10 things to do with your new iPhone

Be­fore you even peel the plas­tic off your new iPhone XS or XS Max, read Ja­son Cross’s setup guide

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So that £1,000-plus sticker shock didn’t put you off from up­grad­ing to the poorly-named iPhone XS or even-worse-named iPhone XS Max. I don’t blame you – I bought the one, too.

I know you want to dive right in the mo­ment you get the box in your hands, but take a beat and do a lit­tle prep first. We have a lit­tle setup ad­vice you’re go­ing to want to pay at­ten­tion to. Sure, it seems like an

un­nec­es­sary drag, but this stuff is go­ing to re­ally save you a lot of time and frus­tra­tion later.

1. Back up and re­store

That’s right, you’re go­ing to want to back up your old iPhone af­ter you have your new iPhone XS in hand, so the backup is as up to date as it can pos­si­bly be. You can back up via iCloud or iTunes:

For an iTunes backup: Con­nect your old iPhone to your Mac, launch iTunes, se­lect your iPhone by click­ing the lit­tle phone icon in the tool­bar, and un­der Back­ups, choose This Com­puter. Check­ing En­crypt lo­cal backup is a good idea, so your ac­count pass­words and Health data gets backed up too – just choose a pass­word you won’t for­get. Click the but­ton to Back up now.

When the backup is done, con­nect your XS, then tell iTunes you want to re­store from the backup you just made. Or, skip to Step 2 op­po­site and use Quick Start. Later, you can switch back to iCloud back­ups if you pre­fer, in Set­tings > iCloud > Backup. But it never hurts to run a backup on your own Mac ev­ery now and then.

For an iCloud backup: No need to con­nect your iPhone to your Mac. Just launch Set­tings and tap on your Ap­ple ID pro­file list­ing at the top, then go to iCloud > iCloud Backup and se­lect Back up now. When set­ting up your new iPhone XS, you can re­store your iPhone from this backup once you’ve logged into your new de­vice with your Ap­ple ID.

If you hap­pen to be com­ing from an An­droid phone (hey, wel­come to the gar­den), there’s an An­droid Move

to iOS app that can as­sist you with get­ting all of your Google ac­count data in Mail, Cal­en­dars, and Con­tacts, mov­ing your cam­era roll over, even trans­fer­ring your Chrome book­marks to Sa­fari.

2. Up­date your old iPhone, then use Quick Start

iOS 11 in­tro­duced a re­ally great new fea­ture called Quick Start. It’s prac­ti­cally magic. You just hold your new phone next to your old phone, and a lit­tle card pops up ask­ing if you want to trans­fer all your stuff to the new de­vice. You’ll then point your old phone’s cam­era at your new phone (which dis­plays a cloud of lit­tle dots) and en­ter your old phone’s six-digit pass­code.

You’ll go through the rest of the setup process, such as en­abling Face ID, and then your phone will be ready to go, set up just like your old iPhone. It’ll even prompt you to up­date your old iPhone’s backup if it hasn’t been backed up in awhile.

Set­ting up your phone this way trans­fers over most of your set­tings, the ar­range­ment

of your home screen, and more. It’s a huge time saver. But it re­quires iOS 11, so if you haven’t up­dated your old phone to iOS 11 (or iOS 12) for some rea­son, you might want to up­date right away. You don’t want to have to wait through a big up­date process once you have your iPhone XS in hand.

Af­ter set­ting up your phone this way, you’ll want to give it a few min­utes to re-down­load all your apps. Ini­tially, your phone will show place­hold­ers for your apps, all ar­ranged and stuffed into fold­ers ex­actly as on your old iPhone. But your new phone has to ac­tu­ally re-down­load apps, be­cause ev­ery time you down­load an app from the App Store, your phone ac­tu­ally grabs a unique ver­sion specif­i­cally op­ti­mized for that iPhone model. But your user data and set­tings get trans­ferred over, and that’s the im­por­tant part.

As fast and easy as this is, we still rec­om­mend back­ing up your phone as de­scribed in Step 1 above. If any­thing goes re­ally wrong dur­ing your setup process, you’ll be glad you did.

3. Set up Face ID and Ap­ple Pay

Yes, you should use Face ID for max­i­mum se­cu­rity – it’s the quick­est way to un­lock your XS, and will make it less painful to use a com­pli­cated pass­code, since you don’t have to type it in ev­ery time. Set­ting up Face ID is much faster than Touch ID, too – the setup screen will prompt you and ask you to slowly look around in a cir­cle a cou­ple times. It’s a lot quicker than tap­ping the home but­ton dozens of times to reg­is­ter a fin­ger­print.

Wor­ried about your pri­vacy with Face ID? Don’t be. No pho­tos of your face nor any other bio­met­ric data

ever leave your phone – Ap­ple doesn’t get any of that. And it isn’t ac­ces­si­ble by other apps, just as other apps weren’t able to ac­cess your fin­ger­prints with Touch ID.

Since you need to have Face ID en­abled in or­der to use Ap­ple Pay, this would be a good time to jump into Ap­ple’s Wal­let app to set that up. If you’re new to Ap­ple Pay, just fol­low the in­struc­tions within Wal­let to add a credit card or two. If you al­ready had Ap­ple Pay on your old iPhone, you’ll no­tice that your credit cards have dis­ap­peared on your new iPhone. Why? For your se­cu­rity, of course. Your Wal­let his­tory will still be there, but you’ll have to re-en­ter any pay­ment cards you’d like to use with Ap­ple Pay.

4. Up­date your apps

Great, now you should be on your home screen on your new iPhone, at last. Hit up the App Store first – you’ll

want the lat­est ver­sions of all of your apps in or­der to take ad­van­tage of all the new abil­i­ties Ap­ple has given de­vel­op­ers in iOS 12. If you used Quick Setup, most of your apps should be up to date al­ready, so this will be, er, quick. Don’t for­get you can have your apps autoup­date by flip­ping the Up­dates switch in Set­tings > iTunes & App Stores. Or, you can man­u­ally up­date your apps and just check out the ‘What’s New’ re­lease notes to see what changed.

5. Pair your Ap­ple Watch

If you use an Ap­ple Watch (or maybe you just bought a brand new Series 4 to go with your fu­ture-phone) you’ll need to pair it to your new iPhone to keep the Ac­tiv­ity data flow­ing to your Health data­base, and keep your new phone’s no­ti­fi­ca­tions flow­ing to your watch. First you have to un­pair your watch from your old iPhone, ei­ther in the Ap­ple Watch app on your old iPhone (tap

your watch, then the ‘i’ icon, then Un­pair Ap­ple Watch, en­ter your iCloud pass­word when prompted), or on the watch it­self (Set­tings > Gen­eral > Re­set).

Then, launch the Ap­ple Watch app on your new iPhone XS, which will walk you through the pair­ing process in­clud­ing set­ting a pass­code, un­lock­ing be­hav­iour, and Ap­ple Pay.

If your Ap­ple Watch isn’t al­ready run­ning watchOS 5, you’ll want to up­date it. To up­grade, your Ap­ple Watch needs to be con­nected to its charger, in range of your iPhone, and at least 50 per­cent charged. Then look for the Soft­ware Up­date op­tion in the Watch app. Up­dat­ing your Ap­ple Watch can be a slow process, so it’s a good idea to get started early.

6. Learn the new ges­tures and com­mands

As you may have no­ticed, your iPhone XS has no home but­ton. Where the Home but­ton used to be, you now have an ex­tra half-inch or so of glo­ri­ous OLED dis­play.

If you’re com­ing from an iPhone X, it will, of course, be to­tally fa­mil­iar. But if you’re up­grad­ing from an older iPhone, you’ve got some new ges­tures to learn.

Here are a few ba­sic com­mands you’ll need to re-learn now that your iPhone is ‘home free’.

Re­turn Home: Just swipe up from the bot­tom of the screen. Easy.

Jump be­tween apps: Swipe left or right along the bot­tom edge of the phone to jump back and forth be­tween apps. You can sort of ‘flick’ from the bot­tom cor­ners, mov­ing your fin­ger up and over, to ‘bounce’

be­tween the apps, or just slide di­rectly side-to-side along the bot­tom edge.

App switcher: Swipe up from the bot­tom edge and pause for a sec­ond with your fin­ger still on the dis­play. App cards will quickly pop up, and you can lift your fin­ger off and swipe around through them.

Close an app: If you need to kill an app from the app switcher, sim­ply swipe up on it. On iOS 11, the iPhone X had an an­noy­ing press-and-hold ges­ture to do this, but Ap­ple sim­pli­fied it to a ba­sic swipe-up move in iOS 12.

Take a screen­shot: Sim­ply press the side but­ton and the vol­ume up but­ton at the same time.

There are lots of other new com­mands and ges­tures to learn.

7. Try out Por­trait Light­ing

If you’re up­grad­ing from a Plus­model iPhone, you al­ready know about Por­trait Mode in the cam­era app. But only the iPhone 8 Plus and X had Por­trait Light­ing, which

of course con­tin­ues to be avail­able on the iPhone XS. Just launch the Cam­era app and se­lect Por­trait from the cam­era modes at the bot­tom of the screen, and then swipe through the dif­fer­ent light­ing op­tions. The iPhone X in­tro­duced Por­trait Mode on the front-fac­ing cam­era, so un­less you’re up­grad­ing from that, it will be a new fea­ture for you on the iPhone XS.

8. Charge it up, quick.

There’s a rea­son your new iPhone XS has that shiny glass back, and that’s not be­cause it’s a throw­back to the iPhone 4. No, that glass back is for wire­less charg­ing sup­port. To use this fea­ture, you’ll need a com­pat­i­ble wire­less charg­ing pad that uti­lizes the Qi stan­dard (we’ve tested a bunch, and here are some of our favourites). If you have one of those lay­ing around, all you have to do is set your iPhone onto the pad and watch it start to power up. Say good­bye to the jum­ble of Light­ning cables on your bed­side ta­ble.

Of course, you can charge your iPhone XS via Light­ning if you want to. In fact, this is still the fastest way to charge your phone, pro­vided you use the right adap­tor and cable.

The XS sup­ports fast charg­ing us­ing the USB-C Power De­liv­ery (USB-PD) stan­dard. You can use Ap­ple’s own 29W USB-C power adap­tor, or the USB-C power adap­tor for a mod­ern MacBook Pro. But third-party USB-C power adap­tors should work as well, as long as they sup­port the USB-PD stan­dard. We tested all the of­fi­cial Ap­ple power adap­tors along with some third-party choices, and found that the 12W iPad adap­tor is the sweet spot be­tween price and per­for­mance.

9. Send An­i­moji to your friends

I know it’s silly, but the best way to brag about your new iPhone is to send some­one an iMes­sage that shows the Poo Emoji per­fectly lip-synced and fol­low­ing your fa­cial ex­pres­sions as you sing Bo­hemi­anRhap­sody. They will be so jeal­ous. An­i­moji are found in Mes­sages, as an iMes­sage app at the bot­tom of the screen.

10. Make your Me­moji

An­i­moji are cool, but iOS 12 takes them to the next level with Me­moji. If you’re up­grad­ing from an iPhone X, you may have al­ready up­graded to iOS 12 and cre­ated a Me­moji. If the iPhone XS is your first iPhone with a the TrueDepth front cam­era sys­tem, it’s your first op­por­tu­nity to build your car­toon avatar.

Quick Start makes set­ting up a new iPhone fast and easy

Set­ting up Face ID is a lot faster than Touch ID.

You’ll need to pair your Ap­ple Watch with your new iPhone to keep the Ac­tiv­ity data flow­ing to your Health data­base

Por­trait Light­ing will take your iPhone X por­trait shots to the next level. Hello Kitty agrees

If the iPhone XS is your first TrueDepth cam­er­aen­abled iPhone, it’s time to make your Me­moji

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