New Android  

 So you have your new android phone now. Fresh from the box. Yes, there’s nothing like that new phone feeling. One minute, you’re astonish over your slab of plastic and metal, and the next, you’re panicking over how much work you’ll have to do to set it up and figure out how to use it. 

The experience doesn’t have to be so painful, however. If you just bought the right phone for you. Here are some things you should do with your New Android Phone: 

Step 1: Skip the Setup Junk 

The only thing you should absolutely do during the setup process is plug in your Google account credentials, as this will let you download apps and connect you with multiple useful Google services at the same time. 

Step 2: Wipe the Slate Clean 

See all those apps and widgets that are cluttering up your home screen already? Get rid of them all and start from scratch. 

Step 3: Remove the Bloatware 

To remove the clutter, head to your phone’s settings menu, then to the “Apps” or “Applications” section, and find the subsection titled “All.” 

Step 4: Tweak Your Gmail settings 

The Android version of Gmail is great, but you may not like some of its default settings.  

Step 5: Set Photo Backups to Unlimited 

 It’s a must-have app for keeping your memories safe, and you can get it as part of the main Google+ app if you don’t have it already. 

Step 6: Check Your Google Play Store Settings 

You have to make sure your new apps don’t crash of course. 

Step 7: Set Up Android Device Manager 

Device Manager is the Android equivalent of Apple’s “Find My iPhone,” allowing you to locate, wipe or lock a lost or stolen phone.  

Step 8: Get Some Apps 

This one’s obvious, but you’ll probably want some new Android apps to go with your new Android phone.  

Step 9: Tastefully Place Some Widgets 

 Instead of larding up your phone with bad widgets, pick a handful that you really like, and put one or two on each of your home screens, organized by genre or purpose.  

Step 10: Get a Handle On Notifications 

Now that you’ve installed a bunch of apps, you may find that some are being obnoxious, and flooding you with unwanted notifications.