[GUIDE] How-To Transition From Your Old Smartphone To Apple iPhone


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Transition From your Old Smartphone To Apple iPhone

If you are new to the iMore forums, Welcome. We are pleased you chose to switch to the Apple iPhone. No matter what platform be it Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone, You will find everything you need to know to make your switch simple and easy with minimal effort.
Don't hesitate to ask any of our Ambassadors, Moderators or large and knowledgeable member base when you need help. We will all be happy and eager to assist you in getting you the desired answer in a timely manner.

With this in mind please feel free to Bookmark the following guide so that you may refer back often so let's get started!
The following link is for the complete guide however you will find below many quick links to access the information to get you up and running faster.
iPhone and iPad new user guide | iMore.com

[INFO]This comprehensive guide is going to consist of a series of links and information which you can go directly to in order to simplify each and every step to make setting up your new iPhone quick and easy.

Getting Started:

The first item everyone wants to know is: What is the easiest way to transfer my contacts from my old phone to iPhone? If you follow this link it will simplify this question and help you to get those contacts on your iPhone in no time at all.

Daily Tip: How to transfer data from your old Blackberry or Droid/Android to your new iPhone | iMore.com

After you move and sync your contacts the next thing you might want to do is set up your email and with that in mind depending on the email account you currently have or whether you are going to start with a new email address even if it is more than one, This link will get you there. We recommend you look at the more popular email accounts that work well with iPhone such as iCloud and GMail.
Follow this link: (​Here you will also find many sub links to the ultimate mail guide to assist you in any scenario.)

Mail | iMore.com

Now you have the two most important items taken care of. You have now succeeded in transferring and syncing your contacts and adding you favorite email account or accounts so lets gets going on a few links that will give you some of the basics. Remember these are to be used as quick links to get you going quickly so that you can start to enjoy your new iPhone. It is recommended that again you Bookmark the main link above to refer back later for the comprehensive guide.​

[TIP]Now we are going to provide you with the links we feel will help you to once again simplify getting you started so that you can enjoy your new iPhone quickly:

How to set up iTunes WI-FI sync for iPhone: (This will allow you wireless backup without having to connect to your computer)
How to set up iTunes Wi-Fi sync for iPhone, iPad | iMore.com

How to manually transfer data from your old phone to your new iPhone:(Giving you the ability to transfer only the data you wish to transfer)

Daily tip: How to manually transfer data from your old iPhone to your new iPhone 4S | iMore.com

How the Home Button works:(Knowing what to expect from your home button - Single, Double or even Triple clicking)

Beginner tip: How the Home Button works | iMore.com

How to rearrange iPhone app icons in three different ways: (Home Screen Tips - Standard, Jiggle and Custom)

Daily Tip: How to rearrange iPhone and iPad app icons [Beginner] | iMore.com


Now all of you want to start contacting your friends whether it be on the exclusive iMessage or just a simple SMS text message depending on what phone your friend has so with that, Let's get you started on this: (Follow this link for everything you need to know about Messaging!

iMessage | iMore.com

I would assume that everyone has a busy schedule be it personal or business and we have that covered to so we want to provide you a quick and easy way to set up your calendar for your Personal a even Business events so check the link below for this great advice:

Calendar | iMore

This advice will go along with the calendar link to show you how to create reminders on your iPhone:

How To Create A Reminder On Your iPhone And iPad | iMore


[INFO]To break things up a bit I feel that some basic information is warranted here pertaining to the actual current IOS which as of now is 6.1.3 for iPhone 4S and 6.1.4 for iPhone 5. Rene Richie was good enough to do a useful Video on "Everything you want to know about IOS 6 in 6 minutes" so please view this as well.[/INFO]


[INFO]It bares mentioning here how important it is to back up your new phone on a regular schedule whether you decide to do it by tethering your phone to iTunes or back up to iCloud via WI-FI. Which ever choice you choose you should know exactly how to do it properly for the best results so here is a link for that:

How To Setup, Backup, Restore And Update Using iCloud | iMore


[TIP]I am going to put several links in their own section because it is worth mentioning as this question is one of the most asked in the forums on a regular basis: How do I get the most out of my battery. Don't worry - We have you covered there as well with the following Battery Guide:


Along with the battery guide I feel there should be at least one more guide to include here that comes directly from Apple and that is Apple's own PDF downloadable iPhone User Guide for iOS 6 and above. An invaluble How to from Apple.

iPhone User Guide For iOS 6

Last once again it bares to mention so we cover all bases. As you might know by now your new iPhone carries 90 days of free online support and one year of hardware support. If you wish to extend this coverage beyond that period for your own piece of mind it is worth reading this guide that one of our own staff members put together in great length and which will tell you everything you will need to know about: Applecare+.

Very worthwhile to read and consider:

[NOTE]This guide was designed as previously noted to get you up and running with your new iPhone as quickly as possible with minimum effort. Obviously there is much more that can be read and learned at your own pace. If there is anything at all that you want to know beyond this quick start - Please feel free to become an active participant in our forums so just feel free to jump right in. In short order you will be helping others just like when you got started. We love to see new members get involved and if you can't find what you are looking for please don't hesitate to reach out to any of the Moderators, Ambassadors and other members of iMore.

Once again we want to thank you for switching to Apple iPhone and above everything else please have fun and become an active participant.[/NOTE]

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Enjoy And Have Fun With Your New iPhone

[INFO][Credits] ALL information at the time this was written was verified for proper content and provided by our own iMore Blog staff without their help, This would not be possible. The iPhone User Guide For iOS 6.1 and above Software Guide is provided directly from Apple.[/INFO]

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