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Here are 8 important settings you need to make after buying a new iPhone

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun19,2024

Named 8 important settings to make after buying a new iPhone

Unboxing a new iPhone and setting it up for the first time is a truly joyful event for Apple fans. But, frankly speaking, this is only the tip of the iceberg. You can set up a lot on the iPhone, starting with enabling important modes and ending with personalizing the main screen and the lock screen.

RBK-Ukraine (Styler project) writes about this with a link to the technology website MakeUseOf.

Set up your iPhone screen

The first thing you need to do after initially setting up your phone is to set up your iPhone screen. To do this, go to Settings, then Display & Brightness. Here you can switch between light and dark themes or set them to change automatically depending on the time of day.

It is also possible to turn on True Tone. This function automatically adjusts the colors and brightness of the display depending on the ambient light. This ensures that you always see the colors on the screen as they really are.

If you want to protect your vision, consider activating Night Mode. This feature acts as a blue light filter, changing the color temperature of the screen to warmer tones.

Check warranties and support

A new iPhone comes with a standard one-year warranty. However, if your iPhone is used, it's probably out of warranty, or if you're lucky, has a few months left.

To find out, go to Apple's coverage check page and enter your phone's serial number. If your iPhone is brand new, you can also upgrade to AppleCare+ within 60 days of purchase if you didn't purchase it with the device.

Make your iPhone more secure

Security is just as important as other features. Go to Settings, then Face ID & Passcode (or Touch ID & Passcode for older models) to set up and configure biometric authentication. You can also use Face ID or Touch ID to authorize App Store purchases, autofill passwords, and Apple Pay transactions.

Also, set up Find My iPhone in Settings, then “[ Your name]” and “Find” to track your device if it's lost or stolen.

With this app, you can check the location of all Apple devices as long as they use the same Apple ID. If you only have an iPhone, you can use iCloud online from any device if you lose it.

Limit ad tracking

Next, use the ad settings on your iPhone to protect your privacy. Go to Settings, then Privacy & Security, then Apple Ads, and make sure the Personalized Ads option is turned off.

Then make sure the Allow apps to request tracking option is also turned on. This feature restricts some apps from tracking your location and usage patterns.

It's on by default, but you can turn it on or off by going to Settings, then Privacy & Security, then Tracking.< /p>

If you enable this feature, every time you launch a new app you download, you will get a pop-up window asking if you want to limit the tracking feature of this app.

Use iCloud backups

If you are an active user of the ecosystem Apple's iCloud is by far the best solution for cloud storage and backup. Go to Settings, then [Your Name], then iCloud, and find the iCloud Backup setting.

If it's turned on, your iPhone will automatically back up your data every day when it's locked, charging, and connected to Wi-Fi.

On the iCloud settings page, you can choose which apps to include in the backup. When you sign up for iCloud, you automatically get 5GB of free storage.

Unfortunately, this isn't enough for most users, so you may need to expand your iCloud storage.

Explore the App Store

While iOS can do a lot on its own, there are many things it can't do initially. Therefore, you often have to rely on third-party applications to solve this problem. From password managers to budget trackers, there are tons of great apps that you should install on your new iPhone.

For example, iCloud Key Linking is a great way to manage all of your passwords for different accounts. However, it lacks cross-platform support, meaning you'll need an app like 1Password or BitWarden if you have a Windows PC or Android tablet.

Similarly, the built-in Files app is a bit limited, but many other alternatives offer more customization options.

Use accessibility features

Your iPhone has a number of accessibility features to help you better interact with it. This is especially important if you suffer from any physical limitations or discomforts that make it difficult to use your phone. For example, VoiceOver is a feature that makes it easier for visually impaired people to use the iPhone.

On the other hand, AssistiveTouch is probably the most popular accessibility feature, which gives you a virtual home button in combination with various other actions. There are other, simpler features like Magnification and Enlarged Text.

You can see all of these features and more by going to Settings and Accessibility.

Personalize your home screen and lock screen

In the past, iOS has been heavily criticized for its “closed” approach to software compared to Android. A lot has changed with recent iOS updates, especially iOS 16. Now you can customize your iPhone's lock screen by adding widgets, depth effects, font changes, and more.

Also, you can customize your iOS home screen by with widgets and app user icons to give your iPhone a more personalized look. The possibilities are endless, and you'll find tons of different themes and apps to customize in the App Store.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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