So you have just got a new and elegant Android Phone and you are overwhelmed with its shiny beauty. Having heard of its sheer brilliance and impressive features, I am sure, you can’t wait to get started.
Surely the first sights can be overwhelming as you hold the precious phone in your hands. But then, before you get carried away further, here are 10 things to do on a new Android Phone and they must be done without failure.
After all, you’d want your new Android phone to have a long and healthy life, isn’t it? So, without further delay, let’s get started.
Android phones are known for having bloatware thanks to phone makers or service providers. And what makes them annoying is that you can’t get rid of them unless the phone is rooted. Quite a bummer, right?
But we are talking about Android and there’s always a way to get around things. If not uninstall, you can keep them disabled so that they won’t hog on the RAM and battery. And at the same time, you can get a light version of the app in its place.
All you need to do is head over to Settings> Apps, choose the app and tap on Disable.
So, whenever the phone is in a known location, it turns off the lock screen, thus making it easy for you to access the device.
Plus, you can also have a look at the Google Settings for opting out of the personalized ads.
Then there are App lockers. Though there are a lot of apps in the market, it’s quite easy to bypass the lock. So make sure that all the loopholes are covered properly.
3. Tweak Wi-Fi Settings
By default, in any phone, the Wi-Fi is supposed to switch over to cellular data as soon as the phone screen goes off. This setting is bad both for your battery as well as when you have a cap on your data plan.
The solution is to set the Wi-Fi sleep policy to Never so that the change-over never happens, even when the phone is idle. To enable this feature, open the advanced Wi-Fi settings and set the Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep to Never.
And now that the settings are done, it’s time to put the personalization or customization game full on. And none can play the customization game like a good Android launcher app. There are a lot of cool launchers and they help to bring a new look to the phone.
My personal favorite is the Nova Launcher. With it, you can do a number of tweaks — right from the gesture supports to the app drawer features. What’s more, with the new version, you can have notification badges on icons.
It’s the 21st century and you shouldn’t do all the work by yourself. So who would do your work? The Google Assistant, of course! Previously available in Pixel Phones alone, thankfully now its available in most of the Android phones running Marshmallow and above.
Enabling the Google assistant is as easy as pie and it makes work incredibly easy. Want to know the details about your hotel reservation? Ask the lady and she will reveal it to you in a jiffy.
The best thing about this feature is that the misplaced phone rings at full volume even if it’s on silent or the volume is low. Just make sure that the Android device manager option is turned on in the Google settings (Settings > Google > Security).
Apart from this, don’t forget to turn on the Emergency info or the owner info in the settings menu.
Setting up Google Drive on Android is simple and easy and the same extends to Google Photos as well. Plus, the nifty features of Google Photos lets you search for pictures which the built-in Gallery app can’t do.
10. Setup a Note Taking App
Last but not the least step is to get a good note taking app. And one of my favorite note taking app is the lesser known Google Keep. So whether it’s a shopping list, random note or a picture you want to have as a reminder — Keep takes care of everything.
So, these were 10 things that are a must-do on your new Android phone. It may seem overwhelming at first, but then you would want to get out the most from the new phone, right?