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How to Set Up an iPhone in iTunes

by Morgan OwensUpdated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • iPhone

  • iTunes

  • iPhone USB cable

Once your iPhone has been activated by your wireless carrier, you can set up your iPhone in iTunes. If you register your iPhone through iTunes, information and media can be loaded from your computer onto your iPhone using the program. According to Apple, you can also use iTunes to manage the contents of your iPhone and back up files and settings.

Plug your iPhone the computer using the iPhone USB cable which was included with your iPhone.

Open iTunes. The iPhone will appear on the left sidebar under “Devices.”

Launch the “Set Up Your iPhone” window by selecting the iPhone from the sidebar.

Select “Register iPhone” and follow the prompts to register your phone.

Select the tab labeled “Info.” The tab is at the top of the large middle window with “iPhone” written in the top left corner. Select “Automatically sync contacts, calendars and bookmarks” to add contacts, calendars and bookmarks to your iPhone.

Select the “Applications” tab. Click on the boxes to the immediate left of the applications you wish to load onto your iPhone. Click and drag the applications within the iTunes window to arrange how they will appear on your iPhone’s screen.

Select the “Ringtones” tab. Click on the check boxes beside the ringtones you wish to load onto your iPhone.

Select the “Music” tab. Click on the check boxes beside the songs you wish to load onto your iPhone or select “Sync All.” Repeat this process for the “Movies,” “TV Shows” and “Photos” tabs.

Select the “Summary” tab. Click on the button labeled “Apply” located on the right side of the bottom of the screen. This will load all of the selected items onto you iPhone and complete the process of setting up your iPhone in iTunes.

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