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Hands on with iOS 6: Installation

Dan Frakes and Serenity Caldwell | Sept. 20, 2012
iOS 6 arrives today, and eager users everywhere are getting ready to upgrade their devices. If you’re concerned about the upgrade process, or simply want to know all your setup options before making the big switch, let us help you upgrade your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to iOS 6 with this step-by-step guide.

Restore using your device: If you choose to restore wirelessly, your device will take a little longer to restore your apps and data from the server, but you dont have to sit tethered to a desk for the entire process.

Disconnect your device from iTunes after restoring, and youll perform the rest of the setup procedure on the device itself. It greets you with a welcome screen displaying the message Slide to set up in a variety of different languages. (If you need quick access to your devices IMEI or ICCID number without setting up the phoneuseful for developers and business customerstap the information button located directly above the slider.)

Slide the switch to the right, and the device asks you to pick your language and country, as well as choose whether to enable Location Services. This allows Apple apps (and third-party apps) to access your location via Wi-Fi networks and your GPS (Global Positioning System) location. (You can configure this in more detail from the Settings app at any point.)

Your device checks for any Wi-Fi networks in the area that it can connect to; choose a Wi-Fi network, or set up your device using 3G (if it has a 3G card) by tapping the Next button. From here, you have three choices: You can set it up as a new device, restore it from an iCloud backup, or restore it from an iTunes backup.

If you want to start from scratch after upgrading to iOS 6maybe youre giving this device to a family member, or youve received it as a giftyou need to set up your device from scratch. To do so, the first thing you need to decide is whether to supply an Apple ID (or create one, if you dont have one). You use your Apple ID to buy music, apps, and books from the iBookstore, and you can associate it with iCloud if you want to.

If you have an iTunes backup and disconnected your device from your computer after you restored it, select this option and reconnect to your computer. iTunes then takes you through steps similar to those outlined in Restore your device using your computer up above.

If you have an iCloud account and youve previously backed up your device to iCloud, Restore from iCloud lets you restore that data directly to your device without having to connect to a computer. Choose Restore From iCloud Backup, tap Next, and enter your iCloud Apple ID and password. Agree to the iCloud terms and conditions by tapping Agree (twice), and your device displays all compatible iCloud-hosted backups. Be sure to pick the correct backup here, as the list may include backups for other devices you own.

 

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