How to Quick Start iPhone XS (Max)/XR/X/8/7

If you have just purchased a shiny new iPhone and wish to set it up using the Quick Start feature, the following guide should walk you through the steps on how to Quick Start various latest models of the iPhone. Read on to learn how.

Faye Clarke Last Updated: Apr. 13, 2020

Apple has recently announced a bunch of new iPhone models and many Apple fanboys rushed to get their favorite model. If you have bought a new iPhone for yourself, congratulations. As with every iPhone, the first thing you will need to do is set up your iPhone so it has all of your data and settings. If you are coming from an old model of the iPhone, you can use the Quick Start feature to quickly get your new iPhone set up.

In the following guide, you are going to learn how you can Quick Start iPhone XS, XR, X, 8, 7, or any other model for that matter. Quick Start is simple to use and allows you to easily set up your new iPhone using your current iPhone model.

Let’s check out how to do Quick Start on an iPhone:

Section 1. Prerequisites:

1. Unpair Your Apple Watch from Your Current iPhone

If you have been using an Apple Watch with your current iPhone, you will need to unpair it from your current iPhone to then use it with your new iPhone. Unpairing will also automatically create a backup of your Watch data.

2. Update Your iPhone to iOS 11/12

Quick Start was introduced in iOS 11 so make sure your iPhone is using either iOS 11 or later for the feature to work. If you are on an old version of iOS, you can easily update your iPhone to the latest version using the following steps.

Update the iOS version on your iPhone

Update the iOS version on your iPhone

On your iPhone, open the Settings app and tap on General followed by Software Update. Wait while your iPhone checks for new iOS updates. When you see an update on your screen, tap on Download and Install to download and install the update on your iPhone.

With the prerequisites out of the way, let’s see how to Quick Start an iPhone 8 or any other model for that matter:

Section 2. Use Quick Start to Set Up an iPhone XS/XR/X/8/7

Before you begin to Quick Start your new iPhone, you will need to migrate your SIM card over to your new iPhone. Simply eject the SIM card from your current iPhone and insert it into your new iPhone. If the card is not compatible with your new iPhone for any reason, contact your carrier and they should be able to issue you a new SIM card that works with your variant of the iPhone.

Step 1. Turn on the Bluetooth option on your current iPhone by going to Settings > Bluetooth and turning the toggle to the ON position.

Enable Bluetooth on your iPhone

Enable Bluetooth on your iPhone

Step 2. Power up your new iPhone and bring it closer to your current iPhone. A prompt will appear on your current iPhone showing your Apple ID. Ensure that’s the Apple ID you wish to use on your new iPhone and tap on Continue.

Tap Continue to continue to set up new iPhone Image credit: Apple Support

Tap Continue to continue to set up new iPhone
Image credit: Apple Support

Step 3. An animation will appear on your new iPhone. Bring your current iPhone over your new iPhone and ensure the animation is in the center in viewfinder. A message will appear saying Finish on New iPhone.

Step 4. You will be asked to enter the passcode of your current iPhone on your new iPhone. Do so and it will let you move forward.

Step 5. You can now enable Face ID or Touch ID on your new iPhone. Do so and move forward.

Step 6. Your new iPhone will prompt you to enter your Apple ID password. Do that and you will move forward with the setup process.

Step 7. You should now be able to restore any old data if you wish. Follow the on-screen instructions to do so.

After you have followed all the instructions appearing on your iPhone’s screen, your new iPhone will be fully set up retaining all the data of your old iPhone.

Section 3. Tips While Using the Quick Start Feature on Your iPhones

There are a few things you should know while using the QuickStart feature on your iPhones.

1. Keep the Devices Close to Each Other

Both of your devices should be as close as possible to each other. It will avoid the data transfer fail error and you should be able to set up your new iPhone without any issues.

2. Connect iPhone to WiFi and Power Socket

While setting up the new iPhone, ensure it is connected to a WiFi network and is also plugged into a power socket. By doing so, you are allowing your iCloud content to be downloaded on your new iPhone.

The Bottom Line

We are sure you now know how to QuickStart an iPhone using our easy to follow steps given in the above guide. The feature has really helped a number of iPhone users to quickly set up their new devices and hopes it has helped you, too.

Faye Clarke

Member of iMobie_Inc, an enthusiastic fan of Apple and Jazz music, always ready to offer advice and solutions to any iOS & Android related issues.