Kit Guide: Apple iPhone 6s Plus setup - how to restore from an iCloud or iTunes backup

This guide will help you to get your phone set up, and show you how to restore your data from an iCloud backup.

Apple iPhone 6S Plus user manual

This is the official user manual for the Apple iPhone 6S Plus

Download it here

1. Box contents

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Here's what you'll find in the box:

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

 

2. Inserting your SIM

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Your iPhone 6s Plus uses a NanoSIM, which goes onto a SIM tray in the side of the phone.

 
 
 
 
1.

Push the SIM removal tool into the pinhole on the right-hand edge of the phone, until the tray starts to pop out.

2.

Pull the tray out the rest of the way.

3.

Put the NanoSIM onto the tray, with the metal contacts facing down, and the cut-off corner facing outwards.

4.

Push the tray back into the phone.

With the SIM in, press and hold the power button on the right-hand edge for 2-3 seconds until the Apple logo appears, and you can start setting up the phone.

 

3. Completing the iPhone 6s Plus Setup Wizard

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When you turn your phone on for the first time, it'll show the 'Setup Wizard', which is a series of steps that'll help you get your phone ready to use.

Setting it up

 
 
 
 
1.

Swipe across the screen to get started.

 

2.

Tap your language.

 

3.

Tap your country or region.

 

4.

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

 

 
 
 
 
5.

Type the password for your Wi-Fi, and tap Next.

6.

Your iPhone will activate with Apple.

7.

To use 'Location Services', which helps apps like Maps and weather find your location, tap Enable Location Services. If you don't want to use them, tap Disable Location Services.

8.

To set up 'Touch ID', the fingerprint reader, put your finger on the Home button. If you don't want to set it up, tap Set Up Touch ID Later.

 
 
 
 
9.

If you're setting up Touch ID, put your finger on the Home button, then lift it off. Repeat this a few times until your phone has a full scan of your fingerprint. When it has, tap Continue.

10.

To add a passcode to your phone, so that your photos, messages and other data is kept safe, type in a code. The default passcode type is a 6-digit code - to change it, tap Passcode Options, and then choose a different type of code:

  • Custom Alphanumeric Code
  • Custom Numeric Code
  • 4-Digit Numeric Code
11.

Type in and confirm your code.

The next step asks you how you want to set up the rest of the phone. This guide is for people who have used an iPhone before, and want to transfer their data from their old one.

Restoring from an iTunes backup

To restore from a backup you made with iTunes, you'll need to have your computer with you, and it'll need to have the latest version of iTunes on it. You can download iTunes from the Apple website here. Once it's up to date, open it up.

Tap Restore from iTunes Backup on your phone, and then connect it to your computer. In iTunes you can choose the backup you want to restore. Let this go through, and once it's finished, you can start using your phone.

Restore from iCloud Backup

 
 
 
 
1.

Tap Restore from iCloud Backup.

2.

Type your iCloud email address and password and press Next.

3.

Check through the restore info, and then press Continue.

4.

You'll have to agree to the iCloud Terms and Conditions - tap Agree.

 
 
 
 
5.

Tap Agree again.

 

6.

Tap the backup you want to restore.

 

7.

Your iPhone will start downloading your data.

 

8.

When it's finished, tap Continue.

 

 
 
 
 
9.

Type your iCloud password, and press Next.

10.

You might be asked to update your iCloud security info - fill it in if you are.

11.

Tap Next on the 'Apple Pay' screen.

12.

To set up Apple Pay, which lets you pay for things using your phone, put your bank card onto a flat surface and then use the camera to scan it. If you don't want to use it, tap Set Up Later in Wallet.

 
 
 
 
13.

To use 'iCloud Keychain', which can save your passwords for you, tap Continue. If you've used it before on an iPhone, it'll say Use iCloud Security Code - tap it to set it up. If you don't want to use it, tap Don't use iCloud Keychain or Don't Restore passwords.

14.

If you're using an iCloud Security Code, you'll get sent a text verification code, which your phone should pick up automatically.

15.

To use Siri, Apple's voice assistant, tap Set Up Siri, or tap Set Up Siri Later if you don't want to set it up now.

 
 
 
 
16.

If you're turning it on, speak the phrases given onscreen, so your phone can learn your voice.

17.

Once Siri is ready, tap Continue.

18.

Tap Get Started.

The Setup Wizard is finished, and you'll be looking at 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: always takes you back to the Home screen.
  • Press and hold: this 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 it 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 it in the top left corner. It will take you back to the previous screen in that app.

 

4. Connecting to the Internet

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To do things like downloading apps or games, getting email or going on websites, you'll need to have an internet connection. You can connect using Wi-Fi or mobile data, and we'll show how to check both of these.

Connecting the iPhone 6s Plus to a Wi-Fi network

 
 
 
 
1.

Open Settings from the Home screen.

2.

Tap on Wi-Fi, and check it's turned on using the switch at the top.

3.

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

4.

Type the Wi-Fi password - if you're aren't sure what it is, it's normally on your router.

If it works, you'll see a tick next to your Wi-Fi, and you'll get the Wi-Fi signal bars in the top-left corner.

 

Turning mobile data on or off

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to Mobile Data or Cellular Data.
  3. Turn the switch on for Mobile Data or Cellular Data.

If you're having any problems connecting to mobile data, we have dedicated guides for each network that show you how to manually set it up here.

5. Setting up new email accounts

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Your phone can work with most types of email accounts, and will set up automatically.

 
 
 
 
1.

Open Settings.

2.

Scroll down and tap Mail, then Accounts.

3.

Tap Add Account.

4.

Tap the type of account you want to set up. If you've got a Google, Outlook.com or Yahoo! email address, tap the button for it. For other personal accounts, tap Other, or for work and school accounts, tap Exchange.

 
 
 
 
5.

Type in your email address and password, and press Sign in or Next.

6.

You might be asked to allow the phone to connect with the email account - tap Allow.

7.

Choose what services you want to use - Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders or Notes. Turn the switches on for the ones you want to use.

8.

Tap Save.

Your email account is set up, and you can get to your email by opening the Mail app from the Home screen.

If your account didn't set up, you might need to type in the settings for it. If you're note sure what these are, read our guide to email server settings for everything you'll need.

 

6. Setting up a lock screen

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Setting up the lock screen on your phone can help keep your photos, messages and other data safe. There are a few different options for the lock screen, and we'll go through them below.

Setting a passcode

 
 
 
 
1.

Open Settings.

2.

Scroll down, and tap Touch ID & Passcode.

3.

Tap Turn Passcode On.

4.

The default passcode type is a 6-digit code - tap Passcode Options to see the other types:

  • Custom Alphanumeric Code: can be made up of numbers and letters.
  • Custom Numeric Code: a numeric code, that can be any length.
  • 4-Digit Numeric Code: a numeric code that's four digits in length.
 
 
 
 
5.

Type in your code.

6.

Type it again to confirm it.

To change how quickly you want to phone to lock, tap Require Passcode, and choose a time.

 

Setting up Touch ID

Touch ID is Apple's fingerprint recognition - with it set up, you can use your fingerprint to unlock your phone, pay for things in apps, or use your phone to pay for things in shops. You'll need to have set up a passcode (above) before you can set up Touch ID.

 
 
 
 
1.

Open Settings, then go to Touch ID and Passcode.

2.

Type in your passcode.

3.

Tap Add a Fingerprint.

4.

Put your finger on the Home button, and lift it you you feel a vibration. Repeat this a few times until your phone has a full scan of your fingerprint.

 
 
 
 
5.

Tap Continue when it's fully scanned.

You can tap a fingerprint to change its name, or delete it.

 

Your phone is set up, and you can start using it. If you'd like any extra help, and want to speak to one of our Team Knowhow Experts, you can contact us here.

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