7 things to do while setting up your new phone

Setting-up the right way

7 things to do while setting up your new phone


After days of research and anticipation, you’ve finally bought your new phone. You’ve taken it out of the box and admired its beauty, but what next? Here are 7 things you must do when setting up your new phone.

1. Sign in to your Google account/Apple ID

When you switch on your phone, one of the first things you’ll have to do is sign in to your Google account (on Android phones) or Apple ID (on iPhones). In case you don’t already have one or want to start the new phone with a clean slate, you can also create a new account or ID. You might feel tempted to skip this at the moment and do it later but don’t. Signing into your existing Google account or Apple ID will not only help you personalise your device but also help with data transfer, which leads us to…

2. Transfer contacts and other data

Once you’ve signed into your Google account or Apple ID, you’ll be prompted to initiate a data transfer which includes but is not limited to contacts, calendars, apps, documents, photos, and videos. Before starting the data migration, we recommend you plug your phone in to ensure the battery doesn’t die mid-transfer. Depending on the type and amount to transfer, your data size can range from a few MBs to quite a few GBs. So, it might be a good idea to connect to Wi-Fi or top-up your daily mobile data limit.

3. Secure your phone

Now that you’ve transferred your data to the phone, the next step is to secure your phone so that your data doesn’t fall into wrong hands. You can start by setting up lock screen security. Depending on your phone model, you can secure your phone with a PIN, password, pattern, fingerprint, or face scan. The often-skipped next step is setting up your Find My Device (Android) or Find My (iOS) service found in your phone’s settings. These services will help you see your phone on a map, make it ring, lock it, or erase it if it gets lost or stolen.

4. Check the backup and sync settings

Before you start using your new phone to click photos or store documents, it’s a good idea to ensure your data is getting backed up to a cloud service. Because no matter how new or old your phone is, losing it or dropping it is always a real possibility. You can set your backup and sync settings for your Android devices with Google One and for iPhones with iCloud from your phone’s settings menu.

5. Delete stock/pre-installed apps you don’t need

Phones nowadays don’t come with as many pre-installed apps as before. However, these apps rightfully called bloatware, not only occupy memory but can also slow down your phone. So, as you install new apps on your phone, don’t forget to uninstall some pre-installed ones.

ALSO READ: How to transfer contacts from an Android phone to an iPhone

6. Select widgets and organise them

One of the best and easiest ways to personalise your new phone is by adding widgets to your home and lock screen. Whether it’s an Apple Music or YouTube Music widget to control your tunes or a mail widget to check emails without opening any app, they let you make the most of your phone.

7. Set up DND/Focus Mode

There is no denying how distracting our phones, especially new ones, can be. Regardless of whether you have an Android smartphone or iPhone, you get in-built tools that let you monitor and set limits on how much time you spend on your phone. You can also customise the do not disturb settings or set up focus mode (called Focus in iPhones) to temporarily mute all notifications so you can focus on what really matters.

Now that you’ve set your phone with everything elementary, it’s time to explore the limits of what your phone can do. You can install some of the must-have apps for iPhone or Android, set up voice assistant, connect it to your Smart Watch, protect it with a screen guard and mobile cover, and do much more. Happy exploring!

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