How to set up a new phone

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Easily set up your new phone

So, you just bought the latest brand new smartphone with all the amazing features. Whether you’ve been with the same brand for years – or you just made the switch from Android to iPhone or iPhone to Android – we’re here to help set up your new phone so you can maximize its potential.

Our experts developed these tips to activate your new phone quickly and easily. So you can get back to the fun part – experiencing all your new device has to offer!

Back up your old phone

Whether an Android or an iPhone, the operating system of your smartphone offers automatic cloud backup capabilities to protect important information, such as photos, passwords, email messages, and the files you’ve created in various apps. You’ll find these automatic backup capabilities in your phone’s settings, and setting them up is a snap.

On Android phones, the Backup Service can store your data and be connected to one or more of your Google accounts. Here’s how to set it up:

  1. Connect your device to your Wi-Fi network
  2. Open your phone’s Settings app
  3. Under Accounts, tap “Backup & Restore.”
  4. Tap “Back Up My Data” and switch it on.

You’ll see the options for backing up your data, including passwords, preferences and app data, which will all be stored in your Google account.

On iPhones, you can use iCloud to backup your device. Learn more about iCloud and how it works here.

  1. Connect your device to your Wi-Fi network
  2. Tap Settings
  3. Scroll down and tap iCloud.
  4. Once in iCloud, scroll down to tap Backup and make sure that iCloud Backup is switched on.
  5. Tap “Back Up Now.”

Be sure to stay connected to your Wi-Fi network until the process completes. To make sure that the backup finished: Tap Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage, then select your device. The backup should appear in the details with the time and backup size.

Restore information to your new phone

Just like the backup process, steps to restore your phone vary based on device. The backup process will have the information you need to restore your new phone. Learn more about backing up your phone on Android and iPhone here.

Set up email, social media and cloud syncing

Check out the settings feature on your new device for a step-by-step walk-through for email and social media accounts. Use iCloud for iPhone or Google for Android to synchronize changes in contacts to the cloud so that the next time you change devices it will be a simple process.

Download apps and games

Here are a few of our favorites:

Favorite Productivity App: Todoist allows you to keep everything you need in one place. It’s a free app available on the iTunes store and the Google Play store.

Favorite News App: Google Play Newsstand is available on both Android andiOSdevices. It organizes the news based on what you care about, so you can keep up with what’s going on in the world

Favorite Games: We suggest good trivia games like HQ – Trivia & Words (available on iOS and Android).

Secure your device and configure the settings

Make sure you have a way to locate, lock and secure your phone. Set your pin/passcode and remember to change it every few months. Check out our helpful tips for creating a strong passcode for your phone here.

For increased security, there’s two factor authentication – a security method that asks you to take an extra step to confirm your identity when logging into email, social media, or other password protected accounts. Learn how to set up two factor authentication on your devices here.

Tap into our expertise

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