Kit Guide: Apple iPhone 5s - setting it up

This guide will take you through setting up your iPhone, and help you to restore your data from an iCloud backup.

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1. Box contents

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  • Apple iPhone 5s
  • Lightning to USB cable
  • Mains plug adapter
  • EarPods
  • Information pack, with SIM tool

 

2. Inserting your SIM & memory cards

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The iPhone 5s uses a NanoSIM card, which goes on to a SIM tray in the side of the phone.

 
 
 
 
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Push the SIM tool into the pinhole on the right-hand side of the phone, until the SIM tray pops out.

 

2.

Pull the tray out the rest of the way.

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Put the NanoSIM onto the tray, with the metal contacts facing down.

 

4.

Push the SIM tray back into the phone.

 

5.

Press and hold the power button on the top of the phone for 2-3 seconds to turn it on, and start setting it up.

3. Completing the iPhone 5s Setup Wizard

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The first time you turn the phone on, it will show the 'Setup Wizard'. This is a series of steps that will help you get the phone set up and ready to use.

 

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Swipe across the screen to start.

 

2.

Tap the language you want to use.

 

3.

Tap the Country or Region you're in.

 

4.

Tap the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to, or if you don't have Wi-Fi, tap Use Mobile Connection.

 

 
 
 
 
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Type in the Wi-Fi password, and press Join.

 

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If that's worked, your phone will try to active with Apple - give it a moment.

 

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You'll be shown the 'Location Services' page. These are used for apps like maps and weather. Tap Enable Location Services, or tap Disable Location Services.

 

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To set up 'Touch ID', the fingerprint sensor, place your finger on the Home button to start it scanning your print. To skip, tap Set Up Touch ID Later.

 

 
 
 
 
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To complete the Touch ID Setup, put your finger on the Home button, then lift it. Repeat this a few times until your phone has a full scan of your fingerprint, then tap Continue.

 

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You'll be given the option to add a passcode, which will help protect your photos, messages and other. If you don't want to add one, tap Don't Add Passcode (if you've set up Touch ID, you'll have to add a passcode).

 

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The default option is a six digit passcode. Tap Passcode Options to see the other options available.

  • Custom Alphanumeric Code: this can be a combination of numbers and letters
  • Custom Numeric Code: this is code of numbers, but can be any length
  • 4-Digit Numeric Code: this is a code of numbers, 4 digits in length
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Type in your code, then type it again.

 

 

You'll be given options for Apps & Data. There are three options to choose from - this guide is about Restoring data from an iTunes or iCloud backup.

Restoring from an iTunes backup

To restore from an iTunes backup, you'll need to have the computer with you, and have the latest version of iTunes installed on it. Tap Restore from iTunes Backup on your phone, and then connect it to your computer. Follow the steps given on your computer to restore the backup.

 

Restoring from an iCloud backup

 
 
 
 
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Tap Restore from iCloud Backup.

 

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Type your Apple ID and password in, then tap Next.

 

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You'll have to agree to the Terms and Conditions to continue - read through them - then tap Agree. Tap Agree once more on the pop-up.

 

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Let your iPhone connect to iCloud.

 

 
 
 
 
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Tap the backup you want to restore to your phone.

 

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You'll be shown a progress bar and an estimated time for this to complete.

 

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Your phone will automatically restart when it's done. Tap Continue.

 

 
 
 
 
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To finish setting up iCloud, type in the password for your account, and tap Next.

 

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You might be asked to update the security options on your Apple ID - tap them to edit them or tap Not now, then tap Next.

 

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To use 'iCloud Keychain', which can save all your passwords for you, tap Continue. If you've used this on a previous iPhone, tap Use iCloud Security Code. If you don't want to use this, tap Don't Use iCloud Keychain or Don't Restore Passwords.

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If you're entering a security code, type it in.

 
 
 
 
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You'll be sent a verification code in a text message, which your phone should pick up automatically.

 

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To use 'Siri', your phone's digital voice assistant, tap Set Up Siri. If you don't want to use Siri, tap Turn On Siri Later.

 

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If you're using Siri, you'll be asked to turn on 'Hey Siri'. With this on, your phone will always be listening - ready to do tasks. If you don't want this, tap Set Up "Hey Siri" Later. If you want to use this, say the words on screen so that Siri can learn your voice.

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Tap Continue to finish setting up Siri.

 
 
 
 
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The Setup Wizard is finished. Tap Get Started to go to the Home screen.

 

Navigation buttons

 

Your iPhone has some buttons that help you get around the phone:

'Home button': this will do different things, depending on how it's pressed.

  • Press once: pressing the Home button once will take you back to the Home screen.
  • Press and hold: holding the Home button in will open Siri.
  • Double press: opens the 'task switcher', which shows you apps you've had open recently, and lets you swap between them. If you do this while the phone is locked, it will open up Apple Pay, so you can pay for things using your phone.
  • Placing your finger: Activates Touch ID, letting you unlock the phone, apps or settings using your fingerprint.

'Back button': most apps will show this in the top-left corner. This'll take you back to the last screen in that app.

 

4. Connecting to the Internet

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Downloading apps, or browsing websites, needs an internet connection. You can connect to to the internet using Wi-Fi or mobile data, and we'll go through how to check both of these below.

 

Connecting the iPhone 5s to a Wi-Fi network

 
 
 
 
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From the Home screen, tap Settings.

 

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Tap Wi-Fi, and check that the switch at the top is turned on.

 

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Tap on the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to.

 

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Type the password in for the Wi-Fi. If you're not sure what it is, it can usually be found on your router.

 

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If it works, you should get a 'tick' symbol next to the Wi-Fi network.

 

Turning mobile data on or off

 

Your iPhone will always try and use Wi-Fi instead of mobile data, so you'll need to turn this off first.

Go to Settings Wi-Fi > Turn switch off


With Wi-Fi off, check at the top of your screen for a '4G' or '3G' symbol, which indicate a mobile data connection. You might see '2G' or 'E' if you're signal isn't that good. If you can't see any mobile data indicators, follow the steps below to check that mobile data is turned on.

 
 
 
 
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Open Settings.

 

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Tap on Mobile data or Cellular Data.

 

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Check that the switch for 'Mobile Data' or 'Cellular Data' is turned on - tap it if it's not.

 

Check again for a mobile data indicator at the top. If you're still not getting any connection, you might need to set up the 'APN settings'. These are needed by the phone to connect to mobile data, and we've written guides explaining how to set these up for each network here.

 

5. Setting up new email accounts

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Your iPhone can work with personal and work accounts. You can add more than one account, and we'll go through setting these up.

 
 
 
 
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From the Home screen, tap Settings.

 

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Scroll down, and tap Mail.

 

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Tap Accounts, then tap Add account.

 

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Choose the type of account you want to add. Some popular services like Google, Yahoo! and Outlook.com are listed - tap the button if you have one of these accounts. For other personal accounts, tap Other at the bottom. For work or school email accounts, tap Exchange.

 

 
 
 
 
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Type in your email address and password, and tap Next.

 

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You you'll be given the available account services, with switches to turn on the ones you want to use - Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Notes or Reminders. Turn on the services you want, then tap Save.

 

Your account is now added, and you can see your emails by opening the Mail app from the Home screen.

If you have any problems adding your account, you might need to type in the settings manually. If you're not sure what these are, we've written a guide to email server settings available here.

 

6. Setting up a lock screen

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Adding a lock screen will help keep your messages, contacts, photos and other data safe. Your iPhone has a few different options for the lock screen, and we'll go through them below.

 

Setting up a passcode

 
 
 
 
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From the Home screen, tap Settings.

 

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Scroll down, and tap Touch ID & Passcode.

 

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Tap Turn Passcode On, and your phone will ask you for a code. You can change the type of code by tapping Passcode Options, which will give you the choice of:

  • Custom Alphanumeric Code: this can be a combination of numbers and letters
  • Custom Numeric Code: this is code of numbers, and can be any length
  • 4-Digit Numeric Code: this is a code of numbers - 4 digits in length
  • 6-Digit Numeric Code: this is a code of numbers - 6 digits in length
 
 
 
 
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Type your code in.

 

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Type it again to confirm it.

 

Your code is set up. You can change some of the other options such as Require Passcode (which sets how quickly the phone will lock) and also what items you want to show on the lock screen.

 

Setting up Touch ID

'Touch ID' is the fingerprint recognition on your iPhone. You can use it to unlock your phone, make payments using your phone, and for some apps (like banking apps) to authenticate you. You'll need to have set up a passcode first, before you can set up Touch ID.

 
 
 
 
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Open Settings, scroll down, and tap Touch ID & Passcode.

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Type in your passcode.

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Tap Add Fingerprint, and then place your finger on the Home button.

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To add your fingerprint, place your finger or thumb on the Home button - but don't press it. Lift and replace your finger as prompted. When your print is fully scanned, you will see a Complete screen. Tap Continue.

 
 
 
 
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As you add fingerprints, you can change the names or delete prints from the phone by tapping on the name and then editing or deleting as required.

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When you've changed the name of a print, tap Done on the keyboard to save the new name.

With a fingerprint setup, you can change some of the Touch ID options:

 

1.

You can use the switches to turn on Touch ID for payments.

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Tap a fingerprint to change its name or remove it.

 

3.

Add up to five different fingerprints.

Your phone is now set up, and ready for you to start using it. If you want some help from a Team Knowhow Expert, get in touch with us here.

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