HTC One M9 setup

New to smartphones? Just want a sneak peek at what to expect? Here's how to set up your new HTC One M9.

If you're a smartphone veteran, setting up a new phone is like putting on pair of shoes. Or socks. Or anything you do over and over. But if you're new to smartphones, or new to HTC smartphones, or just want a detailed look at what you'll be agreeing to when you turn on the HTC One M9 for the first time, this post is for you.

Here's a quick walkthrough of the basic setup process for the M9. It'll vary a little as carrier get their hands on things, but this will give you the broad strokes.

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1. Language and privacy

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The first screen is where you can pick which language you want to use. The default will depend on the region you bought your phone in. But there are a bunch to pick from. If you prefer, say, UK English, you just tap to change.

Note that you can make emergency calls from this screen, if necessary. And if need to turn on any of the M9's accessibility features from the get-go, you can hit the tools button to get to them.

You'll also be informed about HTC's usage and error reporting, with links to its privacy policy and what it does with certain data gathered from the phone. If you're worried about this sort of thing, you'll want to spend some time reading through this part.

2. Data access

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It's time for some data. Chances are you'll already have a SIM card in your phone, and mobile data should connect automatically. But we do recommend connecting to Wifi as quickly as possible, as setting up new accounts pulls down a lot of data. (You might also want to plug the phone in.)

3. Location

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Now it's time to decide if you want your phone to know where you are. Generally that's a good thing. Things like maps and any number of other kinds of apps (for any number of kinds of reasons) will want to use your location data. This is where you get your first chance to decline to use location data. Don't want to use it? Just uncheck the boxes. But do keep in mind that certain features of your phone and downloaded apps might not work.

And we're going to skip ahead here to the final piece of the setup process — HTC's Sense Home widget will ask if you want to share your location and usage data to better serve up recommendations for apps and restaurants. (And quite possibly restaurant apps.) By default they're turned off.

4. Accounts

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You're going to be asked to sign in to all sorts of stuff. You'll be asked if you want to use HTC Tap & Go, which lets you sync some account info over from another device via NFC. It works OK, but we generally like to get a clean start with a new phone. But if you don't want to be bothered with things like Wifi accounts, it can be handy.

A little later in the process is "HTC Advantage," which sort of has been replaced by HTC's "UH OH Protection" on the M9. This will also sign you in to an HTC account, which is needed for a few other things on the phone, like the theme community or HTC Zoe.

HTC also has its own backup and restore system. It works with most Android devices and can also sync over some basic data from iPhones. Again, we generally skip this in favor of a clean install.

Now's also the time to sign in to any Google or Exchange accounts, or any other mail accounts. (You can do so later if you wish by hitting the Accounts section in the main settings menu.)

5. Password protect

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And finally you'll be given the chance to give your phone a name. You can choose to personalize that, or not. Your call. You're also prompted here to set a lock screen security code on the phone. And we highly recommend you do so. (In fact, we really wish this was mandatory.) You can choose from a basic PIN code, or a password, or a drawable shape.

Seriously, though. Password protect your phone.

And that's that, folks. Again, the U.S. carriers will inject a screen or two of their own in here, but this is the minimum of what to expect when you set up your HTC One M9 for the first time. Enjoy!