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Switching to a new phone can be daunting, especially when you’re leaping into a whole new ecosystem. Just the thought of having to transfer all those apps, photos, contacts and messages is enough to convince many people to coax another six months out of their ageing smartphone.

Fortunately, Samsung has made the switching process easy with the Smart Switch app. Just connect your old phone to your new Galaxy device via your charging cable and the handy on-the-go adaptor, select what you want to transfer and Smart Switch handles the rest. Check out this video or download this step-by-step guide to learn how.

But what’s next? You have your new Galaxy smartphone, with all your content safely transferred over: what are the first things you should do to get your new device set up and start taking advantage of some of the unique Samsung productivity features?

Here are eight highly recommended steps to set up with your new Samsung smartphone. All of these tips can be completed in less than 30 minutes, and once set up will help save you time and keep your device protected. Complete them all and you’ll be well on your way to being a Galaxy smartphone pro.

Click the links below to jump straight to each tip:

  1. Organize Your Home Screen
  2. Secure Your Device
  3. Activate Samsung Pass
  4. Create a Secure Folder
  5. Multitask with App Pairs
  6. Set Your Bixby Routines
  7. Maximize Your Battery Life
  8. Try Out Samsung DeX


 

1. Organize Your Home Screen

After transferring content to your new Galaxy smartphone, take the opportunity to do a little “spring cleaning” and organize your home screen. If you are new to Samsung and Android, this is also a chance to get a feel for the many customization options.

To remove an app from the home screen, long press and then select “remove from home” or “uninstall.” If you select “remove from home,” the apps will still be available in the apps tray (which you access by swiping up or down on your home screen). If you opt to uninstall, the app will be removed from the device but can always be downloaded again later from Google Play.

You can also create folders to group several similar apps together. You might, for example, want to put all your social media apps together in one folder. To create a folder,