New iPhone / iPad setup

It's the time of year where many people are getting a new iPhone. I have written about this before, but I would like to refresh your knowledge about how to move from your old to new iPhone or iPad.

The iCloud backup takes place at night while connected to a USB charger and WiFi. This backup while a potential lifesaver if you need to restore your iOS device on the fly this is not a complete backup that holds all your data.

Backing up your iPhone or iPad to your computer via iTunes by connecting it with a USB cable to your Mac.  Open iTunes, select your iPhone or iPad and click "Back Up Now." 

To make the move much easier you can save settings and passwords by selecting the box "Encrypt iPhone Backup" to store the passwords and settings.

When you activate the new iPhone or iPad, do not restore from iCloud. But go home, connect to your Mac with the lightning cable and restore from the backup.

Clean start:
If your iPhone is a couple of years old and has not been behaving well, you might want to take the time to set it up as a new iPhone. Moving gremlins to your new smartphone from the backup often leads to a poor user experience.

2017-11-04 UPDATE

iPhone X cannot restore from local (iTunes) backup of iPhone 5, 6, 7, 8

It turns out that the old proven method to restore from a local backup made through iTunes doesn't work with the new iPhone X. This new design is not compatible with backup from the previous generation iPhone's.

If you want to restore to apps and settings similar to the old iPhone you need to restore from iCloud backup. Otherwise setup as a new iPhone. Regardless, once you have your new iPhone X setup the way you like it. I recommend making a new local backup through iTunes (check the "Encrypt Backup" box) just in case you ever need to restore. Just don't' forget to once in a while create a new local backup ;-)