Now that you’ve got yourself a brand-new Vivo smartphone and are waiting eagerly to start using it, the only thing stopping you is the initial setup process. If you are unsure as to how to set it up properly, you are in the right place as we are going to explain how to set up your Vivo smartphone with a step-by-step process.
All Vivo smartphones sold outside of China are based on Android-based FunTouchOS, and its UI and processes are a bit different compared to basic Android that is seen on Pixel, Nokia, and Motorola phones. Hence, our Vivo phone setup guide is essential to understand the entire procedure and to know which steps are necessary and which ones are optional.
Step-By-Step Process To Set Up Your Vivo Smartphone
- Press And Hold The Power Button To Start Vivo Phone
- Choose Your Preferred Language
- Select Your Location
- Agree User Agreement Terms
- Agree Privacy Terms
- E-warranty Card Privacy Terms
- Send Usage And Diagnostics Information (Optional)
- Connect To Wi-Fi Network
- Copy Apps And Data
- Sign In To Your Google Account
- Set Google Services Permissions
- Set Phone Unlock Method
- Review Additional Apps
- Recommended Services
- Select A System Navigation Mode
- Congratulations! Your Phone Is Ready
Note 1: Our setup guide takes into account the Vivo smartphones running FunTouch OS 12 out of the box, but the setup process will be more or less the same for devices running the previous iterations of Vivo’s in-house Android skin.
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Note 2: While setting up our test device for this tutorial, we noticed that the setup could occasionally turn a bit frustrating as there are some menu items that don’t let you go back to the setup menu, and you are left with absolutely no choice but to restart the entire process. Our advice, therefore, would be to make sure that you diligently follow the steps that we have mentioned. If you still end up stuck somewhere, you can long-press the power button and restart the entire process.
1. Press And Hold The Power Button To Start Vivo Phone
The first thing that you need to do is to locate the power button on your Vivo smartphone. You can do that by using the Quick Start Guide present in the phone’s box. Once you have located the power button on your Vivo smartphone, you need to press and hold it until you get haptic (vibrational) feedback. After that, you can release the button and the setup process will initiate.
2. Choose Your Preferred Language
First up, your Vivo smartphone will greet you and will allow you to choose your preferred language. By default, English (United States) is the selected language, but you can easily choose from various regional and global languages.
Additionally, the first page lets you set auxiliary settings required for reading, such as changing the font size. Lastly, if you somehow need to, you can make emergency calls from the first page during the setup process as well.
3. Select Your Location
Next up, you need to select your location. By default, the location on your Vivo smartphone will likely be set to India, but if you are residing somewhere else, the phone will likely come with a different pre-selected location as per your country. You can change the location easily and move on to the next step.
4. Agree To User Agreement Terms
Your Vivo smartphone will now ask you to carefully read and accept the User Agreement. Though the option to agree to the User Agreement and go to the next page is available for you without you having to go through the entire terms and conditions, we still urge reading the documents carefully before moving to the next step. After all, it’s always better to stay informed than to save a few seconds of your life, right?
5. Agree To Privacy Terms
Similar to the User Agreement page, this page will make you aware of Vivo’s privacy terms, the data sharing policies of the brand, your rights, how you can contact the brand, and more. We suggest you kindly go through the privacy terms properly and then hit the Next button.
6. Aggree To E-Warranty Card Privacy Terms
Another one of those terms and privacy pages is the E-warranty Card Privacy Terms page. Your brand-new Vivo smartphone comes with a warranty, and this page will make you aware of what all is covered under the warranty. Once you are done reading, you can click the I have read and agree to the above Privacy Terms check box and then click the Next button at the bottom of the screen.
7. Send Usage And Diagnostics Information (Optional)
Enabling this option will help Vivo improve other products and services. If you want, you can keep it disabled and move on to the next step. We think that there’s no need for you to agree to this permission.
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8. Connect To Wi-Fi Network
Your Vivo smartphone will now let you connect to a Wi-Fi network. All the available wireless networks will be shown on your smartphone’s display, and you can connect to the one you want by entering the valid credentials. That being said, open networks, however, can be joined without having to enter any password.
However, if you don’t want to connect to the Wi-Fi right away and want to do it later, you can click on the Set Up Offline button available at the bottom left portion of the screen. Skipping this step, however, could turn out to be a bit of a hassle for you later on, as you won’t be able to sign in to your Google account, restore apps and data, get software updates, and automatically set up time and date during the setup time.
9. Copy Apps And Data
If you want to copy the apps and data of your old smartphone to your new Vivo smartphone, it provides you with the opportunity to do so during the initial setup process.
You can copy the data from your old Android as well as an iPhone by connecting it to your new Vivo smartphone using a cable. However, if you can’t access your old device, you can still manage to import (parts of) your data by signing in using your Google account. For iOS devices, you can open Safari, go to android.com/switch, and follow the on-screen instructions.
If you don’t want to copy your old phone’s data and apps, you can skip this step.
10. Sign In To Your Google Account
Next, you need to sign in using your Google account. While we recommend signing in during the setup process, you can always skip this step and do it later while using your Vivo smartphone.
11. Set Google Services Permissions
Your Vivo smartphone runs on the Android operating system, so it has to rely upon various Google Services to function properly. Your Vivo device will now ask you to allow/deny the permissions such as access to location information, permission to send usage and diagnostic data to Google, and more.
While all the permissions are optional, we recommend you to accept the Use Location permission as it is required to use a lot of apps like online shopping, food and grocery delivery, maps and navigation, and more. Once you have done so, you can move to the next step.
12. Set Phone Unlock Method
If you have bought a new Vivo smartphone, there are high chances that it will come loaded with advanced biometric unlocking mechanisms, such as a Facial Unlock and Fingerprint Unlock. Both these unlocking methods are backed up by a more traditional PIN, Password, and Pattern unlock mechanism, and you can secure your Vivo smartphone by registering your biometrics in this step.
Readers must be made aware that facial unlock mechanisms are not as secure as fingerprint or PIN, and can be tampered with, so if you want maximum security, setting up a fingerprint unlock mechanism is the best way to go about it. Also, you should refrain from setting easily predictable passwords/patterns like 1111, 1234, 123456, etc.
13. Review Additional Apps Installation
Your new Vivo smartphone will now ask you to review some additional apps, which the device (and, well, Google) thinks are necessary. You can choose to install or not install them and move on to the next step.
14. Recommended Services
While you are almost done with the setup process, your Vivo smartphone will now ask you to enable/disable a bunch of recommended services like Nano Music Player, Personalized recommendations, Smart Upgrade, and more. None of those are necessary, and you can skip them entirely.
15. Select A System Navigation Mode
Your Vivo smartphone offers two ways to navigate around the user interface: 3-Button Navigation and Gesture Navigation. Gesture navigation is relatively new but is a bit daunting to some, so if you want to experience a good-old Android navigation style, the 3-button navigation could be an ideal choice for you. However, do keep in mind that gesture navigation comes with its own perks, like a quick swipe to switch apps.
16. Congratulations! Your Phone Is Ready
There you have it. Your brand-new Vivo smartphone is all set up and is all yours to experience. We hope that the article helped you properly set up your smartphone. If it did, don’t forget to share your feedback in the comments section down below.