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You excitedly preordered one of the new iPhones, and after what felt like an eternity, the shiny new device is finally in your hands.

Now what?

If you’re like many smartphone owners, you toss your old device into a drawer and start to set up the new phone – but you might be making the transition more difficult than it needs to be, and perhaps carrying over some not-so-great habits from your old iPhone to your new one.

To get the most out of your iPhone 8 (from $699) or iPhone 8 Plus (from $799) – available as of Friday – consider these following suggestions right off the bat.

1. Keep everything (for now)

Don’t ditch your old phone just yet. You’re likely going to need it to migrate content to the new iPhone you just bought. If emails I receive from readers are any indication, many people prematurely sell, trade-in or hand-down an older phone, only to realize you didn’t quite get everything you needed off the old device.

Unless you’re selling your old iPhone, you can also keep and use your older charger cable and earbuds — though you’ll have to use an adaptor for the earbuds, as there’s no headphone jack on iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus.

Speaking of keeping things, when you buy your new iPhone, don’t ditch the receipt or box. Some retailers don’t accept returns without boxes. Or if you want to resell your iPhone privately one day — perhaps on eBay, Craigslist, or Gazelle — it’ll help your chances of selling it if you list the box is included.

More: How to make the most money selling your old iPhone

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2. Restore!

If you were using an older iPhone and liked your settings and apps, and such, it’s super easy to set up your new iPhone to look and operate like your old one.

PC and Mac users can simply plug in the old iPhone into the USB port, and once iTunes opens, choose to back-up its contents to the computer’s hard drive – if iTunes doesn’t do this automatically for you. Once the process is completed, plug the new iPhone into the USB port and in iTunes, click Restore backup.

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