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Get started using your Apple iPhone on iOS 15.

 

Buttons and icons

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

Buttons


Icons


Cell Signal The number of bars indicates the signal strength of your cellular service. If there's no signal, "No Service" appears
Dual cell signals  On models with Dual SIM, the upper row of bars indicates the signal strength of the line you use for cellular data. The lower row of bars indicates the signal strength of your other line. If there’s no signal, “No Service” appears. 
Airplane mode  Airplane mode is on—you can’t make phone calls, and other wireless functions may be disabled. 
5G UC Your carrier’s 5G Ultra Capacity network is available performing at speeds as fast as Wi-Fi, averaging over 200 Mbps. (supported on iPhone 12 models or newer; not available in all countries or regions). 
5G Your carrier’s 5G network is available, and your iPhone can connect to the internet over that network (supported on iPhone 12 models or newer; not available in all countries or regions). 
LTE  Your carrier’s LTE network is available, and iPhone can connect to the internet over that network (not available in all countries or regions). 

UMTS  Your carrier’s 4G UMTS (GSM) or LTE network (depending on the carrier) is available, and iPhone can connect to the internet over that network (not available in all countries or regions). 
UMTS/EV-DO  Your carrier’s 3G UMTS (GSM) or EV-DO (CDMA) network is available, and iPhone can connect to the internet over that network. 

EDGE  Your carrier’s EDGE (GSM) network is available, and iPhone can connect to the internet over that network. 

GPRS/1xRTT  Your carrier’s GPRS (GSM) or 1xRTT (CDMA) network is available, and iPhone can connect to the internet over that network. 

Wi-Fi call iPhone is set up for Wi-Fi calling. iPhone also displays a carrier name next to the icon. 

Wi-Fi iPhone is connected to the internet over a Wi-Fi network. 

Personal Hotspot iPhone is connected to the internet through the Personal Hotspot of another device. 
Personal Hotspot Indicator A blue bubble or bar indicates iPhone is either providing a Personal Hotspot or Screen Mirroring, or an app is actively using your location. 
Call Indicator A green bubble or bar indicates iPhone is on a call. 
Recording Indicator A red bubble or bar indicates iPhone is either recording sound or recording your screen.
Camera In Use Indicator A green indicator appears at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your camera. 
Microphone In Use Indicator An orange indicator appears at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone. 
CarPlay iPhone is connected to CarPlay. 

Syncing iPhone is syncing with your computer. 

Network activity Shows that there’s network activity. Some third-party apps may also use it to show an active process.

Call Forwarding Call Forwarding is set up. 

VPN iPhone is 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 iPhone screen is locked in portrait orientation. 

Location Services An item is using Location Services.

Alarm An alarm is set.

Headphones connected iPhone is paired with Bluetooth headphones that are turned on and within 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
Battery Charging Shows the iPhone battery is charging. 
AirPlay AirPlay is on. 
Voice Control Voice Control is turned on in Settings > Accessibility, and Siri is ready for your requests. 
Siri Eyes Free Siri is available for your spoken requests in your car. 

 

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.

 

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 eSIM is active or SIM card is inserted.
  2. Power on the device.
  3. Swipe up to open.
  4. Select Language and Country or Region.
  5. Tap Quick Start if you are transferring from another iPhone or iPad, or tap Set Up Manually.
  6. Connect to a Wi-Fi network (Required for eSIM), or tap Use Cellular Connection.
  7. Tap Continue, on Data and Privacy Screen.
  8. Set up Face ID/Touch ID or Passcode or choose Set up later.
  9. eSIM users continue to step 10. Physical SIM card users skip to step 11.
  10. Select T-Mobile Cellular Plan on the Choose A Cellular Plan screen if already activated and hit Continue, or Not Now.
    • Device will automatically download an eSIM and activate.
    • Adding a T-Mobile Cellular Plan can be done at any time under Settings Cellular Data > Add a New Plan.
  11. Tap one of the following options:
    • Restore from iCloud Backup
    • Restore from iTunes Backup
    • Set Up as New iPad
    • Move Data from Android
  12. Follow instructions to create/sign in to an Apple ID, sign in to iCloud, or connect to a computer. For additional information, see Set up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch - Apple Support.

 


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