It’s been a couple of weeks since Apple opened the WWDC doors and introduced us to its latest mobile OS. But it appears that some important features have flown under the radar, with one being the iOS 11 automatic setup feature. Not sure what it is? Don’t worry; most people don’t. Here’s everything you need to know, including how to use it.
iOS 11 Automatic Setup
Imagine being able to hold a device that’s been upgraded to iOS 11 next to a new one and transfer critical data. Thanks to iOS 11 Automatic Setup, that’s possible, meaning Apple ID, Wi-Fi, settings, preferences, and passwords can be transferred. The official description of this feature can be found on Apple’s website and reads as follows:
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“The feature allows you to quickly and securely import data to your new iPhone or iPad by holding it near an iOS device or Mac you already own.”
If you’re familiar with Apple TV, you may be thinking this is similar to a feature it has. When a device is brought near, it can transfer important settings, which means setup is a breeze. And that’s almost exactly what Apple has included with iOS 11 Automatic Setup, just for iPhones and iPads.
You’re going to need two iOS 11 devices for this new feature to work. You can’t have one running on the iOS 11 beta and another on iOS 10; the older firmware does not have iOS 11 Automatic Setup built in.
How to use iOS 11 Automatic Setup
1. Make sure you have two iPhones or iPads running either the iOS 11 beta or the full release version. At the time of writing this, it has yet to be released.
2. We imagine that you have two devices: one upgraded to iOS 11 and a new device. With this second handset or tablet, go through the standard setup process. Once you have done that, a new iOS assistant feature will make itself known to you.
3. Now that the new iOS 11 Automatic Setup feature will ask you to “Bring your existing iOS device close.” When it does so, the new feature will begin to walk you through the process.
4. You should see a new panel on the new device; this is the start of a paring process. Similar to that found on Apple’s AirPods, it will require you to point your camera at the clouds on the new device’s display.
5. You should now start to see that all of your important data, such as Apple ID, settings, preferences, Wi-Fi details, and iCloud information, is sent across. And that’s it. The process itself is really easy and convenient; you should have no problems getting it to work.
However, if you do have problems, as always, we’re here to help. So leave a call for assistance in the comments section below, and we will get back to you. Additionally, let us know what you think of this new feature. Is it something you’ve been crying out for years, or is it just a gimmick?