Setting Up Your New Android Phone in a Flash

After you have bought a new Android phone, are you wondering how I can set up my new Android phone quickly. There are several tasks you need to perform on it. You might have bought a Samsung, a Google Pixel, an OnePlus or any other Android smartphone. Whichever brand it is, you need to perform some tasks to get it up and running quickly.

New Android Device Initial Setup Info

Earlier, setting you an Android phone was a tedious task. However, since Lollipop (Android 5.0) and higher, there are ways you can install your favorite Apps quickly. You don’t need to manually download each one – one-at-a-time. Also, you do not need to worry about moving contacts one-at-a-time. You can even restore WhatsApp messages, photos, videos and every other content that you desire. SMSes and other messages can also be moved quickly form old phone to new phone.

Please Note: The below guide should apply for most of the Android smartphones: Google, Samsung, Xiaomi, Huwawei, OnePlus, etc.

A brand new device will come with around 30-40% battery charge. So, you need not worry and you can start customizing it as per your needs. The first thing you want to do is to power up your device. The smartphone will immediately prompt you to insert a SIM. The SIM card slot may be located at either the top, bottom or any side of the phone and can be popped out using a small tool (usually included with the device). It looks like a paper clip with a pointed end.

Use the pointed end to pop open the SIM card holder. The SIM can be resized as per the size of the SIM card holding slot. Insert the SIM into the SIM holder and slide it back into the phone. A new SIM card me require you to insert a PIN number which is usually printed on the SIM card package. If you encounter any kind of trouble inserting and using the SIM, check the phone’s manual.

Now, the phone will prompt you to choose the default language you want. Choose the desired language from the language drop-down and you will be taken to the next screen. You can now insert your Wi-Fi settings to connect the phone with a Wi-Fi network that you have.

Different Methods to Install A New Android Device

Now, you need to decide how you would like to load your contacts, Apps and other stuff from the old phone into the new device. Your options are:

A. Setup the Phone as New or
B. Restore a backup

Of-course, choosing the first option means that you will start from scratch. This only makes sense if you are setting up your first smartphone. You should do this only if you want a clean start for any reason.

Using the second option entails that you will restore a backup form one of the following sources:

1. A Google Account or
2. Another Old Android Device or
3. An iPhone device.

If you are looking to move data from another Android or iOS device that has a built-in NFC, it will be a good idea to use a feature called Tap & Go. More details about the Tap & Go feature are available below in the article. The other option available to you is to pull the data from a Google account backup.

For Google Pixel device owners, there is yet another alternative. They have access to a quick switch adapter. All you need to do is to connect the new device with the old device and select/choose the things you want to transfer. The adapter supports devices running iOS 8 and Android 5.0 plus.

Backup and Restore Using Android Tap & Go

In order for Tap & Go to work, you need Android Lollipop or higher on your new device and NFC on your old phone. NFC has been there with Android versions which came in after 2010.

How to Use Tap and Go

1. Enable NFC (near field communication) on both devices.
2. Attach the backs of both the devices together.
3. Wait till the data copies to the new device.
4. Do the following steps mentioned below to continue setup of new device.

Restoring from a Backup

If you are using an older device which does not support NFC, then, you can copy the data from the device if your device is registered and backed up using a Google account. During the set-up process, you can skip the Tap & Go option and choose the restore option. This will enable you to copy data from an old device using a Google account backup. It is possible to restore any Android smartphones using the Google account backup process.

If You are Starting From Scratch

If you choose to do a fresh install and want to install everything manually, you can sync your contacts using the Google Account. All backed up contact in Google will get restored on the new phone once you sign-in into the Google account from your new phone. The next steps will require you to setup your Wi-Fi and customize your new device.

The Final Step

Once you have transferred your data into your new phone, you are almost done. For Google Pixel smartphones and Samsung smartphones the process may involve signing into the respective account. Else, the final process is almost the same for all manufacturers.

  • You will need to set and confirm your timezone. If you have bought the smartphone from the city you live in there should be no issues.
  • You can also choose if you would like to opt-in to use Google services for automatic backup and location services which send out your usage data to Google.
  • Choose and select the usual phone unlock method. If you choose fingerprint, then, you will need to set it up and also choose the backup pin or pattern.
  • Decide on how you would like the notifications to appear when the phone is in locked mode. You can choose to show all, show none or to hide sensitive content.
  • Finally, you can even choose to setup Google Assist to use voice command recognition.

This brings you to the completion of the device setup. Now you can check if your device is eligible for any OS updates / upgrades. Also, for smooth functioning, ensure that all your installed Apps are up-to-date.

Should You Root Your New Android Smartphone?

Should you root your new smartphone? For devices like OnePlus One/Two/Three, there is really no need. It already runs a customized ROM called Cyanogen. Rooting allows you to access advanced settings on the phone. Such advanced settings are typically blocked by the phone manufactures by default. When you root your phone you have the privileged to remove many unwanted Apps installed by default into the device. You may also consider rooting the phone if you are looking to install Apps that require root access in order to operate.


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