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How to setup your new Android phone or tablet

When you have bought a new Android phone or tablet you'll have to go through a setup process. This process will tie your phone to the cloud, which is your Google Account. It is highly recommended that you set up a Google account if you don't have one. The benefits are:

  • You can have multiple devices tied to the same Google Account.
  • Your phone's or tablet's data will be backed-up to the cloud, so if you e.g. lose your phone you can easily restore all your emails, contacts, calendar, apps etc.
  • All Android devices tied to the same account will see the same data. For example, if you have an Android phone and Android tablet you will see the same emails, contacts and calendar on both.
  • When you do changes to the cloud-data (e.g. mail, contacts and calendar) on one device it will be changed in the other device(s) automatically.
  • If you purchase an app for one device you can get it on the other devices without paying anything extra.
  • You must have a Google account in order to download apps from the Google Play Store (old name: Android Market), even for free apps.
  • Your search results will be more personalized.
  • You can easily access more Google services, e.g. share your photos with your friends.

Note: You don't have to give-up your old email systems, if you already have one or several, e.g. Yahoo or Hotmail. You can still set up accounts for these on your device later. But in order to get access to the Play Store (Android Market) you must have a Google account in order to tie your device to the cloud with apps etc and to purchase anything from the Play Store.

So let's start with the setup, refer to the pictures below the description.

  1. After you've powered-on your Android device for the first time you will be asked to select the language. Scroll down the list and pick the one that you want.
  2. You must be connected to Internet, either by having a SIM card with Internet connection installed or using WiFi. To use WiFi, you connect to a wireless access point, or "hotspot." Some hotspots are open and you can simply connect to them. Others implement security features that require other steps to ensure that only authorized users can connect. In this example we will use WiFi. Don't skip this step! You may need to check that your device's WiFi is turned on, do the following:

    Settings -> WiFi on

  3. You will be presented with available WiFi connections. Pick the one you know. If it is marked as Secured then you must know its key.

1 Select language 2 Connect 3 Select WiFi

  1. This screen shows how to enter the security key to the selected WiFi network. You tap on the input box for the key, then use the onscreen keyboard below to enter the value.
  2. Once you have a connection to the Internet you will be presented with the choice of logging on to an existing Google Account or to create a new one. An email address that you use for any of the following counts as a Google Account:
    • Gmail
    • YouTube
    • Google Apps
    • AdWords
    • Any other Google product
  3. Assuming you already have a Google Account just enter your username (no need to enter the @gmail.com) and your password in order to sign-in. When you sign in with a Google Account, all the email, contacts, Calendar events, and other data associated with that account are automatically synced with your device. If you have multiple Google Accounts, you’ll be able to add the others later.

4 WiFi Key 5 Select Gmail 6 Sign in

  1. If you don't have a Google Account (assumed in step 6 above) then you can create one using your Android device. Just chose a userid and a password. You can also you any PC connected to Internet to create the account, as shown later in this chapter.
  2. You will get a message it may take up to 5 minutes for your device to connect to the Google servers, so just be patient.
  3. Most Android devices have built-in GPS sensors, so your location can be tracked. Google will use this to provide better search results, but some users may feel uncomfortable enabling it. It's your decision if you want to allow it.

7 Create Google Account 8 Signing in 9 Location tracking

  1. If you already had an Android device connected to your Google Account you can get all your apps, mail, contacts and calendar restored on your new device. It's very useful to let the Google cloud services take backup of your device data.
  2. Once you've logged on to your Google Account your phone will start syncing with the cloud and if you already had apps installed they will be restored to your new Android device. This may take quite some time if you had a lot of apps.
  3. The next step is to set the date & time. You can let your network operation do it or you can set it manually. This may depend on where your live, but it may be safest to set it manually. Start by setting the time zone, then the date and time, plus the formats you want to use for both.

10 Backup & Restore 11 Syncing 12 Date & Time

Using a PC to set up a Google Account

In case you prefer to use a PC to set up your account, then go to accounts.google.com or mail.google.com to set it up. First you click on the top-right corner:

SIGN UP or CREATE AN ACCOUNT

Then you will be presented with a more detailed sign-up page, where you fill in your name, password, date of birth etc. You can add more to your profile, like your photo, phone number etc. This may be useful if you would like to use more of Google's services, e.g. Google+. It will also be useful for your contacts and email.