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Get started using your Apple iPhone or iPad on iOS 12.

Buttons and icons

There's a lot you can do with your new device, so here's a quick glance of some basic items to get you started.


  1. Top button
  2. Side button
  3. Volume up/down
  4. Ring/Silent
  5. Home/Touch ID sensor


Cell Signal The number of bars indicates the signal strength of your cellular service. If there's no signal, "No Service" appears
Airplane mode  You can't make phone calls and other wireless functions may be disabled
LTE  Your iPhone or iPad is connected to the the LTE network

4G  Your iPhone or iPad is connected to the 4G UMTS (GSM) or LTE network

3G  Your iPhone or iPad is connected to the 3G UMTS (GSM) or EV-DO (CDMA) network

EDGE  Your iPhone or iPad is connected to the EDGE (GSM) network

GPRS  Your iPhone or iPad is connected to the GPRS (GSM) or 1xRTT (CDMA) network

Wi-Fi call Your iPhone is set up to use Wi-Fi Calling. Will also show the carrier name next to the icon.

Wi-Fi  Your iPhone or iPad is connected to the internet over a Wi-Fi connection

Personal Hotspot  Your iPhone or iPad is providing a Personal Hotspot for another device

Syncing  Your iPhone or iPad is syncing with iTunes

Network activity  Shows that there's network activity. Some 3rd party apps may also use it to show an active process

Call Forwarding Call Forwarding is set up

VPN  You're connected to a network using VPN

TTY  Software RTT/TTY or Hardware TTY is turned on
Lock iPhone is locked

Do Not Disturb  Do Not Disturb is turned on

Portrait orientation lock The screen is locked in portrait orientation

Location Services  An item is using Location Services

Alarm  An alarm is set

Headphones connected  iPhone or iPad is paired with Bluetooth headphones that are turned on and in Bluetooth range

Bluetooth battery Shows the battery level of a paired Bluetooth device

Battery  Shows the iPhone or iPad battery level or charging status. When the icon is yellow, Low Power Mode is on

Device tutorials and user guide

No matter what you want to do with your new device, we have plenty of resources available to help you get on your way. Device tutorials (also known as simulators)

First time use

When you first turn on your new device, you might see a setup wizard to help get you started. Take a look at the steps below to walk through the setup process.

  1. Ensure the SIM card is inserted. Device has a non removable battery.
  2. Power on device.
  3. Slide finger to the right on the screen.
  4. Select language and country.
  5. Connect to a Wi-Fi network, or tap Use Cellular Connection.
  6. Enable or disable Location services, then tap Next.
  7. Choose to set up Touch ID or Face ID now or later.
  8. Tap one of the following options:
    • Restore from iCloud Backup
    • Restore from iTunes Backup
    • Set Up as New iPhone
    • Move Data from Android
  9. Follow instructions to create / sign into an Apple ID, sign into iCloud, or connect to a computer. For additional information, see Set up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch - Apple Support .

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