If the thought of gifting yourself a new Android phone brings smiles to your face, imagine the excitement when you indeed get yourself one. You have your new Android phone, the platform that powers over 1.5 billion devices in this world. You love the usability and no-nonsense interface and can’t get your hands off it. Wait a moment! Before you start exploring that magnificent device, there are setting that you should be changing.
1.Turn on Wi-Fi
During the initial setup itself, you would be asked about this. If you have a Wi-Fi network at your disposal, use it to get your android phone online. Else, the device would rely on your data connection for every purpose and you could incur charges from your carrier.
2.Sign in to your preferred Gmail Account
Android operating system is customized to work with Gmail accounts that track your app installs and almost everything. So, if you already owned an Android device and wish to have the same settings in the new device, all you have to do is use the same Gmail account. Once you do that your contacts and preferences would remain the same. Device manufacturers usually would expect you to create an account with them as well, like Samsung or Motorola. These would be used for product registration and to activate certain features.
3.Device Lock settings
This setting decides on how you would want to unlock your phone, using just a swipe option, or a pattern or a PIN. Your phone is going to be the house of many of your confidential and private information. So it is best that you choose the option that gives you the maximum security.
If you have installed an external micro SD card in your android phone, you can decide on where your files and app can be stored. Android versions 5.0 and later make this task quite easy. I must however notify you that apps perform best when they operate from the internal storage.
5.Optimize the battery
Android smartphones, with all its exciting feature and real-time social or news updates can be quite unforgiving to the battery, no matter how big its capacity is. Please spare some time in setting up the battery to remind you when a certain threshold is reached. Disable the location services (GPS) if you are not using it. You don’t want to be holding a dead phone.
6.Choose and disable bloatware
Well, let’s accept it – most smartphone manufacturers load the devices that they sell with proprietary software which you may never have the need of. You can choose and either remove them or disable them.
7.Device Tracking service
This is a service that is offered by Google on their android device, but may also be provided by the manufacturer that lets the user to remotely ring, lock or even erase the contents of an android device in case it is stolen.
Though there are many, I’ve touched upon 7 settings that Android users has to first configure before going full throttle in exploring the Android phone, installing and setting up third-party apps.