How to Use the iPhone X: A Guide to All the New Features

After you gingerly remove your new iPhone X from its packaging, Apple offers three ways to set up the device. If you want to leave the past behind and start fresh, you can set up the X as a brand new phone without restoring any of your old settings.

But if you have a lot of apps, photos, music or other files you really want to move from your old phone to your new one, you can restore from a backup you either stored in the cloud or within iTunes. We’re gonna show you both ways. —Caitlin McGarry

Restoring From iTunes Backup

After you power on your new iPhone and select your language and country, you’ll be prompted to either restore your iPhone from a backup, set up your device as a new iPhone, or move data from an Android device. In this case, you’ll select Restore from iTunes Backup.

1. Connect your new iPhone to your computer using the included Lightning-to-USB cable. (If you have a MacBook with only USB-C ports, you’ll need to buy a Lightning-to-USB-C cable. I know. Sorry.)

2. Open iTunes if it doesn’t open automatically.

iTunes will ask you if want to allow your computer to access information on your iPhone at the same time your iPhone will ask if you trust this computer. Tap Trust on your iPhone and click Continue on your computer.

3. iTunes will then greet you. Click Continue, then click Get Started.

4. Select your iPhone X in the list of devices on the left panel. Click the iPhone’s Summary tab, which will tell you about your device and give you information about your backups.

5. Select Restore Backup. If you have backups of multiple devices, you’ll be able to tell which is most recent thanks to a time and date stamp.

6. After you restore the backup, sync your phone to your computer. Then eject the device.

Restoring From iCloud Backup

Once again, when you power on your new iPhone and select your language and country, you’ll be prompted to either restore your iPhone from a backup, set up your device as a new iPhone, or move data from an Android device. This time, we’re selecting Restore from iCloud Backup.

1. Enter your Apple ID and password.

2. If you have two-factor authentication turned on, you’ll receive an alert on another device running iOS 10 or later or macOS Sierra or later with a code to enter on your new iPhone. Enter that code.

3. Agree to the Terms & Conditions.

4. Choose an iCloud backup. You can tell which backup is most recent by the date and timestamp.

5. After you select a backup, choose whether you want to mirror your old iPhone’s settings or customize them on your new phone.

6. Your iPhone X will restore from your iCloud backup. The process can take a while, so be patient.

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