Kit Guide: Google Pixel - setting it up

In this guide, we're going to take you through the setup of your Google Pixel. We'll cover everything you'll need to know - from inserting the SIM card to keeping it safe with a lock screen.

Google Pixel User Manual

If you need to read the user manual, you can get it here.

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1. Box contents

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Here's what you should find in the box:

  • Google Pixel
  • Mains power adaptor
  • USB type-C to USB-A cable
  • USB type-C cable
  • MicroUSB to type-C adaptor
  • Information pack
  • SIM tool

2. Inserting your SIM card

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Before turning on your phone, you'll need to insert the SIM card. Your Pixel uses a NanoSIM, which needs to be put on a tray in the left-hand edge of the phone.

 
 
 
 
Inserting the SIM into your Google Pixel 1
1.

Push the SIM tool into the pinhole on the left-hand edge of the phone, until the SIM tray pops out.

2.

Pull the tray out the rest of the way.

3.

Put the NanoSIM card onto the tray, with the metal contacts facing down, and the cut-off corner facing inwards.

4.

Push the tray back into the phone.

With the SIM in, press and hold the power button on the right-hand edge of the phone for a few seconds, until it starts to turn on.

3. Completing the Pixel Setup Wizard

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When you turn on the phone for the first time, it will show the 'Setup Wizard', which will help you get the phone ready to use.

Setting it up

 
 
 
 
Setting up your Google Pixel 1
 
 
 
 
Setting up your Google Pixel 2
 
 
 
 
Setting up your Google Pixel 3
 
 
 
 
Setting up your Google Pixel 4
1.

On the first screen, check the language at the bottom - if yours isn't already set as the default, tap the Globe icon to choose a different one. Press Let's go to get started.

2.

You'll be asked whether you'd like to copy any data from another smartphone, or set it up as new. In this guide, we'll show you how to get it Set up as new, so tap that button.

3.

Tap the wireless network that you'd like to connect to, or you can tap Use Mobile network for setup if Wi-Fi isn't available.

4.

If you're connecting to Wi-Fi, type in the password, then press Connect. If you're not too sure what the password is, have a look on your router.

 

 
 
 
 
Setting up your Google Pixel 5
 
 
 
 
Setting up your Google Pixel 6
 
 
 
 
Setting up your Google Pixel 7
 
 
 
 
Setting up your Google Pixel 8
5.

If you've got a Google account - which is used to download new apps and games - type it in, and press Next. If you want to create one, tap more options, then tap Create account. If you don't want to use an account, tap Skip.

6.

If you're signing in, type your password, then tap Next.

7.

You'll have to agree to Google's 'Terms of Service' and 'Privacy Policy'. Tap them to read them, then tap I Agree.

8.

You'll be asked if you want to set up the fingerprint reader on the phone. We'll cover this fully later in the guide, so tap Skip.

 

 
 
 
 
Setting up your Google Pixel 9
 
 
 
 
Setting up your Google Pixel 10
 
 
 
 
Setting up your Google Pixel 11
 
 
 
 
Setting up your Google Pixel 12
9.

Tap Skip anyway.

10.

You'll be asked if you want to back up your phone to Google Drive to keep your data safe, so it can be restored at any time. To get this started, tap OK, or tap Turn off backup if it's not something you'll need.

11.

Read through the Google services, which include things like using your phone's location for apps, and sending usage data to Google. Leave the switches turned on for the ones you want to use, then tap Next.

 
 
 
 
Setting up your Google Pixel 13
 
 
 
 
Setting up your Google Pixel 14
 
 
 
 
Setting up your Google Pixel 15
 
 
 
 
Setting up your Google Pixel 16
12.

Tap Continue on the Google Assistant setup page. This lets you talk to your phone and ask it questions, and the Assistant will help find answers for you.

13.

Google Assistant needs your permission to use things like your location and web activity in so it can work fully. If you're happy with this, tap Yes, I'm in. If not, or if you're not interested in Google Assistant, tap No, thanks.

14.

If you're using Google Assistant, you can teach it recognise your voice. Tap Get Started, then read the prompts onscreen, or tap Do it later to skip.

15.

Your Pixel comes with a lot of apps already on it - if you want to remove some of these, tap Review additional apps, or tap All set to leave the apps as they are. If you're reviewing them, tap the switch next to an app to remove it, then tap Next to finish the setup.

The Setup Wizard is finished, and you'll be looking at the Home screen. The bottom row of icons is for the most used apps: Phone, Messages, Gmail, Chrome and Camera. Just above the Gmail app is a small arrow - tap it or swipe up from the bottom, to open the app drawer, and see all the other apps on your phone.

 

Touchscreen buttons

 

At the bottom of the screen are the touchscreen buttons, which are used to help you get around the phone.

'Back' (triangle): takes you back a page or closes an app.

'Home' (circle): always takes you back to the Home screen. Hold it in to open the Google Assistant.

'Recent apps' (square): shows you apps that have been open, and lets you swap between them.

 

4. Connecting to the Internet

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A lot of your phone's best features can't be used without an internet connection, so in this part of the guide we'll show you how to get connected. You can use Wi-Fi, or mobile data.

 

Connecting the Pixel to a Wi-Fi network

 

 
 
 
 
Connecting your Pixel to the internet 1
 
 
 
 
Connecting your Pixel to the internet 2
 
 
 
 
Connecting your Pixel to the internet 3
 
 
 
 
Connecting your Pixel to the internet 4
1.

Swipe down from the top of your phone to open the 'quick settings', then tap the cog icon in the top-right.

2.

Tap on Wi-Fi, and check that the switch in the top-right is turned on.

3.

Tap the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to.

 

4.

Type in the password, and press Connect. If you're not sure what it is, have a look on your router.

If it works, you'll see the word 'Connected' underneath it, and you'll see the Wi-Fi signal bars at the top of the screen.

 

Turning mobile data on

 

1.

Swipe down from the top of your screen, to open 'quick settings', then swipe down again to show more settings.

2.

Tap your network name.

3.

Check that the switch next to 'Mobile data' is turned on.

If you're having any problems connecting to mobile data, you might need to reset the 'APN settings'.

 
 
 
 
Setting up APNs on your Pixel 1
 
 
 
 
Setting up APNs on your Pixel 2
 
 
 
 
Setting up APNs on your Pixel 3
 
 
 
 
Setting up APNs on your Pixel 4
4.

Open Settings.

5.

Tap on More, then tap Mobile networks.

6.

Tap Access point names.

7.

Tap the three dots in the top-right, then tap Reset to default.

If you're still having problems connecting to mobile network, you'll need to put in the settings for the network. Don't worry if you're not sure what they are, we have dedicated guides for each mobile network, and how to set them up here.

 

5. Setting up your email accounts

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Adding your account to your phone will let you read your emails, send new ones, and your phone can let you know when you receive new messages.

 

 
 
 
 
Setting up email on Google Pixel 1
 
 
 
 
Setting up email on Google Pixel 2
 
 
 
 
Setting up email on Google Pixel 3
 
 
 
 
Setting up email on Google Pixel 4
1.

Swipe down from the top of the screen to open the quick settings menu.

2.

Tap the cog icon in the top-right corner.

3.

Scroll down, and tap Accounts.

4.

Tap Add account.

5.

Tap the type of account you want to add:

  • Exchange: used for work or school accounts
  • Google: for Gmail accounts
  • Personal (IMAP): used for most personal accounts such as Hotmail, Yahoo!, BT, or Talk Talk
  • Personal (POP3): some old accounts may use this, but most have now swapped to IMAP
 
 
 
 
Setting up email on Google Pixel 6
 
 
 
 
Setting up email on Google Pixel 7
 
 
 
 
Setting up email on Google Pixel 8
 
 
 
 
Setting up email on Google Pixel 9
6.

Type in your email address, and tap Next.

7.

Type your password, then tap Next.

8.

You might need to let the phone connect with your account - tap AllowAccept or Yes.

Your account is set up, and you can get to your emails by opening the Gmail app from the Home screen.

If you're having any problems adding your account, you might need to put in the settings for it. Don't worry if you're not sure what these are - we have a full guide to email server settings that should have everything you need.

 

6. Setting up a lock screen

Setting up the lock screen on your phone will help keep your pictures, messages and other data safe. You have a few different options on this phone, and we'll go through each here.

 

Adding a screen lock

 
 
 
 
Setting up the lockscreen on your Google Pixel 1
 
 
 
 
Setting up the lockscreen on your Google Pixel 2
 
 
 
 
Setting up the lockscreen on your Google Pixel 3
1.

Open Settings from the Home screen.

2.

Scroll down and tap Security.

3.

Tap on Screen lock, and choose the type you want:

  • Pattern: draw a pattern on a grid of dots
  • PIN: a code of numbers
  • Password: a combination of numbers and letters
 
 
 
 
Setting up the lockscreen on your Google Pixel 4
 
 
 
 
Setting up the lockscreen on your Google Pixel 5
 
 
 
 
Setting up the lockscreen on your Google Pixel 6
4.

Type or draw your code, and tap Continue.

5.

Type it again, and tap OK.

6.

Choose which notifications you want to see on the lock screen, and tap Done.

Setting up your fingerprint

 

Before setting up your fingerprint, make sure you've set up a screen lock (above).

 
 
 
 
Setting up fingerprint reader on your Google Pixel 1
 
 
 
 
Setting up fingerprint reader on your Google Pixel 2
 
 
 
 
Setting up fingerprint reader on your Google Pixel 3
 
 
 
 
Setting up fingerprint reader on your Google Pixel 4
1.

Open Settings from the Home screen.

2.

Scroll down, and tap Security.

3.

Tap on Pixel Imprint.

4.

Tap Next.

5.

Type your current screen lock.

6.

Put your finger on the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone, and lift it when you feel a vibration.

 
 
 
 
Setting up fingerprint reader on your Google Pixel 7
 
 
 
 
Setting up fingerprint reader on your Google Pixel 8
 
 
 
 
Setting up fingerprint reader on your Google Pixel 9
 
 
 
 
Setting up fingerprint reader on your Google Pixel 10
7.

Keep lifting and replacing your finger on the sensor, until it gets a full scan of your print.

8.

Tap Done once it's finished.

You can use your fingerprint to unlock the phone, and some apps can use it to authorise you.

Your phone is set up, and ready for you to start using it. If you'd like any help with it, with things like making calls, sending texts or setting alarms, read our Google Pixel User Guide.

Or, if you'd like some help from our Team Knowhow Experts, you can get in touch here.

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