How to Setup your New Google Android Phone

Congratulations on your New Android based SmartPhone. You are now a part of those million consumers who are already enjoying the features offered by the Google OS on the mobile platform. Now lets get started on the setup of your new phone along with the best tips we would be suggesting you.

Android Phone Setup

Step 1 – Insert SIM or Setup Wi-Fi :
The first step you need to perform is inserting your GSM SIM Card onto your device and making sure that the Network Tower Signals are displayed. If you do not want to insert your SIM before working around the contacts transfer then its suggested to setup Wi-Fi access because we need a Internet Connection to sync with online services. To setup Wi-Fi, You need to Press the ‘Home’ button, followed by pressing the ‘Menu’ button followed by Settings. Next you will have to Tap on the Wireless & networks > Wi-Fi settings. Tap on the Wi-Fi option to turn it ON. The phone will start searching for different wireless networks in its range and display a list of the same. Select the best one and enter the logins to get Internet access on your Phone.

Android Phone Wi-Fi Settings

Step 2 – Sync Google Account :
The second step is to Sync your device with your Google Account. You need a verified and working Google account using which you can synchronize the data on your device with the cloud. Hence you need to either use the current account or create a new one.

Android Add Google Account

To get started Tap on the ‘Settings’ > ‘Accounts and sync’ . Here you will find a option at the end called ‘Add account’. You need on tap on this option following which you will get a list of different services you can sync with like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync & Google.

Android Signin Google Account

Enter the correct ID & Password following which the main services like Email, Backup Contacts, Calendar etc would be automatically synced. Once the Sync is completed you will be shown with a confirmation following which you can find a syncing icon on the top of your phone whenever data is being backed up.

Step 3 – Understanding Home Screen :
The next step is to understand the Home screen of your device. It might look quite complicate in the first view but its actually not really hard to understand all the options listed. The below Image can be helpful to you in understanding the different Icons, Options and other sections.
Android Phone Home Screen

That’s it now you are ready to start using your Phone. You can also read our articles on How to Transfer Phone Contacts from Nokia to Android & Import Gmail, Facebook & Twitter Contacts to Samsung Galaxy S.

  • jonnie

    i have this android phone..i factory reset because of some reasons,,,but when i tend to create new Google account or to enter my previous account i cannot access or create…it says “cant establish a reliable connection to the server.
    this could be a temporary problem or your device may not be provisioned for data services.if it continues, call customer service” ….how can i fix this..i cannot even acces playstore and youtube…please help..thanks

    • Pradeep Neela

      just clear the cache from the recovery mode

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  • rambabu

    recentl i have a purchase lg nexus4 mobileset android OS by using Now I cant log in, in my google account. After giving id & password everytime it says “Can’t establish a reliable data connection to the server. This could be a temporary problem or ypur phome may not be provisioned for data services. If it continues, call Customer Care.” 1. I did reset factory data. [ settings > privacy > factory data reset ]. And same thing happened. 2. Tried to open a new google account too. Same report appeared. 3. I’m using wifi not mobile data. Signal strength is excellent. Wifi is working. I’m using browser of my phone. Please help me to fix this problem. Thanks in advance.

    • http://www.amitbhawani.com/blog/ Amit Bhawani

      Hey its the Internet access perfectly working? Did you try to access other websites? Probably you should go for factory data reset for the device.

  • Guest

    I have bought a used android smartphone, still asking me to sign in using the old user account which I can’t access! Am I still able to download apps? Thanks

    • http://www.amitbhawani.com/blog/ Amit Bhawani

      You need to visit the Privacy / Reset section and Factory Reset your phone to fix this.

  • maddy

    thank you sooooo much i was soo worried its working thanks again

  • Hellinajamial

    Hi, thanks for the good job youare doing. Well i earlier synchronize my android phone with my old gmail account and now i can’t remember my account, and i have singed up another account to synchronize my phone with the new account, but still asking for the old password… plz help me out.

  • Rindimllr

    android market still won’t recognize my motarola cliq xt .  I am using google on it just fine, followed all steps, how do I get android market to recognize my phone?

  • Rindimllr

    android market still won’t recognize my motarola cliq xt .  I am using google on it just fine, followed all steps, how do I get android market to recognize my phone?

  • Rindimllr

    android market still won’t recognize my motarola cliq xt .  I am using google on it just fine, followed all steps, how do I get android market to recognize my phone?

  • joan

    Got a problem same with Mon ”
    i did what you said but whenever i tried to add a google account it said cant establish a reliable data connection to the sever..but my browser is working fine..pls help.” 

  • joan

    Got a problem same with Mon ”
    i did what you said but whenever i tried to add a google account it said cant establish a reliable data connection to the sever..but my browser is working fine..pls help.” 

  • joan

    Got a problem same with Mon ”
    i did what you said but whenever i tried to add a google account it said cant establish a reliable data connection to the sever..but my browser is working fine..pls help.” 

  • euie

    THANKS!!!!!!!!!!! I have done these steps:
    Make sure your background data is enable.

    Settings–>Accounts & sync—>Background data

    AND IT WORKED!!!

  • mon

    i did what you said but whenever i tried to add a google account it said cant establish a reliable data connection to the sever..but my browser is working fine..pls help.

  • tewodros

    how i can use internt service at any where ,at any time without wirelles area in my andirod google phone

  • susan

    Hey I had issues with getting android market and google play to work on my phone then i found out that its android market and google play are not supported in my country thats why i get all kind of weird messages abt my connection and google account so i just downloaded one mobile market and now its working perfectly with downloading my apps

  • Adi

    Hello Neal,

    i have a sg2 I9100G, i buy from china so no google acounts and of course no market. you know any solution for this problem?

  • Immam

    i bought new sony ericcson Neo V & my ealier phone was Samsung Galaxy Pro & now i am not able to connect through Gmail account as it says check your passwords & i can use gmail with same login & password on Laptop,
    Can any one help here
    Thanks

  • NEW android USER

    dears i can`t finde google play icone in my galaxy s II caz when i want to install any app from market it give (Google Play website before using the Google Play Store app on your device. It may take several minutes after using the Google Play Store app on your device for that phone or tablet to show up on play.google.com. If you don’t have the Google Play Store app pre-installed on your device, contact your carrier or manufacturer for further assistance.
    plz what can i do for this !!!!

  • Karen

    My husband has a Samsung Illusion. We have our home wi-fi set up to come on automatically when he is in range and the home wi-fi works perfectly. He has wi-fi at work. His phone found the wi-fi, my husband put in the security code. It shows he is connected but when he tries to go on internet it comes up and says no internet connection. Any suggestions anyone?

  • haji

    i wanted to use my existing account for my android phone galaxy s2. due to 2 level password it was not accepted my account. then i created new account and setup my phone. Now i want to use my 1st account for my phone. How to do that.
    Google talk in my phone is automatically login in the 2nd new account. I want to sign out from new and use old account for google talk also.

    Please help

    • Pradeep Neela

      remove the connected account from the manage apps or accounts!

  • janette tangal

    hey, my problem is that every time i open my browser or m.facebook.com i really can’t connect to it,, there is this word always comes out “there is no data connection” or ” no internet access”. but i can internet if i am on wifi. but if not on wifi.. i cannot access my internet.. i’ve register to facebook mobile but i cannot access to it.. my load is wasting. please help.

    • http://www.amitbhawani.com/blog/ Amit Bhawani

      Go for a factory reset option and clean up everything and also uninstall the application followed by clean re-installing the Facebook App. Retry these and it may help you.

  • Isa

    I have a New Android 2.2 tablet with Phone When i put my t-mobile sim card in it will not let me make calls, First it was saying no sim card, now its dropping the calls and saying End Call. How do i get the phone feature to work with my t-mobile sim card so i can make calls ???

    • Pradeep Neela

      PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR OPERATOR, THERE MIGHT BE SOME ISSUES!

  • Sarah

    Whenever i tried signing into my google account to access the android market it kept saying “Can’t establish a reliable data connection to the server”

    “This could be temporary problem or your phone may not be provisioned for data services”

    after playing around with it i have finally got it going! i did the @-step verification then i authorized access to my google acount and got a new password that i had to use to access google market instead of using my original password.

    Thank god it worked!! :) :)

    • Swapnil Jadhav

      Please give detalied steps and help others who are facing such problems on wifi as “can’t establish reliable connection”…

      regards

  • Sahar

    I am in Iran and I have a Galaxy mini GT-S5510. I use WIFI and I browse the Internet via my phone but I am not able to set up my gmail account.The message is: “Can’t establish a reliable data connection to the server.This could be temporary problem or your phone may not be provisioned for data services”.
    The background data is enabled too.
    Plese help me.What should I do?

  • Gary

    I am in China for a year and just bought a new Sony Xperia Neo and found out it does not have Android Market or Appbrain in Apps but a whole lot of useless Apps if you cant read Chinese! In Accounts and Sync it does not have Google or Appbrain. I was able to get Viber up and going and was able to install Android Market but that will be useless without getting the Google Sync (and hopefully Appbrain) choices in Accounts and Sync. My phone is on the approved list of Google phones for Android Market and Google Play but it seems Sony didn’t feel that they were warranted for China (Hello Sony there are a million or so expats here D’oh!)

    Does anyone know how I can get Google (and hopefully Appbrain)into my Accounts and Sync. Tried Google but they were something less than useless!)

    Thanks in advance.

    • Neela Pradeep

      Google services cant be used in China

  • daiyaan

    When setting up my google acc i input all my correct details, however it says “cant establish a reliable data connection to the server” however i am able to browse the web and access my email? Please help :(

  • Sebarau

    Make sure your Background data is enable

  • Sebarau

    Make sure your background data is enable.

    Settings–>Accounts & sync—>Background data

    • pramesh

      thanks buddy

  • Swapnil Jadhav

    I am not able to set up my google account, or add my samsung galaxy note to my google account. Whenever i try to login to my acocunt/create a new one…It says
    “Can’t establish a reliable data connection to the server.”
    I am accessing intenet by WiFi, and the coverage is excellent.
    Can someone help me, I am not able to download any app, due to this……

    • http://www.amitbhawani.com/blog/ Amit Bhawani

      Try to go for a Factory Reset option and it should fix this issue. Also ensure that you have setup the WiFi correctly.

  • BABU

    I am not able to add a google account in my new anroid (iball) mobile phone. I have net connection in my swim

  • BABU

    I too face the proble to Add a Google Account in my new ANDi i-BALL dual swim phone. I have the inter net connection and signal in my phone and net I am using. but I could not oppen my account in google. Please give a solution.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Neela Pradeep

      it should open, check with the data connection or apn settings!

  • Kendra

    Get a windows phone then. Problem solved. If you don’t want the google os, or the google market then don’t seems like the solution is simple.

  • Dave

    Hello. Just recently acquired a Samsung Infuse for my upgrade. I want to hit up the Android Marketplace, yet I can’t. I keep trying to sign in with my gmail account I have had for awhile, and yet it says it doesn’t match. Yet when I log into gmail from my pc or mobile browser, I get through. Any workaround to this?

    • Yogesh Patel

      Try reset your phone and see if that works out?

  • sm

    hi
    I have recently bought samsung android galaxy phone.After I get connected to internet via WIFI.,I am unable to access my gmail account.

    I get below erro”This could be a temporary problem or your phone may not be provisioned for data services.If continues call customer care”

    Howver,when I try to do facebook sync it does not give any problem and syncs the data successfully .Kindly help

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      Check with ur wifi service provider…

  • Mallery Peterson

    I just Bought a Velocity Cruz tablet from a friend and i did a factory reset and lost the android market and I don’t know how to get it back on my Tablet. Can anyone help me???? I’m going Insannee!!!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      what is the version of firmware you are on?

  • Lokesh

    , I am not able to set up google connection using my Wi-Fi connection. After entering user id and password I am getting below error –

    “Can’t establish a reliable data connection to the server

    This could be temporary problem or your phone may not be provisioned for data services”

    While I can browse any site after connecting to my Wi-Fi, so I don’t have any issue with my Wi-Fi connection.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      check with the Data network coverage!

      • Kapil

        Yes dude..i jst bought karbonn A1 andro phone…n im also gettin this error..”Can’t establish a reliable data connection to the server. This could be temporary problem or your phone may not be provisioned for data services”…im using BSNL sim…can u plz tell me wt can b the prblm..??

        • Yogesh Patel

          Its the problem with settings, check internet connection is working or not on your phone, go through APN settings and all.

  • http://dineshg.com.np/ dinesh

    Hello, When i am trying to connect account then message will appear after a times, “can’t establish a reliable data connection to the server.” this is new phone and haven’t updated yet.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      check with the faster data connection! its a slow internet connection error!

      • sharath

        same error is showing back even if i use from wi-fi…. is that my device problem..?

        • Pradeep Neela

          check with the mac id, if possible you need to add the same to your wifi modem settings!

  • Steve

    Can’t setting up google account . Please try this step as below .
    1. Go to setting>wireless and network>Mobile Network>Access Point Name
    2. Choose any APN ( Example XXXX internet )
    3. Change Authentication type to None.
    4. Save it. and reboot the phone .
    now you can login or register the account .

    After register acc or login successfull and you can change back the setting.

    Hopefully can help .

    • starboi

      i did what you said but when i tried to add a google account it said cant establish a reliable data connection to the sever

      • Pradeep Neela

        check with the data services!

  • Brice Fenrir

    Hi, i have an Xperia X8 and im having trouble registering to AM, ive had the phone for about 3 months, at first i thought it was my internet connection, so i ran the process on several other places, both wi-fi and buying the internet on my phone, the thing is that i get asked to log in into a google account or create one to register it, but on either case after i imput the required data, it shows a “loading” bar, then display a message saying that a proper connection couldnt be stablished, and sometimes the message says im not even connected despite my conection working flawlessly.

    Is there any piece of advice you could offer?
    Thank you a lot in advance.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      have you checked with the Wi Fi or allowing mock locations?

      • Brice Fenrir

        I dont think so, may i ask the exact imput?

  • Hazara

    Hi i have xperia x8 and i just can’t connect do to internet connection somehow

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      have you configured the apn settings?

  • Mootaro

    How do I skip step 2? I do not have any google accounts for anything and have no desire to set up new accounts when I already have email that has worked fine for years–just so I can set up a new phone with access to services I will not be migrating to.

    I chose not to get an apple phone due to their monopolistic stance, and I really don’t see a difference between the two after reading numerous product reviews. The alternative is to do the same, except its a picture of a robot instead of steve jobs.

    On other forums, people thought i was being fairly unreasonable to believe I could get an Android phone (Google OS) without having an account somewhere on Google.

    Maybe my expectations are wrong, but on the Microsoft Windows OS I have on my desktop, I don’t have a login to anything at microsoft at all–and all of the products I have that are microsofr products–nothing required me to hand over my information. Windows update doesn’t require an authenticated account to Microsoft. “It Just Works” to borrow a catchphrase.

    My blackberry is dying, and I need a new phone. From what I can see, the requirements are no different between Google and Apple, although people seem think that rooting an open source OS is perfectly reasonable when it should be open already. I can log in as admin to my Windows machine by default. I didn’t have to hack it to get control. That’s silly. But looking at how technology has changed on phones (my blackberry is five years old now) it’s like I am filled with complete nonsense by expecting to be able to just use my phone without signing a contract other than for the wireless service.

    So, what can I do on an android phone that doesn’t require a google account or marketplace or whatever? Don’t tell me I have to root it. If I have to break into a linux phone to install… linux… to have control over it, then the battle is lost. I may as well look at a blackberry or the HP webos phones.

  • Taherah

    its a Point of View mobii tegra tablet with android 2.2. wen flickin thru da files in iFilemanager there is an application called “Phone”.wen i tap on it it asks whether i want to replace the app.it then reinstalls but the open button cannot be pressed.

  • Taherah

    i recently acquired a mobii tegra tablet but im having a problem with internet connections.when i insert a sim card, the network tower signals are displayed but then i try to go on the internet and it says that no internat connection can be found.please help!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      have you setted up the apn settings!!!

      • Taherah

        internet is now wrkn thanx however i cant find my dialer or sms, mms etc.tried calln the sim from another fone and while it rings on the fone, there is no indication on the tablet.

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

          which phoen and on which version you are on? coz this issue is very unusual!

  • Hope

    Hi… how can i register my phone to the android market? whenever I try downloading apps from the market.It sai’s there ” no associated devices with this account”. Help pls..

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      you need to signup with the Gmail account

    • Kristin

      i’m having the same problem..if you figure it out, please let me know! thanks :)

      • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

        may i know which issue you are facing?

  • NeyNey~

    I just got my android and i was on marketandroid.com to get some aps but everytime i went to download and install them it said my gmail wasn’t sync’d with my phone but in the setting it say’s its sync’d. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      go to manage applications and uninstall the update if any!

  • Nicole

    I have the same problem!

  • Den

    I tried doing the exact same thing, the “Can’t establish data connection to the server” message keeps coming up.

    • pradeep

      Even i m also getting same error message when i go to add new gmail account as primary account in my new samsung galaxy S2.. Can anybody explain me how to set gmail as primary account and get android market in my device..?

      • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

        first email is by default!

        • Arun

          Dear Neel, jst bought karbonn A1 andro phone…n im also gettin this error..”Can’t establish a reliable data connection to the server. This could be temporary problem or your phone may not be provisioned for data services”, but internet connection is fine and am able to browse properly…im using Vodaphone sim…can u plz tell me wt can b the prblm..??

          • Pradeep Neela

            yes its a data issue, please check with the Vodafone!