There are a few things you will do when you get your new phone to get it up to speed. It won’t be fluffy about what applications to use, or some pretty backgrounds. This is a full-on, pro-level guide on what to do with a new smartphone.
Of course you’ll want to transfer data from the old phone over all of your apps and data. But you should also be sure to keep it worthwhile and make it as safe as possible.
Charge the phone for eight hours
Keep your phone turned off, letting it charge for eight full hours. It is best to stay overnight.
There are a few ideas about charging a smartphone, but you’ll want to make sure it has a full charge before you start setting up the mobile device for the first time. This way, by installing an application, transferring data, or updating the operating system of the smartphone, it will not die half way.
Check for Updates
These are regularly updated to fix bugs and flaws as well as to launch new features Chances are, since the smartphone was packed ready for sale, there has been an update so apply it immediately.
Open the Settings app on an iPhone and then select General, followed by Software Update-if updates are available, they will be shown here. Tap Install, and follow the instructions on the screen.
If you have an Android device from Google go to the Settings icon and scroll down to About Device. Tap System Updates and the phone will check for any available ones automatically. If updates are detected follow the instructions on the screen.
Swipe left from the home screen on a Windows Phone to bring up the entire list of apps, then select Settings. Scroll down and tap Update to Phone. Hit Check For Updates and follow the instructions on screen to install it if an update is found.
Login to Google
When you first turn on your phone you will be directed by a tutorial through the setup process. This will change a small bit from phone to phone but one of the first things that you’ll be asked to do is log into your Google account.
If you want, you can skip this step but we don’t recommend it seriously. Logging into Google connects your smartphone to a lot of other apps and this is the first step in customizing your phone. Activating this account instantly configures your email, calendar, and contact list, and prepares your smartphone to synchronize your identity across devices. Play store needs it, too.
If you’ve previously owned an Android device, then you’re about to witness some magic. Your phone will connect to the Google Play Store after logging in to your Google account and attempt to download all of your old apps. This stock device will be transformed before your very eyes into a faster, sleeker version of your old phone.
Your phone probably came with a few pre-installed apps from the manufacturer or carrier you weren’t looking for and can’t get rid of (unless you want to root). Such devices take up space, and they can slow down your phone. You may want to ditch the stuff to optimize the functionality of your smartphone.
Go to the Applications menu in your Settings once your phone is up and running and find any applications that came pre-loaded to your phone. You may not be able to uninstall them but you may be able to disable them and uninstall any updates that will minimize the space they occupy. Disabling an app also means that you will no longer be seeing it in the app drawer.
But, a word of caution. If this is your very first Android device, you may want to keep the pre-installed apps around until you’re sure you’re not going to need them, they won’t break a key part of your phone’s experience, or until you’ve found appropriate alternatives in the Play store.
If you are going through the initial setup of your phone, you may also be required to register for additional malware protection or other extra services. Feel free to skip off these offers; during setup, you shouldn’t really have to sign up for anything beyond your Google account.
Protect your Phone
With a smartphone which costs hundreds of pounds, you want to do everything you can to avoid damaging it. Protect it from regular hits and bumps by adding a screen protector, which, if dropped will lessen the risk of screen breaking, and a case. Amazon, Maplin and Carphone Warehouse both offer a wide range of smartphones with prices starting at just £ 1.99.
Turn on Voice Control
Voice assistants like Siri and Cortana are very handy as they allow you to ask them questions or give them instructions, like setting a timer for example. You need a chance to learn your voice to do this, so switch it on sooner rather than later!
On an iPhone select Siri to switch on the voice assistant from the Settings menu. Google’s voice assistant should be turned on to Google’s Android devices by now, but if not, go to the Google app and select Settings, Voice, and then make sure OK Google detection is switches on.
Open the Cortana app to use Cortana on a Windows phone, select Menu and then Notebook. Select Settings then enable Hey Cortana.
Get to Know Your Device
Take the time to look into the settings of your phone. Sift through the menus and submenus, and make mental notes about where different features reside. This can save a lot of time later and you may even find new things about your phone.
The Ancient Greeks (and also the Matrix Oracle) had a saying: “Know yourself.” You put a lot of personal information on your phone, and you’re probably going to use it for so much of your internal interactions, and your phone is a little like an extension of you. Don’t let it be strange!
Think about setting up a new phone like you’d move into a new place. Don’t just abandon those empty rooms. Moving into your old familiar furniture and setting up some new pictures. Spruce up the place. Grant them a comprehensive cleaning. You’re going to live here for a while, after all.
It may seem difficult to set up an Android device but it can be fun to settle in and enjoy the process.
(Source: goodhousekeeping.com, androidauthority.com, and online-tech-tips.com)