Getting that new android phone into shape takes a lot of time and effort, but it’s worth it.
There is this happy feeling within when you buy a new phone or maybe a fairly used phone, one minute you’re admiring every curve on the phone, checking the camera quality, the list goes on, and next you’re panicking over how much effort you’ll have to put in to set it up and configure it to your own specification.
However, the experience doesn’t have to be so agonizing, if you just bought a new android phone like the Samsung or Infinix device, the following process will leave you with a neat, easy-to-use and a functional phone.
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Steps to setup a new android phone
STEP 1: SKIP THE SETUP
Often times, Android phone comes with major wireless carrier, and chances are that the setup process is a minefield of sign-ins for services you don’t know about and couldn’t possibly need.
The only thing I think is necessary during this process is to provide only your Google account credential, as this action will let you download and connect to multiple Google services.
STEP 2: WIPE THE SLATE CLEAN
Get rid of all those widget and apps that are littering on your Android phone’s home screen and start from scratch. Many of the phones being purchased including the Samsung series comes with apps and widgets which I think are useless, you can easily remove them by going to the home screen to get a zoomed view of all your home screen pages, from which you create a blank home screen.
Finally, drag the old and cluttered home screen into the trash. You haven’t actually deleted the apps as everything is available through the app tray. From there you can now get rid of the app and widget you don’t really need.
STEP 3: TWEAK YOUR GMAIL SETTINGS
Gmail is a great mailing service, which almost everyone with access to internet use. The android version of Gmail is equally great but I think you would not like some of its default settings.
Open the Gmail app, press the phone menu button or in most android phone look for the three dots in the top right corner and hit settings. On your email address tap the inbox sound and vibrate. If you get a lot of emails I think you will want to hit the sound and select silent, so that your phone wouldn’t constantly make a lot of noise.
Next step requires you to go back to the main setting and select General Setting menu. If you’re one of those who would rather delete an e-mail than archive them, hit the Delete & Archive actions and hit show delete only.
This action enables you to delete an email by swiping to the right.
STEP 4: SET PHOTO BACKUPS TO UNLIMITED
Recently my friend’s iPhone developed an issue and as a result, she lost a chunk of personal data, she was really pissed off over that. It later occurred to her that she activated icloud backup services. She logged into her icloud account and guess what? Her pictures were intact.
Android phones often comes with an app called Google+ Photos which automatically back up any photo or video on your phone. This app serves as a big memory saver where you save your memories in form of pictures and videos.
To change the backup settings to unlimited, select the app’s setting menu, hit the auto backup submenu and set the photo size to standard. Now you can upload unlimited photos, which is saved at a resolution of 2048pixel wide which I think is good enough to view on any screen.
STEP 5: CHECK YOUR GOOGLE PLAY STORE SETTINGS
After spending all that time cleaning up your home screen in Step 2; now you have to make sure new apps being downloaded doesn’t mess it up again.
To do that, on your Google Play Store, hit the settings menu and uncheck the box that says “Add icon to home screen” and you might also want to disable the notification for app updates.
STEP 6: SET UP ANDROID DEVICE MANAGER
Android phones comes with an app called Device Manager; this is an app that allows you to wipe, locate or lock a stolen or lost phone. To check if this feature is fully enabled on your new android phone, go to Android Device Manager and decide which management feature you would like to enable.
STEP 7: GET SOME APPS
You’d probably want to get some new apps. Go to the Google Play Store and download your intended apps.
STEP 8: GET A HANDLE ON NOTIFICATIONS
After you have carried out all the steps listed here, you may find out that some apps are just so annoying and could have the tendency to flood you with unwanted notifications.
To fix this; go to the general phone settings and go to the app section, then select the app you would not want to hear from and tap notifications. Toggle On the “Block all” tab which reads “never show notifications from this app”.
If you did all of this then you are on your way of getting your new android phone to look good and also easy to use.