If you have just come out with a brilliant new Android phone, we recommend that you start using the device as soon as possible. The good news is that it’s not hard to do and we will guide you every step of the way.
From linking your Google account to your new phone, to making sure your phone is protected from unauthorized access, we’ll cover everything you need to know about setting up a new Android phone right here. You will be up and running in no time.
In this guide, we’ll take a look at configuring Android on a Motorola phone, which is close to the stock version provided by Google. Some steps and screenshots on other manufacturers’ phones may vary slightly, but whatever the make and model of your phone, the process will be largely the same.
The installation process
The first screen you see when you boot your Android phone will ask you to choose the language you want the operating system to use. Select a language, tap Startand you’re in the main setup process. Most subsequent screens can be skipped with the Skip button if you don’t want to deal with it right away.
The next screen will ask you to insert your SIM card, if you haven’t already, and then you’ll be asked to select and connect to a Wi-Fi network – quite essential if you want to download apps, go online, and update the system phone operation.
Next you will be invited to copy apps and data from another Android phone: you can sync your Google account details and installed apps from another phone you still have with you, via Wi-Fi, or you can restore an Android phone backup from Google Drive (assuming you have backed up your old phone to the cloud). Below we have explored this part of the configuration.
If you’d rather start with a clean slate on your new phone, choose Do not copy. The phone will ask you to sign in with a Google account, which will grant you access to the Play Store and start an automatic sync with apps like Gmail, Google Photos and Google Calendar, even if you didn’t copy the data in the previous step.
After logging in, Google will ask you if it can track your location, collect diagnostic data, and backup key phone information to Google Drive, including apps, app data, call history, contacts, device settings (such as Wi-Fi password) and SMS message history.
If you accept this backup, it will be easier the next time you update your phone, as you will be able to use it with the reset function mentioned above. You can see all the devices that you are signed in to with your Google account from this page.
After that, it’s time to look to security – you will be asked to set a PIN code with which to lock the screen and you will also have the option to set up fingerprint recognition and face unlock, if these features are offered on your particular phone. Android. It is important that you have at least one of these security measures in place to protect unauthorized access to your phone.
With that done, there’s just a little bit of cleaning to take care of. The subsequent screens allow you to set up the Google Assistant, add another email account in addition to your main Gmail account, change the system font or home screen background, and choose which additional Google apps (such as Google Home and Google News ) are installed immediately.
You may see additional screenshots from your Android phone manufacturer, which gives you the ability to sign up for multiple accounts and apps, so you’re in the correct Android OS and can start enjoying your phone.
It’s a fairly painless process, made easier by the fact that Google’s apps and services live primarily in the cloud – no matter which device you log into, all your emails, contacts, calendars, photos, videos, and files are instantly accessible.
Update from Android
Google has tried to make it as easy as possible to upgrade from one Android phone to another, with Google services and apps (including Google Drive, for example), doing much of the heavy lifting in the background.
As mentioned in the section above, you will be offered the option to copy data and apps from your old Android phone during the setup process. You don’t have to accept this if you don’t want to transfer all the clutter and other apps from your latest phone, but this is the only chance you get, if you don’t copy the files during installation, you will have to reset your phone to do so in the future.
If you agree, you can essentially clone your old phone to your Wi-Fi network if you still have your old phone with you. Alternatively, you can point your new device to an Android backup in Google Drive and get more or less the same result. In both cases, all the necessary instructions will be displayed on the screen.
For the Google Drive reset option to work, you must first have backed up your old phone to Google Drive. This is still a good practice and is really useful when you switch phones. You will be invited to set up a Google Drive backup every time you set up a new Android phone, but you can also do it from System, Advanced is Backup in the Android Settings menu.
Switching from iOS
The ease with which you can switch from an iPhone to a brand-new Android phone actually depends on a couple of factors: how much you’ve already invested in Google’s ecosystem of apps, and how much Apple stuff you want to transfer to your new Android handset.
If you are already using apps like Gmail, Google Keep, Google Maps, Google Photos and Google Docs on your iPhone, you can simply continue as before by accessing these apps on your new Android phone. Apple Music also works on Android, while Gmail can be configured to check Apple iCloud email addresses. You can export Apple calendars and Apple contacts for use on Android.
Some parts of the Apple ecosystem are less difficult to move. The best solution for moving photos and videos is to install Google Photos on your iPhone and sync everything to the cloud before switching to Android. Anything you’ve synced with iMessage you will have to lose, unless you have access to an iPad or Mac to continue viewing your conversations from there.
Google Drive can also move contacts, calendars, photos, and videos from an iPhone to Android – Google has the instructions for that here. While you can’t move absolutely everything from an iPhone, you can move quite a bit, and if you’re already using Google apps on your Apple device, it’s even easier to make the switch.