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Yes Crowd Tips : Setting up your new mobile phone

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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.

2. Security

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 Smiley Happy

RetiredModerator Felicity_YC

First thing I do is turn on the night mode function! I am always checking my phone and I need it not to wake me up late at night. 


What about you @Paddylee? Or @AlistarS?

Trusted Contributor
Trusted Contributor

Major thing for me is setting all my alarms.

Different alarms for different days of the week e.g. sleep in 15 minutes more on Tuesdays as I work from home that day compared to the other weekdays.


Another thing to check is the app store of your device and the auto app updates function.

Make sure to set it to either only update when manually told to do so, or only update on wifi.


Before you get your phone look out for a case that suits your needs,try and get the case before the phoen arrives - last thing you want is to drop your new "precious" before its 1 day birthday!

RetiredModerator Felicity_YC

Good call @Paddylee. Definitely correct about the phone cases. 


How about @Davelew and @Dan_C?

Crowd Champion Davelew
Crowd Champion

Hi all

What I must have is a quick contact folder on my home screen.

I pin the phone contacts I use most often into the folder and I am ringing then with two clicks.



Crowd Champion Davelew
Crowd Champion

And what about all those logins to those apps, Spotify and TuneIn radio are the first I think about and I must not forget Optus Sports.



Online Community Manager
Online Community Manager

You musn't ever forget Optus Sport & the My Optus app


I'm with you there @Davelew


The first priority are my apps/app logins. 


Spotify, Instagram, FB, FB messenger, WhatsApp etc 

Some cheeky dating apps @Megan_YC (in no particular order). 


I actually use messaging apps more than plain old text messages these days. 



New Contributor YesItsMe
New Contributor

Take it out of the box.

Then I can do a great many other things with the phone Man Very Happy