What's in the box?

Setting up a new Android can be fun. It can also be easy — just follow the setup application when you first start the phone. This will get you where you need to be with little or no fuss. The folks making our phones have really worked out ways to make setup easy and frustration-free.

Of course, you don't have to follow the manufacturer setup process and can do things in your own order. In the end, you'll have everything you want working the way you want. That's what Android is about — flexibility. If you're a power-user, or just want to jump in and start using your new gadget without wading through the set up process, we've assembled a guide to get you started. We might know a thing or two about setting up phones.

In either case, these tips and tricks are a great resource for everyone.

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Look at everything inside the box

What's in the box?

Open the box and remove your phone. Then yank out all the plastic and cardboard and shake it until it's empty!

Not really. But do check inside to make sure you notice things like cables, charging blocks and maybe even earbuds. Usually the bundled stuff is fine for using but nothing worth getting excited over, but sometimes you get goodies like a Quick Charge charger or really nice-sounding earbuds.

Make sure you know what you just bought!

Take a good look at the phone itself

Look things over

Make sure it travelled well and nothing is broken, but also make sure you remove all the plastic film and various protective doo-dads that are there to keeps things looking new until you get it.

Look especially close at the camera lens to be sure there's no protective cover. Those can make for some nasty-looking photos!

Make sure the battery is charged

Charge the battery

Plug the phone in right away if the battery doesn't have a good charge on it. You'll be needing it later ...

This is a good time to check the supplied cables or power adapters, too. Make sure everything works and you've got the juice you need to get things set up.

Connect to Wifi if you can

Wifi settings

There's a good chance you'll be doing quite a bit of downloading to get your new phone set up and ready to roll.

Using your data allotment for the month to do all this downloading is no bueno. Use your Wifi!

Check for an OS update

updating all the things

We see devices get a day-one update pretty regularly. There's a good chance a multi-hundred Megabyte (or even larger) update file is ready and waiting. Grab it now — before you sign in and update apps and install new ones. It will go a little faster that way.

Log into your Google account

Google accounts

If you plan to use Google's services and Google Play on your new phone, you'll need to sign into Google. You might have went through the device setup and done this, and if so you're probably downloading app updates right now.

If you passed on the setup routine, now is a good time to sign into your Google account and get things connected. Prepare for the app update onslaught!

Update a whole bunch of apps

Apps everywhere

You've got pre-installed apps on your new phone. Some you like, some you don't, and some (usually a whole freaking lot) that will need updated the minute you fire things up. Once you sign into Google, this is going to happen through Google Play on it's own. You can change that in the Google Play app, so if you don't like automatic updates get in there quickly and shut things down.

in any case, you probably want the latest versions of all the apps on your new phone so you'll need to wait a bit while they update — either manually or automatically.

Jump into the settings


You'll want to tweak things like screen brightness, sound settings and screen timeout to make them more to your liking. You'll find all that and more in the settings, so take a few minutes and go through them all. If you see something you don't understand right away, get into the forums for help. Those guys seem to know everything — utilize their knowledge!

And while you're in there, think about lock screen security. If you ever need it, you'll be glad you did.

Sign into all those other services

Signing into Facebook

Use Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest? You'll need to sign into those services. Same goes for something like a Samsung or Sony account, or an app like Moto Connect. Some of these services can connect to your Google account, while some require their own login.

Take a few minutes to open the apps you want to use and get signed in.