You just bought or you just gave away the smartphone of your dreams and the emotion seizes you. This happy feeling may not last long because it’s time to set up your new smartphone and you do not know where to start. But for that we are here, to explain step by step how to establish a phone to start using Android from now on.
The first thing to be clear is that setting up a smartphone or setting up a tablet is more or less similar but depending on the manufacturer which may be something different. The manufacturers always bet on their little extras and their differences to stand out from the whole market, so the process varies little from one device to another. Basically, Android always has some bases that are usually, if not the same, very similar when setting up a new device.
1. Insert your SIM card
This is the first step to using your phone. It is true that you do not always have to enter your SIM, there are things you can do with your device only with being connected to an Internet network, but to be able to call and send messages, in addition to being able to navigate with data, you have to insert a card SIM, micro SIM or nano SIM, with a fee either prepaid or contract with an operator.
The space to insert this card is usually close to the battery. If the casing can be removed, open your phone and insert the SIM. If not, look for a slot by the sides for this purpose.
2. Choose a language
This is usually the next step in all manufacturers interface when setting up your phone. Search the list that gives you the phone itself the language you want the options to be displayed to you and click ‘Next’. You can always change the language again within the terminal settings.
3. Select a Wi-Fi network
This step does not always arrive in this order and it is not mandatory to do so from the beginning, but if you have a Wi-Fi network within reach you can configure the connection from now on and this will facilitate many things in the future. Choose the specific network, press and enter the password. Then give ‘Next’. If you want to skip this step, you just have to press the ‘Skip’ checkbox.
4. Date and time
In some cases, such as Nexus or Sony, this step is no more available in which it had been taken care of automatically. In many terminals, it still appears and we will have to choose between selecting the Automatic date and time (it is done according to the network that we have established in the previous step) or to do it manually. Choose automatic date and time if you want to forget the theme of life or turn it off if you think your provider does not know how to give you the time.
5. Google Account
To get the most out of an Android smartphone and be able to use all Google applications and services, we’ll have to link it to a Google account. In the configuration of the phone, we are offered the possibility to do it from the beginning, although the step can be skipped and be carried out later. If you already have an account you only have to give ‘Access‘ or ‘Use account‘ (varies by device and brand) and enter your Gmail address and password. If you do not have a Gmail account yet, you can create one later and then enter it. You can do this when you complete the installation process, getting to the Phone “Settings” (generally indicated by a nut symbol, or levels) and enter the account and password you created in your Google account.
To make things easier, Android gives you the ability to get an account directly from the device settings. Just follow the instructions that will be given to you. Choose email, and set a password. (I recommend you put one that you will remember well).
6. Update the Software
Many times your smartphone comes with some bugs (factory flaws), or you may have an older version of Android. For everything to work as it is correct it is likely that the manufacturer has released an update to your terminal fixing such faults, this happened with the Xperia Z3 camera, for example. To get your software up to date, go to Settings> About Phone> Software Update.
In addition, you may have a double happiness when buying an Android smartphone, especially if it is a mid or high range. If you have upgraded to another version of Android after it went on sale you may come up with an Android version ready to upgrade to as a gift.
7. Your first Applications
The fun comes; actually, the configuration of your new Android smartphone would already be finished. But one of the advantages of Android is the ability to download many useful applications.
You can download the apps from the Google Play Store and you’ll have a shortcut to the store in your apps drawer (if your phone is not Chinese) or you might even be on the home screen. If you have already set up your Google account you can start downloading apps. Just find the application you want and press install. If you do not know what apps to download in your new device, do not miss this article:
8. Customize your New Smartphone
Now you can start to change things from your smartphone to make it more personal, starting with the background image, which you can replace with whatever you want, and even with moving images. On some devices, you can also change the font and style of the symbols. In addition, you can launch Launcher world, widget and more. We leave here some useful articles in this regard.
What do you think of your new smartphone? Already configured? We hope you enjoy using your Android device. If you have any doubt leave it in the comments or look on wazobiatech, we have a solution for almost everything.