How to upgrade to iOS 7

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Set up from an update or restore

After you’ve set up a network connection, entered your Apple ID, and agreed to the terms and conditions, it’s time to decide whether to use the iCloud service. iCloud is an umbrella term for Apple’s collection of sync offerings, which allow you to sync your photos, apps, contacts, calendars, and mail across multiple devices.

You can even set up different Apple IDs for iCloud and iTunes, if you have one shared Apple ID that you use for family purchases and another that you want to use for your iCloud data.

Choose to set up iCloud, and the screen will also ask whether to enable iCloud backups for your device. If you decide to 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 it over Wi-Fi without needing a computer. (Of course, if you’d rather back up to your computer, you can always elect to have iTunes back up your device.)

Additionally, the screens will ask whether you’d like to opt in to iCloud’s Find My iPhone, iMessage, and FaceTime services.

LEAVE A MESSAGE: Turn on iMessage and FaceTime to chat with your family and friends using text, photos, and video.

Find My iPhone 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; iMessage lets you send text, photo, and video messages to your family and friends over a data connection; and FaceTime lets you chat via video and audio with friends over Wi-Fi and cellular connections (select carriers only).

Your device also prompts you to enter a passcode to protect it from potential thieves or snoops. If you’d rather not set one, just tap Don’t Add Passcode to skip this step.

If you have an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad that can use Siri, Apple’s personal voice assistant, your device will ask 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 in the Settings app at a later date.

Once you finish the setup process, you see a screen asking whether your device may automatically send diagnostic and usage information to Apple to “help Apple improve its products and services.”

Choose Automatically Send or Don’t Send, and then tap Next.

Congratulations! You’ve answered all the setup questions and you’re ready to begin using iOS 7.

WELCOME, WELCOME: Once you’ve finished answering all of iOS 7’s setup questions, you can head straight to the home screen.
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At a Glance
  • iOS 7 sports a revolutionary new design, under-the-hood features like Control Center and card-based multitasking, and app updates.


    • Extensive, eye-catching redesign
    • Control Center gives quick access to frequent features
    • More extensive multitasking capabilities


    • Minor bugs are not uncommon
    • AirDrop feature lacks Mac compatibility
    • iPad version feels uneven, sluggish
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