You just bought your new iPhone 14, but now what? Sure, you got everything transferred over from your old phone, and now all you want to do is play with your fancy new gadget. What should you do first?
Once you’ve done tinkering, here are the first four things you should do with your new iPhone 14.
1. Buy a Phone Case
You need to protect your investment with an iPhone 14 case. Modern phone cases can help shield your iPhone 14 from a variety of damage. After paying for an iPhone 14, you do not want to feel as though you threw all that money away after just one liquid leak or drop on the cement.
As the mobile phone industry moves toward wireless charging solutions, you’re probably asking yourself: does wireless charging work with a case? There’s no easy answer to the question, as it depends on the case. Thicker cases can get in the way of Qi wireless charging, but thinner cases are often compatible.
Don’t forget, though, that Apple’s MagSafe technology is still included in the iPhone 14. Cases that are MagSafe-compatible will allow you to charge your device with any MagSafe charger for iPhones, and they’re generally compatible with typical Qi wireless charging as well.
2. Put a Screen Protector on It
Before you put your iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Plus case on, make sure you also place a screen protector on your phone. Glass screen protectors are relatively inexpensive and worth the cost. Screen cracks can still happen even with the Ceramic Shield built into the iPhone 14’s screen, and even with the best warranty, a screen repair can be expensive and time-consuming.
Tempered glass screen protectors are made of real tempered glass that won’t shatter; instead, they crack, hopefully in place of your phone’s actual screen. Downside – you may find yourself cracking that protector far more often than you would your phone screen. If that sounds like something you’ve experienced, a liquid screen protector may be more your style.
In most cases, you won’t even notice a protector is there unless you’ve managed to damage it, and if that’s the case, you can easily peel it off to replace it.
3. Play With the Camera Modes
The iPhone 14’s camera modes are going to be a lot of fun to play around with, especially if you love photography. Action mode is cool since it applies professional video stabilization to the hand-held photos you take. If you like taking videos or photos while moving, then it is a great feature to use.
Cinematic mode now has 4k resolution, which is better than it was on the iPhone 12 and before. Whatever kind of settings you decide to try out, you can have fun opening up your Photos app and browsing through them to see how your shots all turned out. There is even a Macro mode, which lets you take close-up photos that display high-resolution details on the iPhone 14 Pro.
4. Set Up Your Medical ID and Emergency Contacts
It is always a good idea to set up your emergency contacts and medical ID whenever you get a new iPhone. A lot of people skip over it, despite it only taking a few minutes to complete. First responders can see your list of allergies, medications, and health info on your lock screen.
Setting up an emergency contact allows you to call someone in case of emergency using the side and volume buttons and holding down on them for a few seconds.
Here are the steps you can take to set this up:
- Open your Health app on your iPhone 14.
- Tap on your profile picture, which will appear in the upper right-hand corner.
- Tap on Medical ID.
- Tap on Edit, which will show in the upper right-hand corner.
- Put in any important medical info that a first responder would need to know if you were involved in an accident, as well as an emergency contact you would want them to reach and alert.
Read Your Manual
I know that this is something almost none of us do, but you will find a lot of helpful information in your iPhone 14’s user manual. It is all posted on Apple’s website. If you are unsure about how a feature works or how to locate something on your iPhone 14, you can find out how to do it in the user manual.
Your iPhone 14’s user manual will give you a profound overview of everything that comes on and with this smartphone model. You can catch up on all its specs, get a summary of the warranty coverage types offered by Apple, and learn about troubleshooting techniques that you might need to use. You can go through the repairs manual for your iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro and learn about various repairs that commonly come up on these devices, as well as how to perform them.
After buying an iPhone 14 Plus case, you can settle into using your brand-new device. Familiarizing yourself with everything on your iPhone 14 will be important so that you can get used to the changes that Apple has made since the iPhone 13 came out. Once your device is set up the way you like it, you can use it and feel assured by knowing it’s protected.