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Setting up your new Android phone

Setting up your new Android phone

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It's exciting to buy, and start using a new Android phone, especially if you are getting significant upgrades in performance and camera capabilities. This doesn't happen very often, with many consumers these days opting to keep their phones for two years or more. So, when you do get a new Android phone, you might feel a bit lost on what to do. Here's a checklist of things to take note of so as to ensure a smooth transition from the old to the new.

Physical protection

As you're waiting for your new Android phone to arrive, it's a good idea to prepare a case and screen protector in advance. Getting a case or screen protector is as simple as doing a search on Shopee or Lazada for your specific phone model. In the case of the screen protector, consider buying one that has a kit which helps remove dust, and aligns the overlay for you so you get a perfect application. 

SmartDevil Dust-proof Screen Protector
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Those buying a Samsung or Apple flagship phone will have a lot of cases and screen protectors to choose from due to their popularity. Choices may be more limited for other brands. However, if you are getting a smartphone from a Chinese brand, they will often include a TPU clear case in the box and a screen protector pre-installed. Even if these bundled accessories are not to your taste, they will keep your new Android phone protected while you shop for your preferred case or screen protector.

Transferring your data

New Android phones make it easy to transfer your data from your old device. Upon initial setup, there will be options that allow you to migrate your data from another Android phone or an iPhone. This can be done using a cable or wirelessly. In the case of an Android to Android transfer, you can even make sure all your apps will be on the new device as well.

Android transfer data from old phone
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Regarding contacts, if you are still storing them on the smartphone, it may be a good idea to upload them to your Google account. The likelihood of you losing your smartphone is probably much higher than Google servers losing your contact list. So if you do misplace your phone, restoring your contacts is just a matter of logging in to your Google account on a replacement phone.

Set up a password and biometric security

When prompted to set up a password or unlock pattern on your new Android phone, do it. Do not skip this step in the name of convenience, as so much of your life nowadays depends on your smartphone, and keeping it secure is super important. What's more, fingerprint and face authentication work so well these days that any talk of inconvenience is moot.

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When setting up on-screen fingerprint authentication, register at least three fingers. Both thumbs so you can unlock whether holding on the right or left hand, and at least one index finger to unlock the phone more easily when it's resting on a table.

Don't tap “OK” or “Proceed” to everything during setup

It's easy to just go on autopilot during the initial Android setup, and end up agreeing to everything Google wants. You have a choice regarding how ads are served to you, whether you want to enable location for certain functions, and so on. All these are usually turned on by default, so don't blindly tap “OK” to everything. 

It's not just Google. Phone manufacturers also try to push ads, functions and apps to users. These include those made by the brand itself, like an app store separate from Google Play, or third-party apps like travel or streaming services. So, pay attention to each stage of the initial setup, and say no to things you don't want on your new phone.

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