You’ve just upgraded to a new iPhone and now it’s time to set it up. Ugh, now you have to go through each screen in the initial setup process, trying to remember how you configured your old iPhone. If only there was a way to transfer the key settings from your old iPhone to the new one.
Yes, you can perform a backup and restore via iTunes or iCloud but that just handles the apps and data. Another option can automate the transfer of most other settings, as long as you’re running iOS 11 or higher.
The latest version of iOS offers an automatic setup feature for outfitting a new iPhone. You just point your new phone at the old one, and all the core settings transfer over. You still need to go through the setup screens for Touch ID (or Face ID), Siri, and Apple Pay. But at least the automatic setup feature takes care of the rest. And it works on iPad, too.
1Back Up Your Old Device
To use automatic setup, you’ll need both your old and new iOS devices, together and turned on, with both running iOS 11 or higher. First, back up your old iPhone in iTunes, either to iCloud or your computer. To do this, connect the iPhone to your computer. Open iTunes. Click on the icon for your iPhone. At the Summary page in the Backups section, select either iCloud or This Computer and then click on the “Back Up Now” button. Wait for the backup to complete.
2Quick StartAt the Hello screen on your new iPhone, press the Home button to display the Quick Start screen. At the same time, your old iPhone should display a message to “Set Up New iPhone” asking if you want to use your Apple ID to set up your new iPhone. Confirm the ID and Tap Continue on your old iPhone.
Your new iPhone flashes a message that it’s waiting for your other iPhone and displays a swirling blue blob. Your old iPhone tells you to hold your new phone up to the camera. Position your old iPhone so that its camera scans the blue blob. Your old iPhone then tells you to finish on the new phone.
4Touch ID, Face ID SetupYour new phone tells you that it’s setting up your Apple ID. At the same time, your old iPhone tells you that your Apple ID can be used to set up your new phone.
Your new iPhone displays an Apps & Data screen with four choices for setting up your phone. If you backed up your old phone, you can restore from iCloud Backup or iTunes Backup. If you don’t need to restore any apps or data, you can opt to set it up as a new iPhone. And if you’re moving from an Android phone, you can move data from your Android device.
To restore from an iTunes backup, tap that option and connect your new phone to your computer with iTunes running. Click on the icon for your phone. Click on the button to Restore Backup and wait for your phone to be restored so it contains all the apps and data from your old phone.
6Apple iPhone XIf your new iPhone is an iPhone X, check out these tutorials: