You have recently bought your first smartphone and, since you have never had a strong interest in technology, you fear that you are not prepared enough to use it to the fullest. For this reason, instead of asking for help from friends or relatives, you preferred to open Google in search of a guide that can teach you how to take your first steps in the world of smartphones, ending right here, on my website.
Let me tell you: there are no trivial problems, only questions that have not yet been answered and I, in this guide, have every intention of solving all your questions! In the following lines, in fact, I intend to explain to you in detail how to configure the mobile phone in a series of common scenarios: the first switching on of the device, setting the parameters for surfing the Internet, adding a new address and connecting the device to computers and cars.
So what else are you waiting for to get started? Take a few minutes of free time for yourself, make yourself comfortable and read very carefully everything I have to say on the subject: I guarantee that, once you have finished reading this guide, you will have acquired the necessary skills to best configure yours. new smartphone. Having said that, there is nothing left for me to do but wish you good reading and good work!
First configuration of the mobile phone
Have you just bought a new smartphone and are you going to set it up for the first time? All right, then let me guide you through this simple (albeit apparently arduous) undertaking. To begin with, take the phone out of its packaging and insert the SIM inside it: in most cases, it will be sufficient to extract the special trolley, using the supplied metal paper clip .
However, if you do not know how to install the SIM card in the phone, you can refer to the user manual of the same or carry out a short search on Google, using the key insert SIM [phone brand and model] . In particular, if you have an iPhone or a Huawei-branded phone, my guides on how to insert the SIM in the iPhone and how to insert the SIM in Huawei devices may be useful.
Once the SIM installation is complete, you can proceed with the next step, which consists of configuring, for the first time, the operating system on the phone.
After inserting the SIM in the appropriate slot and turning on the smartphone, you can proceed with the initial configuration of Android .
First, select the language to be used in the operating system from the appropriate drop-down menu; then tap the Start button to start the phone setup wizard.
As a first step, you will be asked to choose a Wi-Fi network to connect to to download apps or copy data: select the network of your interest from the proposed list and, when prompted, enter the access key . If you want to continue with the configuration of the phone without using a Wi-Fi network but using the data connection available on your SIM, touch the item Use the mobile network for configuration . To continue, however, without connecting to the Internet (this option, however, could affect the steps available later), tap the Ignore button , located at the bottom left.
Once the Internet connection has been established, wait for any system updates to be downloaded and installed and then choose whether to copy apps and data from an existing backup ( Next button ) or to skip this step and reconfigure the phone from scratch (button Do not copy ).
If you have chosen to proceed with importing a backup, specify whether to recover data from another Android phone, from the cloud or from an iPhone and follow the instructions provided on the screen to proceed with the data transfer (you will be asked to log in to the cloud, to select the backup file, or to enter the credentials of the Apple ID configured on the “source” iPhone).
If, on the other hand, you have opted for the “from scratch” configuration, log in with your Google account by entering your credentials in the appropriate forms. If you don’t have a Gmail profile, you can create it right away by tapping the Create button or by relying on the instructions I have given you in this guide.
Once you are logged in, you can choose whether or not to automatically back up to Google Drive by using the appropriate levers, whether or not to activate geolocation , whether to allow the scanning of Wi-Fi networks and nearby devices even when Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are not and, finally, whether to send diagnostic and usage data to Google .
At this point, tap the Accept button (located at the bottom of the screen), to confirm the applied settings and move on to the next step, which consists of configuring the fingerprint or face recognition .
At this stage, tap the Next button , choose whether to configure, together with the fingerprint / face, a lock pattern , a PIN or a password and, after making your selection, indicate whether or not to activate secure boot ( i.e. the need to enter the graphic sequence, PIN or password even before the operating system starts, to unlock it) and follow the instructions displayed on the screen to configure the security protections you have previously chosen.
After this step too, choose whether or not to activate Voice Match (i.e. the ability to call the Google assistant only with your voice) and, if necessary, proceed with the final touches, selecting whether to install new apps ( add other apps ) , set up an additional email account ( add another email account ) or change the screen font size .
When you’re done, tap the Not Now / Done For Now button to finish setting up Android. Congratulations – as of now, you can start using your new phone right away!
Have you turned on your iPhone for the first time and you just don’t know how to move in this new universe? Don’t worry, setting up Apple-branded devices for the first time is a breeze.
First, when you see the iPhone welcome message (the word “Hello” in all languages) appear, press the Home button (if present), or tap the screen, to access the language selection screen .
Once you have made your choice (presumably Italian), choose your country or area of residence and wait for the setting to be applied in the system. Now, if you are coming from an iPhone running iOS 11 or later and want to automatically transfer data and settings from the old to the new phone, take the first one and, after turning it on and turning on Bluetooth, bring it close to the new iPhone and follow the instructions provided on the screen to complete the data transfer procedure.
To configure the phone from scratch, however, tap on Configure manually and, when prompted, connect to your Wi-Fi network , selecting it from the list. If you don’t have a Wi-Fi network, tap Use Cellular Connection to activate the iPhone via the cellular data network.
Once the connection to the network has been established, tap the Next button located at the top right, wait for the “iPhone by” to be activated and tap the Continue button , to accept Apple’s terms of data sharing and privacy.
The next step is to configure the Face ID or the Touch ID , ie unlocking by facial recognition or fingerprint (based on the “iPhone by phone” model used): then tap on Continue and follow the instructions that are proposed to you to conclude the face or fingerprint recognition phase.
Once this is done, enter a 6-digit code to use to protect your phone, enter it again when prompted, then choose the restore option that best suits your case: via backup on iCloud , backup saved on PC or Mac, from another iPhone , from Android or don’t transfer apps and data and set up your phone from scratch. If you have chosen to restore from an existing backup or Android phone, follow the instructions that are shown to you to recover the necessary data.
Next, choose whether or not to enable location services , configure Siri , Apple Pay and the iCloud keychain (which allows you to store and synchronize Safari passwords with other devices paired with the same Apple ID), indicate whether or not to share the device usage stats with Apple and app developers and that’s it – after a few moments, you should finally be ready to use your new iPhone!
If you have chosen to restore an existing backup, you will have to wait a few more minutes for the necessary data to be copied to the iPhone, which should automatically restart when the transfer is complete.
How to set up your mobile phone for the Internet
If you have a fairly modern mobile phone, it is very likely that, when you insert the SIM card, it will be able to automatically acquire the connection settings for the carrier in use. In other cases, however, it is the operator who sends a self-configuration SMS : once the message is opened, the correct settings of the Internet connection parameters are completed automatically.
If, for some reason, you need to configure the mobile phone for the Internet manually, you must first write down the data relating to the APN (ie the “system” that allows connection to the Network) used by your operator: below I indicate the relative data to the most well-known mobile phone operators.
- Name: TIM
- APN: unico.tim.it
- MMSC: http://mms.tim.it/servlets/mms
- MCC: 222
- MNC: 01
- APN type: default, supl
- MMS proxy: 126.96.36.199:80
- Maximum MMS size: 614400
- Name: Vodafone Mobile
- APN: mobile.vodafone.it or iphone.vodafone.it (only for iPhone / iPad) or web.omnitel.it
- MCC: 222
- MNC: 10
- APN type: default, supl, dun
- Name: Wind
- APN / Personal Hotspot: Internet.wind
- MCC: 222
- MNC: 88
- APN type: default, supl
- MMS APN: mms.wind
- MMSC : http://mms.wind.it
- MMS proxy : 188.8.131.52:8080
- Maximum MMS size : 307200
- Name: Three
- APN / Personal Hotspot: tre.it
- MMSC: http://10.216.59.240:10021/mmsc
- MCC: 222
- MNC: 99
- APN type: default, supl, mms
- MMS proxy: 184.108.40.206
- MMS port: 8799
- Name: Fastweb
- APN / Personal Hotspot: apn.fastweb.it
- MCC: 222
- MNC: 08
- APN type: default, supl
- Name: iliad
- APN / Personal Hotspot: iliad
- MMSC: http://mms.iliad.it
- MCC: 222
- MNC: 50
- APN type: default, mms
- MVNO type: GID
- MVNO value: F003
- Maximum MMS size: 200000
- Name – Coop
- APN – web.coopvoce.it
- MMCC – 222
- MNC – 01
- APN type – default, supl
- APN protocol – IPv4
- APN roaming protocol – IPv4
- Name – PosteMobile
- APN – wap.postemobile.it
- MMCC – 222
- MNC – 33
- APN type – default
- APN protocol – IPv4
- APN roaming protocol – IPv4
Once you have identified the parameters to use for your operator, you need to enter them in the phone, following one of the procedures that I am going to explain to you in the following sections.
To specify a new access point on Android , take the phone and tap the Settings icon , located in the drawer of the device. Now, tap on the Network and Internet and Mobile network items , select the card related to the SIM you want to use for the Internet (if you have a dual-SIM phone) and then tap on the Advanced and Access point names items .
At this point, you can enter a new access point by touching the (+) button , located at the top right, and filling in the next form with the parameters noted previously. When you are done, tap the button (⋮) , select the Save item and, finally, put the check mark next to the newly created APN, to use it immediately.
The steps required to configure a new access point on iPhone are very similar to those seen previously for Android: tap on the iOS Settings icon , then on the Cellular item and then on the Cellular data network option .
Finally, using the form proposed, enter the access data noted previously and return to the previous screen to enable the changes just made.
In case of doubts, problems or need for further clarifications regarding the steps required for configuring the Internet on the phone, I refer you to reading my thematic tutorials: how to configure Internet TIM, how to configure Internet Vodafone, how to configure Internet Wind, how to configure Fastweb Mobile, how to activate Internet Iliad, how to configure PosteMobile and how to configure CoopVoce.
How to set up email on your mobile
As a rule, smartphones automatically configure the email address associated with the system during configuration ( Gmail on Android and iCloud on iPhone). So, to access it, simply open the app dedicated to managing e-mail, such as Gmail for Android or Mail for iPhone .
If you are interested in configuring a new e-mail address, different from the one already used to configure the phone, you must instead follow the steps that I am going to explain to you in the following sections.
If you are using a smartphone with an Android operating system , tap on the Settings icon , then on the Account item and then on the Add account option . Subsequently, choose the e-mail service of your interest, if present in the list, and follow the procedure that is proposed to you to log in and add the account to the device.
If your email service is not listed among the available options, tap Personal (IMAP) instead and, when prompted, enter your email account username and password : with a bit of luck, Android should configure automatically parameters for incoming and outgoing mail.
When you are done, specify the synchronization options of the account you just added (e.g. Contacts , Calendar and so on) and that’s it: once the configuration procedure is complete, you can access your email using the Gmail app (or default mail manager installed on your device).
For more information about setting up emails on Android, you can take a look at the specific tutorial I have dedicated to the topic.
If you are interested in adding a new e-mail address to the iPhone Mail app , first touch the iOS Settings icon and, in the screen that is proposed to you, first tap on the Password and account item (on iOS 14 and later you have to go to Settings> Mail or Settings> Contacts ) and then on that Add account .
Next, select the email service you want to configure and, when prompted, enter the email address and password to access the mailbox. If required, also specify an account description .
If the service of your interest is not present in the list of available accounts, tap on the Other option , enter the login credentials of your e-mail box, when requested, and specify the IMAP parameters to be used to download and send the email: I have shown you some of the most used IMAPs in my guide on how to activate IMAP.
In any case, these “coordinates” can be retrieved from the Internet site of your e-mail provider, or through a short Google search (using, for example, the IMAP parameters key [mail provider name] ).
Once you have entered the required information, tap the Next button , indicate the items to be synchronized with the email service in question (e.g. mail , contacts , calendars, and so on) and, when finished, tap the Save button , so to add the new account to the Mail app.
To learn more, I suggest you read my guide on how to set up Mail on iPhone, in which I explained everything to you in great detail.
How to set up your mobile phone for your computer
The Android and iOS operating systems are naturally predisposed for connection to PCs with Windows operating systems and to Macs : generally, all you have to do is connect the devices to each other via USB cable and wait for the computer to automatically recognize the smartphone. connected.
However, the procedures for use may be different, depending on the phone in your possession, the operating system in use and the operation you intend to complete. Below I show you some examples.
- Accessing data in memory – Android memory can be accessed using the Windows File Explorer, or the Android File Transfer program , for macOS. To access the iPhone memory , you need the iTunes software for Windows or use the Mac Finder (from macOS 10.15 Catalina onwards).
- Backup and other operations – there are special software that can be installed on your computer and allows you to perform a large number of operations on Android phones and iPhones . The latter, in particular, can also be conveniently managed from the Mac Finder (from macOS 10.15 Catalina onwards).
If you want even more detailed instructions regarding the connection between smartphone and PC, I refer you to reading my tutorials on how to connect Android to PC and how to connect iPhone to PC.
How to configure the mobile phone for the car
Are you interested in configuring your mobile phone for the car , so that you can listen to music through the resident speakers “on board”, or to manage incoming calls?
Then you will be pleased to know that all modern smartphones provide this possibility, as long as the on-board computer / car stereo are prepared for the connection you intend to use. Below is a list of the most popular connection methods at the moment.
- Smart systems – many modern cars are equipped with on-board computers compatible with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. These two software systems allow you to manage, respectively, Android smartphones and iPhones via the car’s LCD screen and steering wheel controls. For further information on Android Auto and CarPlay, I invite you to read the tutorials I have dedicated to you.
- Bluetooth – if the car’s on-board computer or stereo is compatible with Bluetooth, simply use the classic pairing procedure provided by Android and iOS, to pair the devices together. Once connected, it is possible to listen to the music playing on the smartphone from the stereo and, in some cases, to control the smartphone using the physical buttons of the computer and / or the steering wheel controls.
- AUX cable – if you have a phone with a 3.5 mm jack input (the one usually used for headphones) and a stereo equipped with an AUX-IN input, you can connect the two devices together, using a male-male AUX cable . This system, however, allows only the reproduction of music (and phone calls), without the possibility of additional controls.
In this regard, I made a tutorial entirely dedicated to connecting the phone to the machine, in which I explained to you in a rather detailed way how to use the techniques listed above.