By Hundter Biede

New iOS Device Setup

How I set up a new iOS device


We all know how much work setting up a new iOS device from scratch can be, but I always prefer to do so with a new iOS device as this gives me a chance to prune my app selections and privacy permissions for apps. There are hundreds of settings to change. Here is the list of tasks I follow when setting up a new device, partially just for my own future reference.

Overcast
Use account
Dark theme
Download on cellular
Playnext by priority
Spotify
Download high quality
Download using cellular
YouTube
Twitch
CNN
Netflix
Snapchat
Allow various permissions
Tweetbot
Add accounts
Browser>Reader View
Display>Text Size 2
Instagram
Buffer
Dark theme and icon
OmniFocus
2Do
Link Dropbox
Nag Notifications
Documents
GoodNotes
Fantastical
Adjust shown calendars
Google Drive, Docs, and Sheets
Hiya
Switch all to block
Truecaller
Settings>Availabidtty off
Settings>Flash off
1Blocker
Restore purchase
Unobstruct
Discover
Bank App
HoursTracker
Stopwatch Icon
Waze
Workflows
Enable Workflow Sync
Letterboxd
Wikipedia
Black Theme
Expand Tables
Canvas
PCalc
Programming Layout
Wunderground and Carrot
Set Location
AutoSleep
Deliveries
Instapaper
iCloud
Messages Syncing on
Bluetooth
Pair Headphones
Cellular
Wi-Fi Calling on
Pare down notifications
Control Center
Flashlight bottom right
Low Power Mode one left of flashlight
Camera above flashlight
Screen Record above Low Power Mode
Do Not Disturb
Do Not Disturb While Driving on when connected to car bluetooth
General
Rename Phone
AirDrop off
Accessibility - Siri voice response control with ringer switch
Pair down Background App Refresh
Date and Time Set Auto off
Display
Never Auto-Lock
Text size 2
Set wallpaper and lock screen
Sound
Duck volume to ~30%
Set ringtone and text tone to downloads
All other sounds = None
Turn off basically every app in Siri and Search
Privacy
Turn off all the location fluff
Enable Apple Pay
Mail
Add accounts
Contacts
Turn off short name
Calendar
Set default alert times
Phone
Announce calls in headphones and car
Messages
Text Forwarding on
Send as SMS on
Safari
Open dtnks in the background
Ask websites not to track me on
Photos
Download and Keep Originals
Upload to photo stream
Camera
Do not preserve any settings
Record at 4K 30 fps
Layout apps!!
Set watch faces
Pare down notifications
Messages: Repeat alerts
Layout apps
Set Dock to favorites
General Settings
Rename watch
Disable auto app install
Activity
Turn off all remindders after stand reminder
Calendar
Select calendars to show
Reduce Background App Refresh
Disable raise to wake
Turn on heart rate alert
Never know when it could come in handy
Workouts
Turn on auto pause