How To Set Up Your New Android Phone (2022)

Depending on the new Android phone you have chosen, you may be given an option to copy data directly from your old device. This is usually done over Wi-Fi, but sometimes you can connect the two phones with a cable. A cable is by far the fastest and easiest way to copy your old data (especially photos and videos), so we recommend doing this if given the option.

If you don’t get the option to copy data directly, or if you prefer not to, you’ll want another method of copying your precious photos and videos. Whether your old phone is an Android or an iPhone, your best bet is to use Google’s cloud-based service, Google Photos, which comes pre-installed on Android devices. It’s also where your photos are automatically saved every time you back up your photos to an Android phone. (If you run out of space in your Google Account too often, check out our guide on how to free up space.)

If you’re not already using Google Photos, don’t worry. Pick up your old phone and back up all your photos to the Google Photos cloud by opening the app and tapping your little round user icon at the top right. Select Backup now and wait for the photos to sync. Your photos should then be available to browse and download on your new Android phone, as well as on the web and any iOS device where you’ve downloaded the Google Photos app.

Update system and apps

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To stay safe and take advantage of the latest features, your software must be up to date. Take a look inside Settings, Systemand tap System update to make sure you have the latest version of Android available. You also need to open the Play Store app, tap your profile picture at the top right, choose Manage apps and device. If any of your apps need updates, just tap Update everything below Updates available.

Add other accounts and set preferences

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Once you’ve synced all the available data from your Google account, you’ll want to link some of your other accounts to your phone for seamless integration. Just go to Settings, bills (or Passwords & Accounts), select Add Account, and enter your details for Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, Skype, and anything else you normally use. (You can also just open any app and log in.)

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