Moto G 2015

The first things to do when you get your Moto G 2015

For more than a few of us, the Moto G 2015 will be our first Android smartphone. It might even be the first smartphone experience for some of us. That's cool, and welcome to the fold.

A first experience with an Android phone isn't likely to be confusing, but there are a few tricks to make the initial experience a little smoother.

If you're an old pro, you still might know someone who could use a few tips. Treat them right, and tell them to come visit us!

READ: The first things to do with your Moto G 2015

Insert your SD card and SIM card

Moto G 2015 SIM and SD cards

After you pull your new phone out of the box and peel away the clingy plastic the protects the screen, the first thing to do is pop the back open and put your SIM card and SD card in place.

There's a tiny notch on the bottom where the shell meets the body. Stick your fingernail in it and pull the shell away. In the upper left, you'll see a slot for both the SIM card and the microSD card. Look closely at the little diagram to see which way to position them and insert.

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When you put the back shell back on, be sure it's snapped in place to keep things water-resistant.

Skip through the initial setup

Moto G 2015 setup

Resist the urge to go through the setup routine. Really. We want to do a few things before Google Play starts updating all of your apps, and getting back to the sign-in is easy.

After you pick the language, just skip through the screens and cancel the setup. We'll get back to it later.

Disable the apps you won't be using

Moto G app settings

This is why you skipped the initial setup. While the Moto G 2015 doesn't have the bloatware usually associated with Android from other vendors, there may be apps from Google you don't want to use, and would rather not see their icon in your application drawer.

Pull down your notification bar with two fingers to see the quick-settings. In the upper right, tap the gear icon to open the device settings.

Find "Apps" in the list, tap it, and scroll to the right to visit the "All" tab. You can see all the apps that are installed, and any you won't want to use can be disabled by tapping on their entry and choosing the "Disable" button. this keeps them from getting any initial update when you first visit Google Play.

Be selective here. If you're not sure what listed application does, don't randomly disable it. You can always find help and advice on this (and more) in the forums.

Sign into Google and look at Moto Migrate

Moto G 2015 Google account

Now you're ready to get signed in. Tap the Play Store icon on your home screen, and you'll be pushed into the Google login process. You can use an existing Google account, or create a new one. Just be aware that whatever account you use will be the account associated with all your applications, like Gmail, as well as be the account tied to any Google Play downloads and purchases.

Follow the instructions and soon you'll be logged in.

Now is a good time to use Moto Migrate if you want or need to. Migrate allows you to transfer your photos, videos, messages and more from a previous Android device, your contacts and calendar from an iPhone, and even your saved contacts from a flip phone or any other "dumb" phone. Open the app, and follow the directions and you'll be all set.

Update your apps

Moto G 2015 update your apps

When you actually open the Play Store app, your applications in need of an update will start updating. Be sure to visit the Play Store settings and decide how you want automatic updates handled, and if you want an icon dropped on the home screen for any newly installed apps.

Be sure to visit the "My apps" section of the Play Store and check that all of your applications are updating. If you turned off automatic updates, you can tell the Play Store app to let you know when one of your apps has a newer version out by dropping a notification in your bar.

Enjoy your new phone!

Angry Birds 2 on the Moto G 2015

This is the most important thing on the list. Once you have everything in order, you can enjoy your new Moto G. Try a few apps, or maybe give a custom launcher a look. There are a lot of things you can do with a new Android phone to make it your phone, and get it to do all the things you need — and most of the things you want.

That's where we come in. You'll find all sorts of cool "stuff" being talked about on our blog, and the forums are filled with people just like you who want to make the most out of their Android phone. We're pretty much a big happy family!

And we're glad to have you join us.