Apple iPhone SE 2021 Tutorials | How to Set Up Your New iPhone SE

This post will walk you through the initial setup process of the recently released special edition iPhone. Read on to view a step by step tutorial on how to set up your new iPhone SE.

Setting up a new iPhone is an exhilarating experience. To Apple flag-wavers, the initial setup process is definitely a no-brainer. However, this can be a bit of a challenge especially to those who have just migrated to iOS.

This quick guide is therefore aimed at helping the latter readers obtain a seamless first iOS experience.

YouTube video

Easy Steps to Set Up your New iPhone SE

Time Needed : 15 minutes

The following steps depict the actual process of setting up the new iPhone SE 2020 handset from scratch. The screens and menu items are based on the iOS 13.5.1 platform, the latest software version available for iPhones.

  1. To get started, turn on your iPhone by pressing the Power key on the upper-right side of the device and then release when the Apple logo shows up on the display.

    The phone will then instigate the normal start up process.
    When finished booting up, you will be greeted with the Hello screen.

    set up iphone se 2020 - hello

  2. While on the Hello screen, press the Home button to proceed.

    A new screen opens with a list of different languages.

    set up iphone se 2020 - home button

  3. Tap to select your preferred language.

    You may need to scroll down to locate your language from the list.
    The next screen opens prompting you to select your country or region.

    set up iphone se 2020 - language

  4. Locate and then tap your country.

    The Quick start screen will open next.

    set up iphone se 2020 - country

  5. Read and review the Quick start information then tap Set Up Manually at the bottom section.

    The Written and Spoken Language window opens.

    set up iphone se 2020 - manual setup

  6. Tap Continue.

    A new screen will launch with a list of available Wi-Fi networks.

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  7. Tap to select the Wi-Fi network that you’d like to use or connect to.
    Then, enter the Wi-Fi password on the next screen.

    Be sure to enter the correct password to ensure that you’ll be able to connect to the network successfully.

    set up iphone se 2020 - wifi

  8. After typing the password, tap Join.

    Your device will then attempt to connect to the network using the network credentials you’ve provided.
    The selected network will be marked with a check right before the SSID or network name.

    set up iphone se 2020 - join wifi

  9. Tap Next on the upper-right corner to proceed.

    Wait for the next screen to load up completely.
    The loading process could take several seconds or minutes to finish.

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  10. When it’s finished loading, the Data and Privacy screen opens.

    Read and review the information then tap Continue.

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  11. On the next screen you will be prompted to set up your Touch ID.
    You may opt to Continue or Set up Touch ID Later.

    Let’s just go for the latter option to proceed with this demo.
    You can set up the Touch ID at a later time using the iPhone’s settings menu.

    set up iphone se 2020 - touch id

  12. Just tap Don’t Use from the pop-up question to skip the Touch ID setup.
    On the next screen, enter a 6-digit passcode to protect and unlock your device.

    Be sure to take note of your passcode for backup purposes just in case you forget it later.

    set up iphone se 2020 - passcode

  13. Then, enter the same passcode again to confirm.

    If the entries matched, you will be routed to the Apps and Data menu. Otherwise, you’ll be prompted to re-enter the correct passcode.

    set up iphone se 2020 - re-enter passcode

  14. On the Apps and Data menu, choose how you want to transfer apps and data to your new iPhone.

    To proceed with this demo, let’s go for the last option that’s Don’t Transfer Apps and Data since we’ll be setting up the new iPhone from scratch or as new.

    The Apple ID screen will show up next.
    On this screen, you will be asked to enter your Apple ID.

    The Apple ID is typically the email address that you used to set up your Apple account.

    If you haven’t set up one yet, then you need to create a new Apple ID.

    It’s a requisite to use iCloud and other Apple services on your device.

    set up iphone se 2020 - apps data

  15. Just type your Apple ID into the Apple ID text field then tap Next to continue.
    Enter your Apple ID password on the next screen then tap Next to confirm.

    The phone will process the information you’ve provided.

    set up iphone se 2020 - apple id

  16. If prompted, enter the Apple ID verification code that’s sent to your other Apple devices or preferred phone number.

    Your device will then process your account credentials then prompts the Terms and Conditions, if all entries are correct.
    Your device will process your new inputs. 

    set up iphone se 2020 - verification code

  17. When finished, you’ll be routed to the Express Settings.
    Tap Continue to proceed.

    Read the information regarding iPhone updates then tap Continue.

    set up iphone se 2020 - express settings

  18. On the iCloud Keychain, tap Continue if you’d like to set up and use Keychain immediately.

    Otherwise, tap Don’t use iCloud Keychain.

    set up iphone se 2020 - icloud chain

  19. On the Screen Time, choose the option to Set Up Later in Settings.

    Doing so will let you skip the Screen Time setup.

    set up iphone se 2020 - screentime

  20. On the App Analytics display, tap to select your preferred option.

    We’ll just choose Don’t share option to proceed with this demo.

    set up iphone se 2020 - app analytics

  21. Then, tap Continue on the True Tone Display after reading the feature’s overview.

    On the next screen, tap to mark your preferred screen appearance.
    You can choose between Light and Dark mode.
    After making a selection, tap Continue.

    set up iphone se 2020 - true tone display

  22. Choose your preferred Home button haptic then tap Continue.

    Do the same on the Display Zoom screen.

    set up iphone se 2020 - haptic home button

  23. When prompted with the Welcome to iPhone screen, tap the Get Started button.

    Doing so will let you access your iPhone’s Home screen that’s populated with various app icons and shortcut controls.

    set up iphone se 2020 - welcome

  • iOS 13.5.1
  • Apple iPhone SE 2020

You can now go ahead and explore the rest of the features of your new iPhone SE 2020. Other features that you did not configure during the initial setup can also be accessed and modified through the phone’s settings menu.

And that covers everything in this iPhone tutorial.

To view more comprehensive tutorials and troubleshooting videos on different mobile devices, feel free to visit The Droid Guy channel on YouTube anytime.

Hope this helps!


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