Things to do on your new android smartphone

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So you’ve just lifted your new Android device from its box. And you're super excited to use that phone you bought with your Christmas bonus or from your hard earned "aginaldo" from your godparents.
Okay, maybe you’re not that excited, but a new phone is certainly a cause for celebration.

What to do now?

The customization that makes Android so adaptable and powerful is the same thing that can make it a little intimidating at the beginning. Because so much customization is possible, it’s hard to know where to start! Fortunately, we have listed the things you should do to your new android device. These things will ensure that you are getting the most out of your new device from Day One.


1. Check your device

First of all, take a moment to really appreciate what you’re holding in your hands. You bought it with your hard earned cash so take time to appreciate the purchase you made and think of the thing you can do with your new device. You need to keep your composure and make sure your device came with all the correct parts.

Go through all of your phone’s packaging and take stock of everything you own. Review any warranty information, and take note of any extras that came with your device. You probably got a micro-USB or the new USB type C charger and maybe even have nifty set of earbuds if your phone still have a headset jack.

2. Charge it up

Go ahead and plug the phone in to get some juice. You’re going to be playing with your new device for the next couple of hours, and you don’t want it dying on you right in the middle of a crucial process.

Also, you’ll probably want to connect to a wireless network if one is available. After all, not all of us have unlimited data, and you’re almost certainly going to be downloading a ton of data during your first day with your phone. It might be a good idea not to start eating into your limited mobile data right away.

3. Log-in to your Google account

When you turn on your device for the first time, a walkthrough will guide you through the setup process. One of the first things it will ask you to do is log into your Google account.
You can skip this step if you want, but we seriously don’t recommend it. Logging into Google connects your device with a ton of other services, and it’s the first step you will take toward personalizing your phone. Activating this account will set up your email, calendar, and contacts list automatically, and it will prepare your phone to synchronize your identity across devices. It’s also required for the Play store.

If you’ve owned an Android device before, then you’re about to witness some magic. After you log into your Google account, your phone will connect with the Google Play Store and attempt to download all the apps you used before. This stock device will transform into a faster, sleeker version of your old phone.

4. Disable bloatware

If you got your phone through a major carrier, odds are it came with some apps on it that you didn’t ask for and can’t get rid of (unless you decide to root). These apps take up space and can slow your phone down. To maximize your phone’s capabilities, you may want to ditch this stuff.

When you are going through your device’s initial setup, it may ask you to register for additional malware protection or other extra services. Feel free to skip these offers. You really shouldn’t have to sign up for anything beyond your Google Account during setup.

Once your phone is up and running, go to the Apps menu under your Settings and locate any apps that came pre-loaded on your phone. You might not be able to uninstall them, but you can disable them and uninstall any updates, which will keep the space they occupy to a minimum. A word of caution, if this is your very first Android device, you may not be completely familiar with all the pre-installed apps and might want to keep them around until you are sure you won’t need them, that they won’t break a key part of your phone’s experience, or until you’ve found suitable alternatives in the Play store.
5. Setup your device


Now, just because your phone is installing all your old apps, it doesn’t mean you have to keep doing things the same way. Getting a new device is an excellent opportunity to kick some bad habits and start making some better life decisions. Or at least some better app decisions.

Still using Go Launcher? That’s endearingly 2012 of you when android doesnt look that appealing, but these days Stock Android is pretty hard to beat. Your phone might have an assistant as well. Pretty spiffy. Instead of using your phone’s default browser, try giving Chrome a spin. It links up with any other devices you use Chrome on, and it’s lightning fast.

It’s also important to remember that just because your apps automatically re-installed themselves, it doesn’t mean you’re done. You’ll still need to sign into Facebook, Instagram, Netflix, and whatever other services you have.

6. Secure your device

Your phone contains a lot of sensitive information, especially if you use it for banking or shopping or pizza delivery. For that reason, it’s important that you set up some solid security measures to protect your privacy and identity.

Access your phone’s security settings, and setup a PIN or pattern lock. This can be a little irksome, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. A number of phones these days also come equipped with fingerprint scanners or that facial recogniton or iris scanner, which are a bit more convenient than traditional pins, patterns, and passwords.

See if your device has Smart Lock capabilities. Smart Lock is a pretty cool feature that lets your phone bypass the lock screen in certain situations. For instance, you can set up your phone to remain unlocked if it’s in the vicinity of a particular Bluetooth device, like your car stereo. It may also be able to sense whether it has been set down or passed to a new user since the last time it was unlocked.

7. Make sure your software is up to date


There’s a pretty big chance that your device might have a few updates waiting for you. Sometimes they will be minor fixes or speed improvements, sometimes whole new versions of Android – especially if your new phone has been on the market for a little while. You can check for the latest software updates by going to Settings > About Phone > System Updates. 

8. Explore your device

Take the time to investigate your phone’s settings. Sift through the menus and submenus, and make mental notes about where various features reside. This can save a lot of time later on, and you might discover some things about your new device that weren’t available on your old one.

The Ancient Greeks (and also the Oracle from the Matrix) had a saying: “Know thyself.” Since you put so much personal information on your phone, and since you will probably use it for so much of your interpersonal communications, your phone is a little bit like an extension of yourself. Don’t let it be a stranger!

Think of setting up a new phone like you would moving into a new place. Don’t just leave those rooms empty. Move in your old familiar furniture and hang a few new pictures. Spruce the place up, and give it a thorough cleaning. After all, you’re going to be living here for a while.

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