Top 10 things to do with your new tablet

Congratulations on the purchase of your new tablet! 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 tablet or you're an experienced tablet user, the topics below can help you get more out of your new tablet.

1. Transfer contacts and media

If you're upgrading from an old tablet, find the easiest way to move your prized pictures, videos, contacts and files on our Transfer Contacts & Other Content page.

Select the operating system of your old tablet and new tablet to see recommended steps for transferring your content.

2. Activate your tablet

Activating your new tablet 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. If you're upgrading from an old tablet, turn it off before turning on and activating your new tablet.
  2. Fully charge your new tablet before starting the activation process.
  3. Follow the activation instructions that came with your new tablet, or go to our iPad® or Android™ activation pages to learn how to active your tablet.
3. Protect your privacy and tablet

Take steps to keep your tablet safe and secure.

  • Prevent unauthorized use of your tablet by setting up lock screen security. You can choose to require a PIN or password to unlock your phone. Some tablets even offer fingerprint security. For instructions on how to secure your lock screen, visit your tablet's Interactive Simulator.

  • Set up a device recovery process at our How to Find Your Phone or Tablet page. 10 minutes of preparation could make a huge difference if your tablet is ever lost or stolen.

  • Avoid a damaged tablet and cracked screen by adding a case and screen protector. See which cases and protection accessories are available for your tablet.

  • Guard your tablet from dangerous files with the Verizon Security & Privacy app for Android. Stay safe from adware, spyware, malware and viruses.

  • Get device insurance in case your tablet is lost, stolen, damaged or becomes defective. We recommend Total Mobile Protection which comes with extended device warranty and personalized tech support with Tech Coach.
4. Connect your email accounts

Get ready to read and send email from your new tablet. It can sync with multiple web-based email accounts including Gmail®, Outlook®, Yahoo!® Mail and AOL® Mail. Setup can be as simple as tapping your tablet's email app and entering your login information.

Note: Setup can vary based on which tablet and email client. Email apps often contain settings that let you choose how often new emails are pushed to your tablet and how you'll be notified when a new email arrives.

For instructions on email setup, visit your tablet's Interactive Simulator.

5. Download apps

What can you do with your new tablet? 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 app store on your tablet:

For further instructions on downloading apps, visit your tablet's Interactive Simulator.

Need app ideas? Explore our recommended Verizon apps.

6. Understand data usage

Your tablet 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 new tablet with the 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. 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 and fitness bands.

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

For instructions on setting up Bluetooth, visit your tablet's Interactive Simulator.

Learn more about Bluetooth and pairing >

8. Maximize battery life

Most tablets are powered by a rechargeable, standard Li-Ion battery. With proper care, and by adjusting a few settings on your tablet, 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 tablet.
  • Adjust the brightness on your screen to the lowest comfortable level.
  • Turn off battery draining features when you aren't using them, like 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 battery usage >

To troubleshoot battery issues, visit your tablet's Troubleshooting Assistant.

9. Place a video call

Most tablets come with the ability to place a video call, allowing you to see and hear the person you're speaking with.

For more information on compatibility, and how to use the video call functionality visit your tablet's Interactive Simulator.

10. Explore additional support resources and tools

Need more help with your new tablet? There are additional online support resources and tools.

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