Switching to iPhone SE? 4 things to do on your old iPhone before upgrading
A little prep work now will make setting up your new iPhone SE that much easier.
Jason CiprianiContributing Writer, ZDNet
Jason Cipriani is based out of beautiful Colorado and has been covering mobile technology news and reviewing the latest gadgets for the last six years. His work can also be found on sister site CNET in the How To section, as well as across several more online publications.
Deliveries of Apple's new iPhone SE will start arriving soon, and with it comes the process of transferring all of your information from your old phone -- like your contacts, photos and apps. Setting up any new phone can feel like a chore, especially if you have a lot of apps and photos, but if you do these few tasks now, it doesn't have to.
We'll show you how to get rid of the apps you never use, double-check that your pictures and videos are backed up and create a fresh backup of your current phone. Trust me, it will be time well spent.
Get rid of app clutter
I think we can all relate to downloading an app or game just to check it out, and then never open it again. Go through the apps on your phone and remove any that you no longer use. Each app is only taking up storage space and cluttering up your home screens.
To delete apps on your iPhone, long-press on an app icon until they start to wiggle. Tap on the small "X" that shows up in the top-left corner of the app icon to delete the app. When managing my own apps, I wish Apple would have never removed the ability to use iTunes to manage them. Alas, you'll have to do it solely on your phone.
iCloud is the easiest and is built into
, but depending on how big your library is, you might have to subscribe to a larger iCloud storage amount, which can cost anywhere from $0.99 up to $9.99 a month. Turn on iCloud photo backup by opening the Settings app on your iPhone and going to Photos and toggle the switch next to iCloud Photos to the On position.
Google Photos offers free unlimited storage for "high-quality" photos and videos, which means
will compress photos larger than 16-megapixels and 4K videos to 1080p. As long as you don't mind a slight decrease in quality,
is the most economical option for many. If you'd rather back up original quality, Google's storage plans range from $1.99 to $9.99 a month.
Regardless of which service you use, if this is the first time you've ever backed up your photo library, make sure your iPhone is plugged into a charger and you're connected to a Wi-Fi network to ensure your battery doesn't die, speed up the process and save your data plan.
Triage your iPhone's storage
Over time, our iPhone storage (the storage on any device, for that matter) starts to accumulate random files and other junk -- just like the top of my desk. Whether it's a podcast series you downloaded but never got around to listening to, or a bunch of GIFs stored in your Messages conversations, it's far too easy to start running low on storage space.
Do you really want to bring all that junk over with you? Switching will be faster if you trim the excess now.
Open the Settings app then go to General > iPhone Storage and wait for the page to load. It can take a few seconds to load, depending on how much stuff you have on your iPhone. Once it does, go through each suggestion and category and decide what absolutely needs to stay, and then delete the rest.
With that done, time to create a new backup
Finally, with storage cleared, apps deleted and precious memories stored safely off of your device, it's time to back up your iPhone. The process should go faster than it has previously, because -- in theory, at least -- there's now less stuff on your phone to back up.
The easiest way to do this is to open the Settings app, tap on your name at the top of the list, and then go to iCloud > iCloud Backup > Back up now. Make sure you're connected to a Wi-Fi network and connected to a charger.