos, as well as all the apps to enjoy.

Find the best iPhone contract

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Next Prev iPhone 5 setup anno

The excitement of buying an iPhone has, over the years, been tempered by the fact that to get your iPhone up and running you were first required to plug your phone into a computer. Whether you stood in line for two weeks to get your hands on one or pre-ordered for it to be delivered to your house, the rush of delight was often held in check by the necessity to wait until iTunes told you that your shiny new iPhone was ready. 

Your iPhone no longer needs to be physically connected to a computer first in order for it to work. As you might expect from Apple the process is simple and quick; about the most technically difficult part is inserting the nano SIM card into your iPhone 5. However, in typical Apple style there’s a sim tray pin included in the box to make this task even easier.

Read our iPhone 5 review

We’ll assume that you have all the boring stuff like phone price plan sorted out and have un-boxed and inserted the SIM card into your iPhone. From here on in it’s no more than a five-minute process. Wire free setup is a breeze and all you have to do is follow the simple steps here to make sure that you and your phone are ready to go as quickly as possible.

After that, there’s a whole world of calling, texting, tweeting, internet browsing and taking photos, as well as all the apps to enjoy.

Find the best iPhone contract

 

Step 2 of 9: 1: Turn On

Press and hold the button on the top of the iPhone until you see the Apple logo on screen. After a few moments you’ll see the above screen. Slide to get started. 

 

Step 3 of 9: 2: Connect to Wi-Fi

If you have a wireless network at home or at work, you can connect to it here. Tap on the wireless network name, if you don’t just use your mobile connection.

 

Step 4 of 9: 3: Where am I?

It should attempt to locate you and set the language automatically. But you will be asked whether you want Location Services activated –we suggest you click Enable.

 

Step 5 of 9: 4: New or used

If this is your first iPhone, then choose Set Up as New iPhone. If you have an iCloud or iTunes Backup from an older iPhone choose one of those options.

 

Step 6 of 9: 5: Restore from iCloud

If you want you can set up iCloud backup on an old iPhone and use this to transfer everything to your new iPhone.

 

Step 7 of 9: 6: Click the terms

You will be asked to agree to Apple’s Terms and Conditions for the iPhone. Read through the article and click Agree.

 

Step 8 of 9: 7: Activation

Once you’ve performed these steps the iPhone will connect to Apple to activate your phone. It can take up to three minutes depending upon connection speeds, so be patient. 

 

Step 9 of 9: 8: Ready to restore

It can take a while to restore the iPhone if you’re doing a wireless restore from a backup. Choose Slide To Unlock to get started.

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