There are a few interesting tech releases on the horizon, and that means a lot of you might have your hands on a new phone soon. Here are some tips on optimising your new phone’s settings.
1. Add emergency contacts
When you get a new phone, syncing your data should mean you can access all your previous contacts, so your family’s numbers, as well as anything you’ve saved like your roadside assist number, should be immediately accessible to you.
However, lots of handsets have different ways of saving your in-case-of-emergency contacts on the lock screen. Make sure you check where this function is in your new phone and update that as your first step.
Hopefully your phone will be safe and sound in your possession for the duration of your ownership, but just in case, make sure you set up your phone’s security properly. Set up a memorable but hard to guess PIN. If your phone has biometrics, set up your fingerprint scan.
3. When to connect?
When you’re home and at work, you’re going to want to connect to Wifi, so add these credentials. When you’re adding your WiFi details to your new phone, make sure that you update your preferences regarding connecting to open networks while you’re out and about.
4. Notification settings
Every app on your new phone wants to remind you to use it. However, most of us only want to be reminded of a new email, text message, and maybe when someone contacts us on social media.
Go into your settings and make sure you are only getting notifications from the apps that matter to you. Also a good idea to look at what kind of sounds of vibrations you want your phone to make when it alerts you.
5. Tailor your experience
Since you’re in the settings a section updating your notification preferences, now is the time to make sure everything is to your liking. We suggest you check out your screen sleep time and how long the default time to lock screen is. Lots of phones default to 30 seconds, which doesn’t suit everybody.
You can also check out if your data limits are set up to your liking and – most important of all – explore all the new functions your phone offers.
What’s the first thing you do when you get a new phone? Let us know in the comments below
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