So, you’re new to Android. Just purchased your first smartphone, and nobody told you how to set it up? This process will take you through the boot up process when turning on your Android device for the first time.
KEEP IN MIND: Not all Android phones are the same. Some will have more steps required to complete each task, others will have less. At AndroidGuys, we will do our best to walk you through each task as well as we can.
Once you boot up your Android device, choose your preferred language, then click “Start”.
2. WiFi connection
Next, you’ll need to connect your phone to WiFi. Choose the name of the WiFi you want to connect to, and enter the password. It’s important to connect because you’ll need it for the next step.
3. Sign in/create Google account
Connecting your Google account to your Android device is a must. In order to download apps, you must enter a valid Gmail address. If you use Gmail, choose “Yes”. Enter your Gmail address and password, then click the next arrow. You’ll be prompted to read the “Terms and agreements”… Read them if you need to. Otherwise, choose OK to sign in.
Alternatively, if you don’t have a Gmail address, choose “No”. Your device will prompt you to set one up. Enter your desired Gmail address and password. If it’s not already taken, you can proceed to the next step. You’ll then be prompted to read the “Terms and agreements”. Again, read them if you’d like. Otherwise, choose OK.
4. Enter credit card info
No need to get freaked out that your phone is already asking for money… it’s not. You have the ability to skip this step, but if you choose to, you won’t be able to download any apps until you do. Google needs a credit card on file to ensure the best experience when using Google Play (where you go to purchase apps).
We’d suggest entering in a credit card to get this process out of the way. Either press “Set up credit card” and follow the instructions, or press “Not now”.
5. Backup & restore
If you have a backup ready from another Android device, make sure the first checkmark is checked. You may want to consider checking the next one, as well, to ensure an easy startup process for your next Android device. Once you choose one, both, or none of the options, choose the next arrow.
6. Google & location
Checking the first box will allow applications to see your location. No need to worry… they don’t send out your location or give out any vital information.
Checking the second box will allow Google apps to see your location. This is especially useful for using the GPS or other location-based apps.
For ease of use, we’d recommend checking both checkmarks.
7. Almost done!
Since I’m using a Verizon phone in this demo, I have the option to set up or restore from my Verizon backup assistant. If this doesn’t pertain to you, choose “Finish”.
That’s it! Your device is up and running, and you can now begin using your Android device!
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