This year, Apple moved away from its tradition of releasing two new iPhone models. Instead, the Cupertino company welcomed three new iPhones to the world, including a special iPhone. While the whole world focuses on the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are still a perfect choice for those who do not want to slash $999 for the X.
If you just got a shiny iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, then there are a lot of things you need to do first to make the most of your device. This article walks you through five things you should do first on your new iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus.
For some background, the iPhone 8 now starts at $699 in the US, while the bigger model costs $799 for the 64GB model. Both devices are now available worldwide, so you can get them at Apple Stores or authorized resellers.
Backup and restore
If you want to switch to a new iPhone model, then you need to make sure you all of your important data makes the switch with you. Backing up your data is the smartest things to do if you want to keep your data safe. You can back up your iPhone via iTunes or iCloud. We are going to show you how to back up via iTunes in the section below.
Step one: First off, connect your old iPhone to computer and then launch iTunes (make sure you now have the latest version of iTunes on your computer)
Step two: Select your phone when it shows up in iTunes and then select This Computer under the Backups section
Step three: Now just simply hit the Back Up Now button and wait for the backup process to finish.
Step four: When the backup is done, connect your new iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus to your computer and restore your device from iTunes backup.
Set up Touch ID and Apple Pay
This year, Apple removed Touch ID from the iPhone X, instead introducing a new security system known as Face ID. However, Touch ID still made its way into the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Touch ID has been much improved this year, offering users a high level of security.
If you just got the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, the next step is to set up Touch ID. To do this, head to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Add a Fingerprint and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.
Starting with iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, you can use Touch ID to make Apple Pay purchases in stores, apps, and even on Safari webpages.
Change the home button feeling
With iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, Apple introduced a new home button, making it a flat and stationary button. Basically, when you tap this button, you get a slight vibration. On iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, you can change the feedback on your device’s home button. Here is how.
Step one: Launch the Settings app from your home screen and then hit General
Step two: Next up, hit the Home button option and then tap on three numbers at the bottom of the screen
Step three: Hit the Done button to complete the task.
Pair your Apple Watch
If you now own an Apple Watch, you can pair your wearable device with your new iPhone to get notifications and health data. If you need help, you can follow our steps below. Before moving ahead, make sure you have already disconnected your watch from your old iPhone.
Step one: Launch the Apple Watch app on your new iPhone
Step two: Hit Start Pairing and you will see the viewfinder
Step three: Now just simply put your Apple Watch under the viewfinder.
Customize Control Center
With iOS 11, Apple redesigned control center, making it more customizable and more visually appealing. One of the best things when it comes to iOS 11 Control Center is that you can customize it to do what you want, like adding shortcuts, hiding toggles, or reordering application links.
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