Kit Guide: Apple iPhone 6 Plus - setting it up

We've written this guide to help you get your new iPhone 6 Plus set up and working the way you want. We'll help you with everything, from inserting the SIM card to transferring your photos from iCloud.

This guide has been written for returning iPhone users, and will help you restore all your content from an iCloud backup.

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1. Box contents

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When you open the box, you'll find these things inside:

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
  • Information pack with SIM removal tool attached
  • Lightning USB cable
  • Mains plug adaptor
  • EarPods
  • SIM removal tool

 

2. Inserting your SIM card

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Before you can start using your phone, you'll need to insert the SIM card. The phone takes a Nano-SIM, which goes into a slot on the side of the phone.

 
 
 
 
1.

Take the SIM removal tool out of the information pack (it's a small metal pin).

2.

Push the thin end into the hole on the right-hand side of the phone until the tray pops out.

3.

Remove the tray and slot the SIM card into it, with the metal contacts facing down.

4.

Slide the tray back into the phone, and push it until it clicks.

3. Completing the Setup Assistant

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Once your SIM card's installed, you're ready to start setting it up. Hold the Power button down (it's the one above the SIM card tray) until the screen lights up. The first screen you'll see is the Setup Assistant, we'll cover each step below and explain anything that might not make sense.

 

Setting it up

 
 
 
 
1.

Press the Home button (it's the one below the screen).

2.

Choose your language.

3.

Pick your country.

4.

Choose the name of your Wi-Fi network. You can skip this and use 'cellular connection' if you want, but it'll use some of your data allowance, so we recommend using Wi-Fi if possible.

 
 
 
 
5.

Enter the password (you'll find it on a sticker on the router) and tap Join. When it's connected, it might take a few minutes to register with Apple.

6.

Enable or disable the 'Location Services' option - this lets the phone accurately pinpoint your location, so it needs to be switched on if you want to use Apple Maps. It also makes Google more accurate to help with local searches.

7.

If it's your first time using an iPhone, tap Set Up as New iPhone. If you're upgrading from an old iPhone, choose Restore from iCloud Backup or iTunes Backup, depending on where you backed up your information. You'll need to agree to the 'T&C's', and the phone will start to download your data, this could take some time, depending on how much it needs to download.

8.

You'll need an Apple ID to be able to use your iPhone, it lets you download content, like music, apps, and games. If you already have one, tap Sign in with your Apple ID. Or tap Create a Free Apple ID to set up a new one.

 
 
 
 
9.

Enter your Birthday, and tap Next.

10.

Type your First Name and Last Name, then tap Next.

11.

You can Use your current email address or Get a free iCloud email address. Pick the one you want and tap Next.

12.

If you're setting up a new email address, type the email address you want to use, and tap Next.

 
 
 
 
13.

Tap Create to finish setting up your new email address.

14.

Choose an 'Apple ID password' by typing it into the Password box, then enter it again in the Verify box to confirm it.

15.

You'll need to set some security questions, these are questions you'll need to answer if you make any changes to your account. Choose a Question, then type your Answer in the box. Tap Next.

16.

You'll need to do the same thing on the next 2 screens. Complete questions '2 of 3' and '3 of 3'. Then tap Next to continue.

 
 
 
 
17.

Enter a Rescue Email, this is an address that can be used if you forget your login details, it'll only be used for security purposes.

18.

Tap the switch if you want to receive 'Email Updates' from Apple.

19.

You'll need to agree to the 'Terms and Conditions', you can read them if you want by tapping each one. Tap Agree to continue.

 
 
 
 
20.

Tap Agree again.

21.

If you want to be able to get to your data, like photos or music, from another Apple device, tap Use iCloud. Or tap Don't Use iCloud to skip this.

22.

If you chose to use iCloud, you'll see some information about 'Find My iPhone', which is automatically switched on. Tap Next to carry on setting up your phone.

23.

You'll need to add a 4 digit 'Passcode', this'll be used to unlock your phone. Type in your Passcode.

 
 
 
 
24.

Type your Passcode again to confirm it.

25.

'iCloud Keychain' keeps any password and credit card information up to date on any of your 'approved devices'. Tap Set Up iCloud Keychain' to use this feature. If you don't want to use it, just tap Set Up Later.

26.

'Siri' is Apple's virtual assistant, and can help with things like dictating notes, checking the weather, or sending messages. To turn it on, tap Use Siri. If you don't want to use it, just tap Don't use Siri.

27.

You can choose whether you want to send 'Diagnostic & Usage' information to Apple if you want, this helps them to improve their services. Tap Automatically Send if you want to send this information, or tap Don't Send if not.

 
 
 
 
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You can also help app developers improve their apps by sharing 'App Analytics'. If you want to do this, tap Share with App Developers, or tap Don't Share to skip this.

29.

'Display Zoom' lets you choose how you'd like the screens to be displayed, tap Choose a View.

30.

You can choose between 'Standard' or 'Zoomed', tapping each will give you an example of how your screen will look. You can swipe left and right to see how different screens look with each option. Tap the one that looks best to you, then tap Next.

 
 
 
 
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When you've chosen a display option, you'll see the 'Welcome to iPhone' screen. Tap Get Started to finish the Setup and go to your Home screen.

4. Connecting to the Internet

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While you probably connected to your home Wi-Fi when you set the phone up, you'll need to connect to other Wi-Fi networks sooner or later. These steps show you how.

 

Connecting the iPhone 6 Plus to Wi-Fi

If you're connecting to a home network, you'll usually find the Wi-Fi name and password on a sticker on the router. For public networks, you might need to ask the network's owner for the details.

 
 
 
 
1.

From the Home screen, go to Settings Wi-Fi.

2.

Choose the name of the network you want to connect to.

3.

Enter the password, and tap Join.

4.

A blue tick will appear next to the name of network when it connects.

Turning mobile data on or off

If Wi-Fi isn't available, it'll connect to the internet using your service provider's mobile network.

If you don't want go over your allowance, here's how to turn mobile data off.

 
 
 
 
1.

Open the settings menu from the Home screen.

2.

Tap Mobile Data (it might say 'Cellular' on some networks).

3.

Press the switch next to 'Mobile Data' (or 'Cellular Data') to turn it on or off.

If you’re having any problems connecting your phone to mobile internet, we have a dedicated guide to help you out here.

 

5. Adding new email accounts

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You can add lots of different email accounts to your iPhone. These steps take you through adding personal, and work accounts.

 
 
 
 
1.

From your Home screen, go to Settings Mail Accounts Add account.

2.

Choose your email provider.

 
 
 
 
3.

Enter your email address, and password, then press Next.

4.

If you're asked to allow access to your email account, tap Allow.

5.

Choose what information you want to sync to your phone and tap Save.

If your account didn't set up properly and you need some more help, we've written a detailed for you guide to email server settings.

 

6. Setting up Touch ID

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We always recommend protecting your phone with a lock screen, and the iPhone 6 Plus supports Touch ID, which lets you to unlock your phone by holding your thumb or finger on the Home button. Here's how to set it up.

 
 
 
 
1.

In the main Settings menu, tap Touch ID & Passcode.

2.

Enter your Passcode.

 
 
 
 
3.

Tap Add a Fingerprint.

4.

Put your finger or thumb on the Home button (but don't press it). Follow the instructions to scan your print.

 
 
 
 
5.

When the scanning is done, tap Continue.

Once you've added a fingerprint, you can tap the switches in the menu to change the functions that you can use Touch ID with. You can add up to 5 fingerprints and rename any of them by tapping its name.

 

Now that your iPhone is set up, you’re ready to start using it. If you’d like speak to someone from Team Knowhow, you can contact us here.

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