Taking Your HTC One (M8) Out of the Box - dummies

Taking Your HTC One (M8) Out of the Box

By Bill Hughes

When you turn on your phone the first time, it will ask you ten questions to set itself up. The good folks at HTC are well intentioned, but not every customer who owns a HTC One knows, from day one, why they need another email account, whether he or she wants this thing called Dropbox, or what’s a good name for the phone.

On the other hand, if your phone is already set up, you probably took a guess or skipped some questions. Maybe now you’re rethinking some of your choices. No problem. You can go back and change any answer you gave and get your phone to behave the way you want.

The order of the questions varies by carrier, but includes the following:

  • Language/Accessibility: This option lets you select your language. The default is English for phones sold within the United States. Also, the phone has some special capabilities for individuals with disabilities. If you have a disability and think you might benefit, take a look at these options.

  • Wi-Fi: Your phone automatically starts scanning for a Wi-Fi connection. You can always use the cellular connection when you’re in cellular coverage, but if there is a Wi-Fi connection available, your phone will try to use this first. It is probably cheaper and may be faster than the cellular.

    At the same time, you may not want your phone to connect to the Wi-Fi access point with the best signal. It could be that the strongest signal is a fee-based service, whereas the next best signal is free. In any case, this page scans the available options and presents them to you.

    If you need to enter a password, you’ll see the screen shown. If this is all too much to take in right now, feel free to skip to the next screen.

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  • Date and Time: This is easy. The default setting is to use the time and date that come from the cellular network. Just tap the next button and move on. This date and time from the cellular network is the most accurate information you’ll get, and you don’t need to do anything other than be within cellular coverage now and again.

  • Google Account Sign-up: Google account means an email account where the address ends in @gmail.com. If you already have an account on Gmail, enter your user ID and password here.

  • Location Options: Your phone knowing your location and providing it to an app can be a sensitive issue.

    If you’re really worried about privacy and security, tap the green check marks on the screen and then tap the button that says Next. Selecting these options prevents apps from knowing where you are. (This choice also prevents you from getting directions and a large number of cool capabilities that are built into apps.) The only folks who’ll know your location will be the 911 dispatchers if you dial them.

    If you’re worried about your security but want to take advantage of some of the cool capabilities built into your phone, tap the right arrow key to move forward.

    You can choose on a case-by-case basis whether to share your location.

  • Phone Ownership: This screen asks you to enter your first and last name. You may ask why this is important at this point. It’s not. If you’ve been able to navigate this far, you may be ready to tap in your first and last name. If not, just tap the right arrow. All will be fine.

  • Dropbox: This is a generous offer, but what is it for? You may or may not ever need this option. If you do, you can come back and take those folks up on this offer. For now, you can just tap Skip. Or, if you have a Dropbox account already, go ahead and enter your ID and password.

  • Learn about key features: Go ahead and take this tour of all the new things you can do. Tap the Next button. This screen is for setting up the coolest and the most sophisticated capabilities of the phone. Skip this to get to the last screen.

  • Device Name: When this screen comes up, you’ll see a text box that has the model name. You can keep this name or you can choose to personalize it a bit. For example, you can change it to Bill’s HTC One or Indy at 425-555-1234.

    The purpose of this name is for connecting to a local data network, as when you’re pairing with a Bluetooth device. If this last sentence made no sense to you, don’t worry about it. Tap Finish. In a moment, you see the Home screen.

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