Setting Up Your iPhone 14? Here's How to Do It – CNET

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Whether you’re coming from Android or iPhone, all you really need is a Wi-Fi connection to set up your new iPhone 14.
Nelson Aguilar

Nelson Aguilar is an LA-based tech how-to writer and graduate of UCLA. With more than a decade of experience, he covers Apple and Google and writes on iPhone and Android features, privacy and security settings and more.
This story is part of Focal Point iPhone 2022, CNET’s collection of news, tips and advice around Apple’s most popular product.
You’ve received your iPhone 14. Maybe you waited in line at an Apple Store or preordered it and received it in the mail — but at long last, Apple’s latest phone is in your hands — and now you need to set it up.
Whether you’re transferring over from an Android or you’ve been a longtime Apple user, you might still need some help. In this guide, we’ll walk you through all the steps of setting up your iPhone 14iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, from turning on your device and connecting to Wi-Fi to activating your eSIM and transferring all your data.
For more on the new iPhone and iOS, here’s how to download and install the new iPhone OS, the first three things to do after you update your iPhone, and why you might want to wait before updating to iOS 16.
Before you start setting up your iPhone, you’ll need the following things if you’re moving over from another phone or setting up an iPhone for your first time:
Ready? Let’s get started.
The first thing you need to do is turn on your iPhone. No matter which model you have, turning it on is the same: Press and hold the side button, on the right side of your iPhone, until you see the Apple logo appear. Wait a few seconds, and the Hello screen should appear. Swipe up to begin.
Now you’ll have to do a couple minor things on your iPhone to get through the first part of the setup, and luckily they’re both easy to do. To start, you’ll have to:
On the next page you’ll see the Quick Start screen, which allows you to automatically set up your iPhone 14 with the help of your previous iPhone or even an iPad. If you go this route, you’ll need to turn on your old device, connect it to Wi-Fi or cellular and then bring it near the new iPhone 14 
Next, you’ll be asked to authenticate or connect the two phones. You can either use the camera on your old iPhone to scan the pattern on the new iPhone or enter a verification code. Activation will then take a few minutes.
Note: If you want to do this manually, skip down to the next section.
You’ll then be prompted to do the following, among other things:
It’s a good idea to keep both devices connected to a power source while you do this, because depending on how many apps and how much data you have, it could take a while. Follow all the steps until you’re finished and have access to iOS 16 on your iPhone 14.
Now, if you’re coming from an Android or other phone or want to set up your iPhone manually, tap Set Up Manually on the Quick Start screen. If you decide to go this route, you’ll need to manually do the following things:
Depending on your method of restoring your apps and data, you may be asked to enter your iCloud credentials to sign in to your Apple account. You then need to enter a verification code, which may appear on one of your other devices, to verify your identity.
Next, agree to the terms and conditions; customize your settings; update to the latest iOS; and set up Apple Pay, Siri and Screen Time, if necessary. You’ll also be asked whether you want to share your app analytics with developers, which helps developers improve their apps using your data (anonymously).
Finally, set up the True Tone display, choose light or dark mode and select a standard or zoomed view (for those that have impaired vision). 
Once you’re finished, you can swipe up to enter your iPhone. You may not see all your applications on your home screen or your photos and videos in your camera roll, so you’ll need to wait a bit while your phone slowly transfers all your apps and data to your new iPhone 14. Depending on how much there is to transfer, this can take as much as a few hours.
iPhone 14 running iOS 16.
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