OnePlus has worked hard to make the software on its sophomore effort as simple and straightforward as possible, while cramming in additional features wherever there is room. The one place this is most evident is the setup process, which allows you the flexibility of crafting your user interface the way you want.
As a result, the setup process is a little different from your average Nexus. Here's what you need to know in order to get the most out of your OnePlus 2 from the beginning.
Connecting to Wifi and Cellular networks
As is often the case with Android phones, the OnePlus 2 starts off by confirming your connection to a mobile network and allowing you to connect to Wifi. Remember the OnePlus 2 is a dual sim phone, and your primary sim — the one you use most for voice and data — needs to go in slot one.
Once you have connected to either mobile or Wifi, your OnePlus 2 will check for software updates. If one is available, it will halt the setup process and prompt you to install the update now. Fairly standard stuff so far, especially if you've set up a phone or tablet running Android 5.0 or higher from scratch recently.
Connecting to and restoring your Google account
Next up is your Google account. If you don't have a Google account, you'll be prompted to create one now. If you have a Google account, you'll log in here. This will connect all of the pre-installed Google apps to your account, so when you reach the home screen you can just tap and go. Since the OnePlus 2 lacks NFC, you won't be able to beam over credentials from another phone.
If you've used an Android phone or tablet with your Google account recently, the next screen will prompt you to restore a backup from your previous Android experience. You can choose to set this phone up as a brand new experience if you're not a fan of the backup options that are available here.
Securing your OnePlus 2
Securing your phone is important, and in the next screen you can add a password, pin, or pattern lock to your phone. This works the same way it works on every Android phone, but if you want to enable the fingerprint sensor on your OnePlus 2 after setup is complete you'll need one of these three options enabled to do so. You might as well set it up now and save yourself some time.
The securing process is simple, and once you leave this screen you'll have whatever security method you choose on your lockscreen.
Setting up optional OnePlus features
OnePlus offers a number of extra features in software, and all of them are disabled until you reach these screens. Here you can enable software buttons instead of the touch navigation beneath the screen. If you want to use software buttons and still access the fingerprint sensor, that option will become available to you in Settings after setup is complete.
You can also enable gestures, many of which should be familiar to you if you used the OnePlus One. Tracing gestures on the screen, or double-tapping to wake the screen, can all be enabled individually here and adjusted later in Settings if you choose.
SwiftKey Keyboard is installed on your OnePlus 2 out of the box, but on the next screen you can choose between it or the Google Keyboard for your typing needs. Whichever you choose will become the default for everything.
Finally, OnePlus offers a predictive page to the left of your homescreen it calls Shelf Beta. If you want to try it out, you can enable it here. If you're not interested, you can leave the box unchecked and you'll never be prompted to try it again.
You're all set! Enjoy your OnePlus 2
That's just about everything you need to know about setting up your OnePlus 2. If you want to set up your fingerprint sensor now, you can head to the Fingeprint section in Settings and go through the set up process. If you're still not sure about the software keys vs the soft keys, the Buttons section in Settings has a few more options you can try out before settling on a final option.