We've written this guide to help you get your ZTE Blade V7 set up and working properly. We cover everything from inserting the SIM card to adding email addresses, so you're not on your own at any point in the process.
Here's what you'll find in the box:
Before you switch it on, you need to insert the SIM card (and a microSD card if you're using one to increase the storage capacity). Both cards go in a small tray on the side of the left hand-side of the phone. To remove it, push the SIM removal tool into the hole and push it in until the tray pops out.
Place both cards onto the tray with the metal contacts facing down. The tray has cut-outs to fit both types of card, so you can't put them in the wrong way round. Slide the tray back into the phone and push it until it's firmly in place.
The first time you turn the phone on you need to go through the Setup Wizard. This short program takes you through all of the steps you need to complete to get the phone ready to use. We cover each step below and explain anything that might not make sense along the way.
To get started, hold the Power button down on the right-hand side phone until the screen lights up. During the Setup Wizard you might be asked to choose your service provider from a list. If you are, just tap it to move on.
Choose your language then tap the arrow.
Tap the name of your Wi-Fi network. You can skip this if you like, but the phone will download any updates using your mobile data. It can use quite a lot, so it's a good idea to use Wi-Fi if you can.
Enter password then tap Connect (the password can be found on your router).
If your old phone ran on Android and supports NFC, you quickly transfer your contacts and documents by holding them together. Tap Copy Google accounts to get started, or press No, thanks.
Sign in with your Google account if you have one. If you don't, tap ...create a new account and complete the form. You need one to download apps and music, so it's worth doing.
Activate any of the Google Services you want to use and tap Next. Backup automatically saves your settings and data to your Google account, while Location Services allows apps like Maps to find your exact location for more accurate navigation.
Add a billing option to your Google account by tapping the options. This is used for buying apps, music, films, and more from the Google PlayStore. There are millions of free apps, so you can skip this step if you don't intend on buying anything.
Follow the steps to add your email accounts to the phone. If you're not sure what to do, choose Not now, as we take you through it in more detail later on.
Choose how to lock your screen or skip past it for now. We always recommend using a screen lock, but we cover this in full further down, so you can skip it for now.
Click Allow on all of the options that appear. If you don't, the phone won't be able to make calls or perform other important tasks.
Follow the demo to find out how to access notifications and other things, then press Start to complete the setup.
There are three buttons below the screen. They're used for navigating Android and always do the same things regardless of what apps you're using.
From left to right:
Back: goes back to previous screen.
Home: returns you to the Home screen.
Menu: shows a list of previously used apps.
While you probably connected your phone to Wi-Fi during the Setup Wizard, you'll need to connect it to other networks at some point - here's how.
On the Home screen, tap the Settings icon (it looks like a cog).
Make sure Wi-Fi is turned on. If it's not, tap the switch.
Tap the name of the network you want to connect to.
Enter the password and press Connect.
'Connected' will appear when the phone is online.
When you're not connected to Wi-Fi, the phone will automatically use mobile internet. If it's not working properly, our mobile broadband guide will help you get it sorted.
Your Google account and email will have been set up earlier. However, you'll need to manually add other accounts from providers like Hotmail or Yahoo. We take you through the process below.
Open the Settings menu.
Scroll down to the 'Personal' section and press Accounts.
Tap Add account.
For personal accounts, select IMAP. For business of education accounts, select Exchange. The yellow icons open email in the email apps, while choosing the red ones opens your emails in the Gmail app.
Enter your email address and tap Next.
Type your password and press Next.
Adjust any of the settings then tap Next.
Give the account a name to make it easy to tell your accounts apart. Enter your name (this appears on your outgoing emails) and tap Next to finish.
If your email account won't set up automatically, our detailed guide to email server settings will help out.
We always suggest keeping your phone secure with a lock screen. Without one, anyone can see your messages, access your social media accounts, and view your pictures.
Open the Settings menu.
Swipe down to the 'Personal' section and tap Security.
Select Screen lock.
Choose how you want to unlock your phone:
Choose whether you want to lock the operating system. This just means you'll need to input your unlock method when you want to turn the phone on. Tap Continue to proceed.
Enter your pattern/PIN/password and press OK.
Confirm the unlock method by repeating it.
Choose how notifications appear on the lock screen. 'Show all...' displays the app, person contacting you, and a preview of the message. 'Hide sensitive...' only shows the app, and 'Don't show...' doesn't show anything. Tap Done to finish adding a lock screen.
Now that your phone is set up, you’re ready to start using it. For help getting your head around the basics, check out our ZTE Blade V7 User Guide.
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