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How to Setup iOS 7 on iPhone & iPad (Video)

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The iOS 7 update delivers a new user experience on the iPhone and iPad, offers a brand new look for Apple’s software as well as a number of new features.

After you install the iOS 7 update, the iPhone will reboot and continue the final parts of installation before rebooting to a small iOS 7 setup screen.

Don’t worry there isn’t a lot to setting up IOS 7 on the iPhone or iPad if you’ve previously used the device, but you will need to know your PIN and your Apple ID and Apple password to complete the setup without any lingering steps to finish up later.

Read: How to Use Control Center in iOS 7

When you restart the iOS 7 upgraded device you will get a message that the iOS 7 update is complete, barring any iOS 7 installation errors, you will see this scree about 30 minutes after you start the process, but it could take longer depending on the demand for iOS 7.

iOS 7 Setup Video

The video above walks through the last steps for installing and setting up iOS 7. If you have a pass code enter it to get started, and you’ll get to use the new lock screen for the first time.

Next up we recommend turning on Location Services. This will let the iPhone or iPad share it’s location with apps and other apps that deliver customized search results, weather and more.

When you do this it will ask for your Apple ID password to complete the setup of iCloud. Go ahead and enter it, or hit skip if you need to do it later.

Next, choose which phone numbers and email addresses the iPad or iPhone should use for iMessage and FaceTime. In our experience this brought over all of the contact details on the device with iOS 6. This is especially important because of the new FaceTime Audio calls, which deliver vastly improved call quality and don’t use minutes.

You’re almost done. Turn on Find my iPad or Find my iPhone to make sure that thieves can’t erase your device and to help you track it down if it is lost or stolen.

After that step, iOS 7 is installed and you are on the home screen. Apple pops up one last notification to show you how to use Spotlight on iOS 7. The video below highlights many of the best iOS 7 features.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

11 Comments

  1. Lauren

    09/18/2013 at 5:16 pm

    my imessage isnt working and it says waiting for activation….how do i get it to work its been hours and i cant text because i have tmobile which never has service anywhere

  2. Robert

    09/18/2013 at 11:44 pm

    Asking for pass code and I don’t have 1

    • Ttttt

      09/19/2013 at 10:35 am

      Same here…. How you getting on?

  3. glhoffman

    09/19/2013 at 4:49 am

    same here, grrrr, why so many passcodes that we almost never use

  4. Tiffini

    09/19/2013 at 6:31 am

    At some point a password was entered try any password you have ever put on your phone. This happened to me and I was able to unlock it

  5. Guy

    09/19/2013 at 7:12 am

    Tried all passcodes I know of and now my phone is disabled!!!! What now????

  6. Ttttt

    09/19/2013 at 10:34 am

    Arghhhhhh asking for password, no idea as don’t have one, any ideas?

  7. Ttttt

    09/19/2013 at 10:36 am

    How long will it lock me out?

  8. Guy

    09/19/2013 at 11:03 am

    I was told that is it…. Need to do a factory restore…

  9. Mehul

    09/23/2013 at 1:12 pm

    Guys I have lost my FaceTime after upgrade………. How can I get it back?

  10. iOS 7 download links

    10/08/2013 at 2:28 am

    No doubts, IOS 7 update is a very major update to iOS core system, and several things are changed in iOS core system. Everything is pretty changed in this new update.

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