What’s that in your pocket? If it’s a brand new iPhone, we have some tips for getting started. Whether it’s downloading new apps or customizing features, this guide will help you hit the ground running with your new device.
Secure your device
Securing your phone is the first thing you should do when setting up. In fact, when you boot your iPhone for the first time, you’ll be encouraged by Apple to use Touch ID or Face ID in addition to a six-digit PIN. (Tip: Don’t make your PIN 111111 or something that can easily be guessed.)
Don’t hesitate to do this or put it off. In addition to making it difficult for thieves to snoop on your phone, setting up security will deter people from taking your device in the first place. If anything, securing your phone will give you peace of mind.
One more thing: Once your biometric and PIN security is on lock, turn on the Erase Data feature, which will erase all data on your iPhone after ten failed passcode attempts. Which is a nice segue for our next tip…
Find My iPhone
We’ve all misplaced our device at one point or another. Luckily, services like Find My iPhone exist. Apple includes the app on every iPhone out of the box, so you have no excuse to use it. Simply sign in and the service will show you the last known location of your device on a 3D map.
If, say, you believe your phone has truly been lost, Find My iPhone provides users with a few different options. You can play a sound to more easily track the device down, turn on Lost Mode, which will love your phone and display a custom message, or completely erase the device to protect your sensitive information.
Find My iPhone won’t be something you rely on every day, but it’ll be there when it counts. It could be the difference between finding your lost or stolen phone and buying a new one.
Download new apps
Whether you’re looking for an alternative browser, more advanced email app, or simply want a camera experience that give you greater control, the iOS App Store is filled with a lot of great apps. We have some recommendations on what to get. If I had to choose just one, it would be Things 3, which I find indispensable for getting things done.
Customize Control Center
Control Center is a helpful pane that gives users quick access to important settings, like airplane mode, portrait lock, and screen brightness. Out of the box it includes a handful of shortcuts, but it becomes even more powerful once you customize it to your liking.
By heading to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls, you can easily add or delete shortcuts to things like Wallet, low power mode, Notes, screen recording, and more. Once you customize Control Center, it’ll become an integral part of your daily experience.
Control Location Settings
Most apps today ask for basic permissions, including your location. Developers give users three options: Never, While Using, or Always. Depending on how much you value your privacy, you’ll choose the option that works best for you. I typically prefer to never share my location, or else I choose the “while using” option.
I won’t get into the details of which option is good or bad. But it’s important to know that you have control over which apps track you and when.