Did you just get your iPhone 12 mini or iPhone 12 Pro Max? Do these things first!

Congratulations! You’re now the proud owner of a new iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max. You probably want to dive right into the phone the moment you get the box in your hands, but try to contain your excitement and do a little prep first!

We have a little setup advice you’re going to want to pay attention to. Sure, it seems like an unnecessary drag, but this stuff is going to really save you a lot of time and frustration later.

1. Back up and restore

That’s right, you’re going to want to back up your old iPhone after you have your new iPhone 12 in hand, so the backup is as up-to-date as it can possibly be. You can back up via iCloud, in iTunes, or in the Finder.

For a Mac backup (macOS Catalina): Connect your old iPhone to your Mac, open a new Finder window, and select your iPhone in the left column in the Locations section. You’ll see a window that looks like the iPhone management window that used to be in iTunes. In the Backups section, choose, Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac. Checking Encrypt local backup is a good idea, so your account passwords and Health data gets backed up too—just choose a password you won’t forget. Click the button to Back up now.

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In macOS Catalina, you can access your iPhone through the Finder.

When the backup is done, connect your new iPhone 12, then tell your Mac you want to restore from the backup you just made. Later, you can switch back to iCloud backups if you prefer, in Settings > iCloud > Backup. But it never hurts to run a backup on your own Mac every now and then. 

For a Mac backup (macOS Mojave or older): The backup process is similar to that described above for Catalina, but instead, you use the iTunes app. After you back up your old iPhone, connect your new one. iTunes will take you through the steps for set up.

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Use iTunes if you’re using a Mac with an operating system older than macOS Catalina.

For an iCloud backup: No need to connect your old iPhone to your Mac. Just launch Settings and tap on your Apple ID profile listing at the top, then go to iCloud > iCloud Backup and select Back up now.

When setting up your new iPhone 12, you can restore your iPhone from this backup once you’ve logged into your new device with your Apple ID.