Pixel 5 vs Pixel 4a 5GSource: Hayato Huseman / Android Central

So, you just got a new Pixel. Awesome! Google's Pixel devices are among the best Android phones money can buy. Now that you own one, you're probably eager to get it set up so you can start using it. Here's a step-by-step guide of what to expect during that initial set up process.

How to set up your new Pixel phone

  1. Tap the blue Start button near the bottom right.
  2. Tap the Wi-Fi network you want to use (or use your mobile network instead).
  3. Enter your Wi-Fi password.

    Pixel set up screenWi-Fi set upConnecting to a Wi-Fi networkSource: Android Central

  4. Your Pixel will check for any available updates.
  5. If you want to copy apps & data, tap Next at the bottom right.
  6. For this guide, we're tapping the Don't copy option.

    Checking for updates screenCopy apps and data featureSource: Android Central

  7. Type in your Google account email and password.
  8. Tap the I agree button.

    Signing in to Google accountSigning in to Google accountGoogle account sign in pageSource: Android Central

  9. Have Google Fi? You'll see a welcome screen for the service.
  10. Tap the Accept button to agree to the available Google services.
  11. Tap I accept to agree to Google's "additional legal terms."

    Google Fi set up screenGoogle Services set upGoogle legal agreementsSource: Android Central

  12. Tap Next to set up the fingerprint sensor with Pixel Imprint (If you have a Pixel 4, you'll be walked through the setup
  13. Enter a security PIN and tap Next.
  14. Re-enter your PIN to confirm it.

    Pixel Imprint set upPixel Imprint set upPixel Imprint set upSource: Android Central

  15. Follow the prompts to register your fingerprint.
  16. Tap Next after your fingerprint is added.

    Pixel Imprint set upPixel Imprint set upPixel Imprint set upSource: Android Central

If you have a Pixel 4

You'll see the fingerprint sensor set up process if you're using any Pixel but the Pixel 4 and 4 XL. If you're setting up either of those two phones, this is replaced with a face unlock system. Getting it ready to go looks like the following:

  1. Tap Agree on the face unlock page.
  2. Tap Start.

    Setting up Pixel 4 face unlockSetting up Pixel 4 face unlockSource: Android Central

  3. Move your face around the circle until all of the blue tiles are gone.
  4. Tap Done.

    Setting up Pixel 4 face unlockSetting up Pixel 4 face unlockSource: Android Central

The rest of the steps for setting up your phone remain the same, so let's continue!

  1. Tap Continue on the next page.
  2. Tap I Agree for the Assistant Voice Match feature.
  3. Follow the prompts to set it up.

    Pixel features set upAssistant voice match set upAssistant voice match set upSource: Android Central

  4. Tap Finish.
  5. Tap Next to set up the squeeze feature for Google Assistant (Note: This isn't available if you have a Pixel 3a, 4a, 4a 5G, or 5).

    Google Assistant set up confirmationActive Edge set upActive Edge set upSource: Android Central

  6. Adjust the squeeze level to your liking and then tap Next.
  7. Tap Turn on to enable the always-on display.
  8. Tap any of the options you want on the "Anything else?" page. Otherwise, tap No thanks at the bottom left.

    Active Edge set upAlways-on display set upSetting up a Pixel phoneSource: Android Central

  9. Tap All set on the next page.

    Pixel tips set upSet up finishing touchesNew Pixel home screenSource: Android Central

That's it! You've now successfully set up your new Pixel phone. Congrats!

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