Setting up an LG (Google) Nexus 5X

This guide takes you through setting up a new Nexus 5X. From inserting the SIM to adding your email accounts, we'll show you everything you need to know to get you started.

 

See the Nexus manual here

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Box contents

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Here's a list of items that you'll find in the box:

  • LG Nexus 5X
  • Mains power adaptor
  • USB type-C cable
  • Information pack
  • SIM tray removal tool

 

Inserting your SIM card

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The Nexus 5X takes a NanoSIM, which goes into a tray on the left-hand edge of the phone.

 
 
 
 
Insert SIM
1.

Using the SIM removal tool, push the pointed end into the small hole just above the SIM tray.

2.

When the tray releases, gently pull it out.

3.

Insert the SIM card with the metal contacts facing down.

4.

Gently push the tray back into the phone.

Completing the Nexus 5X Setup Wizard

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The first time you turn on your Nexus 5X you'll see the 'Setup Wizard' which helps you get the phone ready for use. If you see a popup during the Setup asking you to choose a network, just tap yours and tap OK to continue setting up your phone.

Setting it up

 
 
 
 
setup
1.

Choose your preferred language, then tap the arrow.

2.

Tap on your Wi-fi network name. You can Skip connecting to Wi-Fi, but your phone will download updates after the Setup finishes which might use a lot of mobile data.

3.

Type the network password (you'll find it on a sticker on your router). Tap the eye at the end of the password box to check your typing, then tap Connect.

4.

If you've used Android before, you can copy your accounts, apps, and data using 'NFC' (Near Field Communication). If you don't want to do this, tap No, thanks. When you've made your choice, tap Next.

 
 
 
 
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You'll be asked to set up your Google account. If you already have one, type your Gmail address to sign in, or tap create a new account, then tap Next.

6.

Type your Gmail password and tap Next. If you're creating a new account, fill in the form.

7.

Tap Accept to agree to Google's 'Terms of service'.

8.

Choose which of Google's services you'd like to use, then tap Next.

 
 
 
 
9.

You'll be asked if you want to add an email account. We'll show you how to add extra accounts later in this guide, so we'd recommend tapping Not now, then Next.

10.

You can protect your phone, accounts and data by setting up a lock screen. We cover this in a later chapter, so for now we recommend Choosing No, thank you, then confirm this by tapping Skip anyway.

11.

We also recommend skipping the fingerprint setup for now, because this is also covered in chapter 6.

 
 
 
 
setup
12.

If you've used Andriod before, you'll be asked if you want to restore from a backup. If you want to do this, tap restore from this backup and choose which backup you want to use.

13.

Press Next once you've chosen a backup.

14.

You'll be asked if you want to use 'Google Now', tap Yes I'm in if you want to use it, or tap Skip to opt out. Then tap Next.

15.

A pop-up will appear welcoming you to your Home screen, tap Got it to close the pop-up and finish the Setup Wizard.

Touchscreen buttons

With the Setup Wizard complete, you'll be looking at the Home screen. At the bottom is the navigation bar which shows the virtual 'buttons' used to get around the phone's menus.

'Home' (circle): Always brings you back to the Home screen.

'Back' (triangle): Takes you back one screen in menus and apps.

'Recent apps' (square): Shows the apps that are running in the background, and lets you switch between them.

 

Connecting to the Internet

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This part of our guide will show you how to connect to a Wi-Fi network, and also how to switch your mobile data on and off.

Connecting the Nexus 5X to a Wi-Fi network

 
 
 
 
Wi-Fi
1.

Swipe down from the top of the screen, and tap Settings.

2.

Tap Wi-Fi, and make sure the Wi-Fi switch is turned on.

3.

Tap the name of your wireless network, enter the password, then tap Connect.

4.

If successful you'll see the word 'Connected' below the network name and a fan-shaped Wi-Fi symbol on the top line of the display showing that you're connected.

Turning mobile data on or off

 
 
 
 
Mobile data
1.

Swipe down from the top of the screen to access the 'quick settings' panel, and tap on the network signal indicator.

2.

Tap the Mobile Data switch to turn it on or off.

If you still can't connect to mobile internet, we've written some guides that explain how to manually connect here.

 

Setting up new email accounts

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To set up email accounts on your phone, you’ll need to know which type of account you have. Work or education accounts are usually 'Exchange', most personal email accounts are 'IMAP', but some older providers could still use 'POP3'.

 
 
 
 
Email accounts
1.

From your Home screen, go to Settings Account Add account.

2.

Choose the type of account you want to add.

3.

Type your email address and password, then tap Next.

4.

Depending on the type of email account you're adding, you might need to tap Sign in and also agree to allow access to your contact information by tapping Yes.

 
 
 
 
5.

When you're happy with the settings, tap Next.

If you're having trouble adding your email account, our detailed guide to email server settings will help you get set up.

 

Setting up a lock screen

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We always recommend protecting your information with a lock screen, so if you didn’t do it as part of the initial Setup, follow these steps to add one.

How to set up Lock Screen security and fingerprint unlocking

 
 
 
 
Lock screen
1.

Swipe across the Home screen then tap Settings > Screen lock.

2.

Tap to choose what type of unlock method you'd like to use:

  • None is an insecure method with just a swipe to unlock the screen.
  • Pattern means you draw a pattern on a grid of dots.
  • PIN is a short code made with at least four numbers.
  • Password is a longer code using letters, numbers and special characters.
3.

Choose whether or not you want the phone to ask for a PIN when you turn it on. Then tap Continue.

4.

Type your unlock PIN or Password, then tap Continue. Type it again to confirm and tap OK.

 
 
 
 
Lock screen
5.

Choose how you want to see notifications when your screen is locked, and tap Done.

6.

When you've set your new lock, you'll be asked to add your fingerprint. Tap Continue to set this up.

 
 
 
 
Lock screen
7.

You'll need to confirm your PIN number to continue.

8.

Follow the onscreen instructions to add your fingerprint.

9.

When your fingerprint has been added, tap Done.

Now that you've finished setting up your phone, you're ready to start using it. If you’d like some help with it, you can contact a Team Knowhow Expert here.

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