Android Beginner’s Guide: How to Download Apps and Launchers to Google’s New Smartphone

Many people will wake up on Christmas with a new Android device, most likely from Google, Huawei, Samsung, OnePlus, Sony, Oppo, LG or even Fairphone.

If you’re migrating from iPhone and its iOS operating system or switching from an older Android device, it can be hard to understand everything a new phone can do.

From changing notifications, downloading apps, Google Now, launchers, and making sure new owners never lose their device, there’s a lot that isn’t seen right away – and this is how to do it all.

How can I back up data from my old phone?

Users moving between the same brand of smartphones – Samsung, for example, to Samsung – will usually discover that there is already a dedicated app on their device to transfer their data.

For those who don’t, it’s easiest to use the Google Account that most people will have with a Gmail email account or an existing Android phone. Be sure to back up the data you need to move – photos, contacts, and more.

To do this, go to the Settings menu on the old device, look for the System tab, and then click Backup.

As for contacts, the most important and probably the most tricky things to switch from one phone to another, Google also allows users to manage this from the web. Using these tools means contacts will be secure when moving from SIM to Google Accountand Google Accounts on one phone to another.

Users can also replace data using a USB-C to USB-C cable if their Internet connection is slow or unreliable.

How do I switch from iPhone to Android phone?

For those switching from iOS, Google Drive is their best bet. Download the app on iOS, back up content such as contacts, calendar data and photos to storage, and then Google can download data from its servers when you sign in to your new Android device. There is also a special setting in the on-screen setup instructions.

It is too vital for iMessage unsubscribe, otherwise messages will be sent via Apple systems, not via SMS. This can be done by turning off iMessage and FaceTime in the appropriate options in Apple’s Settings app.

How do I set up my new phone?

Once users go through the process of backing up their data, then they move it from one device to another. The new phone will guide users through these on-screen steps, which are relatively clear; the only guideline to be aware of is to check exactly which data can be moved.

For example, Google will do that collect usage and diagnostic data from your phone, which can be turned off in the setup menu – but many people will skip it by pressing the attractive blue “Accept” button without reading the options.

Here users can also to Set Up Google Now, if they so choose, as well as foreign but useful settings like contactless payment and display options.

How can I personalize my new phone?

One of the main benefits of Android is the ability to change the default apps that the phone uses, whether it’s a text messaging client, email service, browser, or more.

New phones can confuse new users

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New phones can confuse new users

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To change the default applications, for example, from Gmail to Microsoft’s Outlook e-mail application, users need to go to the Settings menu and search for “Default applications”, choosing between applications downloaded to the phone.

Many users will be familiar with downloading apps, but for those who aren’t, it’s done through Google Play Store. Unfortunately, purchases made in Apple’s App Store are not transferable, and some apps may not be available on Android, but many are also the most popular.

Those who sign up via email, Facebook, or Google Accounts, as well as those purchased with a subscription, such as Audible and Netflix, will typically be available on all devices.

One of the options that users might see could be unknown is the “Home Application”. They are better known as “Launchers” on Android, are basically overlays that overlay the default Android software to provide better customization options.

They are the reason why Samsung phones (with OneUI) work differently than OnePlus devices (which use OxygenOS) or Huawei devices (which use EMUI and, finally, HarmonyOS).

You can download the launchers from the Google Play Store and they can be found in many variants. Microsoft offers one that emphasizes your own calendar, repository, and to-do lists.

Other popular launchers include Evie, which strives for a sleeker, faster, minimal user interface, or Nova, which offers some of the tiniest changes to any launcher’s Android devices on the market.

Many Apple users often criticize Android devices for not being as smooth to use as iPhones – launchers are a great way to change that and get features that Apple users don’t have.

Users will want to make sure their new smartphone does exactly what it wants, which often means bloatware removal and notification management. Some Android smartphones come with pre-installed apps that users may not want, and the easiest way to delete them is by going to Settings, looking at the app list, and removing anything foreign.

As for notifications, which by default often appear from the top of the screen, holding notifications will display various options – making it “Warning” or “Silent”, as well as turn them off completely.

Some apps, like Maps, will offer a host of push notifications (like leaving reviews or scoring how busy the bus is) that users might find intrusive. Either using the above method, or moving towards Settings, finding notifications, tapping apps and choosing what to ask for or not need a warning is the best way to address it.

What other tips and tricks should I know?

It is also important to ensure that the new phone stays as new as possible until update to the latest version of Android. This will be Android 10 or Android 11, depending on the device. For example, Samsung’s Note 20 Ultra still uses Android 10, while the Pixel 5 is on Android 11.

To make sure you have the latest operating system, go to settings and scroll to the bottom. Under System, tap Advanced, and then tap Update System. Some devices may have this on a slightly different card; if so, using the Search icon in the settings above should help users find it quickly.

Android devices offer far more versatility and adaptability than the iPhone

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Android devices offer far more versatility and adaptability than the iPhone

Take a screenshot or take a screenshot, is also difficult to find for some users. Without the physical keys, screenshots are now usually taken quickly at the same time by pressing the power key and the volume down key. Screenshots, meanwhile, are in the menu settings found when users pull from the top of their device.

It is also a home Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other options. A long press on these icons will take users to a screen with more detailed information, which is also located in the Settings app.

Finally, after the novelty of the new device wears out, users may find that they need some time away from the screen. Digital well-being, as well as Parental control, can be found in the Settings menu, giving users the ability to set daily limits for apps and set no distractions to separate working hours from free time.

What should I do if I lose my phone?

Having a new Android smartphone is great; losing it, not so much. To ensure that your Android device can be tracked (almost) always, Google offers its own dedicated “Find my device”Which can be downloaded from the Play Store.

This allows users track phones, tablets and watches on the map – as long as they have an active internet connection. If the connection is not available, the application will display the last known location.

The app also allows users play a sound to find their new device, see the details of the hardware in case it is lost or stolen and in difficult circumstances delete sensitive content on the device.

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