How to Set Up and Activate New iPhone 11/XS/XR/X

This is a complete guide about how to set up and activate new iPhone. Just follow the detailed steps to activate your new iPhone (iPhone 2019 included) easily, no matter you are switching from an Android or iPhone, this guide can be both helpful. Works for iPad/iPod touch activation and setup, too.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Apr. 13, 2020

Users need to activate and set up a new iPhone under various situations: switching to a new iPhone at iPhone launching season, get an iPhone as a gift, etc. For someone who is new to the Apple ecosystem, activate the new iPhone might become the first stumbling block. So here in this article, we would introduce the methods of how to set up new iPhones. No matter you are an Android user before or already familiar with the iPhone, you can check this article and see what’s new about how to set up a new iPhone.

This article includes 3 parts:

Please keep reading, and do as the following steps say.

1. Preparation before New iPhone Activating and Setup

1 > If you upgrade from an old iPhone, you can backup your old iPhone with iCloud or iTunes firstly. In this way, you can directly restore from backup when activating new iPhone.

2 > If you upgrade from an Android phone, you can refer to this How to Switch from Android to iPhone guide to see how to transfer data to your new iPhone.

3 > If you have set up your new iPhone already but want to start over, you can go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings to make it.

2. How to Activate and Set up New iPhone

For All Users:

No matter you are an amateur or a dab on iPhone, you could try the following steps as a startup.

Step 1. Turn on your new iPhone, and you will see the “Hello” screen in many languages, English, Spanish, French, Chinese, etc. Then please slide your finger across the screen to continue.

Step 2. Choose the right language, and choose your country or region on your new iPhone.

If you own an old iPhone running iOS 11 or later, you can choose to use Quick Start. Just hold your two devices close to each other and follow the screen to transfer Apple ID, preferred settings, Wi-Fi info, and iCloud Keychain passwords. If not, please tap “Set Up Manually” to continue the process.

Step 3. Choose a “Wi-Fi network” and enter its password on your new iPhone. You can also use the cellular network by tapping Use Cellular Connection if the Wi-Fi is not available.

Step 4. Choose “Enable Location Services” or not. You can change it later anytime you want on your new iPhone.

How to Activate and Set up New iPhone - Part 1

How to Activate and Set up New iPhone – Part 1

Step 5. For iPhone X, iPhone XS(Max), iPhone XR, and iPhone 11 users set your Face ID on your new iPhone.

Set up Face ID and Passcode on iPhone X/XS/XR/11

Set up Face ID and Passcode on iPhone X/XS/XR/11

For iPhone 8 or earlier iPhone models users, set your Touch ID. Then create a passcode, you can set four or six-digit passcode, tap Passcode Options to make it.

Step 6. Then you will access the App & Data screen, for options are listed. Please choose one option as per your needs.

Step 7. Sign in with Apple ID and password. If you have no Apple ID, you can create a new one. Or you can just skip this step, and make it later in the Settings app at any time.

How to Activate and Set up New iPhone - Part 2

How to Activate and Set up New iPhone – Part 2

Step 8. Set up iCloud Drive, Apple Pay, and iCloud keychain. Then agree to the Terms and Conditions on your new iPhone.

Step 9. Choose whether to use Siri or not. Whatever you choose, you can always enable or disable Siri easily later on the new iPhone.

Step 10. Choose settings for app analytics and True Tone. Decide whether to share information with Apple.

Step 11. Tap Choose a View, and then choose Standard or Zoomed and tap Next.

Step 12. Tap Get Started to start using your new iPhone.

How to Use Quick Start to Set up A New iPhone

Just as we have mentioned above, if you have another iDevice that’s running iOS 11 or later, then you can try the Quick Start function to set up your new device easily and automatically. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1. Turn on your new iPhone and bring it near your old device. The QuickStart screen will appear on your old device and offers the option of using your Apple ID to set up your new device.

iPhone Quick Start

iPhone Quick Start

Step 2. Make sure that it’s the Apple ID that you want to use, then tap Continue. Wait for an animation to appear on your new device.

Step 3. Hold your old device over the new device, then center the animation in the viewfinder. Wait for a message that says Finish on New [Device Name], and then enter your old device’s passcode on your new device.

Step 4. Follow the instructions to set up Face ID or Touch ID on your new iPhone, then enter your Apple ID password on your new device. If you have multiple iDevices, you need to enter all their passcodes.

Step 5. The new device will give you the choice of restoring apps, data, and settings from your most recent iCloud backup or updating your current device’s backup and then restoring. Just select a backup you prefer.

Step 6. You can also choose whether to transfer some settings related to location, privacy, Apple Pay, and Siri.

3. How to Transfer Data from Android/Old iPhone to New iPhone

Although Quick Start and Move to iOS are convenient enough for iPhone new users, there are some third-party tools are able to offer a better experience on transferring data to iPhone. After activating and setting up a new iPhone, you may also want to move important data from your old phone, especially Android phones, to the new iPhone, as Move to iOS would only transfer part of Android data to iPhone. If you prefer an easy and quick solution, then AnyTrans can help you make it. It supports all iPhone models (iPhone 4 – iPhone 11).

AnyTrans – iPhone Data Transfer

  • No need to use iTunes or iCloud, saving you from many troubles.
  • One-click to transfer data from an Android/iPhone to a new iPhone.
  • Superfast transferring speed, greatly save your time.
  • Unlike iTunes or iCloud, no data loss risk.

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Free Download100% Clean & Safe

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Now, Free Download AnyTrans on your computer firstly, and then follow us to learn how to transfer data from an iPhone or Android phone to your new iPhone.

How to Transfer Data from Old iPhone to New iPhone

Step 1: Download and install AnyTrans on your computer > Open it and connect your iPhones to the computer via USB cables > Choose “Phone Switcher” > Click on “Phone to iPhone” mode.

Transfer Data from Old iPhone to New iPhone

Transfer Data from Old iPhone to New iPhone

Step 2: Select the source device and target device > Click the “Next” button to continue. It supports you to transfer both Android and iPhone data to your new iPhone in one go.

Connect Old iPhone to New iPhone

Connect Old iPhone to New iPhone

Step 3. Here we take iPhone to iPhone as an example. Select the file categories you want to transfer > Click the “Next” button to start moving data from old iPhone to new iPhone.

Move Files from Old iPhone to New iPhone

Move Files from Old iPhone to New iPhone

In addition, you can also go to the category management screen to first preview and then select the data you want to transfer.

Want to get a simpler and quicker method to transfer data from your Android device to the new iPhone? Check this guide which shall solve all your problems on it: How to Transfer Data from Android to iPhone/iPad >

The Bottom Line

That’s all the 3 parts on how to activate and set up a new iPhone, and how to transfer data from old device to new iPhone. As you can see, a good iOS data manager like AnyTrans can help you save more time and effort for you in data transfer from one device to another. Give it a try now and enjoy your easy and simple iOS data management.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.