With a new iPhone being released every year, updating your device to a newer model seems to happen more often now than back in the old days. While it can be exciting to update your iPhone to a newer model, it can also be troublesome to constantly reconfigure your settings again and again when you change iPhones.

Furthermore, if you’re a teacher, IT administrator, or large corporation that hands out iOS devices to students or employees, it would be far too time consuming to configure each device one by one. Luckily, there’s something known as the iPhone Configuration Utility, which can help users configure their settings on new devices in an easy and efficient manner.

The iPhone Configuration Utility, also known as the IPCU is a tool, often used in corporate environments, for managing your iPhone. The IPCU is compatible with both Mac and Windows, allowing you to create, maintain, encrypt, and push configuration profiles. The configuration profiles are in XML format, a markup language used to store and transport data. The files include VPN configuration, Wi-Fi settings, security policies, APN settings, mail account settings, and other certificates that allow the iPhone to work with your enterprise systems.

Though IPCU has two versions for Mac, it works well with Mac OS 10.8. Users have reported that when using IPCU with Mac OS 10.9, the utility would get stuck during the installation process. This problem was fixed when Apple released another tool, by the name of Apple Configurator, which is even more powerful than IPCU and allows users to install applications immediately upon connecting their iOS device to their Mac.

You can also configure a large number of devices with the settings, apps and data you prefer. Currently, Apple has released a second version of Apple Configurator, known as Apple Configurator 2. This is a free tool that is especially helpful to corporations or teachers, who hand out devices to students or employees. Luckily, if you’re a Windows user, IPCU will run smoothly. If you want to use IPCU for Windows, follow the instructions below,

1. Download and install iPhone Configuration Utility on your computer. You will need to have a NET version higher than 2.5 in order for the download to complete. The program will automatically be able to detect the NET version of your computer, and will download accordingly. If it doesn’t download, try using a more updated computer.

2. Connect your iOS device to your computer and choose Configuration Profiles.

3. You will now see a list of branches representing the settings on your iPhone, such as Calendar, Mail, WI-Fi, Passcode, VPN, and more.

4. Choose which items you want to export and click Export to save the configuration profile to your computer.

5. When you want to use the configuration profile, make sure your iOS device is connected to your computer, and click Import.

If you have a Mac you’ll have to download the Apple Configurator application. To get started using Apple Configurator, follow the instructions below,

1. Download and install Apple Configurator 2.

2. Launch Apple Configurator 2.

3. Connect your device or devices to your computer using a USB cable.

4. In the Apple Configurator 2 window, select the device you would like to configure.

You will then be able to carry out many tasks such as updating your device(s), backing up your device(s), configuring settings and more. Choose the options which best fit your needs. Apple Configurator 2 is especially useful for large families that possess a myriad of iOS devices.

Instead of updating the software on each device one by one, you can simply use the Apple Configurator 2 tool to get the job done easily from one central location. You also have the option to manage applications, lock down options, check device information, and more. The great part about this tool is that it works not only with your iPhone but also with iPad’s, iPod’s, and even your Apple TV, as long as these devices are running iOS 7 or onwards.

You no longer have to help your parents and grandparents one by one when it comes to updating their devices or configuring the settings on their device. With Apple Configurator 2, get the job done instantly.