Apple is known for simplicity, and that starts the second you take your device out of the box. To set up a new iOS device, all you have to do is sign into iCloud and log into your Wi-Fi. But starting in iOS11, Apple thinks even that could be simpler. And all you need is your old Apple device (or another Apple device) and iOS 11!
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Don’t Remember Things like Passwords? No Problem!
What if you don’t know your iCloud password and have it saved in a password manager? What if you don’t remember your Wi-Fi password off hand? And, wouldn’t be nice if all of your essential settings transferred over automatically? With iOS 11, Apple makes setting up a device easy and simplifies the transfer of your preferences, Apple ID and Wi-Fi info, preferred settings, and iCloud Keychain passwords from an old device to a new device with Automatic Setup!
Using Automatic Setup in iOS 11
With iOS 11 installed, during the setup process, there’s an option to transfer settings from an existing device to the new device. For this to work, both of your devices must be on iOS 11. When you turn on your new device for the first time, you’ll be asked to pick your language and region. Then, iOS instructs you to ‘bring your other iOS device close.’ Hold your two iDevices close to each other, and when sufficiently nearby, you get instructions on how to pair them. Pairing uses the camera of the old device to scan the new device–for those with paired Apple Watches-this whole process looks very familiar.
Once you get your iDevices close, a pop up will appear similar to that of AirPods asking you if you’d like to set up this device on your account. Just click the ‘set up’ button, and then the two devices quickly work together to share all basic settings. Really neat!
Auto-SetUp also helps all those people who don’t have an iCloud backup–said no to it during the setup process, or whose iCloud backup(s) don’t fit into the free 5 GB iCloud account and don’t want to pay for additional storage.
Passcode Not Required–it’s automatic!
Additionally, you previously had to set up a new passcode with your new device. With this feature, it automatically transfers your code.
Once this setup is complete, all your basic settings transfer, and you’re ready to use your new iDevice.
Further enabling the simplicity of setting up an iOS device, iOS 11 feature ‘Express Settings’. When a user turns on a new device for the first time, a notification badge appears in the settings app. When the app is launched for the first time, the user is greeted with a list of features Apple recommends setting up, and an explanation of what they do. These details include Find my iPhone, iCloud backup, iMessage backup, and more.
So with iOS 11, most users have backups of their device and have location tracking on, regardless of tech-savyness. These default settings result in dramatically lowering the rate of theft and lost data within the world of iOS devices.
Stuck at 90%?
If your progress bar for a Sync on Reset and Backup appears to stop or get stuck at 90%, chances are all your data went through. This bug is a known problem, and Apple is working to remedy it. So even though your data successfully synced, don’t worry too much if the progress bar doesn’t move beyond 90%. Once it hits that 90%, wait at least 5-10 minutes and if it still doesn’t budge, restart your devices. Once rebooted, see if all your data transferred.