You just unboxed your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and you want to know how to use all the cool new features. We’ll show you 7 things you can do with your new iPhone 6 right out of the box. This will help you learn more about what the iPhone 6 can do and help you show off your new iPhone to friends and family.
You can use our iPhone 6 Setup Guide to get your iPhone 6 set up out of the box and walk through the main steps to get your new iPhone ready to use. After you finish the basic setups, we’ll show you some of our favorite iPhone 6 tips and features. The short video below walks you through the main iPhone 6 setup procedure.
After you get that done, here are the steps to take to learn all the cool things you can do with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. No matter which iPhone you have, you’ll find something cool to do in these steps.
Set Up Apple Pay on Your New iPhone 6
The iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 support Apple Pay. This is a new feature that lets you use your iPhone 6 to make payments at a store. Just hold your iPhone 6 an inch or so away from the credit card terminal and press your finger to the home button to activate Apple Pay. Before you use Apple Pay, you need to set it up.
Set up Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.
Use this guide to set up Apple Pay on the iPhone 6. You need to do this before you go to the store and you need a participating bank or credit card for this to work. Some small and medium size banks do not support Apple Pay yet.
Learn How Your Headphones Work
Do more with your iPhone headphones.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include Apple EarPods that include a remote control that does a lot more than just change the volume. Here are some things you can do with the Apple headphones and other headphones that use this same control when plugged into the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.
Open Siri – Hold the middle button to activate Siri.
Skip Tracks – Double tap the middle button to skip one track forward.
Go back a Track – Triple tap the middle button to go back one track.
Control Your Camera – Plug the headphones in, open the camera app and press volume down to take a photo.
Control Your Mac – If you use a Mac, plug the headphones in and you can control volume and playback just like on your iPhone.
You don’t need special headphones, and any made for iPhone headphones should support these features right out of the box.
Master the iPhone 6 Camera
The iPhone 6 camera and iPhone 6 Plus camera offer the same essential features that you can control. Here is a collection of five videos that outline the iPhone 6 camera tips and tricks that will help you take better looking iPhone 6 photos without spending money on accessories or apps.
Even if you only watch the first video, you’ll be well on your way to taking better looking iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus photos.
Download the Essential iPhone 6 Apps
Apps make the iPhone 6 experience better, but finding the right apps is tough for many users. You may not need all of them, but our list of the 63 best iPhone 6 apps is a great place to find our favorite apps for the iPhone 6. You’ll find many free apps and a few paid iPhone 6 apps that we think are worth spending your money on.
Checkout the best iPhone 6 apps and iPhone 6 Plus apps.
If you have the iPhone 6 Plus or plan to really use iPhone 6 screen as much as you can, be sure to check out our best iPhone 6 Plus apps that include a few other options that we love using on the bigger iPhone screens.
Set up Texts & Calls On Your Mac
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can ring your Mac and forward text messages to your Mac so you can answer them without picking up your iPhone. You can even make your iPad ring using this handy trick.
First you’ll need to set up your Mac to receive calls that come to your iPhone. Open the FaceTime app-> Go to Preferences -> Put a check next to iPhone Cellular Calls.
On your iPhone go to Settings -> FaceTime -> iPhone Cellular Calls -> On. This will complete the setup. You need to be on the same WiFi network and you need to use the same Apple ID.
Enter the six digit code to link your Mac and your iPhone text messages.
To Set up text messages on your Mac or iPad, you need to do a slightly more complicated setup that involves entering a six digit code. iPhone and go to Settings -> Messages -> Text Forwarding -> Toggle on and then enter the six digit code. The code shows up on your iPad or Mac, depending which one you turn on. Here’s more on how to use text message forwarding on the iPhone.