Got yourself a brand new iPhone? Congratulations! If it’s an iPhone 14, you may need some help activating the eSIM. However, once you register to a network, Activating your iPhone should be simple. However, you may face issues like your iPhone getting stuck indefinitely on the ‘Setting up your Apple ID screen’.
This is not the experience you want to have, especially when setting up a new phone. If setup cannot be bypassed due to this error. Here are some of the best ways to fix if your iPhone is stuck on Apple ID setup.
1. Force restart iPhone to reset the installation process.
If your new iPhone is taking forever to set up, There may be a bug or problem in the setup process that prevents you from moving your iPhone to the next step. The best solution to this problem is to force restart your iPhone. In this way, Reset the setup process and you’ll have to start over.
This means you will have to enter all your details and sign in to your Apple account once again. At least it’s faster than waiting for your iPhone to get past the ‘Stuck on Apple ID screen’. Here’s how to force restart your iPhone.
For iPhone 6s or below
Press and hold the Home button and Power button at the same time. Release them when you see the Apple logo on the screen.
For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
Press and hold the Volume Down button and the Power button. Release them when you see the Apple logo on the screen.
For iPhone 8 and up
Press and release the volume button; Press and release the volume button; Then press and hold the Side/Power button until you see the Apple logo on the screen.
Once your iPhone restarts, You will be taken to the beginning of the setup process. Follow the instructions and set up your iPhone.
2. Make sure you have an active internet connection.
The initial setup process on iPhone requires you to be connected to the Internet. Failure to do so will stop iPhone setup, especially when you log in to your Apple ID.
So make sure your iPhone is connected to the internet via Wi-Fi connection or mobile data. A Wi-Fi network is preferred over a data connection because it is more stable.
If you don’t have internet access or the network is spotty Follow the first method and restart the setup process by skipping adding your Apple ID. If you’re wondering how to add an Apple ID to your iPhone later, you can do it through the Settings app.
3. Connect to a different Wi-Fi network.
This point is related to the previous point. As already mentioned, You need to be connected to the Internet for activation, otherwise your new iPhone won’t be set up. If you’re using a Wi-Fi network for this, make sure you’re connected to one with enough bandwidth. It’s also important to be near a Wi-Fi router, especially if you’re using a 5GHz network.
Try moving closer to the router. If that doesn’t help, try connecting to a different Wi-Fi network. If another network is not found, restart the setup process using the first method; This time, Do not connect to a Wi-Fi network. Set up the phone with mobile data instead.
4. Insert a valid SIM card.
Your iPhone activates the moment you insert a SIM card. To be so You need to make sure that the SIM card you have inserted is working and can make/receive calls and connect to mobile data. If you have the new iPhone 14 in the US, You will notice that the phone does not have a physical SIM slot.
In such a case, Make sure you set up and activate the eSIM before going through the Apple ID activation process. Failure to do so may be the reason why Apple ID is not activated on your new iPhone.
5. Use a different Apple ID.
All of the solutions above assume an issue with the iPhone or your network, but the problem may be completely different. Your Apple ID may have some issue that causes the iPhone to get stuck on the Set Up Apple ID screen.
If you have a second iCloud account Use it to sign in to iCloud during setup by restarting the process using the first method. If you don’t have another account. You can create a temporary one until your iPhone is set up. You can then sign out and sign in with your main account via the Settings app.
6. Update or restore iOS.
If the above solutions don’t work for you; There may be a problem with your iPhone’s software. Updating your iPhone to the latest version of iOS or restoring to a stable version can fix the problem. Because your iPhone isn’t set up, You will not be able to update the phone through the Settings app. Instead, You can use iTunes in Windows or Finder.
Note– The steps will be performed using Finder on Mac, but the procedure is the same for iTunes on Windows.
Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your Mac/PC with a lightning cable.
Step 2: If you have a Mac, access the iPhone via the sidebar in Finder. If you’re using iTunes, open the app and tap your iPhone.
Step 3: Now click on Check for Update.
If an update is available; You can choose Install and your iPhone will be updated to the latest iOS version.
However, if your iPhone is on the latest iOS version. Your only option is to recover it.
Step 4: Click Restore iPhone. Follow the on-screen instructions and the recovery process will begin shortly.
Once your iPhone is restored, it will reset and you can start over. This time, Hopefully, your iPhone should start up without any issues.
Frequently asked questions
It generally only takes a few seconds or maximum 1-2 minutes to log in to your Apple ID and set up your iPhone. If it takes longer than that, something might be wrong.
When setting up iPhone for the first time, you’ll be given the option to enter and sign in with your Apple ID. If you want to add it later, You can do this through the Settings app.
When asked to sign in to your Apple ID during the setup process; You’ll also see an option to create a new Apple ID. Select this option to set up an Apple account.
If you buy a new iPhone and can’t get past the setup process to use all its new features. It’s absolutely insane. If your iPhone is stuck setting up your Apple ID, Just follow these simple instructions and you should be up and running in no time.