How to set up your new Android smartphone

Phone settings

Buying a new smartphone is an exciting experience for many of us. However, once the new shimmering device is unboxed, it also needs to be configured, which usually involves a series of steps. Here are some of the steps that you could follow to configure your new phone, which depends on the handset.

Language Selection

The very first option that you have to choose, on getting past the welcome screen, is to select the language. The language of the system and its menus would be set to your preference. If you’re multilingual, you can also add an extra language to your keyboard later.

SIM card insertion

Unless you want to use your phone only for browsing through Wi-Fi, this step is necessary. Though you can skip it, setting up the SIM right at the beginning is always advisable. To insert the SIM, you’d have to eject the SIM tray with the pin that is provided with the handset.

Importing data

Connecting to a Wi-Fi network is a good idea as you can install new apps and download updates right away. You can also import data from your previous device and set up your contacts, calendar, etc. If you have your data on the cloud, it becomes much easier as you can just sign in with your Google account and import the data from the cloud.

Setting up Google account & Google Assistant

Google might also prompt you to sign up or login for a few basic services such as your Gmail. Some of these could include backing up your device-data and opting for newer services. Most of these can also be switched on or off at any time. Also, you might be invited to Google assistant, which is an interesting and helpful service from Google. You’d be asked to repeat certain phrases so that assistant can recognize your voice. This step shouldn’t take much time if you have already set up Voice Match on another device.


There are different ways of selecting the way your device displays content when your phone is locked. You can either choose to show all notification or hide sensitive notification. If you choose the second option, you’d only see that you have received a message, but not the content of the message. There’s also the third option where you can choose not to show any notifications at all.

Other services

While your Android smartphone may have many pre-installed apps, such as Google Drive, Box, or Dropbox, you can still install third-party that fir your needs. Facebook, Skype, and WhatsApp are other popular apps that you might want to install, which brings us to the end of the configuration process.