Tutorial Of How To Set Up New Fire Phone
Are you a new Fire phone owner? Do you want to set up your Fire? No problem!
In this short tutorial we will go through the most important steps you need to take to set up your new Fire phone properly and ensure its security.
Sit back, relax, and turn your Fire on! Let’s start!
Watch Quick Start Guide
Even though Fire OS is Android-based, it’s in fact a different operating system. Its interface is different and you operate a Fire phone a bit differently than an Android phone.
You don’t have the carousel in Android phones. Neither do you have the dynamic perspective.
That’s why the first thing you should do is watch Quick Start Guide at least a few times.
You can find Quick Start Guide in the app grid (the orange icon made of letters “fire”).
The quick interactive guide will walk you through the basic features of Fire phone and how to operate it: dynamic perspective, one-hand shortcuts, Quick Actions, Peek, and FireFly.
Transfer Stuff From Your Previous Phone To Fire Phone
If you previously had an Android phone, you can easily transfer all the stuff from it to Fire phone. I suggest using a free app Easy Backup. Here’s how you transfer your stuff:
1.Install Easy Backup on your old phone. You can download this app from Google Play (just look for “easy backup” in your old Android phone).
2.Once you install the app on your Android phone, open it and back up what you need. You can back up SMS, MMS, call log, calendar, bookmarks, contacts, and dictionary. You can back up your data to SD card, Gmail, Dropbox, Google Drive or other cloud services.
3.Transfer your backup files to your Fire phone. I suggest doing it via USB cable.
If you don’t know how to do it, read this: How To Transfer Files To Fire Phone.
4.Install Easy Backup on your Fire phone and restore the files. Note that the app looks a bit different on Fire phone than on Android (4.4.4).
TIP: Fire phone obviously doesn’t have an SD card slot but if you choose “Restore from SD Card” you will be able to browse files in the internal memory.
Register Your Fire
If you bought your Fire phone from AT&T or O2 (not directly from Amazon), it may not be registered. Unregistered Fire phone (i.e. not associated with your Amazon account) doesn’t have access to most features and functions like FireFly or the Amazon Appstore.
That’s why the first thing you need to do is make sure your Fire phone is registered and if it isn’t, register it.
1.Go to Settings > My Accounts.
2.If the first item under “My Accounts” says “Register your phone”, it means your Fire is deregistered. Tap on this option to make sure it’s deregistered.
TIP: If your Fire is already registered, it will say “Deregister your phone” instead.
Here you have a more detailed tutorial of How To Register Your Fire Phone.
Configure Shortcut Icons
Be default your Fire phone shows the following shortcut icons: Phone, E-mail, Silk Browser and Messaging.
You can easily change their order of change them entirely. Here’s what you need to do:
1.Go to the app grid by pressing the home button.
2.The first four icons (with a horizontal fine line below) are the shortcuts. You can change them by simply dragging and dropping a different icon into this field.
Choose Your Default Text Messaging App
The Fire phone default text messaging app is very simple (even minimalist). I like it very much, but I know many people who really hate it, because it has almost no customizations.
Fortunately, you can change it into a different text messaging app which is far more customizable. Currently the best alternative for Fire phone is Textra (click to download it).
Read more: Fire Phone Text Messaging App
Set Up E-mail Account
Another step in setting up your new Fire phone is to set up your e-mail accounts.
You can use the default e-mail app (which is very good) or look for some alternative either in the Amazon Appstore or Google Play. Here is what you need to do:
1.To set up your e-mail account on Fire phone, open the E-mail app.
2.You wil see the Add Account screen. Enter your e-mail address and follow the instructions.
You can add as many account as you like.
If you are unsure how to do it, read this tutorial: Fire Phone E-mail Setup.
Set Up Social Accounts
You can also connect your Fire phone to two most popular social accounts for easy access (Facebook and Twitter). Here’s how to do it:
Go to Settings > My Accounts > Connect your social networks and choose whether you want to connect Facebook or Twitter.
Protect Your Fire Phone
Last but not least comes the security of your new Fire phone. I am really crazy about this, so I always recommend encrypting your phone the moment you turn it on for the first time.
If your Fire phone is encrypted, the data stored on it (e.g. you e-mail accounts, social accounts or banking information) are secure in case you lose your phone or it’s stolen.
Once you encrypt your phone, you will have to enter a password every time you unlock it. This is a one-time process. Here’s how you encrypt your Fire phone:
1.Go to Settings > Security > Set up enterprise security features for your phone (advanced).
2.You will now have three options to choose from: Credential Storage, Device Administrators and Encryption. Choose Encryption. Follow the instructions.
Here is a more advanced tutorial of How To Encrypt Your Fire Phone.