This guide takes you through setting up an Alcatel Shine Lite from scratch. We cover everything you need to do to get it ready to use.
When you open the box, you'll find these things inside:
The first thing to do is put the SIM card. If you're going to use an SD memory card to increase the phone's storage, have it ready, as it goes in the same place as the SIM.
Remove the SIM removal tool from back of the information pack.
Insert it into the hole on the right-hand side of the phone. Push it until the SIM tray pops out.
Place the SIM into the larger slot, with the cut corner facing the phone and metal contacts facing down.
If you have one, put the microSD card into the other slot with the contacts facing down.
Slide the tray back in and push it until the side is flush with the phone.
The first time the phone turns on, it takes you through the 'Setup Wizard'. We cover each step below and explain anything that might not make sense along the way.
At any point during the Setup a pop-up might appear asking you to choose your service provider from a list. If it does, just tap it and press OK to move on. If it doesn't, don't worry, the phone will have sorted it out itself.
Pick your language, then press the arrow.
Tap the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to. You can skip this if you like, but you'll use some of your mobile data to download updates, so use Wi-Fi if you can.
Type the password and press Connect. The password can usually be found on a sticker on the router.
If you want to transfer data and settings from an old Android phone, tap Copy Google... If not, press No, thanks. Press Next to continue.
Log into your Google account if you have one. If you don't, press Create a new account. You need a Google account to download apps and use a lot of the phone's features, so it's well worth doing.
Accept the Terms of Service and requirements. You can read any of the documents by tapping the links.
Choose any of the Google services you want to use: 'Backup...' saves your settings, apps, and contacts to your Google account to make setting up a new phone faster. 'Help improve Google...' sends anonymous data to Google to help them make updates and new features. Press Next to move on.
Choose a payment type to add to your Google account. This makes paying for apps and media faster, as you don't need to put your bank details in every time you buy something. If you don't want to add one, tap No, thanks and Continue to move on.
If the time and date are right, press Next to continue. If they're not, just tap on them and add the right info.
You can add your non-Gmail email accounts on this screen. We go through this in more detail further on as there are a couple of things to consider, so Skip it for now.
If you're happy setting up a lock screen, choose the type you want and follow the instructions. Like before, we cover this in more detail later on, so if you're not sure, press Skip.
Any old phones related to your Google account will show in a list. You can restore your apps and settings from your old phone by tapping its name. To start fresh, choose Don't restore.
Watch a demo of the phone's 'launcher' and press Next.
Tap Allow to let the phone make calls, store contacts, and other necessary things.
Press Got it to complete the Setup.
While you probably connected the Shine Lite to Wi-Fi during the Setup Wizard, you'll need to connect to others sooner or later. These steps show you how:
On the Home screen, swipe down from the top.
Tap the Settings icon (it looks like a cog).
In the 'Wireless and networks' section, select Wi-Fi.
Tap the name of the network you want to connect to.
Type the password and tap Connect.
'Connected' shows below the network's name when you're online.
You can quickly see whether you're online using Wi-Fi or mobile internet by looking at the icon in the bar at the very top of the screen.
You set up Gmail account earier, but you probably have other email accounts to add. These steps work for Hotmail, Yahoo, Outlook, and most other personal and business accounts.
Open the Settings app.
Scroll down to 'Accounts' and tap Add account.
For personal accounts, tap Personal (IMAP). For business or education, choose Exchange.
Type your email address and tap Next.
Enter the password followed by Next.
Choose how often the phone checks for new emails (every hour is a good compromise between time and data use). Tap Next.
Rename the account if you like and press Next.
Enter your name - this appears on your emails when people get them. Hit Done to finish setting up your account.
Some older or specialist email accounts can't be set up using the steps above. If you're having problems, our detailed guide to email server settings will help you out.
We always recommend keeping your phone safe with a lock screen. Without one, anyone that gets your phone can view your pictures, messages, and account details. Helpfully, the Alcatel Shine has a fingerprint scanner, that's more secure than a normal PIN and faster to unlock.
Open Quick Settings by swiping down from the top of the Home screen.
Press the cog in the top-right corner.
Read the explanation then tap Continue.
If you have a PIN or password, enter it. If not, follow the instructions to create one as a backup.
Place your finger on the sensor (it's on the back of the phone) and move it when the phone vibrates.
Either add another print or press Done to save it.
Now that your phone's set up, you can start making calls and sending messages.
If you want to talk to us about your phone (or anything else), you can get in touch here.