iPhone’s Automatic Setup between Devices in iOS 11

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

When you set up a new device running iOS 11, you see the new Automatic Setup option, which lets you transfer settings from another iDevice to the new one. The only restrictions are that both devices must be running iOS 11 and be within a few feet of each other during the setup process. Follow the on-screen instructions to transfer your settings (but not other content) to your new device.

  1. Place your new iPhone next to your older iOS device.
  2. Next, position the pattern that appears on the screen on the new phone inside the frame that appears on your old phone.
  3. After that is recognized, tap Continue on the older phone and follow the instructions to proceed. Keep the older iPhone nearby while the information is being transferred.
  4. Enter the passcode on the older phone when prompted.

Even if you take advantage of Automatic Setup, it’s a good idea to set up your new iPhone to back up to either your computer or iCloud.

During the Setup process, Apple would love for you to have your iPhone automatically send the company daily diagnostic and usage data, including your location. Armed with such information, Apple says it can better improve the company’s products and services. The request is harmless. In addition, you can also assist app developers by permitting Apple to share with them crash data and statistics on how you use their apps. If you find either prospect unappealing, just say no — or to be more precise, choose Don’t Send or Don’t Share, respectively.

Thanks to the extra screen real estate on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, 6s, 7, and 8, the 5.5-inch 6 Plus, 6s Plus, and 7 Plus, and the 5.8-inch iPhone X (compared to the 4-inch SE), Apple includes another step to the setup process: You can choose a zoomed view (with larger text and controls) or a standard view that fits more items on the screen. Don’t worry too much about this setting at this stage. You can always change the Display Zoom setting later in Settings. (If you do, you must restart your phone.)

Another custom option you can choose now or later (in Settings) is how hard you must press the Home button to click it. Just tap the circled 1, 2, or 3 option on your screen and then press the Home button to give each selection a try. From then on, you’re pretty much good to go.

If you want to give your phone a quick nap, you can put it to sleep by pressing and quickly letting go of the sleep/wake button. To turn the device completely off, press and hold down the sleep/wake button until a translucent Slide to Power Off button appears at the top of the screen. Drag the button to the right. Tap Cancel (X) if you change your mind.