5 Things to Do After Getting a New Phone

5 Things to Do After Getting a New Phone


When you get to the point that your phone can no longer hold a charge for more than a day, it’s probably a good indication that it is time to break down and buy a new mobile device. Honestly, I was really looking for an excuse to snatch up the new iPhone anyhow so it all worked out for the best. As Scott and I walked out of the U.S. Cellular store, we talked about all the things we needed to do to get our new phones ready for use.

Sync and Back up your old phone

Sure you can start from scratch with your phone, but do you really want to enter all your contacts again? If you’re sticking with the same phone but simply upgrading to the newest version, the easiest thing to do when upgrading your phone is backup your old phone and restore from backup on the new phone. Set aside some time to log in to your various apps, social channels and websites that used to automatically log in for you. There is nothing more frustrating than going to post something or use an app only to discover you can’t remember your user ID and password.

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Re-Pair Your Bluetooth Everywhere

This may seem silly but your car, portable speaker and wearable tech aren’t going to realize you upgraded. Double check your old phone to see what devices it has paired with then start the process of pairing your new mobile device.

Set Rules

If the phone is for a younger member of your family, be sure to set cell-phone ground rules on what is allowed and what is not. If mom and dad are getting new phones, it’s still a good time to open a dialogue with the kids about cell phone safety and etiquette.

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Order a Phone Case

My personal favorite case is the Speck CandyShell Card. They didn’t have the color that I liked available on Amazon Prime and I didn’t want to wait to get it, so I ended up purchasing a different iPhone 6 case for now. Regardless of what type you purchase, it’s important to add a layer of protection to the outside of your new mobile device.

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Protect the Screen

While protecting the outside of the phone is important, people tend to forget that the glass is the part that usually gets damaged. We’ve found an excellent solution with intelliArmor products. Not only does it protect the screen, but it also helps ward off fingerprints. Of all the things on the list, this may seem the most complicated, but it is actually pretty simple. We were able to prepare two different phones in under 10 minutes and that took into consideration the time we stopped to take photos.

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First you clean all the dust and prints off the existing surface using the cleaning products included in your intelliGlass package. Once you have done that, give it an extra touch-up by removing the lint. Use a steady hand to line up and apply the intelliGlass onto the surface of your phone. Just like when you add a cling to your vehicle, take a little time to ensure the air bubbles are out from underneath. We tried it without the case on as well as with and both methods worked fine.

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What is the first thing you always do when you get a new mobile device?

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32 comments on «5 Things to Do After Getting a New Phone»

  1. Brian says:

    Thanks for the tips!

  2. Laura says:

    This is great! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks for sharing these- I got a new phone earlier this month and totally failed to sync it! Guess what I’m doing this afternoon?

  4. Stephen says:

    I’ve got three little kids so keeping a phone safe can be a chore. Anything helps.

  5. Darlene Carbajal says:

    First thing I do when I get a new device is download apps.

  6. Dawn Lopez says:

    Thanks for sharing these great tips! So many times you forget to do these little things and it gets irritating when you’re in a hurry and realize your blue tooth isn’t connected, or a contact isn’t there. The intelliGlass products look like a good idea. I’ll have to check them out and see what they have.

  7. Aubrey says:

    I love getting new phones. Setting them up and exploring all the new features is so much fun.

  8. Crystal F says:

    I download all my stuff from the cloud so that I can have all my favorite apps. Thank you!

  9. Adrian G says:

    Very cool. I upgraded a couple of months ago. It took me the better part of a month to get everything all transferred over and straightened out. I love the cute cases, but I always go for the most protection money can buy. Even though I am insanely careful with my phone, I don’t take any chances with it.

  10. Angela says:

    I need to get a new phone. It’s not holding a charge well and has a pretty bad scratch on it, because I didn’t protect the screen. Thanks for the tips. I’ll make sure my new phone doesn’t get scratched.

  11. Raijean says:

    Great tips, I love setting up a new phone but it can be cumbersome. I’ll have to try these tips.

  12. Carlee C says:

    I am definitely looking forward to upgrading in the very near future. However, I am not looking forward to the transition, I hope it is seamless.

  13. Rebecca Swenor says:

    These are all great tips for when you get a new phone. I so dislike getting a new phone if the old one has a broken screen so it is a big thing for me to have a protector for the screen.

  14. Protecting the screen is a must! I am always damaging my screen. Great tips here!

  15. Chris says:

    Go though and clean up phone before transition to new phone is always on my list. Thanks for contest & with toddler now this seems like the time for protecting phone.

  16. James says:

    Getting a screen protector is a must!

  17. Megan says:

    The first thing I normally do when I get a new device is drop it within 20 minutes of paying for it, without fail.

  18. Debjyoti Ghosh says:

    useless to my needs

  19. Marcie W. says:

    After an odd mishap, Apple just replaced my iPhone last night, and I am as anxious as a parent of a new baby. I definitely want to do everything possible to protect my new device.

  20. Sandra Watts says:

    Transferring everything over to the new device and making sure everything is up to date.

  21. Damir Cobanov says:


  22. Samantha says:

    I usually browse the new features on the phone and what differences there are from my last one.

  23. brody says:

    great ideas, thanks

  24. Julie Waldron says:

    These are some great tips! I got my new phone in July & I still have to set up Blue Tooth on it. I totally believe in having a screen protector too, I would have a phone without one.

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