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Getting a new phone is exciting! You probably want to start playing with it immediately, but first, there’s the dreaded task of setting it up, which could be a little confusing. Don’t worry; we’ll explain step-by-step how to set up your new Android smartphone.

As each Android device is different, and each manufacturer creates little extras that are different from their competitors, the basics of setting up any Android phone are still very similar.

  1. Insert the SIM card

If your previous phone had a SIM card, transfer it from the old phone to the new before turning it on. Depending on your device, entering the SIM card could be different. Usually Sony devices have flaps that you need to open, while Nexus phones require a pin to open the slot. Samsung, on the other hand, has you enter the SIM card under the battery. Next, you’ll be asked to enter your PIN number, which usually comes in the SIM package. But if you bought your phone from a company that transfers this for you, you may not need to worry about this at all.

  1. Select a language

After you get the SIM card installed, you can power up the phone. Then, you’ll need to choose a language. Tapping on the default language will open a list of available languages for the system. Simply select which language you prefer and touch Start to continue.

  1. Select Wi-Fi network

Connecting to Wi-Fi from your phone helps to have a faster, better connection. It also doesn’t chew up the bandwidth that phone providers charge for, depending on your gigabyte plan. To select your Wi-Fi network, simply chose the network you want from the list and enter the required password. Then tap on Connect.

  1. Setup/login to Google account

If you want to download apps from the Google Play Store to use on your Android, you need a Google account. To create an account, just follow the steps to choose a username and set a password. But if you already have a Google account, you can just enter those details to log in. Then, you will be asked to agree or disagree to some Google services like sharing location data and backing up your information. You don’t need to have a Google account to use the phone, but you will have fewer functions available if you don’t.

  1. Install software updates

When your Android is turned on for the first time, it might not be running the latest version of software available. The phone should prompt you to update, but if it does not, you can go to the settings option, find and tap on the “About Phone” tab (usually at the bottom of the settings menu). Look for something along the lines of “Check for software updates”, but make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi and have your phone charged, as it could take a while to download.

  1. Personalize

You can change your background, font, screen lock alternatives, and more by going to the Settings menu. Here, you can make your phone look and function any way you prefer. Don’t be afraid to try out different settings and capabilities your phone has to offer.

Now you’re free to play! You can download apps from the Google Play Store as you wish, download music, take photos, and really make your Android phone your own!