Did you unwrap a new Android tablet this holiday season? If so, let me be the first to say congratulations! I know you will love it. Android offers not only a great user experience, but one of the most customizable experiences you can find in the world of mobile products. If you love customization, then you definitely have a tablet you will love.
No matter what you plan on doing with your new Android tablet, there are several things you need to do first in order to ensure that it runs great for years to come and does exactly what you need it to do. If you are new to Android, you may not realize what you need to do first to ensure that it runs great. We have already talked about what to do with your new iPad, but don’t you think I would leave you Android users out in the cold. No sir. Today, let’s take a look at several things you need to do with your new Android tablet when you first open it so it runs great and does exactly what you need it to do.
1. Buy a Case
This should be the first thing you do before you ever take your tablet out of the box. Companies do make their tablets strong today, but not strong enough. Remember, there is a lot of glass used in the design that can easily get broken if it is dropped. By adding a protective case, you can guard against dust, scratches and cracks if something bad happens. While you may not want to hide the amazing design of your tablet, I strongly encourage you to get a case. If you drop it, you will be glad you did.
2. Unbox It Carefully
Now that you have got your case ready, it is time to unbox your new tablet. Be very careful when doing this. Try your best to keep the box intact as it will be very useful down the road if you have to send it in for repair or replacement. Take note of all the cables and paperwork and unwrap each cable carefully. For now, I recommend keeping everything that came with it just in case you need to return it.
3. Take Note of the Warranty
In the paperwork, look for the warranty information. Read over the information to see what kind of warranty you have. In most cases, you get a year warranty for your system. These warranties will cover some damage but don’t count on it covering you if you drop it or get your device wet. For that, you will need an extended warranty which you must purchase separately from your device. If you did buy the extended warranty, place all the paperwork with the rest of your paperwork inside the box for your tablet. Take the box and store it somewhere safe so you can grab it if you do need it.
4. Charge Your Tablet
Most tablets come with a bit of a charge on them, but chances are they have been sitting for a bit and will need a good charge. Check your instructions first, but most recommend that you charge your tablet before its first use. If is says otherwise, you can skip this step. If it tells you to charge it, go ahead and let it fully charge before you use it. The battery will thank you for it.
5. Initial Configuration
Now that your battery is charged, it’s time to turn it on and perform the initial configuration. As part of the configuration, go ahead and add your gmail account to the tablet. If you don’t have a Gmail account, create one. This account will become your ID that you will use on the Google Play store when you want to download apps. Without it, you won’t have access to the pay apps. During this process you can also add your payment information so you can start purchasing apps. If you aren’t sure how you want to pay for apps in the beginning, just skip this part of the process. You can always add it later. Just know that you won’t be able to purchase apps until you add payment information.
6. Add a Security Code
As part of your configuration, you will be asked to set some security on your new device. Many people skip this as it makes signing on to the tablet take a little longer, but I strongly urge you to use security. Whether it’s a picture password, a basic security code or a complicated password, any type of security is a good idea. This is especially true if you travel a lot with your tablet. With no security, a thief can get ahold of your personal information with the swipe of his finger if he steals your tablet. With a code, he won’t be able to access it. This will keep your personal information safe from prying eyes if your device does get stolen.
7. Install Antimalware
Because Android is on so many devices, malware makers have begun targeting the system. That doesn’t mean you aren’t safe when using Android. With the right tools, you can guard against malware. There are many different anti-malware applications on the Google Play Store that will do a great job at protecting your tablet. I use Malwarebytes on my Android tablet, but choose whichever one you think will work best on your device.
8. Add Your Apps
Now that you have everything else setup, it is time to head to the Google Play Store to download some of your favorite apps. Go ahead and try to get the ones you will use the most first, then make sure you cover your basics such as Microsoft Office for created and viewing documents and Adobe Reader for viewing PDF files. A few games wouldn’t hurt either, if that’s your thing. Focus on the Google Play Store, however. For now try to avoid any other stores or downloading apps online, just get them from the Google Play Store.
9. Setup the Cloud
Once you have all your apps setup, I encourage you to go ahead and setup your cloud services if you have them. If you are using Android, you can backup many of your settings to your Google Drive automatically so you can easily get most of your information back if you do suffer a hardware failure. For files, I recommend you use Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive to save files to the cloud. That way you can access them anywhere.
10. Enjoy Your New Tablet
Congratulations. You have now completed the setup on your new tablet. You are now able to use it however you want and you will be ready if something does go wrong. Remember, Android will let you do almost anything you can imagine, but you have to be responsible. Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Still, you are ready to enjoy your tablet for anything from work to play. So what are you waiting for?
Android tablets are some of the most feature-rich and customizable tablets in existence today. Whether you are using a hybrid setup or a traditional tablet, Android allows you to use your device the way you want to and now how some company thinks you should. Still, you must be responsible with your new tablet and take a few steps when you first get it to make sure it runs great and is safe from potential threats. By following this list, you can set your tablet up the right way so it’s ready for you to enjoy it for hours on end.
Did I Ieave anything off this list? If so, then let me know in the comments below and I will add it to the list for everyone to use.