How To Set Up A New iPhone, iPod Touch Or iPad

So you’ve finally splurged on a new iOS device for yourself, or gotten it as a gift from the Apple lovers in your life. Sadly, you can’t just open the box and start using it — it requires a bit of set up. Here’s what you need to do.If you don’t already have iTunes, you’ll want to head to, download it, and maybe even rip a few CDs while you’re at it. When you’re ready to start using your device, though:

  1. Grab your sync cable (the one that came with your device) and plug your device into your computer. If iTunes doesn’t start up automatically, start it up and click on your iPhone, iPod or iPad in the left-hand sidebar.
  2. When prompted, pick “Set Up as a New iPhone/iPod/iPad”. From there, you’ll be able to choose whether you want to automatically sync music, photos, apps, or all of the above to your device. Hit the Done button and it will start syncing your media. This will take a while, so go get a cup or 10 of coffee and wait for it to finish.
  3. When you’re done, you’ll be able to use your new device. If you had music in iTunes when you set it up, you should see it in the “iPod” app on your iPhone or iPad, or the “Music” app on an iPod touch (note that your music won’t be in the “iTunes” app on your phone, that’s only for buying new music — yes, it’s a little confusing).

If you chose to sync any apps you had downloaded, those will appear on your device on the home screen. Now that you’ve got everything working, though, you can buy apps at any time from the blue “App Store” icon, or buy music from the purple “iTunes” icon.

It’s also worth noting that you can sync more than just music, photos and apps to your device. If you plug it back into iTunes and click on it in the sidebar, you should see a row of categories on top of the main pane (“Summary”, “Info”, “Apps”, etc.). If you click on “Info”, you can sync contacts, calendars and email accounts from Outlook, Apple Mail and more. You can also sync your bookmarks from Internet Explorer or Safari.

By clicking on the Apps, Music, Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, Books and Photos tabs, you can selectively sync certain artists, playlists or genres to sync to your device, if you don’t have enough room to sync everything. Whenever you make changes to your device’s preferences, just be sure to hit the “Apply” button at the bottom of the iTunes window to sync it again using your new settings. Enjoy your new device!

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