Whether you're an Android expert or you're opening your very first smartphone, the set up process for every Android phone is a little different. LG's phones are no different, and if you're getting ready to take the hefty V10 out of the box for the first time there's a few things you should know about setting up this phone.

Here's a quick walk through all of the steps you will encounter from the moment you power the phone, just in case you're not sure what it all means.

How to set up the LG V10

1. Log in to your Google Account

V10 account login

Just about every Android phone starts out the same way. You power it on, and after a check for networks and a software update check you're asked to log in to your Google account. The V10 is very much the same, after checking for cellular networks and asking you to sign in to Wifi there's a brief software check followed by a prompt to log in to your Google account.

This happens in one of two ways. If you had an Android phone before the V10, and that Android phone had an NFC chip built in, you'll be able to touch the two phones back to back and the NFC chips will transfer your login information. All you need to do is confirm your password and the setup process will start. It's very simple, but only works with NFC on and ready to go.

If you don't have NFC or didn't previously have an Android phone, you'll log into Google the old fashioned way — with a username and password. If you don't have a Google account, you can create one here as well. If you have multiple Google accounts, you'll sign in to the other accounts later. This is for your primary Google account, where you have apps and email and chat. Once you've completed the log in, this step is complete.

2. Securing your V10 with a lock screen

V10 lock screen

After prompting you to confirm what timezone you are in and what date it is, the V10 will prompt you to set up some form of security on your phone. There are several options at your disposal, including no security at all, but you probably want something in between random strangers and the data on your phone. Security is important, and this step is quick and painless. You can choose between:

  • Lock Code: LG's special security software that lets you tap a pattern on the screen in four different squares to log in. It's quick, and not all that easy to steal by watching you enter it in.

  • Pattern Lock: This lock puts nine dots on the screen and lets you trace a pattern between the dots to log in. It's simple and fast, but not that hard to steal by watching you enter it in. Still, it's a lot better than nothing.

  • Pin lock: If you've got a pin number to log in, you are pretty secure as long as no one sees you enter it in. On the other hand, you'll need to enter that in every single time you unlock your phone, which can be a little tedious.

  • Password: This is a strong security measure and similar to the pin lock, but even more tedious when unlocking your phone as this much be entered every single time you try to do something on your phone.

One security method not mentioned here, but should absolutely be considered, is the fingerprint lock. Your phone has a fingerprint sensor in the power button on the back, but setting it up is something you do after everything else is done. If none of the security methods here sound like what you want, and you don't mind giving LG your fingerprint, you'll want to check that out. Fingerprint unlock requires one of the four methods above as a backup though, so you're still going to need to pick something before this step is totally finished.

3. Dealing with added Carrier software

V10 carrier add-ons

If you bought your V10 from a carrier, the next step is all about the software included by that company. In the pictures here, AT&T's software wants you to log in and take advantage of their cloud backup service. This isn't always going to be the case with every carrier, but usually there's some kind of added software included here for you to either take advantage of or skip entirely.

We're not going to tell you which you should do, especially since some of those apps can actually be useful, but that skip button down there looks awfully inviting doesn't it?

4. All of the end user agreements

V10 legal options

Google and LG both include a whole bunch of user options with privacy policies and user agreements, and you really should read them all and not just skip by them to get to the next step. Most of these things can be turned off here if you don't want them, and that's a good thing to know.

Google's service pages include check boxes for auto-backup of your personal data, access to Google's location tracking services, and a feedback service that anonymously gives Google information on your usage. Each of these things can be great, and Google's privacy policy makes it crystal clear that nothing shady is happening to your data, but it's entirely up to you.

LG's legal agreements come in two forms, only one of which is optional. The mandatory agreement is the End-User License Agreement, which says you won't do anything horribly illegal with this phone and if you misbehave LG won't support you or your phone anymore. The second is for iZat, which is a location service made by Qualcomm to give you better GPS functionality. You'll still have access to Google's location services and your carrier-provided location services if you decide to opt-out of iZat, but once again this is all up to you.

5. Setting up your second screen

V10 desktop setup

You've finally made it to your desktop, but because the V10 has some extra hardware there's one more step you should handle while setting up your phone.

Tapping that special second screen in the top right of your phone will reveal a prompt for setting up the special features contained in this little strip of extra display. You can choose what apps and contacts show up here, as well as a personalized text field to say whatever you like. Tap the Next button in this prompt to get started.

Finally, if you have data from your previous phone that you'd like to transfer to this new phone, pulling down the notification shade will reveal a prompt to use LG Backup to move contacts and pictures and music from your old phone to your new V10. If you are in need of such a service, the transfer process ranges from a couple of minutes to around an hour depending on how much data was on your old phone. If you don't need to transfer anything, you're all done setting up your V10 and can start enjoying this new experience.