Top 10 Things to Do with Your New Google Pixel 2 / 2 XL

Congratulations on the purchase of your Google Pixel 2 / 2 XL! You now have a powerful tool to keep you constantly connected to the people, places and things that matter most.

Whether this is your first smartphone or you're an experienced smartphone user, the topics below can help you get more out of your new phone.

1. Transfer your content

We've made moving your prized pictures, videos, contacts and more, easier than ever with Verizon's Content Transfer app.

  1. Download the Verizon Content Transfer app to your old phone from the Google Play™ Store.
  2. Activate your Google Pixel 2 / 2 XL and download the Content Transfer app.
  3. Follow the prompts on both phones to transfer your content using the app.

For step-by-step instructions on using the app, visit our Transfer Contacts and Other Content Between Devices Interactive Guide.

If you already use a cloud service or want to transfer using a computer and need support, visit:

When you're up and running with your new Google Pixel 2 / 2 XL, keep your content secure with Verizon Cloud.

2. Activate your phone

Activating your Google Pixel 2 / 2 XL is a necessary step to get started. Here are a few things you can do to ensure the activation process is simple and seamless:

  1. Turn off your old phone prior to turning on and activating your new phone.
  2. Fully charge your Google Pixel 2 / 2 XL before starting the activation process.

    Notes: A nano SIM card may already be inserted in your phone.
    • This device comes with the SIM card already inserted.
    • If you purchased your device from Verizon, online or in a Verizon store, follow the onscreen activation instructions that came with your Google Pixel 2 / 2 XL.
  3. See our Google Pixel 2 / 2 XL activation guide for complete instructions on how to activate your device.
  4. Use Verizon Cloud or Backup Assistant Plus to restore contacts and media on your new phone.

Learn more about activating your Google Pixel 2 / 2 XL >

3. Protect your privacy and phone

Take steps to keep your phone safe and secure.

  • Prevent unauthorized use of your phone by setting up lock screen security. You can choose to require a PIN, password or pattern in order to unlock your phone. Some devices even offer fingerprint security. For instructions on how to secure your lock screen, visit your Google Pixel 2 / 2 XL's Interactive Simulator.

  • Avoid a damaged phone and cracked screen by adding a case and screen protector. See which cases and protection accessories are available for your Google Pixel 2 / 2 XL.

  • Get device protection in case your phone is lost, stolen, damaged or becomes defective. We recommend Verizon Protect, our most comprehensive protection service for your device.

  • Always know who's calling you with the Call Filter app. See the name, city, state and picture of incoming calls. You'll be alerted if it's likely a robocaller, spammer or potential fraud. You can even report problem numbers directly in the app.
4. Connect your email accounts

Get ready to read and send email from your Google Pixel 2 / 2 XL. It can sync with multiple web-based email accounts including Gmail®, Outlook®, Yahoo!® Mail and AOL® Mail. Learn how to set up a personal account.

You can also set up a corporate account.

Note: Email apps often contain settings that let you choose how often new emails are pushed to your phone and how you'll be notified when a new email arrives.

For instructions on sending an email, attaching files to an email, sending an email to a group and switching between email accounts, visit your Google Pixel 2 / 2XL's Interactive Simulator.

5. Download apps

What can you do with your new smartphone? With so many apps to pick from, the possibilities are endless. Increase your productivity, improve your health, track daily tasks, play games and more.

You can search for, browse, review, buy and download apps by visiting the Google Play™ Store.

Be sure to download and install Find My Device from Google Inc. Once you lose your phone, it's too late.

Your Google Pixel 2 / 2 XL comes preloaded with the My Verizon app. This app will allow you to:

  • Pay your bill
  • Check your data
  • Manage your account settings

Need app ideas? Explore our recommended Verizon apps.


Learn more about downloading apps >

 

6. Understand data usage

Your phone uses data when you do things like browse the web, stream music, play videos and send emails on the go. Different apps and activities will use varying amounts of data.

If you have an unlimited data plan, you don't have to worry about monitoring your data usage and keeping it within a monthly limit.

Otherwise, you can monitor your data usage on the My Usage page and set usage alerts in My Verizon, and on your device with the My Verizon app.

Learn more about monitoring data usage >

To help conserve your data usage:

  • Connect to Wi-Fi for data heavy activities like streaming music or video.
  • Turn on settings that alert you to switch to Wi-Fi if attempting data heavy activities.
7. Set up HD Voice

HD Voice provides natural-sounding audio and video calling that's as simple as making a call. You can use your 4G LTE data connection while on a phone call and make a conference call with up to six people.

If your account is eligible for HD Voice, it was automatically activated when you purchased your Google Pixel 2 / 2 XL. You just need to turn it on. You can turn it on in your phone's Settings menu or from the Products & Apps page in My Verizon and the My Verizon app for Android™.

Learn how to turn on voice and video for HD Voice.

To learn more about HD Voice refer to our HD Voice FAQs.

8. Pair with a Bluetooth® accessory

Bluetooth is a wireless networking technology that lets you connect your phone to other wireless devices, such as headsets, speakers, headphones, fitness bands and even other phones.

To pair with a Bluetooth device:

  1. In Settings, turn your Google Pixel 2 / 2 XL's Bluetooth on to scan for devices.
  2. Make sure the other Bluetooth device is in Discover mode.
  3. Select the appropriate Bluetooth accessory from the list of available devices.
  4. Enter your PIN number, if requested.

Note: Common manufacturer-set PINs are 0000 and 1234.

Typically, once a Bluetooth accessory has been paired with your phone, it can be used with the phone anytime without needing to pair them again.

Learn more about Bluetooth and pairing >

9. Maximize battery life

With proper care, and by adjusting a few settings on your phone, you can easily prolong your battery's life and extend time between charges.

To maximize battery life:

  • Keep your battery cool.
  • Recharge your battery using the smart charger that came with your phone.
  • Adjust the brightness on your screen to the lowest comfortable level.
  • Turn off battery draining features including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and live wallpapers.
  • Close apps when you're not using them to keep them from running in the background.

Learn more about your battery and how to extend its life >

To troubleshoot battery issues, visit your Google Pixel 2 / 2 XL's Troubleshooting Assistant.

10. Explore additional support resources and tools

Need more help with your new smartphone? There are additional online support resources and tools:

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