Immediately after purchasing every new iPhone, it is essential to set it up properly. This will help to use it 100% and understand the basic features of the gadget, which after the purchase may have been overlooked.
I prefer to do it from scratch to get rid of unnecessary software and once again dig through the device’s parameters. However, it is essential to pay attention to the settings when restoring an online or offline backup.
I was setting up a new iPhone for a friend. I’ve highlighted a set of items in Settings that are important to check. Here they are.
1. Deal with data synchronization via iCloud
What to do: go to Settings → Apple ID → iCloud and check the switches you use.
First, it’s essential to figure out what kind of data the iPhone will sync with iCloud. Do you need to keep your Calendar and Reminders and Notes entries there so you can access them from your iPad or Mac? If not, you can turn it off.
With the initial setup from scratch, the default setting is also to disable “Messages” sync. If you’re afraid of losing them or want to view them fully on other devices, it’s best to turn them on.
An interesting new feature in this menu, which appeared with iOS 15, is “Hide email.” It will help you create an alias for your email address so that you don’t have to register with it on questionable sites.
2. Check the location control of the iPhone through “Locator.”
What to do: go to “Settings” → Apple ID → “Locator,” → “Find iPhone,” and move this chip to the active position.
Without “Locator,” you will not be able to view the geolocation of the iPhone if it is lost. If you forgot to activate this feature during the activation phase of the gadget, it is time to do it immediately after its completion.
3. restrict cellular data usage with your software
What to do: Go to the “Settings” → “Cellular” menu and figure out how apps can access the mobile Internet.
This is especially important to do if you have a limited mobile Internet tariff. When you have downloaded the necessary software and accessed each application at least once, you will be able to limit the work of some with the mobile Internet.
By the way, this will also increase the battery life of the device. And it has never been superfluous.
4) Disable notifications from useless applications.
What to do: Go to “Settings” → “Notifications” and check the availability of all installed software.
After installing all the necessary software, I recommend checking this menu for useless notifications.
If you do not want to receive messages from any applications, feel free to disable them. You will be less distracted by nonsense.
5. Set notifications to be delivered according to a schedule
What to do: go to “Settings,” → “Notifications,” → “Schedule Delivery,” and activate the switch of the same name.
This is a new feature of iOS 15. It allows you to reduce the number of distractions significantly. With it, you can set a delivery schedule for unimportant notifications that you do not need to know about here and now.
For example, I add the Mail app here myself. I do not need to know about new emails as they arrive.
6. Check the settings for sounds and tactile signals
What to do: Go to the “Settings” → “Sounds, Haptic Signals” menu and check the items “Vibration,” “Ringtone,” “Keyboard clicks.”
If you decide to configure your iPhone from scratch, all settings in this section will be standard, including the ringtone. More than once, I have not responded to the default sound that I do not use and missed essential calls. Hence the warning.
7. Set “Do Not Disturb” and “Focus” modes
Go to the “Settings” → “Focus” menu and sort out the settings for the available modes.
“Focus is a new step in the development of the Do Not Disturb feature. It allows you to limit calls, notifications, and other activities so that your smartphone doesn’t distract you during professional activities or interfere with your personal life.
With “Focus,” you can create a mode with restrictions for incoming calls from specific subscribers, as well as with messages from applications. You can set it to start automatically or not.
Manually switch the modes of “Focusing” through the “Control Point.” Here the new feature has replaced Do Not Disturb.
8. Set a name for your Apple smartphone
What to do: go to “Settings,” → “Basic,” → “About this device,” → “Name,” and type in what you need.
The name for the iPhone, for example, is used when working with modem mode, as well as when sharing files via AirDrop.
By default, iOS 15 uses the model name. It is not apparent when using the smartphone next to similar gadgets. Therefore, it is better to set an individual title for the device.