How to make your switch to the iPhone X easier

Whether you're moving from Android or an iOS phone, here's what you need to know

So you got yourself an iPhone X? Brilliant. Exciting as it might be to have Apple's most advanced (and expensive) phone ever, there are a few quirks you need to know about to make the transition easier.

1. Backup via iTunes might be the faster option

Moving from an older iPhone to a new one is fast (so long as you have iOS 11 on both phones) as it's just a matter of putting the phones side by side. The iPhone X will automatically prompt you as part of the setup process.

But if you have a lot of apps and your backup size is fairly large, backing up to iTunes on a computer might be the quicker, smoother option. Do it from the cloud if your WiFi is stable and fast, but for a smoother transition, doing this from an older iPhone then transferring it to the iPhone X is a less painful alternative.

On Android? You won't have to bother with that - just download the Move from Android app to start the transition.

2. If you set up from a new iPhone, take your time with apps

It's early days and the iPhone X is a first-gen device. Which means there'll be bugs and nowhere is this more apparent than the App Store.

If you try to download all your apps en masse in one session, it might not work, so focus on reinstalling only your essential apps first. During my download session, the App Store kept closing every few seconds, which is very frustrating if you, like me, have hundreds of apps in your collection.

If you're not an app junkie though, you likely won't have issues redownloading your apps - or, if you just restored your apps from a previous backup, then it should be a smoother experience.

3. Learn the basic gestures

Make your peace with the disappearance of the Home button - it's all swiping from now on. Here's a simple guide to the basics.

The Home screenJust swipe from the bottom to the top to access this. Easy-peasy.

Switching between appsThis can take getting used to. Whether you're on the home screen or within an app itself, swipe from the bottom and stop in the middle. A cascade of screens will appear, where you can swipe between the apps.

Control CenterForget how you did it on the previous iPhones. Swipe from the upper right-hand corner to see the new Control Center.

NotificationsSwipe from the top centre to see your notifications.

ScreenshotsThe new method to capture those screenshots is to press the Side (power) button on the right and the Volume Up button on the left.

Turn off the iPhoneThis is like the screenshot combo but this time you press and hold for a few seconds.

Hard ResetThis is where it gets annoying: first, you press and quickly relase the Volume Up button, then press and quick release the Volume Down button, and finally press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears. Could Apple have made it any more complicated?

4. Wear glasses? Set up Face ID without them first

Here's the thing: Face ID will recognise your face with your glasses on but you need to capture your mug without them first during the initial set up. I tried setting it up with glasses on and unlocking it after - Face ID was less responsive than when I did it the other way around.

You only need to make a small circle with your face to set up the Face ID - imagine that you're tracing one in the air with your nose. Once you've set it up with your spectacles-less face, it will recognise your face with glasses, makeup, a head covering or in low light - just not with the light completely off.

5. Learn to look right at that camera

This will take some getting used to. Unlocking your phone won't mean your Home screen will be automatically displayed - this is intentional. Instead, all you'll see is a little padlock at the top unlocking.

If you look at your screen while holding the phone upright and it doesn't automatically unlock, tilt your face up a little or make sure your eyes are level with the camera. It's something to get used to but once you do, it will become second nature and it's actually a lot faster than the current iris unlock software in the market, not to mention Apple's Touch ID. Just don't forget to still have a passcode as a secondary security measure.