Here’s the Fastest Way to Set Up a New iPhone

When you’re unboxing a new iPhone, it’s time to think about how you’ll move your digital life from your old iPhone to the new one. If your old iPhone is running iOS 11, you can use Quick Start, a new iOS 11 feature that makes the transfer easy. Just turn on the new iPhone, set it next to the old one, and tap Continue when asked whether you want to use your Apple ID to set up your new iPhone. An animation appears on the new iPhone for you to scan with the old iPhone—once you’ve done that, follow the rest of the instructions to enable Touch ID or Face ID and then restore your data and settings from your most recent iCloud backup (prompting you to update the backup first if necessary). If possible, keep the new one plugged in and on Wi-Fi after setup so it can download your apps, photos, and music from Apple’s servers. Once you are satisfied that the new iPhone has everything it should you can erase the old iPhone in Settings > General > Reset > Erase all content and settings.

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