How to setup and start using your new iPhone, iPad, or iPad mini

How to setup and start using your new iPhone, iPad, or iPad mini

If you just got a new iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or iPad mini, tore it out of its box, turned it on, and... are wondering just what to do next, don't worry -- iMore's here to help. Thanks to the introduction of iCloud whether this is your first iOS device ever, or just the latest in a long line, it's easier than ever to set it up as a brand new gear or restore it from a backup of your old gear, and get going.

"Just works" is just the worst when it doesn't, so instead of wasting time, check out our help and how-to tutorials below, so you can start spending time with your iPhone, iPod, or iPad as fast as possible, including iCloud, Siri, iMessage, Notification Center, and much, much more. (Including the best free apps and games for iPhone and iPad!)

And hey, if you already know everything there is to know about iOS, just bookmark this page and share it with family and friends who don't. We'll do the heavy lifting so you can spend your holidays having fun!

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iCloud: The ultimate guide

Siri: The ultimate guide

Notification Center: The ultimate guide

iMessage: The ultimate guide

Photography: The ultimate guide

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How to get more help with your new iPhone, iPod, or iPad

Still have questions? Need more specific answers? Just want to chat with the best iOS and Apple community on the internet? Here's where you should go:

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Rene Ritchie

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How to setup and start using your new iPhone, iPad, or iPad mini


What would be a nice addition, would be an article for families adding an iOS device and trying to make the decision whether to keep the same account or make a new one when doing the setup.

I especially think of the situation where a child gets a new iPad mini who had previously been using mom & dad's iPad... so there is already a 'child' folder full of various games and apps for them on the original iPad. If you make a new account, you have to repurchase a bunch of stuff. But, if you don't, can the new device be properly secured up to keep the little one from mucking up mom or dad's stuff? And, what about when the little one isn't so little and then starts needed to use some of the internet or cloud based services.

So, an article weighing the options and the pros and cons.