You've just unboxed the Google Pixel and powered it on... now what?
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Most of the process is standard procedure: Tap here to connect to Wi-Fi, tap there to set a PIN code, touch here to register a fingerprint. However, there are a few decisions you'll need to make along the way.
box is a small USB-A-to-USB-C adapter. Google included the adapter to speed up the process of transferring data between your old phone, and your shiny Pixel.
The adapter works with devices running iOS 8 and up, as well as the
, 6, 5X and 6P running Android 5.0 or newer. Google also states that the transfer tool will work with most Android devices running Android 5.0 and newer, but stops short of listing specific devices.
Before you begin the transfer process, charge the Pixel to at least 50 percent.
Google's transfer tool will transfer apps from one Android device to another, along with contacts, calendar, photos, videos, music, SMS and iMessage conversations.
If you've taken our advice in the past and backed up your
using iTunes and its
feature, you'll need to connect your iPhone to the computer and disable encryption in order for your Pixel to transfer content from your iPhone.
Back it up
Instead of hiding backup options behind various settings menus, Google is making it clear during the setup process your Pixel can be backed up to Google Drive. Items included in the backup will now include call history, SMS and device settings to name a few. This is a no-brainer, but it's worth mentioning you shouldn't skip this step.
Meet your new (Google) Assistant
During the setup process, you should be asked if you want to enable Google Assistant. Google will walk you through the various permissions required by Assistant to run, and then training the Pixel to recognize your voice.
I've set up my Pixel device a few different times now, and on a couple of occasions I wasn't prompted to enable Assistant. If that happens, you can hold in the middle button on your Pixel after setup to trigger Assistant.
Install select apps
Near the end of setup, a list of suggested tasks will show up on the screen. Tap on each one, completing it (or not) and then finish your setup.
If you don't want to mess with any more than you have to, do yourself a favor and view the list of apps Google will install on your Pixel. Apps like
or Google Docs are included in the list. Go through it, select the apps you don't want installed and finish the setup process.