Ready to switch to the brave new world of
iPhone? Or maybe you're already converted, but about to upgrade to a newer, better model.
Whatever your situation, there's few things you need to check off on day one to get the most out of your new toy. Here's a quick list of very important first-day tasks that'll help you survive the move to the latest iPhone.
Set up Touch ID
It's not compulsory to switch on Apple's Touch ID fingerprint scanner, but if you care about security (and you're over typing in passcodes) it's a wise move. To set up the reader to recognise your own, special snowflake fingerprint, head to Settings, then tap Touch ID & Passcode.
You'll need to type in your passcode to make any changes, but once you're identified, you can add and delete fingerprints easily: simply tap Finger 1 and follow the prompts. Our #ProTip for getting Touch ID working smoothly? Register the same finger multiple times.
Of course, if your preference is a four-digit passcode, you can also activate, change and delete this from the same screen - just tap Turn Passcode Off or Change Passcode to make amendments.
Switch on accessibility features
iOS users with visual impairments can switch on additional accessibility features, such as Speak Screen or VoiceOver (to hear on-screen text read aloud), Braille displays, or even just bolder and larger text. To activate, you'll need to tap Settings, then select General, then Accessibility.
The Accessibility screen also offers customisable touch-screen interaction, such as Assistive Touch and Custom Gestures (for user who need adaptive accessories, or have trouble with touching the iPhone screen). You can also switch on Hearing Aid Mode (to improve audio quality for hearing aid users), an LED flash for alerts instead of sound, and various other adaptations for users with disabilities.
Customise your Control Centre
The control centre in iOS 11 comes with updated personalisation options, so users can easily access important settings and features with a quick swipe up the screen. To start customising, head to Settings, then Control Centre, then tap Customise Controls.
Once you're on the customisation screen, you can pick and choose which features you'd like to add to your personalised Control Centre. Examples of apps and tools you can add or remove include the Flashlight, Alarm, Apple TV Remote, Notes, Accessibility Shortcuts, and Do Not Disturb.
Happily, iOS 11 also sees the addition of Low Power Mode to the Control Centre. Previously only accessible by tapping Settings, then Battery, the power-saving feature can now be toggled on or off after a quick upward screen swipe.
Switch on/set up iCloud
If you're new to Apple products, you'll probably want to switch on iCloud: the cloud/remote storage service that lets you backup all your important data and media (and access it anywhere, anytime, via any Apple device).
Genrerally, getting started with iCloud is easy. Users switching on a new device for the first time - or updating iOS - will be prompted to activate the service by the iPhone's setup assistant. But if you're unsure, you can always sign in to iCloud via Settings.
Simply tap the Settings app, then scroll down and select iCloud. You can then sign in with your Apple ID, agree to the iCloud Terms of Service, and select the apps and data you'd like to backup via the cloud.
If you'd like your info to automatically save whenever your iPhone is locked, plugged in, and connected to WiFi, select Backup and toggle iCloud Backup to on. And for more iCloud tips and tricks, head over to our in-depth guide here.
Turn on Family Sharing
Did you know that you can share selected 'i-content' - including purchases via iTunes, the App Store, and iBooks - with up to five other family members? Switch on Family Sharing, and you can share all your favourite media between family members, as well as practical stuff such as calendar entries and photos.
If you've got an Apple ID signed in to iCloud and iTunes, you can set up Family Sharing for yourself and your posse through your iPhone. You'll need to go to Settings, then select your name (or, if you're using an older version of iOS, tap iCloud). Select Set Up Family Sharing and follow the directions.
Once you're established as the 'family organiser', you can invite anyone with an Apple ID to join your group. Go to Settings - Your Name (or iCloud) - Family Sharing - Add Family Member. If you're hoping to add children to your account, you'll want to set up an Apple ID for each kid first: you can do this on the Add Family Member screen by tapping Create an Apple ID.
Adding the fam to Sharing also means you'll be able to keep tabs on the kids via Find My Friends, and locate their devices through the Find my iPhone app. You can also use the feature to monitor and control your children's purchases and Game Centre activity.
Download Google Maps
It's been almost five years since Apple tried to take on Google with its own Maps app, only to fail spectacularly with incorrect directions and questionable geography. And even though Apple has redressed most of these problems, Google Maps still reigns supreme as the OG smartphone navigational app.
So if you regularly rely on your phone for route planning and public transport info, you'll want to download the superior Google Maps ASAP. You can find it free of charge in the App Store - but be aware that many other iOS apps that use street locations or GPS, such as Facebook, will automatically default to Apple Maps.
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