iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro: 4 ways to set up your new phone

The iPhone 12 and 12 Professional are two fine-looking units. 

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The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are two stellar telephones. PJDM’s Senior Affiliate Editor, Patrick Holland praised their new flat-edge design, efficiency and photograph high quality, and rightfully so. With the addition of 5G — a primary for any Apple product — in addition to new colours and a brand new MagSafe wireless charging accessory, the iPhone 12 lineup is bound to be a success. 

It is thrilling to get a brand new cellphone, and when that field arrives at your door otherwise you choose it up within the retailer, it is pure to wish to rip by the setup course of with out paying a lot consideration to what’s being requested on the display. Nonetheless, it is price taking an additional minute or two to arrange your new iPhone 12 precisely the best way you need it. 

Apple offers a number of choices so that you can choose from throughout setup, starting from setting the cellphone up as model new — that’s, no settings, messages, apps or accounts are transferred over — to restoring your gadget from an iCloud backup, with just a few choices in between. 

Under I stroll you thru three totally different strategies to revive your cellphone from a latest backup of your present iPhone. In case you’re transferring over from Android, there’s even a software for you. 


You are given fairly just a few totally different choices when organising your new cellphone. 

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Restore your iPhone 12 from an iCloud Backup

The simplest and quickest methodology to arrange your new iPhone 12 is to revive from a latest iCloud backup. As you stroll by the preliminary setup course of, faucet Restore from iCloud Backup, sign up together with your Apple ID after which choose the newest backup of your previous iPhone. 

If the backup is greater than a day or two previous, I counsel (and your new cellphone would possibly truly counsel this as effectively) you’re taking an additional couple of minutes to create a brand new backup. 

Open the Settings app in your previous cellphone, then faucet in your identify on the high of the display. Subsequent choose iCloud > iCloud Backup > Again Up Now

As soon as that finishes, return to your new iPhone and choose the backup you simply created as what you wish to use to revive from. 

Your cellphone will then restore your settings and preferences, and you can begin utilizing it in about 15 minutes whereas it finishes downloading your put in apps. 

As soon as the whole lot is restored, you will must signal again into any accounts you added to your cellphone, in addition to undergo your apps and be sure to’re nonetheless signed in. 


Apple’s knowledge switch software permits you to skip iCloud backups. 

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Use Apple’s direct switch methodology

Through the setup course of, you will be requested if you wish to straight switch apps and data out of your previous iPhone to your new one. This characteristic was first rolled out with iOS 12.4, so if it has been just a few years since you’ve got upgraded telephones, it will be the primary time you’ve got seen the choice. 

The software is simple to make use of. Be sure to have each telephones, ideally plugged in and charging to make sure they do not run out of battery, a Wi-Fi connection and sufficient time for the method to complete. It took some time, in my case, over an hour to switch the whole lot from my iPhone 11 Professional Max to the iPhone 12 Professional. 

The extra data you will have in your cellphone, like photographs in your digicam roll, the longer it is going to take. When the switch begins, the telephones will present you a time estimate. Each time I’ve used this software, that estimate has been correct inside a few minutes. It is price taking the time if you happen to do not use Apple’s iCloud service to again up your cellphone.

Learn by our more thorough walk-through for extra data. 


Earlier than you click on Again up now, be certain to examine the Encryption field. 

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Use a Mac or PC to switch your knowledge to an iPhone 12

The strategy I personally use with each new iPhone is to revive from an encrypted backup utilizing a Mac or PC. Not solely does this course of switch your whole apps, settings and preferences, nevertheless it additionally means you do not have to signal into the numerous apps you will have in your cellphone. 

Earlier than you should use this methodology, you will must create an encrypted backup of your present iPhone. I do know that will sound intimidating or overly sophisticated, nevertheless it solely means you need to examine an additional field and enter a password. 

On a Mac, you will use Finder to again up your previous iPhone. We outlined the steps when Apple killed iTunes final 12 months, simply be certain to examine the Encrypt backup field and enter a password you will bear in mind when prompted. Let your Mac go to work, making a backup file. It can let you realize when it is completed. 

On a PC, you will want to make use of iTunes (it isn’t fully useless) to create a backup. That process is explained here, and, once more, you will want to verify the Encrypt backup field is checked and enter a password. 

To revive your new cellphone, open Finder or iTunes, and join your cellphone to your laptop. Click on Belief when prompted, after which observe the prompts, deciding on the backup you simply created as what you wish to use to revive the cellphone with. You have to to enter the backup’s password earlier than the method begins — so be sure to do not forget it! 

As soon as it is completed, your new cellphone can be an actual copy of your previous cellphone and you will not should spend any time signing into apps or random accounts. 


Apple made an Android app known as Transfer To iOS that makes transferring your messages, photographs, movies and extra from an Android cellphone to an iPhone simple.

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Android consumer? This app is your reply

Apple does not have many Android apps listed in Google’s Play Retailer, however Transfer to iOS is one among them. This free app will join your Android cellphone to a brand new iPhone and assist you to switch crucial data from one cellphone to the opposite. 

Follow along as we walk you through the entire process in addition to cowl some caveats, like the truth that it will not switch any domestically saved music or PDF information. 

Irrespective of the method you used to arrange your new cellphone, you are certain to be giddy with pleasure as you discover what it could do. And since it comes with iOS 14.1 put in out of the field, now we have you coated. From a roundup of all the features we could find, to a number of the lesser-known hidden features, to the ability to completely customize your homescreen — now we have you coated.

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