How to Set Up Your Android Phone for the First Time?

Congratulations on your new Android phone! If this is your first Android device and you’re thinking “and now?” this guide is for you. We will take you through setting up the security assurance of the unit, the installation of the best apps, and customizing your home screen.
Initial Configuration
Take the phone out of the box. Depending on your phone, you may need to remove the battery cover and insert the SIM card. Some phones are also packed with some plastic protector between the battery and the phone, you will have to remove. First check your phone’s manual for instructions on the physical set to know how to set up your device for the first time.

Select the default settings and enter your Gmail/Google account. When you switch on your phone, it will take you through several screens to set some basic standards, such as the language, call the location services (many applications need that, and location data that are collected anonymously) and, finally, adding your Google account (and possibly other accounts such as Facebook, if you want). If you don’t have a Google account, do one on the computer, because it is necessary to download applications, synchronization of contacts and calendar information, and many other things related to Android.
Protecting Your Phone
One of the first things you should do is protect your phone if it is lost or stolen. Basically, you want to password protect your phone and install a remote wipe application so that other people can’t access your data.
To configure screen lock, go to the initial screen and search for “settings” by clicking at the top of the screen and then go to “security”. Depending on the version of Android, you can set a default to slide your finger over the dots in a way that you’ll remember or a default PIN (number) or password. Your phone will lock after a certain period of inactivity and to enter in the phone, the user will have to either slide with your fingers the default or enter the correct password or PIN.
You must also install a malware protection software and remote wipe, which will erase data from your phone in case someone gets it. In the next section, we will show you how to download and install an application, helping you find also a good security software.
Installing Apps
To get your first Android application, look for the icon of Google Play. Depending on the brand of your device, you will already have some pre-installed applications. Don’t forget to access the Google Play you must be connected to a wireless network or data connection through your carrier, although not recommended, since applications spend a good part of the data.
Once you get the Google Play, you can navigate through the categories to find an application or if you know the name of an application that you want to install, tap the magnifying glass at the top. Then, tap the text input box and type the name of the application. You can buy books and movies also by Google Play
Whatever you choose, tap the application name from the search results, then click the button to install it. Your phone will start to download the application and you will receive a message in the notification bar at the top of the screen that the application was installed. Drag the bar down to see the message about the application downloaded, touch it, and the application will open so that you can configure it. It is also possible to access the Play for your computer and install applications remotely on your device, you do the same search process by Google Play site and applications will be installed the next time you connect your device to a network.
For safety, we recommend that you use the Avast Mobile which is free and very simple to configure. You can choose other applications, but this has proven quite useful and popular.
Home Screen Customization
Another thing that many people want to do is customize the applications that are on the screen for easy access. In addition to the initial screen, you can access several other fabrics in your phone, going through with your fingers to the left or right.
To put an application on the screen, from the list of applications, tap and hold on the icon of the application, then drag it to where you want to put it.
If you want to remove an application or Widget, tap and hold it and drag it to the bottom of the screen in the trash can you will see there. As you can see, newer versions of Android has variations on the screen, being one of Widgets and other applications only. Vary and set in order to be more comfortable for your use.
You can also organize the applications on your screen in folders: Tap anywhere on an empty space on the screen and hold it for a second or two, then select Folders > new folder. Tap the new folder to open it, and drag applications into it. To rename the folder, hold the folder name in the title bar, and then type a new name.
Setting Up Your Contacts
Completing, you can synchronize your phone contacts with Gmail contacts, Facebook, Hotmail, and other applications. Enjoy, take some time to get all the names and contacts that you have and then pass the play well with your new Android phone.