Before you upgrade to the iPhone 6s, you should take a few steps to make sure that you are ready for your new iPhone to arrive on your doorstep or before you go to the store to pick it up.
Preparing for your new iPhone 6s will make the switch and upgrade much smoother and allow you to get up and running on your new iPhone faster. Some of these tasks can take a while to complete if you have not regularly backed up your iPhone, so it’s a great idea to handle this before you get your new iPhone.
These are the steps we take to get ready for upgrading to a new iPhone, which is something we do annually. Even if you upgrade less frequently we think you should use this as a checklist of things to do before you upgrade to the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.
Backup Your Old iPhone
Most users will want to upgrade to the iPhone 6s and bring all their apps and data to the new iPhone from the old. While you can use some apps to transfer contacts and other items, the easiest way to do this is to backup your old iPhone and restore that to your iPhone 6s during the setup process.
You can use iCloud backup which keeps a copy of your iPhone online and available wherever you are, complete with all your apps. This is the best way to back up your iPhone for most users since it creates a new backup every night when you charge your iPhone and it is locked. Here’s how to backup to iCloud.
You can also backup locally to iTunes. When you do this you will need to plug-in when you want to backup and you will then need to plug your iPhone 6s in to that computer to restore from the backup. Learn how to backup your iPhone to iTunes.
Update Your Apps and Backup Your Purchases
It’s a good idea to update all of your apps now, especially if you plan to do an iTunes backup and transfer your content to the computer for syncing to your new iPhone. If you have app updates pending, go ahead and update them now.
When you plug your iPhone into your computer you can choose to transfer purchases to your computer. To do this open iTunes with your iPhone connected, go to File and then Devices and choose Transfer Purchases.
This is something you can skip if you use an iCloud backup since you can re-download the iTunes purchases without paying for them again easily.
Double Check Your Passwords
You will need to sign in to your accounts on your new iPhone in many cases. First and foremost, you will need your Apple ID and password, but after restoring the backup to your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, it may ask you for your email and other passwords.
If you backup to iTunes and use an encrypted backup, make sure you know what that password is as well.
Make Sure Your Photos Are Backed Up
If you already use iCloud Photo Library to keep your iPhone photos backed up and accessible on all of your Apple devices you should be good to go.
For users who don’t use iCloud Photo Library, make sure you sync your photos to your computer or back them up to a service like Google Photos so you can access them on your new iPhone and so that you don’t lose them if you trade in your old iPhone or sell it.
Make Plans for Your Old iPhone
Now is a good time to decide what you are going to do with your old iPhone. There are many trade-in deals and the odds are very good that if you go to a store to buy the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus an employee will try to convince you to use their trade-in service.
You can check the value of your iPhone onNextWorth, Orchard, GameStop, Gazelle, eBay, Best Buy, Apple, AT&T, Amazon and you can check out trade-in offers from T-Mobile and Verizon before you decide what to do.
Some users will make more money selling the old iPhone on their own, while others will get a better deal trading. You may also want to give it to a family member as an upgrade. The big point is, figure out what you want to do before you are under pressure to make a decision.
Speck CandyShell Clear iPhone 6s Case
The Speck CandyShell Clear is the first clear iPhone 6s case from Speck, and the first clear case from the company overall. This form-fitting, minimalist iPhone 6s case delivers a decent amount of protection with a military drop test 810G rating.
Speck assures us that the clear case will not yellow with use like many cheap clear case options. The clear finish is perfect for showing off your iPhone 6s color choice while protecting it.
Buttons move perfectly and are easy to find by touch and there is a raised front bezel to keep the iPhone 6s display off hard surfaces.
$34.95 at Speck