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Here are a few essentials if you're switching to a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

Check your SIM

First, make sure you have the right size SIM card. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus take a nano-SIM. If you have an older, larger SIM card, don’t try to trim it to size yourself (seriously don’t). Go into your nearest Vodacom store and get a new one.

Back up your data

If you already have an iPhone, this is easy as you’ll already have an iCloud account, and your iPhone backs up your data whenever you're in range of Wi-Fi. 

If you're currently using a different make of smartphone, back up your music, videos and images to a cloud service like Dropbox so you can download them later onto your iPhone. If you don’t want to lose your text messages and have an Android smartphone, download this app: SMS Backup and Restore.

Insert your SIM into your new iPhone 6

Make sure the phone has more than 60% battery life before you start the set-up process. Apple has made setting up the iPhone 6 very easy – you'll be guided through a simple process so that the basics such as time, date and language are correct. If you had an iCloud account, you’ll be asked to sign in and the data will sync with your new iPhone.

Add your email account

If you're using Microsoft Exchange, Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail, then Apple will automatically create the email settings for you. If you're using any other server, you’ll have to manually input the settings.

Add your apps

Log into the App Store using your Apple ID (you’ll have to sign up for one if you don't have one already) to download everyday-use apps like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Then sign in to them. 

Next, go to Notifications Centre and toggle these settings so you won't be disturbed at 11pm by someone repinning one of your pins in Pinterest!

There you have it – these are the basics for setting up your iPhone 6.

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