Got a Brand New Phone? Essential First Steps

Did you just get a brand new phone? Congratulations. Having a brand new phone brings a feeling of excitement. However, there are some basic things you should do on your brand new phone to get started. Whether this is your first phone or you’re an experienced phone user, here are essential first steps you should do:

Check Inside Your Phone Box

While it’s normal to be excited over your new phone, don’t be too excited to check inside your phone box. Take a moment to go through the phone’s box and take stock of everything. Check the accessories – a USB cable, SIM ejection tool, phone case/cover, earphone (or a set of earbuds), and probably a charger and screen cover/tempered glass. Make sure that your new phone comes with all the correct parts. 

Charge your New Phone

Before turning on your new phone, make sure that you charge the battery. While most new phones will come partially charged, you must top it up fully before playing with your new phone.

Set up your Account

You need to set up your Google account for Android devices or iCloud account for iPhones. This is important for your phone to perform optimally and we don’t encourage that you skip this step. For Android devices, you would need to link your Google account to personalise your phone, use Google services, install apps from the Google Play Store, upload backups, set up your email, calendar, and phone contacts list automatically and use other core Android functions.

You would need an Internet/data connection to do this. If for any reason you skipped setting up or linking your account, you can easily do that in the Settings app.

Disable Bloatware

Don’t panic, bloatware is not malware. Bloatware is an app you didn’t ask for that is pre-installed by the manufacturer on your new phone. Most pre-installed apps are “useless” and you can’t uninstall them – except you root your phone. Bloatware takes up unnecessary space on the phone and can slow down the operations of your new phone.

While you may not be able to uninstall them, you can disable them and uninstall any updates to minimize their space and maximize your phone’s capabilities.

Copy/Move Data to New Phone

This step is important if you’re changing phones. When you buy a new phone, you need to copy or move files/data from your old phone to the new one. These files include photos, videos, music files, documents, contact lists, and installed apps, including WhatsApp. This step would be a lot easier if you had set up a Google account on your old phone and backed up data to Drive. However, several apps can easily copy or move files and data from one phone to another.

Check/Install Required Apps

If you’re moving from an old phone to a new phone, you can easily restore your apps to your new phone if you had backed up your old device. Otherwise, you would need to visit the Google Play Store or App Store to manually install required apps – some useful pre-installed apps may need to be updated.

Secure Your New Phone

Though nobody anticipates thefts, it’s important to safeguard against it because its occurrence is unpredictable and you wouldn’t want to lose the personal files and data on your phone. Aside from that, you wouldn’t want unsolicited access to your phone. So, it’s important to secure your new phone. Android provides lots of security methods, which range from screen lock pin/pattern to biometrics. These are the essential first things you should do when you get a new phone. Setting up your new phone can be overwhelming, but it’s an enjoyable process. Bear in mind that you would need cellular data or a Wi-Fi connection to set up your phone effectively. Lastly, don’t forget to get a screen protector for your new phone to keep your screen from shattering during unexpected circumstances.

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