Now that we’ve just removed the wrapping paper after a year, and that more than one Android will have come out under the wrappings we’ve all received, it’s time to get down to work to configure them in the best possible way. After years of experience and hundreds of mobiles, I have a series of settings and processes that guarantee a better use of the mobile; from more storage to better battery life.

These days are a time to wear for the first time, to have in our hands for the first time the gifts that they so carefully sought for us. And of course, every technological device needs an initial configuration in order to get it ready for use. On top of that, this configuration is the most important of all: depending on how well it is done, so will the device. This particularly affects smartphones, I have been able to verify this; That’s why I make identical adjustments to all my phones, whether they’re my own or analytics.

The initial setup is more important than it seems

Set up Android

I’m a rather lazy person who tends to put off tasks for later with the excuse of “I’ll do it another time”. But I have found that with mobile phones this strategy ends up leading to disaster: the restrictive configuration has to be done at the beginning, even if it is lazy. That’s why I spend more than an hour on the initial adjustments every time I receive a new phone, whatever it is; Just as I proceed in the same way with each one that they leave me to configure.

Since I compare all the phones in order to discover the advantages and disadvantages of each model, the initial setup I carry out on the smartphones, both analysis and personal, is always the same. This ensures a consistent experience and maximizes optimization right from the start.

I go through a series of steps during the initial setup to get the phone just right in my style. In fact, this customization is so exact that I can perform identical tasks from all the ones I have at home: receive and send WhatsApp messages, Telegram, access X, watch my TikTok or play my usual games.

Apart from unifying the experience, the configuration process allows you to restrict superfluous consumption as much as possible to amplify the autonomy to the maximum of what the terminal allows. Always as much as possible, we already know that each Android can be different.

Let’s get into flour: below I’ll detail my step-by-step setup process.

I restore the backup of an already optimized Android

Since Android allows you to restore an old phone when you start the new one, I always load a copy of one that is already optimized and that I use daily. That way I have the same applications and, hopefully, some of them will already have the login and their data; which saves me a lot of work.

I usually have the other Android handy so that a USB C is enough to restore it to the new phone. It is a fairly quick process to which you have to add the relevant download of the apps.

I’m done with maximum bloatware

Disable AppHow to Disable System Apps

After starting the phone from scratch, avoiding the activation of Assistant by voice in order to use the least amount of battery possible (improving privacy in the process), I go to the settings of the apps to eliminate everything superfluous. Unceremoniously: application that I don’t want application that goes out. Whenever possible, of course.

Here are the steps:

  • Scroll down to your Android settings.
  • Go to “Applications”.
  • List system apps and go app by app by clicking into each one to delete or freeze it.
  • Get rid of all the games and third-party apps you don’t want, with Google’s duplicate apps, freeze all the Meta apps (there are usually three of them and they’re always active) and proceed in this way with all the bloatware.
  • Delete apps if you can, or if they are system-based, try disabling them.

You should proceed carefully, although your phone shouldn’t let you delete or freeze an essential app. After getting rid of bloatware from the first boot, I ensure a better experience, more available storage and an extension of autonomy.

I organize desks the same way

Google Pixel 6

To avoid that feeling of not knowing where things are, and that lasts a few weeks after the premiere, I always organize the desks in the same way. I activate the app drawer (essential for me), put two folders (essential apps and games) and complete it with shortcuts to what I use the most. Complete with a weather widget that also gives the time, it’s one of my pet peeves: Today Weather is my favorite weather app. Believe it or not, having your desks organized saves time and battery; if only because it costs less to find the usual.

Remove background usage from all apps except messaging

Set up Android

To save maximum battery life on my phone from the first boot, I restrict background use to all but essential apps; which are WhatsApp, Telegram, messages, the phone… Those apps that I need to get notified of instantly. In fact, I even eliminate notifications from the rest: the mobile phone should disturb as little as possible.

The process is as follows:

  • Go to the settings and go to the apps.
  • Scroll down to “Battery usage by app.” Or a similar message, the text may vary.
  • Enter each app by unchecking the “Allow background use” option.

After these meticulous steps, I’m left with an optimized phone that’s very similar to the rest of the ones I already have. It usually takes a little less than an hour; Time to which must be added the restoration of the applications with their accounts, a tedious process that I try to reduce by relying as little as possible on the added services. After years of experience in the initial setup, I can assure you that the more dedication you put into the first few settings, the more the phone will end up lasting. As lazy as it may be, the first setup is really important.

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