How to set up a new Android phone

Get your new Android device up and running seamlessly with this step-by-step guide. From language selection to personalized settings, ensure a smooth setup.

By Abhishek Chandel
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How to set up a new Android phone

How to set up a new Android phone

Unboxing a new Android phone is thrilling, but before you can start snapping selfies and downloading apps, you need to get through the initial setup process. This comprehensive guide will walk you through every step required to get your new Android device powered on, configured, personalized, and ready to use. Follow these tips to seamlessly set up your phone and start enjoying the features you want most.

Powering On Your Device

  • Locate the power button on the right side of the phone near the top. On some models there may be two similarly sized buttons; the power button will be the one above the other.

  • Firmly press and hold the power button for 2-3 seconds until you see the manufacturer's logo appear on the screen.

  • Keep holding the button until the screen goes black and the phone vibrates, signaling it's turning on. Release the button.

  • The bootup animation and/or logo will display again as the phone loads up. Be patient, this may take 30-60 seconds.

Responding to Welcome Screens

  • On the first welcome screen, select your language from the list by tapping on it.

  • You may be shown terms of service or legal information screen - use the scroll bar to review if desired and tap the check box to agree.

  • A screen may display describing features of the device - tap "Next" to proceed past this.

  • Finally, tap the "Start" button when it appears to initiate setup.

Connecting to a Wi-Fi Network

  • From the list of available nearby Wi-Fi networks, tap on the name of your home network.

  • If prompted, enter the network password. Tap "Show password" to verify what you're typing if needed.

  • Tap "Connect" once the password is entered. The network name will show "Connected" when successful.

  • If you don't have access to Wi-Fi, tap "Skip" to move forward without an internet connection.

Transferring Data from an Old Device

  • You will be given the option to transfer apps, data, contacts, and settings from an old phone or start fresh.

  • To start fresh, tap "Don't copy" and proceed to the next step.

  • To transfer content, tap "Next" then select whether you are moving info from an Android or iPhone.

  • For Android, choose to transfer directly from your old phone with a cable or pull data from a Google Drive backup. Follow prompts.

  • For iPhone, sign in with your Apple ID and password so the phone can pull data from your iCloud backup.

Logging into Your Google Account

  • Tap the text field at the top to bring up the keyboard and enter your Gmail address.

  • Tap the password field next and enter your Google account password using the keyboard. Tap "Show password" to verify.

  • If you have 2-step verification enabled, have your other mobile device ready to generate a verification code.

  • Check that the email/password is correct. Tap "Next" to log in.

  • To skip, tap "More options" at the bottom and then "Skip" on the next screen.

Restoring Backup Content

If you opted to restore device content from the cloud:

  • Your phone will display the Google accounts eligible for restoration. Tap to select one.

  • From the list of available backups for that account, choose the specific phone or tablet to restore apps and data by tapping it.

  • The restore process will now run - depending on the size this may take anywhere from 5-30 minutes.

  • A percentage indicator will display showing status. Do not power off the phone during this process.

Reviewing Google Services

  • On the Google services screen, review the list and tap on any toggle switch to disable that service.

  • Useful services to live on include Maps, Drive, YouTube, Photos, and Gmail. Turn off anything you don't use.

  • When finished making your selections, tap "Accept" at the bottom to proceed.

Configuring Google Assistant

  • You may be prompted to set up Google Assistant next. Tap "Continue" to enable it or "No Thanks" to skip.

  • If enabling Assistant, tap the "I Agree" checkbox and then follow the on-screen instructions to record your voice for voice match functionality.

  • Read the disclaimer prompt before recording your phrases. Tap the microphone icon and repeat each phrase out loud when prompted.

Selecting Screen Lock Method

  • You will now be able to configure a screen lock method. Your options may include Pattern, PIN, Password, Fingerprint, or Facial recognition.

  • Tap the method you want to set up and follow the on-screen instructions carefully. For example, you'll need to draw and redraw your unlock pattern.

  • After successfully setting up a method, tap "Done" to continue. Tap "Skip" to leave your phone unlocked.

Additional Setup Options

  • On the next screens, you may be presented with various optional setup prompts:

    • Add another email account - Tap to enter the email address and password. Tap "Next" when complete.

    • Adjust font size - Select "Small", "Default", or "Large" based on your preference.

    • Add info to your lock screen - Tap each item you want visible when locked ( notifications, device info, etc.)

    • And more - accept or skip each one.

  • Tap "Next" or "Skip" on each screen until you reach the home screen.


By working through each phase of the setup process, from powering on your phone to customizing settings, you now have your new Android fully initialized and ready to use. With your accounts linked, apps restored, security enabled, and personal touches added, you can dive into your device's capabilities with confidence. Reference this guide anytime you get a new phone or need to walk someone else through the Android setup experience.

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