10 things to do first with iphone X!

Be­fore you even peel the plas­tic off your new iphone X, read this setup guide.

Macworld (USA) - - Contents - BY JA­SON CROSS

So that $1,000+ sticker shock didn’t put you off from buy­ing the phone that Ap­ple calls “the fu­ture,” did it? We don’t blame you—we bought the iphone X, too. I know you want to dive right in the mo­ment you get the box in your hands, but slow your roll! We have a lit­tle setup ad­vice you’re go­ing to want to pay at­ten­tion to. Sure, it seems like a drag right now, but this stuff is go­ing to save you time and frus­tra­tion later.


That’s right, you’ll want to back up your old iphone after you have your new iphone X in hand, so the backup is as up-to-date as possible. 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 iphone 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 new iphone X, then tell itunes you want to re­store from the backup you just made. Or, skip to step 2 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 X, you can re­store your iphone from this backup once you’ve logged in to your new de­vice with your Ap­ple ID.

If you hap­pen to be com­ing from an An­droid phone (hey, wel­come to the gar­den!), there’s a Move from IOS An­droid app ( go.mac­world.com/ioaa) that can as­sist you with set­ting up your Google ac­count data in Mail, Cal­en­dars, and Con­tacts, mov­ing your cam­era roll over, and even trans­fer­ring your Chrome book­marks to Sa­fari.


IOS 11 in­tro­duces a re­ally great new fea­ture called Quick Start. It’s sort of like 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 6-digit pass­code.

You’ll go through the rest of the setup process, like 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 ( go.mac­world.com/upda) for some rea­son, you might want to do that ASAP. You don’t want to have to wait through a big up­date process once you have your iphone X 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 ev­ery time you down­load an app from the App Store, your phone ac­tu­ally grabs a unique ver­sion specif­i­cally op­ti­mized for that iphone model. So your new phone has to down­load the apps again, but your user data and set­tings get trans­ferred over.

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


Yes, you should use Face ID for max­i­mum se­cu­rity—it’s the quick­est way to un­lock your iphone X, and will let you set a more 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. You can read all about it in our Face ID FAQ ( go. mac­world.com/faid).

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. (For more on Ap­ple Pay, check out our guide at go.mac­world.com/appa.)


Great, now you should be on your Home screen 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 11. If you’ve used Quick Setup, most of your apps should be up to date al­ready, so this will be, er, quick.

While you’re there, check out the App Store’s new IOS 11 re­design ( go.mac­world. com/rdsn). You’ll find col­lec­tions of cool apps cu­rated in mag­a­zine-style ar­ti­cles, in­ter­views with up and com­ing app de­vel­op­ers, game trail­ers, and more good­ies over in the To­day sec­tion. This changes daily, so you can come back to­mor­row to see what else is new.

Don’t for­get you can have your apps auto-up­date 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.


If you use an Ap­ple Watch (or maybe you just bought a brand-new Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 3 [ go.mac­world.com/aw53] 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, then en­ter your icloud pass­word when prompted), or on the watch it­self

(Set­tings → Gen­eral → Re­set).

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

If your Ap­ple Watch isn’t al­ready run­ning watchos 4, you’ll want to up­date it. Read more about watchos 4 here ( go. mac­world.com/wos4). 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 Ap­ple Watch app. Up­grade your watch all the way to watchos 4.1 ( go.mac­world.com/ wo41), which adds awe­some new mu­sic fea­tures for Se­ries 3 watches and im­por­tant se­cu­rity up­dates for ev­ery­one.


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

So how do you do all that stuff you used to use the Home but­ton for? How does the app switch­ing work? Or tak­ing a screen­shot?

Here are a few ba­sic com­mands you’ll need to re­learn 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, you do it a lit­tle dif­fer­ently. On other iphones, you swipe up on the app card. On the iphone X, you press and hold on the cards un­til red mi­nus (–) sym­bols ap­pear in the cor­ners. Tap those to close the apps.

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

There are a lot of other com­mands and ges­tures to learn, and you’re in luck be­cause we have a guide for that at go.mac­world.com/cmnd!


The iphone 8 and X sup­port a brand-new cam­era tech­nol­ogy called Por­trait Light­ing. It’s in beta, but you can still give it a shot (get it?). Just launch the Cam­era app and se­lect Por­trait from your cam­era modes at the bot­tom of the screen, and then swipe through the dif­fer­ent light­ing op­tions at the bot­tom.

On the iphone 8, por­trait mode (in­clud­ing Por­trait Light­ing) is only avail­able on the back cam­eras. But on the iphone X, the front-fac­ing selfie cam­era can use it, too!

The iphone X has most of the same cam­era im­prove­ments as the iphone 8 Plus—bet­ter low-light per­for­mance, more ac­cu­rate color, and up to 4K 60fps video. But the iphone X has op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­liza­tion (OIS) on both the reg­u­lar and the tele­photo rear cam­eras.


Con­trol Cen­ter is one of the big­gest changes in IOS 11. In­stead of spread­ing

your util­i­ties out over three slid­ing pages, Ap­ple con­densed them into one screen with a uni­form-look­ing set of icons. On the iphone X, you ac­cess Con­trol Cen­ter by swip­ing down from the top of the screen, to the right of the sen­sor notch. Ap­ple’s de­fault Con­trol Cen­ter util­i­ties in­clude your cam­era, flash­light, cal­cu­la­tor, and alarm clock; you’ll also find two slid­ing con­trols for your vol­ume and screen bright­ness, plus tog­gles for ro­ta­tion screen lock, Do Not Dis­turb, screen mir­ror­ing, and all of your wire­less con­trols (like Blue­tooth, Wi-fi, and Air­plane Mode). This is also where you’ll find your iphone X’s re­main­ing bat­tery life per­cent­age, since it can’t fit on the screen any­more (thanks, Face ID notch).

One of the best parts about IOS 10’s Con­trol Cen­ter was the full page of con­trols just for au­dio play­back, like when you’re lis­ten­ing to a pod­cast or stream­ing from Ap­ple Mu­sic. In IOS 11, your au­dio con­trols are con­densed into a small box fea­tur­ing just a play/pause but­ton and some skip con­trols. How­ever, if you 3D Touch on the au­dio con­trol box, it will ex­pand and re­veal a full suite of op­tions for bet­ter con­trol.

In fact, sev­eral of your Con­trol Cen­ter util­i­ties have hid­den 3D Touch fea­tures—

just long-press on any con­trol to ex­pand it. A light tap will turn that fea­ture on or off, but a longer 3D Touch ges­ture will ex­pand it some more.

There are a boat­load of other fea­tures you can add to your Con­trol Cen­ter panel, too—head on over to Set­tings → Con­trol Cen­ter → Cus­tom­ize Con­trols, and add any fea­ture that seems in­ter­est­ing. Look­ing for some­thing new? Check out Do Not Dis­turb While Driv­ing, a fea­ture that au­to­mat­i­cally en­ables Do Not Dis­turb once your iphone de­tects that you’re in a mov­ing ve­hi­cle, and Screen Record­ing, which lets you record what’s on your iphone’s screen and then share it.

For more on what Con­trol Cen­ter can do, check out our deep dive ( go.mac­world.com/hccw).


There’s a rea­son your new iphone X 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 (Ap­ple sells two—one from Belkin [ go.mac­world.com/blkn] and one from Mo­phie [ go.mac­world.com/mphi]— but we’ve tried oth­ers that work fine too). If you have one of those, 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 X via Light­ning if you want to. In fact, this is still the fastest way to charge your phone, pro­vided you use the right adapter and ca­ble.

The iphone 8 and X sup­port fast charg­ing us­ing the USB-C Power De­liv­ery (USB-PD) stan­dard. You can use Ap­ple’s own 29W USB-C power adapter, or the USB-C power adapter for a mod­ern Mac­book Pro. But third-party USB-C power adapters should work as well, as long as they sup­port the USB-PD stan­dard. You’ll need to buy a light­ningTO-USB-C ca­ble and a new adapter, be­cause you’ll only find that same old slow 5W adapter and a USB-A light­ning ca­ble in­side your iphone X box.


I know it’s silly, but the best way to brag about your new Fu­ture Phone is to send some­one an imes­sage that shows the Poo Emoji per­fectly lip-synced and fol­low­ing your fa­cial ex­pres­sions as you sing “Bo­hemian Rhap­sody.” They will be so jeal­ous.

An­i­moji are found in Mes­sages, as an imes­sage app at the bot­tom of the screen. ■

IOS 11’s Con­trol Cen­ter is cus­tom­iz­a­ble (the de­fault con­fig­u­ra­tion is at far right). In­di­vid­ual items can be ex­panded to re­veal ad­di­tional con­trols.

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

This is the new App Store on an ipad. Fancy! You get these nice editorial app pack­ages on the iphone, too.

Quick Start makes set­ting up a new iphone fast and easy.

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