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How to setup and configure a new Android

Apparently we love our own cell phones but we hate everyone else’s, Joe Bob Briggs

A smartphone is an addictive device which traps a soul into a lifeless planet full of lives, Munia Khan

Android is the first open-source, Linux-based, technology platform for mobile devices. It is currently developed by Google. However, it can be used by anyone and is available on many devices from different manufacturers, such as Samsung, Motorola, Sony, LG, etc.

Please note that many manufacturers make Android phones and they customize Android differently. Menus and settings are different on different phones and versions of Android so this guide is not likely to be exactly the same as your phone. Typically, you could open the Settings app, tap the search bar towards the top of the screen, type and search the name of the setting you’re looking for.
You should always turn on automatic backups: Settings, Google, Backup. If this is your first time, turn on Backup by Google One.

After that, you need to select your backup (A backup from the cloud. In the Choose a backup to restore window, select an available backup. Next, select the items you want to restore), payment options and adjust the date and time zone. Typically, you need to set up a screen lock (PIN, password, pattern, fingerprint recognition, and face unlock) and Google Assistant.

Do not rely on your biometrics as the sole method of authentication. You cannot change your biometric data (eyes, face, or fingerprints), so once it’s compromised, it can persist as an identity-based threat.

Settings, Google, Manage your Google Account, switch to the Data and privacy tab, History settings, and turn everything off; next, go to Third party apps with account access and remove access for those applications that you no longer trust or use. Content saved from Google services, Delete a service, and delete google services that you no longer need (“less is more”).

Adblocker Plus is likely the most popular ad blocker app. Blokada is a very popular ad blocker and privacy app for Android and iOS. RethinkDNS blocks malware, spyware, ads, and trackers across all apps. Another option is NextDNS.

  1. Use a strong password: Settings, Password & Security, Lock screen password.
  2. Don’t reuse passwords. Use Keepass2Android, an open-source password manager application for Android. An alternative is Bitwarden Password Manager.
  3. Use secure browsers that protect your privacy: DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser, Firefox Focus, and Tor Browser.
  4. Use DuckDuckGo, the private search engine.
  5. Don’t install too many apps, the more apps that you install, the more vulnerabilities you are exposed to.
  6. Update your phone regularly: Settings, System, System updates.
  7. Enable two factor authentication for your online accounts using Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, or Authy.
  8. Use VPNs and free antivirus apps: Avast Antivirus, Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus or Bitdefender Mobile Security.
  9. Permanently delete Android data.
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Google Maps is a free navigation app from Google. It’s never been easier to discover new, beautiful, and interesting places, find cool things to do in a destination, and the best driving, biking, and walking route. Google Lens lets you search what you see and understand the world around you—using just your camera or a photo.

Google Apps

Google Apps

  1. Open the app or your web browser, then go to Snapdrop, ShareDrop, or Send Anywhere on any of your devices in your local Wi-Fi network.

  2. Tap on the device to which you want to send or share file(s) with.

  3. Choose the file/s you want to send and hit Send.

    If you are using Send Anywhere, click the send (+) button, drag and drop your file/s to be sent, and click the Send button again; you will be given a six-digit code, share it with the receiver, he or she will need to enter it in the Receive’s input textbox.

  4. Now, switch to your receiving device and tap on the Save button when prompted with the File Received windows. Cross-platform file sharing

    Cross-platform file sharing

Photo Editors: Photoshop Express (a fun, fast, and easy-to-use picture editor for one-touch transformations and photo edits), Adobe Lightroom, Prisma (a photo editor app that creates photo effects transforming your photos into paintings), and Snapseed. Health & Fitness app: Pace Control - running pacer, Daily Yoga, Nike Training Club, and Strava.
Android Apps

Android Apps

Messaging & Gaming: WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Viber, Messenger, y Skype. Dating Apps: Tinder, Badoo, Plenty of Fish, or OKCupid. Video streaming services: Netflix, Amazon Prime, TikTok, Twitch, and Disney Plus. Religious Software: Pray As You Go, Our Daily Bread, YouVersion Bible App, Audio Bible, and Bible Gateway Pro. Investing: Trading 212.

Shopping: Amazon, Wallapop, Wish, and ebay. Transport: Uber and BlaBlaCar.

Microsoft Lens converts images to PDF, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files. It is used to digitalize printed or handwritten text, and saves them to OneNote, OneDrive, or your local device.

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