Set up my device

Want to set up your new device quickly and explore all the new features? See how you can get all the data from your old phone and not leave anything behind. Learn how to use features provided by OEM to avoid manually transferring data. See why you should use cloud-based backup solutions to make your life easier.

If you got your brand new shiny device then it needs to be set up and you must be excited about it. We got you covered without an article, we will be covering how you can set up your Android and iPhone smoothly. This guide has been made in 2022 and includes everything you need to set up your device.

If you are a new iPhone user then skip to the next section, we have covered everything you need to set up your device.

Set up my device
Set up my device

Set up my Android device

Now we know you are very excited to set up your new Android device and start using it. But before we can start with the setup process, make sure you have everything on hand to have a smooth experience:

  • The older device just in case we need anything
  • Your primary SIM which you need on your newer device
  • WiFi password is written somewhere or in the older phone
  • Password for your Google account and backup email just in case, if you don’t have a Google account then we suggest you make it beforehand.

Once you have everything on hand, then we can jump right in the guide.

Backing Up Your Old Phone

This is perhaps the most important thing in the guide since all your data needs to be backed up so you can transfer it to the new device. Now to back up the data and settings, we have multiple options. And each OEM (Other Electronic Manufacturer) provides their app to transfer it. But we would recommend using Google for backing up all the data and using the same account to get it back on the new device.

Now to back up the data on your Android device, follow the steps mentioned below (there are two ways for it, both are similar with different setting names):

  1. Wake up your device and then go to “Settings”.
  2. Once you open the app, search for “System” and then move to “Backup”.
  3. Inside the backup settings, tap on “Backup and Restore” and then you should be able to pick the option you want.
  4. You can either choose to turn on the Backup or you can choose “Backup now”. If you are expecting your new device to come in a couple of days then we would suggest turning on backup. But if you want to set up your device now, then use backup now.

OR (for Samsung devices)

  1. Wake up your device and then go to “Settings”.
  2. Once you open the app, search for “Accounts and backup”.
  3. Now inside the new screen, you should be able to see different options for backing up.
  4. You can pick from either Backup or you can choose “Backup now”. If you are expecting your new device to come in a couple of days then we would suggest turning on backup. But if you want to set up your device now, then use backup now.
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Now backing up your data this way will save your pictures & videos, contacts, calendar events, documents, text messages, system settings, and more on the Google account. And once the data is backed up, you can use the Google account on a new device and get all the data there. Google has made this process seamless across all Android devices.

NOTE: If you are not backing up the regular, then it will take some time depending on the size of the backup.

However, if you were using iPhone and coming on Android then download  Google Drive from here. And then follow these steps to back up the data:

  1. Wake up your iPhone and go to “Settings” and then tap on “Backup”.
  2. Now choose all the data you want to be backed up and then start the backup process.
  3. Remember to turn off your iMessage and FaceTime otherwise, you will keep missing your texts and calls.
  4. Once you are done, wait for the backup to complete, and then move to the next section.

Setting Up Your New Android Phone

This is the most exciting part of owning a new device, powering it on for the first time, and setting it up. Take your new Android phone out of the box and follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Take your primary SIM and insert it into the SIM slot, remember to open it with care since it can get damaged easily. Now power on your new Android device and then you will be presented with multiple options.
    From those initial options, first, pick the device language you want to proceed with, and then you need to connect with an internet connection. We would recommend using WiFi since it will be faster, but you can skip this also.
    Once your device is connected with the WiFI, you will be asked to log in to your Google account. NOTE: Use the Google account where all your data is backed up. If you are not sure then go to the previous section, we have discussed data backup.
    Enter the Google account & password, and you will be asked to choose the security like fingerprint and PIN. Do not skip this step since it will save you time later. Once you are done with these steps, you will be asked to set up the Google account settings and other features.
  2. Once you are signed in to your Google account and complete the initial step up. All the data will be transferred to your new device and you will get a notification for the same. This data includes all your contacts, emails, calendars, and other important data. However, all of this data should be connected to your Google account. For example, if you are using any mail other than Gmail. Then you will not get your emails on the Google account. Once you log in with your Google account, you will have the option to get all of this data on your new device.
    Now the process of getting the data and the option to copy all the data will vary from one phone brand to another. Usually, you will be able to transfer all the data from your older device to a newer device over WiFi. And if you have the older phone of the same brand, then you can use the app. These apps make your life easier with one-tap transfers and setup.
  3. Another way of transferring all the photos, videos, and documents is by using Google’s cloud-based services like Google Photos and Google Drive. Using cloud-based solutions will protect your data from getting lost or deleted accidentally. The most common advantage is that even if your phone is damaged, your photos and videos will be safe. If you are coming from iPhone then we will suggest using Google Photos and Google drive since it will make your life a lot easier.
  4. Once all the data is transferred on the new device and all the syncs are completed. Now we should enter all the accounts which we need to use on daily basis. This is why we noted down all the accounts from the older device, but if not then open the older device. Follow the steps to add accounts on the new device:
    1. Open your phone and go to “Settings” and then tap on “Accounts” or “Passwords & Accounts”.
    2. Now in the new screen, tap on “Add account” and then you will see the option to add accounts.
    3. Here you will see all the options to add accounts like Twitter, additional Google accounts, Facebook, Skype, Dropbox, and more.
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That’s all, now we are done with all the customizations and your data will be available on the new device. However, Android is popular for its customizability and that is why we can make more changes. We would suggest using Google Assistant to get a more personalized experience. To learn more about Google Assistant customization read this article:

Set up my iPhone

We all know how exciting it is to unbox the newest iPhone and dive right into it. This guide was written in 2022 and provides you with the updated set process. But before we can start, we need some things on hand to make the transition from the older to the new iPhone. Make sure you have all of these things on hand before setting up your new iPhone:

  • Your previous iPhone.
  • WiFi password and your primary SIM.
  • Note down your Apple account ID and password.
  • Keep the passwords for all the accounts on different platforms like Facebook and Google.

Back-Up Your Old Phone

This is the most important step since we do not want to leave any data behind on the older iPhone and forget about it. If you are coming from iPhone then follow these steps to back up your data on iCloud:

  1. Wake up your iPhone, then go to “Settings” and then tap on “iCloud”.
  2. From the iCloud settings, tap on “iCloud Backup” and then choose the option “Back up now”.
  3. You will find different options for backup, but we would suggest sticking to a simple backup process.

NOTE: There are more advanced options available to transfer from an older iPhone to a new one. This is called as “Quickstart” feature, and it uses Bluetooth for it.

But if you are coming from Andriod then you need to follow different steps. First, we need to download the “Move to iOS” app from Google PlayStore by clicking here. Once the app is downloaded, follow these steps to set up your new iPhone:

  1. Wake up your new iPhone and when you come on the “Apps & Data” screen while performing the setup.
  2. Tap on the “Move Data from Andriod” option and then go to the old Android device.
  3. Now tap on “Continue” in the Android app and follow the on-screen instructions.
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NOTE: If you are using Android to iPhone transfer, then you will not be able to transfer everything. But the majority of the data such as photos, videos, emails, contact will be transferred. Rest will need to be transferred manually or with cloud-based solutions.

Setting Up Your New iPhone

Now here we will be inserting the SIM and following the onscreen instructions to connect our iPhone with the WiFi network. We would recommend setting your iPhone properly including passcode, FaceID, AppleID, iCloud setup.

This setup will be the same as all the previous iPhone models and you should not face any problems. But if it’s your first time setting up your iPhone, then just follow the on-screen instructions.

Once you are done with the initial setup, move to contacts, apps, and other important data. Using “Quick start” is the easiest way to settings up the new iPhone. However, you can choose to use “Restore from iCloud backup” or “Restore from iTunes backup” depending on your requirement. Whichever option you pick, you need to enter your Apple ID and password.

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BUT if you are setting up an iPhone for the first time, then you need to select the “Set up as new iPhone” option.

If you want to add an email account on your iPhone, then follow these steps:

  1. Wake up your iPhone and open “Settings”, then tap on “Account and password”.
  2. Now from here, you can add all the accounts you want.

And that’s all, we are done with the basic setup of the new iPhone. But Apple provides a lot more customization options in the new iOS 15. We would recommend going through the settings to check what’s new.

Summary

Here we saw how we can set up the Android and iPhone device. We would suggest going through the apps provided by your Android device to check if you can cut the setup process short. And if you are using iPhone then Apple has introduced new security features and other major features to improve user experience.

If you are stuck with any of the steps, then feel free to put the query in the comment section below. We are more than happy to help out with your query.

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