How to prepare for your iPhone 7

By , Sep 15, 2016

iPhone 7 in the Box

Many anxious Apple customers are anticipating their new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus handsets and are scheduled to receive them as early as this Friday.

Some customers are dealing with shipping times extending as far out into the future as October or November, but regardless of how long you’ll be waiting, everyone who bought an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus has one thing in common: we should all be preparing for the day when it arrives.

Being prepared for the new iPhone will help you to have a seamless transition from your current handset to the new one, and there are some preliminary steps you can and should follow.

1. Back up your current iPhone

Although some people don’t mind starting out completely fresh when they get a new iPhone in the mail, others like to migrate their existing files and data from their current iPhone to their new one.

This is done by backing up your iPhone’s data. You can do this one of two ways: through iCloud, or through iTunes.

I will say from experience that iTunes seems to be a far more reliable way of backing up your information, and if you don’t have reliable access to the internet, then iTunes is a great way to back up your information locally instead of online.

2. Have a plan for headphones

As you probably know by now, the new iPhone doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, Apple wants you to use Lightning-based headphones or wireless Bluetooth headphones like the newly-unveiled Apple AirPods.

Apple includes a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter in the box with the iPhone 7, but we think it might get a little old to use when you realize the adapter is going to get in the way of charging your device as the battery level gets low.

Related: 4 ways to listen to music on your iPhone 7 while it charges

As a result, you may want to prepare for your upcoming iPhone by thinking ahead of time about what you want to use to listen to your music.

If you need help figuring out what headphones to get, we have a comprehensive roundup of 7 great Bluetooth headphones to try with your new iPhone 7.

3. Consider a case

The new iPhone isn’t cheap, as always, but the cost paired with the unfortunate caveat that the new Jet Black finish is prone to micro-abrasions from everyday use, spell out a very good reason to put your new iPhone in some sort of case for protection.

We know it seems counter-productive for such a beautiful device to be covered up in a piece of flimsy plastic and rubber, but when it comes to protecting your investment, it’s money well spent. In fact, you might want to consider buying a case ahead of time so that you have protection for your new iPhone before it even reaches your doorstep.

Because there are so many cases out there to choose from, we made a roundup of 6 great cases you can buy for the iPhone 7 right now to get you started.

4. Figure out what you’ll do with your old iPhone

After upgrading to a new iPhone, it’s always a tough choice to decide what you’re going to do with your retired Apple device.

Some people like to hold onto them and save them for a rainy day, such as when your new iPhone breaks (knock on wood), while others like to cash in on what they’re worth to go towards the cost of upgrading to their new iPhone.

If you will be selling your iPhone, remember to restore the device to factory settings ahead of time to keep your personal data from being read.

Obviously, don’t sell your device until after you have your new one in hand. As for me, I’ll probably be keeping my old iPhone around for an iOS 10 jailbreak if one ever rolls around

Are you prepared for your new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus? Share in the comments below what you did to get ready.

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  • Juan Felipe Yañez

    Hey guys. If i buy and iPhone 7 plus full price at apple… can i use it with any other service provider around the world? meaning .. would it be unlocked for any carrier? thanks

    • Wilber Alexander Flores

      Yes 🙂

      • Juan Felipe Yañez

        Thanks. My zone uses GSM so what type of carrier should I choose. Cause i understand some use CDMA and others GSM

      • Wilber Alexander Flores

        Not sure about that I’m in Canada

    • TornBodies

      only the verizon and sprint variants this year are fully unlocked in the sense they have both cdma and gsm ur best bet is buying a verizon or sprint model if u wanna use it as a world phone

    • 5723alex .

      Not if you buy the iPhone 7 in US as the devices are unlocked but not SIM free, yet.
      For an unlocked and SIM free you’ll have to wait 1-2 months.

      If you buy the iPhone 7 anywhere else in the world you will get an unlocked, SIM free device.

      • Juan Felipe Yañez

        Sorry but I don´t get this. If its unlocked whats the point on having a sim free? I mean if its unlocked could´t I just insert my regular Sim ??

  • Felipe Queiroz Drumond

    #3 is extremely important to keep your device in good condition to make a good deal when selling it (#4). When I’m about to buy a new Phone I purchase a great case and screen shield, and install them as soon as I open the iPhone’s box. Therefore, my device is in a pristine-like condition when I sell it.

  • nova voter

    got the shipping notification. my jet black 7 will be here tomorrow. so pumped.

    question: if I want to sell my 9.3.3 iPhone 6+, will cydia impactor (or whatever it’s called now) get rid of ALL my personal settings and allow the buyer to set it up without needing my iCloud login?

    • Jose Rivera

      You MUST remove your iCloud account prior to erasing your device. You can’t just erase it and expect every single thing to be removed because iCloud links your devices serial numbers and UDID to the servers. Cydia impactos will only remove the jailbrak but I’m not sure about wiping the device… Use iTunes for that… Or else you’ll have to figure out how to remove your Apple ID if you don’t remember it

      • nova voter


        I would def log out of my iCloud account, turn off find my iPhone etc.

        could be a helpful tutorial from iDB — how to get your jailbroken phone set for resale.

  • Ramon

    On the same boat as you Anthony, I’m going to wait for an iOS 10 Jailbrake before I sell my old iPhone!