Recently, I had to purchase an iPhone XS after having my iPhone 7 break, causing a need to set up my phone again after years of being used to my configuration. I decided I want to write this down in case I need to do this again in the future.
The first thing to do when setting up the iPhone is going through settings and changing a variety of the settings I prefer. This includes:
- Connecting to my home WiFi.
- Connecting to my Bluetooth devices (my headphones and my car).
- Scheduling Do Not Disturb from
- Setting up Downtime from
- Turning on Automatic Updates.
- Turn on Screen Recording shortcut in the Control Panel.
- Scheduling Night Shift from
- Setting Wallpaper (both lock and home screens).
- Set MMS message history to 30 days.
- Record video at 4K, 60 FPS.
Once that’s complete, most of the basic configuration for the phone is set. The next step is adding and configuring apps – let’s move on.
Installlation and Configuration
My preference is to keep things as simple as possible, so I only keep three rows of apps available at any point on the home screen. I start by deleting all of the apps possible on the phone I’m not planning to use. Generally, that’s everything except the Notes app.
After that, I install my primary applications:
- Google Maps (log in)
- Hulu (log in)
- Kindle (log in)
- Slack (connect to workspaces)
- WordPress (connect to all
- YNAB (log in)
- YouTube (should auto
log infrom Google Maps)
- Outlook (add email addresses)
- Messenger (log in)
- RTM (use badge count for tasks due today)
And then a few of the apps I leave in the ‘Utilities’ folder:
- Dark Sky (turn on precipitation warnings, server weather alerts)
- Discord (log in)
- Dropbox (log in, set up camera uploads)
- Facebook (log in)
- Fitbit (log in, connect Fitbit)
- Fly Delta (log in)
- Genisys (log in)
- Instagram (log in)
- Life Cycle (activate)
- Pluralsight (log in)
- Google Sheets (log in)
- WhatsApp (log in)
Most of these apps require configuring – so I go through each one and make sure everything is in place (logged in, etc.).
Once I have most everything set up, there’s a few more things I do to finish the process:
- Set up widgets to display calendar and weather
- Set a 15 minute time limit for Facebook and Instagram.