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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.

Set up iCloud: If youve chosen to set up or register an Apple ID, you can also enable iCloud on your device. iCloud is an umbrella term for Apples collection of sync services, which allow you to sync your photos, apps, contacts, calendars, and mail across multiple devices.

Choose to set up iCloud, and youll first be asked whether youd like to enable iCloud backups for your device. If you do so, you can have your device back up all essential settings to your iCloud account; if you ever need to restore, you can do so over Wi-Fi without needing a computer. (Of course, if youd rather back up to your computer, you can always elect to have iTunes back up your device.)

Additionally, youll be asked whether youd like to opt in to iClouds Find My iPhone service. This enables location monitoring for your device, allowing you to find it using your Apple ID and the Find My iPhone app should it go missing.

If you have a device that can use Siri, Apples new personal voice assistant, youll also be asked if you want to use it. You can toggle Siri on or off from this initial setup screen, but you can always change your preferences from the Settings app at a later date.

Once you finish the setup process, you see a screen asking if your device can automatically send diagnostic and usage information to Apple to help Apple improve its products and services. Choose Automatically Send or Dont Send, and then tap Next, and you see the aforementioned Start Using device screen. Congratulations! Youre ready to begin using iOS 6.


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