This guide takes you through setting up a new LG K8. It covers everything you need to get it working the way you want, from inserting the SIM to keeping your information private with a lock screen.
Below is a list of the things you'll find in the box when you first open it:
The steps below show you how to install your SIM card. The LG K8 uses a MicroSIM card.
Remove the back cover by putting your thumbnail in the notch above the USB port at the bottom, pulling it back.
Slide the SIM card into the slot, with the metal contacts facing the screen. It's in properly when it won't push in any further.
If you're installing a microSD memory card, slide it into the slot above the SIM card (narrow end first, with the gold-coloured contacts facing down).
Once the SIM card is installed, you can start setting the phone up. First, switch it on by holding the button on the back of the phone until screen until the screen turns on.
When the phone first loads up is displays the 'Setup Wizard', which takes you through getting the phone ready to work the way you want.
*At any point during setup, a window might appear asking you to choose your service provider. If it does, just select it from the list. If not, don't worry, as the phone will have sorted it itself.
Choose your language from the list and tap Next.
Tick the Mobile Network and Wi-Fi boxes to activate mobile internet and Wi-Fi.
In the list, tap the name of the wireless network you want to connect to (you can skip this, but the phone needs to connect to the internet to properly update, and using mobile internet will use a lot of your data).
Enter the wireless password. You can find this on a sticker on the back or underside of your router.
'Connected' will appear under the network name to show that the phone's online. Tap Next to continue.
If you want to transfer data from an old Android phone, 'Tap & Go' moves data across using NFC. As long as both phones have NFC, tap Copy Google accounts and follow the instructions. Otherwise, tap No, thanks and press Next to carry on.
If you already have a Google account, enter your Gmail address and tap Next and enter your password. If not, select Create a new account to get one - we recommend creating one as you can't download apps without one.
Choose whether you want to back up your contacts and user account to Google (it makes setting up a new or reset phone faster as you can install all of your apps and settings just by logging into Google). Select any other options you like and then tap Next.
You can add your bank or PayPal details to your Google account to make paying for apps, music, and videos easier. You don't have to add any - just add your payment details each time you buy something. Make your choice and select Next.
You can add a second email address to the phone, such as a Hotmail or Yahoo! account. Add your address and password or select Not now to do it later. We cover adding new email accounts in more detail later on in this guide.
Either set up your lock screen now by tapping Protect this device, or do it later on. We recommend using a lock screen, as without one, there's nothing stopping someone going through your phone if left unattended. We cover this in more detail further on in this article. Either choose your lock screen type, skip it for now, and press Next.
Choose which notifications you want to see on the lock screen - 'Hide sensitive only' shows text messages, while 'Hide all notifications' requires you to unlock the phone to view your notifications.
If you’ve used your Google account on a phone before, you’ll be shown some restore options. Tap the name of your old device to see what you can transfer to your now phone. Tap Also include to select any apps you want to install and select Next. If you’d rather start from scratch, tap Set up as new device.
Choose whether to send diagnostic info to LG, such as performance and battery life information, and tap Next.
Read the update and log information if you like and select Next.
Agree to the 'End User License Agreement' by ticking the boxes, and tap Next.
While the screen changes depending on the app, the buttons below will always be available at the bottom of the screen.
Home (circle): pressing this returns you to the Home screen from any screen or app.
Back (triangle): takes you back one screen.
Menu (square): opens additional menus in apps or settings screens.
While you'll have connected the phone to your home internet during the Setup, these steps show you how to connect to other networks.
Swipe down from the top of the screen, then tap the Settings icon in the top right corner of the screen.
Tap the Networks tab at the top of the screen.
Check that Wi-Fi is switched on. If it's grey, tap the switch to enable it.
Tap the wireless network you want to connect to.
Add the wireless Password and tap Connect.
When connected, the network name will turn blue the word Connected will appear underneath.
Accounts from the most popular email providers, including Hotmail and Outlook, can be set up as below:
Swipe down from the top of the Home screen and tap Settings.
Tap the General tab at the top right, followed by Accounts & sync.
You'll see a list of the accounts that are already set up on the K8. At the bottom, tap Add account.
If you have an Exchange account, which are often used for work or education email, choose Microsoft Exchange. If it’s a personal accounts, or you’re not sure, tap Email.
Enter youremail address and password and tap Next.
Choose a name for your account.
Add your name. This is displayed on any emails you send from your phone.
Tap Done to complete setting up your email account.
If your account failed to set up automatically you'll be taken back to the email address and password screen. Check your email address and password are right. If they are, you’ll need to manually add your email account. You can find out how in our guide to email server settings.
If you didn’t set up a lock screen as part of the phone’s initial setup, you can follow these steps to add one:
From the Home screen, tap on the Apps icon.
In the Apps menu, tap on Settings.
Tap the Display tab at the top, then tap Lock screen.
To set up lock screen security, tap Select screen lock.
Choose the unlock method:
Swipe: just swipe the screen to unlock the phone. However, this isn’t secure, so use one of the options below.
Knock Code: tap a pattern anywhere on the screen to wake the phone without needing to press the Power button.
Pattern: draw a pattern around pins on the screen.
PIN: enter a four-digit password using the number pad.
Password: type a word using the keypad.
Add your unlock method and confirm it when prompted.
You’ll need to use your new method the next time you come to unlock your phone. The Lock screen menu gives you more control over the lock screen. 'Lock time' lets you choose the time it takes for the phone to lock, while 'Smart locks' automatically unlock when you connect to your home Wi-Fi network.
Your phone is now setup and ready to use. If you’d like to speak to a Team Knowhow Expert, you can get in touch with us here.
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