Apple's new devices this year all launch with the new iOS 7 mobile operating system. It's definitely a new look, and some of the settings and features that you're used to have changed. If you're moving from an older device running iOS 6, here's how to restore your new iPhone or iPad from an iCloud backup.
For this article I'm restoring an iPad Mini with Retina, from an iPod touch (fourth generation) running iOS 6, but the process is virtually identical on the iPhone.
To easily transfer your contacts, email, and apps to your new device, it's usually easiest to back it up to iCloud first. Go to Settings > iCloud > Back Up Now.
If you do have a lot of media and other data, you might want to back up and restore your devices by plugging them into your computer using iTunes, but as long as you're on a Wi-Fi connection, using iCloud is a relatively painless experience.
Then you'll need to sign in with your Apple ID, agree to the EULA, then choose the backup you just created, or one from an earlier time. To be sure you have everything you want it though, it's best to grab the one you just made.
Settings and data are restored quickly, and your device will restart during the process. After a successful restore, you just need to set up a few more things. Sign in with your Apple ID again, create a passcode, enable Siri, and choose to send diagnostic info to Apple.
Then you'll need to wait while the apps you brought with are downloaded from the App Store. For example, in the screenshot below, the bright apps are already installed and the others are waiting to be downloaded.
It's worth noting that the standard built-in apps for iOS such as Calendar, Maps, and Mail will include the data from your iOS 6 device.
If you want to reinstall apps you've previously purchased, open the App Store and select Purchased from the bottom menu. All of the apps you've previously downloaded will be listed. Just tap on the ones you to download to the new device.
That's all there is to it. Now you have all of the apps, contacts, and other files as you did before, but on a new fresh device.
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