There are a few things to consider when buying a new cell phone, but they can be too easy to forget. When you receive your new phone there are a few steps you need to follow to update it. It won’t be on the apps to install or the pretty backgrounds. This is a comprehensive, professional guide on how to use a new phone.
You obviously want to transfer all of your apps and data from the old phone. But you also need to make sure that it is worth keeping and making as safe as possible.
Check the new phone.
We expect everything to be great right away, but when was the last time you really checked out? If the warranty is still on and you still have time to take it back, do it now.
- Look at all of the seams where the glass meets the case.
- Check all ports to make sure they are installed properly.
- Go through all of the items in the field.
- If you can open the case and check the battery, do this.
- Remove the SIM card tray and the microSD card tray, if present.
- Look carefully at everything for cracks. The seams should be the same width all around. There should also be no discoloration or plastic parts sticking out.
- The plugs must fit properly into their ports. There should be no leeway on phones. If the cable connector doesn’t stay on its own or moves a lot, there is a problem.
- If you see any of these problems, write them down right away. Take photos if you can. If it doesn’t meet your standards, take it back.
Charge the phone for eight hours.
When the phone passes your visual inspection, charge it. Keep your phone off and let it charge for eight hours. Although the night is the easiest.
There are some theories about the best way to charge a phone, but the first time you should make sure it’s fully charged before you start setting up your phone. This way it won’t die mid-way through installing an app, transferring data, or updating the phone’s operating system.
Carry out the basic settings for the new telephone
Do what is necessary to set up your new phone. Each phone has its own setup process, often including security settings. If there are operating system updates for the phone, apply them as well.
Ideally, operating system updates provide improved security and functionality. Hence, it is best to use them always. Some phones want to transfer data from your old phone to your new phone. While this step can be easily done later, it might be a good idea to postpone it. We still don’t know for a hundred percent that the phone is good.
Check the phone (cellular connection)
If the phone won’t connect to the cellular network, or if it can’t just turn it off, the rest doesn’t matter. You can check this by going in and out of places where your old phone is dropping calls. If calls drop earlier than the old phone, it may not be so good. Remember that the strength of natural cellular signals will vary, even when you are in the same place.
- Are there parts of the screen that are darker or lighter than others?
- Are there dead pixels?
- Is the entire screen register touching properly?
- Is the touchscreen calibrated in such a way that when you tap on a point the tip is registered right there?
- If there’s an audio port: plug in the headphones and try them out. Does it work?
- Is there any static electricity or crackling?
- Does it automatically adjust the volume when you plug in the headphones so you don’t blow your eardrum?
- Connect the charging cable. Will the phone charge instantly?
- Does this show that it is loading? Try using the charger and a USB port on a computer.
- Once connected to your computer, can you transfer files back and forth?
Take pictures with all cameras on the phone and in all possible modes. Still image, video, panorama, slow motion. Whatever modes he has. Are the pictures coming out the way they should? Use any method to take a picture; B. pressing a physical button or the screen button and voice control.
Check the wireless connections
Make sure that your new phone connects to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices and maintains a connection over a reasonable distance. It should stay connected to your Wi-Fi anywhere in your house that your other devices can connect from.
With Bluetooth, you should be able to stay connected at least 30 feet away from the Bluetooth device if there are no walls between the phone and the device. However, these two tests are not final. If we have a problem, the problem may be with the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth devices and not the phone. For other devices, ask if you have them.
If the phone has NFC capabilities and you use services like Apple Pay or Google Wallet, this should be tested as soon as possible.
Check the GPS. If you can configure the phone to use only the GPS signal to determine your location, do so. Next, check the phone’s map to see if it has exactly found you. When in an open field, the phone’s GPS should be within 16 feet of accuracy. How do we know? We won’t, but we will know if the GPS is actually turned off, indicating that we are two blocks away.
Check the phone sensors
Smartphones have several built-in sensors. These can be a gyroscope, magnetometer, accelerometer, proximity, and light sensors. The gyroscope detects the position of the phone. Test it out by turning your new phone over and see if it does what it is supposed to do. If you turn sideways, your phone’s screen will go into landscape mode. Turning it overturns the screen on many phones.
The magnetometer is closely related to GPS. Think of it as a compass. Open the phone’s Compass app and see if it finds the north and changes direction when you turn around.
Proximity sensors are used to determine the distance between your phone and other fixed objects. It uses a combination of an infrared light sensor and an infrared LED. The LED emits an IR light that we cannot see and the IR sensor picks it up. This way, your phone will recognize that it is near your ear and turn off the screen.
The light sensors detect the brightness of the light around the phone. This is the sensor that will be used when your camera is in auto flash mode. If there is enough light, the flash will not fire and vice versa. So, we can test it too.
Some phones have built-in barometers. The barometer records the atmospheric pressure. It can be used to determine how far above sea level we are or if weather changes are emerging. Not all phones have one. When this happens, an app can access it and let you know if it’s working.
Most phones now have a fingerprint reader that is used for added security. Configure security to require fingerprint and test it. If you cannot easily access your phone with the fingerprint sensor, it may be defective.
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