Tuesday, November 11, 2014

What to do First When You Get a New Smartphone

Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone (AT&T - $39.99)

Getting a fresh, new phone always creates a different exhilaration. From the moment you open and take it out of the box to customizing its ringtone and wallpaper, we all had that moment at least once in our tech-driven lives. But how do you really make a new phone your own and get to know it? Here are some general things that you may want to consider when customizing, as well as protecting, your new prized possession.

Run Through Its Settings

This is where you can perfectly customize your phone according to your needs and preferences. From ringtones, call volume, and display options, the settings menu is where every new phone owner should start. Not only you will discover the other cool features that your phone can offer, you can change how your phone will behave and notify you in the most convenient way. In settings, you can set different modes that you can apply to your phone when you are outdoors, in a meeting, or if you just want it to be quiet as possible while you are asleep.

If you want to have a less-cluttered experience, some Android phones have an option for simple startup mode. For some, there is a setup wizard that may guide you through this option if it has the simple startup mode functionality.

Apply Some Security Measures

Admit it, we spend more time choosing the coolest wallpaper or theme for our new phone than setting up the sufficient security it needs. Before you get distracted with loading it up with tons of apps, games, photos, and other stuff, take time to set up a password or PIN on your phone. Some have more security features that you can also enable to make it more secure. Since you've already gone through its settings, you should already have an idea on how to turn on its security features.
There are also great apps that you can use to beef up your phone's security. When the unfortunate event happens that your phone accidentally gets lost or stolen (which every phone owner hopes would never happen), you can be sure that your phone has enough protection against the perpetrator from easily gaining access to your personal files and info.

Check and Run Updates

Updates whether on software version, apps, or operating system comes at a fast-paced rate. So there's likely a possibility that by the time you unwrapped your new phone, there's a couple or more updates waiting for it. Running updates on your phone is essential as it contains fixes and enhancements that will give you better mobile experience. Normally, you can check for updates via the Settings menu. The duration of the update process may vary depending on how many programs that needs to be updated.

Go All the Way

Now that you've performed all the basics in updating and securing your new phone, go ahead and get crazy in making it your own. Download wallpapers, themes, and app launchers -- anything that will make it all funky and awesome. You can also group apps into folders for ease of reference.

This is the most exciting part of having a new phone, to pimp it out until you give out a sigh and exclaim, "This is so me!" Talking about going all the way, you can even root (for Android) or jailbreak (for iOS) your phone, but be reminded that doing this will also void your phone's warranty. So, if you're really planning on doing this, better do it at a later time when the warranty period expires.

Customizing your phone's look and feel can be an enjoyable, but can also be risky at the same time. Having too much apps and games installed on your phone can affect its speed and response, so be wise in choosing the apps that you'll be installing. Verify if a certain app will definitely be useful to you first before you go ahead and click that Download or Install button.

Sync Your Phone via Cloud Storage

You should also pay attention when your phone notifies you that you can turn on cloud storage or its syncing feature for your phone's contacts, calendar, photos, music, and other apps. Syncing your phone with your other devices such as your computer and tablet will allow you to share your files and keep it updated whenever you need to access your documents from any of your devices. However, be cautious when turning on your phone's sync option. There are times when you unconsciously turn it on, and then your phone will start uploading all your documents in the cloud, turn on your social networking, and generally shares your info that you'd rather selectively perform yourself.

Be Prepared for Your Phone's Future

Sooner or later, you will come into terms where you want to replace your phone and resell it. Make it a point to keep and take care of your phone's documentation, accessories, even its box to make it more attractive to future buyers. Because two to three years from now, you'll be considering of getting another phone with newer technology and features. Don't worry about your old phone, there's someone out there that will still be interested with your old unit, especially if it's well taken care of. Make use of soft and protective cases to minimize any scratches your phone may get from its everyday use. Or if you're planning to make it as a hand-me-down gadget to your younger sibling, it will still be considered as a prized possession because you really took care of it. 
So there you have it, it's not really that hard to follow these guidelines. Every new phone owner does all these things, however in their own perspective order. However you want to do these things, keep in mind that your phone is somehow like an investment that is very useful to you, so it's very important to take good care of it and protect it as much as you can. Thanks to Andrew Dal for these awesome ideeas.