If you recently bought your first Android device, then congratulations. We are going to guide you through your first time setting up the device. Here you can find out how to properly setup your device in order to be able to get the most out of it later. Let’s see the steps one by one.
1. Enjoy Unboxing Your Device
Your experience should start with the most simple thing. Getting your device out of the box and unwrapping it.
After you’ve done that, and have discovered what comes in the box along with your device, you are ready to turn your phone on. Yep, you don’t have to plug it in and let it charge for 8 hours. I have to note that because, unfortunately, this is a myth that people still believe.
Pro Tip: Li-ion Batteries (such as the one that your phone has) have to work at about 40% – 70% of their maximum capacity in order to function in an optimal way. Now let’s move one with the more interesting parts.
2. Powering Up Your Phone And Selecting Language
After you’ve turned your phone on you’ll be prompted to select a language. This is the language that the Android system will use. Everything in your settings and integrated apps will be written in the language that you’ll choose in this step.
Of course, you can later change the language you selected from the settings. There, you can also modify and add keyboard languages as well.
3) Putting In Your SIM and Setting Up Your Google Account
Next, the device will prompt you to insert your SIM. If you’ve already done that, simply type your SIM password and you are good to go. This step is necessary if you want to be able to call someone or use your phone’s data in case you don’t have access to a WiFi network.
On the other hand, if you have access to a WiFi network, I suggest you use it because it is time to setup your Google account. You can use your Google account in these ways:
- Backup and Restore your apps in case you change/lose your device
- Gain access to the Play Store and its different services. Here you can download a plethora of applications, listen to music, read books and/or watch movies.
Note that in case you have another device which is synced with a specific google account you can now restore its settings. If this is your first time with Android then I strongly suggest you set up the account in order to gain access to the Play Store as mentioned above.
4. Setting Up Your Privacy Settings
Next, Android helps you ensure that your personal data is secured. Here, you can sync your account with the email you use daily. You can also set up a password/PIN for unlocking the device wich is highly recommended.
Finally, another step you can take in order to secure your privacy is to choose how your notifications will be displayed on your lock screen. Your options are:
- “Show all notification content” Which shows all of the content right on your lock screen.
- “Hide sensitive notification content” Which only shows that you’ve received a message.
- “Don’t show notifications at all” which hides all notifications from the lock screen.
Of course, even when you’ve set up all of these measures you have to be secure your device from malicious software when surfing on the internet. See how you can protect your device here:
5. Enjoy Your Android Device
Now it’s time to enjoy what you’ve bought. Android is great!! You can customize almost every aspect of it and/or download awesome apps that help you improve your life. If you simply want some ideas to help you get started read the links below:
Have fun with your new device, and if you have a question, feel free to comment below.