New Phone, Who Dis? Easy Steps For Setting Up Your New Device

You just opened and activated your brand-new phone. Here’s what you should do next.

So you’ve moved to the best deal in wireless, and we’re happy to have you. Now, it’s time to complete the new phone setup process. After taking your new phone out of the box and activating it, there’s just a few simple steps left to get your phone personalized and set up to your liking. Check out these setup tips for Android and iOS devices.

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For Android phones

You bought a new Android phone. Good choice. Whether you purchased a Samsung, Motorola or LG device, you’ll likely be guided through a setup process. While every phone manufacturer is different, here are some of the first steps you’ll likely take.

Starting with Wi-Fi, you’ll have an option to connect with your home network. It’s not necessary to do this now, but since you’ll probably be using Wi-Fi soon, it can’t hurt. Next, you’ll have a choice to import your backup data. The on-screen prompts should give you options on how you want to transfer over your contacts, texts, photos and other data.

After logging into your Google account – or setting up a new one – you’ll get to select your security options to protect your phone. This process might involve setting up the fingerprint scanner, choosing a PIN or setting up face recognition. Once that’s complete, you can go on to activate additional services, like the voice-activated Google Assistant.

Now that your Android device is set up, you can customize it. Add widgets to your home screen, download a new wallpaper, move your favorite apps to an easily accessible location or switch to another home screen launcher. The choice is yours.

For iPhones

Like Android, iOS offers a user-friendly phone setup process.

You purchased a new iPhone. Yet another fine choice. Like Android, iOS offers a user-friendly phone setup process. Begin by turning on your device and selecting your language. Switching from another phone with iOS 11 or later? Simply bring the two devices together, and follow the instructions for the Quick Start option. If not, here’s what you’ll need to do next.

Choose a Wi-Fi network. Then, set up Face ID or Touch ID, in addition to a six-digit pass code. These features help keep your personal data secure. After that, you’ll have the option to restore or transfer your data from your old device to your new one. Your iPhone will walk you through this process. Next, sign in using your Apple ID or create a new one, and set up Siri and other services, like Apple Pay and Screen Time. At this time, you’ll also be asked to turn on automatic updates and set up other features. Finally, hit “Get Started” to, well, get started.

After the iPhone setup is complete, you can get to the fun part – personalizing it. Find new, cool wallpapers for your home screen and lock screen. You can also rearrange your apps and categorize them into folders, so you always know where to find them at a moment’s notice. You can even schedule Do Not Disturb to silence calls, alerts and notifications when you might be sleeping.

Get help

Need phone help or phone support when setting up your new phone with Total Wireless? Text HELP to 611611, call us 1-866-663-3633 or chat with us in real time.