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How to set up a new Android mobile: a complete step-by-step guide

Whether it’s a gift or a personal purchase, brand new mobile is something we love; That of opening the box, removing the protective plastics and turning on the new toy is quite a ritual , but before we can fully enjoy our new Android, we have to put it on point.

The configuration is another part of the ritual of brand new mobile , surely the most important. This is when we connect to the Internet, add our Google account, pass the data from the old mobile and customize the new one to our liking. But wait, wait … Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. In this guide we give you the keys to configure your new Android without leaving anything to use it as soon as possible.

Android setup wizard

Starting an Android mobile is a very simple process thanks to the initial configuration wizard that guides us throughout the process. The screenshots that you will see below have been obtained from an LG V30. Depending on the mobile model you are using, the order of the different sections or the design may change, but they essentially deal with the same areas.

Choosing the language

Here there is no loss, in all Android the first step is always to select the language and, in some cases, the region. Additionally, you can also configure the accessibility options in case you need any of them.

Let’s connect to the internet

The next screen in the setup menu shows the option to insert a SIM card. Here you can choose two ways: click on ‘Skip’ and save this step for the end, or insert the SIM. We prefer to leave it for last, but it can be done now. If you decide to follow the order, remember that many mobiles have the SIM in a small tray that is extracted with a kind of spike that comes in the box.

It is also important to know the size of the SIM, which will be either Micro SIM or Nano SIM. In the event that the size changes from the old mobile to the new one, you may have to use an adapter or request a new one from your operator (you can also cut it at home, but be careful because it can go wrong). By the way, do not forget the SIM PIN, necessary for it to connect to mobile networks

In the next section we will have to access the Internet, but be careful because here it is important to connect via Wi Fi . If you do not have access to a stable Wi Fi network that offers good speed, you can access it through your SIM’s mobile network, but we always recommend Wi Fi to avoid consuming a lot of data. To connect to a Wi Fi network, simply select it from the list of available networks and key in the password.

Login to Google and dump the backup (if you have it)

On the next screen we have two options: configure the mobile from scratch or copy information from another mobile. Regardless of the option selected, the next step is to log into your Google account or, if it is your first Android, create a new one. If you already had an account, in addition to logging in, all contact data, calendar events, notes, emails and more will also be synchronized.

In the event that you came from another Android mobile and you had the backup option activated, your previous mobile should appear in the list of used devices – look at the name of the device and when it was used for the last time.

In addition to the data associated with your Google account, this option allows you to reinstall all the apps that you had on the other mobile , although you can also display the list and choose which ones you want and which ones you don’t. It may be a good time to clean up. But hey, we will talk more about backups and installation of applications later.

Security method

Security is a very important point and we highly recommend adding some type of lock to the terminal. The most comfortable thing is to configure the fingerprint if your mobile includes a reader, which will most likely be a recent model.

Whether you have a fingerprint reader or not, it is necessary to configure an additional security method that can be a pattern, a PIN or a letter and number password. The password is the safest, although not exactly comfortable, here the most recommended is a numeric PIN or a pattern.

Setting up Google Services

This is the typical section in which we click OK without actually reading the options that are marked, but it is worth wasting a few moments doing so. In Google Services we have options such as creating a backup in Drive, activating the location, using Bluetooth or sending system data to Google. All of them can be configured after Settings, so it is not crucial that you make a decision as soon as you turn on the mobile.

Hello assistant

The last step in the initial setup is to give permission (or deny it) for the Google Assistant to store your Location History. This is a more delicate section since the terminal will compile the sites you visit so that the assistant can give you information of interest.

The list of locations is private and can be deleted at any time, but it is important to know this option. If you want to know more, we leave you a link to a more detailed article:

 

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