Kit Guide: ZTE Blade A110 - setting it up


In this guide, we'll take you through the setup of your ZTE Blade A110. We'll cover everything you'll need to know - from inserting the SIM, to setting it up and securing it with a lock screen.


ZTE Blade A110 user manual

This is the official user manual for the ZTE Blade A110

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Box contents

Inside the box, you should find:

  • ZTE Blade A110
  • Mains adaptor
  • USB cable
  • Earphones
  • Information pack


Inserting your SIM & memory cards


Before turning the phone on, you'll need to put the SIM card in. Your Blade A110 uses a MicroSIM, and you can add some more storage space to your device with a MicroSD card. Both go in the back of the phone - so you'll need to remove the back cover first.

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On the bottom of the phone you'll find a small notch in the casing. Use your thumbnail in this to prise the back cover away.


Slide the MicroSIM into the into the left-hand slot, with the metal contacts facing down, and the cut-off corner going in first.


If you're using a MicroSD card, slide it into the right-hand slot - again with the metal contacts facing down.


Put the battery in, using the metal contacts to line it up.


Put the cover back on the phone, and press round the edges to secure it in place.

With everything in place, press and hold the power button on the right-hand edge to turn it on, and start setting it up.


Completing the Blade A110 Setup Wizard


When you turn on your phone for the first time, it'll show you the 'Setup Wizard'. This is a series of steps that'll help get the phone set up and ready to use. During the setup, you might see a 'SIM service' pop-up asking you to choose your mobile network - tap your network and your phone will download the settings for it.

Setting it up

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On the welcome screen, choose your language, then tap the arrow in the yellow circle.


Tap the Wi-Fi network you want to join, or tap Skip if you don't need it.


Type the password for the Wi-Fi, and tap Connect. If you're not sure what it is, check on your router.


If it works, you'll see the word 'Connected' under the Wi-Fi. Tap Next to continue.

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You'll be asked to sign into a Google account, which you'll need if you want to download new apps or games. If you already have a Google account, type your email address in, and tap Next. If you want to create a one, tap Or create a new account. You can tap Skip if you're not interested in using a Google account.


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


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


You might be asked to add some payment info to your Google account. Tap a payment method, then tap Next and fill in the details for it. If you don't want to set it up, tap Remind me later, then tap Next.

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Check that the date and time are correct - tap to change them if you need to. Once they're right, tap Next.


To set up a screen lock, tap Set screen lock now. We'll be covering it in more detail later on in this guide, so tap Skip.


Tap Skip anyway.


Read through the Google services, which cover things like backing up your data and using your phone's location for some apps. Tap more to see them all.

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Keep the boxes ticked for the ones you want to use, then tap Next.


Read through the welcome message, and tap Got it.

The Setup Wizard is finished, and you'll be on the Home screen. The bottom row of icons is for some of the most used apps: Phone, Contacts, Messages and Chrome. In the middle is the Apps button, which will show you all the other apps installed on your phone.


Touchscreen buttons

'Back' (left): takes you back a screen or closes an app.

'Home' (circle): will always take you back to the Home screen.

'Recent apps' (right): shows you all the apps you've had open and lets you swap between them.


Connecting to the Internet


You'll need to get your phone connected to the internet if you want to do things like download new apps, use email email or browse the internet.

Connecting the Blade A110 to a Wi-Fi network

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From the Home screen, tap the Settings app.


In Settings, tap on Wi-Fi, and make sure the switch at the top is turned on.


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


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

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

Turning mobile data on

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From the Home screen, open Settings.


Tap More Mobile networks Access Point Names.


Check that your network has a blue circle next to it.

If you have any problems with your connection to mobile data, you might need to manually type in the 'APN settings' for your network. Don't worry if you're not too sure what they are, we have dedicated guides for each network, and how to put them in to your phone here.


Setting up your email accounts


Adding your account will let you see all your emails, send new ones, and receive notifications when new emails come in.

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From the Home screen, tap Settings.


Scroll down, and tap Accounts.


Tap + Add account.


Tap the type of account you want to add. For work or school accounts, tap Exchange, or for personal accounts, tap Personal IMAP (some old accounts may need to use POP3). Tapping the yellow envelope will add the account to the Email app, while the red envelope will add it to the Gmail app.

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Type your email address, and press Next.


Type in your password, and press Next.


You might be given some account options - choose the ones you want to use, and tap Next.


Type a name for the account, and type your name at the bottom.


Press Next.

If you have any problems setting up your email account, you might need to provide the settings for it. If you're not to sure what these are, check our guide to email server settings to find them.


Setting up a lock screen


Setting up the lock screen on your phone will help to keep your pictures, messages and other data safe.

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From the Home screen, tap Settings.


Scroll down, and tap Security.


Tap Screen lock.


Choose the type of screen lock you want to use:

  • Pattern: draw a pattern across a grid of squares.
  • PIN: a code of numbers.
  • Password: can be made up of numbers and letters.
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Type in your screen lock, and tap Continue.


Type it again to confirm it, then tap OK.


Choose which notifications you want to see, and tap Done.

Your screen lock is set, and you can test it by pressing the power button to lock your phone. When you wake it up, it'll ask you for your screen lock.


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